IG also announced it will expand its AGC Expands to Include
Kinestral director of product man-
agement Craig Henricksen says he can’t
The AGC Group is ﬁnding ways to share any speciﬁcs on the future man-
Indiana location. The company will in- Dynamic, Solar Glazing
vest $2.3 million into these operations,
according to information from the In- increase its market presence by form- ufacturing facility, more details will be
diana Economic Development Corp. ing partnerships with different glazing announced later this year. He says Kin-
It is constructing a more than San Francisco-based Kinestral Tech- since 2010 in “stealth mode,” and has
8,000-square-foot expansion at its nologies on dynamic glass products. since paired with AGC in starting up
companies.These include working with estral has been developing its product
Fremont, Ind., facility, where it will in- The company also has a partnership and operating its pilot production line
stall new rack processing to help facili- with Solaria Corp. to bring building in Hayward, Calif.
tate new robotic automation.
The addition will also include more Asian market.
space for its technical support depart-
integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) to the
According to Henricksen, Kinestral’s
dynamic glass technology allows for
With Kinestral, AGC will collaborate quicker speed and improved optical
ment. The project began earlier this to complete product development,build performance over products already on
year, and Cardinal plans to be fully a large manufacturing facility and mar- the market, and that “uniformity” for a
operational this month. The expansion ket the introduction of its dynamic glass variety of applications is a key focus.
will add up to 38 jobs by 2019, accord- products.They plan to start volume pro-
ing to the IEDC. duction by the second half of 2017.
Kinestral’s dynamic glass will be
produced for commercial and residen-
tial buildings, as well as transportation
Jean-François Heris, general man-
ager of the building glass division of
AGC, says “the trend to nearly zero
energy building is reducing the use of
glazings in favor of thick opaque walls,
or concealing them behind solar shad-
In its partnership with Solaria Corp.,
AGC will collaborate on a BIPV prod-
uct for Asian markets.
“Over the last year, AGC conducted
rigorous tests, completed a certiﬁca-
tion process and strategically ramped
up its supply chain in preparation for
the launch of its new Sudare pow-
ered-by-Solaria solution,” a release
from Solaria reads.
Consolidated Glass Corp.
Adds New Equipment
new tempering oven is now operational at Consolidated Glass Corp.’s
Newcastle, Pa., facility.
According to the company, the new Glaston RC200 oven—its second
tempering line—has allowed it to increase overall tempering capacity to more
than 250,000 square feet per month. The company also invested in an ex-
pansion to its packing warehouse, which increased that department by more
than 10,000 square feet.
Sudare powered-by-Solaria, which
combines Solaria’s BIPV technology
with AGC’s SunJoule glass, is commer-
cially available across Japan and South
East Asia for use in building facades
and other structural elements.
“Similar partnerships have been es-
tablished to serve the North America
market. The ﬁrst one to be announced
in the near future will encompass an
even broader offering, making for eas-
ier adoption through the building and
construction value chain,” said Udi
Paret, general manager of building
solutions at Solaria. n
Consolidated Glass Corp. recently installed its second tempering line,
helping increase its overall tempering capacity to more than 250,000
square feet per month.
USGlass, Metal & Glazing | August 2016