Volume 40,   Issue 10                          October  2005


Glaverbel Inaugurates New
Russian Float Plant Near Moscow

Glaverbel has inaugurated its new manufacturing complex at Klin, near Moscow. The site produces float glass, coated “superinsulating” glass and mirrors.

The inauguration for the plant was held on Friday, September 16 in front of more than 500 people, according to a company press release. The industrial configuration comprises a float glass line with a 180,000 tons per year capacity and two downstream processing units.

The project represents an investment of more than $160 million Euro and is intended to meet an increasing demand for glass generated by the sustained growth of the building and car industries in Russia. Construction on the facility, which employs 280 people, began in September 2002.

“Together with the two Bor Glassworks float plants in Nizhny Novgorod and the nationwide processing and distribution network managed by our sales agency Glaverbel Vostok, Glaverbel Klin will strengthen our leadership and boost our image as a pioneer in Russia,” said Arthur Ulens, Glaverbel chief executive officer.

Japan Places Tariffs on U.S. Steel Imports
Japan has imposed a 15-percent tariff on U.S. steel imports effective September 1. The tariff comes in “retaliation for American steel industry protection measures turning up the heat” on the dispute between itself and Japan. The tariffs could rise as high as $51 million.

Intertek Signs Partnership Agreement with Brazil’s ABNT
The ETL SEMKO division of Intertek, based in Boxborough, Mass., has signed an agreement with Associação Brasileira de Normas Téchnicas (ABNT), a Brazilian association for technical standardization. According to the announcement, the alliance will provide testing, factory inspection and certification services for building products and component manufacturers who export from North America to Brazil and from Brazil to North America. The partnership will provide building products and component manufacturers assistance in meeting the applicable market entry requirements for both North America and Brazil.

“Partnering with ABNT, Brazil’s leading building products certification agency, is the perfect complement to our existing global market access services,” said Jeff Turcotte, Intertek’s vice president of building products. “Our certification solution will allow manufacturers to seamlessly gain access to the North American and Brazilian markets.”

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Engelhard Corp., an Iselin, N.J.-based manufacturer of coatings, sensing products and other technologies for glass manufacturing, has invested in warehousing, logistics and applications engineering capabilities for the Chinese glass industry 

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