Volume 40,   Issue 9                    September  2005

Distribution & Production

Interlayer Manufacturers Solutia and DuPont Announce PVB Price Increases

St. Louis-based Solutia Inc. has announced it will raise prices by 10 percent globally for its Saflex® and Vanceva® brand PVB products effective October 1. The increase will apply to shipment quantities not covered by existing agreements, as well as new supply contracts.
The company says the price increase comes as a result of 10- to 30-percent upsurges in major raw material, energy and transportation costs.

“To help mitigate rising raw material, energy and transportation costs, we continue to reduce other costs, increase manufacturing productivity and work with customers to reduce total system costs for mutual benefits,” said Mitch Pulwer, general manager of Solutia’s Laminated Glazing Interlayers (LGI) business. “In addition, by announcing the price increase at this time, we allow customers the opportunity to budget accordingly in their annual planning processes. This is an unusual time with the extraordinarily high price of oil, a barometer of the current issues our industry faces. Regardless, Solutia will continue to serve our customers with the highest quality products and the best customer service and support.”

DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions, headquartered in Wilmington, Del., also announced a global price increase of 10 percent for all grades of its Butacite® PVB interlayer and Spallshield® composite films, effective October 1, 2005. 

The company’s Retrim subsidiary will also increase its interlayer prices globally by 10 percent. 

According to the company, this action is required due to the unprecedented and sustained increases in petrochemical feedstock, energy and freight costs.

XsunX Ships Power Glass Samples to Product Developers
XsunX Inc., developer of Power Glass™, a solar technology that allows glass windows to produce electricity from the power of the sun, has announced that it has begun shipments of Power Glass samples to manufacturers for use in product development and testing.

The Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based company says it recently began working with manufacturers in the building materials, glass and automotive industries to help drive the development of applications for Power Glass. The company plans to adapt the on-going results of these working relationships into its manufacturing process lien to meet the needs of future licensees.

“These first shipments not only represent the importance of working with innovative product manufacturers, but also mark the expansion for the company from pure research and design operations into the business development area,” said Tom Djokovich, chief executive officer of XsunX. “We plan to continue to expand the number of working relationships we have, and our entire team is committed to driving these product development tests into revenue producing relationships as soon as possible.”

CCWW Appoints New Dealer for St. Louis Market
Crystal Clear Window Works USA (CCWW) has announced the appointment of Clear Window Technologies to serve as an independent dealer for the greater St. Louis area.

“We’re proud to introduce the Crystal Clear Window Works process to the St. Louis market,” said Susan McHugh, president of Clear Window Technologies. 

According to the announcement, the CCWW process is designed to remove moisture and chemical fogging from an IG unit, while restoring thermal properties and preventing further damage (see related article in the August 2005 USGlass, page 40).

“We are very pleased to have Clear Window Technologies serving the greater St. Louis market,” said John Hennessey, president and chief executive officer of CCWW. 

Adchem Establishes West Coast Warehouse
Adchem Corp., headquartered in Riverhead, N.Y., has announced a new public warehouse in Industry, Calif. According to the company’s announcement, the warehouse was developed to effectively service the needs of customers in the Western United States, and will contain many of the company’s tape products.

“This new warehouse will enable us to better serve our accounts, while minimizing transportation costs,” said Pamela Siano, national accounts manager.

Vitro America and DFI Reach Distribution Agreement
Diamon-Fusion International Inc. and Vitro America have signed an agreement that provides Vitro America distribution capabilities of the Diamon-Fusion® patented hydrophobic coating in the Western United States through its ACI Distribution West.

“After several years of market research and development we’ve determined the unmatched overall added-value of the Diamon-Fusion coating is the best option to offer our customers, given DFI’s solid track record of innovation and scientific background,” said Kirk Johnsone ACI director of sales and marketing.

GlassKote USA Appointed U.S. Distributor for Glasskote Australia
GlassKote USA LLC of Bridgeport, Conn., has been appointed the exclusive U.S. importer and distributor for Glasskote™ finishes from Glasskote Australia. The company offers architectural and design finishes for glass in more than 10,000 colors. 

“We’ve never been involved with a product that receives such a strong, emotionally charged, positive response—architects and designers can’t wait to get this product,” said Alexsandra Guinan, principal at GlassKote USA.

Pilkington Selects TGP as U.S. Distributor of Profilit™
Technical Glass Products (TGP) of Kirkland, Wash., has been selected to distribute Pilkington’s Profilit channel glass in the United States. As the new distributor, TGP, which has worked with Pilkington for many years as a distributor for its fire-rated glass, will provide sales and technical support for the product. 

“We’re very pleased that Pilkington has asked us to take on this dynamic product line,” said Jerry Razwick, president of TGP. “Pilkington Profilit is a natural addition to our line up of glazing solutions for architects.”

Westcrowns Inc., which filed for bankruptcy in June, previously served as the exclusive North American distributor for Profilit. The company’s operations, however, ceased when its parent company, U.K.-based Westcrowns Group, shut down the operation after learning it would no longer be the exclusive distributor for the product.

Vistawall Relocates Seattle Service Center
Vistawall Architectural Products, headquartered in Terrell, Texas, has relocated its Seattle service center. At 15,000 square feet, the new facility is 4,000 square feet larger than the company’s previous location. 

In Seattle, Vistawall estimates and fabricates standard and custom entrances, and also stocks standard storefront framing systems for distribution. Roy Ingelmon serves as the general manager of the center.

The center’s new address is:

3501 Industry Dr. East
Suite A
Fife, WA 98424
Phone: 253/922-8205

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