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  • Asahi Glass Co. and Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Asia's two largest glassmakers, dropped in Tokyo trading after they and two rivals were fined by the European Union over claims they fixed car window prices.Asahi Glass shares fell 5 percent to 515 yen [$5.4] at the close of trading today on the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Nippon Sheet Glass tumbled 9 percent to 314 yen [$3.3], the biggest drop since Oct...
  • South Africa’s glass industry was operating at 93.9 percent of its overall production capacity in August this year, as compared with 90.4 percent of capacity in the same month in 2007, according to a Nov. 7 Statistics South Africa report. The main reason given by glass industry companies for not operating at full capacity in August 2008 was low demand from consumers.According to another...
  • Meltdown Glass Art & Design LLC, Chandler, Ariz., will expand operation and move fabrication into a larger production studio. The expansion will increase the company's capacity four times, according to a company newsletter Nov. 13. The expansion also will shorten lead times to better serve customer needs. For most jobs the lead time will be five weeks, according to the newsletter report...
  • The Protective Glazing Council Annual Symposium ended with a Building Owner’s Perspective Panel. Joseph Smith, Applied Research Associates, Albuquerque, N.M., moderated the panel of three: Willie Hirano, engineer, Office of Construction Programs, Public Buildings Service, GSA; Ron Burton, Building Owners and Managers Association, Washington, D.C.; and John Knezevich, president,...
  • Speakers at the PGC International Annual Symposium, Nov. 11-13, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, Va., ended the program with multiple presentations on sustainable design and market trends, and a panel discussion.Harvey Bernstein, vice president, Industry Analytics, Alliances & Strategic Initiative, McGraw-Hill Construction, spoke about The View Ahead: Construction Outlook, Green...
  • The EU's antitrust chief fined car glass producers Asahi, Pilkington, Saint-Gobain and Soliver more than 1.3 billion euros ($1.66 billion) for price-fixing, the largest sum ever levied by the EU for a cartel. France's Compagnie de Saint-Gobain SA must pay 896 million euros ($1.14 billion) — more than any other company has been fined before. 
  • Nippon Sheet Glass, a major Japanese maker of sheet glass, said on Thursday it will book a special loss of 8.9 billion yen ($94 million) in the fiscal half just ended due to a fine imposed for a unit's role in a cartel in Europe.
  • About 70 attendees listened to speakers on the second day of the Protective Glazing Council International Annual Symposium, Nov. 12, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, Va.Quincy Alexander, Applied Research Associates, Albuquerque, N.M., talked about Comparison of Blast Criteria for Glazed Window and Curtain Wall Systems. “In one report, an unidentified Al Qaida operative...
  • The Protective Glazing Council International, Topeka, Kan., kicked off its annual symposium Nov. 11 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, Va. The theme of the symposium is “Protective Glazing in a Green World; Sustainability & Protection.”“The biggest trend in protective glazing is complacency,” said Brian Pittman, director of marketing and communication, PGC...
  • Fuyao Glass Industry Group Co., China's largest automotive glass maker, will halt two building glass production lines due to falling market demand, and will be unlikely to reach its net-profit growth target this year as car sales slow down, according to a recent Huliq News report. Previously, the company had expected to have a net profit of more than 1 billion yuan ($146.3 million) this year.
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  • AGC Glass Company North America, a leading manufacturer of glass and glass-related products, announced Dec. 30 the sale of the assets of its U.S. Commercial Fabrication business unit to Trulite Glass Solutions LLC.AGC holds a leading position in primary products, and will continue to focus on the core strength of the business in manufacturing glass and innovating new coating technologies. In...
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