French crystal glass manufacturer Baccarat has inaugurated a new furnace.

It described it as the most significant furnace in the history of the company.

The installation of Furnace F required the total reconstruction of a building and is part of the renewal of the company’s industrial tools.

It said: “Furnace F is a remarkable technical feat and the result of years of research and hard work by the manufacture's teams, a technological advance that translates into improved energy efficiency and a significant step towards a more sustainable future.”

A ceremony for Furnace F took place at its manufacturing centre in Lorraine, France, headed by CEO Margareth Henriquez and Remi Grosjean, Director of operations and Deputy General Manager.

“These advances are the stepping stone to the bright creative future of Baccarat’s artisans and craftsmen,” it said.

The inauguration kicked off the company’s 260th anniversary celebrations and brought together the entire manufacturing team as well as the godmother and godfather of the new furnace Clara Daguin, a fashion designer, and Gérard Cornier, a chemical engineer and former laboratory manager.

The company said their presence highlights intergenerational collaboration and the unbreakable link between art, craftsmanship, and science.