Vauxrot glass plant celebrates its furnace rebuild
The teams at Verallia’s Vauxrot glass plant (Aisne, France) celebrated on January 26, 2018, the lighting of the new furnace during the ignition “match” ceremony, a glassmaking tradition. After ten days or so, the furnace will supply the site’s three production lines, making bottles for the wine, spirits and beer market, the latter notably boosted by the rising trend in micro-breweries. With this €24m investment, Verallia reaffirms its commitment to sustain and modernize its northern French site, a champion in the field of quick color and model changes, thanks to its high expertise in manufacturing complex glassware.
This major renovation work lasted over three months and involved around 600 people. Equipped with the best available technology, this end-port regenerative furnace meets the most demanding energy-consumption and air-emission standards. It can now run on gas, unlike the previous, 100% fuel-powered installation.
Opened in 1827, the Vauxrot plant is the Verallia group’s historical glassmaking facility. In 2015, Verallia invested several hundreds of thousands of Euros to adapt its installations to the new dark amber color. Almost black with high density, it protects the contents from the effects of light and gives products an image of refinement and distinction. A role model for the circular economy, the Vauxrot plant recycles very high quantities of cullet processed by Everglass in Rozet-Saint-Albin, thirty kilometers from the site.
To find out more, read the press release below: