NSG Group to Expand Pilkington Automotive Operations in Poland
March 10, 2011

The NSG Group has announced plans to expand and upgrade subsidiary Pilkington Automotive’s operations in Poland.
The investment involves the construction of a new auto glass plant at Chmielow, located in a Special Economic Zone, 30 km south of the Group's existing facilities at Sandomierz. The new plant will be dedicated to the production of windshields, sidelites and backlites for cars and trucks.

The first phase of the investment will increase the Group's automotive windshield capacity in Poland by 1.7 million pieces a year, along with an expansion for delivering additional value-added products, according to the company. A second-phase addition of a toughening line will add further capacity for the manufacture of 4 to 5 million backlites and sidelites annually.

The cost of the expansion will be approximately $120.6 million (U.S. dollars). The Polish government, along with the European Union, also will contribute funding to the project, according to NSG.

“Poland is an important market and operational center for the Group, [and one] in which we have been present since 1993,” says NSG Group president and CEO Craig Naylor. “We operate under the Pilkington brand in the automotive OE, automotive aftermarket (AGR) and building products markets in Poland, currently employing around 1,800 people on 11 sites throughout the country. This important new investment in our Automotive operations in Poland is intended both to expand our overall capacity in laminated and toughened parts and to enhance our capability to meet increasing demand for value-added products in the automotive glazing sector”.

The first operation lines are due to come on stream in mid-calendar year 2011, with the secondary operation lines being commissioned from mid-2012 through to the end of calendar year 2013.

Pittsburgh Glass Works (PGW) also recently opened a Poland auto glass plant.

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