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  • Outside advisers to the U.S. Treasury have started lining up the largest bankruptcy loan ever, talking with banks and other lenders about at least $40 billion in financing for General Motors Corp. and Chrysler LLC, in case the two auto makers need it, said several people familiar with the matter.While acknowledging the grimness of the task, administration officials involved in the auto talks said...
  • Multinational companies are still expanding operations in China despite the global downturn, but they are hurting from plunging exports and local sales, according to a report issued Friday.The annual report on manufacturing competitiveness, issued by the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and other foreign business groups, found that most companies surveyed see their China operations as...
  • Zhangzhou Qibin Glass Co., (Qibin Glass) started operating its float glass production line in Zhangzhou City, Fujian Province, on Feb. 10, 2009.The production line is able to melt 900 tons of glass per day, providing products widely used in construction, furniture, automobile and optic instrument, according to the Zhangzhou glassmaker, according to a Feb. 11 SinoCast report.
  • The Who’s Who of the auto glass industry gathered in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 18-20, for a collaborative executive forum at the National Glass Association's 2009 National Auto Glass Conference. Showcasing best practices in the auto glass industry, the conference focused on “continuous improvement.” Whether by harnessing the latest Web technology for marketing and sales, raising...
  • The glass industry should be thankful for the green movement, said Russ Huffer, chairman and CEO, Apogee Enterprises Inc., Minneapolis. “The glass industry is more valued today than ever before,” he said, Feb. 17, during the closing session of the Building Envelope Contractors Conference in Las Vegas. Commercial buildings are the largest users of electricity, consuming 20 percent of...
  • The updated rating system for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program from the U.S. Green Building Council, Washington, D.C., awards energy performance over daylighting, said Henry Taylor, Architectural Services Team manager, Kawneer Co., Norcross, Ga. The change could present challenges to industry manufacturers hoping to present glass as a green building material, he said...
  • Compagnie de Saint-Gobain, one of the world's largest producers of glass for the construction and automobile industries, Friday said it would sell around €1.5 billion ($1.91 billion) in new shares to bolster its capital amid the deepening global economic crisis.Saint-Gobain stock plunged on the news and and in midmorning trading in Paris was down 15.7 percent at €23.59, it's lowest...
  • Tribeca has no shortage of zany architecture ideas ideas floating around—see the metal warehouse and the "stone cloud" penthouse—but the latest proposal from architect Joseph Pell Lombardi takes the cake: a traditional Tribeca building—six floors of brick arches, tall windows, etc.—made entirely out of glass.
  • A number of children have been treated for minor cuts after glass shattered above a swimming pool in Swansea.
  • The International Automotive Glass Federation has chosen Philip J. James as its new chairman, according to a Feb. 19 release. The election took place during IAGF's general meeting Feb. 18.The new chairman replaces Freddy Grumstrup Sørensen who left his position because of changes in his professional career.James, president/CEO, National Glass Association, McLean, Va., is a...
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