Glass Industry

Guardian Introduces Guardian Trim Low Maintenance Product Line

Guardian Building Products Distribution, Inc., announces its newest product line today with the introduction of Guardian Trim TB™, Guardian Trim SW™, and Guardian Trim FF™.

This broad lineup of cellular PVC trim offers three low maintenance alternatives to wood-based exterior trim. “These three product groups offer exceptional features that make them attractive to our dealer customers, and homeowners and contractors,” said John Gunn, Vice President of Procurement for Guardian Building Products. “The products can be applied and handled just like wood without splitting or warping when installed correctly.”

Guardian Building Products, Inc. (GBP), based in Greenville, South Carolina, is one of the largest building products distribution networks in the United States, and through one of its subsidiaries, Guardian Fiberglass, Inc. manufactures a complete line of light density fiberglass insulation products for the residential and commercial construction markets in Canada and the United States. GBP is a subsidiary of Guardian Industries Corp., based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. In addition to its prominence in the building material industry, Guardian Industries Corp. is a leading worldwide manufacturer of float glass and fabricated glass products for the commercial and residential construction industries. Guardian Automotive provides exterior systems to the global automotive industry. Guardian, its subsidiaries and affiliates employ 19,000 people and operate facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

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Schott: Glass Sets The Stage For Sorrow

On March 11, 2007, a glass memorial was inaugurated in Madrid by the King and Queen of Spain. It pays tribute to the victims of the worst terrorist attack in the country’s history. SCHOTT supplied the glass components for the monument.

The act of state was accompanied by near silence. All that could be heard was a voice over the loudspeaker that escorted the inauguration ceremony. Then, two representatives of the Madrid Police Department dressed in ceremonial uniforms entered carrying a laurel wreath and the official flag of the royal couple. Don Juan Carlos and Doña Sofia laid down the wreath in front of the memorial and remained standing next to it. Three minutes of silence followed, then applause and an interpretation of 'Cant dels Ocells' (The Song of the Birds) from Pau Casal, the famous Catalonian composer. The thoughts of those in attendance focused on the attack and the victims it left. On March 11, 2004, exactly three years earlier, 191 people were killed and nearly 2,000 injured when bombs exploded in several trains at the Atocha train station and other stations during rush hour, shortly before eight o’clock. The memorial was inaugurated at the very site across from the round train station building. It is an oval shaped glass cylinder that weighs 140 tons, is 11 meters high and has a diameter of 8 by 10.5 meters. According to the architects from fam in Madrid, a "completely new" construction was used to build it. The glass specialist SCHOTT supplied the glass blocks required to build it.

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Entegris, Inc. Announces Tender Offer To Repurchase $250 Million of Stock

Entegris, Inc. announced its intention to commence a modified "Dutch auction" tender offer to purchase up to 20.4 million shares of its common stock at a price per share not less than $11.00 and not greater than $12.25, for a maximum aggregate purchase price of up to $250 million. The Company intends to commence the stock tender offer at May 11, 2007, and expects the stock tender offer to expire at 11:59 p.m. on June 8, 2007, unless extended. The number of shares proposed to be purchased in the stock tender offer represents approximately 15% percent of the Company's currently outstanding common stock.

The Company will finance the offer with $175 million from available cash on hand together with the proceeds from a $75 million bridge loan facility. The company intends to refinance the bridge loan facility with debt securities, convertible debt securities or a bank loan.

"The magnitude and nature of this share repurchase, which follows a $100 million buyback we completed in October 2006, reflects our confidence in Entegris' future," said Gideon Argov, chief executive officer. "We believe that this recapitalization will result in a capital structure that can leverage our business model and will allow us to use our strong financial position and cash flow to build long-term shareholder value."

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Asahi Glass and Tokyo Denpa Succeed in the Development

Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. and Tokyo Denpa Co., Ltd. have joined forces to successfully develop a synthetic quartz crystal material with a dramatically improved resistance to laser light as a lens material for the semiconductor exposure lens systems. The co-developed synthetic quartz is a revolutionary material with the rate of deterioration due to light transmission reduced to 1/5 or less of that of the conventional material, which is expected to bring about a cost reduction by lowering the material replacement frequency in semiconductor manufacturing and the improvement of the quality and reliability of semiconductor exposure lens systems.

