07/10/2014

Emirates Float Glass new facility enhances automotive glass production capabilities

Emirates Float Glass [EFG], a subsidiary of Dubai Investments PJSC and the first state-of-the-art integrated float glass facility in the UAE, has successfully commissioned a new facility aimed at enhancing its production capabilities to cater to the automotive glass sector.

The new offline facility, encompassing investments of over AED 10 million, is equipped with the most modern machinery from Europe, and comes with completely automated programming and production line, with limited human intervention, in order to ensure consistent quality parameters vital for the automotive glass industry.

Ghassan Mashal, General Manager of EFG, said: “The additional investment of over AED 10 million offline facility is in line with the company’s ambitious growth plans to enhance our already-existing automotive industry customer base. The new production line is capable of supplying windshields and side lights to any shape and size required by automotive industry.”

Demand from the automotive and transport sectors accounts for 15% to 20% of the float glass market across the globe. Of this, 95% goes to the automotive industry, including buses and coaches, trucks, and off-road mobile machinery and the rest is for the other transport sectors – trains, metros, trams, ships, boats and all types of aircraft.

The market for automotive glass consists of original equipment supplied to car manufacturers for new cars and other vehicles, and Automotive Glass Replacement products, supplied for retrofit purposes.

EFG’s macro approach in developing its own capacity expansion has contributed significantly to the company’s performance. EFG is aiming to be the one-stop-shop for all the required glass in the architectural and automotive glass industry with its products ranging from clear, tinted to pyrolytic coated glass.

This new facility will further leverage the market leadership of another DI subsidiary Lumiglass Industries LLC, which produces security laminated glass and bullet resistant glass with wide applications for automotive and other industries. With the EFG facility, the companies can now cater to a wide spectrum of glass demand from the automotive industry.

EFG has also won a number of local and international awards and is a proud recipient of the ISO, CE and LEED certifications.

Source: Emirates Float Glass/dubaiinvestments.com