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News from the glass and refractory worlds

• Nippon Sheet Glass is to make capacity cuts in Europe and in the US. One of its two float lines at its Laurinburg, North Carolina, US site will be idled between August and September this year. In Europe, it will put its architectural float furnace at Porto Marghera, Venice, Italy, on “hot-hold.” This means that the furnace will be kept in an active state from which it can be restarted at short notice. In May, the company said it would postpone the restart of one of its float lines in Gladbeck, Germany, which is currently undergoing a planned cold repair.

• About 130 tons of molten glass spilled from a 200 ton tank break at Anchor Glass Container, a US manufacturing plant in Salem, New Jersey. The fire broke out when a hole formed in a tank, causing the glass to pour into a containment area and onto the plant’s floor. The hot glass caused some fires and damaged some of the surrounding equipment; no one was injured in the incident.

• The Modi Group has joined with US-based Guardian company to set up a glass factory in the Malanpur Ghirongi industrial area, India. The glass manufactured in the factory is expected to be used in cars and big buildings and will provide direct or indirect employment to approximately 2,000 people and work on it is likely to begin in the next six months.