Production Line Two for flat glass at the Rentfort plant in Gladbeck works around the clock. At the end of April, the cold repair line was stopped as planned, completely renewed and the technology improved. Production was restarted in mid-July. The Japanese company NSG-Pilkington, one of the world's leading manufacturers of glass and glazing products in the architectural, automotive and technical glass sectors, has invested 30 million euros in this project. This is a clear sign that it is standing by the location and is convinced of its continued success in Gladbeck, as emphasized by Dr. Christian Quenett, CEO of Pilkington Deutschland AG. As a consequence, 530 jobs have been secured in Gladbeck.
The modernization of the glass furnace technology will improve the plant's energy efficiency, reduce gas consumption and bring down carbon dioxide emissions by 20 percent.
A further goal is to have the ability to produce flexibly. Even though the sustained construction boom has generated positive figures in the glass industry, by contrast the automotive industry is characterized by a crisis. The company also intends to launch more new products on the market.