Latest News in Fabrication

  • Boston gets greener this week, as tens of thousands of construction and design experts hit town for conferences that showcase building techniques that are environmentally friendly.
  • Vieglass has suggested that it would play a consultancy role in assessing and examining the quality of glass imports to Vietnam to ensure that the imports can meet the country's set standards.The proposal was made after people complained about the chaotic glass market and confusion surrounding the quality of glass products. Vietnam has imported 12 million square meters of equivalent glass in the...
  • Southeast Asia's largest glass exhibition, Glasstech Asia 2008, will open in Vietnam's southern Ho Chi Minh City on Thursday, Vietnam News Agency reported on Tuesday.The three-day exhibition will bring together the world's latest technological innovations and market practices in glass materials, said organizers.Spreading over an area of 7,000 square meters, the exhibition will showcase...
  • Planes of the future may have wings made of metallic glasses, thanks to a major breakthrough in understanding the nature of glass by scientists at the University of Bristol in U.K.Despite its solid appearance, glass is actually a 'jammed' state of matter that moves very slowly. Like cars in a traffic jam, atoms in a glass can't reach their destination because the route is blocked by their...
  • LEED 2009, the long-awaited update to the internationally recognized LEED green building certification program, has passed member ballot, and will be introduced in 2009 as the next major evolution of the existing LEED rating systems for commercial buildings. It includes a series of major technical advancements focused on improving energy efficiency, reducing carbon emissions, and addressing other...
  • The European Commission has just published a study commissioned by the Enterprise & Industry DG saying that policy makers should consider the environmental and energy benefits of glass when designing new environmental policies. The study looked at the competitiveness of the glass industry which encompasses a lot of different products: high quality pharmaceutical and cosmetic glass containers...
  • “It is hard to find a pulse in this year’s batch of construction industry forecasts for 2009,” Engineering News-Record reported on Nov. 13. “McGraw-Hill Construction (of which ENR is part) is forecasting a 7.4 percent decline in construction starts in 2009, following declines of 12.4 percent this year and 8.0 percent in 2007. The U.S. Dept. of Commerce...
  • 3M [with U.S. headquarters in St. Paul, Minn.] announced today that the National Fenestration Rating Council [Greenbelt, Md.] has certified a range of the company’s window films. These films include 3M’s metal-free Prestige Series, which blocks 66 percent of the sun’s heat streaming through windows and 99.9 percent of the ultraviolet rays. NFRC certification...
  • South Africa’s glass industry was operating at 93.9 percent of its overall production capacity in August this year, as compared with 90.4 percent of capacity in the same month in 2007, according to a Nov. 7 Statistics South Africa report. The main reason given by glass industry companies for not operating at full capacity in August 2008 was low demand from consumers.According to another...
  • Meltdown Glass Art & Design LLC, Chandler, Ariz., will expand operation and move fabrication into a larger production studio. The expansion will increase the company's capacity four times, according to a company newsletter Nov. 13. The expansion also will shorten lead times to better serve customer needs. For most jobs the lead time will be five weeks, according to the newsletter report...
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  • Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, part of CRH’s Building Products Division, completed the divestment of Toronto-based Antamex International, OBE's fenestration subcontracting business, to New York City-based private investment company O3 Industries. “We are continuously evaluating our portfolio to align with our vision of being the leading supplier of glazing-focused interior and exterior products and...
  • The National Glass Association named Paul Bush as the volunteer leader of the NGA Advocacy Committee. Bush, director, quality and technical services, Vitro Architectural Glass, also serves as chair on the National Fenestration Rating Council board of directors, and as first vice president of the Glass Materials Council at the American Architectural Manufacturers Association.    “Paul is...
  • The National Glass Association is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrew Haring as vice president of business development. Haring will be responsible for identifying and executing new opportunities to further the association’s mission. He will work closely with staff in the areas of the education, publications, events, membership and advocacy to develop strategic initiatives to grow...