Saint-Gobain has acquired a digital solutions provider for glass furnaces to help customers reduce energy consumption. Photo courtesy of Saint-Gobain.

Saint-Gobain has acquired a digital solutions provider for glass furnaces to help customers reduce energy consumption. It purchased Glass Service a.s., a Czech Republic-based supplier for the fields of glass melting, conditioning and forming. Its services include computer modeling of glass furnaces, furnace control, evaluation software, glass defect analysis, and more.

Saint-Gobain officials say the acquisition will complement its digital services, offering predictive, diagnostic and data-driven solutions to improve customer energy efficiency. The acquisition will also reduce the carbon footprint of products and processes.

Additionally, Saint-Gobain has invested in three technology start-ups through its venture arm, Nova. The investments include Sysdyne Technologies, Plantformance and Newboot, which focuses on improving manufacturing performance.

Officials say these partnerships help Saint-Gobain integrate cutting-edge technologies, such as the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and digital twins, which can reduce up to 10% in a factory’s energy consumption.

The Glass Service acquisition is subject to antitrust approval and is expected to close at the end of the first half of 2024.

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