Volume 10, Issue 1                     January/February  2006


Newsworthy

COMPANIES

Bekaert Expands Asian Operations

Bekaert has announced the opening of a new plant in Suzhou, China, designed to meet the increasing market demand advanced sputtering equipment. 

Along with supplying Asian glass coaters with the latest in sputter equipment, the site will also include customer service, maintenance and technical support personnel to serve the Asian market.

Bekaert is expanding to meet the needs of its industrial customers who are upgrading facilities from planar equipment to rotatable magnetron sputtering systems. According to Bekaert, this conversion reduces total cost of ownership, while maintaining high quality glass coating. Continuing this trend, Bekaert has already generated three new orders from local area customers in the region for Bekaert end blocks, cathodes and TiOx and SiAl sputter targets. 

Additionally, in order to support the rapid growth of the Asian glass and display market, Bekaert’s Suzhou-based sputter products team will provide glass coaters throughout Asia with dedicated end block maintenance and technical support services.

Southwall Technologies’ Heat Mirror® Receives DoE Recognition

Southwall Technologies Inc. has announced that its Heat Mirror sustainable energy window product was recognized for its performance in separate projects sponsored by U.S. and Canadian energy efficiency agencies. In the United States, Heat Mirror was the winning window solution for the second consecutive time in the 2005 Solar Decathlon, a solar-powered home competition primarily sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Durham College in Toronto also utilized Heat Mirror to achieve performance 43-percent above the Canadian Model Energy Code, earning it an award from Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency. 

Vista Window Film Helps Protect History

VistaUVShield by Vista Window Film, a product of Martinsville, Va.-based CPFilms, has been installed on the windows of the Captain Jedediah Hawkins House in Jamesport, N.Y. 

The house, built in 1863 on what is now Long Island’s historical North Fork, was the first Designer Showhouse and was on display as such from mid-September through the end of October. After it’s run as a Designer Showhouse, the house was scheduled to function as a luxury Inn, and the window film was applied to filter out ultraviolet rays to protect the interior of the house, including the bedroom designed by Betsy Nichol with an Aubusson rug.

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PPG Introduces Building Renewal Program

PPG Industries of Pittsburgh, has introduced PPG Building Renewal Program, designed to give building owners and facility managers a one-stop resource for coatings, glass and paint products and information to revive the appearance of older, weathered commercial buildings in the United States and Canada.

According to Roger Mabe, manager of the program, the initiative was developed as a response, in part, to the construction boom of the 1970s.

“Thousands of commercial buildings and skyscrapers were erected during a building boom that began around 30 years ago,” he said. “Many components of these building exteriors have reached the end of their lifecycle. Facility owners and managers are now deciding the best way to rejuvenate their buildings in order to maintain tenant satisfaction and lease revenues.”

INDUSTRY

Accreditation Classes Offered at IWFE 2006

The International Window Film Association is offering accreditation classes for all four segments of the industry (solar control, safety and security, automotive film specialist and advance solar control) at the International Window Film Tint-Off and Conference in March. The automotive specialist accreditation will be offered on Friday, March 3, from noon-7 p.m., while the remaining courses will be offered on Saturday, March 4. For more information, contact the International Window Film Association at 276/666-4932.

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PEOPLE

Bekaert Appoints Sides North American Market Manager

Bekaert Advanced Coatings, parent company to Bekaert Specialty Films, has announced that Lance Sides has joined the company as market manager for North American operations. He will be responsible for sales and marketing strategies and implementation for the United States, Canada and Mexico.

“Lance brings a wealth of experience and a deep background in the vacuum coating industry to our growing presence in the United States, Canada and Mexico,” said Koen Staelens, Bekaert’s regional manager for sputter products, Europe & America. 

Sides joins Bekaert with nearly 20 years of experience in the vacuum coating and architectural glass manufacturing industries. He was a vacuum coating consultant for companies such as Asahi Glass, Cardinal CG, Cardinal IG, Ford Glass, Guardian Ind. and Nippon Sheet Glass, among others. Sides has also served as the North American business manager for Unaxis/Leybold Materials.

XsunX Secures $5 Mil Financing

XsunX Inc., Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based developer of PowerGlass™ thin film solar technology announced that it has accepted $5,000,000 in financing from Cornell Capital Partners.

The agreement, according to XsunX, was signed in December with XsunX receiving $2 million at the time of signing with $2 million more prior to the filing of a registration statement about the transaction with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the final $1 million delivered upon the registration taking effect. 

“Since the launch of our drive to commercialize innovative new types of solar cell designs and manufacturing processes, we have been fortunate in establishing strong relationships with world class partners,” said Tom Djokovich, chief executive officer of XsunX Inc. “With MVSystems Inc., our technology development partner, we have made significant progress in product development, and expanded our intellectual property assets … we gained Cornell Capital as a strong partner in the area of finance and with Cornell’s newly added $5 million commitment we now have an opportunity to accelerate various aspects of our business plan in efforts to bring our technologies to market as soon as possible.”

3M Elects Chairman, President and CEO

3M Company announced that George W. Buckley has been elected chairperson, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the company. His term started immediately upon the announcement, which was made in December. He succeeds interim chairperson and CEO Robert S. Morrison, who has led the company since July 1, 2005. 

Buckley, 58, comes to 3M from Brunswick Corp. where he served as chairperson and CEO since June 2000. Prior to leading Brunswick, Buckley was with Emerson Electric Co. as the president of its U.S.-based electrical motors division and the automotive and precision motors division. He also served as chief technology officer for Emerson’s worldwide group of motor and appliance-related businesses. 

He holds a Ph.D. in engineering from the University of Huddersfield in the U.K. He also holds a B.Sc. in electrical and electronic engineering and an honorary D.Sc. in engineering from the University of Huddersfield. 

“George Buckley is a proven CEO with a terrific blend of strategic, business and analytical skills, and an excellent record of driving both sales growth and operational efficiency in a wide range of global businesses,” said Morrison. “His strengths complement perfectly 3M’s culture of innovation and operating effectiveness.” 

Buckley currently serves on the board of directors of Ingersoll-Rand Company Ltd., Tyco Corporation and Thule AB. 
“I am blessed to have worked at two great companies and am honored to be chosen to lead a third,” said Buckley. “3M’s technology base and its innovative culture are renowned and I’m excited to be part of the 3M team. I’m especially impressed with the outstanding leadership in the company and look forward to working with them.” 

Speaking for the 3M Board, Edward A. Brennan said, “We thank Bob Morrison for his tremendous leadership over the last six months. He helped keep the company on course after our change of leadership last July, and as a result, the company today is stronger.” 

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