$120 Million Gets Vitro Architectural Glass its Third Float Glass Furnace in Mexico

The Vitro board of directors has approved the construction of a third float furnace at the company’s García plant near Monterrey, Mexico. The approximately $120 million investment will allow the company to meet the growing market demand in Latin America and provide greater product availability and improved logistics.

“Board approval of the construction of this new float line demonstrates Vitro’s commitment to meeting the needs of the markets we serve,” said Adrian Sada Cueva, CEO. “Vitro is continually developing new products with improved efficiency, aesthetics and value. With building construction steadily increasing in the region, these are the attributes that the industry is seeking in glass. Expanding our capacity will help meet that demand and allow us to get glass to our customers faster, using the latest production technologies.”

Since Vitro acquired the flat glass business from PPG in 2016 and Pittsburgh Glass Works in 2017, the company has made significant investments in its North American operations, most notably the rebuilding of both float lines at Vitro’s Carlisle, Pa., plant and the construction of a jumbo coater in Wichita Falls, Texas, a $67 million investment.

“While the primary purpose of this new line is to meet growing market demand in the Latin American region, the additional capacity will allow us to provide a higher level of service to our customers,” said Ricardo Maiz, president. “This is especially important as we continue to release new products that are in high demand, such as our Acuity low-iron glass with the full range of energy-efficient Solarban low-E coatings.”

Polflam Installs New Mappi Tempering Line

In a move expected to triple its total output, fire-resistant glass creator Polflam will open a new production factory, office, production and warehouse facility within a total area of 20,000 square meters in Tarczyin, Poland. As part of the expansion, the facility will be the first company to install a Mappi Supertemper system in Europe. An ATS 4.0 2500×5000
furnace will be at the new Tarczyn plant.

“Our company is always looking for solutions that can guarantee new standards of excellence, which is why we were very impressed by Mappi’s Supertemper,” says Jean-Louis Canelle, Polflam’s chief technical officer. “We were very impressed by the possibility of producing E30 certified glass for heat resistance starting from a tempering furnace like ATS 4.0, which for some time now represents the ideal choice for those looking for
constant quality, ease of use, energy savings.”

Polflam is currently owned by the investment fund Baltisse and is headquartered in Runów, near Piaseczno, Poland.

Onyx Solar to Provide Major PV Installation

Onyx Solar has signed on for what it calls the largest project of photovoltaic integration in Africa announced it will supply its photovoltaic glass with Privida and Sterling Bank. This project involves remodeling the bank’s headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, with Onyx Solar’s photovoltaic glass.

According to the company, it will supply up to 6,500 square meters of crystalline silicon photovoltaic glass to be installed over the building’s spandrels. The installation of 3,250 crystalline silicon glass units implies up to 1 MWp of installed power, substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions and its ecological footprint, according to the company.

In addition, Onyx Solar says it will also install photovoltaic glass for Microsoft’s headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. Onyx Solar’s photovoltaic glass was previously integrated into I&M Bank’s headquarters in Nairobi, which led to constructing the largest hotovoltaic skylight in Africa. This skylight is made up of 2,200 square meters of amorphous photovoltaic glass with different degrees of transparency.

Glaston Announces Two New Partners in South America

Glaston is now servicing the South America region through an agent network
and dedicated service partners.

As of June 2021, Machine Market for Glass (MM4Glass) is the first point of contact for new machine sales throughout Glaston’s heat treatment and insulating glass technologies product portfolio. MM4Glass will be supported by Glaston’s regional Americas sales organization where needed.

Effective July 1, 2021, LatamGlass is the authorized service provider and part of Glaston’s global service network in providing heat treatment product portfolio services. Spare parts to customers in South America will continue to be delivered from Glaston America Inc., and the company’s regional Americas services organization will support LatamGlass when needed.

“Ensuring continuous support and service, as well as technology know-how in selecting new solutions to Glaston’s customers, was the key priority for us during the process of moving to an agency-driven operating model in South America. With these experienced partners, MM4Glass and LatamGlass, we foresee that quality in serving our customers is secured,” says Sasu Koivumäki, chief sales officer at Glaston Corp.

ASSA ABLOY Sells Certego to Nalka Invest

ASSA ABLOY has signed an agreement to sell its Nordic locksmith business Certego to Nalka Invest, which invests in small- and medium-sized businesses in the Nordic region. According to the announcement, the transaction reinforces the strategic focus on the core security solutions business of the ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions EMEIA Division.

Certego is a locksmith and security solutions installation business in the Nordic region. It provides planning, installation and managing of mechanical, electro-mechanical and electronic security solutions for customers across multiple verticals. The company has about 70 locations with about 1,200 employees in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Denmark. The impact from the divestment on ASSA ABLOY external sales is around SEK 1.5 bn.

“I find it satisfying that with Nalka Invest we were able to find a committed, experienced owner that gives the business a new home and creates new opportunities for the future,” says Nico Delvaux, president and CEO of ASSA ABLOY.

According to company information, the divestment will result in a capital loss and exit costs amounting to approximately MSEK 200. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions and is expected to close during the third quarter of 2021.

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