Saint-Gobain to reopen the glass wool factory in Ploiesti, closed due to weak sales


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French building materials manufacturer Saint-Gobain will reopen Isover glass wool factory in Ploiesti in July 2018, after the completion of the refurbishment process, a press release informs. The production unit was closed at the beginning of last year after falling sales.

The manufacturer will hire 50 people in production, logistics and administrative departments. At the factory closure, 42 people were laid off.

On the Ploiesti industrial platform, Saint-Gobain also has an expanded polystyrene factory closed in 2015. In the same place, the French company still have a mineral wool plant, with 86 employees, and which next year is also undergoing a modernization process to increase production capacity to 30,000 tonnes in 2019.

“With the work restart at Isover’s production line, the Saint-Gobain adapts its capacity to deliver glass mineral wool at the demand of the market in the region, given that the Romanian market is the largest in the South region -Est of Europe. Our decision was generated by the positive trend registered by the construction market last year, which is expected to continue in the next period,” Ovidiu Pascutiu, General Manager Saint-Gobain Construction Products Romania – Rigips and Isover, stated.

Before its closure, the mineral wool production line in Ploiesti had an annual capacity of 20,000 tonnes and required an investment of EUR 35 million.

In the past two years, the manufacturer has been producing fiber glass for the Romanian market, and next year the products from Ploiesti will be delivered both to Romania and to neighboring countries such as Rep. of Moldova, Bulgaria, Hungary, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania. Saint-Gobain Isover estimates that it will reach 170 employees in departments such as production, sales, logistics, finance and human resources in 2019.

Also next year, the Saint-Gobain Glass Division plans to make important hiring at the inauguration of a new factory in Calarasi – Sekurit, new production line of special glass for windshields.

“The investment is in line with the needs of the local and European market and the production capacity will be around 700,000 windscreens per year,” Norbert Teschner, general manager of the company, said.

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