UK and Hungary float line upgrades
Guardian Glass is investing in the modernisation and upgrade of float glass lines at two of its European production plants. This includes a modernisation of the float line in Goole, UK, as the existing furnace nears the end of its lifecycle. The upgrade is expected to be performed in early 2021.
The rebuilt float furnace in Goole is planned to have a nominal melting capacity of 825 tonnes/day, representing an increase of 20%. Due to its optimised design, furnace energy efficiency as well as environmental performance are expected to improve on a per tonne basis. The line will continue to service customers in the UK and Ireland, providing a wide range of float, coated and laminated glass products.
The company is also investing in its production plant in Oroshaza, Hungary, where the existing float furnace will be repaired in the second half of 2020. This project, together with the two existing Guardian Glass production plants in Częstochowa, Poland – one float glass line was recently repaired and upgraded and a second one is currently under construction – will ensure that the company continues to support increased demand for float, coated and laminated glass products for customers in Eastern Europe.
Guus Boekhoudt, Vice President of Guardian Glass Europe, Russia and Asia and Managing Director, Guardian Europe commented: “By investing in our production plants in the UK and Hungary, we are demonstrating our commitment to the continuous improvement of our glass
products and services for our customers. Glass demand is continuing to grow in Europe and these investments will ensure the supply to our customers, essential to developing and maintaining our strong partnerships.”