AGC Europe has joined Arc and Duralex as the latest glass manufacturer to be impacted by the energy crisis.

The flat glass producer said it had placed approximately 50 staff on temporary unemployment at its Mol, Belgium manufacturing facility and reduced production.

It said orders from outside the continent had dried up over fears about the lack of gas.

Last week French tableware producer Duralex said it would suspend production from November 1 at its La Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin furnace due to high energy costs.

Elsewhere 1,600 of the 4,500 staff at Arc will be put on furlough for two days a week, after the company reported its gas bill had nearly quadrupled from 19 million euros ($19 million) in 2021 to 75 million in 2022.