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  • 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...
  • On Nov. 14, 2008, the American Subcontractors Association and ASA of Colorado filed an amicus curiae, or “friend of the court,” brief urging the Colorado Court of Appeals to reject a design-build contractor’s contention that it should be able to shift liability for its design errors to faultless subcontractors, according to a Nov. 25 ASA release. ASA and ASAC tapped ASA’s...
  • Suntech Power Holdings Co., [China, with American headquarters in San Francisco] the world's largest photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2008, according to a Nov. 20 Market Watch report. "Our third quarter performance was driven by healthy demand for our solar products, resulting in strong top-line growth...
  • A North Jersey-based developer of solar energy technology has expressed interest in opening a factory that will produce solar panels within the city, according to a Nov. 19 nj.com report.Mayor Robert Romano on Monday met with representatives from the Ewing-based Amelio Solar to discuss a possible plan for bringing a "large-scale" manufacturing facility and, with it, between 130 and 175...
  • German high-tech glass industry giant Schott AG is bucking economic trends and is on schedule to open its new solar manufacturing plant at Mesa del Sol south of Albuquerque in spring, creating 350 jobs in the process, company officials said.The 250,000 square feet of building space being erected at the site includes two adjacent manufacturing plants to make equipment for two different types of...
  • Saint-Gobain Glass India, the largest float glass producer in the country, is making strategic shift to value-added performance glasses as the demand for glass is falling. B Santhanam, president, flat glass, South Asia, and managing director of Saint-Gobain Glass India Ltd., said the demand for glass has fallen 2 percent to 3 percent from over a million ton in 2008. The slowdown in the...
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  • Altus Capital Partners, an investment firm focused on middle market manufacturing companies in the United States, acquired GED Integrated Solutions Inc., according to a June 11 announcement. The acquisition will support GED’s continued growth, according to the release. The financial terms of the investment were not disclosed.“We are very excited to now be partnering with Altus Capital Partners as...
  • Officials from Tennessee’s Heritage Glass temporarily suspended operations on May 27, according to a company release, as reported by News Channel 11 in Johnson City, Tennessee. Executives say they are exploring a “potential reinvestment and reorganization situation” for the company.Heritage Glass was formed last year when the company purchased the former AGC North America Blue Ridge glass...
  • Last week, officials from Ontario, Canada-based State Window Corp. announced the launch of Integro Building Systems, a significant new entry in the North American curtain wall construction sector, according to a May 5 company release.A company incorporated in Canada, Integro is a partnership among State and a number of notable construction industry leaders. Integro will design, manufacture, and...