The float line at the Boussois, France, plant has been put on hot hold since April 1 of this year.

The management of AGC Glass Europe’s plant in Boussois, France, has made personnel representatives aware that it intends to shut down one of the two float glass furnaces on the site in the near future. The company attributed this decision to the generalized, structural decline in demand for glass. This furnace has been put on hot hold since April 1 of this year. This measure forms part of an overall plan aimed at restoring competitiveness, according to the company.

“After operating on a market with overcapacity due to stagnant demand and the start-up of new glass production plants, the group is now feeling the full impact of the health emergency and associated economic crisis which is affecting the two main sectors of glass consumption, namely the construction and automotive industries,” reads a company statement. “This has led to acute overcapacity, falling prices and a marked deterioration in the group’s result overall. In the absence of prospects for recovery in the medium term, and despite the remarkable efforts towards productivity and diversification made by all the Boussois personnel, the group sees itself forced to bring its manufacturing capacity into line with the current market situation.”

This closure will lead to a loss of 90 jobs out of a total of 220. The Boussois management will act in concert with the personnel representatives to consider all the most socially acceptable solutions for putting this plan into practice, according to the company.