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New innovative, energy efficient furnace at Guardian Glass Bascharage plant on schedule to restart in Q4 2023

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Guardian Glass Bascharage furnace to restart in Q4 2023

New innovative, energy efficient furnace at Guardian Glass Bascharage plant on schedule to restart in Q4 2023

Bertrange, Luxembourg | September 7, 2023

Following a successful cold tank repair, the new furnace at the Guardian Glass Bascharage, Luxembourg plant is on schedule to be operational in Q4 2023. The innovative furnace marks an exciting new era, as it will be the most energy efficient Guardian Glass furnace.

Enhancements to the Bascharage plant include:

  • Once put into operation, the furnace is expected to be ~25% more energy efficient.
  • The furnace will also provide extra capacity for the plant to be able to produce both Guardian ExtraClear™ float glass and Guardian UltraClear™ low-iron float glass.
  • The installation of a transferred laminated glass line is also expected to be completed in Q4 2023.

Guus Boekhoudt, Guardian Glass Executive Vice President comments: “We invested in the latest melting technology to provide our customers with the most advanced glass products, while using fewer resources.”

The Bascharage plant already hosts a coater that produces Guardian ClimaGuard™ low-emissivity (low-E) and Guardian SunGuard™ high performance coated solar control glass for residential and commercial applications. As Boekhoudt adds: “Having all these assets consolidated on one site in Luxembourg, close to many of our key customers, will improve our service offering and underlines our long-term commitment to them and the glass industry.”

Bernard Gheysen, Guardian Glass Bascharage Plant Manager comments: “I am very proud of the team here – everyone has gone the extra mile on this project. We are excited about the new opportunities it opens, as well as grateful for the strong support we have received from the Luxembourg authorities.”

The Guardian Glass vision is to improve lives by providing glass products and services people value and to do so responsibly while consuming fewer resources, minimizing waste, and constantly innovating to improve our manufacturing processes and performance – benefiting our customers, employees, investors, communities and society as a whole.