Pilkington United Kingdom has invested more than £3 million in new technology to increase its capacity to manufacture Pilkington Planar.

The glass manufacturer, part of NSG Group, has invested in a new state of the art toughening furnace, an increased capability heat soak oven, and a glass-measuring device.

The new toughening furnace is expected to help increase volumes of the structural glazing system.

It is due to be operational by August, and will be located at the Pilkington Architectural site in St Helens.

The investment also increases the size capability of the toughening furnace and heat soak oven to 6000mm x 3000mm.

Meanwhile, the newly developed glass-measuring device will reportedly enhance the manufacturer’s quality control systems and processes for the benefit of customer and end-clients.

Phil Savage, Head of Sales – UK processing at Pilkington United Kingdom, said: “The challenge of delivering projects that achieve both high functionality and excellent aesthetical appeal has been more ubiquitous in building design over the last five years.

“This is where structural glazing systems are an established solution, helping specifiers to meet both requirements.

“This investment helps us to serve this growing demand with enhanced efficiency and superior quality products, helping our customers to create a built environment fit for the future.”

UK-manufactured Pilkington Planar glass has been recently installed in international projects including the Al-farwania Court Complex and Hawally Courts Complex both in Kuwait; the 601 Massachusetts Avenue development in Washington DC; the American Dream Mall in New Jersey; and the Valley Fair Mall, California.