Edition 69 (January-March, 2023)

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Kubik brings demountable<br />

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Compatible with a number of different door types, Kubik<br />

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to suit various market requirements and are available from<br />

low-cost to high-end specifications across the country.<br />

With the Kubik Demountable<br />

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spaces can easily be<br />

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along with execution, Kubik is now<br />

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For building management<br />

companies, young start-ups and firms<br />

looking at expanding or changing<br />

layouts frequently, these adaptable<br />

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modification or remodelling of office<br />

layouts cost-effectively.<br />

Since the partitions are easy to<br />

install and remove, existing interiors<br />

aren’t damaged. The process does not<br />

62 Glass Bulletin | <strong>January</strong> - <strong>March</strong>, <strong>2023</strong>

Kubik• 2<br />

Alok Aggarwal,<br />

Managing Director of Ozone Overseas<br />

and Ozone Secutech<br />

require the knocking down of walls<br />

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Accommodation of needs is<br />

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The key benefits of the products<br />

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Glass Bulletin | <strong>January</strong> - <strong>March</strong>, <strong>2023</strong> 63


Interview<br />


Emerge Glass working on<br />

big expansion into solar<br />

Emerge Glass (Alstone Group) MD Sumit Gupta<br />

Speaks To GB About His Vision & Future Plans<br />

As Emerge Glass bets big on its new division Emerge<br />

Renewable, Mr Gupta says solar is talk of the town, market<br />

will see a rapid rise in demand in the upcoming days.<br />

66 Glass Bulletin | <strong>January</strong> - <strong>March</strong>, <strong>2023</strong>

Interview• 2<br />

From his dealer and<br />

distribution network<br />

in the country to his<br />

vision for the company and<br />

from the team that propels it<br />

towards the path of growth<br />

to his newest venture into<br />

solar glass, Emerge Glass MD<br />

Mr Sumit Gupta shows Glass<br />

Bulletin a trailer of what is yet<br />

to come from India’s leading<br />

brand in aluminum composite<br />

panels and thin flat glass.<br />

Excerpts from the interview:<br />

– Your career path is a success<br />

story. Walk us through the path<br />

you took to reach where you are<br />

today and what inspired you<br />

along the way?<br />

I set up my business in 2004, right<br />

after my post-graduation. It was my<br />

goal to be able to make it successful.<br />

My father was my role model and<br />

inspiration because I had seen him<br />

run his own business. Other than<br />

him, the renowned business houses of<br />

India such as Reliance and Tata were<br />

my business role models.<br />

– What according to you are<br />

the biggest strengths of your<br />

companies?<br />

For both our business verticals,<br />

Alstone and Emerge, the biggest<br />

strength, I would say, is our vision.<br />

This is because without vision, no<br />

company can grow. It is the vision of<br />

a company that propels its growth.<br />

In addition to our vision, our most<br />

important strength is our team.<br />

Without a good team, it is very<br />

challenging for any organization to be<br />

successful.<br />

– Tell us about your management<br />

style.<br />

The practical day-to-day experiences I<br />

have had while running this business<br />

has taught me a lot. One aspect of<br />

successful businesses that I follow is<br />

delegation of work. When you trust<br />

your team, give them responsibilities<br />

and hold them accountable for those<br />

responsibilities, the company works<br />

better.<br />

– Your dealer & distribution<br />

network in India is very strong.<br />

Tell us about it?<br />

Our dealer and distribution networks<br />

for Alstone and Emerge Glass are<br />

parallel. Pan-India we have more<br />

than 600 dealers in total. We have<br />

16 branch offices across India where<br />

we also keep our stock and provide<br />

instant service to our dealers. So our<br />

network, which is like a backbone to<br />

our company, works efficiently to help<br />

our dealers generate more business on<br />

a daily level.<br />

– What motivates you to come to<br />

work every day?<br />

My motivation is “What’s next”.<br />

The possibility that tomorrow holds,<br />

what we can do tomorrow, what new<br />

change we can bring tomorrow or<br />

what new innovative product we can<br />

work on tomorrow – this motivates me<br />

to come to work every day.<br />

– Emerge is a leading name in<br />

flat glass, so what is next for the<br />

company? Any new product range<br />

or new division in production?<br />

We are the leaders in flat glass and<br />

two years ago, we entered container<br />

glass as well. Under this division, we<br />

are making glass bottles and it is going<br />

really well. And this year, we have<br />

already started our project work for<br />

solar glass. This is a big expansion<br />

within our group and we are going to<br />

expand to solar aggressively.<br />

The Emerge Renewable plant we<br />

are setting up in Rajasthan will be<br />

the first plant in north India for solar<br />

glass. The land on which the plant<br />

is being set up is about 35 acres and<br />

we are making such a provision that<br />

we can plan a second furnace there<br />

immediately after the first furnace<br />

is operational. Our plan for solar is<br />

aggressive and we see potential in<br />

solar industry.<br />

– What was the idea behind<br />

Emerge Renewable?<br />

Like I said I always believe in “what’s<br />

next”. As our two verticals are doing<br />

well, we decided that we needed to<br />

expand to something new. And I think<br />

solar now is a global topic to talk<br />

about. Every country is talking about<br />

green energy. Our Prime Minister<br />

Mr Narendra Modi has committed<br />

to installing 500 GW of renewal<br />

energy by 2030. I think this is a very<br />

optimistic approach and to get to this<br />

number there will be a requirement of<br />

a large quantity of solar modules and<br />

solar glass. And since this government<br />

is focused on ‘Make in India’, we think<br />

there will be a huge requirement for<br />

solar glass in the country.

