AGC Lays Cornerstone at Its First Glass Manufacturing Facility in Brazil
April 25, 2012

by Sahely Mukerji,

Officials at Asahi Glass Co. of Japan recently conducted a cornerstone-laying ceremony in Guaratinguetá, São Paulo State, Brazil, to commemorate the start of construction on the company's first manufacturing facility in the country.

The facility in Guaratinguetá, scheduled to begin operations in 2013, will manufacture automotive and architectural glass. By 2016, the facility is expected to have a workforce of approximately 500 people, most of who will be hired locally. By then, the production capacity is expected to reach 220,000 tons of construction glass per year. The facility also is expected to produce automotive glass for 500,000 vehicles per year, also by 2016.

"AGC Brazil plans to hire about 500 employees in and around Guaratinguetá," says Kazuhiko Ishimura, AGC president and CEO. "AGC will look further ahead, and contribute to the development of human resources by training future generations of skilled professionals."

Ishimura led the cornerstone-laying ceremony and delivered a speech before an audience of more than 400 people, including São Paulo state secretary of metropolitan development Edson Aparecido, federal and state government representatives and Japanese government authorities.

"Today marks an important day that the AGC Group takes its first step of a long and prosperous journey it will take together with the Brazilian people," Ishimura said in his speech. "As AGC carries out its business operations in Brazil, I will always maintain my strong belief that AGC is here to grow together with Brazil."

Ishimura emphasized three main points in his speech: the importance of Brazil to the AGC Group; the group's endeavors for sustainability; and AGC's contribution to Brazilian society through its products.

AGC Vidros do Brasil Ltda., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the AGC Group, will oversee AGC's business activities in Brazil, including operation of the facility under the leadership of Davide Capellino, president.

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