Latest News in Commercial Glass

  • Companies seeking to take First Solar's place at the top of the thin-film solar panel market won't have an easy time of it – even if investors are hungry to find such a contender.The Phoenix-based maker of cadmium-telluride panels has driven its production costs to as low as $1.08 per watt in the third quarter of 2008, down from $1.18 in the previous quarter and $1.23 in 2007.
  • PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, will discontinue the PRC insulating glass sealants business, according to a Dec. 2 company release. Officials cited declining demand in the North American residential construction market as the primary reason for this decision.Production would cease by March 15, 2009, at its Gloucester City, N.J., insulating glass sealants manufacturing facility, which employs...
  • Effective today, Charles F. Kahle II, vice president, coatings research and development, PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, is taking on additional responsibility as chief technology officer for PPG, according to a Dec. 2 company release.Kahle will report to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Charles E. Bunch and join PPG’s operating committee in his new combined role. He will continue to...
  • Construction spending fell 1.2 percent from September to October, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.07 trillion, the Census Bureau reported today. However, Census bumped up its estimates for September and August by more than $20 billion (2 percent) each, enough to improve the estimate for third-quarter gross domestic product. Private residential spending in October was down 3.5...
  • The National Glass Association, McLean, Va., and the Glass Association of North America, Topeka, Kan., have entered into a groundbreaking initiative in which the organizations will work together to re-purpose GANA's Fabrication, Erection and Glazing Hours Manual for online training to be offered exclusively on MyGlassClass.com. In addition to supplementing the content already available on the NGA...
  • AGC Flat Glass Europe, a division of Asahi Glass Co. that employs 10,600 workers and reports €2 billion ($2.5 billion) in annual sales, is using an RFID application to help ensure worker safety in an area of its Moustier, Belgium, plant in which robot-operated cranes are utilized to package large sheets of glass, according to a Dec. 1 RFID Journal report.  
  • The producer price index for finished goods had a record single-month drop in October: 2.6 percent, not seasonally adjusted (-2.8 percent, seasonally adjusted), the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported on Tuesday, although the index still rose 3.7 percent over 12 months. The PPI for inputs to construction industries, which is a weighted average of materials used in every type of...
  • Officials at the Vietnam Glass Association, or Vieglass, has asked the Vietnamese prime minister to increase Vietnam’s import duty on construction glass to 20 percent from the current 5 percent, according to a Nov. 21 report from Vietnamese News Agency. “[Vieglass] said that domestically-produced glass is losing market share to glass imported from ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian...
  • The Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance, Ottawa, Ontario, announced theavailability of two new publications; the IGMA 25-Year Field Correlation StudyReport and the IGMAC Glass Design Software Program for the Canadian market, according to a Nov. 26 IGMA release.The 25-Year Field Correlation Study Report includes results from the 10-, 15- and 25-yearmarks, includes all climatic zones,...
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Schaumburg, Ill., has released the AAMA 503-08, a voluntary specification for field testing of newly installed storefronts, curtain walls and sloped glazing systems, according to a Nov. 25 AAMA release. The recently revised specification, titled Voluntary Specification for Field Testing of Newly Installed Storefronts, Curtain Walls and...
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  • The 2015 Glazing Executives Forum will center on the state of the architectural glass and metals industry, addressing the overall economic climate, labor and supply challenges, project management and succession planning for contract glazing companies, and more.“The goal of this year’s event is to provide attendees with strategies to successfully navigate today’s industry, which is rapidly...
  • 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...
  • Officials from Trulite Glass & Aluminum Solutions LLC today announced the company has acquired the U.S. commercial fabrication assets of AGC Glass Company North America Inc. AGC’s residential assets are not part of the acquisition and will be retained by AGC. Financial terms of the private transaction were not disclosed. “This acquisition will allow Trulite to continue to better serve...