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Guardian Glass Launches Guardian CrystalClear Reduced-Iron Glass

Guardian's new Guardian CrystalClear glass is a highly transparent glass that offers greater color neutrality and visible light transmission. 

NSG Group Signs PPA for Solar Power in Japan

NSG Group has signed a power purchase agreement for solar power at the Maizuru Plant in Japan.

AGC Successful in Demonstration Test of Solar Panel Cover Glass Recycling

In a first in Japan for float glass raw materials, AGC has successfully completed a demonstration test to recycle cover glass for solar panels into float glass.

NSG Group Announces Closure of Float Line

NSG Group will be closing a float line in Germany ahead of a planned repair next year.

AGC Completes Transfer of Russian Operations

AGC Inc. announced in February 2023 that it was considering transfer of its businesses in Russia; last week the company confirmed that it has fully withdrawn from the Russian market.

NSG Group Completes Successful Carbon Capture Trial

As part of a program to demonstrate solutions for difficult-to-decarbonize industries, NSG Group successfully completed its first carbon capture trial, in partnership with C-Capture.

Saint-Gobain to Acquire Glass Service

In line with its “Grow & Impact” strategic plan, Saint-Gobain has entered into an agreement to acquire Glass Service, a provider of digital solutions for glass furnaces. 

Guardian Glass Introduces Lower-Carbon Float Glass

Guardian Glass is introducing Guardian Nexa, a lower-carbon float glass, to Europe.

Russian Glass Industry Faces Tough Times as Sanctions Take Toll

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has of course had an effect on the domestic glass industry in Russia. New reporting on the state of the industry reveal how producers are struggling with Western sanctions, and turning to new markets and products to makeup for lost export profits.

Pilkington UK Hosts Europe's First Carbon Capture Trial in Flat Glass Industry

Pilkington UK announced the successful launch of Europe's first carbon capture trial in the flat glass industry, alongside partners C-Capture and Glass Futures.

NSG TEC Glass Wins MADE Awards 2023

NSG TEC electroconductive glass won the MADE Award 2023 at the MADE Expo. 

Guardian Glass to Use Hydrogen in Glass Manufacturing

Ryze Hydrogen has signed a long-term deal to provide hydrogen to Guardian Glass to be used in the manufacture of float glass.

NSG Group Announces New Solar Glass Production Line

NSG Group announced it will be upgrading its float line in Rossford, Ohio, to support the expansion strategy of First Solar Inc.

Vitro Announces Plans to Rescale Operations at Carlisle Plant

Vitro Architectural Glass will idle one of its raw-glass production lines in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, to reconfigure it to produce solar panel glass for First Solar.

NSG Solar Glass Production Begins in Malaysia

A new production line of solar glass in Malaysia starts operation this December. 

AGC Succeeds in Demonstration Test of Solar Panel Cover Glass Recycling

AGC has successfully recycled used solar panel cover glass into raw material cullet.

Sisecam Glass Conference Focuses on Sustainability

The theme for this year's Sisecam Glass Conference, held Nov. 2-3, was "Collaborate to Innovate: For a Sustainable Future."

AGC Successfully Demonstrates Glass Production Test

AGC has succeeded in a demonstration test of glass production using hydrogen as fuel.

Vitro Architectural Glass Expands MSVD Coating Capabilities

Vitro Architectural Glass is expanding its MSVD coating capabilities with the launch of Coater 8.

NSG Group Pioneers New Low-Carbon Glass Range

Glass with 50% less embodied carbon launches in new milestone for decarbonizing buildings.

AGC Begins Study on Methanol Made from CO2

AGC and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company have agreed to begin a study regarding the production and sale of methanol made from carbon dioxide generated from AGC’s architectural glass production.

Sisecam Plans to Invest in Tech Company

Sisecam has signed a letter of intent to invest in a Turkish tech company. 

Guardian Glass Furnace Set to Restart

A new energy-efficient furnace at Guardian Glass' Bascharage plant is on schedule to restart in Q4 2023.

Saint-Gobain Sells Glass-Processing Business

Saint-Gobain has sold its glass-processing business in Slovakia. 

Tanzania Float Glass Facility Near Completion

A float glass manufacturing factory is close to completion in Tanzania. 

TotalEnergies to Supply Certified Sustainable Biomethane to Saint-Gobain

TotalEnergies will be producing biomethane for Saint-Gobain through a three-year purchase agreement. 

