The board of Vitro SAB de CV of Mexico has approved construction of a third float furnace at the company’s Garcia plant near Monterrey, Mexico. The company has budgeted about US$120 million for the project, designed to meet the growing market demand in Latin America.
Adrian Sada Cueva, Vitro’s CEO, said, “Board approval of the construction of this new float line demonstrates Vitro’s commitment to meeting the needs of the markets we serve. Vitro is continually developing new products with improved efficiency, aesthetics and value. With building construction steadily increasing in the region, these are the attributes that the industry is seeking in glass. Expanding our capacity will help meet that demand and allow us to get glass to our customers faster, using the latest production technologies.”
Since Vitro acquired the flat glass business from PPG in 2016 and Pittsburgh Glass Works in 2017, the company has made significant investment in its North American operations, most notably the rebuilding of both float lines at Vitro’s Carlisle, PA plant, and the construction of a jumbo coater in Wichita Falls, TX.
Volume 35, Issue 12