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Guardian Glass to increase capacity with Goole investment
Guardian Glass is making a significant investment in its Goole float glass production plant to increase the company’s ability to supply float glass, primarily to the UK and Ireland, while also improving the plant’s energy efficiency.
The cold tank repair, which began in April and will be completed this month, will rebuild the furnace with one of the most advanced technologies available, and will expand the melting capacity by 20% to 825 metric tons per day.
The facility in East Yorkshire produces a wide range of float, coated and laminated glass products. Almost 100% of the solar control glass produced at the site supplies projects within the UK.
Enhancements to the Goole facility include a furnace with improved energy efficiency and increased output; enhanced automation to provide more reliable operations and reduce manual tasks, enabling team members to advance their skills by taking on more challenging responsibilities; and an ongoing initiative to recycle cullet (waste glass). Increasing the cullet ratio in products cuts energy consumption, reduces raw materials and reduces waste.
Guus Boekhoudt, executive vice president of Guardian Glass, said: “Guardian Glass is investing in the future of commercial and residential building in the UK and Ireland. This work assures that Guardian can continue to support the evolving demands of our customers with greater capacity, efficiency and environmental stewardship. It also underscores our vision to be a preferred partner to our customers, suppliers, employees and communities based on a foundation of mutual benefit.”
Chris Duguid, Goole plant manager, added: “Operations transformation improves efficiency and effectiveness, which boosts productivity and gives Guardian Glass a competitive advantage. These changes are critical to demonstrate to our partners that we value them and will continue to support them with industry-leading products and services. We’re very proud of the team’s execution, especially during this challenging time.”