Vitro increases furnace capacity in Querétaro, now largest in Latin America

  Furnace technology

Thanks to investments regarding major maintenance works on one of its furnaces in the Vidriera Querétaro Plant, Vitro has been able to convert this furnace into the largest of its kind in Latin America.

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Vitro's furnace at its Vidriera Querétaro Plant is now the largest in Latin America
Vitro S.A.B. de C.V. has announced that with an investment of USD 50 million to carry out major maintenance works on one of its furnaces in the Vidriera Querétaro Plant, it was able to convert said furnace into the largest of its kind in Latin America and to increase its container production capacity by 9%. In the last three years alone, USD 120 million have been invested to make major repairs on the three furnaces of Vidriera Querétaro to increase its capacity and lengthen its useful life.
In reference to said achievement, Jesús Zubiría Luque, Vitro VP Soda Lime Glass Containers said that “the production capacity of the plant is 250 thousand tons per day, now that the VQ1 furnace expanded its capacity from 400 to 440 tons and it can still grow given that this furnace has the capacity to melt over 500 tons per day.”
He remembered that this furnace started operating when the plant in Querétaro started its operations on October 1979. “Back then, it had a production capacity of 330 tons per day and as it has been given maintenance, it has grown, first to 400 tons and this time to 440 with the option to reach 500 tons per day with a useful life of 12 years. 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 in record time “From glass to glass, meaning, since the last container was produced before the ma...


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