A furnace revamp has helped Siberian glass manufacturer Ekran increase its glass production by 34% in the first six months of the year.

The company produced 71,818 tonnes of glass between January and June this year thanks to an increase in the size of its capacity.

It produced 203.3 million bottle containers with 26 million bottles fired by the Narrow Neck Press and Blow (NNPB) method, which reduces the weight of the product by 20-25% while maintaining strength.

The company had spent about RUS650 million modernizing the plant, which included the cold repair of a glass melting furnace №5 and a complete renovation of the furnace №2.

Its customers include Heineken in Mongolia, Kooppromservis in Kyrgyzstan, Abdish Ata in Kyrgyzstan and Sun InBev of Omsk.

Pavel Boboshik, group chairman, said work is almost complete on equipping furnace 2 for the production of coloured glassware, including a colouring feeder, glass-blowing equipment and inspection machines. It expects to produce 40 million coloured bottles a year as a result.

Applications for these products have already been received from Omskvinprom and Irkutsk factory mineral water bottlers.

The plant currently has three furnaces. Furnace №2 is equipped with an 8-cell and two 6-cell lines for the production of colourless glass packaging for alcoholic beverages and beer cans with a capacity of less than one litre.

Furnace number 4, with capacity of 100 tons of glass per day, is equipped with two 6-cell lines for the production of colourless glass containers for alcoholic beverages and cans with a capacity of 1.5 to 3 litres.

Furnace №5 has three 10-cell lines for the production of brown beer bottles, with one line using NNPB lightweight bottle technology.

It is possible to reconfigure the furnace for the production of colorless glass containers for different sectors.