Venezuela Re-Starts Guardian  
Glass Plant after Take Over  
n August 10Venezuelan officials menting a“boycott and sabotage,”add-  
Guardian didn’t immediately respond  
officially“reopened”the Guard- ing that Guardian was “a business that, to a request for a comment on the plant’s  
ian Industries float glass plant of which there is no doubt, operated at re-start, but the company’s initial state-  
that they seized by military force in late a fraudulent level, selling its products ment about the plant seizure, released  
July. The government said it would be very cheaply abroad … it bought very on August 1, disputes those allegations.  
a “temporary occupation, which will little raw material here and basically  
have a duration of one year,” with the defrauded the country.”  
“Guardian has operated proudly in  
Venezuela for decades,” reads the state-  
goal of producing 350 tons of glass per  
day for export.  
Yelitza Santaella,governor of the state ment. “We have been fully committed  
of Monagas, claimed that 60 percent of to ensuring the safety of our employees,  
According to a report from El Abre- the basic materials Guardian needed and have acted in compliance with all  
lata, a resolution of “occupation” and to manufacture glass was in the state’s applicable laws and with respect for the  
the restart of operations at the facility mines,“but even that was abandoned.” community.The safety of the employees  
is now in effect.Labor Minister Osvaldo She said the takeover would benefit the and management of Guardian de Vene-  
Vera accused the company of imple- plant’s workers, as well as the nation.  
zuela’s operations are now in the control  
of the Venezuelan government.”  
Vera read directives from the gov-  
ernment of President Nicolas Maduro,  
saying that the first order of business  
would be to occupy the facility, restart  
production and protect the nation’s  
labor process.  
Lisec Builds Largest  
IG Line for se1d45a-mketer-long insulating  
Since seizing the plant in late July,  
Venezuela’s government has told sympa-  
thetic media outlets there that Guardian  
closed the facility weeks ago as part of  
an “economic war” U.S. businesses are  
waging against the country, a catch-all  
claim that officials in Venezuela have  
been making for years. However, most  
analysts cite the collapse of global oil  
prices, combined with the country’s di-  
sastrous socialist economic policies, for  
causing drastic shortages of raw materi-  
als as well as skyrocketing inflation that  
the International Monetary Fund says  
could hit 1,640 percent by 2017, accord-  
ing to Business Insider.  
glass (IG) line, built by Lisec,  
is now operating at sedak’s  
Gersthofen, Bavaria location. The  
company believes it to be the larg-  
est IG line in the world producing  
IGUs more than 49 by 10½ feet  
and up to 102 mm thick.  
In this case, the requirements  
were particularly high: sedak pro-  
cesses elements of up to 15 meters  
with a running meter weight of up to  
[992 pounds], and the spacer is ap-  
sedak’s can produce IGUs IG line more plied with an accuracy of 0.5 mm,”  
than 49 by 10½ feet and up to 102 mm says Othmar Sailer, CEO of Lisec.  
thick with its new Lisec line.  
“The positioning of glass sheets to  
each other here amounts to 1 mm.  
To prevent a popular uprising, the  
government declared a state of emer-  
gency in mid-May and ordered the  
state seizure of factories that have  
closed because they can’t get raw mate-  
rials.For example,Venezuela seized the  
In order to meet those requirements, we have developed [a unique] concept  
which is filed in several patents.”  
Additionally, Lisec developed a fully automatic removal station for large-for-  
mat IG elements. It ensures units don’t have to be handled manually until  
the final secondary sealing material is applied. This enables handling lites  
weighing up to 14,881 pounds.  
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Kimberly Clark plant in July after the the capacity to produce about 450 metric total sales. …It’s the exports that lie be-  
U.S. diaper maker pulled out because tons per day.  
hind the substance of this sector, which  
had already increased its sales at the time  
when the recession was at its worst.”  
The analysis shows a 58-percent in-  
The Italian glass processing machin- crease in exports to NAFTA countries as  
of deteriorating economic conditions.  
Additionally, the information supplied Italian Machinery  
by the Venezuelan media is untrust- Industry Stays Positive  
have been forced to act as de facto organs ery, accessories and special products a result of an uptick in the U.S. economy  
of the state, according to Reporters With- sector had another good year in 2015, and a 73.3-percent increase in sales to  
outBorders’2016pressfreedomrankings. according to information from GIMAV. Mexico. Meanwhile, the European Union  
Venezuela’s president since 2013, Attendees of GIMAV’s general meet- remains the main export market for these  
Nicolás Maduro, does his utmost to si- ing on June 15 received a report on the products,which grew by 18.4 percent.  
lence independent media outlets,” ac- state of the industry. “As far as the non-EU countries are  
cording to the report, which puts the “The report signaled a new wave of concerned, the most striking figure was  
country 139th out of 180 in the world.“A optimism for everybody, demonstrating definitely an increase in sales to Turkey,  
law approved in 2010 provides for sanc- the strength of the sector despite the dif- which topped the ranking of export mar-  
tions in the event of any content ‘calling ficult economic situation,”a release from kets,” the release reads.“By contrast, ex-  
the legitimately constituted authority GIMAV reads. “The stronger positive ports to Brazil and Russia took a nosedive  
into question.’ This has led to arbitrary trend was underlined by a pickup in the due to the socio-political and economic  
arrests and defamation prosecutions.”  
domestic market, which was more sus- instability of the former and the geo-stra-  
According to CINVICRE, a trade orga- tained for the flat glass sector. This good tegic political crisis in the latter with the  
nization inVenezuela,the Guardian glass result accompanies a significant growth controversial international sanctions that  
plant there employs 250 workers and has in exports, accounting for 80 percent of have been adopted.” n  
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