Guardian Industries’ Glass Group has invested more than $3.28 million (3 million EUR) to upgrade the production line at its Goole plant in East Yorkshire, giving the UK-based facility the capability to make all of the “advanced coatings” for its SunGuard SuperNeutral product series.

“Manufacturing SunGuard glass in the UK allows a much greater level of flexibility for Guardian and its customers,” says Pablo Isasmendi, plant manager at Guardian Glass UK. “To ensure we provide the same level of quality SunGuard products produced by our sister plants in continental Europe, we have also installed a sample-size toughening furnace that allows us to inspect the quality of the tempered product during every production run.”

A key part of the coater upgrade was the addition of a Temporary Protective Film (TPF) applicator, according to Guardian. “The TPF is used on all SunGuard SN products to protect the coating before and during processing, helping to secure higher yields through manufacturing,” says Isasmendi.