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News from the glass and refractory ceramics worlds

Allied Glass Containers plans to invest in new furnace technology (above) and install an EME batch charger. According to the company, this is the first installation in the UK of this type of batch charger and doghouse design.

Emhart Glass is to reorganize its global production and engineering capability with the aim of putting it closer to customers worldwide while improving flexibility, cost efficiency and profitability. Emhart Glass said it had responded to this change by making sure its production, engineering and supply-chain setup is adapted to these market conditions. The company is therefore focusing its production and engineering capacities in Europe and the USA on high-end machines, while concentrating in Asia primarily on mid-range machines.

Owens-Illinois said it laid off 25 employees at its Perrysburg headquarters campus in an effort to reduce costs, reports the Toledo Blade. The layoffs involve employees in the company’s engineering operations and in various administrative positions.

Guardian Industries has signed a land purchase agreement in Malaysia, under which the company will acquire a 59.3-acre patch of land in Mukim, Jasin, from the Malacca State Development Corp. This purchase is part of Guardian’s international growth plan.

• The China-based Hainan Joint Enterprise Business Service Co. and its Indonesian partner company, PT Indopura Resources, plan to construct a bauxite refinery worth $700 million in Batam, Riau Islands. The factory is expected to employ 5,000 workers.