For exposure lens systems using the excimer laser in semiconductor manufacturing, synthetic quartz crystal with the characteristics of (1) high transmittance, (2) comparatively low price, and (3) ease of processing, as a material of polarizing the optical devices, such as depolarizing plates and wave plates, and diffractive optical devices, including diffractive lenses, have been attracting attention. However, if synthetic quartz crystal, generally manufactured by the hydrothermal synthesis method, is radiated with short wavelength and high power light, such as excimer laser, for an expanded period of time, it is susceptible to the deterioration of optical characteristics, in particular, light transmittance. For this reason, a quartz material with a high resistance to laser light has been called for.

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PPG Becomes Presenting Sponsor For Chihuly At Phipps Exhibit

PPG Industries has partnered with the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens to bring the works of glass artist Dale Chihuly to Pittsburgh.

"PPG is delighted to be the presenting sponsor of this special exhibition of beautiful glass set in the natural beauty of the Phipps Conservatory," said Victoria M. Holt, senior vice president, glass and fiber glass, for PPG. "In addition, our sponsorship is a great way to help observe the Pittsburgh region’s yearlong Pittsburgh Celebrates Glass initiative."

Dale Chihuly is a renowned glass artist based in Seattle. He is known for brilliantly colored organic glass sculptures, and his work is immediately recognizable for its grand scale and use of vibrant colors. Chihuly’s spectacular creations are found in more than 200 museums worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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NSF Looking To Keep Glass A High-Tech Engineering Material

The National Science Foundation is on the lookout for investigators who can see beyond today’s frontiers of knowledge and will take a stab at the moving frontiers that lie beyond our current horizon, NSF director Arden L. Bement, Jr., told a group of top international glass scientists and high-level glass industry representatives gathered in Washington, D.C., earlier this month.

The International Materials Institute for New Functionality in Glass (IMI-NFG) was established by the NSF in 2004 to promote wide ranging collaborations between U.S. glass researchers and their counterparts in business and academia worldwide. These partnerships are meant to ensure that glass, which has contributed immeasurably to modern technology, will remain a high-tech material of choice in the 21st century.

This 1st International Workshop on Scientific Challenges of New Functionalities in Glass focused on two technical advances of importance to industry: glass for electronic applications and Nanostructured glasses. From shrinking electronic components to hybrid electric vehicles and all-solid-state lithium batteries, glass will be the material of choice said researchers from Penn State University in the U.S. and Osaka Prefecture University in Japan. George Sakoske of Ferro Corporation highlighted the importance of glass in energy conservation when he pointed out that more energy is lost in the U.S. through the windows of buildings than is pumped through the Alaskan pipeline.

An Industry Leaders’ Panel drawn from the world’s largest international glass manufacturers mapped out a direction for research in glass science and technology that could lead to significant applications in the future. High-level representatives from PPG Industries, USA; Saint-Gobain, France; Schott, Germany; Asahi Glass, Japan, Corning, USA; and Nippon Electric Glass, Japan gathered for the first time under the banner of the International Materials Institute for New Functionalities in Glass, promoting the IMI mission of international collaboration.

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Glaston Launches New Corporate Identity

Kyro Corporation (Glaston Corporation as of 1 June 2007) has published a new corporate identity, which is connected, moreover, with the company’s imminent name change. A consistent brand hierarchy and Glaston identity will be introduced worldwide after the company’s name officially changes on 1 June 2007.

The clarified Glaston brand emphasises the reliability, high quality of end product and good service of glass  processing technology's leading company. This is also described by Glaston’s new international identifying slogan.

"'Seeing it through' has multiple meanings and it can bring to mind transparency and persistence, both of which are applicable to Glaston. By persistence we mean our practice of taking things through to the very end. It also communicates our lifecycle philosophy; our reliable long-term cooperation with customers," explains Glaston Group President & CEO, Mika Seitovirta.

At the end of 2006, Kyro began development work on its corporate identity, to which the plan to change the Group's name was also connected. The historical Kyro name did not reflect the international technology group, whose main business area had been called Glaston since 2003 and whose second business area, Energy, had been earmarked for sale.

