This means producing 2.6 million containers per day, enough to fill 20 beer distributing trucks.”
According to Juan Farías Garza, Vitro VP FAMA and Technology, the project for the growth of the furnace was carried out on record time “From glass to glass, meaning, since the last container was produced before the maintenance until the first was produced with the reconfigured furnace, it only took 90 days and the project was conceived in only six months. This required the work of 1,014 people, from Vitro as well as external personnel, 61 suppliers, most of them domestic and 28 contactor companies.”
The decision to increase the production capacity for containers in this furnace is a result of the market situation for containers and its operation requires the work of 280 operating personnel. “An important part of the operation of VQ1 is the employment of advanced technology which allows us, through continual computer monitoring of each of the process stages, to guarantee consistency in the quality and shape of all the containers being produced. Thanks to this, we can fulfill the current and future needs of our clients with the quality that has always characterized us and in the times required”, said Eduardo Armas Carrillo, Vitro VP Glass Containers Operations.
Likewise, Eduardo Servín Coss, manager of the Vidriera Querétaro plant, explained that this plant represents 31 percent of the company’s production in this segment. “85 percent of the production of this plant is used for the domestic market, while 15 percent is for exports”. He then remembered that Vidriera Querétaro is one of the 10 production centers of Vitro’s Containers business unit and that “… it is one of the largest and most competitive glass production facilities in the Americas, having 3 furnaces and 12 production lines with a joint melting capacity of 1,250 tons per day, meaning a bit more than 6.5 million pieces per day”.
With the installation of the new VQ1 furnace, Vitro acquires a new competitive advantage, by fulfilling the strictest market requirements and responding on time and form to the needs of the market for containers of all kinds. “This selective investment by Vitro, allows us to strengthen our production capacity to fulfill the needs of our current and potential future clients”, concluded Zubiría.