Glass Manufacturer Plans To Invest R400m In Wake Of R800m Investment

Glass manufacturer PG Group opened an R800-million float glass manufacturing facility at its manufacturing division, PFG Glass, situated in Springs, Gauteng, last week, and intends to invest a further R400-million in glass manufacturing facilities in 2008/9.

The new facility makes PG Group the only manufacturer in Africa with two float glass manufacturing lines (there are only three in Africa) operating side by side.

The new plant is able to produce quality float glass, as required by the automotive and building sectors. The plant was commissioned in April this year and is now in full production, manufacturing 110 000 t/y.

This gives PG Group a total float glass-manufacturing capacity of 260 000 t/y to meet the requirements of Africa south of the equator, as well as to export.

The float line is 750 m long, with this length including the batch plant, which was also upgraded during the construction phase, to secure raw material supply to PFG’s existing float line, the new float line, and the company’s patterned glass manufacturing line, which is situated on the same site. The new float line is adjacent to the existing float line and shares a stacking and warehousing back end.

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