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Pilkington North America Continues to Adjust Production Schedules to Meet Declining Automotive Demand

In the wake of Nippon Sheet Glass's announcement yesterday that it would be reducing capacity and laying off approximately 5,800 workers, Pilkington North America doesn't have any planned plant closings, but will have periodic shutdowns and revamped shift schedules in the coming months, in order to align automotive capacity with the declining demand, according to Pilkington North America spokesperson Roberta Steedman. (CLICK HERE for full text of NSG statement.)

"Several of our automotive plants currently are on shutdown Collingwood [Ontario] (January 18 - February 8), Shelbyville [Indiana] (January 21 - February 2) and Versailles [Kentucky] (January 18 - February 2)," Steedman says. "Additional shutdowns are possible in the coming weeks. Also, our float glass plant in Rossford, Ohio, which supplies the automotive market, is currently down to one line."

Currently, though, she stresses that no plant closures are planned, but staffing will be considered.

"We have employees on layoff at the plants due to the shutdowns/crush periods, but no plant closures are planned at this time in North America," she adds. "We will be looking to rationalize staffing requirements at all levels of our business, including streamlining central functions."

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