Volume 43, Issue 10 - October 2008

GlobalUpdate

Viridian Expands Dandenong
Glass Manufacturing Plant

Australia-based Viridian is in the process of a multi-million dollar upgrade of its glass manufacturing plant in Dandenong, Victoria. The upgrade includes a relining of the furnace and the installation of a CVD coater.

Steve Choat, general manager of manufacturing, says two years of planning has ensured that appropriate reserves of the company’s range of existing glass products will be available during the 17-week plant upgrade.

“Viridian customers can be confident that our products will continue to be available during the period that the Dandenong plant will be off-line,” says Choat. “We have undertaken detailed logistics planning to meet anticipated market demand, such as increasing our product inventory substantially, introducing additional warehousing space, and increasing the capacity loading of our Sydney floatline.”

When the new plant is commissioned later this year, it will provide the industry with glass products that will develop the function, performance and aesthetics of glazing within the overall design of the building fabric.

“The new plant will have the capability of producing hard coat low-E products, allowing for special performance coatings to bond to the surface of the glass,” Choat says. “There is a wide range of coatings we can apply for different applications, but all are very tough and durable and being locally made we can provide prompt delivery.” ❙❙➤ www.viridianglass.com

russia
Guardian Begins
Glass Production
at New Russian Plant
Float glass production is underway at Guardian Industries’ newest facility in Ryazan, Russia. The Ryazan plant will produce 750 tons per day for commercial and residential construction.

The plant also includes a coating machine that enables the manufacture of a variety of high-performance coated glass products to serve the region as well as international customers.

“This was the right time for Guardian to move into this growing region,” says Lajos Sapi, group vice president of Central and Eastern Europe. “The decision to build in Ryazan fits with our global strategy and our marketing considerations.” ❙❙➤ www.guardian.com

united kingdom
Paxton Access Expands to New Factory
Paxton Access, the Brighton, U.K.-based manufacturer of the Net2 access control system, has opened a new manufacturing unit in Eastbourne to satisfy the increasing demand for its products.

“The new factory has significantly increased our output capacity and freed up space for planned departmental expansions at our Brighton head office,” says Adam Stroud, sales and marketing director. “We will better our already impressive performance of bringing innovative new products to market. It also means that our support team now has the space to grow with our expanding customer base.” ❙❙➤ www.paxton.co.uk

china
Southwall Technologies Signs
Distributor in China for XIR® Glass Products
Southwall Technologies Inc. in Palo Alto, Calif., a manufacturer of films and glass products, has selected Kaisheng Building Materials (KBM) in Shenzhen, China, to supply its XIR films to domestic Chinese glass manufacturers. The relationship, effective immediately, is the result of ongoing discussions between Southwall and the Chinese state and municipal authorities toward providing energy-efficient glass to China’s rapidly growing commercial building market.

“With KBM now part of Southwall’s world-wide distribution team, we are well positioned to respond to China’s growing demand for energy-efficient glass products to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions in buildings,” says Dennis Capovilla, Southwall’s chief executive officer. “Southwall’s advanced XIR film technology is an attractive solution for Chinese architects and developers who have increasing interest in the benefits of green commercial building.” ❙❙➤ www.southwall.com

H.B. Fuller Builds Adhesive Facility in China
H.B. Fuller Co. in St. Paul, Minn., has announced that it will invest further in the Asia Pacific region by building a new hot melt moisture cure (HMMC) and polyisobutylene (PIB) manufacturing facility in China. Construction on the new facility is expected to commence in early 2009 with production expected to begin in early 2010. The facility will produce specialty adhesives for applications that include insulating glass. ❙❙➤ www.hbfuller.com

ADCO Global to Invest in New Sealant/Adhesive Facility in China ADCO Global announced that its Kömmerling subsidiary has signed agreements with the Nanjing High Technology Zone to build and operate a plant in Nanjing, China, to manufacture sealants and adhesives for the construction and transportation markets in China and Asia. Construction of Phase 1 of the new facility is already underway and operation is expected to commence in early 2009. The new facility will utilize raw materials produced in Asia and enable increased penetration of rapidly expanding Asian markets while complementing ADCO Global’s existing production units in U.S.A. and Germany. ❙❙➤ www.adcoglobal.com

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