Volume 42, Issue 9 - September 2007

Distribution & Production  

Glaston Corp. Receives Largest 
Two Orders in Company History

In June the Glaston Corp. announced that it received its largest-ever order totaling $20.6 million, in the form of a “one-stop-partner” (OSP) package deal that would fully outfit its architectural glass processing plant. Then in July, the company announced it secured its second largest OSP order in its history for a combination of pre-processing machinery and safety glass machinery. That order totaled more than $15 million.

“This is a great milestone for us,” says Glaston president and chief executive officer Mika Seitovirta. “The orders strengthen our beliefs in the fact that the OSP strategy is completely right, and our view of these kind of deliveries being the competitive edge that will enable our success also in the future.”

According to Glaston, its OSP program comprises its involvement in a project from its inception, as consultants, all the way through completion, when the company provides machinery as well as the labor for project and machine installation.

Glaston foresees delivery of the machines will occur near the end of 2007, with the majority of the order being filled within the first half of 2008. www.glaston.com 

Prelco Upgrades Laminated Glass Line
The Prelco Group, a glass fabricator based in Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec, has invested in the implementation of a new automatic glass positioning system for laminated glass production, and has replaced a de-airing oven. According to information from the company, the new positioning system will align different layers of laminated glass as precise as .013 inches. The de-airing oven combines precise nip rolls as well as infrared and convection heating modules designed to adapt to different types of low-E glass.

“The addition of the new automatic positioning system has given us the ability to improve production by more than 50 percent,” says Richard Langlais, vice president of operations. “This permits us to improve our productivity, improve the quality of our production and to offer superior service to our customers.” www.prelco.ca

New Fenzi Facilities Open in China and Belgium 
Fenzi, headquartered in Tribiano, Italy, says its new facilities in China for the Duralux products and in Belgium for the Decover range have completed their start-up phases and are now almost at full production.

The company is also in the process of completing studies on expanding the production of Fenzi China to other products in its range, chosen from those that are potentially most suitable for the Chinese market. www.fenzigroup.com 

Colonial Glass Installs New Semi-Automatic IG Line
Colonial Glass Solutions, located in Brooklyn, N.Y., has recently installed a semi-automated insulating glass production line, supplied by Willian Design Ltd. According to information from the company, the line will be used to manufacture insulating units that will feature Edgetech’s TriSeal structural foam spacer system. 

“Our customers have been asking us to produce insulating glass for a long time, and we’re excited to finally be able to provide it to them,” says Zach Weiner, president of Colonial Glass Solutions. “We’ve been patiently waiting for the right opportunity to come along and feel that it has with the TriSeal product.”

According to Colonial, the triple seal spacer design will help bring it into the green commercial glazing industry, which is prevalent in the marketplace. www.colonialglass.com

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