Interview<br />

– So what is the production<br />

capacity of your plant and who is<br />

your technological partner in this<br />

venture?<br />

We are setting up this plant in the<br />

vicinity of our existing thin flat<br />

glass and container glass plant, and<br />

we have already started work on<br />

our project site. Our aim is to start<br />

production by October 2024. The<br />

capacity of the plant we are setting<br />

up will be 300 tons per day. And for<br />

this venture, we have entered into a<br />

tie-up with CTIEC (China Triumph<br />

International Engineering Co., Ltd), a<br />

state-owned company in China which<br />

is a top name in the world of solar<br />

glass. Approximately, this project will<br />

need an investment of around Rs 360<br />

crore.<br />

– Given the government’s vision<br />

of 500 GW of renewal energy<br />

by 2030, where do you think we<br />

stand now and how will we reach<br />

that goal?<br />

At present, the installed capacity can<br />

produce solar panels of around 15-18<br />

GW in a year. And since the target of<br />

the government is 500 GW of renewal<br />

energy in the next seven years, the<br />

installed capacity needs rapid growth<br />

or else we will not be able to reach it.<br />

So we foresee the installed capacity to<br />

grow to the level where solar panels of<br />

around 50 GW can be produced in a<br />

year to reach the target. In our notice,<br />

about 5-6 companies have given their<br />

commitments in solar glass, but even<br />

if these 5-6 manufacturers begin<br />

producing solar glass then also there<br />

will be adequate requirement in the<br />

market to be met as we are looking at<br />

a production capacity of around 50<br />

GW in a year. So, more solar panel<br />

plants are expected to come up as<br />

Indian manufacturers are going to<br />

support the government in this vision.<br />

– How you are going to manage<br />

your distribution network for<br />

Emerge Renewable? Are you<br />

planning something new or going<br />

to utilize the existing dealer<br />

network?<br />

The plant we are setting up for solar<br />

glass will have a glass processing<br />

facility as well. The glass coming out<br />

of our factory will be a ready-to-use<br />

product for a solar module factory.<br />

Companies manufacturing solar<br />

modules will buy glass from us and<br />

place them directly on the module<br />

and there will be no need for any kind<br />

of processing of the glass. So it will be<br />

a B2B product which will go from our<br />

factory to another and will be directly<br />

put to use. But in the future, as the<br />

market matures, our existing network<br />

of dealers will be able to procure solar<br />

glass from us and supply them to<br />

processors involved in the production<br />

of solar modules on a smaller scale.<br />

– Can you walk us through the<br />

thickness of solar glass in the<br />

current scenario and also what we<br />

can expect in the near future?<br />

Within solar glass, the thickness that<br />

we have in India today in general<br />

is 3.2 mm and now, some quantity<br />

has also started at 2.8 mm. We are<br />

in the very initial stages and if we<br />

compare the thickness we have to that<br />

in China, we will notice that China<br />

has mostly gone to 2 mm. So, I think<br />

gradually in India too this thickness<br />

will go down to 2 mm but it will take<br />

some time. But the important thing<br />

to note here is that the agreement we<br />

68 Glass Bulletin | <strong>January</strong> - <strong>March</strong>, <strong>2023</strong>

Interview• 4<br />

have signed with CTI will enable us to<br />

make and process 1.8mm thickness as<br />

well. So we have already incorporated<br />

the future requirement into our<br />

planning. If the demand arises, we<br />

will be able to make solar glass of<br />

lower thickness. My opinion is solar<br />

glass will gradually reduce from 3.2 to<br />

2 mm in the coming days.<br />

– Coming back to glass<br />

manufacturing, we all are<br />

aware that once a furnace starts<br />

production, it cannot be stopped.<br />

How does Emerge Glass deal with<br />

this challenge?<br />

We may consider it as a challenge<br />

to be in a continuous industry, but<br />

my own opinion is that this is not<br />

a challenge, it is a feature of the<br />

industry. Initially when we had set up<br />

our sheet glass plant, there was a big<br />

fear in our minds on how to handle<br />

the work in a continuous industry.<br />

But I think that fear was there till our<br />

first furnace only, and after that once<br />

you accept this feature, it becomes<br />

routine. We are going to install our<br />

third furnace now, for solar glass, and<br />

keeping in mind the demand for solar<br />

glass, keeping in mind the growth, I<br />

think being in a continuous industry is<br />

challenging, but it has its advantages<br />

as we will be able to meet the demand<br />

that is going to come.<br />

– Tell us about your most<br />

successful business strategies.<br />

The strategies that we just discussed<br />

are what we have adopted in the<br />

organization. The most important<br />

thing in the market is commitment<br />

and if any company is fulfilling its<br />

commitment timely, it stands apart<br />

and will come out on top of the game.<br />

– Where do you see your company<br />

in the next 5 years?<br />

Our vision for the next 5 years is<br />

that we have to take ourselves to the<br />

point that we can make our company<br />

a public limited entity. Our Alstone<br />

brand, which is in cladding vertical,<br />

and Emerge Glass, which is in glass<br />

vertical, should continue to grow<br />

stronger in the next few years.<br />

– We learnt a lot about your<br />

vision for Emerge, can you tell<br />

us more about your plans for the<br />

Alstone vertical?<br />

Since we started Alstone back in<br />

2004, we have always been on the<br />

path of growth. Alstone has always<br />

brought new products to the market<br />

and especially in the last two years, we<br />

brought a lot of innovative products<br />

to the market and have also offered<br />

backward integration. We installed our<br />

own coating line. Now we can provide<br />

customized colors or shades hasslefree<br />

and fast, while also keeping the<br />

timeline in mind.<br />

Recently, we have brought two very<br />

innovative products. One of them is<br />

our Aluminium Honeycomb Panel,<br />

Alstone ALCOMB, which has been<br />

getting very positive responses from<br />

architects and facade consultants.<br />

We have also tied up with French<br />

company VMZINC. Under this<br />

collaboration, we will make Zinc<br />

Composite Panels, Alstone ZINC, in<br />

India and market it. VMZINC is a<br />

185-year-old company which has a<br />

presence in India for 10 years now.<br />

We are very proud of this association<br />

and I think we will see good growth in<br />

Alstone by the next financial year.<br />

– Lalit Midha<br />

Email: lalit.midha@alstoneindia.com<br />

Website: www.alstoneindia.com<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>January</strong> - <strong>March</strong>, <strong>2023</strong> <strong>69</strong>

Company News<br />

'At Jain Glass Solutions, we know<br />

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what we do. Making toughened<br />

glass is our job, but our passion is to<br />

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Mr Dilip Kumar Bachhawat<br />

Founder<br />

‘Earlier usage of glass was<br />

considered risky and dangerous, but<br />

with the advancement of technology<br />

and education regarding Safety<br />

Glass, glass usage is no longer<br />

considered risky, which is why it<br />

is fast replacing other building<br />

materials and has become an<br />

essential component’<br />

Mr Tejkaran Bachhawat<br />

Founder<br />

'From Privacy to Safety, from<br />

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Insulation, our glass solutions offer<br />

the right blend of aesthetics<br />

and functionality'<br />

Mr Bhikamchand Bachhawat<br />

Director<br />

'Glass is architectural. Its<br />

transparency, masking,<br />

fabrication ability, adaptability<br />

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of as something to look through.'<br />

Mr Ravi Bachhawat<br />

Director<br />

Jain Glass Solutions sets<br />

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Jain Glass started its business operations in Surat as a<br />

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facility by the name of JGS GLASS<br />

INDUSTRIES. The unit is equipped<br />

with the latest European processing<br />

technology and state-of-the-art<br />

machinery.<br />

The unit has a well-planned layout<br />

and is equipped with world-class<br />

fully automated machinery. It also<br />

houses all kinds of modern equipment<br />

required for testing of glass. The new<br />

facility has one of the finest flat glass<br />

tempering lines from the UK-based<br />

Cooltemper.<br />

JGS Glass Industries can now<br />

process all kinds of high performance<br />

glass with emissivity of 0.01 and sizes<br />

up to 2440 x 4880.<br />

With a built-up area of over 75,000<br />

sq ft, the plant has been established<br />

with a vision of further expansion,<br />

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In the year<br />

2017, Jain Glass<br />

Solutions received<br />

an Appreciation<br />

Certificate from<br />

the office of<br />

Central Excise,<br />

Customs and<br />

Service Tax for<br />

being the Highest<br />

Excise Payer in<br />

Second Category<br />

with a few advanced machines lined<br />

up for future growth.<br />

JGS Glass Industries processes all<br />

kinds of safety glass – tempered glass,<br />

heat strengthened glass, insulated<br />

glass and laminated glass, and<br />

decorative glass.<br />

“We have planned the facility<br />

in such a way that minimizes the<br />

handling of glass and processes<br />

high performance coater glass<br />

with perfection” said Mr Bhikam<br />

Bachhawat, MD of JGS Glass<br />

Industries.<br />

“From privacy to safety and<br />

from thermal comfort to acoustic<br />

insulation, our glass solutions offer<br />

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the right blend of aesthetics and<br />

