Cebrace launches new float glass plant

Brazilian glass manufacturing company Cebrace (Companhia Brasileira de Cristal), a joint venture between France“s Saint-Gobain Glass and the UK“s Pilkington, has officially inaugurated its fourth fl…

Brazilian glass manufacturing company Cebrace (Companhia Brasileira de Cristal), a joint venture between France“s Saint-Gobain Glass and the UK“s Pilkington, has officially inaugurated its fourth flat glass manufacturing plant in Brazil. The new facility is at Barra Velha, in Santa Catarina state. The company already has two units in Jacarei and Cacapava (Sao Paulo). With investments of USD 120 million, the Santa Catarina-based plant has an annual production capacity of 200,000 tonnes (600 tonnes/day) of float glass, taking the firm“s total flat glass capacity to 700,000 tonnes per year. The company intends to increase its market share in the south of Brazil from the current 50% to 75%. For Brazil as a whole, Cebrace is targeting market share of 60% market share, up 5% on the current level. The main markets served by Cebrace are civil construction, auto glass, furniture and decoration, and household appliances. The Barra Velha-based facility will serve the whole of Brazil, particularly the south, and some South American countries (except Chile and Argentina). Currently the four Brazilian plants export 20% of output and the goal is to increase this to 25% in the 1H 2005. The main destinations for Cebrace products are Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, South Africa, Nigeria, Mexico, US and Mali. Cebrace plans to build a plant in Colombia for USD 120 million. The company is also making an additional investment of USD 1.2 million to start production of laminated glass in Barra Velha.