Latest News in Commercial Glass

  • Combilift opened its new Global Headquarters in Monaghan, in the Republic of Ireland. The $58-million-dollar project includes a 500,000-square-foot building for its headquarters, as well as a 500,521-square-foot manufacturing facility, set on a 100-acre site with room for expansion. Martin McVicar, managing director, Combilift, attributes the company’s growth to mass customization. “Mass...
  • Şişecam Group acquired the Sangalli Vetro Manfredonia facility in Italy. This represents the Group’s second flat glass plant in Italy. Trakya Cam Sanayii A.Ş., a Şişecam Group company, completed the acquisition of Sangalli Vetro Manfredonia plant in Monte Sant'Angelo, Italy-based flat glass producer of Sangalli Group, for $18.1 million. “With this acquisition, our Group, Italy's largest Turkish...
  • Biesse Group added Gregory Bell as North America parts quality assurance leader following the continued expansion of the parts and service department in North America.Bell’s extensive professional background includes more than 20 years of experience in leading customer care initiatives and quality assurance programs. He will work with all machinery and tooling divisions inside the group...
  • Vitro Architectural Glass appointed several personnel to new roles. Vitro Glass Names Guillermo Martinez Manager of General MarketingVitro Glass Appoints Deron Patterson Architectural Market Manager in MexicoVitro Glass Names Director of Quality and Technical Services
  • Officials from the Insulating Glass Certification Council announced the organization is working to create a path to faster certification and quality prediction for insulating glass unit performance, according to a June 18 IGCC release. The primary focus of IGCC’s efforts has been to define a path to Provisional Certification, which would better predict IG unit quality and allow a manufacturer to...
  • Radaway, a manufacturer of high-quality shower doors based in Poland, purchased Mappi’s ATS 4.0 flat glass tempering furnace for Radaway’s plant in the Poznan area. Mappi’s technical team worked side by side with Radaway’s team to perfectly customize the machine to the different needs of Radaway’s customers. Mappi ensures that testing is completed and all users are fully trained on the...
  • Hugh Trautmann, a longtime Billco Co. engineer and a pioneer in the glass industry, passed away peacefully on June 9 at the age of 84. Trautmann was one of the most influential contributors to the development of technology in the glass industry. His legacy and techniques have set the standards for much of the cutting technology still in use today. In 1974, Trautmann successfully engineered and...
  • Groot Glass, based in Namibia, secured $525 million in debt financing, 70 percent of the total $750 million needed for the construction of the two different glass manufacturing factories in Tses Village of the Karas Region. The amount will also cover the required infrastructure and raw materials from around Namibia, Botswana and South Africa.Groot Glass is focusing on the manufacturing of a wide...
  • At the American Architectural Manufacturers Association 2018 Summer Conference in Lake Tahoe, California, keynote speaker, John Manzella, gave an address on economic trends, critical issues and how to prepare for what’s ahead.Manzella focused on challenges including the skilled labor shortage, globalization and automation. Regarding the labor shortage, Manzella recommended companies invest more...
  • The second Convention of International Glass Associations, sponsored by Vitrum and the Italian Trade Agency was held June 6-7 in Murano, Italy. The event marked another success in terms of results, turnout and progress, say Vitrum officials. “This second meeting of the International Glass Associations confirms the importance of understanding the true market needs and those of its players,”...
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  • The National Glass Association announced official dates for the 2019 BEC Conference. The event will be held March 3-5, 2019 at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Details of the event, including speakers, accommodations and how to register, will be announced in the coming months. Check GlassMagazine.com or glass.org, and follow @glassnation and @GlassMag on Twitter for the latest updates. 
  • Registration for this year's GlassBuild America: The Glass, Window & Door Expo, is now open. Now in its 16th year, GlassBuild America is the largest annual gathering place for the glass, metals and window and door industries in the Americas. Join us Sept. 12-14, 2018, in Las Vegas.Education and networking highlights for 2018 include a new Opening Reception on the trade show floor, return...
  • CRH’s Americas Products Division acquired privately held Coral Industries Inc., effective April 10, 2018. Coral is a fabricator of framed and semi-frameless glass shower enclosures, custom frameless glass shower doors, and architectural glass and aluminum products, primarily in the southern United States.  “Our acquisition of Coral demonstrates our renewed focus on growth in our glass...