Wednesday, April 6, 2022

That sounds awfully bad

Also in this week's New York Times, this little detail of manufacturing impacted by the Russian invasion of Ukraine (emphasis mine):  

...At Vetropack, a Swiss maker of glass storage containers with plants throughout Europe, the chief executive, Johann Reiter, is bracing for the possibility that Russia’s aggression may go beyond Ukraine.

Nearly 600 workers at the company’s plant near Kyiv were forced to suddenly stop production when Russian tanks invaded the country. Around 300 tons of molten glass was left to solidify inside the site’s furnace, rendering it useless.

The Ukrainian plant made 700 million beer bottles, jam jars and other containers last year, and without it, Vetropack’s revenue is expected to slump 10 percent. The company can’t make up for the lost production because its other factories are working at capacity, so managers are studying whether to change its mix of products.

Is that something the furnace can come back from? Maybe heating it back up? Or do you send in the man with the hammer?  

1 comment:

  1. I am afraid even a team of men with hammers will be no use. These large-volume furnaces are typically clad with heat-resistant ceramic material that is fragile, it will have to be completely re-built


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