Founded in 1946, Consol (PTY.) LTD operates four glass production facilities and serves international, regional and domestic customers mainly in the beer, wine, spirits, food and non-alcoholic beverage sectors. They require a second furnace build, mainly for flint soda-lime glass, at the newly established Nigel plant near Johannesburg in South Africa. Batch and cullet transport is also required, extending from the existing batch house to the new furnace, along with installation support.
The SORG Group has delivered a full turnkey solution for Consol Glass, combining its services to offer one seamless solution. Nikolaus SORG has engineered and commissioned the second furnace build, which is gas-heated and highly boosted with a 150m² regenerative endport furnace. In addition, Nikolaus SORG has incorporated a SORG® STW working end and four SORG® 340S+® forehearths. Meanwhile, EME has extended the batch and cullet transport from the existing EME batch house to the new furnace with a closed-loop cullet return system, whilst also migrating the SCADA and software to the latest versions. SKS has executed the steel and refractory installation.
The SORG Groups strong history and partnership with Consol Glass places us in the perfect position to collaborate on this project. The second furnace will optimise efficiency and performance of production. By harnessing the Power of 3, SORG, EME and SKS are able to offer one solution for hot end processes, from batch and cullet handling to melting technologies and furnace design, to furnace construction and complete lifecycle services.