functionality,” said Mr Tejkaran<br />

Bachhawat, founder of JGS Glass<br />

Industries.<br />

Machinery in JGS Glass Industries’<br />

arsenal include,<br />

;;<br />

Tempering line from<br />

Cooltemper<br />

;;<br />

Lamination line with autoclave<br />

from Handong, China<br />

;;<br />

IGU line from Hanjiang, China<br />

;;<br />

Heat soak furnace<br />

;;<br />

Automatic four edger from<br />

Hiseng, China<br />

;;<br />

Seaming machine from Han<br />

Glasstech, China<br />

;;<br />

Cutting line from Intermac,<br />

Italy.<br />

Jain Glass, a renowned glass retail<br />

outlet in Surat, was established in<br />

1993. It started operations as a glass<br />

trading and glass designing company.<br />

It introduced advanced glass designing<br />

machineries in 1995.<br />

In 2010, Jain Glass Solutions set up<br />

Surat’s first tempering plant. It was<br />

also the first glass processing plant in<br />

the city to bring in an insulated glass<br />

unit.<br />

Email: info@jgs.co.in<br />

Website: www.jgs.co.in<br />

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Event<br />

Madras Glass & Plywood<br />

Merchants’ Association<br />

holds 86 th AGM<br />

Detailed Annual Report, Audited Accounts Report<br />

Presented & Approved<br />

MGPMA members held discussions on various topics such<br />

as issues faced in handling of glass and mirror oxidation<br />

problem among others.<br />

The Madras Glass & Plywood<br />

Merchants’ Association<br />

(MGPMA), a renowned<br />

association of glass and plywood<br />

merchants in Chennai, held its 86th<br />

Annual General Meeting at Hotel<br />

Radisson Blu, Egmore, Chennai,<br />

on December 18, 2022 under the<br />

chairmanship of its President Mr P N<br />

Shanmuganandam.<br />

MGPMA Secretary Mr Chaitanya<br />

Madan read out the annual report,<br />

while Treasurer Mr Kailash Jain<br />

presented the audited accounts of the<br />

association.<br />

The help and guidance rendered by<br />

all association members, particularly<br />

all five vice presidents, Joint<br />

Secretary Mr Manoj Kumar and Joint<br />

Treasurer Mr T G Parthasarathy, were<br />

appreciated.<br />

The meeting was graced by special<br />

invitees Mr Lakhan Singh of Glass<br />

Bulletin, Mr T Krishnan, ex-Saint<br />

Gobain, Mr K Bharat and Mr R<br />

Rakesh of Dorma Kaba India Ltd,<br />

Mr Gyana Prakash of Green Panel<br />

Industries, Mr Charles of Merino<br />

Industries Ltd, and Mr R Gopi<br />

Krishnan and Mr Arul Kumar of AIS<br />

India Ltd, who lauded the activities of<br />

the association.<br />

Members had a healthy discussion<br />

on various subjects, including issues<br />

faced in regards to the safety and<br />

handling of glass, mirror oxidation<br />

problem and its do’s and don’ts for<br />

proper installations.<br />

The association honoured its senior<br />

members Mr A M Abdul Malik of SVM<br />

Mohamed Jamaludeen & Co, and Mr<br />

C Ravindra of Sri Vijayalakshmi & Co.<br />

The MGPMA honoured its principal<br />

sponsors Saint Gobain India Ltd<br />

and Aica Laminates India Pvt Ltd.<br />

Other sponsors, including Gold Plus<br />

Industries Ltd and Guardian Glass<br />

Pvt Ltd also displayed their latest<br />

range of products and also briefed the<br />

members of the association on their<br />

products and their plans for future<br />

developments.<br />

Saint Gobain (Hardware Solution),<br />

Kotak Life and Sakthi Sai Glass<br />

Traders shared their views and<br />

appreciated the services of the<br />

association to its members.<br />

With the vote of thanks by Vice<br />

President Mr Ganesh Balakrishnan,<br />

the meeting concluded.<br />

The meeting saw excellent<br />

attendance and was much beneficial<br />

to its members. Most float glass and<br />

plywood manufacturers displayed<br />

their products.<br />

Email: tmgpma@gmail.com<br />

Website: www.mgpma.com<br />

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Company News<br />

Pujol acquires glass division<br />

of Italy’s Teknokilns<br />

Acquisition Part Of Plan To Expand Portfolio, Enter<br />

Tempered Glass Sector<br />

Agreement contemplates incorporation of entire client<br />

portfolio, as well as services, know-how and engineering<br />

of Italian firm.<br />

Hornos Industriales Pujol<br />

announces the acquisition<br />

of the glass division of the<br />

Italian company Teknokilns, which<br />

completely ceases its activity.<br />

The agreement contemplates the<br />

incorporation of the entire client<br />

portfolio, as well as the services,<br />

know-how and engineering for the<br />

manufacture and development of<br />

thermal tempering furnaces of the<br />

Italian company.<br />

These will now be manufactured<br />

entirely in the production plant of<br />

Pujol in Barcelona, Spain.<br />

The agreement is part of the<br />

company’s expansion plan and<br />

strengthens Pujol’s position in all<br />

transformation processes associated<br />

with the concept of safety glass. With<br />

this new movement, the Spanish<br />

company remains faithful to its DNA,<br />

which bases its growth on the offer<br />

of services and products with high<br />

technological added value and which<br />

to date has allowed it to be present in<br />

more than 100 countries.<br />

This same philosophy has remained<br />

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unchanged since the beginning of the<br />

company more than 110 years ago and<br />

after four generations at the helm of<br />

its management.<br />

This important movement also<br />

means covering a gap in its product<br />

portfolio with a new offer that to date<br />

had no proposal in its portfolio, and<br />

will allow Pujol to position itself as a<br />

preferred partner in the market in<br />

the manufacture of transformation<br />

solutions of safety glass, both for<br />

laminated glass and tempered glass,<br />

with which all customers can count<br />

on Pujol as an integral partner to<br />

cover their production needs.<br />

The new “Temper Flex” tempering<br />

furnaces will be based on an offer<br />

of furnaces equipped with various<br />

innovative technological solutions of<br />

unique convection heating systems,<br />

with single or double heating<br />

chamber, and will be fully suitable for<br />

layer and selective glass tempering<br />

and low emissivity.<br />

Highlighting in all models its low<br />

energy consumption (kw/m2) in all<br />

processed products, its high final<br />

optical quality due to low planimetry<br />

distortion, all accompanied by great<br />

flexibility and adaptability of its<br />

operation, with low maintenance and<br />

above all with a little installed power<br />

necessary for its commissioning.<br />

In the case of models with a single<br />

chamber, heating will be carried<br />

out by means of preheated air<br />

circulating inside the oven, this will<br />

lead to significant savings in operating<br />

costs, in addition to provide better<br />

performance, greater temperature<br />

uniformity and higher optical quality<br />

of the end product.<br />

The new oven will have 3 basic<br />

measurements between 3,600 x<br />

1,500 / 4,500 x 2,500 / 6,000 x 3,200<br />

metres.<br />

Jorge Pujol, CEO of Pujol, affirms,<br />

“This new acquisition, together with<br />

Pujol’s centuries-old tradition and<br />

experience in the development of<br />

ovens, reinforces our commitment<br />

as a company to our customers to<br />

offer them a reliable and advanced<br />

product. We are following our ‘Road<br />

Book 2020’ which we were forced to<br />

pause and review due to the COVID<br />

pandemic, but now we are back<br />

to cruising speed that has always<br />

differentiated us as a leading and<br />

innovative company.”<br />

For his part, Joaquín Pujol,<br />

commercial director of PUJOL<br />

remarked, “We are fully satisfied<br />

to close a new circle, which surely<br />

will not be the last within our plan.<br />

Our customers will benefit from a<br />

product and a global offer with a high<br />

technological value that will allow<br />

them to gain in competitiveness and<br />

service.”<br />

Email: hipujol@hornospujol.com<br />

Website: www.hornospujol.com<br />

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Company News<br />

LiSEC RSV-MHS-B makes<br />

frame mounting easier at<br />

Glas Kühnel<br />

Increases Productivity, Enhances Operator<br />

Ergonomics<br />

LiSEC mounting station for spacer frames with assembly<br />

aid simplifies the entire process. It is no longer necessary<br />

for operators to climb a ladder and place the frame on the<br />

upper edge.<br />

Glas Kühnel, based in<br />

Germany’s Gangkofen, is one<br />

of the leading insulating glass<br />

manufacturers in southern Bavaria<br />

and employs around 40 people. The<br />

company impresses with its wide<br />

range of products, high flexibility,<br />

short delivery times and outstanding<br />

quality.<br />

In 2021, Glas Kühnel invested<br />

in a LiSEC insulating glass line<br />

including a frame mounting station<br />

with assembly aid. This increases<br />

productivity in production and<br />

enhances operator ergonomics.<br />

Gerhard Kühnel, the grandfather<br />

of today’s managing directors Florian<br />

and Stefan Kühnel, established Glas<br />

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Kühnel in 1950, as a small glazier’s<br />

