Pilkington invests £40m in Northwest facilities

28/05/2008 Glass-maker Pilkington is to invest £40m in one of its St Helens sites. The investment will enable the facility to use the latest advanced manufacturing technology to produce a range of innovative new glass products.

Plans submitted to St Helens Council include a new £15m coating plant and a further £22m to be invested in upgrading a float line which melts 250,000 tonnes of glass each year.

The coating facility will produce Activ self cleaning glass. It will use nanotechnology developed down the road at the company's European Technical Centre at Lathom, near Ormskirk, to produce coated glass for the solar cell and thermal installation markets.

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