Guardian Glass to Add Jumbo Laminated Glass Production in Russia

Guardian Glass is adding a new jumbo laminated glass production line at its plant in Ryazan, Russia. The manufacturer, with 26 float lines worldwide, said the new facility is meant to support the demand for laminated glass in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Laminated glass production is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2023.

“This investment illustrates our continued optimism and excitement about Guardian Glass’ expansion in Russia and the CIS,” says Guus Boekhoudt, executive vice president for Guardian Glass.

“This project underwrites our vision to be a preferred partner to our customers, suppliers, employees and communities based on a foundation of mutual benefit.”

“We appreciate our customers’ support and are happy to keep evolving our relationship by offering them additional product options,” adds Elena Rassudimova, general manager for Guardian Glass Russia. “We are very proud of what our team and our partners are accomplishing in a challenging environment.”

NSG Announces Architectural Glass Production Powered by Hydrogen

In a world first trial, the NSG Group announced it has successfully manufactured architectural glass using hydrogen power at its facility in the U.K. The trial is part of the HyNet Industrial Fuel Switching project, and took place in late August 2021 at Pilkington’s Greengate site in St. Helens.

The company managed to achieve a transition between its current main fuel, natural gas, and hydrogen during the trial. The trial proved that hydrogen was as capable as natural gas in achieving excellent melting performance, and the furnace can operate with reduced carbon emissions. The switch from natural gas to hydrogen to power the production means that float glass furnaces, which account for the majority of the group’s overall carbon emissions, would be able to operate with significantly lower emissions,
according to the company. For a longer term, a stable hydrogen supply made possible through a network of pipelines to key industrial sites, could enable a full transition to hydrogen-fueled glass production, according to a press release.

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