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Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. (AGC) recently announced it has started production of architectural glass at its industrial glass complex in Guaratinguetá, São Paulo State. Construction of the plant began in November 2011 with an investment of approximately ¥40 billion ($407 million). It is reportedly now ready for mass production of architectural glass, mirrors and automotive glass.
The plant is expected to produce 220,000 tons of float glass per year, process automotive glass for 500,000 vehicles and manufacture quality mirrors for the Brazilian market. It will reportedly create 500 jobs by 2016.
“I am delighted to announce that the AGC Group’s technology, quality and services are now being offered in the Brazilian market,” said Davide Cappellino, president of AGC Glass Brazil. “Our new glass plant is the greenest manufacturing facility in South America. State-of-the-art green technologies include waste gas treatment, energy-saving and water resource-saving features. In addition to reducing environmental load during the production process, the glass products we are planning to offer also aim at enhancing environmental conservation, such as the heat-reflecting glass for energy-efficient air-conditioning use and copper/lead-free mirror to name a few.”
For more information, visit www.agc.com.