Heye International has been selected to supply production technology at Verallia’s Estancia, Brazil plant.

Verallia’s Estancia plant in Brazil’s north-eastern state of Sergipe began operation in December. It is the glassmaker’s fourth production facility in Brazil and its first in the country’s north-eastern region.

The site will employ around 140 people when its first melting furnace is commissioned. The plant will initially produce 80,000 tonnes per year of glass bottles and jars for food and beverages and will primarily serve the region’s growing local customer base.

Heye International’s involvement with stage one of the Estancia greenfield project involved the supply of specialist equipment for use between the feeder mechanism and the lehr loader for two high speed production lines.

The scope of supply included Heye Servo plungers, double motor shears and gob distributors, serving two high productivity, 5 ½’’ centre distance IS-Machines.

One is a 12-section tandem IS-Machine (2 x 6-section machines), the other a 16-section tandem (2 x 8-section).

Also included as part of the Heye International supply contract is a full complement of ware handling equipment, comprising pushers, ware transfers, cross conveyors and lehr loaders.