shop in Gangkofen. In 1992, the<br />

company headquarters moved to the<br />

industrial estate and insulating glass<br />

production began - with a LiSEC line.<br />

2008 saw the addition of a second<br />

LiSEC insulating glass line. Glas<br />

Kühnel’s operating area was doubled<br />

in 2012. A LiSEC insulating glass line<br />

including line management followed<br />

in 2021.<br />

Glas Kühnel produces double<br />

and triple insulating glass as well as<br />

stepped glass, glass lites sheets for<br />

sound insulation, thermal insulation<br />

and solar protection. LSG glass lites<br />

sheets in sizes from 6 to 16 mm<br />

is stored in the large glass storage<br />

facility. Since 2021, the company<br />

has been able to seal the sheets with<br />

silicone.<br />

The company stands out thanks to<br />

its impressive flexibility and its ability<br />

to tailor its products to individual<br />

customer wishes. Glas Kühnel is also<br />

able to offer very short delivery times,<br />

and can usually produce the order on<br />

the day it is placed by the customer.<br />

Insulating glass production by LiSEC<br />

Glas Kühnel was so satisfied with the<br />

existing insulating glass lines that<br />

it stood to reason that the company<br />

would once again opt for LiSEC when<br />

ordering a new insulating glass line.<br />

“The units and products are<br />

becoming bigger and heavier.<br />

This meant a LiSEC line that was<br />

incapable of processing such units<br />

had to be replaced. It is getting on<br />

in years, but remains in very wellmaintained<br />

and good condition,” says<br />

Managing Director Florian Kühnel.<br />

The old LiSEC line was taken back<br />

and dismantled by Glastronic.<br />

The new LiSEC insulating<br />

glass line enables Glas Kühnel to<br />

build particularly large and thick<br />

sheets - with the company now able<br />

to produce sizes of up to 5x3 m.<br />

The new line is impressive: “We<br />

appreciate the high quality of the<br />

LiSEC machines. They are clearly<br />

well designed and contain many<br />

innovations. A lot has changed in<br />

comparison to the old machine,” says<br />

Mr Kühnel.<br />

LiSEC RSV-MHS-B makes frame<br />

mounting easier<br />

Mounting the frame is a challenge,<br />

especially with large sheets. The<br />

LiSEC mounting station for spacer<br />

frames with assembly aid simplifies<br />

this process and enhances operator<br />

ergonomics. It is no longer necessary<br />

for operators to climb a ladder and<br />

place the frame on the upper edge.<br />

The assembly aid bar descends and<br />

the frame is placed on the stops,<br />

after which the frame is aligned to<br />

the centre from both sides using the<br />

clamps. Finally, the bar moves to the<br />

required height and presses the frame<br />

against the glass at the upper edge.<br />

The height-adjustable roller beams<br />

automatically adjust themselves to<br />

the height of the glass edge. Four<br />

side steps are possible with the RSV-<br />

MHS-B. Adjustment of the stops is<br />

automatic. Shapes are no problem<br />

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either. Opening roller shutters for<br />

large glass sheets and installed LED<br />

lighting enable inspection of the glass<br />

sheets.<br />

Looking ahead to the future<br />

Mr Kühnel sees a positive future<br />

ahead: “Material availability is<br />

currently very good. The end of 2021<br />

was pretty tough. In the future, we<br />

want to further expand our customer<br />

base and remain a reliable supplier<br />

for our customers. Furthermore,<br />

focussing on the latest technology<br />

is important to us - we want to stay<br />

continuously up-to-date.”<br />

About the company<br />

With headquarters in Seitenstetten/<br />

Amstetten, Austria, LiSEC is a<br />

worldwide group of companies that<br />

has for more than 60 years provided<br />

individual and comprehensive<br />

solutions in flat glass processing and<br />

refining.<br />


– Claudia GUSCHLBAUER<br />

Email: claudia.guschlbauer@lisec.com<br />

Website: www.lisec.com<br />

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Company News<br />

Guardian Glass wins major<br />

certification in Europe<br />

Float, Coated & Laminated Glass Products Attain<br />

Bronze C2C Certification<br />

Guardian Glass now one of the first float glass companies<br />

to meet some of the more stringent requirements of C2C<br />

Bronze level version 4.0.<br />

Guardian Glass is pleased to<br />

announce that it has attained<br />

Bronze level Cradle to Cradle<br />

re-certification for its float, coated<br />

and laminated glass product ranges<br />

manufactured at its European plants.<br />

The initial Cradle to Cradle (C2C)<br />

Bronze level Certification version 3.1<br />

for the three European product ranges<br />

was attained in December 2019.<br />

Not only are these products now recertified<br />

overall to C2C Bronze level<br />

version 3.1, but Guardian Glass is also<br />

one of the first float glass companies<br />

to meet some of the more stringent<br />

requirements of C2C Bronze level<br />

version 4.0.<br />

The three product ranges achieved<br />

at least a C2C Bronze level version<br />

4.0 in three out of five performance<br />

categories (Material Health, Product<br />

Circularity and Water & Soil<br />

Stewardship).<br />

For Guardian float glass<br />

manufactured in Europe, C2C Gold<br />

level version 4.0 was achieved in the<br />

Material Health category.<br />

Cradle to Cradle Certified is a<br />

global standard for products that<br />

are considered safe, circular and<br />

responsibly made. For more than a<br />

decade, Cradle to Cradle Certified has<br />

been helping companies to innovate<br />

and optimize materials and products<br />

according to advanced science-based<br />

measures.<br />

The standard encourages<br />

continuous improvement over time by<br />

awarding certification on the basis of<br />

ascending levels of achievement. Each<br />

certification level (Basic, Bronze,<br />

Silver, Gold and Platinum) represents<br />

increasingly rigorous achievement<br />

across five categories of performance:<br />

• Material Health<br />

• Product Circularity<br />

• Renewable Energy & Carbon<br />

Management<br />

• Social Fairness<br />

• Water & Soil Stewardship<br />

Benefits of building with C2C<br />

products<br />

The Cradle to Cradle Building Charter<br />

encourages architects and designers<br />

to create, from the very beginning<br />

of the project, environmentally<br />

responsible buildings and have a<br />

positive impact on the communities<br />

where they are built.<br />

A growing number of brands,<br />

organizations and building<br />

sustainability standards such<br />

as LEED, BREEAM and WELL<br />

recognize the Cradle to Cradle<br />

Certified Product Standard as a<br />

preferred product designation for<br />

making more responsible purchasing<br />

decisions.<br />

Jonathan Brunette, ESG &<br />

Certification Manager at Guardian<br />

Industries, comments: “This is a<br />

great achievement by Guardian Glass<br />

teams. We are particularly pleased<br />

to attain Bronze level version 4.0<br />

in three performance categories<br />

for our European float, coated and<br />

laminated glass products. Compared<br />

to version 3.1, version 4.0 features<br />

new enhanced requirements,<br />

including new frameworks for Product<br />

Circularity, expanded requirements<br />

in Water and Soil Stewardship and<br />

improved alignment of Material<br />

Health requirements with leading<br />

chemical regulations and other<br />

standards. The re-certification<br />

demonstrates Guardian Glass’<br />

commitment and investment in<br />

continuous improvement of its<br />

processes, producing more sustainable<br />

glass products for the European<br />

market.”<br />

Website: www.guardianglass.com/cradle-to-cradle<br />

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Company News<br />

ÍSPAN – technological edge to five<br />

decades of quality leadership in Iceland<br />

LiSEC Solutions Help Íspan Take 1st Place In Icelandic Flat Glass Industry<br />

Íspan bet on technological advantages early and became LiSEC’s first customer near the<br />

