Pilkington and Saint-Gobain, currently joint shareholders in Cebrace
Cristal Plano Ltda in Brazil, are to build a fourth float glass line
in Brazil. It will be built in Barra Velha in the southern state of
Santa Catarina. The new line will be designed and constructed by
Pilkington incorporating the latest technology in float glass
production and will be operated by the joint venture. The most
recent of the three current float lines run by the existing joint
venture was similarly designed and built by Saint-Gobain. The new
Barra Velha plant will have an output of 200,000 tonnes per year and
will provide additional capacity to the three existing lines in
Jacarei and Cacapava, Brazil. The product range will vary from 2 to
12 mm of clear and tinted glass, mainly for the building and
furniture sectors. It will serve both the domestic and export
markets, and is due to come on stream at the end of 2002.
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