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December 17th, 2012

News from the glass and refractory ceramics worlds

Published on December 17th, 2012 | By: P. Carlo Ratto

• NSG is to put a float line at its Cowley Hill, UK site on hot hold. The CH2 Float Line in Cowley Hill will be kept out of operation on hot hold from Jan. 3, 2013, for three months. NSG said the decision was made due to overcapacity within the European glass industry.

• Guardian Industries has started production at its Krasny Sulin, Rostov region, Russia, float glass manufacturing plant. The initial ribbon pull marking the beginning of production took place earlier this week; the $220 million plant is Guardian’s largest to date, producing 900 tons of glass per day, and will include a technologically advanced glass coater.

• Zambia’s Kapiri Glass Manufacturing Company is expected to resume production in Q3 2013 after equipment is installed. KGMC chairman Costain Chilala said new machinery for the plant is expected to arrive in the country early next year.

• Plibrico is continuing its expansion into Canadian refractory market. The company announced the addition of Quadra Industrial Services to Plibrico’s preferred exclusive network of refractory contractors. Operating from its headquarters in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and construction office in St. Johns, New Brunswick, Quadra will be the exclusive Plibrico PliPartner for Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Labrador, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland.

• Gradmatic Equipment Inc., Bala, Ontario, Canada, recently delivered a second refractory installation to Magotteaux, Magog, Quebec, for nine- and 12-ton furnaces. In addition, the company is building a second system for Hyundai Heavy Industries, Ulsan, South Korea, for 20- and 30-ton furnaces. It also recently commissioned a system for Cifunsa, Plant 5, Irapuato, Mexico, for 12-ton furnaces.


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