Latest News in Commercial Glass

  • 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.
  • Asahi Glass Co., Asia's biggest maker of the material, said it may increase prices for construction glass by a “single-digit” percent in the United States and Europe to cope with higher fuel and raw material costs, according to a July 1 Bloomberg.com report.
  • Sejal Architectural Glass, a Mumbai-based company engaged in the business of processing glass, after listing at a premium of 13.04 percent, settled at a substantial discount of 29.35 percent today, according to a July 1 article from MyIris.com.
  • The American Architectural Manufacturers Association, Schaumburg, Ill., debuted its Green Building Survey at the Pacific Coast Builders Conference, June 25-27, San Francisco, according to a June 30 AAMA release. “We believe AAMA member products are essential elements in green buildings, homes and interiors spaces, but we need to learn more about the beliefs of builders, contractors and others in...
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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...
  • 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...
  • 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...