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Steklarna Hrastnik completes upgrade in special containers unit

Steklarna Hrastnik has completed an 8.5 million euro upgrade in its special glass containers unit. The Slovenian company has increased its production capacity to 138 tons of glass per day. 

Şişecam Group opens GlassCorp facility

Şişecam Group has opened its GlassCorp automotive glass facility in Romania, the largest Turkish investment in the country. After acquiring GlassCorp in 2012 Şişecam has invested €65 million in this new glass plant.

Schott to move optical glass production from PA to Germany

Schott is to move select optical glass production from its Duryea, Pa. site to Germany, resulting in the loss of up to 80 jobs at the U.S. plant. Schott will move and centralize a portion of its optical glass production to its headquarters in Mainz, Germany. The move is scheduled for March 2015.

AGC Technovation Centre inaugurated in Belgium

The King of Belgium inaugurated the AGC Technovation Centre, serving AGC Glass Europe, on November 5 in Gosselies (Charleroi region). With an investment of around €30 million, the AGC Technovation Centre brings together some 250 researchers, technicians and engineers in brand-new premises.

Corning to create R&D center in Korea

Corning is set to create an R&D center in Korea later this year, as well as invest more than $800m in existing production lines. The new R&D center is scheduled to be set up in Asan City, South Chungcheong Province, and employ between 20 to 30 researchers; the company is said to be increasing its Gorilla Glass production volume at least fivefold by 2018, while more than doubling the HPD glass manufacturing volume within four years.

PPG to increase clear glass prices

In recent letters to customers, officials from PPG Industries notified customers Nov. 3 of an increase for clear glass of 10 percent for customers in the Eastern-Central Regions, and 15 percent for customers in the Western region. 

Fuyao Glass America will continue operations at Mount Zion plant

Fuyao Glass America will continue to operate its plant in Mount Zion, Ill., despite a WARN notice the plant’s former owner sent to the state of Illinois. The glass plant in Mount Zion, Ill. will make glass from raw materials and send it to the Fuyao Moraine plant, where the glass will be bent, shaped and assembled for the company’s automotive customers in North America.

Gerresheimer Glass Inc. decision leads to 115 layoffs

A Millville, N.J. glass manufacturer’s decision not to rebuild furnace leads to 115 layoffs. The Wheaton Avenue glass manufacturer plans on a mass layoff of 115 employees. Gerresheimer Glass Inc. filed its WARN information—Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification—with the state Thursday about the layoffs.

Sangalli Group plans to reduce production capacity, output

Due to challenging conditions within the Italian architectural market, Sangalli Group is taking action to reduce its production capacity and output. To do so, the Manfredonia furnace, which is approaching the end of its working life, will be cooled down in December 2014, subsequently planning for an extended cold repair.

RHI subsidiary abandons acquisition of mining rights

Transaction of the acquisition of magnesite mining rights and existing production facilities by a Turkish subsidiary of RHI in Turkey has been abandoned.