Pilkington has manufactured two more of its solar control glazing products at its base in St Helens, England.

The manufacturer has started producing Suncool 60/31 to serve UK demand for specialist solar control glazing. The product allows 60% light transmittance but only 31% of the sun’s energy, which means that windows deliver a bright and clear view but reduce excessive heat build-up.

Leo Pyrah, Product Manager for solar control products at Pilkington, said: “Manufacturing these products in St Helens reaffirms our commitment to supporting our customers, and is a result of investment in our off-line coater over the last few years.”

Pilkington Suncool Silver 50/30 will also be manufactured predominantly for export, from September. The high external reflection gives the product a distinctive silver appearance, popular with US architects. The move aims to satisfy this increased demand with new alternatives to those currently available on the market.

Mr Pyrah explained: “Architects and specifiers are increasingly looking for products that combine functionality with aesthetics.

“We want to provide building design professionals with a wide choice of solar control solutions, particularly while this type of glazing becomes better understood in the industry and more commonplace in the built environment.”

The production of both products was spurred on by a sustained period of growth of solar control products. Sales of Pilkington’s Suncool range have increased by 47% since 2016.

Pictured: Pilkington Suncool glazing