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Pilkington Car Glass Factory Expands
December 1, 2014   
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Japan’s NSG Group has started to expand its Pilkington Automotive Poland factory in Chmielów near the southeastern city of Tarnobrzeg. The 24-million-euro project will increase the plant’s production capacity by 50 percent.

The NSG Group, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of glass and glass products and the owner of Pilkington automotive glass factories in Poland, plans to add 30,000 square meters of space to the Chmielów plant and to launch new production lines.

“In addition to expanding the plant we plan to install a new production line for side windows and laminated side windows and a facility for the assembly of additional components. This stage of the project should be completed by the end of 2015 and result in the creation of 300 new jobs,” leading to a 50-percent increase in the plant’s production capacity, says Ryszard Jania, CEO of Pilkington Automotive Poland.

The zl.450 million Pilkington Automotive car glass plant in Chmielów, which was put into operation two years ago, was one of the largest foreign investment projects in Poland in recent years. The Chmielów plant created 800 jobs, and another 200 in related transport, security and cleaning businesses.

The Chmielów factory, officially opened in September 2012, is the second Pilkington Automotive Poland manufacturing plant in this country, after a factory in the southeastern city of Sandomierz. It makes car windows for global automakers such as General Motors, Ford, Volkswagen and Fiat, as well as windows for MAN, DAF, Mercedes and Volvo trucks. Ultimately, on an area of 90,000 sq m, there will be production lines for the manufacture of windshields as well as rear-window and side-window glass, in addition to facilities for the assembly of additional components and the storage of finished products.

The factories in Sandomierz and Chmielów deliver products to both the domestic and foreign markets, and their combined market share in Europe is now more than 10 percent. After the completion of the second phase of the project, the market share of glass from the Pilkington plants in Poland in the European automotive sector will increase to 15 percent. Pilkington currently holds about 25 percent of the global market for automotive glass.

Pilkington has been producing glass since 1826. In 2006 the company was acquired by Japan’s NSG Group. The Pilkington brand has been retained as the name of the group’s products intended for the construction and automotive industries.
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