Stoelzle Glass Group to invest 22 million EUR in the Köflach plant

Stoelzle Oberglas plant in Köflach, Austria

Following its long term growth strategy as a leading international packaging glass manufacturer, the Stoelzle Glass Group is investing 22 million EUR in the Austrian site of Stoelzle Oberglas in Köflach in autumn 2021.

The demolition of the flint glass furnace, which has been in operation for eight years, providing more than 500,000 tonnes of glass for the production of high-quality bottles for pharmaceuticals, food, beverages and cosmetics, will start beginning of October. The whole rebuild is scheduled to be completed within 8 weeks’ time. The new expanded flint glass furnace will reach a daily capacity of around 270 tons of melted glass and will be state-of-the-art in terms of energy efficiency and sustainability.

Rebuild starts with emptying the furnace

Modern melting technology will reduce the amount of energy used in the melting process by an estimated 13 percent per ton of glass. Improved E-boosting allows to use more green electricity in a flexible way in order to reduce the consumption of natural gas. Adding around 20 percent of PCR cullet to the batch will further contribute to reduce significantly the CO2 emissions of the entire glass production. This investment is an important step towards decreasing the CO2 emissions by 50 percent by 2030.

Glass has a very long tradition and is definitely the material of choice not only for more than 3.100 employees at all Stoelzle sites worldwide, but for many industries and branches, as well. Made from 100 percent natural raw materials, infinitely recyclable and ideal for packing high-quality products in a pure, inert and stylish way.