Bleaching and cotton-spinning and the manufacture of fire-bricks and tiles are carried on.
An effort at a more direct mechanical process is embodied in the inventions of Foucault which are at present being developed in Germany and Belgium; in this process the glass is drawn from the molten bath in the shape of flat sheets, by the aid of a bar of iron, previously immersed in the glass, the glass receiving its form by being drawn through slots in large fire-bricks, and being kept in shape by rapid chilling produced by the action of air-blasts.
When the floor of the kiln has been covered with slabs of glass the opening is carefully built up and luted with fire-bricks and fire-clay, and the whole is then allowed to cool.
There are manu factures of fire-bricks, tiles and pottery, besides brewing and soapmaking.
The principal imports are coal, cattle for the home markets, and fire-bricks from the United Kingdom.