Glass industry news

PPG announces improvements to PV glass

Published: March 21, 2011 by Helen Bird

PPG Industries has improved the solar transmittance of its Solarphire PV photovoltaic glass to help enhance the performance of solar energy collection components manufactured with this glass. Solarphire PV glass features ultra-low levels of iron for high transmittance across the entire…

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SAGCO invests in process control systems

Published: March 16, 2011 by Helen Bird

Saudi Arabian Glass Company (SAGCO) has invested process control systems at its Jeddah manufacturing plant, commissioning Quantum Forming to supply five of its Quantum TFA systems. In March 2011, the supplier installed the first of the units on Line 42, an Emhart Glass refurbished…

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Purchase broadens Zignago Vetro’s production activities

Published: March 11, 2011 by Helen Bird

Glassmaker Zignago Vetro has purchased approximately 79% of Huta Szkla Czechy (HSC), a Polish manufacturer of glass containers for the cosmetics and perfumery and food and beverage industries.

The purchase agreement for the acquisition has been executed at a total cost of almost €7…

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Country’s sole glassmaker fails to resume operations

Published: March 09, 2011 by Helen Bird

Zimbabwe Glass Industries (Zimglass), Zimbabwe’s sole glass manufacturer, has failed to re-open as planned, throwing the future of hundreds of employees into jeopardy.

The Gweru-based company ceased operations in 2010 to allow for the relining of its only functional furnace, forcing 472…

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EC approves packaging merger

Published: March 04, 2011 by Helen Bird

Three separate mergers in the packaging and waste areas were approved by the European Commission’s anti-trust team in February 2011.

One merger to be cleared by the Commission was for glassmakers Saint-Gobain Glass of France and Trakya Cam of Turkey to acquire joint control over Trakya…

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Obeikan fires float glass furnace

Published: March 03, 2011 by Helen Bird

Saudi Advanced Industries Company (SAIC) has said that its glass manufacturing subsidiary has began the operation of a new glass furnace.

Obeikan Glass Company, in which SAIC owns a 40% stake, will require four to five weeks until the furnace reaches maximum heat. At that stage, the…

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