Pilkington United Kingdom Ltd, part of the NSG Group, has invested more than $3.7 million (£3 million) in new technology to increase its capacity to manufacture Pilkington Planar, and meet growing market demand for its structural glazing system.

The glass manufacturer has invested in a new tempering furnace, an increased capability heat soak oven and a glass measuring device. Each will be used as part of the manufacturing process for its Pilkington Planar structural glazing system and associated products.

The new tempering furnace, due to be operational by August, will be located at the Pilkington Architectural site in St. Helens, UK. It’s expected to help the company manufacture increased volumes of the Pilkington Planar System.

The investment also increases the size capability of the tempering furnace and heat soak oven to 236 by 118 inches (6000 by 3000 mm). Meanwhile, the newly developed glass measuring device will enhance the manufacturer’s quality control systems and processes for the benefit of customer and end-clients, according to the company.

“The challenge of delivering projects that achieve both high functionality and excellent aesthetical appeal has been more ubiquitous in building design over the last five years. This is where structural glazing systems are an established solution, helping specifiers to meet both requirements,” says Phil Savage, head of sales for UK processing.