Glass manufacturer Steklarna Hrastnik has invested in a new oxygen furnace for the production of glass packaging in an effort to decarbonise its manufacturing process.

Valued at approximately €18.5m, the investment includes the G furnace, the purchase of new production lines and the optimisation of parallel production processes. The installation is planned to be completed in November.

Peter Čas, General Manager of Steklarna Hrastnik, said that the new technology will be based on clean technologies with the join usage of oxygen, and will enable the production of even more complex glass.

Compared to the existing furnace, the new G furnace will also be more effective, as the use of state-of-the-art technology and future upgrades will enable higher capacities.

The investment in the new G furnace has been planned with a strategic view of the future in mind. The furnace will be prepared for the implementation of innovative technologies allowing the joint usage of hydrogen as a fuel for the furnace.

“As this is a pilot and pioneer project, the implementation will take time and resources; however, projections are promising – a 20% lower CO2 footprint for Steklarna Hrastnik,” said Čas.