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  • Emirates Glass LLC, one of the leading processors of architectural flat glass in the Middle East and a subsidiary of Glass LLC, wholly owned by Dubai Investments, together with Lumiglass Industries and Saudi American Glass, has posted yet another milestone achievement by securing a 20 per cent stake in the total glass production of Emirates Float Glass in a high-profile business deal worth AED 20...
  • "You should be able to don a green collar, even if you don't wear a union hat," says AGC chief executive officer Stephen Sandherr as the U.S. Department of Labor gets ready to begin awarding new "green jobs" training grants. Unfortunately, the new federal grants are currently available only to union affiliated groups, according to a May 7 AGC report.
  • DuPont said Thursday it will cut another 2,000 jobs as falling orders from the automotive and manufacturing sectors continue to eat away at sales.''Our objective is not simply to weather the recession and wait for recovery,'' DuPont Chief Executive Ellen Kullman said in a statement Thursday. ''Our goal is to emerge from this global recession stronger, faster and more agile than ever before.''...
  • Hoaf, Netherlands, expands its line of modular, autoclave-free laminating systems with the introduction of the Twinbox that incorporates the oven--Heatbox--and PVB, EVA and TPU storage--Climatebox--into a single unit, according to a May 6 release. This integrated unit features a small footprint providing another option to facilitate with limited space as well as “plug and play”...
  •  The 11th Glass Performance Days, June 12-15, Tampere, Finland, calls the world´s solar and glass specialists for a rally around renewable energy sources and energy saving. The agenda is strongly focused on solar technology as the fastest growing customer category of glass processors and their supply chain, according to a May 6 release. GPD lecturers and participants explore the...
  • Thanks to Sen. Arlen Specter’s change of party, prospects are improving for the Employee Free Choice Act, or Card Check. Democrats’ expanding majority means passage of “compromise” legislation is significantly more likely. While such a compromise may sound reasonable, there is nothing to stop congressional leaders from reverting back to much of the original Card...
  • Construction spending increased 0.3 percent in March to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $970 billion, the Census Bureau reported on Monday. The total was down 11 percent from March 2008. Private residential construction fell 4.1 percent for the month and 33 percent from a year earlier, private nonresidential rose 2.7 percent and 1.2 percent  and public construction rose 1.1...
  • The chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, Arlington, Va., Ken Simonson, responded to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau showing a surprise uptick in nonresidential construction spending this past March.  Simonson explained that construction can be a lagging indicator and that much of the uptick was from a series of mega energy and...
  • DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions commercialized the first building-integrated photovoltaic modules to take advantage of new DuPont PV5300 Series encapsulant sheets, made of clear, super tough ionomer, according to a May 5 release.System Photonics S.p.A., Italy, uses new DuPont PV5300 Series encapsulant to improve module strength, durability and cost-per-watt efficiency of its new Roof Collection...
  • Glaston Corp., Finland, released its Jan. 1-March 31, 2009, interim report, according to a  May 5 release.“The glass processing machine market came to a halt in the final quarter of     2008," said Mika Seitovirta, president and CEO, in the release. "The inactive market situation continued in the first quarter in nearly all the market areas. The economic...
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  • Officials from Saint-Gobain announced it acquired a controlling interest in Sika for $2.8 billion. Saint-Gobain purchased the controlling share—16.1 percent of Sika’s capital and 52.4 percent of its voting rights— in a confidential auction process from the Burkard-Schenker family, which owns the majority stake in Sika, according to a Dec. 8 Reuters report.“Given the proximity of Sika’s activities...
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