NSG Group Opens New Solar Array

In May, the NSG Group opened a new photovoltaic solar system in Germany that will provide 650,000 kilowatt hours.

Vitro Releases Updated EPDs

Vitro Architectural Glass has further lowered its embodied carbon as well as released new Environmental Product Declarations.

AGC Glass Europe Produces Low-Carbon Flat Glass at Second Plant

After producing low-carbon glass at its facility in Moustier, Belgium, last year, the float company says it has manufactured the glass at a second facility in Seingbouse, France. The facility produced low-carbon Planibel Clearlite float glass, which represents a 40% reduction in carbon footprint…

Saint-Gobain Highlights Latest Glass Façade Achievements

Saint-Gobain released its latest Glass for Façade Reference Book, which highlights a global selection of iconic glass projects with its customers and partners.

AGC Discontinues LCD Glass Substrate Products at Kansai Plant

AGC has decided to discontinue its production of LCD glass substrate products at its Kansai Plant in Japan due to a lack of profitability. 

Canadian Premium Sand Takes Steps in Solar Glass Manufacturing

Canadian Premium Sand has taken steps in its vertically integrated patterned solar glass manufacturing facility project.

Saint-Gobain Makes Use of Recycled Glass

Saint-Gobain will use recycled glass provided by a window replacement construction project to help the company meet its carbon neutrality and sustainability goals. 

Pilkington to Rebuild North Carolina Float Line

Pilkington North America is planning on rebuilding its float glass line in Laurinburg, North Carolina. This $86.8 million investment will create 20 jobs in the community.

Saint-Gobain Achieves Flat Glass Production Using 30% Hydrogen

During research and development trials in Germany, Saint-Gobain was able to carry out a test production of flat glass using a high percentage of hydrogen. 

Şişecam Invests in Raw Materials for New Float Facility

Şişecam has announced a strategic investment in mining to ensure the raw material supply needs of its ongoing new flat glass investments in Mersin. The company will invest in a sand preparation facility in Tarsus OIZ, where its ongoing flat glass facility investment is located.

AGC Considering Transfer of its Business in Russia

AGC Inc. is currently considering transferring its business operations in Russia, in keeping the group's employees' and customers' best interests in mind. 

AGC and Saint-Gobain Partner on Decarbonization

AGC and Saint-Gobain are partnering up to decarbonize flat glass manufacturing through the design of a flat glass line that is going to be 50 percent electrified and 50 percent fired by a combination of oxygen and gas.

Canadian Premium Sand Announces Positive Results from its Bulk Sand Testing Project

The results of Canadian Premium Sand's bulk sand testing project are now available.

AGC Develops Digital Twin Technology

The CadTank Online Computation and Optimization Assistant (COCOA) is a digital twin technology tool for the glass melting process that integrates an online simulator with a digital prototyping tool, recently developed by AGC.

AGC Glass Europe Launches Low-Carbon Glass Range

AGC Glass Europe officially launched a low-carbon glass range. The product range represents a more than 40 percent reduction in carbon footprint. 

Şişecam Celebrates 87 Years in Business

Şişecam is celebrating its 87th anniversary this year. The company now has production operations in 14 countries on 4 continents, its products are exported to more than 150 countries from 45 facilities with more than 24,000 employees. 

Saint-Gobain Signs Renewable Electricity Supply Agreement

A Power Purchase Agreement between Saint-Gobain and an energy supplier in Spain will start in 2024 and will cover about 55 percent of Saint-Gobain’s Spanish electricity needs.

Soda Ash Producer Expands Wyoming Facility

Solvay Group, which supplies soda ash to markets including flat glass, is expanding its Green River, Wyoming, facility, with plans to be in production at the end of 2024. 

Şişecam Sees Over $3 Billion in Sales in the First 9 Months of 2022

Şişecam reports that despite global instability, the company reported over $3 billion in sales in the first nine months of 2022.

Saint-Gobain Sees Rise in Sales for Third Quarter

Saint-Gobain reports strong sales for its third quarter, posting a sales increase of 19.6 percent.

NSG's Second Float Glass Plant in Argentina is Now Operational

NSG announced that its second float glass plant went fully operational on Oct. 8. The plant aims to meet the growing demand for architectural and automotive glass in Argentina and to supply South American markets

AGC Glass France Closes Float Line

AGC Glass France has made the decision to close one of its float lines as a direct result of the ongoing energy crisis and overcapacity in Europe. 

