Saint-Gobain in Romania has announced in a press event today attended by the French ambassador to Romania, local officials and the top managers of the group, that it is expanding the life of its float glass production line at the plant in Calarasi.
The new process is meant to increase its manufacturing performances and to lower its energy consumption and it is translating into a larger product capability and a reduction of the energy consumption by about 20%.
Equipped with the most innovative technologies in float and in glass coating, the Calarasi plant, which was set up in 2006, is the regional hub for flat glass for Romania and the Balkans and also manufactures some unique glass products of the Saint-Gobain offer. The site of Calarasi counts 340 employees.
In Romania, Saint-Gobain provides products and solutions in the building material sector as well as high performance solutions, employing 1,800 people and operating 13 industrial sites.
With this, Saint-Gobain reinforces its leadership position in the South-East European region as the reference actor in building materials sector.
Andre Limon, General Manager of Saint-Gobain Glass Romania, has stated that the move announced today to upgrade the float glass production line is a major stage in the development of the group, whose investments in Romania are mounting to EUR 20 million.
In his turn, Patrick Dupin, Senior Vice-President, CEO Northern Europe Region, said Romania is an important market for the group. “Romania is very attractive to us”.
The group’s annual production capacity in Romania stands at 21 million square metres of glass per year within a 120,000-hour process.
France’s ambassador to Romania, H.E. Mrs. Michelle Ramis pointed out that the Saint Gobain’s industrial venue and the new upgrading step are important for the presence of the French investors in Romania. “Opening this production line proves the strength of the Romanian-French partnership“, said the French ambassador, who also hailed the appointment of a woman, Joanna Arreguy, as Industrial Director of the Saint Gobain Glass Romania.
At the same time, the mayor of Calarasi, Daniel Dragulin stated that Saint-Gobain will not stop here, as it has a future in Calarasi. On the other hand, he called on those attending the event today to sit down and talk in the view of sending a pleading to the Romanian Government “whatever it may be” to seek support for the construction of a bridge over Danube in Calarasi.
“Local authorities must stand by the investors in Calarasi“, he argued.