Four virtual production lines with the revolutionary furnace designed by Forglass have been working non-stop for a year now, using mathematical modelling software from CelSian Glass & Solar to test Forglass’ bold concepts, developed over the years.

Elements of the design are also being evaluated in a physical test furnace and Forglass has begun conversations with potential investors.

The second, perhaps even more important part of the Forglass revolution is that the company aims to change the industry’s business rules: rather than fighting with other furnace suppliers over market share, Forglass intends to support them with this new technology, especially outside of Europe.

“Forglass was created as a result of merging five companies with diverse expertise in the glass industry and the company’s five owners, including me, have equal shares of the business and equal input,” said Piotr Knast, CEO.

“It is this synergistic relationship between us that has made our phenomenal growth possible. Now, we see that supporting other companies and finding synergies is the only long-term strategy that can truly work now and in the future.

“If you can break through the mental barrier of scarcity, you have a chance to really grow, to sail your ship in the ‘blue ocean’ of abundance.”

He added: “Working together, we can change the world of glass production forever. We can give our clients the tools to face the challenges of the next decade.

“We can radically reduce CO2 and NOX emissions, reduce energy consumption and literally change the future of furnace design, not unlike Sir Alastair Pilkington’s invention of float glass.”