Glass Industry

Asahi Glass to Build the World's Largest Float Glass Furnace in Russia

Asahi Glass Co., Ltd. (Headquarters: Tokyo; President: Masahiro Kadomatsu) has decided to build an additional float glass furnace in Russia. To meet the local growing demand for glass, the Company will invest around 135 million euros (about 21 billion yen) to establish the world’s largest furnace (capacity: 1,000 tonnes/day). This furnace is the fourth one that the Company group will have constructed in Russia. The construction is scheduled to begin from the second quarter of this year, and its volume production will start around the beginning of 2009.

AGC Group is currently a leading company in high-quality glass market in Russia. The subsidiary Glaverbel S.A. (Headquarters: Belgium) acquired Bor Glassworks, a Russian company, in 1997, to conduct business activities. In 2002, Glaverbel S.A. newly established Glaverbel Klin, started its volume production from 2005. The objectives of this investment are to meet the expanding demand for high-quality float glass and the growing needs for high value-added products such as mirrors and superinsulating Low-E glass, and reaffirm the number one position in the Russian market.

In addition, the company aims to utilize the current production system, know-how, and trained personnel, speed up the construction of the new furnace, and reduce costs, by building a furnace at Glaverbel Klin, which already has one float glass furnace.

Asahi Glass will continue to proactively operate business in fast growing markets where demand for its products is high, while providing higher quality and better services through global benchmarking.

Source: Asahi Glass

Advanced Laser Technology for Glass

Glass Technology Recommended by Concept Patterns - Glass Laser Technology  The method of cutting and breaking in order to seperate glass is as old as the material itself. This separation method, which is still predominantly used today, underwent a revolution at the beginning of the 20th century, when cutting wheels were invented. The next relevant evolutional step in glass separation was the use of laser radiation to cut glass products. Laser processing of glass shows, especially in the area of the high-tech products, clear advantages compared to separation by cutting wheels.


EU Charges Flat Glass Producers with Price Fixing

The European Commission confirmed on Wednesday that they had formally charged several flat glass producers of running an illegal cartel to fix prices.

The European Union's antitrust watchdog had sent a Statement of Objections to a number of companies, alleging they fixed the prices of flat glass products, which are used by the building sector.

The price fixing restricted competition in the market in violation of EU rules outlawing restrictive business practices, the commission said.

The formal step in European antitrust investigations was taken after several inspections carried out two year ago.

Under the procedure, the companies concerned have two months to defend themselves in writing. They can also ask the commission to hear their case at an oral hearing, which usually takes place about one month after the written reply has been received.

Only after having heard the company's defence can the commission take a final decision, which may be accompanied by fines of up to ten percent of a company's worldwide annual turnover.

The European Commission has tended to take a tougher stand against illegal cartel practices recently. It handed down a record antitrust fine of almost a billion euros over several lift companies for running illegal cartels.

Source: People's Daily Online

Float Glass Wraps Win Award

Float Glass Wraps - Glass-related Product Recommended by Concept Patterns  Protective Packaging Limited, based in Manchester are delighted to announce that they have received an award from the European Alufoil Association ( The European Aluminium Foil Association is the international body representing companies engaged in the rolling and rewinding of alufoil and in the manufacture of alufoil containers and flexible packaging. Our entry into the competition was for Aluminium Float Glass Wraps.


Nano-technology Applications in the Glass Industry

The glass industry is undergoing a period of accelerated innovation as regulatory and competitive pressures, together with evolving customer expectations, provide incentives for new product development.  Nanotechnology is seen as an important source of new performance in this industry. 

The float glass process is standard for high-quality flat glass production. Molten glass, at approximately 1050 ºC, is poured continuously from the furnace onto a shallow bath of molten tin. It floats on the tin, spreads out and forms a level surface.  Thickness is controlled by the speed at which the solidifying glass ribbon is drawn off from the bath.  After annealing (controlled cooling) the glass emerges as a 'fire' polished product with virtually parallel surfaces.

Coatings that make profound changes in properties of the glass can be applied to the cooling ribbon of glass or applied to the glass after cooling. Technologies for applying coatings include on-line chemical vapour deposition, spray pyrolysis, sputtering, and sol gel coating.


New Glass Products Recommended by Concept Patterns


DuPont SentryGlas Plus Staircase Wins Award

New Glass Product Recommended by Concept Patterns - Self-Supporting Staircase  Seele GmbH & Co.KG, a German glass company, recently won the “Innovation Award” at Glasstec, an international trade fair, for its development of the world's largest self-supporting staircase, manufactured with DuPont™ SentryGlas® Plus.


Quinn Glass Selects Siemens To Equip New Glass Plant

With the good results from a previous project as proof of the company’s system and project capabilities, Siemens was a strong contender for the task to equip a Quinn Glass brownfield glass bottle plant at Ince in Great Britain. An experienced project team, glass industry expertise and a redundant system solution to ensure continuous plant operation were other factors that convinced Quinn Glass to choose Siemens and Simatic PCS 7 once again – a decision they have not regretted.


Purchase Of AG Glass And Glazing Ltd By Pilkington Group Limited

Purchase Of AG Glass And Glazing Ltd By Pilkington Group Limited - Glass Industry News Recommended by Concept Patterns  Pilkington Group Limited has announced the purchase of AG Glass and Glazing Limited. AG Glass and Glazing Ltd is a leading IGU manufacturer averaging more than 20,000 units per week from its state of the art manufacturing unit in Tankersley, near Barnsley, South Yorkshire.


Tempered Glass Breakage

A frequent misperception about tempered glass regards its resistance to breakages. Many consider it "unbreakable" or "nearly unbreakable". Such is not the case. As with every other type of glass, also tempered glass can break.


World Demand for Flat Glass

According to a study from the Freedonia Group, production of flat glass is projected to increase 5.2 percent per year through 2008 to 48.3 million metric tons, of which around 34 million metric tons will be high quality float glass.


Advances in the Manufacturing of Toughened Laminates

The last three years have seen an increase in demand for toughened laminates with several high profile projects requiring both the structural strength and integrity that only a toughened laminate can provide.


CE Marking: From March Mandatory for IG and LG

  From March 1st, all glass products from the second group (insulating glass, laminated glass, and tempered glass submitted to HST) intended for use in the building sector will have to carry a CE mark. dedicates this week’s focus article to the mandatory CE marking. What is the CE mark and what changes will it bring?


Pilkingtons Australasia

Pilkingtons was bought by Japanese company Nippon Glass in 2006. The combined factories and float glass lines in throughout Australasia are now on the market as one package. Industry sources say that there is already offers on the table and a decision may be made public soon.