Arctic Circle.<br />

Based in Kópavogur, a district<br />

of Reykjavík, Europe’s<br />

northernmost capital, on the<br />

west coast of Iceland, Íspan has been<br />

producing insulating glass for the<br />

entire country and refining flat glass<br />

into unique objects since 19<strong>69</strong>.<br />

The company has grown and<br />

developed since its founding. Then<br />

a small glazier’s workshop, Íspan bet<br />

on technological advantages early and<br />

became LiSEC’s first customer near<br />

the Arctic Circle.<br />

In 1970, the company invested<br />

in a GFL desiccant filling system<br />

from LiSEC that allowed it to fill<br />

spacers with desiccant faster and<br />

more reliably, and thus to improve<br />

the production and quality of the<br />

insulating glass they made.<br />

With the company’s takeover by<br />

Guðmundur Grímsson, his brothers<br />

and his sister — the children of<br />

the founder — Íspan managed a<br />

successful generational change to its<br />

upper management and continued<br />

its successful development. In 2017,<br />

the company came into the hands of<br />

new owners, the family of Ingibjörg<br />

Björnsdóttir. At this point, the<br />

company’s daily operations are run<br />

by Einar Þór Harðarson and his wife<br />

Auður Kristín Árnadóttir.<br />

Íspan has always placed the<br />

highest confidence in its employees<br />

and continuously invests in new<br />

technologies. Thus, the company<br />

was able to decisively influence<br />

the Icelandic market for insulating<br />

glass, and Íspan has successfully<br />

opened new markets for its specially<br />

developed indoor and outdoor<br />

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products.<br />

Facts and figures<br />

The growth of the Icelandic quality<br />

leader, which now employs about<br />

50 people, has followed a steep<br />

trajectory since 2017. In the past<br />

five years, revenue has grown from<br />

about €4 million to over €9 million.<br />

Sales are approximately 50 per cent<br />

insulating glass and 50 per cent other<br />

interior and exterior glass products,<br />

which points to considerable growth<br />

potential for the company.<br />

In one-shift operation at its site,<br />

Íspan produces up to 400 insulating<br />

glass units per day, most of which<br />

are double units with aluminium<br />

spacers. Potential customers can<br />

view the various glass products at the<br />

company’s own showroom.<br />

The professional sales team<br />

plans more than 100 customerspecific<br />

orders every day. Íspan<br />

offers its customers an especially<br />

comprehensive range of products.<br />

With more than 70 different types<br />

of glass in stock and an extensive<br />

network of partners, the high-quality<br />

products range from insulating<br />

glass units for new buildings and<br />

conversions to glass partitions,<br />

balustrades and railings with various<br />

point or clamp fastenings, shower<br />

and kitchen partitions to special<br />

lighting objects such as mirrors with<br />

integrated LED illumination.<br />

Due to Iceland’s isolated location<br />

away from the European mainland<br />

and the consequent need to be<br />

somewhat self-sufficient, Íspan has<br />

achieved an excellent reputation as a<br />

highly qualified, reliable partner.<br />

“In an emergency, we can produce<br />

customer orders the same day, which<br />

builds a lot of trust and strengthens<br />

our brand,” explains Einar Þór<br />

Harðarson. The Íspan maintenance<br />

team, along with the service team<br />

from LiSEC and its partner Per<br />

Mordt A/S, from Norway, ensures<br />

high system availability, which Íspan<br />

especially values in its collaboration<br />

with LiSEC.<br />

The secret to success<br />

“The glass sheets we need are<br />

delivered in special 20-foot containers<br />

from Germany and usually take three<br />

weeks after order issuance. With<br />

LiSEC’s modern Enterprise Resource<br />

Planning (ERP) system gps.prod,<br />

which has an integrated database<br />

with orders from past decades, we<br />

could optimize our procurement. This<br />

has very positively affected current<br />

availability and delivery times,” says<br />

Einar Þór Harðarson.<br />

The various flat glass units, which<br />

are ordered and delivered as 5.1 x<br />

3.21 m panes or as split-sized glass<br />

sheets in crates, are stored in several<br />

slot racks. Those are coupled with a<br />

modern LiSEC support system, which<br />

delivers the raw glass sheets of the<br />

new float glass cutting system GFB-<br />

60/33 with an edge deletion module.<br />

A new fully automatic insulating glass<br />

line with VHW washing machine, FPS<br />

gas filling press and VL-1N sealing<br />

robot produces up to 400 units per<br />

shift. The entire production plan<br />

is done with gps.prod. Data for the<br />

appropriate systems are provided<br />

electronically, and each process step<br />

in production is transparently visible<br />

and can be recorded.<br />

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A significant portion of the<br />

