Glass-making plant in Brunei by 2007

Brunei Darussalam may have its own float-glass and micro-glass beads manufacturing plant by the year 2007. This was revealed when Hamidjojo Development Sdn Bhd unveiled the results of a feasibility study on the project at the Sheraton Utama Hotel yesterday.

The Hamidjojo study was conducted with support from the Stein Heurtey company of France and Campagnie De Fives-Lille of Thailand.

The projected plant is expected to generate over 200 jobs and bring in foreign exchange for Brunei Darussalam through the export of glass overseas. To be located at the Sungai Liang industrial development site, the project would play a major role in helping to diverse the Brunei economy from oil and gas.

Present at the gathering yesterday were the French ambassador to Brunei, Mr Thierry Borja De Mozota, and the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources, Dato Paduka Haji Idris bin Hj Belaman.

The deputy vice-president of Stein Heurty, Eric Albrand, in presenting his report said there is a rise in demand for float glass in this region due to a surge in construction activities and increased demand for automobiles in China, India and Southeast Asia.

600450 Glass-making plant in Brunei by 2007
Date: 5 March 2004

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