Stopped for four years, in particular due to the crisis in the building, the line of float flat glass from the site of Aniche (59) has finally been revived. It is now a production line that is more modern, more efficient and more ecological, which was inaugurated on 23 may 2017 by Saint-Gobain.
In April 2012, Saint-Gobain decided to stop the production line of flat glass at its plant in Aniche-Emerchicourt, in the North. Two reasons for the industry to make this choice. At this time, the smelting furnace had to be repaired. But given the crisis that goes through the building sector, the manufacturer chooses to refer to the work and therefore stop the production line. “In this unfavorable economic context, the production capacity became over-abundant relative to demand“explains the group.
The activity of the building, finding colors, Saint Gobain has decided to invest 30 million euros to renovate and modernise the industrial equipment of this factory of glass, founded in 1823 and acquired by the group in 1961. A sustainable investment, as explained by Jerome Lionet, Director, glass industry, since the lifespan of the float has doubled from 10 to 20 years. If the new furnace was restarted in September 2016, the Group Saint-Gobain has formally opened the new line on may 23, 2017.
Inauguration of the new production line of flat glass Saint-Gobain to Aniche (59). From left to right : Patrick Dupin, director of the glass sector Saint-Gobain, Marc Hémez, mayor of Aniche, Alain Dugueyt, director, Saint Gobain Glass, Michel Loubert, mary of Emerchicourt, Jerome Lionet, director Saint-Gobain Glass Industry © S. O. to Batiactu
Performance industrial and environmental
This new float is the result of a long research work and development of the Group, have repeatedly reminded the leaders of Saint-Gobain. The director of the centre glazing, Patrick Dupin, insists on the benefits of this new float : “a powerful tool” that also has a “best ecological footprint“.
According to the group, this new melting furnace allows to increase the production capacity of the site of the order of 10% while reducing its energy consumption by 25% and its Co2 emissions by 20% compared to the old setup. The goal of this new line is also recycling as much glass as possible, with the ambition to “recycle 100% of waste from our customers by 2020, “adds Jérôme Lionet.
On the innovation side, the site of Aniche is especially one of the first plants to benefit from e-marking, new technology, to give an identity card to each sheet of glass, is pleased to note the clerk of the Glass industry.
On this float, which provides 20 to 25% of the glass building in France, the manufacturer has planned to devote 70% of production for the activity building and 30% for the automobile.