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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.