Volume 40,   Issue 2                             February  2005

Global Update

Super Spacer® TriSeal™ From Edgetech Obtains EN1279 Certification

Edgetech I.G., of Cambridge, Ohio, has announced that its Super Spacer TriSeal has passed the requirements detailed in the European testing standards EN1279-3, according to the final report by ift Rosenheim.

According to Edgetech, its Super Spacer TriSeal, is one of the world’s few Warm Edge spacer systems to pass EN1279-3, a stringent long-term gas loss test, with silicone as the secondary sealant. Having passed the requirements, TriSeal joins the ranks of Super Spacer Standard and Premium, which obtained EN1279-2, 3 and 6 last year, according to the final report by the Dutch test institute TNO-TPD.
www.superspacer.com or call 866/TRUE-WARM.

Freedonia Group Study Predicts Future Flat Glass Demand
According to a recently issued study from the Cleveland-based market research firm Freedonia Group, the market value of fabricated glass will grow a strong 5.4 percent per year through 2008 to $53 billion worldwide. 

The study, World Flat Glass, also predicts that the market for architectural glass will benefit from the greater use of value-added glazing products, both in new structures and during major renovation. Based on year-end 2003 figures, it is forecasted that the global industry will require 23 new float lines averaging 500 metric tons per day to meet future demand for flat glass through the end of 2008. These figures exclude Russia and China, which the study says are looking to convert and modernize existing facilities rather than adding additional capacity. 

In addition, the study predicts that developing countries in Asia will register the strongest gains in flat glass demand through 2008, with growth especially strong in China and India. Forecasts show the U.S. market for fabricated flat glass will outpace the global average through 2008, although actual gains in square meters and metric tonnage will lag the global average slightly. Western Europe will continue to post the weakest sales growth among all regions. 
www.freedoniagroup.com or call 440/684-9600.

Casso-Solar Named North American Agent for Fleischle Siebdruckmaschinen
Fleischle Siebdruckmaschinen eKfm, a screen printer manufacturer located in Brackenheim, Germany, has announced the appointment of Pomona, N.Y.-based Casso-Solar Corp. as its exclusive North American agent.

Casso-Solar has more than 40 years of experience in the industry, and will provide sales, service and spare parts support for Fleischle screen printers and associated equipment in North America.

Fleischle supplies printers for architectural large format, automotive applications, appliance glass, art glass and more.
www.cassosolar.com or call 800/988-4455.

Asahi Invests in Plants in Philippines and India 
Asahi Glass Philippines has announced it is investing nearly $37 million (USD) to upgrade the capacity of its facilities in Pasig City. 

The company says it will be increasing float glass production in order to meet increasing local market demand, and to also be able to export more glass.

In other Asahi news, Asahi India Glass has announced it is in investing about $137 million (USD) to establish a glass plant at Roorkee in Uttaranchal, India.

“The plant will cater to the growing demand for value-added and processed glass and glass products,” said Sanjay Labroo, managing director and chief executive officer. “We shall establish our presence at key locations of the country to take advantage of the rapidly increasing demand for our products and services.”

The plant is expected to have a capacity of 700 million tons per day, and to be in operation by the end of 2006. 

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