Optimization, innovation top industry trends

Katy Devlin
February 16, 2009
COMMERCIAL, RETAIL, FABRICATION : MEETINGS AND EVENTS

Technology-driven products top the product trends for window and glass companies, said Michael E. Collins, a senior associate with Jordan, Knauff & Co., Chicago, Feb. 15 during a presentation at GlassWeek in Las Vegas. “There’s a lot going on that’s interesting and innovative in terms of glass technology with all the different films, solar photovoltaic,” Collins said. “There are a lot of opportunities for profits here.”

On the manufacturing side, glass companies are increasingly relying on optimization, something particularly important during slower times. Glass optimizers provide the optimal yields for glass of a given size, reducing waste.

“One company I was talking with said their yields increased 6 percent to 12 percent by using a glass optimizer,” Collins said. “In this market, that’s huge.”