PFG Building Glass MD Bob Thompson told Engineering News Online earlier this year that the R1-billion investment, which is to be financed through a loan, is broken down into: R15-million for the automotive plants, R300-million for the repair of the existing float line and the balance for the construction of the new production line.
The existing float line, which has run continuously for 12 years, since its initial commissioning, will close for about three months, during which a complete upgrade will take place.
The local flat-glass industry is currently running at capacity, with PFG Building Glass and other local suppliers importing a significant amount to satisfy domestic demand, Thompson said.
The firm supplies some 70% of production to the building industry and the remainder to the automotive industry.
With the local construction industry booming and the effects of the government's motor-industry development programme set to come into effect within the next few years, local flat-glass demand is expected to remain on the increase.
As a result, and given the long lead-time of the expansion project, a decision was taken to increase capacity as soon as possible.
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