Latest News in Commercial Glass

  • Taylor Woodrow is nearing completion of the installation stage of the nine glass canopies on the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, Frank Gehry's first project in England, according to a July 3 article from Building.
  • Demand for aluminum is outpacing demand, forcing prices up, according to a July 1 article from SeekingAlpha.com. Already-high aluminum prices could increase 33 percent in the next couple of years, according to the article.
  • A bipartisan group of nine U.S. senators are pushing for an energy summit after the Independence Day recess, according to a June 30 article from the Oil and Gas Journal. "Our country is in serious danger because of skyrocketing energy costs. This growing crisis demands urgent action and we must be committed to coming together in a bipartisan way to develop comprehensive energy legislation,...
  • Construction spending fell in May for the 11th time in the past year as a continuing slump in housing offset strength in nonresidential building. The Commerce Department reported Tuesday that construction spending dropped 0.4 percent in May, slightly less than had been expected. There was strength in spending on hotels and office buildings, according to a July 1 article in the Miami Herald.
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Schaumburg, Ill., released the AAMA Certification Program Bulletin 08-02 addressing the Florida product approval program validation requirements, according to a July 1 AAMA release. The Florida Building Commission requires validation for Florida product approval applications using the certified method.
  • Japan’s Nikkei 225 Stock Average fell for the 11th straight day July 3, according to a same-day Associated Press report. Glass, iron and steel companies have been hit the hardest, with Nippon Sheet Glass falling 4.84 percent, and Asahi Glass Co. falling 4.44 percent, according to the article.
  • Leading Japanese glassmaker Asahi Glass Co. will change its name to AGC in the future, company President Kazuhiko Ishimura said July 1. The company united its group brands under AGC last September on the occasion of its 100th anniversary, according to a July 2 article from TradingMarkets.com.
  • A County Down glass company has had to lay off more than half of its workforce. Staff at Toughglass in Kilkeel have been told that about 60 staff are to be made redundant, according to a July 2 BBC News report.
  • Like so many commercial building products, the glass floor is popping up more often in homes. "It's the hottest product I manufacture," says Artwork in Architectural Glass Studios owner Tim Czechowski, according to a July 3 Los Angeles Times article. Read a related, same-day Los Angeles Times article about the glass floors in a Venice, Calif., home-studio.
  • Saflex, a unit of Solutia Inc., St. Louis, Mo., a leading PVB interlayer manufacturer, has developed Saflex SilentGlass Technology to block noise. It combines three interlayers designed to decouple and disseminate sound waves for state-of-the-art sound dampening performance, according to a July 1 company release.
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