Company breaks new ground in production of glass for automotive industry

Investment in a new glass factory and implementation of innovative production technology will bring new high quality glass products to the market, which could help drive up safety for road users.

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It is intended that the implementation of new glass production technology will lead to the manufacture of what are described as "significantly improved" products, such as windscreens and sidelights which, in turn, should boost safety for road passengers. The new production plant by glass producer Pilkington Automative Poland will also provide a major boost to the local economy.

Job creation and boosting productivity

The company aims to increase its annual production of car windscreens from 2.3 million to 4 million per year and for toughened sidelights from 3.5 million to 9 million per year.

Pilkington Automative Poland currently employs 1 249 staff and some 322 new jobs will be created as a result of the investment.

The main objective for the firm, which has an annual turnover in excess of EUR 16 million, is three fold: to maintain the current significant market share; diversify production and tap into the company’s growth potential.

Production capacity at the new plant, located in a Special Economic Zone in the Polish municipality of Nowa Deba, will increase while the level of products not meeting quality standards will be reduced.

Additionally, the project, which runs over a five year period, is designed to foster closer cooperation with scientific institutions, the education sector and other regional businesses.

Total investment and EU funding

Total investment for "The construction of a new plant for production of innovative glass for the automotive industry" project is EUR 102 341 062, of which the EU´s European Regional Development Fund is contributing  EUR 19 767 554, from the  Operational Programme "Innovative Economy", under  priority axis "Investments in innovative projects", for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.

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