Volume 40,   Issue 12                      December  2005


AAG Expands Operations with New Coating Line
Al Abbar Architectural Glass (AAG) of Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE), announced plans to expand its UAE-based operation through the introduction of an 18-cathode glass coating line with a capacity of approximately 2,000,000m2 per annum. 

The company says the original Glaverbel equipment will produce magnetron-sputtered coated glass using a vacuum electromagnetic process. 

Marketed by AAG under the trade names COOLRAY, COOLPANE and e-COOL, the coated glass will be offered in a highly selective range of top-performance low-E coating types and a diverse but selective solar control range, according to the company.
Installation of the coating line is expected by the end of the year, with commissioning and testing scheduled for January 2006.

“I am really proud to be able to make the unique Glaverbel Stopray coatings available in our region and to give the customers a top quality solar control coating together with fast delivery times,” said Rashid Al Abbar, chairperson of AAG.

“We are happy to conclude this agreement with a long time partner of Glaverbel. I am fully confident of the ability of Al Abbar to brightly establish the Glaverbel Stopray technology in the Middle East,” said Jean-Luc Batkin, Glaverbel’s vice president, processed glass.

ICD High Performance Coatings Expands Spain Manufacturing Site
ICD High Performance Coatings of Vancouver, Wash., has announced an upgrade to its manufacturing site in Cordoba, Spain, that is designed to offer full manufacturing, as well as full logistics, inside the European Union (EU) and beyond.

“This site traditionally has been a color matching facility to help expedite product to customers, yet now that demand has increased the facility will offer 100-percent manufactured products as well as color matching for all countries in the EU,” stated Larry Vockler, president. “It’s important to ensure that customers receive their products just as if they were calling from the States, therefore a logistics and distribution center is available from this location as well.”
ICD has hired new personnel as part of the upgrade.

Tomek Wierzchowski has been added to the ICD team to represent Poland in sales support and act as technical support in all EU regions. 

Bernard Ghyoot has also been hired for sales and technical service support in the EU. He is responsible for increasing and improving logistics and distribution in the EU. In addition, he will oversee all representation in the EU, as well as all technical service staff and support. 

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