Volume 39, Issue 4, April  2004

GlobalUpdate

DuPont Acquires Czech PVB Company
Based in Wilmington, Del., DuPont has announced the acquisition of Retrim, a safety glass interlayer company located in the Czech Republic. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Through the acquisition, DuPont will acquire the entire Retrim business, including more than 50 employees, as well as proprietary technology that allows for the re-use of PVB trim materials produced when manufacturing both architectural and automotive laminated glass.

“This acquisition is consistent with the company’s stated goal of increasing its presence in growing markets. And, it helps DuPont offer improved efficiency and value-adding services to customers,” said Craig F. Binetti, vice president and general manager of DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers. “Adding a safety glass interlayer manufacturing plant and PVB expertise in the Czech Republic bolsters DuPont’s presence in Central and Eastern Europe so we can be a preferred supplier and innovator in those markets.”

According to Binetti, PVB products produced at the Czech plant will continue to be marketed under the Czechtrim® brand.

“Acquiring Retrim also underlies [our] commitment to environmentally responsible manufacturing,” Binetti added. “The acquisition will allow DuPont to make the best use of available techniques for using recycled PVB in making high-quality interlayers for use in safety glass.”

Edgetech IG Announces European Subsidiary
Based in Cambridge, Ohio, Edgetech I.G. has announced the formation of Edgetech Europe Ltd. based in Neuss, Germany. Torsten Keemss, who has served as general agent for Continental Europe, will serve as managing director.

“We have been active in Europe for one and a half years now and have been very successful,” said Keemss. “By establishing the new company, Edgetech emphasizes its declared goal to expand Europe as an important pillar.”
Info www.superspacer.com or call 800/233-4383.

Wright Style Ltd. to Expand to U.S. Market
U.K.-based Wright Style Ltd. is expanding into the U.S. market. The company is a manufacturer and supplier of external steel curtainwall and roof glazing systems, as well as internal glazed screens, partitions and doors.

“Many aluminum system fabricators don’t realize that working with steel is no more difficult [than working with 
aluminum], and that steel systems have significant advantages in terms of strength, flexibility and attractiveness to designers and specifiers,” said Denis Wright, managing director. “As a supply-only firm, our task in the United States is to identify, train and then work in partnership with local fabricators, giving them a full support service covering everything from training to estimation and to jointly exploit the commercial opportunity that today’s new steel glazing systems offer.”
Info www.wrightstyle.co.uk or call 44 (0) 1380 722 239.


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