Emirates Float Glass [EFG] has successfully commissioned a facility aimed at enhancing its production capabilities for the automotive glass sector.

The AED 10 million ($2.7 million) offline facility is equipped with machinery from Europe, and comes with an automated programming and production line, with limited human intervention to ensure consistent quality parameters for the automotive glass industry.

Ghassan Mashal, General Manager of EFG, said: "The investment is in line with the company's growth plans to enhance our already-existing automotive industry customer base. The new production line is capable of supplying windshields and side lights to any shape and size required by automotive industry."

Demand from the automotive and transport sectors accounts for 15% to 20% of the float glass market around the globe.

Of this, 95% goes to the automotive industry, including buses and coaches, trucks, and off-road mobile machinery and the rest is for the other transport sectors: trains, metros, trams, ships, boats and all types of aircraft.

The market for automotive glass consists of original equipment supplied to car manufacturers for new cars and other vehicles, and Automotive Glass Replacement products, supplied for retrofit purposes.

The company has won a number of local and international awards and is a proud recipient of the ISO, CE and LEED certifications.