Glaston has completed a deal for an automotive solution for the production of big size bent and tempered sidelites.

Robert Prange, SVP Automotive and Display at Glaston Corporation said: “This means new and changing requirements. We see a lot of new as well as additional opportunities.

“Reflecting the market trends and requirements, and in line with our revised strategy, we will continue to develop automotive heat treatment products to complement our pre-processing products for an integrated offering.

“In addition, we will focus on selected automotive display applications.”

After a slow start to the year, demand in the Automotive market started to pick up during spring with production starting to recover.

The more positive outlook was reflected in increased investment activity in the market for new machinery, and good market activity was noted in China, with many new projects, along with the North American market.

Increased activity has also recently been noted in the EMEA area.

In August, Glaston closed a deal for a Horizontal Bending and Tempering System (HTBS) line for production of big size bent and tempered sidelites with an existing flat tempering customer that is expanding their production to Automotive.

The HTBS technology is utilised by world-known original equipment manufacturers (OEM) and automotive replacement glass (ARG) processors that deliver bent and tempered glass in big sizes.

The line has the capability to process glasses up to size 2400 x 1700 mm.

The order is booked in Glaston’s Q3/2021 received orders and the line will be delivered to the customer in June 2022.