When it comes to the latest in glass industry innovation, glasstec is the place to find all that’s new. The biennial trade trade show opened yesterday at Messe Düsseldorf in Düsseldorf, Germany. Thousands of exhibitors are encompassing nine halls, where they are introducing and featuring a wide range of new glass technologies.
For Dow, transparency continues to be a big focus for the company, which has also continued to increase its number of architectural products and solutions.
Jean-Paul Hautekeer, global strategic marketing director with Dow, said one of the company’s newest products is the Dowsil 3664 Warm Edge insulating glass sealant, which offers up to 45 percent lower thermal conductivity and 25 percent lower psi-values in warm edge designs compared to standard insulating glass sealants. In addition, he said it can also help to lower the u-value of curtainwall by 5 percent without changing the overall design.
In addition, Dow is also highlighting its Crystal Clear spacer for insulating glass, which can be used to create a fully transparent product.
Sika is also exhibiting a number of new adhesive products including a glass rail embedment product for glass railings and balustrades. According to John Babur, national manager, vertical glass, the system holds the laminated glass in place and is fully compatible with the interlayer. Also, when sealed, the system doesn’t allow in any water and provides a uniform load. It can also be used in markets that require impact-rated products including South Florida.
Another featured product is the company’s SikaTack Panel System, which allows panels to adhere without the need for metal fasteners. The resulting system is a lot like structural glazing, but with an opaque panel. It can also be applied on-site.
On the glass processing and machinery side, the North Glass booth was busy today. The company not only manufacturers machinery and equipment, such as tempering furnaces, but also fabricates architectural glass. Dirk Schulte Vice President of the company’s North American operations, talked about some of the new developments in curved glass. For example, he said historically high-performance coated glass could not be curved. With their temper-bending process, though, the glass is curved and tempered in the furnace in the same process. This, he said, allows them to curve triple silver high-performance coated glass.
“It’s all about innovation,” he said, explaining that what they do is in response to customers’ needs and requests.
ICD High Performance Coatings is also exhibiting and featuring a number of their products for coating glass, including their Opaci-Coat-300 and CeraniGlass. The company also has on display its TextraCoat, a glass coating that can mimic the look of textured glass.
CEO and president Kris Vockler said some of the trends and requests they’re hearing from customers are the same as much of what the entire architectural glass industry is seeing: bigger sizes and more color. Just like with clear glass, coating jumbo sizes can become a challenge, as the process also requires larger coating machines, among other types of equipment.
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