Volume 39, Issue 8, August  2004


Profilit Production in Full Swing at Pilkington Bauglasindustrie GmbH

Westcrowns Inc., of Shallotte, N.C., the United States distributor for the Pilkington Profilit™ lineal translucent glazing systems, has announced that the Pilkington Bauglasindustrie GmbH facility in Schmelz, Germany, where the channel glass is manufactured, is again in full production.

The facility was temporarily shut down in order to undergo a $12 million upgrade of its production, storage and distribution facilities. The plant reopened in April 2004, and includes a rebuilt modeling furnace and annealing lehr. 

“This remodeling and technical upgrade will enable profiled glass production to move into the 21st century in order to better meet the growing market requirements for Pilkington Profilit,” said Christoph Claesges, Schmelz production manager. According to the company’s announcement, the product itself has already succeeded in moving into more exciting markets. Recent product development and marketing, particularly in the United States, have catapulted the Profilit glass system from its niche status as an unspectacular industrial application to the limelight of sophisticated architectural design. 

Groundwork Set for New Bulgarian Glass Plant

Targovishte, Bulgaria will soon be home to a new glass factory. Sisecam, a Turkish glass producer, has announced plans to invest $160 million (USD) in the project, which will include two plants, one for flat glass and one for glassware. The International Finance Corp., part of the World Bank Group, will fund 50 percent of the investment.

According to an article posted on www.novinite.com, a Bulgarian news network, the new plants, targeted for completion in about 18 months, are expected to create 700 new jobs in Targovishte.

Guardian Industries Launches Float Glass Plant in Poland

Guardian Industries Corp., based in Auburn Hills, Mich., has unveiled a new float glass facility in Czestochowa, Poland. The newest facility is the company’s 22nd float glass line worldwide.

Guardian Industries officials joined their Guardian Poland colleagues in welcoming a distinguished group of government officials to the plant for the inauguration on June 2, 2004. Customers, suppliers, contractors and others attended the event, which featured a plant tour and reception. 

“The strong demand for float glass in Central Europe has made our investments in Poland, Hungary and Eastern Germany very worthwhile,” said Russell J. Ebeid, president of Guardian’s glass group. “With this new facility, Guardian reinforces its commitment to delivering high-quality, value-added glass for the Central European market.”

The Czestochowa plant employs approximately 300 people, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week and produces about 600 tons of glass daily. In addition, the plant features a coating operation, which facilitates the production of thermal-insulating, low-E glass.

Japan Glass Firms Investing in South Korea

According to South Korea’s commerce minister, Lee Hee-beom, Tokyo-based Asahi Glass Co. Ltd. and seven other Japanese companies will invest a combined $480 million USD in South Korea’s technology sector. The announcement said Asahi Glass will invest $240 million USD over the next four years to build a plant for glass used in liquid crystal displays. 

PFG Moves Float Glass Technical Assistance from Pilkington to Guardian

PFG Building Glass, a float glass manufacturer in Southern Africa, has switched its float technical assistance providers from Pilkington to Guardian Industries. The transition was effective July 1.

According to the announcement made by PFG chief executive officer Stewart Jennings, Pilkington will still be involved in providing back-up assistance with some areas of the line, which has the proprietary Pilkington technology.

“We believe there will be a smooth transition in our float technical assistance arrangement, and wish to thank both parties for the constructive manner in which we have been able to negotiate the change,” said Jennings in the announcement.

Construction of Vietnam Factory Begins
The Vietnam Glass and Constructional Ceramics Corp., a part of the Viglacera Corp., in Hanoi, Vietnam, the Constructional Materials Corp. No. 1, of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and the Nippon Sheet Glass Co. Ltd., based in Osaka, Japan, have announced plans to build a float glass factory in Vietnam. The $100 million joint venture will be built at the My Xuan A industrial zone in the Southern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau. Construction is expected to begin this September.

The factory will be the third of its kind in the country. Once completed in September 2006, the factory will produce 28 million square meters of international standardized float glass annually. 

Alliance Forged to Speed Delivery of Anti-Terrorism Products

B&B ARMR Corp., a subsidiary of Integrated Security Systems Inc. (ISSI), of Irving, Texas, has announced a strategic licensing agreement with Marburg, Germany-based Saelzer GmbH. The alliance is intended to accelerate the availability of B&B ARMR anti-terrorist crash gate and barrier technologies for high-security applications in Europe and Africa.

Under the agreement, Saelzer, a provider of blast-rated glass for building exteriors, will manufacture select crash gates and barriers to meet urgent market demands while also distributing the full line of Department of State-certified products to embassies, military bases, commercial buildings and refineries in African and European countries. 


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