During the sixties of 20th century in the southern region of the USSR had a great need for glass containers. Therefore, the Government of the Republic of Moldova decided to build the “Chisinau Glass Factory” as the largest in Europe at that time.
The project for the construction of the factory was developed by the Glass Institute „ЮЖГИПРО” in Kiev. The first phase of the factory was commissioned in 1970. At the same time with the launch of first production workshop (SMC 1), the following sections were put into operation: the raw materials workshop, where the batch was produced, the component necessary for glass production, compressor shop, transport shop, the electrical shop, plumbing workshop, foundry and mechanical shop, and workshop for final products .
In first production workshop (SMC 1) were installed 4 production lines AL-106 produced in Czechoslovak Republic, for bottle production and a production line for jars, IS-6-2E machine produced in Japan.
According the Act of the State Commission for the acceptance of the first production workshop from 15.10.1970, the following capacities were adopted:
Glass jar 0.5 lit., annual amount – 40 mln. / pc.
Glass bottles, annual quantity – 116 mln./pcs.
In the raw materials workshop, the lines for the processing of the raw material were put into operation. Were started two lines for the preparation of the batch of Czechoslovak Republic. The production capacity of the raw materials workshop amounted to 536 tons of batch for 24 hours.
The second production workshop was ordered in 1972. In the production workshop were installed three production lines IS-6-2Ф for the production of glass jars and one production line AL-106 for the production of bottles.
According the Act of the State Commission for the acceptance of the second production workshop of 28.07.1972, the capacity of:
Glass jar in 0.5 ml – 210 mln./pcs.
In April, 1977, production workshop no. 3, where three glass forming machines were originally installed, AB-6-2, machines produced in Czechoslovak Republic and a BB-7 glass forming machine, produced in Russia.
In 1981, the reconstruction of the production workshop no. 3, the replacement of AB-6-2 glass forming machines with BB-7 glass forming machines was performed.
During April-May, 1978, during the overhaul of the glass manufacturing furnace no. 1, its reconstruction was carried out with the replacement of glass forming machines with glass forming machines produced in Russia for the manufacture of bottles, six glass forming machines BB-7 were installed for the production of bottles.
The capacity of the plant reached :
0.5 l glass jar – 197.6 mln. / Pcs.
Bottles – 112.7 mln./pcs.
In 1982, the reconstruction of the production workshop no. 3 (SMC-3) was carried out with the installation of Swedish-made machines, IS-8-2, for the production of glass jars needed for the use of baby food packaging.
In 1986-1988, four BB-7 glass forming machines in production workshop no. 1 (SMC-1) were replaced by two 2 BB-12 machine lines in Russia.
After reconstruction in production workshop no. 1 (SMC-1) and production workshop no. 3 (SMC-3), the production capacity of the factory reached:
Jar 0.5 lit. – 236 mln./pcs.
Bottles – 100.24 mln./pcs.
In 1982, the opening of production workshop no. 4, which was intended for the production of colored glassware, such as vases for flowers and fruits, chocolates, ashtrays, jugs and various artistic products. For the packaging of bottles and jars, since 1983, the factory began to produce a film in the shape of a cloth with a width of 1050 – 1100 mm and a sleeve film with a width of up to 4100 mm, which increased the production quality and reduced losses of products in the transportation process.
In 1996 in production workshop no. 2 (SMC-2) reconstruction was performed. During the reconstruction, a new glass melting furnace was built, which would allow the production of glass to 150 tons per day and reduce gas consumption in 2 times . Lines of glass forming machines have been installed, including IS-8-2 glass forming machines, annealing furnaces and product control lines.
The capacity of the plant reached:
0.5 liter glass jar. – 144.1 mln./pcs.
Bottles – 214.9 mln./pcs.
Simultaneously with the reconstruction of the main workshop, the reconstruction of the household premises was carried out: the mechanical workshop was fit up with equipped machines, the numerical programming office, the design office and the mechanical workshop were computerized, which made possible the rapid development and manufacture of glass moulds for new types of products.
In 2003, the reconstruction of the glass melting furnace No.1 was carried out. The elimination of the glass melt was reached up to 140 tons per day, gas consumption was reduced in 2 times.
In 2005, two 2BB-12 glass forming machines were replaced in production workshop no. 1 (SMC-1) with Italian-made glass forming machines, BDF-8 and 2BDF-6, and the capacity of SMC-1 reached 56.6 millions .
In 2005, the reconstruction of the glass melting furnace no. 5, during which the melting surface of the glass was increased by 3.3 m².
In 2006, the glass melting furnace was rebuilt, with a total area of 92 square meters, and a glass melting system was installed. The production quantity of glass reached 210 tons per day. In the production of glass bottles, a “Ferty flow” mechanism was used.
At that time, the factory owned over 280 types of products. Every day, the raw materials workshop produced over 300 tons of batch for the production of glass on four lines that operated automatically. The company has implemented and applied a quality management system in the design, manufacture and marketing of glass jars and bottles for the food industry.
In 2006, the TUV CERT TUV THURINGEN certification organization issued a certificate confirming that the requirements of EN ISO 9001: 2000 have been met.
In 2009, the packing area were modernized with the installation of Italian equipment by “ЕMMETI”.
In 2018, the “Chisinau Glass Factory” obtains the QMSCERT certificate No. 241018-1 because it established the food safety management system which is in accordance with the principles of HACCP and Food Management System Standard.