"Our purpose was not only to clarify the brand hierarchy, but also to standardise the corporate image, which is very important, especially internally, in a group formed through several company acquisitions. Now we are an  integrated Glaston team. Tamglass, Bavelloni and Uniglass live on as strong product brands," adds Seitovirta.

The Group's numerous subsidiaries in Finland and around the world will gradually change their names to Glaston. The Group's new organisational model and redivision of its business areas was also announced today. The curves and sharp corners of the new Glaston logo recall bent and cut glass. The unbroken circle of the Glaston symbol, reminiscent of the letter G, depicts growth, development and continuity. The Stockholm brand agency Grow Partners assested in the visualisation of the Glaston brand. The new identity was designed by Jari Ullakko and Lars Andersson.

Source: GlassOnWeb

Turnkey company Wins Local, International Projects

One of South Africa’s most prominent turnkey refractory and mechanical specialists, The Dickinson Group, has been awarded contracts for several local and international key industrial and mining projects.

The company has secured a number of projects for 2007, including a blast furnace rebuild for Mittal Steel, in Vanderbijlpark, an ACP shutdown for Anglo Platinum, a Mopani copper mines smelter project, in Zambia, and an anode baking furnace rebuild for Dubai Aluminium.

The group, with alliance partner company Lizmontagens, of Portugal, has been awarded two large glass-furnace projects by PFG Building Glass.

Local float-glass manufacturer PFG is currently spending R1-billion on expanding and improving its local production capacity, including the construction of a second float-glass production line, which is scheduled to be commissioned early in 2007. The Springs float line currently produces 140,000 ton of flat glass a year. The new one-kilometre-long production line will double the company’s manufacturing capacity. The two contracts secured by The Dickinson Group and Lizmon-tagens include the mechanical erection and the refractory installation on PFG’s rolled-glass furnace and the refractory installation on its new SP4 float furnace and tin bath.

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Luxury Glass Tower Plan for Park Lane Site Shown

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The luxury tower to be built on the longtime site of the Park Lane restaurant at Gates Circle will be a sleek 23-story glass building with 68 upscale condos, the developer’s newly unveiled plans show.

The building would be the tallest residential structure in the region, and the condos will start at $450,000 and soar to more than $2 million for the penthouse.


"We probably went through 20 revisions of the design before arriving at this one," said Uniland Development Corp. Vice President Michael Montante. "We believe it will be a beautiful new landmark for Buffalo."

The project has been controversial since it was first announced last July, and residents of the nearby Park Lane Condominiums say they plan to file legal action to stop it from being built.

The $55 million tower — designed by Diamond & Schmidt Architects of Toronto, with Buffalo’s Hamilton Houston Lownie — features a two-story limestone base topped by a glass and bronze metal tower.

Among its features is an internal lobby wall covered with vegetation that will serve as a "biofilter" for the structure’s air systems. "The design is amazingly elegant and appropriate for the grand boulevard setting," said Matthew W. Meier of Hamilton Houston Lownie.

The residential tower would be situated on the west side of Gates Circle, across Delaware Avenue from Millard Fillmore Hospital. It is located at the south end of the Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Chapin Parkway.

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Viracon Awarded Glass Supply Contract for Freedom Tower in NYC

Benson Industries of Portland, Oregon, who was recently awarded the curtain wall contract for the World Trade Center Tower One, has named Viracon, Inc. of Owatonna, Minnesota as their glass supplier for the project. The World Trade Center Tower One, also known as the Freedom Tower, is being developed by the Port Authority of New York/New Jersey and will be constructed on the site of the World Trade Center buildings destroyed by terrorists in 2001.

"This is an extremely proud day for all of Viracon's 2,600 employees," said Brad J. Austin, Viracon's Senior Vice President. Over the past four years, Viracon has assisted New York architects at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM) to provide the best possible glass solution to achieve the aesthetic design, energy and security performance required for the project. The Freedom Tower is the first of four buildings to be constructed at the site.

At 1,776 feet tall, a tribute to our country's freedom with the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, the Freedom Tower will be the tallest building in North America when complete.

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White Plains Adds a New Glass-Faced, Two-Tower Complex

One developer’s belief that White Plains is a city on the rebound has led to the construction of Westchester County’s tallest buildings and first Ritz-Carlton.

