AGC Glass Europe is re-starting its furnace for float glass production in Boussois, Northern France, in April 2017.

The furnace was shut down in 2013 due to the economic crisis in Europe. According to the company, the re-entry into service was prompted by several interlinked factors, including:

  • Economic improvement in Western and Central Europe impacting glass demand;
  • Sustained demand for automotive glass, which now accounts for a growing part of the group’s capacity; and
  • The programmed shut-down for repair of other furnaces in the group.

After refurbishment the Boussois float furnace, which has adjustable capacity of up to 650 tons per day, will be able to flexibly meet glass demand from the European and overseas glass markets and improve customer service, according to the release. Its re-start will also lead to the creation of around 20 jobs at the site, which currently employs 207 people.