AGC to refurbish float glass furnace in Moustier
After 18 years of uninterrupted production, one of the four float glass furnaces at AGC Glass Europe in Moustier (Belgium) will be shut down to carry out a cold repair. This line produces float glass that is destined mainly for transformation into laminated, coated, silvered, varnished and acid-etched AGC glass products and also serves the AGC processing and distribution network.
The float line will be refurbished with the most advanced AGC technologies, significantly improving its performance to meet the highest standards in terms of safety, quality and environment. The design improvements will significantly reduce its energy consumption by 20%, with a corresponding positive impact on atmospheric emissions: 25% less CO2 (carbon dioxide) and 40% less NOx (nitrogen oxides). The cold repair is also aimed at an increase of productivity and cost competitiveness of the site.
The float line is planned to shut down in the last quarter of 2019 and is expected to restart production in the last quarter of 2020. “At that time, this refurbished facility will fully support our policy aimed at providing high-performance products and improving customer service, while contributing to a sustainable future,” says Philippe Bastien, Regional President - Building & Industrial Glass Europe.
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AGC Glass Europe, a European leader in flat glass
Based in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), AGC Glass Europe produces, processes and markets flat glass for the construction industry (external glazing and interior decoration), car manufacture and other industrial sectors (transport, solar power and high-tech). It is the European branch of AGC, a world leader in flat glass. It has over 100 sites throughout Europe and employs around 15,200 employees.
Moustier plant (Belgium)
The Moustier plant was the first to introduce the float process in continental Europe in 1965. It now houses four float lines, one of which is on hold. It produces clear, coloured and pyrolytic float glass for the building and automotive sectors. It also has a downstream facility for producing laminated glass in large dimensions for building applications. It employs around 700 people.