Canadian Premium Sand Inc. Engages Firm for Pre-Construction Engineering of New Facility

Canadian Premium Sand Inc. announces that it engaged an international consortium of Engineering, Procurement and Construction (“EPC”) firms to complete detailed design and pre-construction engineering related to its patterned solar glass manufacturing facility being developed in Selkirk, Manitoba.

AGC Glass Europe to Produce New Low-Carbon Glass

By the end of 2022 AGC Glass Europe will produce a float glass range featuring a significantly reduced carbon footprint to help the company achieve carbon-neutral glass production by 2050.

New Canadian Solar Patterned Glass Plant Partners with Solar Module Manufacturer

After choosing Selkirk, Manitoba as the site of its planned solar patterned glass facility, 

NSG Group Will Invest in New Solar Glass Line in Malaysia

NSG Group plans to invest in additional production capacity of TCO, or transparent conductive oxide, coated glass in Malaysia to support the growing solar market.

UPDATED: Glass Leak at Vitro Wichita Falls Plant Injures Employees

According to local reporting, several people were transported to the hospital following a glass leak at Vitro Architectural Glass’s Wichita Falls, Texas, facility on Aug. 7. Those transported include employees. According to Vitro officials, six employees were treated for heat stress, and five were…

Guardian Glass Sells Two Russian Facilities

In response to the Russian aggression against Ukraine, Guardian Glass has sold its two float glass manufacturing facilities in Russia, say officials.

AGC Glass Europe to Launch a New Low-Carbon Glass Range

AGC Glass Europe announced a new glass range with a significantly reduced carbon footprint, to be launched by the end of 2022. Details will be provided at a press conference at glasstec 2022 in Düsseldorf in September.

Şişecam Invests in Second Patterned Glass Line

Şişecam invested in a patterned glass furnace with a capacity of 661 tons per day and energy glass processing lines with a capacity of 21.5 million square feet per year.

Saint-Gobain Offers New Low-Carbon Glass

Saint-Gobain Glass is now offering a new glass with the lowest embodied carbon on the façade market, according to the company. This industry first was accomplished through a production combining high recycled glass content (around 70 percent of cullet), renewable energy, all based on a substantial…

Vitro Glass Announces Partnership to Advance the Interactivity of Glass

Vitro Glass is joining VueReal, a leader in micro printing technology, to advance the interactivity and functionality of glass. 

Saint-Gobain Cancels 8.9 million shares

Saint-Gobain cancelled 8,871,654 treasury shares acquired on the market, according to a release on the company’s website.

Pilkington Plant in Poland Finishes Expansion

Pilkington’s float plant in Ostrołęka, Poland, has been completed. The works opened in 2020, and the expansion was aimed at doubling the plant's production capacity. The expansion represents an over $9 million-dollar investment.

AGC Sets Reduction Target for Scope 3 GHG Emissions

AGC, parent company of AGC Glass, set a new target for reducing Scope 3 greenhouse gas emissions in its value chain. AGC aims to achieve a 30 percent reduction in Scope 3 GHG emissions*1 in 2030. AGC has also applied for SBT certification by the international climate change initiative, Science…

Saint-Gobain to Install Photovoltaic Park at Romanian Glass Plant

Saint-Gobain Romania and ENGIE Romania, a natural gas company, will partner to construct the largest photovoltaic parks in Romania, say officials, located at Saint-Gobain’s glass factory. The photovoltaic panels will have an installed capacity of 8.6 mega watt peaks, and will produce renewable…

NSG Group Proposes Changes to Board of Directors

NSG Group announced several proposed changes to its Board of Directors, which will take effect June 29, 2022. The changes will take place at the end of the 156th Ordinary general meeting of shareholders; some appointments are subject to shareholder approval.

NSG Group Installs New Solar Array at Rossford, Ohio

NSG Group completed installation of a 1.4-megawatt photovoltaic solar array at its Rossford, Ohio, facility; the array is now fully operational and will supply about 2.5 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy annually.

Saint-Gobain Launches New Digital Platform

Saint-Gobain is upgrading its digital communication tools and launching a new website.

Saint-Gobain Achieves Zero-Carbon Production of Flat Glass

Saint-Gobain became the first player in the world to achieve zero carbon production of flat glass, according to a company statement.

