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  • Butterfly wings could be used to develop new self-cleaning windows, scientists said.French researchers have developed a technique for replicating the microscopic surface of the insects' wings, which repel water and dirt.
  • Pittsburgh Glass Works will close three plants next year as a stalled car sector is expected to continue slicing demand for its auto glass products. The firm makes windshields, side windows and sunroofs for various cars and trucks.The plans is to shut three plants: a production plant in Oshawa and two satellite facilities, one in Cambridge, Ont., and another in Newark, Del. After these closures,...
  • Companies seeking to take First Solar's place at the top of the thin-film solar panel market won't have an easy time of it – even if investors are hungry to find such a contender.The Phoenix-based maker of cadmium-telluride panels has driven its production costs to as low as $1.08 per watt in the third quarter of 2008, down from $1.18 in the previous quarter and $1.23 in 2007.
  • Glass America, Chicago, a national windshield repair and replacement company, has opened a new shop at 512 W. Eighth St. in Jamestown, NY. The grand opening marks the 94th Glass America auto glass shop to open throughout the country.Bob Leonard, manager and installer for Glass America, has worked in the auto glass repair industry for 21 years. Leonard began working in Pittsburgh as an auto glass...
  • PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, will discontinue the PRC insulating glass sealants business, according to a Dec. 2 company release. Officials cited declining demand in the North American residential construction market as the primary reason for this decision.Production would cease by March 15, 2009, at its Gloucester City, N.J., insulating glass sealants manufacturing facility, which employs...
  • Effective today, Charles F. Kahle II, vice president, coatings research and development, PPG Industries, Pittsburgh, is taking on additional responsibility as chief technology officer for PPG, according to a Dec. 2 company release.Kahle will report to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Charles E. Bunch and join PPG’s operating committee in his new combined role. He will continue to...
  • Construction spending fell 1.2 percent from September to October, to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1.07 trillion, the Census Bureau reported today. However, Census bumped up its estimates for September and August by more than $20 billion (2 percent) each, enough to improve the estimate for third-quarter gross domestic product. Private residential spending in October was down 3.5...
  • Glass Mechanix, Eugene, Ore., an auto glass repair equipment and supply company, entered into an agreement with GlasWeld Management Solutions, Bend, Ore., to manage its daily operations, including order fulfillment, customer service and marketing functions, according to a Dec. 2 GlasWeld release. Each company will retain its own identity, brand and ownership, but have become active...
  • The National Glass Association, McLean, Va., and the Glass Association of North America, Topeka, Kan., have entered into a groundbreaking initiative in which the organizations will work together to re-purpose GANA's Fabrication, Erection and Glazing Hours Manual for online training to be offered exclusively on MyGlassClass.com. In addition to supplementing the content already available on the NGA...
  • 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.  
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