Stoelzle Częstochowa celebrated the successful rebuild and expansion of its 480 t/day flint furnace earlier today.

The project was completed in the impressively short time of 11 weeks.

The last brick of the furnace – which is the largest in the Stoelzle group - was symbolically set during a formal celebration.

The new furnace will be provided with five, more efficient and faster production lines.

The total investment amounts to €45 million (PLN200m) and makes the melting output at Stoelzle Częstochowa more efficient by 45%.

Melting technology will reduce the amount of energy used in the melting process by at least 10% per ton of glass.

Improved E-boosting allows to use more green electricity in a flexible way to reduce the consumption of natural gas.

Artur Wołoszyn, CEO of Stoelzle Częstochowa, said: “The construction of the new furnace was completed in less than 80 days - It was a lot of work, challenges and experiences for our team, which handled the whole project very well thanks to excellent planning over the past two years.

“I would like to thank all of them for their commitment! Several hundred people helped to ensure that the investment went according to plan, and above all, adhered to the highest safety standards.

"In the next two weeks we will commission the technological infrastructure of the furnace, so that at the end of July it will resume full operation."

August Grupp, Head of Business Unit Spirits, said: “This furnace with the increased capacity enables our Glass Group to service the Prestige Spirits market segment.

"We see a growing demand and want to address that with the additional capacity. In combination with a new printing machine in our decoration department we will be able to fulfill our customers’ needs for decorated glass bottles out of one hand."

In 2021, a Logistics Centre was opened and in March 2022 a new high speed spraying line was installed at Stoelzle Częstochowa in order to increase the product portfolio of decoration both for current customers, and new ones.

The main contractor for the furnace project was Techglass, supplier of furnace, working end and forehearths. Other contractors have mainly been regional companies from Poland, including Kobnext, Zremb, MAKO, Alpinet, and El-Logic, Tech-Met and Forglass.