Latest News in Fabrication

  • Asahi Glass Co.’s full-year operating profit will probably fall less than expected, partly because of a rise in Chinese demand for liquid-crystal-display glass substrates, the Nikkei newspaper reported. China’s program to encourage sales of electronics increased demand for LCD televisions, according to an Oct. 21 Bloomberg.com report.
  • The millions in cost cuts made by DuPont drove profits higher in the third quarter. Now all the chemical maker needs is for sales to rebound.Outside of China, DuPont Co. saw double-digit sales declines almost everywhere, though conditions were better than in the first half of the year, the company said.Chemical makers were among the first to be hit by soaring crude and energy costs last year....
  • Construction costs, which had been relatively low for much of the past year, are beginning to climb at an increasing rate, signaling the end to the "limited-time" sale for construction, according to a new analysis of the latest producer price index released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics today [Oct. 20].The analysis by Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General...
  • A new publication developed by ASTM International Committee C14 on Glass and Glass Products and the Glass Association of North America provides architects, engineers, specifiers, manufacturers and professionals in the building envelope industry with one comprehensive source featuring the latest standards that govern the glass and glazing industry, according to an ASTM release.
  • "The level of construction starts in 2010 is expected to climb 11 percent," McGraw-Hill Construction forecasted on Friday [Oct. 16], "following the 25 percent decline predicted for 2009. 'The U.S. construction market in 2010 will be helped by growth for several sectors, following three straight years of decline that brought total construction activity down 39 percent from its mid-...
  • A New York company plans to open a solar panel manufacturing facility in Millville that would employ 282 people, many of them local glassworkers.IPP Solar confirmed plans Thursday [Oct. 15] to partner with Italian producer MX Group and unnamed investors in Taiwan and China to produce the panels at a retrofitted glass factory in Millville."We are shovel-ready and ready to go," said...
  • Centrosolar's Glas unit has increased its annual solar glass manufacturing capacity to 6 million square meters at its factory in Fürth, Germany, and has a new anti-reflective nanocoating process set to go into volume production before the end of the year. The company says that it has invested €10 million over the past two years to double its production output because of the addition of...
  • The Tariff Commission has declared that the country’s sole glass pane manufacturer — which constitutes the local "industry" — has complied with a requirement that it implement a program to boost its competitiveness, in exchange for the safeguard duty slapped on competing imports.This is one of the two conditions the industry must fulfill for the safeguard duty to...
  • Even as the solar-cell industry struggles through its first decline in demand in more than a decade, flatbed trucks are hauling about $100 million in equipment to Ascent Solar Technologies Inc.'s new plant in Thornton.Even as solar-panel prices dropped 40 percent in 2009 to about $2.25 a watt on average, Abound Solar Inc.'s Longmont plant is rolling out its first photovoltaic panels.While it may...
  • Nearly a year ago, Florida Power & Light Co. began construction on a solar-thermal plant in western Martin County [Fla.] that it said would "chase the sun," using mirrors to collect its energy and, in turn, powering thousands of homes. In Martin County, where the largest and most expensive of Juno Beach-based FPL Group's three solar projects is being built, 192,000 mirrors will be...
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  • PPG Industries today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell substantially all the assets of its Mt. Zion, Ill., glass manufacturing facility to automotive glass manufacturer Fuyao Glass America Inc. The sale is expected to close in the third quarter 2014, subject to customary closing conditions. Financial terms were not disclosed.The Mt. Zion facility currently manufactures...
  • Officials from Cardinal Glass Industries announced July 3 that its subsidiary Cardinal CT Company acquired the assets of Catalina Tempering Inc. and its subsidiaries. The terms of the agreement are undisclosed.Catalina operates seven regional custom tempering facilities serving the residential window and door market. “Over the last ten years, Catalina has built its business based on quality...
  • AGC Glass Company North America announced it will be consolidating its fabrication capabilities in Jacksonville, Fla., into the company’s more than 200,000 square foot facility in Lithia Springs, Ga. The consolidation of the Jacksonville operations into Lithia Springs should be completed no later than the fourth quarter of 2014.The Lithia Springs plant is AGC’s new state-of-the-art facility and...