processed glass sheets now consist<br />

of laminated glass. Four years ago,<br />

Íspan therefore invested in a modern<br />

laminated glass cutting bridge, the<br />

LAM-37 base series from LiSEC.<br />

Moreover, a new automatically<br />

topDRILL glass drilling machine from<br />

Schraml was purchased to provide the<br />

growing portion of special products<br />

with appropriate holding and fastening<br />

solutions. Additionally, a horizontal<br />

3-axis grinding and polishing machine<br />

and vertical one-sided multiple<br />

polishing machine is used for edge<br />

processing, while ÍSPAN uses<br />

horizontal laser decoating for surface<br />

processing, especially for the designer<br />

mirrors with LED lighting.<br />

“The interfaces of the LiSEC<br />

software solution for data transfer<br />

from all these systems makes our<br />

work immensely easier. Use of LiSEC<br />

software has significantly increased<br />

the flexibility and efficiency of our<br />

production. It has allowed us to almost<br />

double our production, even though<br />

our production space has barely<br />

changed, and at the same time we<br />

could ensure and maintain quality,”<br />

says Einar Þór Harðarson.<br />

In addition to a modern machine<br />

fleet and first-class software systems,<br />

which ensure optimal use of the<br />

complex production facilities,<br />

service and maintenance also play<br />

an important role in high system<br />

availability. Routine maintenance and<br />

service are done as a collaboration<br />

between LiSEC and highly motivated<br />

Íspan employees. Meanwhile, when<br />

necessary, LiSEC provides replacement<br />

parts and service support through its<br />

strong, reliable partner Per Mordt A/S<br />

from Norway.<br />

Blazing new trails<br />

In Iceland, where there’s daylight<br />

almost round the clock in summer,<br />

and darkness in winter except for<br />

a short twilight, for more than six<br />

years, Íspan has supplied lighting<br />

units with Scandinavian design<br />

and unique mirrors. With these<br />

products, the company has expanded<br />

its product range and offers its<br />

customer something very special.<br />

Íspan develops these and other special<br />

products internally with the help of<br />

its own experienced employee, and<br />

thus distinguishes itself from the<br />

competition. “New products and<br />

processes call for modern system<br />

and software solutions for the<br />

control system. In LiSEC, we have<br />

a competent, innovative partner<br />

that backs our intentions and grows<br />

along with us,” Einar Þór Harðarson<br />

explains.<br />

The future and security<br />

“With its exposed position, the<br />

Icelandic market offers security,<br />

but not without limits. Quality and<br />

the trust of our customers are what<br />

drives us, and in the future we want<br />

to grow and strengthen, both in the<br />

collaboration with LiSEC and also in<br />

actively shaping the market, of course,”<br />

says Einar Þór Harðarson. The market<br />

share for special products and safety<br />

glass is continuously growing, which<br />

requires Íspan to determine its future<br />

focus and processes to ease further<br />

growth and build on the strong market<br />

position. Moreover, Íspan will be able to<br />

gain further market share thanks to its<br />

outstanding location and equipment.<br />

Business success through integrated<br />

solutions<br />

In internal technological development,<br />

Íspan places special value on solutions<br />

where hardware and software<br />

take an integrated approach. The<br />

synergy of machine and software is<br />

especially important for using the<br />

available resources optimally and<br />

efficiently. Another important factor is<br />

simple, intuitive usability of software<br />

solutions, because only software<br />

that users can operate happily and<br />

successfully delivers the appropriate<br />

results. “Thanks to LiSEC’s all-in-one<br />

solutions, we’ve taken first place in the<br />

Icelandic flat glass industry, and we’re<br />

proud of the machines and software<br />

that support us in that,” Einar Þór<br />

Harðarson raves.<br />

About LiSEC<br />

With headquarters in Seitenstetten/<br />

Amstetten, Austria, LiSEC is a<br />

worldwide group of companies that<br />

has for more than 60 years provided<br />

individual and comprehensive<br />

solutions in flat glass processing and<br />

refining.<br />


– Claudia GUSCHLBAUER<br />

Email: claudia.guschlbauer@lisec.com<br />

Website: www.lisec.com<br />

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Product Hunt<br />

Digital Glass Door Lock – Intelligent<br />

security solution by Ozone Overseas<br />

Makes Your Life Smarter With Technology!<br />

Digital glass door locks are an upgrade on existing locks to modernize them with<br />

technological advancements<br />

Digital glass door locks are<br />

modern locks that are<br />

specifically designed to be used<br />

on glass doors. They typically consist<br />

of a lock mechanism that is mounted<br />

on the door frame. A latch that<br />

extends through the door handle and<br />

into the lock mechanism when the<br />

door is closed.<br />

Ozone Overseas uses a variety<br />

of technologies to secure the<br />

door, including sensors, keypads,<br />

fingerprint, and RFID (radiofrequency<br />

identification) readers.<br />

To unlock the door, one would need<br />

to enter a code or use a keycard or<br />

smartphone app or your fingerprint.<br />

One can also access the door lock<br />

through the OzoLife Mobile App.<br />

Digital glass door locks are an<br />

upgraded version of existing locks<br />

modernized with technological<br />

advancements. These locks have<br />

complete records of who has entered<br />

or left the premises.<br />

Digital glass door locks can be<br />

used in a variety of settings, including<br />

residential homes, commercial<br />

buildings, and public spaces. These<br />

locks can provide a high level of<br />

security for businesses, as well as<br />

convenience for employees and<br />

customers. Some selected models<br />

can be programmed to allow access<br />

for authorized individuals only. These<br />

glass door locks are aesthetically<br />

pleasing and go well with any interior.<br />

The smart features of the Digital<br />

Lock are -<br />

99<br />

Doorbell - The lock has an icon<br />

used to ring the doorbell<br />

99<br />

Auto secure feature - You<br />

will be notified if you type<br />

the wrong password 5 times,<br />

fingerprint or RFID card<br />

99<br />

Low battery alarm - The alarm<br />

will start to beep when the<br />

battery is low and about to die<br />

99<br />

USB for power battery backup<br />

- You can use a power supply<br />

of 5 volt in case of battery<br />

depletion<br />

99<br />

Cut-out free installation - No<br />

glass is required to be cut in<br />

order to install the lock<br />

99<br />

Auto and manual lock - The<br />

auto locking feature locks the<br />

door itself whereas the manual<br />

fingerprints.<br />

feature does<br />

not close<br />

the door<br />

automatically<br />

9Fingerprint<br />

9<br />

mode - The<br />

lock has a<br />

user capacity<br />

of 600 users<br />

and you<br />

can save<br />

up to 200<br />

Providing innovative solutions<br />

to Indian consumers, the glass<br />

door locks rely on technological<br />

advancements for safety. This lock is<br />

completely controlled through one’s<br />

phone, securing who enters and exits<br />

their house.<br />

Email: customercare@ozone-india.com<br />

Website: www.ozone-india.com<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>January</strong> - <strong>March</strong>, <strong>2023</strong> 83

Product Hunt<br />

Kuraray performs LCA to make<br />

product sustainability more<br />

transparent<br />

Independent Life Cycle Assessments For Kuraray Poval, PVB, PVB film &<br />

SentryGlas<br />

Aim of the assessment, based on cradle-to-gate approach, is to evaluate the<br />

sustainability of Kuraray products and identify potential for improvement.<br />

Global speciality chemicals<br />

company Kuraray has had a<br />

Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)<br />

carried out by product sustainability<br />

consultancy Sphera Solutions for four<br />

of its products that are manufactured<br />

in Europe: Kuraray Poval (polyvinyl<br />

alcohol, PVOH), polyvinyl butyral<br />

(PVB), polyvinyl butyral film and<br />

SentryGlas.<br />

The aim of this assessment,<br />

which is based on the cradleto-gate<br />

approach, is to evaluate<br />

the sustainability of Kuraray’s<br />

products and identify potential for<br />

improvement. Sphera Solutions’<br />

findings: the “total climate change”<br />

value calculated for 1 kg Kuraray<br />

Poval is 2.47 kg CO equivalent.<br />

This means that the carbon<br />

footprint of Kuraray Poval is 30%<br />

lower than the average given for<br />

PVOH in a renowned database. At the<br />

same time, these figures show that the<br />

carbon footprint of Kuraray’s oil-based<br />

PVOH is many times lower than that<br />

of coal-based PVOH variants on the<br />

market.<br />

Sustainability is increasingly<br />

important<br />

Sustainability concerns the whole<br />

of society. More consumers are<br />

examining about the sustainability of<br />

their actions, and more companies<br />

are considering how sustainable their<br />

supply chain is and where there is<br />

further potential for improvement.<br />

“We know that as a chemical<br />

The LCA provides transparent, independently collected data on<br />

thesustainability of Kuraray’s polyvinyl alcohol: Kuraray Poval.<br />

(Source:Kuraray)<br />

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Kuraray• 2<br />

Sphera Solutions assessed the sustainability of Kuraray products using the cradle-to-gate approach. (Source: Image by Freepik)<br />

