AGC Glass France will close its B2 float line at its Boussois, France, manufacturing facility due to the consequences of the current energy crisis.

AGC Glass France will close its B2 float line at its Boussois, France, manufacturing facility due to the consequences of the current energy crisis.

The line has been in operation for more than 21 years. AGC Glass France says that it will maintain the site within the group. The intention to close the B2 line is to preserve AGC’s flat glass activities in Europe.

“It is for this reason that it will be proposed to the trade unions and consequently to part of the staff to implement, along with the employment safeguard plan, various social measures allowing, beyond the maintenance of the industrial installations, to preserve a set of adequate skills,” AGC said in a statement.

The Boussois plant specializes in the production of flat glass for the building industry. The plant employs 135 people. The site includes two float line units.

The B1 line, which is known as oxy-combustion, was shut down in 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 crisis. The line offers the potential to contribute to AGC’s production process decarbonization objectives by 2030, should the market require it.

As a result of the float line unit closure, AGC announced that it will “propose and discuss a support plan with the company’s staff representatives while complying with the legal and contractual provisions that apply to such a line closure.”