Saint-Gobain to Recycle Over 1,000 Tons of Glass Per Year at Sageglass Manufacturing Site

Saint-Gobain North America, through its electrochromic glass subsidiary SageGlass, today announced that it will recycle over 1,000 tons of glass per year for the next five years, diverting the material from landfills and upcycling the components for future use through an agreement with a third-…

Guardian to Continue Running Russia Floats to Ensure Safety of Employees, Facilities

Dave Robertson, president and COO of Koch Industries, the company that owns Guardian, made two statements to employees regarding the invasion of Ukraine and the status of the company’s two glass manufacturing facilities in Russia, which employ about 600 people. As of the March 24 statement, the…

UPDATED: AGC Glass Confirms Employee Safety in Ukraine, Suspends Operations

AGC Glass updated its statements on how the Russia-Ukraine conflict impacts its businesses in the region.

Pilkington UK St. Helens Glass Plant Runs Furnace on Biofuel for Four Days

Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, part of the NSG Group, became the world’s first flat glass manufacturer to fire its furnace on 100 percent biofuel, as part of an industry trial to find sustainable alternatives to natural gas.

AGC Glass Europe Plans Closure of Two Auto Glass Plants

AGC Glass Europe announced intentions to close two automotive glass plants in Europe; its Wegberg Plant located in Germany, and its Fleurus plant, located in Belgium.

Saint-Gobain Divests Glass Fabrication Business in Estonia

Saint-Gobain entered into an agreement for the sale of its regional glass fabrication business Baltiklaas OÜ in Estonia to Polar Glass OÜ, a subsidiary of Barrus AS, the largest glued laminated timber manufacturer in Estonia and supplier to window and door producers.

Sisecam Acquires Refractory Manufacturer Refel

Şişecam will acquire the Italian company Refel. a refractory materials manufacturer.

NSG Group Introduces Renewable Electricity in Poland

NSG UK Enterprises, part of the NSG Group, signed a power purchase agreement with EDP Renewables, the world's fourth largest renewable energy producer, for the renewable electricity generated by a wind farm located in Poland.

As Pilkington Halts Production of the Planar System, W&W Glass Looks to the Future With Expanded Solutions

As Pilkington Architectural halts production of the Pilkington Planar system in St. Helens, United Kingdom as of Dec. 31, 2021, W&W Glass, LLC will offer its own glass engineered solutions.

Canadian Premium Sand Inc. Selects Selkirk, Manitoba for Manufacturing Facility Location

Canadian Premium Sand Inc. (CPS) chose the City of Selkirk, Manitoba, as the preferred location for its solar glass manufacturing facility

Sisecam and Ciner Group Invest in U.S. Soda Ash Market

Şişecam and Ciner Group, Turkish-origin global companies, will co-invest $4 billion in the U.S. soda ash industry.

NSG/Pilkington Starts Construction on Solar Array at Ohio Plant

Construction is well underway on a 1.4 MW solar array installation at NSG/Pilkington’s Rossford, Ohio, site. 

Pilkington Runs U.K. Plant Furnace on Hydrogen Blend

Pilkington UK completed another trial involving the use of hydrogen to produce glass at its Greengate plant in the U.K., reported in the St. Helens Star.

AGC Glass Europe Reopens Renovated Float Line in Czech Republic

AGC Glass Europe announced on its Facebook page that the company had inaugurated its Řetenice plant, based in Czech Republic. The line went through cold repair of the furnace.

Guardian Glass Invests in Expanded Capacity and Energy-Saving Technology for UK Plant

Guardian Glass is investing significantly in its Goole, East Yorkshire float glass production plant, based in the U.K.  The purpose of the investment is to increase the company’s ability to supply float glass, primarily to the U.K. and Ireland, while also improving the plant’s energy efficiency.

Guardian Glass Adds Super Jumbo Coating Capability at Carleton, Michigan Plant

Guardian Glass announced the company is now producing 130-by-240-inch, or “super jumbo,” SunGuard coatings on clear or Guardian UltraClear float glass at its Carleton, Michigan, facility.

NSG Group Partners with Convergent Energy + Power on Battery Storage System

Convergent Energy + Power a provider of battery storage solutions in North America, announced that the industrial-scale battery storage system it developed for NSG Group's Pilkington laminated glass plant in Collingwood, Ontario, is operational. The 5 MW / 10 MWh battery energy storage system is…

AGC Glass Europe Inaugurates Renovated Russian Float Line

AGC Glass Europe held a ribbon ceremony for the inauguration of its renovated float glass line at its facility in Bor, Russia.

