The furnace has been shut down since 2013 due to the economic crisis in Europe. The re-entry into service of the furnace has been prompted by several interlinked factors, including:
- Economic improvement in Western and Central Europe impacting glass demand,
- Sustained demand for automotive glass, which now accounts for a growing part of the group's capacity,
- The programmed shut-down for repair of other furnaces in the group.
After refurbishment the Boussois float furnace with its adjustable capacity of up to 650 tonnes per day will be able to flexibly meet glass demand from the European and overseas glass markets and to improve customer service.
Its re-start will also lead to the creation of around 20 jobs at the site which currently employs 207 people.