Volume 36, Issue 10, October 2001

Distribution&Production

Tamglass Reports Record Orders for June
Finland-based Tamglass Ltd. Oy has reported that machine sales in June reached record levels. According to information from the company, the value of orders received was nearly $14 million EUR (approximately $12,845,646 USD).

In addition, Tamglass says its order book as of June 30 stood at more than $55 million EUR (approximately $50,456,826 USD), around 22 percent higher than the same date last year. Tamglass also says business in the North American market picked up during the second quarter. Negotiations underway in the first quarter resulted in orders for the months of April through June.

Likewise, the order book for Tamglass’ Brazilian factory has grown better than the company expected, with the first machines being delivered during the months of April through June. 

Making an Impression in Vegas

Chihuly
Chihuly created the floral chandelier in the Bellagio’s lobby in Las Vegas.

Now, thanks to Dale Chihuly, you can leave Vegas broke and still have something to show for it. Simply make a purchase at the first of its kind gallery—Chihuly at Bellagio—the artist recently opened in the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. Colorful art pieces ranging from $2,500 to $60,000 adorn the boutique, as well as lithographs and prints starting at more than $1,000.

According to Chihuly’s publicist, Janet Makela, the floral chandelier in the hotel’s lobby, which Chihuly created, was drawing a lot of attention and some of the shops there were already carrying some of his work, so opening the gallery seemed the obvious next step. “It was a mutual design between MGM and Chihuly Design Studios,” said Makela. “It complements the hotel and the presence of Chihuly.”

So far visitors to the gallery have been very pleased. “From the time it opened till now it has done better than anticipated. It has sold more than was expected,” said Makela.

Chihuly at Bellagio is located in the hotel’s conservatory area next to the Aqua restaurant, which also displays Chihuly’s work. 

Karas & Karas Eliminates Fuel Surcharge
Karas & Karas Glass Co. Inc. of South Boston, Mass., eliminated its fuel surcharge October 1. "Natural gas prices continued to drop in the third quarter this year to a level of 2.983 per million B.T.U.," said Dick Scaven of Karas & Karas. According to the company, since factories eliminated their surcharges for the fourth quarter, they too were able to do the same. 

"While we cannot predict what energy surcharges may be in the fourth quarter this year, we sincerely hope this current trend continues," Scaven added.

For the previous quarter, the company had reduced its fuel surcharge of 5.3 percent to 3. 

DuPont Announces Agreement with Vitex
San Jose, Calif.-based DuPont Displays, a business unit of DuPont iTechnologies, has announced it has reached an agreement in principle with Vitex Systems Inc., a supplier of Flexible Glass™ engineered substrates, to develop new plastic substrates and high-barrier materials for use in Polymer Organic Light Emitting Diode Displays (OLED). 

Under the agreement, Vitex will work with DuPont to incorporate its advanced ultra-barrier materials that are highly resistant to the permeation of water, oxygen and other environmental contaminants. According to information from the company, this alliance further supports DuPont Displays’ efforts to advance the development of OLED display technology. 

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Hardware Technologies Ltd. of Fort Atkinson, Wis., has added SeVan Sales Inc. and KIDCO to its group of manufacturer representatives. 


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