Volume 39,  Issue 11,  November 2004

Global Update

Fenzi Group Purchases Akzo Nobel Production Facility in Belgium

Fenzi Group, a Milan, Italy-based producer of products for the secondary fabrications of glass, has announced its purchase of an Akzo Nobel business unit. The 40,000 square meter production facility, located in Vilvoorde, Belgium, specializes in corrosion prevention coatings for protecting the reflective film of mirrors. 

According to Fenzi, the facility it purchased is strategically placed to make deliveries via the best system and in the shortest time to all the main European producers on the market. According to a company news release, this location may, in the short term, become the hub for distribution in Europe of all Fenzi products.

“The takeover of the Akzo Nobel unit for mirror backing paints further strengthens Fenzi’s top-ranking status in this market area, one where it has played a key part for more than 60 years,” said Alessandro Fenzi, chief executive officer.

Saint-Gobain Adds Flat Glass Line in Poland; Expands Plant in India
Saint-Gobain Glass, the Saint-Gobain Group’s flat glass division, is building a new flat glass production line in Poland. The float line will be built in Dabrowa Gornicza, where the division already has one float line and a processing unit for automotive glass.

The related investment will amount to approximately EUR 100 million (approximately $121 million USD), for an annual capacity of 180,000 metric tons, according to a company news release. 

Products manufactured by the new line for the construction industry will primarily be exported to countries located east of Poland. The new line is intended to round out the company’s large-scale industrial capabilities in Poland and other Eastern European countries. 

In other news, Saint-Gobain Glass India is launching a new float plant in Sriperumbudur, India, on 120 acres. The investment is Rs 350 crore. Saint-Gobain had previously invested Rs 525 crore to create its first float plant there, which has been in production since July 2000. The plant has a capacity of 650 tons of float glass daily.

DFI Announces License Agreement With Induvit-Crilamyt
Diamon-Fusion International Inc. (DFI) has announced a license agreement of its Diamon-Fusion® hydrophobic nanotechnology with Induvit and Crilamyt of Ecuador.
Induvit and Crilamyt manufactures a full line of glass products including those for architectural, automotive and decorative industries, as well as other specialty industries.

“This new alliance with DFI is the result of our interest in [staying] up-to-date with the latest technological developments,” said Veronique Ponticelli, Induvit-Crilamyt marketing director. “DFI’s nanotechnology will allow us to offer an important added value to our glass products, thus improving maintenance properties and satisfying the requirements of a demanding market.”

TruSeal Spacer Systems Pass European Standards Testing
TruSeal Technologies, of Beach-wood, Ohio, has announced that its warm-edge flexible spacer systems, DuraSeal and Insuledge, have passed the requirements outlined by European testing standards EN1279-2, 3 and 6 according to the final report by Dutch test institute TNO-TPD. The European standard exposes insulating glass (IG) units to a series of accelerated tests using temperature, moisture and ultraviolet light.

The DuraSeal spacer system, dual-sealed with polysulfide, takes optimum advantage of laminates and adhesives to reduce thermal conductivity. In addition, the flexibility of DuraSeal’s patented design allows manufacturers to produce both standard and specialty windows with a single spacer system, according to the company. Insuledge, a hollow, non-metal spacer, incorporates a proprietary molding process. Its dual seal system allows it to be dual sealed with most common structural and thermoplastic IG secondary sealants.

“By obtaining certification, TruSeal is once again proving itself one of the foremost manufacturers of IG flexible spacer systems in the world,” said August Coppola, president. 

Takenaka Recognizes Guardian Contribution
Guardian Japan Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Guardian Industries Corp., recently received a certificate of appreciation from the construction firm Takenaka Corp. Guardian was the first overseas company in the 95-year history of the firm to receive this honor.

According to a Guardian press release, Guardian Japan was recognized for its contributions to an architecturally prestigious project in the Shiodome area, a booming redevelopment zone in Tokyo. The company provided more than 7,000 square meters of glass for the 37-story Hamarikyu Side Project. 

Daisuk Fukamachi, senior manager of Takenaka’s procurement department, and other senior Takenaka officials presented this award in Tokyo to Ralph Gerson, executive vice president of Guardian. 

“Guardian Industries Corp. established Guardian Japan Ltd. almost 15 years ago to grow its business in the important Japanese market and this long-term effort is beginning to pay off,” said Gerson after receiving the award. “We are now providing a variety of value-added flat glass products to our Japanese customers and we were very honored to participate in the Hamarikyu Side Project with Takenaka Corp.”

In addition, soon after finishing the Hamarikyu Side Project, Guardian Japan received an order to provide the coated glass to be used in Takenaka’s new headquarters building in Tokyo. 


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