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.