Glass supplies low in Christchurch

10:32 am on 7 September 2010

Glass supplies in Christchurch are low after many glaziers had their stock smashed in Saturday's earthquake.

Window Association member Bryn Thomson, says most glass businesses in Christchurch have lost 50% - 90% of their stock.

Up to 80% of all glass used in the South Island is supplied by two companies in Christchurch - Viridian and Metro GlassTech.

Metro GlassTech chief executive Andrew Bailey says up to half of its $2 million worth of stock was smashed and the factory had to close briefly.

But Mr Bailey says the shortage should not last more than a few days because fresh supplies are arriving by road and sea and the factory is already cutting glass again.