Volume 39, Issue 5, May  2004


Glasstech Opens Sales and 
Support Office in Shanghai, China

Since the 1980s, Perrysburg, Ohio-based Glasstech Inc. has been supplying China’s glass processors with bending and tempering equipment. In what it says is an effort to enhance existing customer support and strengthen its market position in the Pacific Rim, the company has opened a sales and support office in Shanghai’s Pudong business district.

“China and the Pacific Rim have become increasingly important to Glasstech as a result of rapid growth in automotive production and strong commercial and residential building starts,” said Mark Christman, president. “Our new office in Shanghai enables us to be closer to our customers and provide more timely response to their needs, as well as quickly react to new sales opportunities.”

The office in Shanghai is Glasstech’s second sales and support facility outside of the United States. Glasstech Ltd. in Worcester, U.K., has been in operation since 1981, servicing customers in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

The company’s move to China could be viewed as being in line with the increasing construction in China. According to reports in Engineering News Record, “the construction buildup in China is creating an exceedingly competitive market there for heavy machinery.” The report said recent data showed that due to China’s quick development it could become the largest producer of consumer and mobile equipment by the end of this decade.

HT Troplast Announces New Production Plant in Russia
HT Troplast has opened a production facility in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, which will produce Trosifol PVB interlayer. The new plant has capacity to produce 4,000 tons of PVB for laminated safety glass.

The company says the plant’s focus will be producing PVB films from trimmings generated both internally and supplied by customers. Though it is recycled film, the company says it still meets virtually all requirements of top-grade films. The new product’s brand name will be TROLEN.

According to company information, Nizhny Novgorod (formerly Gorky) was selected for a number of reasons. For one, Bor Glassworks, a Russian glass manufacturer, is located near the new facility.

Production will be handled by a Russian staff that has been trained at the company’s headquarters in Germany. Info www.ht-troplast.com or www.trosifol.com or call +49/(0) 22 41/85-44 55.


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