7 Oct 2021
Guardian Glass invests in expanded capacity and energy-saving technology for Goole plant
Bertrange, Luxembourg – October 7, 2021 – Guardian Glass is investing significantly in its Goole, East Yorkshire float glass production plant to increase the company’s ability to supply float glass, primarily to the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland, while also improving the plant’s energy efficiency.
The cold tank repair, which began in April and will be completed this month, will rebuild the furnace with one of the most advanced technologies available, and expand the melting capacity by 20 percent to 825 metric tons per day.
“Guardian Glass is investing in the future of commercial and residential building in the UK and Ireland,” says Guus Boekhoudt, Executive Vice President, Guardian Glass. “This work assures that Guardian can continue to support the evolving demands of our customers with greater capacity, efficiency and environmental stewardship. It also underscores our Vision to be a preferred partner to our customers, suppliers, employees and communities based on a foundation of mutual benefit.”
As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of float, coated and fabricated glass products, and the only UK glass manufacturer with building products achieving the bronze Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Standard version 3.1, Guardian is committed to our Stewardship Framework. This core principle ensures that we consider environmental, social and corporate governance priorities in our day-to-day operations as we strive to find more efficient uses of resources, continuously improve our products and services and strengthen partnerships with our local communities around the world.
The Goole facility produces a wide range of float, coated and laminated glass products. Almost 100 percent of the solar control glass produced at the facility supplies projects within the UK.
Enhancements to the Goole facility include:
- A furnace with improved energy efficiency and increased output.
- Enhanced automation to provide more reliable operations and reduce manual tasks. This enables team members to advance their skills by taking on more challenging responsibilities.
- Ongoing initiative to recycle cullet. Increasing the cullet ratio in products cuts energy consumption, reduces raw materials and reduces waste.
“Operations transformation improves efficiency and effectiveness, which boosts productivity and gives Guardian Glass a competitive advantage,” explains Goole Plant Manager Chris Duguid. “These changes are critical to demonstrate to our partners that we value them and will continue to support them with industry-leading products and services. We’re very proud of the team’s execution, especially during this challenging time.”
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About Guardian Glass
Guardian Glass, a major business unit of Guardian Industries, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of float, coated and fabricated glass products. At its 26 float lines around the globe, Guardian Glass produces high performance glass for use in exterior (both commercial and residential) and interior architectural applications, as well as transportation and technical products. You’ll find Guardian glass in homes, offices, vehicles and some of the world’s most iconic architectural landmarks. The Guardian Glass Science & Technology Center continuously works to create new glass products and solutions using the most advanced technology to help customers see what’s possible™. Visit guardianglass.com.
About Guardian Industries
Guardian Industries, a global company headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, operates facilities throughout North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Guardian companies employ 15,000 people and manufacture high-performance float glass; coated and fabricated glass products for architectural, residential, interior, transportation and technical glass applications; and high-quality chrome-plated and painted plastic components for the automotive and commercial truck industries. Guardian’s vision is to be a preferred partner to our customers, suppliers, employees and communities based on a foundation of mutual benefit. This drives our relentless focus on improving people’s lives by providing products and services they value more highly than their alternatives and doing so responsibly while consuming fewer resources. Guardian is a wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. Visit guardian.com.