company we have a relevant carbon<br />

footprint,” says Jörg Schappel, head<br />

of QHSE & Product Stewardship.<br />

“We want to use LCAs and public<br />

transparency to show how determined<br />

we are to exploit the potential to<br />

improve sustainability. Sphera<br />

Solutions’ results show that we are<br />

more successful in this regard than<br />

many of our competitors.”<br />

Cradle-to-gate: From raw material<br />

to product<br />

A Life Cycle Assessment (LCA)<br />

is a systematic analysis of the<br />

environmental impact of products<br />

over their life cycle. There are<br />

basically two approaches: cradleto-grave<br />

and cradle-to-gate. The<br />

cradle-to-grave approach tracks<br />

products from the extraction of the<br />

raw materials to the end of their<br />

life cycle, usually until disposal or<br />

recycling. However, Kuraray supplies<br />

its chemical products to customers<br />

for further processing, and has no<br />

data on what happens to customers’<br />

products at the end of their life cycles.<br />

That is why Kuraray uses the cradleto-gate<br />

method. Here, the LCA of a<br />

product extends from the extraction<br />

of the raw materials to a certain point<br />

known as the gate. Therefore, the life<br />

cycle of the four Kuraray products<br />

was assessed from the extraction of<br />

the raw materials to the end of the<br />

chemical production process.<br />

LCAs for further products: Cradle-tograve<br />

approach<br />

The LCAs for Kuraray Poval,<br />

polyvinyl butyral, PVB film and<br />

SentryGlas are only the first step:<br />

Kuraray intends to gradually perform<br />

LCAs of all of its products as the<br />

basis for continually improving their<br />

sustainability. There are also plans to<br />

extend the LCA to the cradle-to-grave<br />

approach. The company is currently<br />

discussing this with its raw material<br />

suppliers and customers. Using the<br />

cradle-to-grave process, in the near<br />

future it will be possible to track<br />

the sustainability of an end-product<br />

along the entire value chain, right<br />

up to disposal or recycling – and to<br />

show where there is still potential for<br />

improvement.<br />

Process4Sustainability: Working<br />

together to enhance sustainability<br />

Kuraray’s commitment to<br />

sustainability goes beyond LCAs. For<br />

example, it is a founding member of<br />

the Process4Sustainability cluster at<br />

Höchst Industrial Park. This cluster<br />

is a network of industrial companies,<br />

research institutes and innovation<br />

alliances. The common goal is to<br />

develop innovative solutions that save<br />

energy and resources to help Germany<br />

achieve its target of becoming carbonneutral<br />

by2045.<br />

About Kuraray<br />

Established in 1991, Kuraray Europe<br />

GmbH based in Hattersheim, near<br />

Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is a<br />

global speciality chemicals company<br />

and one of the largest suppliers of<br />

industrial polymers and synthetic<br />

microfibres for many sectors of<br />

industry.<br />

– Dr. Bettina Plaumann<br />

Email: Bettina.Plaumann@kuraray.com<br />

Website: www.kuraray.eu<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>January</strong> - <strong>March</strong>, <strong>2023</strong> 87

Product Hunt<br />

Ozone Overseas launches<br />

new product range<br />

Reinforces Commitment To Introduce Innovative<br />

Products To The Market<br />

Fourteen new products and solutions launched in glass<br />

hardware and security space that will provide a premium<br />

experience to consumers to transform their spaces into<br />

smarter and safer homes.<br />

Ozone Overseas, a leading<br />

Indian name in the<br />

architectural hardware<br />

and security solutions space has<br />

introduced a new range of solutions<br />

for Indian consumers. Fourteen new<br />

products and solutions have been<br />

launched in the glass hardware and<br />

security space that will provide a<br />

premium experience to its consumers<br />

to transform their spaces into smarter<br />

and safer homes.<br />

Consumers today want things<br />

that will make their homes seem<br />

more beautiful and lavish while also<br />

providing them with the guarantee of<br />

safety and reliability. The new range<br />

of products in Ozone’s portfolio,<br />

including Lateral Sleek Design<br />

Shower Hinges, Super Patch-Sleeker<br />

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Ozone• 2<br />

Slimmer Smarter, and Kubik-Luxury<br />

Partitioning Systems, is a perfect<br />

blend of modern aesthetics and<br />

innovative designs that are a key<br />

component in the brand’s offerings.<br />

Commenting on the launch of the<br />

new ranges at Zak Glass Technology<br />

Expo that was held in New Delhi<br />

recently, Mr Alok Aggarwal, Managing<br />

Director- Ozone Overseas, said,<br />

“For Ozone, our customers are the<br />

primary focus, and we have been<br />

constantly evolving as per their<br />

preferences. We take pride in the<br />

wide range of product categories that<br />

we have built over the years. As a<br />

global innovator in the architectural<br />

hardware industry and electronic<br />

security segment, we’re constantly<br />

studying consumer behaviour across<br />

global markets and understanding<br />

the importance of tapping into the<br />

latest trends. Ozone has always<br />

strived to be the trendsetter, and with<br />

our newly launched products, which<br />

includes Smart showers and HANA<br />

demountable partitioning systems, we<br />

expect to be the most preferred brand<br />

for our consumers.”<br />

Ozone Overseas has evolved<br />

over the previous two decades<br />

from a mission to produce actual,<br />

practical solutions for customers<br />

and high-value goods that supply<br />

Indian and worldwide markets. With<br />

the emerging era of automation,<br />

innovation and development are the<br />

company’s main<br />

focus and it aims<br />

to keep evolving<br />

and advancing its<br />

products with the<br />

latest technology.<br />

Some of the<br />

products and<br />

solutions that were<br />

launched are:<br />

;;<br />

Outliner<br />

Sleek<br />

Profile<br />

Range for<br />

Shower<br />

Enclosures,<br />

Patch Fitting Doors, Sliding<br />

Folding, Automatic Sliding<br />

Doors<br />

;;<br />

Range of Kubik Partitioning<br />

Systems<br />

;;<br />

Super Patch - Slimmer, Sleeker<br />

and Smarter - First of its own<br />

kind product in the Indian<br />

Market<br />

;;<br />

Hydraulic Door Rail<br />

;;<br />

Central Pivot Hinge with<br />

360-degree rotation<br />

;;<br />

Pocket Sliding Systems<br />

;;<br />

Lateral Hinge<br />

;;<br />

Narrow Style Fingerprint Lock<br />

;;<br />

Fingerprint Lock for Sliding<br />

Doors<br />

;;<br />

Slimmer Type Door Closer<br />

Contributing to the Make in India<br />

movement with its homegrown<br />

solutions, Ozone Group has brought<br />

consistency in development to major<br />

cities across the nation. As part of the<br />

next phase, the organization is now<br />

focusing on expanding its base to tier<br />

2 and 3 cities by providing end-to-end<br />

residential and commercial solutions<br />

that strengthen India’s national stance<br />

in the global market.<br />

Email: customercare@ozone-india.com<br />

Website: www.ozone-india.com<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>January</strong> - <strong>March</strong>, <strong>2023</strong> 89

Product Hunt<br />

The bird protection texture can be subtle as in the lower section or used as a design element as in the upper section. Both a full-coverage<br />

laser print and the application of dots or geometric patterns are possible.<br />

HEGLA: Bird protection glass with<br />

intelligent laser printing<br />

Collision With Glass Biggest Unnatural Cause Of Bird Deaths Although It Is<br />

Preventable<br />

Up to 100 million birds die in Europe each year because they fail to detect glass facades,<br />

bus stops, balcony glazing, greenhouses and windows as obstacles in time.<br />

Collisions with glass are the<br />

biggest unnatural cause of bird<br />

deaths – despite the fact that<br />

bird strikes can be prevented. HEGLA<br />

boraident from Halle offers laser<br />

printing as a method for preventing<br />

bird strikes, and its effectiveness has<br />

now been certified.<br />

The easiest way to minimise the<br />

risk factor for birds would be to<br />

stop cleaning the glass. Birds are<br />

able to recognise dirty glass panes<br />

as insurmountable objects and they<br />

simply fly around them. Furthermore,<br />

dirty glass does not reflect light as<br />

effectively and birds do not perceive<br />

the mirror images of bushes, trees and<br />

the sky as being natural.<br />

Protective function with minimal<br />

influence on the visual impression<br />

The visually more elegant alternative<br />

to dirty glass is to rely on laser<br />

printing technology, whose two<br />

fundamental characteristics cover the<br />

range of possibilities. If aesthetics are<br />

the top priority and the bird protection<br />

finishing treatment must be subtle,<br />

The bird protection texture minimally reduces the glass’s<br />

reflection, making bushes or trees lose their attractiveness to<br />

birds. Transparent, subtle laser printing is usually added in the<br />

form of dots, which are arranged in such a way that birds would<br />

no longer fit between them.<br />

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HEGLA• 2<br />

From standard product to smart glass: With Laserbird laser technology, glass can be upgraded with a bird protection function by adding<br />

