Guardian Glass has partnered with science company Merck to commission sales of eyrise liquid crystal windows.

“This partnership will allow us to offer a complete range of solutions for structural facades,” said Guardian Glass General Manager Guus Boekhoudt.

“eyrise complements our range of coated glass products with features such as dynamic solar control and variety of colours, shapes and sizes. Combined with our expertise in commercial projects, this strategic addition will allow us to further enable tailor-made solutions for our customers.”

Merck's Michael Heckmeier said: “Our goal now is to expand the reach of our eyrise products to new markets and regions.

"With this strategic partnership with Guardian Glass, we will be able to leverage its know-how and network in the architecture industry as well as their expert salesforce to penetrate new market segments.”

eyrise dynamic liquid crystal windows offers shading comfort by cutting solar glare on-demand without compromising on natural daylight.

The privacy window variant also offers an instant switch from transparent to translucent that provides confidentiality as required. In 2020, Merck completed the installation phase of two architectural lighthouse projects: one with crane manufacturer Kirow in Leipzig, Germany; and another project with consulting, controlling and planning company FC Group in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Ramp-up of Merck’s commercial manufacturing site in its Veldhoven site was completed last year with the integration of a new lamination unit.