Volume 40,   Issue 8                                  August  2005


Mexico’s President Fox Inaugurates Guardian’s 24th Float Plant
Mexican President Vicente Fox officially inaugurated Guardian Industries’ 24th float plant June 7 in El Marqués, Querétaro, Mexico. Mark LaCasse, managing director of Guardian’s Latin American operations, and Querétaro’s Governor Francisco Garrido accompanied President Fox during his tour of Guardian’s new plant.

“We are honored that President Fox and Governor Garrido could join us,” said Russ Ebeid, president of Guardian’s glass group. “Their presence underlies the significance of Guardian’s investment in Mexico.” Ebeid also thanked Mexican Secretary of the Economy Fernando Canales and the mayor of El Marqués, José Gómez Güemez, for their assistance in the construction and launch of the plant.

Construction of the $120 million manufacturing facility began in late July of 2003 and was completed a year later when the first ribbon of glass was pulled in August 2004. The facility employs approximately 300 people and produces about 650 tons of glass daily. Guardian says the plant will also generate as many as 1,000 more jobs in related supplier and logistics industries.

Saint-Gobain Building Second Float Line in Mexico
Primary glass manufacturer Saint-Gobain of France is expanding its presence in the Latin American market through construction of a new float glass production line in Mexico, its second in that country.

The facility, which will cost approximately $100 million, will be built at the Cuautla, Morelos site in the south of the country, where Saint-Gobain Vitrage already operates a float line as well as Saint-Gobain Sekurit, a plant involved in automotive glass production. Production at the new plant is scheduled to start at the end of 2006.

According to company officials, output from the new facility will be sold in Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean and the United States. The move was called, “a further step” in the company’s growth strategy in emerging countries.

Saint-Gobain has flat glass operations in 39 countries and has been operating in Mexico since 1996. In addition to the facilities in Cuautla, which also includes operations for producing laminated glass and mirrors, the company has a plant that specializes in glass for home appliances, called Euroveder, in Queretaro.

Saint-Gobain also distributes replacement auto glass through its Autover network in Mexico.

Another First for Al Abbar Architectural Glass
Al Abbar Architectural Glass (AAG) in Dubai plans to install what has been called the world’s largest low-E tempering line this month. Capable of tempering glass sizes up to 284 x 130 inches, the Tamglass ProE Magnum™ will enable the company to respond to the ever-increasing demand for large glass openings in architecture and dramatically increase AAG’s overall production capacity, not only for tempered, but for all forms of heat-treated glass.

With a thickness range of .15 to .75 inches, the MAGNUM will be installed alongside the company’s existing 189 x 95 inches Tamglass ProE line and be supported by three automatic cutting lines, including a new Lisec Jumbo machine.

“This new ProE MAGNUM delivery demonstrates well the long and close relationship between our companies and the individuals. It also demonstrates Al Abbar’s drive for excellence and ability to serve the ever more demanding architectural industry,” stated Pentti Salin, vice president business development of Tamglass and Bavelloni (Glaston Technologies).

Coinciding with the recent Glass Processing Days conference that was held in Tamglass’ headquarter city, Tampere, Finland, AAG’s factory manager Celso Broqueza was accompanied by newly-appointed managing director Alistair Kellock to inspect the MAGNUM test runs prior to shipping before the end of June.

AZON UK Celebrates New Location Opening
Azon UK Ltd. held an opening day celebration on June 2, 2005, at its new business facility in Ystrad Mynach, Wales. 

Azon has been in the area for 18 years, where it began with a small office. It later relocated to a larger facility on the Venosa Trading Estate, and now to its present unit in Duffryn Business Park, Ystrad Mynach. Ystrad Mynach is within the Caerphilly area in Mid Glamorgan.

The new Azon facility has 20,000 square feet of production area with just over 1,000 square feet of office space, which provides room for expansion.

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