Pilkington Closes U.K. Plant, Ceases Production of Planar System

The end of 2021 and the start of 2022 have brought many changes for NSG Group. At the end of last year, Pilkington, which NSG Group acquired in 2006, closed its Alexandra Works plant in the U.K. According to news reports in the St. Helen’s Star, the plant was closed was because it was no longer being profitable.

As a result of the plant’s closure, Pilkington also ended its Pilkington Planar™ system production in St. Helens. Though production has ceased there, Pilkington Planar continues to be manufactured outside of the U.K.

For decades, the structural glazing system was available in the U.S. exclusively through W&W Glass, based in Nanuet, N.Y. To ensure continued availability of these systems, W&W announced it will now offer its own glass-engineered solutions, which it says will provide for larger structurally glazed solutions with greater flexibility. The company will continue to offer point-supported structural glass systems engineered by its in-house team for ongoing projects. All warranties on existing manufactured projects will be honored based on the terms of Pilkington’s warranty, the company states.

“Our customers are like family and we treat them that way. From every project concept to finished installation, we aren’t satisfied until it’s completed the right way,” says Jeff Haber, managing partner at W&W Glass. “It’s about being responsive to the market—when customers need the perfect glass solution, we want to be the ones delivering that to them as a turn-key package, coming from a company they know and trust based on over four decades of glass system engineering expertise and installation knowledge. We have forged partnerships with many high-quality manufacturers throughout the world to bring our customers the quality they’ve come to expect from W&W on custom-engineered structural glass systems.”

In other NSG news, in January 2022, the company announced it had signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with EDP Renewables (EDPR), the world’s fourth-largest renewable energy producer, for the renewable electricity generated by a wind farm located in Poland.

It is the first virtual PPA by NSG Group and the first PPA signed by a glass manufacturer in Poland, according to the company. NSG expects to offtake 51% of the output from the wind farm, which has a total installed capacity of 70 M.W. The PPA will have a duration of 10 years, starting in January 2022.

The contract will see approximately 100 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of NSG Group’s annual electricity demand supplied at a fixed price-reducing exposure to the volatile wholesale electricity prices currently seen.

The NSG Group is targeting to source the equivalent of at least 50% of its electricity (by kilowatt-hour) globally from renewables by the fiscal year 2024.

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