Volume 40,   Issue 6                                June  2005

Global Update

Soleras Signs Agreement with Applied Film China
Soleras Ltd., a Biddeford, Maine, supplier of rotary targets used for coating glass, has signed an agreement with Applied Films China to sell Soleras Rotary targets.

The market in China has been growing very fast and demand for rotary targets is at an all-time high, points out Dean Plaisted, president of Soleras. 

“The targets will fill an ever-increasing demand for high-quality flat glass products for both today and the future,” Plaisted said. “This emerging market provides an excellent opportunity for both Soleras and Applied Films China.”

Soleras supplies sputtering targets for magnetron sputter and arc coating systems. Applied Films provides thin film deposition equipment for architectural, automotive and solar glass.

Super Spacer® Products Meet French Standard
Edgetech I.G. of Cambridge, Ohio, has announced that a CSTB (France’s Centre scientifique et technique du bâtiment) Technical Assessment for the CEKAL Label was issued on October 14, 2004, for its Super Spacer for insulating glass (IG) units.

According to the company’s announcement, the Special-ized Group N°6 for Openings and Glazings gave full, official approval of the process of assembling IG units with Super Spacer Premium and Super Spacer Premium Plus and hot melt butyl for the technical assessment under the N°6/04-1562 2004-Oct 14.

Solutia Announces Plans for Saflex Plant in China
Solutia Inc., headquartered in St. Louis, has begun designing and engineering a new Saflex PVB interlayer plant in China. Upon completion of the plant’s design and engineering phases construction will begin, which is targeted for mid-2007. 

According to the announcement, the plant is being designed in order to meet the increasing demands of the Chinese automotive market and will manufacture PVB that will be used in windshields.

“The China plant is a critical component of the global growth strategy for Solutia’s Laminated Glazing Interlayers (LGI) business,” said Mitch Pulwer, Solutia’s LGI general manager. “We are dedicated to meeting the growing needs of our customers worldwide, and to building capacity in line with market demand. This announcement reflects our commitment to providing customers in China with an on-the-ground source of the world’s premier PVB interlayers. We will continue to invest in all world areas as both technology and capacity needs arise.” 

The new plant is being designed for location in an industrial community such as the greater Shanghai area. Solutia began expanding this presence in 1998 with a finishing center, distribution center and regional customer service center in Singapore. 

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