Glass Technology Shines at BAU 2019

Press Glass’ 3D-Glass was debuted at BAU 2019.

BAU 2019 is underway in Munich, Germany, this week and glass industry companies are displaying their latest technologies and innovation. This six-day trade fair features 2,250 exhibitors from 45 countries that focus on architecture, materials and systems for commercial, residential and interior construction. It will run January 14-19 at the Messe München in Munich.

Press Glass premiered its 3D Glass product, which uses a new approach to thermoforming glass based on ceramic molds rather than metal molds. A company release says the ceramic molds give more freedom in the formation of large surfaces composed of unique glass lites. The 3D Glass technology allows architects to design three-dimensional glass surfaces and facades that are smooth. According to the company, the 3D Glass provides improved acoustic insulation, load resistance, safety and thermal insulation.

A lot of space for good conversations: AGC Interpane’s new trade fair stand. Photo: AGC Interpane / Zeissig

Fineo, AGC Interpane’s new vacuum insulating glass (VIG) was also on display at BAU 2019. The VIG has no visible evacuation opening, which creates a clear view out of the glass. It consists of two glass lites, each at least 3-mm thick with a highly insulating coating, separated by a 0.1-mm vacuum layer. According to the company, the daylight transmittance is around 15 percent higher than that of conventional triple-pane glazing with two low-E layers.

Vetrotech is focusing on its Contraflam Struction 30 Vetrogard RC2/RC4 project, a flush butt-joint fire protection glass solution for internal partitions with integrated burglar protection. Photo: Vetrotech Saint-Gobain photographer Patric Colling

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain is also exhibiting at BAU 2019. The company is focusing on its Contraflam Struction 30 Vetrogard RC2/RC4 project, a flush butt-joint fire protection glass solution for internal partitions with integrated burglar protection. The transparent fire solution has a combination of 30 minutes fire resistance and breakthrough resistance in the tested classes of RC2 to RC4.

“Since many years Vetrotech Saint-Gobain is happy to be part of the world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems in Munich. [It’s great] being able to show what our fire-rated and high security solutions are capable of, developing new projects together with customers and partners and thereby contributing in making the world a safer place,” says Rico Strueby, public relations specialist with Vetrotech Saint-Gobain.

Guardian Glass showcased its dynamic shading solution which has no mechanical parts. The shade is activated by passing a small current through the conductive layers, creating an electrostatic attraction between the thin shade and the glass surface. The shading happens in seconds and the technology doesn’t need to be hard-wired into a building’s main power supply. Instead, it can be battery-powered with solar-powered recharging.

Pilkington presented its new high-performance, solar control glass called Pilkington Suncool Q 60/25. The new product has a neutral appearance with low-reflection and high color-stability.

Other highlights from the show:

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