Volume 50, Issue 12 - December 2015


AEC Files Circumvention Case Against China Zhongwang

Earlier this year, the Aluminum Extruders Council (AEC) made its case to the United States government on allegations of transshipment by Chinese aluminum extruder Zhongwang Holdings Ltd. Now, the organization is addressing alleged circumvention by the company. The AEC recently filed a petition with the Department of Commerce accusing Zhongwang of evading duties on aluminum extrusions imported into the U.S.

The alleged scheme, according to the Council, involves hundreds of millions of pounds of aluminum extrusions that are cut and welded into aluminum slabs.

AEC director of operations Jeff Henderson says that, upon entering the U.S., the extrusions are being identified as “pallets.” The Council asserts that testimony it has gathered “makes it clear the sole purpose of these extrusions is to re-melt them back into billets,” which is the starting stock for the aluminum extrusion operation.

“Extrusion billet may be a solid or hollow form, commonly cylindrical, and is the length charged into the extrusion press container that then is pushed through the die to form extruded profiles that are often cut to length and further processed into final products,” reports the AEC.

Henderson says “the question for Zhongwang is, ‘what is the purpose of these slabs?’ Just explain to everyone what you’re bringing in.”

In late October, the Chinese business publication The Standard reported that the company’s response to the allegations is that it “always exports products under trade rules,” adding that products sent to the United States “are deep-processed ones excluded from anti-dumping and anti-subsidy rules.”

In July, short-seller Dupre Analytics released a detailed report accusing the company’s chairman of inflating Zhongwang’s sales over the past four years by shipping out semi-finished aluminum products from China to companies that he and people close to him control overseas, where the material was allegedly reprocessed back into aluminum billet and sold again.

Lisec Opens New Research,
Testing Facility

The “Glass Forum,” Lisec’s center for research, production and training in flat glass processing, is now open. The new facility is located in Hausmening, Lower Austria, where the company invested approximately $5.69 million (5 million EUR). It houses technologies “from glass cutting and edge processing through to an elaborate glass logistics system and up to the production of insulating and laminated safety glass including tempering,” according to a release from Lisec.

In the Glass Forum, flat glass is processed under real-life production conditions. With its production lines and software applications, the facility is used for research, testing, training and demonstration purposes.

Lisec also has planned investments worth $18.19 million (16 million EUR) at its production site in Seitenstetten over the next three years
Official opening ceremony with Andreas Winter, Othmar Sailer, Dr. Thomas Keppert, Christoph Neumayer and Peter Holzinger.

Sage Enters Partnership with Chinese Supplier

Beijing-based Jun Hao Group Co. Ltd. is partnering with SageGlass to supply the Chinese building market with Sage electronically tintable dynamic glass. According to Sage, the agreement is its first partnership with a curtainwall manufacturer that delivers to the Chinese mass market.

“The market in China for SageGlass will grow rapidly as education and awareness of the product accelerates,” says Haijun Song, Jun Hao’s chairman. “China is committed to enhancing the sustainability of its buildings and to reducing energy consumption and carbon impact. SageGlass is an excellent fit in this regard.”

SageGlass will be produced at its manufacturing facility in Faribault, Minn., while Jun Hao will manage distribution and installation across China.

“We are proud that Jun Hao selected SageGlass as its dynamic glass partner after a rigorous vendor review process,” says Dr. Alan McLenaghan, SageGlass CEO. “Their decision reflects the quality and integrity of our product, our deep intellectual property leadership over this technology space, as well as the commitment by Saint-Gobain to develop this exciting technology and stand behind the product for the long term.”

Glaston Sells Pair of Furnaces to Chinese Company

Finland-based Glaston Corp. has received a “significant” order from the Chinese company Yunnan Diankai Energy Saving Science & Technology Co. Ltd. for two Glaston CCS1000 double-chamber glass tempering furnaces.

The deal is worth approximately $2.67 million (EUR 2.4 million), according to the company, and includes a Glaston Care service agreement, as well as an option for a third CCS1000 furnace. The machines will be delivered during the last quarter of 2015, and the order is booked in Glaston’s third quarter.

Located in Kunming City (Yunnan province) in Southwest China, Yunnan Diankai is a new company covering energy-saving float glass technology, processing and nano-ceramic technology.

Lakes Bathrooms to Expand to North America

U.K.-based shower enclosure manufacturer Lakes Bathrooms Limited (Lakes), which offers a protective surface treatment as a standard feature across its entire product line, is now bringing this offering to North America.
The company’s products feature the AllClear protective surface treatment from DFI, which, according to the company, helps keep glass clean by repelling water, lime scale and soap scum.

“We take pride in producing high-quality shower enclosures, with innovations such as built-in mirrors and the AllClear protective coating as standard,” says Andrew Kirkwood, CEO of Lakes Bathrooms LLC. “We are excited to bring our European designs to North America and are confident they will fill a gap in the current North American shower enclosure offering.”


The second Swisspacer Fenestra Vision symposium, which focused on developments in window and facade construction in Europe, was held in Potsdam, Germany, in September.
Attendees of the symposium included contractors, system suppliers, planners and experts in science.

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