Kuraray Group Re-Brands PVB Division as Advanced Interlayer Solutions

The Japanese Kuraray Group announced a new name for its architectural and automotive market segments. The company is now called Advanced Interlayer Solutions.

“‘Advanced’ means not standard, but rather the motivation to improve our own performance to the satisfaction of our customers and to offer them a competitive advantage,” reads the company statement. “‘Interlayer’ defines the entire business for glass interlayers: Trosifol® PVB, SentryGlas® Ionoplast, and Trosifol® Spallshield® CPET®. ‘Solutions’ stands for problem-solving and innovation – both with products and services.”

In addition to the new name, another department is joining the Kuraray business. The Innovation Networking Center (INC) started work at the beginning of the year.

View Partners with Bjarke Ingels Co-Founded Company

View Inc. has announced a partnership with home design company Nabr, co-founded by architect Bjarke Ingels and development professionals Roni Bahar and Nicholas Chim. According to the announcement, Nabr Homes will be constructed with sustainable materials and be carbon neutral in operations. View is providing the converged network infrastructure and platform to enable a wide variety of smart building and resident applications.

“Homes of the future will adapt to people and the environment— not the other way around,” said Ingels. “At Nabr, we are fundamentally rethinking every aspect of residential development—from design to ownership to operation—to benefit people and the planet. View will play an instrumental role in this transformation by providing a flexible technology backbone that can be continually adapted and upgraded to improve resident experiences and enable new features, while also conserving energy.”

All Nabr Homes will feature View Smart Windows, which adjust automatically to provide continuous access to natural light and outdoor views while minimizing heat and glare.

Additionally, View’s cloud-connected smart building network, View Net, will power all connected products in Nabr developments, such as smart locks, access controls, air quality sensors, smart thermostats, parking, and other resident and community applications, on one unified and secure platform.

Nabr’s first development, SoFA One in San Jose, will offer over 125 available homes and is slated to break ground this summer.

Litex Inc. to Close After 53 Years

Litex Inc., a manufacturer of architectural window systems based in Rochester Hills, Mich., ceased operations on February 11, 2022. The company had alerted customers and suppliers on February 2, explaining it would continue to operate on a scaled-down basis to complete orders on backorder and handle any warranty items.

In its notice, Litex explained it had been facing a number of challenges, including aluminum extrusion lead times extending to 48-82 weeks from 4-6 weeks.

“This drastic extension of lead times has had a profound effect on our production capabilities and our ability to retain our workforce,” says Thomas Parsons, president, in the statement.

In its notice, Litex pointed out that aluminum extrusion base metal prices had increased 65% in the last year, with shortages and rising prices expected to continue this year. Glass, hardware, finishing, sealants and other accessories increased 10% to 20%, and labor costs increased 50%. The industry’s ongoing labor shortage was also a factor.

“We greatly appreciate the relationships we have had with you over these many years and we hope that you understand how difficult a decision this has been but, unfortunately, we see no other options,” Parsons says.

Magid Receives National Top Workplaces Award

Magid Glove & Safety, a manufacturer and supplier of head-to-toe personal protective equipment, received an Energage Top Workplaces USA 2022 award for its people-centered culture, strong values, employee engagement, operational innovation, and diversity, equity and inclusion. Magid received the award in the 500-999 employee division. It is based on anonymous employee surveys administered by Energage, which uses 15 measures of company culture that the organization deems critical to organizational success.

“Together, we’ve created an environment where team members feel respected, appreciated, and fulfilled,” said Jen Almodovar, executive vice president of people. “Being named a Top Workplace was a team effort and we are proud of this achievement. The Magid team works together to build a culture where people can be themselves, have fun, and make a difference keeping workers safe.”

Previously, Magid was awarded a Chicago Tribune Top Workplaces 2021 award and its CEO, Greg Cohen, was recognized as a “CEO to Watch” by Family Business Magazine.

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