Saint-Gobain Sells Two Fabrication Businesses in France, Germany

Saint-Gobain announced the sale of the French company Aurys, which specializes in shaping and fabricating flat glass, to a former manager of Saint-Gobain. The Group also sold the German company GVG Deggendorf, which specializes in tempered glass, to the Swiss Arbonia group.

NSG/Pilkington Plant in UK Manufactures Float Glass Using Hydrogen Power in World-First Trial

Pilkington United Kingdom Ltd, part of the NSG group, successfully manufactured architectural glass at its St Helens facility using hydrogen power in a world-first trial.

Guardian Glass to Add Line at Russian Plant for Jumbo Laminated Glass Production

To support the increasing demand for laminated glass in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Guardian Glass is adding a new jumbo laminated glass production line at its Ryazan plant in Russia. Laminated glass production is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2023.

Asahi India Glass Ltd. Partners with Vishakha Group to Build Solar Glass Plant

Asahi India Glass Ltd. and Vishakha Group announced a joint venture into solar glass with an in principle agreement for the setting up of India’s largest, state-of-the-art green field solar glass plant at Mundra, Gujarat, with phase-1 glass manufacturing capacity of up to 3GW of the installable…

Cardinal Glass Industries Closes AGC Acquisition Deal

Cardinal Glass Industries announced that it finalized the transaction to acquire the assets of AGC Glass in Churchill, Tennessee; Abingdon, Virginia; and Spring Hill, Kansas. 

Canadian Premium Sand Inc. Closes on US $1 Million Non-Brokered Private Placement

Canadian Premium Sand Inc. announced that it has closed a non-brokered private placement.

IFC Invests in NSG Group to Support Manufacturing Capacity in Argentina

The International Finance Corp., a member of the World Bank Group, announced an investment of $40 million in NSG UK Enterprises Ltd., a long-standing IFC client and a member of the NSG Group.

Vitro Architectural Glass Reaches Agreement to Distribute VIG Products in North America

Vitro Architectural Glass reached an agreement with LandGlass and VIG Technologies to sell its tempered vacuum insulating glass products in North America.

New Canadian Float Facility Enters Project Planning Phase

Canadian Premium Sand Inc., a Canadian sand mining company that announced in March it plans to build a float glass plant, has initiated a front end engineering and design study for the new plant, according to reporting in the Market Herald.

Vitro to Build Third Float Furnace at Garcia Plant

Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V. announced that its board of directors approved construction of a third float furnace at the company’s García plant near Monterrey, Mexico.

AGC to Sell North American Architectural Glass Business to Cardinal Glass Industries

Officials from AGC Inc. announced the company will sell its North American architectural glass business to Cardinal Glass Industries, according to a June 15 AGC release. The $450 million deal is subject to the approval of the related authorities, and the earliest closing would be July 2021,…

Saint-Gobain to Supply Oxygen Plants in India

Saint-Gobain will supply oxygen plants in India.

Saint-Gobain to Expand Indian Float Line

Saint-Gobain plans to invest in its Bhawadi plant in the state of Rajasthan in India.

Saint-Gobain Sells Part of its Glass Fabrication Business in Germany

Saint-Gobain announced the sale of Saint-Gobain Glassolutions Objekt-Center, which specializes in glass fabrication operations as part of the Glassolutions network in Germany, to the German privately-owned AEQUITA group based in Munich.

Architectural Glass Drives Revenue Increase for Sisecam in First Quarter Financials

Sisecam posted gains in its first quarter financial results for 2021. The company saw a 23 percent year-over-year increase in revenue, and 29 percent increase in gross profit. Architectural glass lead the company in revenue, with a 70 percent year-over-year increase.

Introducing a New Name in Float Glass

It’s not often the North American float glass industry welcomes a new plant, let alone an entirely new company, to the market. Learn more about Canadian Premium Sand's plans to start a float plant outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba. 

Saint-Gobain Glass Invests in UK Glass Plant

Saint-Gobain Glass invested $41.5 million in its UK glass plant, located in Eggborough, East Yorkshire.

