Pilkington Italia has commenced warm-up of the new furnace for glass production at its Porto Marghera plant, in Venice, Italy.

The new line, which has been upgraded with the latest technologies, will produce roughly 600 tons of float glass daily, including Pilkington Optiwhite.

The product - a low-iron extra clear float glass with high light transmission - is practically colourless, and the green cast inherent to other glasses is not present.

It is therefore ideal for use where glass edges are visible or where a neutral colour is desired. As its light transmission is higher than clear float glass, it is perfect for applications where transparency and purity of colour are desired.

The investment will also include the installation of emission control systems in the atmosphere, in compliance with environmental regulations, and create 60 jobs.