Three Companies Partner to Supply VIG

Three companies have come together to advance the use of vacuum insulating glass (VIG) in the North American market. Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) has reached an agreement with LandGlass and VIG Technologies to sell their tempered VIG products in North America.

“LandGlass and their LandVac brand uses the world’s best VIG technology, so their products are a natural fit in Vitro’s already expansive and trusted product portfolio,” said Martin Bracamonte, vice president, marketing and innovation, Vitro Architectural Glass. “For Vitro customers, designers and other channel partners, this agreement will unlock an entirely new paradigm of high-performance glass possibilities.”

According to a press release, Vitro will begin offering tempered VIG units in North America beginning in late fall 2021. The company also plans to install LandVac equipment and begin manufacturing VIG units in its North American facilities as the market for VIG products develops.

“For Vitro customers, designers, and channel partners, this agreement will open a new paradigm of high-performance glass possibilities,” adds Michael Spellman, CEO, VIG Technologies. “LandGlass has made a significant investment over several years in developing a game-changing technical concept into a manufacturing reality. Vitro is the perfect partner to lead the North American market in utilizing this ‘best in class’ vacuum insulating technology in improving occupant comfort while significantly reducing energy usage and thereby reducing our carbon footprint.”

The new 8.3 mm tempered VIG units consist of two fully tempered lites of glass separated by a non-leaded metal seal and a vacuum space. The inclusion of fully tempered glass enables the LandVac VIG unit to be used globally across indoor and outdoor temperature extremes, which can cause failures in non-tempered VIG units.

VIG units deliver an R-value of 14, which is closer to the R-value of a traditional wall than glass, according to a press release.

The VIG units will be available with Solarban60 solar control, low-E coatings by Vitro Glass. When a VIG unit is used as the interior lite in a hybrid IGU, the exterior lite will be available with the full range of Solarban coatings and Vitro Glass substrates.

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