Saint-Gobain and Central Glass Co have announced plans to build an automotive glass plant in Jakarta, Indonesia, due to come on stream in the course of 2016. This investment will enable both groups to take an active part in the fast-growing Indonesian auto market.
Corning to shutter its New York refractories operations
Corning Inc. is in the process of shutting down its refractories plant, which has been in operation in the city of Corning for 84 years. The last product was made on May 30. Corning purchased the plant in the early 1900s to manufacture clay pots used in glass making, which evolved into producing temperature-resistant products used in glass-melting furnaces and other applications. The plant was expanded in 1998 to make products for Corning Inc.’s high-purity fused silica business.
Schott Ibérica reaches agreement in closure of factory in Spain
Schott Ibérica has reached an agreement with workers about the closure of its manufacturing site in Sant Adrià de Besòs, Spain. The company decided to close the factory because investments would be needed to renew and update the production equipment in order to remain competitive.
Blast furnaces at two northwest Indiana mills have gone out of commission. An unplanned outage occurred at the No. 8 blast furnace at Gary Works, the nation’s largest steel mill. ArcelorMittal also is idling the No. 7 furnace at ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor East for a maintenance project that is expected to take two months.