GlobalUpdate  
Southern Aluminum Finishing Receives  
$
5,000 Grant to Grow Exports  
outhernAluminum Finishing Co.  
SAF) was named a semi-finalist pany in the world that can custom-an- future awards will help us expand our  
in theAtlanta Metro Export Chal- odize extrusions in 24 hours to meet international efforts.”  
Semi-finalists must share their export  
“We don’t know of any other com- Dubai, this grant and the prospect of  
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lenge and received a $5,000 grant. The the time constraints of the commercial  
grant competition powered by Chase, glass industry,” says Penn McClatchey, success during the first half of 2016 and  
supports small and medium-sized busi- SAF co-CEO.“With projects in Canada, future plans for export development for  
nesses looking to begin exporting or to the Caribbean, Mexico and currently a chance to win additional prize money.  
increase their export programs.  
SAF was one of 35 winners. The com- SaSianintt--GGoobbaianiwnilltionveInstcarpeparosxiemaFtlealyt$G14la6.s5smPillrioondouvecrttihoenneixnt tIwnodyieaars  
petition is a key component of theAtlanta  
Metro Export Plan, an initiative to stim-  
ulate economic growth in the region and  
create jobs through exports. The grants  
competition aims to encourage area  
companies to export and drive business  
growth by increasing international sales  
of local products and services.  
to develop production capacity at its glass facility near Chennai, India.  
A third flat glass production facility—the group’s fifth float in India—and a sec-  
ond coater for the construction market will be built on this site.  
“This initiative bolsters Saint-Gobain’s position in flat glass as leader of the  
fast-growing Indian market, and is in line with the group’s strategy to increase  
the share of its industrial assets located outside Western Europe,” states a re-  
lease from the company.  
The percentage of all firms  
expecting more than  
Turning Colors: Where the  
Global Green Market is Heading  
6
0%  
of their projects to be  
green-certified nearly doubles.  
eveloping markets will speed  
From 2015 to 2018  
up green building worldwide,  
according to a new report.  
More than 1,000 building profes-  
sionals across the globe participated  
in Dodge Data & Analytics’ World  
Green Building Trends 2016 study.  
Respondents gave insight into their  
current green activity, future expec-  
tations and drivers.  
D
The number of respon-  
dents in Asia and South  
Africa expecting more than  
6
0% of their projects to be  
green nearly triples from  
015 to 2018.  
2
The Middle East/North  
Africa and Sub-Saharan  
Africa expect it to more  
than double.  
According to the survey, client de-  
mand and environmental regulations  
are the top two triggers of green  
building. Market demand has be-  
come slightly less of a trigger, as has  
the “right thing to do” category.  
70% of U.S.  
respondents listed  
cost as one of their  
top three green  
obstacles.  
70%  
Source: Dodge Data & Analytics’ World  
Green Building Trends 2016 study  
Dodge produced the study with  
United Technologies, in association  
with Saint-Gobain and the U.S. Green  
Building Council. Out of 69 partici-  
pating countries, the study produced  
significant data analysis from 13. s  
Commercial construction remains the largest sector for anticipated  
green activity, followed by institutional. Retrofits have also increased.  
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