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Vitro Architectural Glass Expands MSVD Coating Capabilities

Watershed in Seattle, Washington, features Solarban® 60 glass by Vitro Architectural Glass.

To meet a growing demand for magnetron sputtered vacuum deposition products in North America, Vitro Architectural Glass launched a new MSVD coater, Coater 8, at its Planta Mexicali facility in Baja California, Mexico.

About MSVD

The unit will apply Vitro’s solar control low-emissivity coatings to architectural, automotive and oversized glass in sizes up to 130 by 240 inches.

The MSVD coating process enables glass manufacturers to apply ultra-thin layers of silver to glass to create low-e coatings that deflect solar energy and transmit high daylight levels. Low-e glass makes homes and buildings more energy efficient by reducing demand for heating, air-conditioning and artificial lighting.

What Vitro says

“Investing in a new MSVD coater enables us to shift production of some of our low-e glass products to Mexicali, which will improve access to high-performance glass for the Western U.S. and Mexico and enable us to increase production of our industry-leading Solarban solar control low-e glass at our Wichita Falls and Carlisle Plants,” says Ricardo Maiz, president, Vitro Architectural Glass.

“Vitro remains committed to investing in high-technology coatings that improve solar control and thermal performance,” says Maiz. “We’re dedicated to raising the industry standard for sustainability and providing the most energy-efficient solutions to architects, fabricators and building owners, and our research and development team is constantly working to improve the environmental performance of our glass products even further.”