Optical quality control of
the continuous glass ribbon on a float line at AGC Glass Europe’s Moustier Plant.

After 18 years of uninterrupted production, one of the four float glass furnaces at AGC Glass Europe in Moustier, Belgium, will be shut down to carry out a cold repair. This line produces float glass that is used mainly for laminated, coated, silvered, varnished and acid-etched AGC glass products and also serves the AGC processing and distribution network.

The float line will be refurbished to improve its performance significantly to meet the highest standards in terms of safety, quality and environment, according to the company. The design improvements will reduce its energy consumption by 20%, with a corresponding positive impact on atmospheric emissions: 25% less carbon dioxide and 40% less nitrogen oxides. The cold repair is also aimed at an increase of productivity and cost competitiveness of the site.

The float line is planned to shut down in the last quarter of 2019 and is expected to restart production in the last quarter of 2020.

“At that time, this refurbished facility will fully support our policy aimed at providing high-performance products and improving customer service, while contributing to a sustainable future,” says Philippe Bastien, regional president of building and industrial glass in Europe.