Vidrala has invested €21 million in its Furnace 2 at the Llodio plant in northern Spain.

The upgraded furnace has new automation and refractory solutions, enabling an energy-efficient process and a more sustainable operation.

State-of-the-art forming machines in the hot-end and inspection and palletising equipment in the cold-end now allow a better process control with maximum flexibility.

This will open the door for Vidrala to have its first collaborative robots in the plant.

Vidrala says this is a significant milestone for Vidrala and a true example of the company investing in Industry 4.0.