January 22nd, 2020
Another development project in Hodonice, in the Czech Republic. This time around, the fiberglass production furnace has undergone a complete overhaul. This is a largescale investment in both financial and human terms.
Rebuilding the fiberglass production furnace at Saint-Gobain ADFORS’s Hodonice site had all the features of an exceptional project. Firstly, in terms of the amount of the investment, it represents €45 million euros. Then, by its record commissioning time: the work has been completed in barely three months, without a single accident. Stopped on September 16, the new furnace was restarted in December, and will reach its full production rate in the summer of 2020. Finally, by the scale of the project: the optimization and expansion of the installation will increase the site's production capacity by 57%, that is to say, adding 13% to Vetrotex's total capacity.
"This is really the most important project ADFORS has carried out in many years and marks a real human exploit. For fifteen months, the site was prepared with care and attention to detail, involving both the Litomyšl Engineering Department and the Vetrotex team in Hodonice", says Nicolas Bastard, Business Director Vetrotex. It must be said that the reconstruction of the furnace meant rethinking, beyond the installation itself, the entire surrounding organization, whether upstream – all utilities, the supply area, raw material storage - or downstream - the reprocessing of waste, the drying capacities, etc. “The whole industrial and human set-up had to be resized to meet the increase in capacity, some buildings being extended or newly built, new machines being installed and new operators being hired and trained.”
The new Vetrotex furnace is not only bigger, it also benefits from the latest technology in terms of energy consumption and longevity. The result is an estimated 18% saving in energy, 20 % improvement in CO2 emissions and an increased service life.