PVB Interlayer Shortage Takes its Toll on Glass Industry Companies

Some glass companies have been feeling the effects of the lack of polyvinyl
butyral (PVB). The low availability of the critical material for laminated glass can be attributed to several causes.

Travis Smith, vice president and general manager of Films at Eastman, says climate, the economy and recent events have impacted supply and delivery.

“The shortage of PVB has been caused by many situations, including the rapid economic recovery, the severe weather event in Texas earlier this year that took down extremely high percentages of output from the chemical industry, and the continued logistical challenges, which were made even more challenging by the Suez Canal event,” he says. “The PVB supply chains for our industry are fundamentally tied to basic chemical feedstocks, starting with propylene and ethylene. With major suppliers of key raw materials for PVB having declared force majeure and continuing to operate under force majeure through the first part of this year, operational and supply chain recovery for critical feedstocks has been slower than originally expected.”

In May 2021, Kuraray, another PVB supplier, announced a global price increase of its interlayer products due to the various cost increases.

Not all companies, however, have felt the impact. Bernard Lax, CEO of Pulp Studio in Gardena, Calif., says his company has not experienced the shortages, but has heard that shortages exist.

“I believe some of this is purely logistics related, as the suppliers of our suppliers are not able to get raw material because of transportation issues,” he says. “… Those users who are used to spot buying materials, rather than planning and projecting with their suppliers, will find it difficult to get what they need in a supercharged market.”

Privacy Glass Solutions Brings Operations to U.S.

Privacy Glass Solutions, a blinds-between-the-glass provider, is moving its production process entirely to the U.S. The company’s products are used in healthcare, commercial, education and high-security environments throughout North America.

“We are proud to be able to say that our BetweenGlassBlinds are now 100% designed, engineered, and assembled here in the USA,” says Kevin Roth, CEO and founder of Privacy Glass Solutions. “Bringing jobs to the community and growing our Privacy Glass Solutions team is very important and positions us for rapid growth.”

Viewrail of Goshen, Ind., Launches Floating Stairway Installation Service

Viewrail, based in Goshen, Ind., has started a new service to install its Flight floating stairs. Daniel Bezden will serve as CEO of the service called Viewrail Installations. “The dearth of skilled labor in the building trades is well documented, and unlikely to change in the near future,” says Len Morris, founder and owner of Viewrail. “We have a visually striking, unique product, and the best, fastest, easiest, most efficient way to install this is to hire an experienced professional to do the work.”

“Every installer who will be on a jobsite is a factory-trained, full-time employee,” says Bezden. “My background in product installation has shown me that the key is to hire people with the right aptitude and skills, and then to train them extensively in the nuances of the unique installation process. Their experience creates a smooth and extremely professional installation that’s accomplished in less time.”

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