The proposed restructuring involves significant streamlining of the facility’s manufacturing processes at the site and, at the same time, a reduction of approximately 100 jobs by the end of March, 2007. The transformation’s objective is to enable the Wigan facility to be more competitive in select European markets, according to Steve Verdin, Wigan plant manager.
“Our entire two-furnace operation will be geared to meeting European customers’ growing needs in the wind energy, long-fiber thermoplastics, and high-pressure pipe industries,” Verdin said. “We intend to invest approximately $5 million in automated, state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities to provide our customers with high-quality, direct-draw product at competitive prices.”
As part of the Wigan transformation, PPG will be shifting manufacture and supply of chopped-strand fiber glass mat to the PPG Sinoma Jin Jing Fiber Glass Zibo, Ltd., joint venture in Zibo, China.
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