Indian container glass manufacturer AGI glaspac, has appointed Horn Glass Industries, Germany to build a new furnace at its Bhongir plant in Telangana.

The technology will cost INR 55 crores. It is a part of the recent investment raised by AGI glaspac from its parent company HSIL Limited, amounting to INR 220 crores.

The facility will comprise end-fired furnaces with six forehearths for production. With the set up of this new furnace. It means the Bhongir plant will be able to produce 154 tonnes of premium flint and other different colours.

The high-quality speciality glass produced will cater to industries such as carbonated water, sparkling wine, pharmaceuticals, including vials and in cosmetics, such as beauty products, perfumery, nail polish and others.

Rajesh Khosla, President & CEO of AGI glaspac, said: “Our investment in German technology is aimed to strengthen our units to make products more efficiently out of India for global markets.

"We thrive by the make-in-India concept, and it is important that we do not miss out on the great opportunities or technologies readily available – these technologies are to watch out for or invest in, so that the products manufactured in India can compete efficiently.“

Mr. Stephan Meindl, President & CEO, Horn Glass Industries, said: "India is an exciting market for our company, and we are happy to collaborate with a renowned brand like AGI glaspac to showcase our leading position in the global glass market.

"We are confident that with our technological support AGI glaspac’s will be able to thrive by its make in India vision of manufacturing world-class level speciality glass very effectively."

The furnace will be heated by Piped Natural Gas (PNG), with HFO backup firing.

LPG will be the energy backup for the distributor and forehearths.

Horn's scope of supply includes the planning of the refractory, the combustion equipment, measuring and control, boosting, a new HVR 400 batch charger for the furnace, distributor, and forehearth as well as further furnace equipment.

The entire construction and commissioning will be managed by AGI glaspac and Horn Glass Industries.