Guardian Glass started full production on a new glass coater at its second facility in Czestochowa, Poland, on July 6. Operations are expected to begin in September 2020. The coater uses advanced technology for turning standard float glass into high performance, value-added glass, according to the company. It will enable the plant to expand production of low- E, solar control glass products for residential and commercial applications.
“Architects and builders are increasing their use of energy-efficient products to improve the building envelope, and we are committed to supporting our customers by providing them with leading, value-added glass products and solutions,” says Guus Boekhoudt, Guardian Glass executive vice president. “This development provides them with an important capability in the region.”
Guardian’s second float and coated glass manufacturing plant in Poland, being built adjacent to its existing Czestochowa plant, will allow Guardian Glass to meet the growing demand for high performance coated and fabricated glass products in Eastern Europe, according to the company.
Czestochowa’s original float glass line recently underwent a cold tank repair, increasing its production capacity by approximately 25%. With both furnaces, Guardian Glass is tripling production in Poland. These investments will enable Guardian to produce and develop value-added products for the Eastern Europe region quickly and efficiently, according to the company.
“The fact that we were able to execute the completion of the coater in the Czestochowa plant safely, and soon shall start the new float line there during COVID-19 is truly an achievement in and of itself,” adds Boekhoudt. “The safety and wellbeing of our employees remains our number one priority, as we continue with our vision to create value for our company, customers and society.”