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  • Inert gases in insulating glass units help make windows more energy efficient. A new ASTM International standard provides a long-needed method for evaluating gas concentration inside insulating glass units without destroying or altering the edge seal. The new standard, ASTM E2649, Test Method for Determining Argon Concentration in Sealed Insulating Glass Units Using Spark Emission Spectroscopy,...
  • Graham Architectural Products, York, Pa., completed the acquisition of FM Enterprises, a Merrill, Wis., based manufacturer of curtain wall windows, storefront windows and doors, and sunshades, according to a July 17 release. This strategic acquisition brings together acomplement of operating windows and curtain wall products, giving GAP a complete architectural and commercial fenestration product...
  • Safelite AutoGlass, Columbus, Ohio opened its new distribution center in Ontario, about 35 miles east of Los Angeles in San Bernadino County, Calif., according to a July 16 release. At 282,000 square feet, the facility is the largest operation for Safelite, and for its parent company, Belron, which operates in 30 countries.“We at Safelite AutoGlass have been committed and will...
  • Glassmaker Pilkington is to cut another 90 jobs in the region as it continues to make massive cost savings.The firm yesterday confirmed it is looking to make more than one in six of its employees redundant at its European Technical Centre in Lathom [England], near Ormskirk, as part of a global restructuring process.The company has been hit hard by the global downturn as a knock-on effect of the...
  • A new exterior film for glass has been developed which can be seen by birds but not humans. It could be used to help prevent the needless deaths of billions of birds which collide with windows annually.As reported by The Wilson Journal of Ornithology, and discovered by researcher Daniel Klem Jr., the best window covering for the job was an exterior film with evenly spaced ultraviolet UV-...
  • Imagine 300,000 pieces of finely cut colored glass carefully placed together to create intricate designs. The sight will amaze any beholder.And it exists at the Arulmigu Sri Raja Kaliamman Temple, known as the country’s first glass temple that is taking shape along Jalan Tebrau [Malaysia].
  • Asahi Glass Co., Japan, is expected to report a group operating profit of around 2-4 billion yen ($21.43 million to $42.87 million) for the six months ended June 30 amid a recovery in glass for LCD TVs, beating its earlier forecast of just breaking even. Sales apparently sank 34 percent on the year to around 510 billion yen, but this exceeded Asahi Glass's projection by some 10 billion yen,...
  • The American Institute of Architects’ Committee on the Environment has named its top 10 green building projects for 2009 and four of them are glazed with architectural glass made by PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, according to a July 13 PPG release.• The Chartwell School in Seaside, Calif., features Solarban 60 solar control, low-E glass. North-facing windows and clerestories, along with...
  • The Fenzi Group, Milan, will showcase several innovations at Vitrum 2009, Oct. 28-31, Milan, according to a July 15 release.In the stand dedicated to Glass Alliance--an international network that Fenzi belongs to and that produces and distributes worldwide items necessary for industrial production of insulating glass units--trade professionals can take a close-up view of state-of-the-...
  • Pointing to the Web site of the Environmental Defense Fund, which includes lists of companies that the group suggests would benefit from passage of cap and trade legislation, the American Architectural Manufacturers Association sent out an alert to members last week urging them to make their positions on the legislation known to their representatives.The Web site includes state maps that...
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