The opening ceremony was performed by the Indonesian Minister of Industry, Airlangga Hartarto, along with West Java Vice Governor, Uu Ruzhanul Ulum, Karawang Regional Head, Head of Government of Karawang Regency and their staff. In addition, the ceremony was also attended by other Stakeholders such as representatives from AGC Inc., Japan, PT Rodamas, Bankers, Conctractors and Suppliers. During the ceremony, the Furnace Firing (heating-up) was also executed.
The new furnace is the Company’s second furnace in Cikampek with a 210,000 tpa capacity and investment 17,250 million JPY. The Company expects to realize commercial production in March 2019. The opening of this second furnace complements the first flat glass furnace that has been operating in Cikampek since 2017.
With this new Furnace operating, the Company’s total flat glass capacity will increase significantly to 720,000 tpa from the preceding 630,000 tpa. Previously, the Company operated four furnaces spread among Jakarta, Cikampek and Sidoarjo. With the closing of the furnace in Jakarta, the Company no longer has flat glass production facilities in Ancol, Jakarta. The company has relocated all its production facilities and the expansion of production capacity from Jakarta to Cikampek. The Company’s flat glass factory located in Cikampek is located adjacent to the Automotive Glass Factory to integrate operations of the two factories.
On completing of the relocation of the flat glass plant from Jakarta to Cikampek, the Company’s flat glass production facilities now have only two locations, namely in Cikampek, West Java and Sidoarjo, East Java with a capacity of 420,000 and 300,000 tons per year respectively.