AGC to refurbish float glass furnace in Moustier

After 18 years of uninterrupted production, one of the four float glass furnaces at AGC Glass Europe in Moustier (Belgium) will be shut down to carry out a cold repair

AGC Glass Europe - Moustier Plant: optical quality control of the continuous glass ribbon. Photographer: Jean-Michel Byl - © AGC Glass Europe

This line produces float glass that is destined mainly for transformation into laminated, coated, silvered, varnished and acid-etched AGC glass products and also serves the AGC processing and distribution network.

AGC Glass Europe – Moustier Plant : feeding of raw materials. Photographer: Jean-Michel Byl – © AGC Glass Europe

The float line will be refurbished with the most advanced AGC technologies, significantly improving its performance to meet the highest standards in terms of safety, quality and environment. The design improvements will significantly reduce its energy consumption by 20 percent, with a corresponding positive impact on atmospheric emissions: 25 percent less CO2 (carbon dioxide) and 40 percent less NOx (nitrogen oxides). The cold repair is also aimed at an increase of productivity and cost competitiveness of the site.

The float line is planned to shut down in the last quarter of 2019 and is expected to restart production in the last quarter of 2020. “At that time, this refurbished facility will fully support our policy aimed at providing high-performance products and improving customer service, while contributing to a sustainable future,” said Philippe Bastien, Regional President – Building & Industrial Glass Europe.