Panattoni Europe has completed works on the construction of a new manufacturing plant, which will make innovative automotive glass, for Pilkington Automotive Poland. The facility has been erected in Chmielów, and it totals around 90,000 sqm, of which as much as three quarters was developed by Panattoni Europe.
The development, worth around half a billion zlotys, was planned for 2011-2015. It is the second Pilkington factory in Poland and it will make glass for the world’s largest car manufacturers. The facility will also make glass products for trucks. Apart from building the warehouse and manufacturing hall, totalling 56,000 sqm, Panattoni also acted as a general contractor, delivering a 10,000 sqm manufacturing hall.
Accorint to Panattoni, the factory of Pilkington Automotive Poland is now the most modern facility of its type in Poland and one of the most modern worldwide. It is equipped with innovative process lines for making windscreens, installing additional windscreen elements, for truck glass manufacturing and glass encapsulation. The final stage of the investment ended with the launch of a process line for manufacturing tempered side windows, including the line for installing additional elements onto laminated side windows and side windows with hydrophobic coating. Armed with these new technologies, Pilkington expects to double its capacity in Poland.