NSG Pilkington to Close UK Glass Plant

NSG Pilkington will close its glass manufacturing plant in St. Helens, U.K., by the end of 2021,

New Research Shows that AGC Glass Europe Coating Reduces COVID-19 Transmission

AGC Glass Europe supported research, now published in the Coatings Journal, which shows that float glass coated with its Planibel Easy coating has the potential to reduce infectious viral particles. The study’s results demonstrate that SARS-CoV-2 viral particles, the infections particles of COVID-…

NSG Group Invests in Laurinburg Plant

NSG Group is rebuilding one of its furnaces at its float glass plant in Laurinburg, North Carolina. The project started on March 10, 2021, and is expected to be completed in late June 2021.

Canadian Premium Sand Plans Float Glass Facility in Manitoba

Officials from Canadian Premium Sand Inc., or CPS, announced a shift in the company’s business strategy to focus on developing its Wanipigow, Manitoba, silica sand deposit into a sustainable float glass manufacturing and coating facility.

Guardian Glass DeWitt Plant Earns EPA’s Energy Star Certification for Superior Energy Efficiency

The Guardian Glass float glass plant in DeWitt, Iowa earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification, which signifies that the industrial plant performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy efficiency…

Xinyi Glass Canada Says it will Suspend Plans for Stratford Float Plant

Xinyi Glass Canada released a statement on Feb. 15 saying that it would suspend its plans to build a float plant in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, “indefinitely.”

Şişecam Gets Approval for its Anti-viral Coating

Şişecam completed the necessary official permission processes related to V-Block Technology, which neutralizes viruses and bacteria and was developed to support the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.

Xinyi Canada Glass President Releases Statement on New Canadian Float Plant

Tommy Wong, president of Xinyi Canada Glass Ltd., released a statement regarding the company’s proposed float plant, slated to be built in Stratford, Ontario, Canada.

Stratford Citizens’ Group Launches Complaint Regarding Proposed Xinyi Plant

Get Concerned Stratford, a local group of citizens that oppose the proposed construction a new Xinyi Glass float glass plant in Stratford, Canada, has launched a complaint to a third-party investigator, according to local reporting in the Stratford Beacon Herald.

Stratford Residents Stage Protest Against New Xinyi Glass Plant

Last Monday, residents of Stratford, Ontario, Canada, staged a protest outside city hall regarding the proposed building of Xinyi Glass Canada’s new float plant in the city, according to reporting in the Beacon Herald.

Local Government Defers Action on Development Agreement with Xinyi Glass

According to reporting in the Beacon Herald, local councilors for the City of Stratford, in Ontario, Canada, deferred a development agreement with Xinyi Glass Canada regarding the company’s proposed $400-million float facility. 

Xinyi Glass Canada Participates in Second Public Meeting Regarding Float Facility

According to reporting in the Beacon Herald, Xinyi Glass Canada took part in a second public online meeting with Stratford, Ontario, residents after last Saturday’s meetings.

Xinyi Glass Canada Hosts Public Meeting Regarding New Float Facility

Xinyi Glass Canada hosted a public meeting for residents of Stratford, Ontario, the Canadian city that the company has selected to be the next potential site for its new float facility.

NSG Group Starts Furnace at Luckey, Ohio, Float Plant

NSG Group’s new 500,000 square foot facility, located in Luckey, Ohio, will start operation this week. The plant will have a melting capacity of 600 tons per day and will produce glass using the company’s advanced online coating technology.

Pilkington UK and C-Capture Team Up on Carbon Capture Project

C-Capture Limited and Pilkington UK were awarded funding through Innovate UK’s Sustainable Innovation Fund to test the applicability of its carbon-capture technology in glass manufacturing.

Xinyi Glass Canada Selects Stratford, Ontario as Site of New Float Facility

Local officials in Stratford, Ontario, Canada say Xinyi Glass Canada has chosen the city as the site of its new manufacturing facility, according to reporting in the Beacon Herald.

NSG Group Introduces Pilkington SaniTise

NSG Group recognizes the world has changed and that health and safety are at the forefront of everyone's mind. In response to these challenges, NSG Group launched Pilkington SaniTise, a transparent coated glass.

NSG Group and University of Cambridge Partner to Innovate Future Glass Applications

The NSG Group and University of Cambridge are collaborating on new glass applications, according to company officials.

Şişecam Completes Merger of its Subsidiaries

Şişecam successfully completed its merger of its main subsidiaries.

