NSG Group Invests in Solar Glass Production Line in Malaysia

NSG Group plans to invest in additional production capacity of transparent conductive oxide (TCO) coated glass in Malaysia. The move will support the growing solar market.

The investment will also fund the expansion strategy of First Solar Inc., a manufacturer of thin-film solar panels headquartered in Tempe, Ariz., which has a long-standing partnership with NSG Group. Along with its existing facilities in Vietnam and Malaysia, First Solar is constructing a new manufacturing plant in India, which is expected to be commissioned in the second half of 2023.

The investment plan calls for a float line at the Johor Bahru factory of Malaysian Sheet Glass SDN BHD, a member of the NSG Group. Additionally, NSG will install online coating capabilities and will begin to ship transparent conductive oxide coated glass for solar panel manufacturing after the facility is operable. NSG expects that supply from the converted line will begin during the fourth quarter of the fiscal year ending March 2024.

This follows the news that NSG Group began operating its second float line for solar glass in Vietnam in January 2020, along with opening a new plant in Luckey, Ohio. Both lines produce glass exclusively supplied to First Solar.

Schott Partners with Emirates Glass to Provide Fire-Resistant Glazing

Emirates Glass, a designer of architectural flat glass based in the Middle East, has formed a partnership with Schott to provide high-performance glazing that features fire resistant qualities.

Schott, an international manufacturer of high-tech materials for specialty glass, will supply the fire-resistant specialty glass, which will then be processed and distributed by Emirates Glass. The fire-resistant glazing has been tested to ensure that it can withstand temperatures reached during a fire and provide protection for a stated period.

“Modern architects and planners strive to make every building unique by integrating the latest designs and products,” says Emirates Glass executive president Rizwanulla Khan. “This new innovative fire-resistant glass from Emirates Glass and Schott paves the way for contemporary designs, maximizing natural light and creating more open and connected interiors. This fire-resistant glazing is a step forward in enhancing the creativity, fulfilling requirements of fire protection authorities.”

Saint-Gobain Divests Some French Sites

Saint-Gobain has closed the sale of Saint-Gobain Glas-solutions Grand Ouest glass processing business to private investors, led by former Saint-Gobain managers. The business, which fabricates glass in the northwest region and provides glass installation services throughout France, generated sales of around $60 million in 2021 and employed 420 people.

Şişecam Invests in Patterned Glass Furnace, Additional Processing Lines

Şişecam has invested in a second patterned glass furnace and additional processing lines at a facility in Mersin, Turkey.

The new furnace will have a capacity of close to 600 tons per day, and the energy glass processing lines will have a capacity of 20 million square meters per year. This new investment totals $188 million, including working capital.

“This new investment will allow us to capitalize on opportunities that arise in the rapidly growing global solar energy market and in Turkey,” says Dr. Ahmet Kırman, Şişecam chair and executive board member.

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