The upgrade is the biggest in Pilkington’s 127-year history in Australia. It is also the largest ever investment by Pilkington in a plant upgrade.
The multi-million dollar investment incorporates a state-of-the-art five beam chemical vapour deposition (CVD) coater that will allow for production of new, environmentally efficient glass products including energy saving glass for buildings, self-cleaning glass that virtually eliminates water use and glass that will be used in solar energy production.
With significant investment support pledged to the project by the Victorian Government, Pilkington Australia’s President, Laurie Kruger said, “Today’s announcement demonstrates a significant commitment to manufacturing in Victoria in the long-term. This important upgrade will lower unit production costs while supporting manufacturing jobs in Victoria. It will also contribute to the state and national economies and make Australia more competitive.
The plant upgrade represents the next evolution of manufacturing in this state, transforming Pilkington in Victoria from a manufacturer of largely commodity products to a source of innovative value-added products through best practice applications that underpin the future of the Victorian glass industry."