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  • Yet after a year of shortages and price hikes, 2006 looks healthy
    Without a catastrophic event, the U.S. commercial construction industry and its participants should see healthy returns in 2006, with overall market growth averaging 4-to-6 percent. At Kawneer North America in Norcross, Ga., company executives see an upbeat economic outlook and have been working with managers of its international parent, Alcoa Inc. of Pittsburgh, to make sure that supplies will...
  • Short term, residential down; commercial, up
    Before looking forward, let’s look back. In our forecast a year ago, Ducker, along with most every other forecaster, underestimated the strength of the U.S. residential construction market. It continued to drive flat-glass demand in 2005 to another strong year.Despite projections of softening in the housing market, starts in 2005 are likely to end up at around 2.15 million, 3.5 percent...
  • Traditional economic indicators do not give a clear picture
    Economists, politicians and pontificators have been trying to figure out where the economy will go. My job is to translate their views into a crisp, clear forecast for the glass and related industries. Undaunted by this year’s uncertainty and abreast on various expert opinions, what follows is my best attempt.Storm surge or low tide? The key underlying factor for the 2006 economy will be...
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  • Asian imports take toll
    Aluminum extruders in the United States represent one segment of the bath-enclosure industry that has seen dramatic changes as a result of imports, said Richard S. James, vice president and general manager of the Aluminum Group at Loxcreen Co. in Roxboro, N.C., during a frank and well-documented presentation at the Bath Enclosure Manufacturers Association annual meeting during GlassBuild America...
  • Software works only with supplier’s cutting tables
    Recently patented, the optimization program BatchBan by Billco Manufacturing Inc. of Zelienople, Pa., might eliminate some of the bottlenecks fabricators face on automated production lines and improve yields, says Kevin Lear, Billco software engineer.The software was tested at Cardinal Insulating Glass’ Spring Green, Wis., plant and has subsequently been introduced at other Cardinal IG...
  • Two groups, two approaches
    Officials at the Standards Subcommittee of the Bath Enclosure Manufacturers Association of Topeka, Kan., are working to finish the first draft of the Voluntary Specifications for Shower Enclosures by early spring. The specifications will eventually determine how shower enclosures are constructed and installed, says Chris Birch, BEMA executive director. “The need for meaningful consensus...
  • Fabricators demand faster, cheaper, better
    European equipment manufacturers continue to hone tradition, reserving the biennial Vitrum to announce innovations. Executives of many major companies proudly brought forth and exclaimed over faster and more highly automated machinery during the 60,000-square-meter show Oct. 5-8 in Milan. Most of their lines now feature tightly aligned functions that almost entirely eliminate manpower....
  •  Architects tout green buildings and sustainable design; fabricators trumpet low-emissivity and insulating glass products, all in the spirit of creating energy-efficient buildings. What about energy-saving manufacturing and production, though? Each year, the U.S. glass industry uses more than 250 trillion British Thermal Units to produce 21 million tons of glass, according to the U.S....
  • Record number of attendees, more foreign exhibitors
    After an 18-month wait, a record 9,000 registrants and almost 500 exhibitors made their way to GlassBuild America in Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center during the show’s new fall timeframe.
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