St Helens council backs £36m Pilkington glass plant

ST HELENS council has unanimously backed plans for a £36m plant at St Helens glass giant Pilkington, which will create 50 jobs.

The coating facility at the Cowley Hill Works will also protect existing jobs and help expand the firm’s apprentice programme.

Pilkington, part of Japan’s NSG Group, was recently awarded £5m from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund towards the project.

The coating line will be up and running from October 2012 and will produce high performance, low emissivity glazing products to complement Pilkington’s renowned K Glass, as well as its solar control glass products.

These ranges are currently produced in Sweden and Germany, so the new facility will lead to reduced transport costs and help lower carbon emissions caused by shipping the glass.

Cllr Andy Bowden, Cabinet Member for Urban Regeneration and Housing, said: “This is a huge vote of confidence for St Helens from a major international corporation.”

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