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Obeikan fires up float furnace

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Saudi Advanced Industries Company (SAIC) has said that its glass manufacturing subsidiary has began the operation of its glass furnace. Obeikan Glass Company, in which SAIC owns a 40% stake, will require 4-5 weeks until the furnace reaches maximum heat. At that stage, the compay will then start producing float glass within 2-3 weeks as fine tuning of the process takes place.

The glass plant has been erected at Yanbu el Bahr, industrial and port city in Saudi Arabia on the Red Sea coast in Medina Province, about 350 km north of Jeddah. Yanbu harbour, close to the Suez Canal and on the major East-West shipping route provides easy access to the European and far-east markets for its products.

When fully operational, the plant will produce 800 tonnes per day of clear and tinted glass feature which will let it be the largest in the region. With provisions for on-line coatings, it will be the most modern of its kind in the Gulf countries thanks to Fives Stein technology.

“Growth in construction means growth in building products (which account for 80-85% of the float glass market) magnified by an architectural and engineering trend towards greater use of glass in building façades, for reasons involving not only design trends but also environmental protection” says Derek Burston, Event Manager, Gulf Glass 2011 (7-9 March, ADNEC, Abu Dhabi, UAE;

“Such developments make it all the more important for the entire region to find a place where they can gather and see what technological and material developments there are, in order to keep the industry developing.”

This year’s Gulf Glass exhibition, the 4th in the series, has over 100 exhibitors from around the World, and takes place on the 7-9 March at ADNEC, Abu Dhabi. Make sure you don’t miss out on the show, by downloading your FREE visitor ticket online at Alternatively, contact Derek Burston on or Dominic Morris on for more details.

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