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Facts about glass manufacturing

10 years ago Guardian invested £102 million to manufacture float glass.


Glass furnaces operate at temperatures in excess of 1500°C.


2000 tons of molten glass is continuously held within a furnace.


A float line is in excess of 650 metres long.


Over 700 tons of glass can be produced in a day.


The largest sheet size is 3210mm x 6000mm.


Laminating lines can produce laminated glass up to 30mm thick.


Soft Coat glass is manufactured on a Magnetron glass coater that has 25 coating chambers.


Guardian’s warehouse can hold 25,000 tons of glass.


A Magnetron glass coater costs in the region of £35 million and a laminating line in the region of £6 million.

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