Saint-Gobain Proposes Line Closure at Spanish Plant

Saint-Gobain Glass proposed the closure of its float plant in  L´Arboç, Spain. The plant has one float line, and supplies Saint-Gobain’s Sekurit division. In a company release, officials say the line has come to the end of its life, after several repairs.

AGC Glass Europe Plans Closure of One Float Glass Furnace in Boussois, France

Faced with the generalized, structural decline in demand for glass, the management of the AGC Glass plant located in Boussois, France, intends to shut down one of the two float glass furnaces on the site in the near future.

Guardian Glass Launches New Float Line at Czestochowa Plant

Guardian Glass completed its first ribbon pull at its second float glass facility in Częstochowa, Poland, to help meet the growing demand for high performance coated and fabricated glass products in Poland and throughout Eastern Europe.

Saint-Gobain Starts New Jumbo Coater at Polish Plant

Saint-Gobain’s Dąbrowa Górnicza plant in Poland started a new jumbo coater in July.

Şişecam Group Gets Approval from Shareholders to Unite All Operations Under A Single Entity

Following approval by the Capital Markets Board, shareholders also approved the merger of all operations under a single entity by Şişecam Group, a global player in all core areas of the glass industry and in the field of chemicals comprising soda and chromium compounds.

AGC Doubles Warranty on Fire-resistant Glass

AGC confirms its position as the safe and 100 percent reliable choice for fire resistant glass―now and in the long term―by extending its worldwide warranty for Pyrobel from five to ten years. 

Guardian Glass Launches New Coater in Czestochowa, Poland

Guardian Glass started full production on a new glass coater at its second facility in Czestochowa, Poland. The new float line at Czestochowa is expected to begin operations in September 2020.

NSG/Pilkington Wins Award for Antiviral Glass Project

Pilkington Technology Management Ltd. received a 100 percent award from Innovate UK, part of the U.K. government’s funding for research and innovation for its project to develop an antiviral glass.

Vitro Releases Technical Document Addressing Decontamination of Glass Surfaces

Vitro Architectural Glass published a new glass technical document titled “Decontaminating Glass Surfaces” (TD-154). Developed in response to customer questions related to glass handling and safety during the COVID-19 crisis, the five-page primer addresses a range of topics of interest to glass…

Saint-Gobain Sells Stake in Sika

Saint-Gobain sold its stake in Sika, worth $1.69 billion, according to reporting in Reuters.

Float Glass Faces Economic Strain: What We’re Watching

Along with the rest of the glass industry, float glass manufacturing has felt the effects of COVID-19, from supply chain issues, to potential closures due to state stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders.

Vitro to Shut Down Float Line for Automotive Glass

Vitro Automotive will close one of its raw-glass production lines at its Meadville, Pennsylvania, plant effective June 10, affecting 108 positions.

Glass for Europe Creates White Paper on Float Furnace Hot Holds

Glass for Europe produced a white paper, “‘Hot hold’ operations in the flat glass sector,” detailing the process and ramifications of placing float glass furnaces on hot hold.

Saint-Gobain Divests from German Fabrication Business

Saint-Gobain sold Glassolutions, a German-based glass fabricator, to Industriekapital GmbH, an investment firm, as reported on The divestment will include seven locations, and affect a total of 350 employees, according to the reporting.

NSG to Test the World’s First Use of Hydrogen Fuel for Glass-Making

NSG Group will test the use of hydrogen as an alternative fuel for the float furnace to manufacture glass at its Greengate Works in St. Helens, U.K. A global first, the initiative is part of a project managed by HyNet, a consortium of industries in the North West of England, aimed at reducing…

Azerbaijan Float Glass Co. Prepares to Launch New Float Line

Horn Glass Industries, and Azerbaijan Float Glass Co., are ready to launch a  brand-new 330 tons per day float line is getting ready for operation.

NSG’s Solar Glass Float Furnace in Vietnam Starts Operation

The float furnace to produce transparent conductive oxide coated glass for solar panels, located at NSG Group’s facility in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, started operation.

Fuyao Invests $46 Million in Moraine Plant

Fuyao Glass America will invest $46 million in a new expansion at its Moraine, Ohio production plant, according to reporting in the Dayton Daily News. The company will purchase new production equipment, and will create 100 jobs, according to reporting.  

Sisecam Inaugurates Second Float Facility in Italy

Şişecam Group has completed its renovation and modernization investment in the Manfredonia plant, the company's second flat glass investment in Italy.