Global Update December 2021

Press Glass to Open New Automated Insulating Glass Factory in Lithuania

Flat glass processor Press Glass based in Konopiska, Poland, is building an automated insulating glass production plant in Lithuania. The new plant at Kaunas Free Economic Zone is scheduled to begin production within the next two years, with a plan to recruit 240 specialists over the next three years, according to the company.

Press Glass is implementing a systemic approach to optimizing and automating the cutting area, managing automatic sorters, packaging optimization, and planning capacity. This includes its partnership with A+W Software, a software provider for the flat glass and window industries.

“The decision by Press Glass to locate its new factory in Lithuania will significantly improve our ability to service clients from Scandinavia, the north of Poland and the Baltic states, optimizing delivery times and transportation costs, as well as increasing the company’s overall production capacity across Europe,” says Tomasz John, CEO at Press Glass UAB.

The new facility in Lithuania will produce insulating glass units for the residential division.

The Bigger the Better, Window Sets World Record

Large glass installations are always an exciting feat for those in the glazing industry—pushing boundaries and questioning just how far one can go. Tianjin NorthGlass recently shared news of setting a world record for fabricating the largest glass window.

According to architectural firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, the window belongs to Taikang Headquarters, among the tallest skyscrapers in Beijing, and measures approximately 548 square feet, more than 54 feet tall and 10 feet wide. It consists of four layers of glass with an air space in between. The total thickness of the glass window is 2.6 inches and it weighs about 15,430 pounds.

It took three months to manufacture the jumbo glass and was installed by JiangHo [sic], according to Holly An, director at Beijing Northglass. An also noted some challenges regarding the installation and fabrication of the glass. These included applying the low-E coating and assembling the insulating glass.

Briefly

Şişecam has announced plans to invest in a new furnace with a 155,000-ton annual capacity at its Eskis¸ ehir, Turkey, glass packaging production facility. This new investment is in response to the growing potential of glass packaging arising from the expanding global demand for hygienic solutions. The new furnace is expected to be commissioned at the beginning of 2023.

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