Glaverbel Klin: inauguration of landmark Russian plant

Glaverbel inaugurated its new manufacturing complex at Klin, near Moscow on 16 September 2005 in the presence of more than 500 people, including representatives of the Russian authorities and the inte…

Glaverbel inaugurated its new manufacturing complex at Klin, near Moscow on 16 September 2005 in the presence of more than 500 people, including representatives of the Russian authorities and the international press. The new complex at Klin, 105 km to the north-west of Moscow, produces float glass, coated superinsulating glass and mirrors. Glaverbel Klin is the first plant ever built in Russia on a greenfield site by a western glassmaker. Its configuration is unique in Russia, comprising a float glass line with a capacity of 180,000 tonnes per year, together with two downstream processing units for producing MNGE mirrors (Mirox New Generation Ecological mirrors containing no copper or lead) and coated superinsulating glass in large dimensions for the building industry. The project, representing an investment of over EUR 160 million, is intended to meet the increasing demand for glass generated by the sustained growth of the building and auto industries in Russia. Klin offers important logistical advantages, as it is near to Moscow and to St. Petersburg, two large centers of glass consumption. In addition, Glaverbel Klin will reinforce the production capabilities that Glaverbel already has in Russia. Glaverbel CEO Arthur Ulens said: “Together with the two Bor Glassworks float plants in Nizhny Novgorod and the nationwide processing and distribution network managed by our sales agency Glaverbel Vostok, Glaverbel Klin will strengthen our leadership and boost our image as a pioneer in Russia.” Construction of Glaverbel Klin began in September 2002 and took nearly two years. In the meantime a sustained effort was put into recruiting and training the workforce of 280. Glaverbel is the European branch of AGC (Asahi Glass Company) Flat Glass, the world“s largest glassmaking group.