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Venezuela launches two new window plants

By: Michael Lauzon

October 26, 2012

VALENCIA, VENEZUELA (Oct. 26, 3:05 p.m. ET) — Venezuelan firm Petrocasa has opened two vinyl window production plants for its composite housing in the states of Carabobo and Zulia.

The housing technology — developed by GHS GmbH of Nussbach, Austria, and Corporación Petroquímica de Venezuela SA of Valencia — incorporates PVC. The two plants have capacity to make more than a million windows a year for prefabricated housing. Other plants in Venezuela produce other housing components.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez presided at the opening ceremony for the new plants.

About 3.7 million Venezuelan families have applied for the composite houses.

“The raw materials used are entirely domestic Venezuelan products and it’s a win-win situation for everyone,” said GHS CEO Harald Rath in a news release. GHS plans to install more equipment in existing Venezuelan plants to make housing components.

GHS is responsible for the engineering, production and assembly of the housing components production plants. Petrocasa operates the vinyl profile lines making components.

GHS-designed housing is applied to social housing projects and for remediation after natural disasters. GHS claims the houses are earthquake- and hurricane-safe.