Guus Boekhoudt, vice president of Guardian Glass and managing director of Guardian Europe (left) and Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, look at the new laminating line. Photo: Guardian Glass LLC

Guardian Glass inaugurated its new laminating line at its float plant in Orosháza, Hungary, this week.

The company invested in the new laminated glass production line to support the increasing demand for laminated glass in Europe, according to the company. The line produces both standard and coated laminated glass, as well as specialty products such as acoustic, thick, coated and colored laminated glass.

The rising demand for laminated glass is being driven by three long-term trends, according to the company, which include:

  • Country-level regulations in Europe requiring the use of safety glass in an increasing number of fenestration and interior applications, for which laminated glass is the most effective solution;
  • The desire for buildings to have more natural light is driving the trend toward larger, energy-efficient windows, which requires the use of laminated glass for higher mechanical resistance and security; and
  • A general rise in demand for noise reduction for both residential and commercial buildings has increased the use of acoustic laminated glass.

“At Guardian, we believe that the role of business is to help improve people’s lives. Glass is fundamental to so many human needs. The desire for a comfortable living space with natural light will not be any different 50 years from now and the need to protect or preserve something while still being able to see it will not change either. This, together with the conversion of more and more residential windows from double to triple glazing, will result in an increase in glass demand across Europe in the next few years.” said Guus Boekhoudt, vice president of Guardian Glass and managing director of Guardian Europe s.à r.l., during the inauguration ceremony.

The new fully automated line is producing 150 truckloads of laminated glass per month, primarily for customers in Hungary, Romania and the Balkan countries. The new line is also a continuation of a change initiated at the plant by Guardian Glass in 2016, which saw a switch from standard clear float glass production to Guardian’s higher light transmission alternative, Guardian ExtraClear, to meet the increased need for more natural daylight in buildings.

In addition to the Orosháza plant, Guardian Glass operates facilities in Częstochowa, Poland; Thalheim, Germany; and Ryazan and Rostov, Russia, among its ten European float plant locations.