Stoelzle Glass Group has invested €45 million in a furnace rebuild at its production site in Częstochowa, Poland.

Earlier this month, the group started to empty its flint furnace at Stoelzle Częstochowa, the largest of seven plants belonging to the group.

The furnace will be demolished and rebuilt, as well as enlarged, within the next two and a half months.

The new flint furnace will reach a daily capacity of 480 t and will allow the installation of three more efficient production lines.

The construction work is scheduled to take 78 days, including the installation of the three new production lines. The investment will amount to €45 million in total.

Artur Wołoszyn, CEO Stoelzle Częstochowa, said: “This investment has been a huge challenge for Stoelzle, above all, the timing of the project, which has been planned in detail over the past two years.

“Being 140 t larger than the old one, the new furnace will allow more efficient and faster production lines. This investment will help increase the product portfolio for current customers, as well as to acquire new ones and meet their purchase expectations efficiently,"

In the area of packaging glass production, the Częstochowa glass furnace will be one of the largest in Europe and the largest in the entire Stoelzle Glass Group.

The contractors for the project are mainly Polish, regional companies such as: TechGlass, Kobnext, Zremb, MAKO, Alpinet, and El-Logic, Tech-Met, and Forglass.