O-I Glass has completed a €40 million reconstruction of one of its melting furnaces at its Nové Sedlo, Czech Repubilc, manufacturing facility.

The facility also renewed a number of related equipment in the plant, including two production lines, during the two-month reconstruction period.

The investment included the demolition of the original furnace, the construction of a new furnace and the renewal of the equipment of two production lines. The new furnace increased in size from 70m2 to 80m2

Antonín Petras, Nové Sedlo plant manager, said: "The shutdown of the furnace is an extraordinary event. This furnace worked for more than 15 years. The new furnace is larger and thus ensures greater production productivity."

With the investment, the O-I plant takes a step further in sustainability. More than 10% energy savings are expected, as well as 10% emissions reduction.

The rebuild of the furnace took exactly two months and involved 200 professionals from around the world. In the busiest period, the glassworks moved up to twice as many people as usual.

"Of course, we adhered to strict safety measures at all times, and we also tested all employees and external staff on Covid-19 as a precaution. Thanks to that, everything was completed according to schedule," added Mr Petras.

The old furnace has been in operation since 2005. The reconstruction also affected other parts of the glass plant. The glass plant resumed production at the end of November.

“One of the first product to come off the renewed lines was a special beer bottle with a motif of the rebuild,” said production improvement manager Pavel Netroufal.

The Nové Sedlo plant produces green and amber containers from two furnaces.

O-I has another plant in the Czech Republic in Dubí near Teplice, which produces flint containers.