September 10, 2013|P. Carlo Ratto
- Verallia North America announced this week that there will be “downtime” at its historic glass plant in Sapulpa, Okla. The shutdown is expected to begin on or about Sept. 16 and is currently expected to continue through December. Verallia cites weak demand for the beer bottles produced by the plant for many years and current inventory levels.
- The smallest of the furnaces at AGC’s facility in Boussois, France was shut down this week. The plant’s B1 furnace has a capacity of 650 tpd and was built in 2008. The company says it shut down the furnace after a period of production slowdowns and downtime for a hot repair two months ago.
- Imerys says it recently received an offer from Omya for the acquisition of four plants that beneficiate calcium carbonate for the paper market. The facilities are located in Sainte-Croix de Mareuil, France; Köping, Sweden; Massa, Italy; and in the US in Kimberly, Wis. The four plants represented a total revenue of approximately €75 million in 2012, the company says.
- (Refractories Window) Zhengzhou Pengao Metallurgy Co. Ltd. is building a plant to manufacture alumina-based unshaped refractories. The company is investing RMB28 million to build six sets of shaft kilns, two sets of gas generators, and ancillary equipment with capacity of 300,000 tons. The project was commissioned in July; completion is expected in December 2013.