Obeikan Glass Co. fires up float furnace

Glass in IT Style
March 9, 2011

Obeikan Glass Co., the glass manufacturing subsidiary of Saudi Advanced Industries Co., Saudi Arabia, has begun operation of its glass furnace. The furnace will need four to five weeks to reach maximum heat. The company will then start producing float glass within two to three weeks, while the process is fine tuned, according to a Feb. 23 Glass in IT Style report.

The glass plant is in Yanbu el Bahr, industrial and port city in Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea coast in Medina Province, about 350 kilometers north of Jeddah. Yanbu harbour, close to the Suez Canal and on the major East-West shipping route provides easy access to the European and far-east markets for its products.

When fully operational, the plant will produce 800 tons of clear and tinted glas per day, making it the largest producer in the region. With provisions for on-line coatings, it will be the most modern of its kind in the Gulf countries, according to the report. 

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