Volume 38, Issue 2, February 2003


VDMA Says U.S. Market is Key
VDMA According to Verband Deutscher Mascinen-und Anlagenbau e.V. (VDMA), the German Construction Equipment and Building Material Association, the United States is one of the most important export markets. The association says it is seeing the demand for machines in the United States beginning to revive since the terrorist attacks of September 11.

The VDMA says that German glass machinery manufacturers are “strongly dependent on the international market.” In fact, VDMA statistics say the country’s export ratio is more than 80 percent.

DFI Signs Up Exclusive European Representative
San Juan Capistrano, Calif.-based Diamon-Fusion International Inc. (DFI), has reached an exclusive representation agreement with Grossbongardt Kommunikation GmbH (GKG), of Hamburg, Germany. GKG will represent DFI’s technology in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Austria, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands. 

Grossbongardt Kommunikation GmbH is a public relations agency for several aviation, aerospace and other high-tech companies in Europe. Among its clients are Boeing, Lufthansa Airlines and Exxon Mobil Europe.

Chinese Glass Company Develops Super-Fine Glass
Chinese engineers have developed a form of glass that can be made into lites only 1.1 millimeters thick—the thinnest possible in China.

The glass, made by Penglong Super-thin Glass Co. in Qinyang City in Henan Province, Central China, is used in electronics and to make instruments, meters and medical equipment. According to a news release, the glass has passed technical appraisal by experts from the Qinhuangdao Glass Design Institute as meeting international standards.

In addition, the company has received orders from a number of electronics, instruments and meters and medical equipment manufacturers in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Shenzhen and other locations in China.

The deals total more than 110,000 square meters of glass.

Another Chinese glass manufacturer, Luoyang Float Glass Group (LFGG), began producing 1-mm-thick float glass last year. 

Tyrolit Expands to China with New Location
The Tyrolit Group has opened a new location in China—Tyrolit Sozhou Superabrasive Tools Co. Ltd. According to information from the company, the new location “expresses Tyrolit Group’s strong commitment toward investing in a country that has enormous potential for growth …” 

The Sozhou branch will be a part of Tyrolit’s dimensional stone and glass division, which is headed by Alfonso Marra, executive vice president. 

“China is a huge market, but very competitive in terms of prices,” said Marra. “On the other hand, the offer of products is not consistent as far as quality and technology go. We shall undertake to offer the right balance between price, quality and local service; these will be the distinguishing elements underpinning our group’s name in China.”

Saint-Gobain Aims to Raise Market Share
Saint-Gobain has announced it is aiming to increase its market share in Brazil by expanding its special glasses production to the civil construction and furniture industries. The company’s aim is to raise the production of printed glasses by 5 percent per year or 3,000 metric tons. 

The domestic printed glass market is shared by Saint-Gobain and UBV, with each company controlling 50 percent of the market share.

Oh HENRY! UK’s NHBC’s Efforts Recognized 
The United Kingdom’s National House-Building Council (NHBC) has been awarded the National Home Energy Rating organization’s Home Energy Rater of the Year (HENRY) award.

According to a news release, NHBC, a warranty provider for new homes, was honored with the award for its industry support. Over the past seven years the group has carried out energy-rating assessments on more than 45,000 new properties.
“Modern homes are built to higher insulation standards and have more efficient heating systems than at any other time,” said Shirley Watson, NHBC’s engineering services manager. “Not only is this good for the environment, [but] it is also a major attraction for home buyers who benefit from lower fuel bills.”

Glaverbel to Build Third Russian Float Plant 
Glaverbel SA has announced that it will build a third float glass line in Russia to meet the demands of a large local expansion. The new plant will have a capacity of approximately 600 tons a day, serving the construction and automotive glass markets of St. Petersburg and Moscow.

Another production unit with a capacity of approximately 5 million square meters a year will be built on the same site. Together, the two units cost approximately 130 million EURO.
Glaverbel said the facilities should be operating by the end of 2004. 


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