Ceramic Industry

NSG Group Announces Automotive Glazing Expansion

March 24, 2011

The NSG Group recently announced plans to expand and upgrade its Pilkington Automotive operations in Poland. The investment involves the construction of a new automotive glazing plant at Chmielow, located in a Special Economic Zone 30 km south of the group’s existing facilities at Sandomierz. The new plant will be dedicated to the production of windshields, sidelight, and backlights for cars and trucks.

The first phase of the investment will increase the group’s automotive windshield capacity in Poland by 1.7 million pieces per year, along with expansion for delivering additional value-added products. The second phase addition of a toughening line will add further capacity for the manufacture of 4-5 million back and side lights annually.

The group will invest approximately JPY ¥10 billion (~ $126 million), which is to be supported by Polish government and European Union funding. Around 400 new jobs, in addition to those in outsourced services, will have been created by the time all operations begin production.

“Poland is an important market and operational center for the group, in which we have been present since 1993,” said Craig Naylor, president and CEO. “We operate under the Pilkington brand in the automotive OE, automotive aftermarket (AGR) and building products markets in Poland, currently employing around 1800 people on 11 sites throughout the country.

“This important new investment in our automotive operations in Poland is intended both to expand our overall capacity in laminated and toughened parts and to enhance our capability to meet increasing demand for value-added products in the automotive glazing sector.”

The new tertiary operation lines are due to come on stream in mid-2011, with the secondary operation lines being commissioned from mid-2012 through to the end of calendar year 2013.

For additional details, visit www.nsggroup.com.