Misr Glass Manufacturing (MGM), which is part-owned by Egyptian Glass Works, is constructing a container glass facility that will add 110,000 tons per annum to its existing capacity.

The first phase of the project is expected to be commissioned in 2011, with the second phase to follow in 2012.

As well as helping to close the supply/demand gap, it is thought that the extra capacity will create more competition among Gulf Co-operation Council-based container glass manufacturers.

“Such aggressive expansion in Egypt is another clear indication that the container industry in the Middle East and Maghreb region is one of the most globally strategic,” says Derek Burston, Exhibition Manager of forthcoming Gulf Glass 2011.