Guardian Glass Opens New Asia-Pacific Regional Headquarters in Bangkok

Guardian Glass recently opened a new regional headquarters and customer service hub for the Asia-Pacific region in Bangkok. The new facility, in the city’s center, is a collaborative space that forms the base for the manufacturer’s Asia-Pacific business. Approximately 50 Guardian employees will work at the new hub, including general management and administration, marketing, supply chain, sales, finance and human resources roles.

“Physically we are now closer to our customers in the region, as well as the heart of the industry. Our customers, architects, interior designers and developers will benefit from an integrated system, managed by a skilled team with shared knowledge and expertise centralized in one location,” said Alexis Underwood, general manager for Guardian’s Asia Pacific region.

Underwood says the new offices will foster collaboration.

“Employees who were previously in different places can now work side by side, which will create efficiencies, improve services and allow us to share knowledge more efficiently both internally and with our external partners,” she adds.

Guardian Glass first invested in Thailand in 1991, launching a float glass plant in Nong Khae. A second glass plant was built in Rayong in 1996, and Guardian has continued to invest and grow in the country. More than 50% of the company’s business is now exported outside of Thailand.

“We’re excited to continue expanding our presence in Thailand,” says Underwood. “Guardian Glass is committed to the Asia-Pacific region and this next step in our transformation comes on the heels of our recent lamination line investment.”

“Our new headquarters in Bangkok will enable us to continuously improve and transform, capitalize on industry trends, drive product innovation and create value for our customers,” adds Guus Boekhoudt, vice president of Guardian Glass Europe.

ClearVue Signs Agreement With BeyondPV of Taiwan

Smart building materials company ClearVue Technologies Ltd. has signed a formal OEM supply agreement with BeyondPV Co. Ltd. of Taiwan. The companies had entered into a memorandum of understanding in July 2019.

BeyondPV is a developer and designer of photovoltaic technologies including Si- and CIGS-based solar panels and modules with high conversion efficiency for use in power generation.

Under the terms of the formal OEM supply agreement BeyondPV will design, manufacture and supply solar PV strip modules to ClearVue and to ClearVue’s licensed manufacturers for use in ClearVue’s solar PV insulating glass units, windows and smart façades.

Şişecam Group Opens Second Flat Glass Production Facility in Italy

The Şişecam Group has opened a plant in Manfredonia, Italy, its second flat glass investment in the country. The company, which had acquired and incorporated the Porto Nogaro plant in northern Italy in 2016, also completed the acquisition of the Manfredonia plant in Monte Sant’Angelo in June 2018.

Due to Şişecam Group’s renovation and modernization investment completed in a short time, according to the company, the flat glass production facility became operational two months earlier than planned. The inauguration ceremony, held on November 30, 2019, was attended by Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey in Italy Murat Salim Esenli, President of Puglia Region Michele Emiliano and Mayor of Monte Sant’Angelo Pierpaolo D’Arienzo, as well as the guests and employees.

The Manfredonia plant has an annual production capacity of 190,000 tons, bringing the company’s annual production capacity in Italy up to 410,000 tons. The plant’s lamination line will produce 37.7 million square feet per year and its coating line will produce 53.8 million square feet per year.

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