Guardian Industries invests in Hungary plant

Guardian Industries is boosting its high-tech glass coating capabilities in Eastern Europe with investment in a new glass coater and expansion project at its Oroshaza, Hungary float glass plant.
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Guardian Industries is boosting its high-tech glass coating capabilities in Eastern Europe with investment in a new glass coater and expansion project at its Oroshaza, Hungary float glass plant. The USD 37 million (USD 30 million EUR) investment includes a new 3,530 square meter building that will house the technologically advanced magnetron coater. The addition of the coater will enable the plant to produce ClimaGuard(TM) N and ClimaGuard(TM) Premium, both residential low-E products. ClimaGuard is already the market leader in Europe with more than 20 million square meters sold in 2006. The new coater will coat up to six million square meters of glass per year. “Southeast Europe, particularly Hungary and Romania, has seen an increase in commercial and residential construction and with that, the need for high-quality energy efficient windows has grown as well”, said Guardian Glass Group president Russ Ebeid. “With ground-breaking advances in research, Guardian continues to meet the needs of its customers and develop products for future applications in emerging glass markets”. The new coater will begin production in the autumn of 2007 and create 50 new jobs at the plant. Guardian opened the Oroshaza plant in 1990, and in doing so, became the first foreign company to invest in a new float glass facility in Eastern Europe.