"We see the city emerging as a destination – as a great place to live, work, and play," says Bruce Berg, executive vice president of Cappelli Enterprises of Valhalla, N.Y., which is building the new Renaissance Square complex in the heart of White Plains. "It’s becoming a 24-7 city."

Cappelli had previously built the $350 million, 1.1-million-sq-ft City Center at White Plains in 2005. That complex, across the street from Renaissance Square, contains two 35-story towers with rental apartments and residential condominiums, a parking garage, and a retail and entertainment complex.

"City Center was a catalyst for the revitalization of White Plains," Berg says.

Now, Cappelli and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel Co. of Chevy Chase, Md., are co-developing the $500 million, 950,000-sq-ft Renaissance Square, which will have two towers linked by a low-rise component.

The new development includes the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, a 44-story residential tower with 181 condominium units and 32 suites furnished in the Ritz’s signature Atelier style; a 123-room Ritz-Carlton hotel in the 10-story low-rise component; retail on the first floor; a 1,000-space, below-grade parking garage; and the second tower, which is expected to also be 44 stories and have a mix of commercial office space on the first 10 floors and residential units above.

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Modern Glass And Steel Building Simulating 'Leaning Tower' Tilt

 

More than 600 years after the city's most famous monument was built, construction starts in June of a modern glass and steel building that will simulate a tilt with a trick of lighting. But the project has stirred controversy.

The building, designed by architect Dante Oscar Benini, will house apartments and offices about 5 kilometers (3 miles) southeast of the real Leaning Tower. The new construction will be exactly the same height as the original monument 57.6 meters (189 feet) tall.  

 

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Guardian Introduces ShowerGuard UltraWhite Glass for Custom Shower Enclosures

Guardian Industries Corp. today announced the introduction of ShowerGuard® UltraWhite™ low-iron glass for high-end shower enclosures, where thicker glass is often preferred by interior designers and homeowners. Made with reduced iron content, UltraWhite™ glass provides greater clarity and color neutrality, particularly on the edges where standard glass can show a greenish tint.

ShowerGuard® was introduced to the marketplace in 2006 as the first temperable, permanently protected shower glass. The UltraWhite™ product line extension is in response to the demand by interior designers and homeowners for thicker glass on high-end shower enclosures. The new product will be available nationwide in early May 2007 through the more than 300 custom glass shops that currently sell ShowerGuard® glass.

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Asahi Glass Succeeds in Mass Production of Low-Permittivity Fluorine Insulating Material

Asahi Glass has succeeded in volume production of a fluorine insulating material featuring relative permittivity of 2.4 - 2.5, which is among the lowest in the industry. The new product is an organic paint-type insulating material that can be applied as interlayer dielectrics for wide-ranging high-frequency devices, including GaAs- and GaN-based compound semiconductors, and can be easily painted by spin coating method. With high thermostability (at up to 350 degrees C), the new material can be used in high-temperature processes. As a result, it is projected to be extensively adopted to uses requiring thermostability, for which fluoropolymers could not be used previously, and those utilizing thermosetting. Use of the material is expected to grow rapidly within our Electronics & Energy business.

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Raytek Introduces Marathon MM 3M Infrared Thermometer

Raytek, a leading worldwide provider of infrared thermometry, has introduced the Marathon MM 3M infrared (IR) sensor. The Marathon MM 3M measures low-to-medium temperatures with more accuracy regardless of changing emissivity. This innovative sensor was specifically designed to meet temperature measurement challenges in the metals processing industry.

The Marathon MM 3M utilizes shorter infrared wavelengths in order to minimize errors due to the uncertainty of emissivity—the measure of an object's ability to emit infrared energy. The new thermometer is not as sensitive to changes in emissivity on the target material as long wavelength sensors, and as such, provides more accurate readings across varying targets, at varying temperatures.

The Marathon MM 3M features a NEMA-4 sealed user interface and precision variable focus optics. These features allow the sensor to be quickly and correctly installed. The precision variable focus optics allows the sensor to be accurately focused with just a touch of a button, while the sealed user interface guarantees the integrity of the electronics. Together these features make the Marathon MM one of the easiest IR sensors to correctly install.

