Trosifol Expands SentryGlas Production on Holešov Plant’s New Line

Kuraray’s production site in Holešov, Czech Republic, is now producing SentryGlas on a newly constructed line. Built in one year, the new facility passed factory acceptance testing in October 2018. Since the purchase of DuPont’s GLS, PVB and SentryGlas interlayer business in 2014, this site has belonged to Kuraray and, until recently, specialized exclusively in the production of recycled PVB film.

“The new project represents a special opportunity for the site. This expansion also supports the total business growth strategy in the laminated glass market, especially in the structural glazing segment,” says Steve Cox, general manager of Kuraray’s worldwide PVB Division.

Due to the addition of the new production line, the number of employees at the Holešov site will increase by almost 50%. Some of the new operators will come from existing teams in Holešov combined with new hiring.

“With the geographic extension of SentryGlas interlayer production to Europe we can better serve our customers. As the supplier of SentryGlas ionoplast films, we are now the manufacturer with the widest range of glass laminating interlayers worldwide and have become an essential partner for architects, planners and engineers as a source of products, innovation and support,” says Reisuke Nakada, global marketing director of Kuraray’s PVB division.

Glaston Closes Deal for Large IG Line to Portugal

Glaston Group has closed a deal for a large Bystronic glass B’JUMBO Insulating Glass (IG) line with the Portuguese glass fabricator Maxividro. The total length of the B’JUMBO is more than 328 feet (100 meters) and it is one of the largest IG lines Bystronic glass has ever built. The order is booked in Glaston’s Q2/2019 order intake. The line will be delivered during the last quarter of 2019.

Maxividro plans to manufacture rectangular and shaped IG units in continuous production on the line, along with special glass for its panoramah! windows.

“Today glass plays an important part in architectural projects. In addition to aesthetic values, the use of glass enables energy savings, noise reduction and increased safety, adding up to heightened comfort of the buildings,” says Pekka Hytti, senior vice president of the Europe, Middle East and Africa region for Glaston Group.

Vitrum and Kinestral Partner to Produce Smart-Tinting IGUs

Kinestral Technologies Inc. has partnered with Vitrum Glass Group to produce Halio insulating glass units (IGUs) for commercial projects in North America. These projects will use more than 100,000 square feet of Halio smart-tinting glass produced at Kinestral’s large-scale Taiwan manufacturing facility.

The partnership marks a notable milestone in the deployment of Halio to commercial building and residential markets, according to the company. It combines the high-volume Halio glass production capability of Kinestral with Vitrum’s large-scale IGU manufacturing capacity to service large numbers of customers in North America.

“Vitrum shares the same dedication to quality as Kinestral, so we look forward to growing our relationship and delivering on additional projects in North America in the months ahead,” says S.B. Cha, CEO of Kinestral.


Chicago Tempered Glass has recently installed a second Mappi tempering furnace, which will be used in addition to its water-jet cutting and sand-blasting product offerings … National Glass Products, a glass fabricator in Englewood, Colo., has purchased a FuseCube from Diamon-Fusion International (DFI) and will begin offering DFI’s low maintenance coating as a standard feature on its line of shower doors. The company will apply the coating to both sides of the glass … Unelko Corp. has formed a distribution partnership with Krysztal, located in Nowy Sacz, Poland. The company will now offer Unelko’s Invisible Shield Pro 15 and Repel glass coating technologies to its product line … Faour Glass Technologies has agreed to become a Sky-Frame dealer in Florida, specifically distributing and marketing Sky-Frame’s Hurricane product line.

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