Russia: autoglass plans for Borsky plant

The Borsky Glass Plant, one of Russia“s largest glass producers for the automotive and construction industries, will begin making tinted, reduced thermal conductivity glass in January 2003, company r…

The Borsky Glass Plant, one of Russia“s largest glass producers for the automotive and construction industries, will begin making tinted, reduced thermal conductivity glass in January 2003, company representative Oleg Sorokin said on 24 December 2002. Sorokin said the production is calculated for the needs of the country“s automotive industry and will be done on one of the firm“s polished glass lines. Daily output of 600 tonnes is possible on this line, he said. Tint concentrate for the new type of glass was formulated on the recommendations of potential customers and is to be mixed in the proportion of one kilogram of tint per tonne of furnace load. The thermal conductivity of the resultant glass will be reduced by 15%-20%. Sorokin noted that this will be the first large-scale industrial production of this kind of glass in Russia. The Saratov Glass Institute had earlier produced trial runs of tinted glass. Borsky has already received orders of undisclosed size for the new glass, including from GAZ, UAZ, AvtoVAZ and Izhmash. The company invested USD 30 million in production modernization in 2001. In February-August of 2002, it carried out refits on two glass-making lines, during the course of which new glass furnaces were built and glass-cutting equipment installed. Glaverbel owns 36.4% of BSZ, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) 19.25%, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) likewise 19.25% and Russia“s Alfa Group 7.05%.