Grodno Glassworks plans new plant

Advance payments have already been made for the supply of imported equipment, which will be using energy-efficient and resource-saving technology

Belarusian glass producer Grodno Glassworks is preparing the launch of a unique production facility. The completed factory will allow for processing bottles of any colour, with the transition from one colour to another being possible within just two to three days.The project cost is expected to be approximately 56 million USD.

Advance payments have already been made for the supply of imported equipment, which has no analogues in the country. The future plant will be a modern production facility using energy-efficient and resource-saving technologies. The heart of the production will be a furnace with a capacity of 220 tonnes per day. It will supply to three lines: two 8-section and one 10-section.

The operating mode is three-drop, which is also a novelty for the glass industry of the Republic of Belarus. According to Denis Yurchenko, General Director of Grodno Glassworks, it is expected to produce more than 200 million pieces of finished products a year. Depending on the demand, the new plant will be able to produce glass of absolutely any colour.

To reduce the impact of production on the environment, the furnace will be equipped with an electrostatic precipitator and an automated control system for the operation of cleaning mechanisms, the quantitative and qualitative composition of emissions into the atmosphere.

The country plans to gradually move away from plastic containers. However, the current capacities of Belarusian glass factories are not enough to supply even the domestic market. New production in Grodno will fill this deficit, not only with new capacities, but also the modernization of older plants to help increase the production of glass containers and compensate for this transition.