GlobalUpdate  
Guardian Studies Potential for  
Second Float Facility in Poland  
uardian Glass will spend $1.5  
million for detailed engineer-  
ing designs and site reviews for  
a potential second float glass facility in  
Poland.  
The company currently operates a  
float glass plant in Czestochowa, Po-  
land, and is considering adding a sec-  
ond plant.  
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This initial spend on the engineer-  
ing design work is intended to acceler-  
ate the completion of a new plant that  
could become commercially available  
during the first quarter of 2019,” reads  
a company announcement.  
Guardian currently maintains ten European locations and is assessing the  
A new facility would be expected to construction of a second float glass facility in Poland.  
produce 1,000 metric tons of float glass  
per day and include a magnetron sput-  
“The potential for a second plant in says Guardian president and CEO  
ter coating machine to serve customers Poland would fit with our global strat- Kevin Baird.“We are confident we will  
in Poland and neighboring countries.  
egy and our marketing considerations,” find new opportunities and expanded  
channels for our glass products in  
Europe.”  
Quanex Wins UK Spacer  
Kinestral Partners  
Bar Manufacturer Award  
Edgetech,Quanex Building Products’  
European branch, was named Spacer  
Bar Manufacturer of the Year in the UK  
National Fenestration Awards for the  
second year in a row.  
with Foxconn Subsidiary  
inestral Technologies Inc. has partnered with G-Tech Optoelectronics  
Corp. (GTOC), a subsidiary of the Foxconn Technology Group, to begin  
mass production of its Halio smart-tinting glass. Under the agreement,  
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the two companies will convert an existing GTOC touch panel manufacturing  
facility in Taiwan to produce Halio—a $100 million investment over two phases.  
“A National Fenestration Award is  
a real badge of honor for us, because  
the awards are voted for by customers,  
suppliers and other glazing industry  
peers,” says Charlotte Davies, head of  
marketing for Edgetech UK. “To win  
the title of Spacer Bar Manufacturer  
of the Year for the second time con-  
firms that we are delivering the best  
support for our customers. Our un-  
rivalled technical and sales support  
teams are backed up with our helpful  
customer service team and proven  
product quality that customers can  
rely on.” n  
Manufacturing Halio makes use of the same techniques employed by the  
LCD industry, so partnering with GTOC made a lot of sense,” says S.B. Cha,  
CEO of Kinestral. “Repurposing an existing touch panel fab saves us from  
having to build a factory from scratch, which significantly reduces our costs  
and allows us to establish a highly-automated manufacturing facility quickly.”  
Kinestral will leverage existing GTOC capabilities and infrastructure in build-  
ing the new production line. The new line will augment an existing manufac-  
turing facility in Hayward, Calif.  
The renovation of the 110,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Taiwan  
is scheduled for completion later in 2017, with volume production of Halio  
glass sized up to 3- by1.5- meters beginning in early 2018. The smart-tinting  
glass produced in Taiwan will be shipped to manufacturing centers in the U.S.,  
Europe and elsewhere for assembly.  
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