Volume 41, Issue 6 - June 2006

GlobalUpdate

Super Spacer® Products Receive European Recognition
Edgetech I.G. Inc. of Cambridge, Ohio, has announced that its customer, Tradelink, achieved an ‘A’ rating in the British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC) window energy rating system; the only standard, commercially-available double-glazed window to achieve the award. Piper Double Glazing was the first United Kingdom (UK) company to achieve this last November. It did so by incorporating gas-filled, Super Spacer triple-glazed insulating glass units into its windows.

The rating system identifies the performance of a window as a whole and covers the frame material, the frame design, the glass type and all the other components that make up the window. Certified windows carry a label with an ‘A’ to ‘G’ rating (with ‘A’ being the most energy efficient), and values for thermal transmittance, solar factor and air leakage. 

The rating is performed by computer simulation of the product to European Standards and the use of standard climate data and building models. 

“Anyone who has the foresight to take the option for improving thermal ratings seriously will have a head start on future environmental compliance—and a foothold in a new and important market. We’re especially delighted to have achieved this rating,” explained Jim Moody, managing director of Tradelink. 

“We want to help all our customers achieve the most thermally-efficient products on the market to open up the replacement window sector ... to have already helped one fabricator achieve the first ‘A’ rating on a triple glazed window was an accolade, but to have gained an ‘A’ rating on a double-glazed unit has made our year,” said Andy Jones, sales director and general manager of Edgetech UK and Ireland.

In other news, the company’s Super Spacer® TriSeal™ was awarded first place for the “Products of High Architectural Quality” category at the first Architecture Window Façade innovation prize during fensterbau/frontale 2006. The architecture journals xia IntelligenteArchitektur and AIT, in cooperation with NürnbergMesse GmbH, announced the winners in March in Nuremberg, Germany.

According to Edgetech, the competition was created to acknowledge outer shell solutions that particularly meet the needs of architects. It is intended to highlight the importance of architectural quality as the basis for market success. Independent architects from Nuremberg, Munich and Stuttgart, Germany judged the competition. 

Glasstech Opens Liaison Office in Mumbai, India

Glasstech Inc., of Perrysburg, Ohio, has announced the establishment of a liaison office in Mumbai, India. 

“The new Glasstech Mumbai liaison office will increase our presence in the rapidly developing southern Asia market, providing a critical link to customers and prospects in India and beyond,” said Mark D. Christman, Glasstech president and chief executive officer.

The new liaison office officially opened in early 2006, and the grand opening ceremonies were scheduled for May 20. 

In addition, the company has hired Ramesh Srinivasan to serve as country manager for India and head of the Mumbai liaison office. Srinivasan has capital equipment sales experience, and most recently served as chief sales manager for the Bauer Division of International Combustion Ltd. 

PPG To Purchase Chinese Architectural Coatings Business

PPG Industries is expanding its presence in the Chinese architectural coatings market with the acquisition of certain assets of Shanghai Sunpool Building Material Co. Ltd., and its associated companies, including Shanghai IDI International Co. Ltd. and a group of Shanghai-based businesses that manufacture and distribute coatings and building materials. 

The acquisition will include the O’need and Kaleidoscope brands as well as certain manufacturing assets at IDI’s production facility and a network of warehouses throughout China.

Xun Wang, who founded IDI in 1993, will join PPG as its managing director of architectural coatings in China.

CRL Acquires Australian Distribution Company 
United States-based C.R. Laurence Co. Inc. (CRL), headquartered in Los Angeles, has acquired CRL North, an existing distribution company in Sydney, Australia. 

Luke Collins, the former owner of CRL North, will be in charge of the branch. He brings more than ten years of experience in the glass industry to his appointment. 

CRL North has been serving customers out of a 10,000-square-foot facility, and CRL plans to begin construction on a 50,000-square-foot facility in the growing southwestern area of Sydney, close to many of the area’s major glass companies. The new warehouse will feature shipping equipment, computer systems for quick delivery to customers, a department to allow customers to pick up orders on site and a product display area, as well.

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