Thursday, 23 October 2014

New glass processing factory opens in Libya

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News of a potentially interesting development in North Africa has emerged, where the Azizia Glass Manufacturing Company (AGMC) has opened its new glass processing factory in Libya.

Opened on 20th May 2009, the factory has installed and commissioned the latest state-of-the-art computerised glass processing technology, to meet the large demand for specialist glass requirements.

gasworld understands that a relatively large scale programme of infrastructure development is underway in Libya at present, which would theoretically present a demand for industrial gases and is evidently already provoking a need for specialised glass product.

Furthermore, while the plant is a processing facility and not yet a production plant, it is indicative of the infrastructure development currently underway in the country and it is suggested that a float glass manufacturing site could be added later.

Glass on-demand
With a large number of building projects scheduled, including multi-storey hotels and office buildings, AGMC Libyan Glass has spent over 12 million Libyan dinars setting up and re-generating the dedicated glass factory in Al azizia to provide the widest range of products, applications and glazing services to the construction industry in North Africa.

Having built-up a stockpile of ready manufactured glass product, the company will be able to customise these with the latest technology to produce a wide range of specialised glass products, including energy-saving double glazing windows, façade glass for multi-storey buildings, and glass partitioning & doors.

This ensures that AGMC can produce glass products on demand for the construction companies, which have typically suffered from interrupted deliveries and related problems from glass product imported from China.

The factory represents the largest glass storage facility in North Africa and Steve Laughton, General Manger AGMC Glass, reflected, $quot;It’s an exciting time for the company as we have invested in the latest glass technology to help Libya with its new building and development program.”

Laughton also hinted that a further glass production plant could be in the pipeline for AGMC, as he stated that he is now looking forward to the second phase of its 'Development in Libya' programme - starting with the construction of a multi million glass float plant capable of producing 700 tons of glass per day.

Standard method
Produced by floating a continuous stream of molten glass onto a bath of molten tin, float glass manufacture is now the standard method for glass production.

The molten glass spreads onto the surface of the metal and produces a high quality, consistently level sheet of glass that is later heat polished. The glass has no wave or distortion and is.

Gaseous nitrogen and hydrogen are used on a continuous basis in tin baths during the glass manufacturing process to maintain an inert atmosphere.

In fact, when introduced correctly, industrial grade oxygen used to displace combustion air in the manufacturing process can significantly improve heat transfer to the glass batch and glass bath.

The top surface of the glass is often then subjected to nitrogen under pressure to obtain a polished finish.

Over 90% of the world production of flat glass is float glass, which can be cut and fitted directly to frames or custom tabletops for making modern windows, or used as raw material in processes such as glass tempering, lamination, and manufacture of mirrors and solar panels.

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