Saint-Gobain Glass UK has reached the half-way stage of its £30m project to build a new glass furnace at its factory in Eggborough, Yorkshire.

Saint-Gobain Glass UK said that the milestone has been reached on-time according to the project plan, which has a scheduled completion date of late summer 2021.

The project will deliver a more energy efficient furnace with enlarged capacity, greater automation and enhanced control systems.

The new facility is said to be strategically important to support and serve the UK window industry with domestically manufactured high-performance products developed specifically to meet the needs of the UK window industry.

The new furnace will:

• have increased capacity

• provide greater automation

• have enhanced control systems

• use the very latest equipment and integrated digital technologies

• reduce the energy used for glass production

• reduce emissions from the manufacturing process

• secure the long-term supply of high-performance glass that meets the stringent quality requirements of customers in the UK.

The furnace rebuild will contribute to the Saint-Gobain Group’s commitment to achieving ‘net-zero carbon’ of its global business operations.

It will also help to deliver its global strategic purpose which the Saint-Gobain recently defined as ‘Making the World a Better Home’, in recognition of the need to protect the planet and invent a more sustainable future.

You can read more about Saint-Gobain Glass UK's Eggborough project here.