Latest News in Commercial Glass

  • Pleotint LLC announced a distribution agreement with Innovative Glass Corp., under which Innovative Glass will incorporate Pleotint’s Suntuitive interlayer technology into its proprietary SolarSmart Glass insulating glass unit.Pleotint reports that the Suntuitive interlayer is North America’s first commercially available window interlayer for laminated glass that gradually darkens in response...
  • After receiving sufficient evidence that Chinese solar glass producers may be dumping their products in the European Union at below market value, the European Commission launched an investigation, according to a Reuters report.The Reuters report cites last month's complaint from EU ProSun Glass group, led by EU sector leader GMB of Germany, in response to a four-fold increase of Chinese exports...
  • Photovoltaics manufacturer and project developer Centrosolar plans to dispose of its solar glass operations due to falling market prices and sales volumes, according to a PVTech report. In February, the company said it would start a restructuring plan for its glass business, aimed at halting declining revenues. The main determining factor for Centrosolar's final decision to end glass operations...
  • To curb dumping from several Chinese solar panel companies, the U.S. Department of Commerce imposed 31 percent tariffs on the products, according to a May 18 article from the Wall Street Journal. The action came in response to a complaint by the U.S. unit of German firm SolarWorld AG and a half-dozen other solar-energy companies. The Commerce Department determined that the Chinese...
  • The U.S. Senate passed the Buy American Solar Amendment Thursday night, Dec. 1, as part of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, ensuring that "Buy American" requirements apply to all photovoltaic devices that supply power to Department of Defense property or facilities, according to a same-day release from Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.), who co-sponsored the amendment with Sen. Charles...
  • Xinyi Glass Holdings has postponed the Hong Kong listing of its solar glass unit, Xinyi Solar Holdings Ltd., according to a Nov. 17 article from the Wall Street Journal. Officials attribute the decision to market volatility and the European debt crisis. 
  • PPG Industries has activated a new 4,800-watt solar system, currently equipped with two 10-module arrays featuring Solarphire PV photovoltaic glass and Solarphire AR anti-reflective glass, at the PPG Glass Business and Discovery Center in Harmar, Pa., according to an Oct. 4 company release.  
  • Southwall Technologies Inc. and Pleotint LLC announced, Sept. 27, the world's first installation of high-performance insulating glass combining Southwall's Heat Mirror suspended-film technology with Pleotint's Sunlight Responsive Thermochromic  technology. Manufactured by Southwall Insulating Glass and installed at Pleotint's corporate headquarters in West Olive, Mich., the product...
  • The 2011 Solar Decathlon, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy, kicked off Sept. 23 in the National Mall's West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C. The competition challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal...
  • During the solar seminar, Sept. 14, at GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, Steve Coonen, BIPV consultant and principal, PV Glassworks, Grass Valley, Calif., introduced a transparent photovoltaic glass. Saf-Glas, www.energyglass.com, developed the laminated glass product, which uses nanoparticles to redirect portions of the light spectrum to the edge of the glass, which is lined...
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  • PPG Industries today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell substantially all the assets of its Mt. Zion, Ill., glass manufacturing facility to automotive glass manufacturer Fuyao Glass America Inc. The sale is expected to close in the third quarter 2014, subject to customary closing conditions. Financial terms were not disclosed.The Mt. Zion facility currently manufactures...
  • Officials from Cardinal Glass Industries announced July 3 that its subsidiary Cardinal CT Company acquired the assets of Catalina Tempering Inc. and its subsidiaries. The terms of the agreement are undisclosed.Catalina operates seven regional custom tempering facilities serving the residential window and door market. “Over the last ten years, Catalina has built its business based on quality...
  • AGC Glass Company North America announced it will be consolidating its fabrication capabilities in Jacksonville, Fla., into the company’s more than 200,000 square foot facility in Lithia Springs, Ga. The consolidation of the Jacksonville operations into Lithia Springs should be completed no later than the fourth quarter of 2014.The Lithia Springs plant is AGC’s new state-of-the-art facility and...