Glaverbel: new unit for fire-resistant glass production

Glaverbel has decided to invest in a new production unit at Seneffe (Belgium), to be built next to the old unit which it will eventually replace.
Glaverbel says the new investment of EUR 22 million w…

Glaverbel has decided to invest in a new production unit at Seneffe (Belgium), to be built next to the old unit which it will eventually replace. Glaverbel says the new investment of EUR 22 million will make it possible to produce fire-resistant glass in large dimensions, more in keeping with current architectural demand. The fully automated unit will incorporate the latest technological advances and will benefit from the experience already gained at the sister plant in Olovi (Czech Republic). As such it will increase the competitiveness of the Seneffe plant, which is now threatened by the arrival of new entrants on the market and the resulting strong pressure on prices. “We welcome the improvement in the climate of industrial relations, as a determining factor in the choice of Seneffe for the location of the new plant,” says Arthur Ulens, CEO of Glaverbel. The closure of the old unit, planned since 2003, is being carried out in stages until the start-up of the new plant, which should be operational by the end of 2006. This will be accompanied by an innovative social programme under which the workforce will be reduced by 99 over the same three-year period. The programme has been negotiated with trade unions, and so far all the personnel made redundant have found other work through a re-employment unit. Once the new plant is operational, Glaverbel Seneffe will employ about 170 people for all its activities (fire-resistant glass and glass for shipbuilding and railway carriages).