Vitro Cristalglass Inaugurates Furnace Capable of Tempering Largest Dimension Glass Sheets in Spain

Vitro  Cristalglass, Vitro’s subsidiary in Europe, held a ceremony today to celebrate the  inauguration and start-up of its new furnace in the La Rozada facility, located in  the vicinity of Villadecanes, Leon with the capacity to temper the largest  dimension laminated glass sheets in the Spanish Peninsula and only the third in  Europe.  In addition to the new temper and thermo hardening furnace, the third that Vitro Cristalglass has installed in the La Rozada facility, a total reorganization of the  installation was undertaken to speed up processes that will enable a more  efficient response to our valuable customer needs, the end purpose of our  existence.

The recent expansion in the factory that covers an area greater than  40,500 square meters on a property of 62,000 square meters, La Rozada is

considered the largest glass processing complex in Europe. 

Consistent with the Company’s business strategy and its ongoing search to  improve customer service coupled with increased manufacturing capacity, as a  means to satisfy the ever increasing market demand, Vitro Cristalglass started up  operations enabling it to temper and thermo-harden laminated glass sheets in  large format (6.000 X 3.300 meters) and in thickness of 6mm and 19mm.

Through this process standard flat glass is transformed into a higher resistance  glass that withstands greater stress forces coming from high impact or drastic  temperature changes.

“Through an investment totaling $9.5 million Euros, which included purchases of  machinery, equipment as well as the construction of a new building and  redistribution of the existing facility at La Rozada, the new tempering and thermoheat  furnace starting up today will help us supply jumbo size tempered glass  needs for buildings and commercial developments. Today’s modern architecture  requires larger tempered glass dimensions in each project and Vitro plays a  leadership role at fulfilling the expectations and requirements of our valued  clients in Europe by bringing on line this state-of-the-art furnace.” commented  Hugo Lara, President of Vitro’s Flat Glass business Unit.

According to José Cubillo, Vitro Cristalglass’ General Director, with the  installation of this new furnace, the company opens a new avenue of competitive  advantage by fulfilling the needs of the strictest requirements of the market place  and becoming one of the few companies in Europe capable of producing this  type and quality of glass.

“This new strategic investment by Vitro allows us to generate new jobs in the  community, optimize our production capacity and, in a broader sense, support  economic activity in the surrounding communities while satisfying the needs of our current and future customer base” concluded José Cubillo.

Vitro Cristalglass is part of Vitro’s Flat Glass business unit and is the industry  leader in the manufacturing, distribution and marketing of specialty glass for the  construction industry in Spain and Portugal.

Vitro Cristalglass is comprised of eleven business centers: In Spain: six  manufacturing facilities are located in: Camponaraya (Leon), La Rozada (Leon),  Fuenlabrada (Madrid), Porceyo (Gijón), Náquera (Valencia) y Cerceda (Galicia);  two distribution facilities are located in La Coruña and Barcelona plus a  metallurgical shop in Gijón. In Portugal: one facility for glass manufacturing is  located in Chaves and a distribution center located in Lisbon.

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