Start of production in Schleusingen postponed
After the flint glass furnace went into operation in June 2020 at our new glass plant in Schleusingen, a furnace for the production of amber glass containers was to follow in January 2022. Unfortunately, we have to postpone the start of production of this furnace to the second quarter of 2022 for different reasons. As the older furnace at our Schleusingen plant went out of operation during Christmas week, this significantly reduces our amber glass capacity.
Exploding prices for energy and raw materials are the main driver
The supply and cost situation for raw materials and supplies have worsened dramatically, resulting in a considerable business risk. Furthermore, sickness rates are already extraordinarily high and we are faced with a fifth wave of Corona variant. This greatly increases the risk that regular operations can no longer be guaranteed and production lines have to be shut down. We ask all of our customers, business partners and employees to understand this difficult situation. After weighing the risks, a regulated start-up in January would not be possible. The final new commissioning date depends a lot on the supply situation, the development of the recent Corona wave and especially on the price situation on the energy markets.
Watch also a TV report of MDR Thüringen Journal on this topic.