GlobalUpdate  
Azon Works With Chinese Industry  
on Standards, Best Practices  
he Chinese industry has in-  
creased its adoption of poly-  
urethane thermal barrier  
technology over the last decade and a  
half, and one U.S.-based company is  
helping ensure the sector has a reliable  
standard to correspond with it.  
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Azon International, based in Kalam-  
azoo, Mich., has been working with  
the Chinese National Standards Com-  
mittee since the early 2000s when the  
company ramped up the marketing  
and selling of its polyurethane thermal  
barrier products in the region. At the The group spent nearly a week together and visited AAMA and Intertek, as well  
time, the company helped the group as Azon’s facility.  
of industry members and government  
officials write the first standard that facilities and government officials, of the American Architectural Man-  
was released in 2004.  
The committee visited Azon in 2006 Schwabauer and Patrick Muessig.  
to work on the standard’s first revision, The group started with a tour of uments pertaining to polyurethane  
spent nearly a week with Azon’s Jerry ufacturers Association in Chicago  
to discuss standards and other doc-  
and it returned this May to discuss a Azon’s Kalamazoo facility, observ- thermal barrier technology. The last  
new one, expected to take effect later ing how its products are manufac- main visit was to Intertek in York, Pa.,  
this year. Last month, eight members tured and tested in house, as well as where they saw how units are tested  
of the committee, including employ- its quality-control practices. It then for things like thermal performance  
ees of polyurethane suppliers, testing spent a day with the staff members and strength.  
he LiLsecisseercviceOpens New Service, Training Center  
and training teams  
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have relocated into  
a new building in Seiten-  
stetten, Austria.  
Lisec invested approxi-  
mately $5.2 million in the  
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3,000-square-foot train-  
ing hall and 10,000-plus-  
square-foot office building.  
The training hall includes a  
shuttle system, an insulat-  
ing glass line, processing machines The new Lisec service and training center includes several innovative pieces  
and a cutting line, among other of glass fabrication equipment. The company will also use the location for  
equipment. n  
staff and customer trainings.  
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USGlass, Metal & Glazing | August 2016  
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