The objective of this aid is to help the glassworks “to pass the winter”, indicated this morning the Minister of Industry, Roland Lescure.
The State will grant a loan of 15 million euros to the glassworks Duralexsuffocated by the explosion of energy prices, “to help him get through the winter,» announced on Monday the Minister of Industry Roland Lescure on European 1. The company had announced in September that it would have to put its oven on standby for at least four months from November in its historic factory, located in Chapelle-Saint-Mesmin in Loiret, and place all of its employees on short-time work to save energy and preserve finances. I am going to tell them that the State is there and that we are going to make a loan of 15 million euros to support Duralex.“, announced the minister who must make a trip in the afternoon to the site of the company.
It evokes “an extremely strong impact of energy costs” because “to make glass you have to consume gas and electricity“. “Duralex had to close its activity for the winter, they continue to sell glasses because they have stocks, but due to rising energy costs they are closing their oven. These 15 million will literally allow them to spend the winter. This energy shock is really a brake on a company that was in the process of recovering, we want to support this recoveryadded Roland Lescure.
The famous glassworks had been acquired in extremis in January 2021, after having been placed in receivership a few months earlier, by International Cookware (Pyrex), which became the Maison Française du Verre at the start of the year. Created in 1945 by Saint-Gobain, the glass factory in the suburbs of Orléans employs 250 people and in 2021 achieved a turnover of 23.4 million euros.
During his trip, Roland Lescure will also visit the printer Maury in Malesherbois – who prints weeklies (Paris Match, L’Express and Le Point in particular) and books like those of the Gallimard publishing house and of which “the (energy) bill has increased from 5 to 20 million euros per year between 2021 and 2022“. Roland Lescure indicated that Maury would be able to benefit from State aid in the energy field “up to 12 million euros in total», «which is about a third of [sa] energy bill“, or two million from which the company has already benefited and “up to ten millionthanks to the counter set up by the government. This help desk for paying electricity bills for businesses opened on Saturday for the months of September and October 2022.