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Australia: Glassmaker Seen As $400m Window Of Opportunity

CARLYLE Group and Gresham Private Equity may bid more than $400 million to buy Pilkington Australia, which makes glass for buildings and cars, from its Japanese owners.

News of the likely bid comes from three people who declined to be named because the talks are private. They said Pilkington has appointed Ernst & Young to manage the sale. Catalyst Investment Managers and a venture between Pacific Equity Partners and closely held DMS Glass have also requested sale documents, according to the sources.

The glassmaker, based in Dandenong, Victoria, is a unit of Nippon Sheet Glass Co. Australia's home-building approvals rose 10 per cent in February from a year earlier, signalling a pick-up in construction and demand for sheets of glass. Car, truck and bus sales rose to a record in the first quarter, up almost 9 per cent on the 2006 figure, the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries said on Wednesday.

Pilkington has forecast earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, amortisation and research and development costs of $64 million this year, and $71 million in 2008. The business will require capital expenditure of about $170 million in the next two years, the sources said. This includes plans announced last year to put more energy-efficient equipment into the Dandenong plant.

Ernst & Young declined to comment, while David Roycroft, a UK-based spokesman for Pilkington, was not immediately available. Officials for the bidding parties either declined to comment or could not immediately be reached.

Nippon Sheet Glass bought Pilkington plc for £1.8 billion last year, making it the world's largest supplier of glass used in buildings and cars.

Pilkington Australia, which has 1500 people and 25 sales outlets, meets about 50 per cent of Australia's demand for glass for buildings and cars, according to its website.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Glass Tower In New York

 

At the intersection of 19th Street and the West Side Highway in New York, a glass and steel tower designed by French architect Jean Nouvel and his firm Ateliers Jean Nouvel is underway. Incorporating what is billed as the most highly-engineered and technologically advanced curtain wall ever constructed in New York City, 100 11th Avenue will feature nearly 1,700 different-sized panes of colorless glass.


Fifteen feet from the building’s façade Nouvel again selects glass as his medium, this time in the form of a partially-enclosed atrium. A seven-story street wall of mullioned glass, the atrium will serve suspended gardens of ornamental vegetation and trees which will appear to float in mid-air; private indoor and outdoor terraces extending from the residences; and an open-air dining patio for the lobby restaurant.

The building will contain 72 residences, starting at $1.6 million and topping off at $22 million. Floor plans, including five penthouses, will start at 890 square feet and run to nearly 4,700 square feet. The top floor will be reserved for a single residence with a full-roof private terrace, which will feature what Nouvel calls “outdoor rooms.” 

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Aqua : A Special Skyscraper (Chicago)

Glass Architecture Recommended by Concept Patterns - Aqua A daring piece of architecture for The Loop, Aqua comes off more as a massive sculpture than as a condominium block in the crowded heart of the city. The name "Aqua" is in keeping with the nautical theme most of the buildings in the Lakeshore East development have: The Tides, The Shoreham, The Regatta, et.al.

But while those were conventional skyscrapers, Aqua is special.

At its heart it is the standard glass box we've seen before. But its surface is covered with ondulating balconies resembling ripples or waves. This is an appropriate homage considering the building's location near both Lake Michigan and the Chicago River. But the ripples are not without challenge. Much like each wave in the lake, each floorplate in Aqua is unique, thus construction is unusually complicated.

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S-Curved LED Glass

Latest Glass Product Recommended by Concept Patterns - S-Curved LED Glass

Advantages:

- Energy Savings
- Blocks up to 99% of UV light
- Maximize comfort by blocking unwanted solar heat
- High durability and stability
- Blocks electromagnetic waves from electronic products
- Brings an aesthetic look to buildings by its natural color

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Bottlemaker Satisfies mighty Thirst for Glass

WINDSOR, Colo. – The sprawling tan building that rises from the snowy plains houses technology its owners prefer to keep under wraps.

“There are certain things you can’t take pictures of,” plant manager Dwayne Wendler advises a newspaper photographer, minutes before leading a tour of the 450,000-square-foot facility.

No, it’s not a hush-hush military installation. It’s where beer bottles are born as gobs of molten glass.

Photos could reveal sensitive bottle-making technology inside the $140 million Owens-Illinois Inc. bottle plant – one that the chief executive dubbed “the most advanced and high-tech plant in the country.”  
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