AGC Glass Europe unveils world's largest flat glass line in Russia

Glass Magazine
September 23, 2010
COMMERCIAL, RETAIL, AUTO, FABRICATION : FLOAT GLASS NEWS

AGC Glass Europe, Brussels, inaugurated the world's largest flat glass production line in Klin, in the Moscow region, on Sept. 23, according to a release. The €150 million investment is AGC's fourth float line in Russia and the second at this plant. The unit has a capacity of 1,000 tons/day, and will serve the growing demand for construction glass.

The line, which started up on May 24, produces high-quality glass in thicknesses ranging from 4 millimeters to 12 mm for subsequent incorporation into super-insulating glasses, laminated safety glasses and decorative glasses (mirrors and varnished glasses) at the Klin plant. Part of the plant's float glass output is sold as is -- via the AGC Glass Russia distribution network -- in the form of large sheets for processors.

"This new line is not only ideally situated but also enables us to step up the local presence of our products and services in the large consumer centers of Saint Petersburg and Moscow," said Vladimir Shigaev, general manager, AGC Glass Russia, in the release. "The timing is perfect now that demand on the Russian market is rising, especially for high value-added products for the construction sector."

Technical innovations deployed in this new facility also mean more efficient float glass production in terms of both quality and energy consumption. These innovations make it possible to quickly adjust supply in line with demand, representing a real competitive edge on the Russian market, the release states.

"In addition to bolstering our glass industry leadership in Eastern Europe, this investment in Russia's largest glassmaking facility clearly illustrates AGC Glass Europe's ambition to shape the future of glass with innovative solutions," said Jean-François Heris, president and CEO, AGC Glass Europe.

AGC Glass Russia has the following facilities:

  • Klin (Moscow region): two  float lines, and processing units for super-insulating glass, laminated glass, mirrors and varnished glass for use in the construction sector;
  • Bor (Nizhny Novgorod region): two float lines, production of tempered glass and laminated automotive glass and an AVO (Added Value Operations or any operation adding functionality to the basic glass, such as fittings, rain sensors, antennas, etc.) unit
  • Saint Petersburg: AVO unit
  • National construction glass distribution network
  • Automotive replacement glass network (five distribution centers and 17 installation centers).