a texture, transforming the coating or laser printing. A laser finishing treatment can also be used to make RF-transparent glass.<br />

tiny dots or even geometric shapes<br />

can be applied to the surface.<br />

The resulting pattern is almost<br />

imperceptible to humans. The printed<br />

pattern’s high level of transparency<br />

does not affect the overall visual<br />

impression. If a more obvious pattern<br />

is desired or the bird protection finish<br />

is to be integrated into the facade<br />

design, then logos, complex designs<br />

and symbols can be printed to be<br />

highly visible.<br />

Wingspan as a measure for the<br />

pattern<br />

“The key to bird protection finishes<br />

is arranging the individual elements<br />

so that a bird cannot pass through<br />

them with its wingspan,” explained Dr<br />

Thomas Rainer, authorised signatory<br />

and Head of Development at HEGLA<br />

boraident. “Black bird stickers used<br />

to be a popular, but they are not the<br />

scientific solution,” continued Dr<br />

Rainer.<br />

Birds would keep their distance<br />

from the stickers at the beginning,<br />

but would quickly try to fly past them.<br />

When producing anti-bird strike glass,<br />

this makes it even more important to<br />

add a protective texture to the entire<br />

surface in order to avoid tempting the<br />

animals to fly into it at night, when<br />

light’s power of attraction is at its<br />

highest, for example.<br />

Effectiveness proven in the USA<br />

The effectiveness of the HEGLA<br />

boraident laser method was<br />

scientifically proven in the USA at the<br />

beginning of the year. The American<br />

Bird Conservancy conducted trials<br />

with glass that had been lasertextured<br />

for bird protection.<br />

After scientific tests at the beginning of this year, the bird protection glass finished with laser printing was certified and approved for<br />

the American market, among others.<br />

Hand in hand with its certification<br />

by the association, the panes finished<br />

with laser printing are now approved<br />

for the American market. In the<br />

USA, Canada and Finland, there are<br />

regulatory stipulations that require<br />

such tests. Germany is in the initial<br />

stage of considering the enforcement<br />

of bird protection glass for buildings<br />

in future, based on the Nature<br />

Conservation Act.<br />

“Until a few years ago, panes like<br />

these were still a niche market,”<br />

commented Dr Rainer. “As glass<br />

facades have become bigger and the<br />

awareness of nature conservation<br />

has grown, demand from government<br />

buildings and publicly available<br />

construction projects has significantly<br />

increased.”<br />

Permanent protection with pristine<br />

glass surfaces<br />

The surface of the pane is not<br />

impacted by the laser printing<br />

method. The elements, dots or designs<br />

are applied by a laser in conjunction<br />

with nanoparticle tape. It is not<br />

necessary to post-process or heat the<br />

glass. The generated print cannot<br />

be felt and is wafer-thin, colourfast,<br />

lightproof, smudge-proof, and scratchresistant.<br />

Its protective properties include the<br />

print’s slight reflection, whose broad<br />

diffusion of light makes obstacles<br />

perceptible. The printing ink used is<br />

very subtle for humans, but to birds’<br />

eyes, it points out an obstacle. The<br />

finishing treatment is implemented on<br />

the outside to negatively impact the<br />

mirroring of trees and plants in such<br />

a way that birds do not attempt to fly<br />

through them.<br />

The laser print can be made with<br />

the Laserbird, Laserbird smart and<br />

even on a horizontal processing table.<br />

The processing point can be freely<br />

selected before or after cutting, and<br />

even after an ISO unit is finished.<br />

Email: info@boraident.de<br />

Website: www.boraident.de<br />

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Technical Article<br />

Glasses with dimensions of up to 3.2m x 15m are produced<br />

in a highly automated process on the insulating glass line by<br />

glass processor sedak.<br />

Flexible, foam-based<br />

Super Spacer for largeformat<br />

insulating<br />

glass units<br />

Flexible Spacers Are Applied Robotically, But<br />

Edgetech Offers Special Hand Application Tool As<br />

Well<br />

Desiccant is already included in the spacer material, which<br />

eliminates the time-consuming filling of spacer frames.<br />

Alongside curved multi-pane<br />

insulating glass, large-format<br />

units are a specialist discipline<br />

in insulating glass production. In this<br />

article, Christoph Rubel, Technical<br />

Manager at Edgetech Europe in<br />

Heinsberg, Germany, discusses the<br />

importance of flexible, foam-based<br />

Super Spacer ® spacers for the quality<br />

of large-format insulating glass units.<br />

Insulating glass lines which are<br />

more than 100m and capable of<br />

processing oversize pane formats<br />

(including washing glass, applying<br />

spacer bar, pressing, filling with gas<br />

and sealing) are making ever larger<br />

and more complex insulating glass<br />

and therefore, applications such as<br />

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Edgetech• 2<br />

structural glazing facades technically<br />

and economically feasible.<br />

The sedak world record from<br />

2020, in which insulating glass<br />

units measuring 3.04m x 19.21m<br />

and covering an area of 117m 2 were<br />

delivered, is a proof of that. But<br />

further development of automatically<br />

processable insulating glass spacers<br />

as well as application machines has<br />

contributed significantly to the XXXL<br />

trend.<br />

The tolerances for the parallelism<br />

of the spacer placement to the straight<br />

glass edge are specified in DIN<br />

1279:1 006/2019. According to this,<br />

a deviation of 4mm is permissible up<br />

to an edge length of 3.5m; for longer<br />

edge lengths, the maximum deviation<br />

is 6mm. Setting up the spacer<br />

therefore requires precise work for<br />

optical as well as normative reasons.<br />

For window sizes exceeding the<br />

standard 3210mm × 6000mm band<br />

size, assembled rigid spacer frames<br />

are difficult to handle due to their<br />

lack of stability and their tendency<br />

to deflect. The spacer frame must be<br />

applied to the first pane in such a way<br />

that, on the one hand, it is straight<br />

and squarely connected to the glass<br />

and, on the other hand, it does not<br />

touch it before the final position is<br />

found, otherwise the critical PIB<br />

edge seal, as well as the sightline<br />

aesthetics will be compromised. The<br />

range of application for rigid systems<br />

is therefore limited by practicality to<br />

certain glass sizes.<br />

Flexible spacers are applied<br />

robotically from the roll on partially<br />

or fully automated lines at XXXL<br />

specialists such as sedak and<br />

Interpane. For manual processing,<br />

Edgetech offers a specially designed<br />

hand application tool for Super<br />

Spacer ® which enables the same<br />

precise placement. Since the<br />

desiccant is already included in the<br />

spacer material, the time-consuming<br />

filling of spacer frames is also<br />

eliminated. And last, but not least,<br />

there is no longer any risk of PIB<br />

residue, stains or fingerprints getting<br />

into the unit.<br />

Shear strength of the insulating<br />

glass unit<br />

The shear strength, i.e. the integrity<br />

of the entire insulating glass unit,<br />

is ensured during production by<br />

the interaction of several factors:<br />

a sufficiently dimensioned sealant<br />

depth, the adhesive force of the<br />

spacer and PIB seal on the glass, and<br />

the compression during gas filling of<br />

the cavity.<br />

The excellent adhesive force of<br />

Super Spacer ® , even with largeformat<br />

panes, was demonstrated<br />

in a shear load test. A 6300mm by<br />

3300 mm insulating glass unit with<br />

Examples of deviations of the spacer from the tolerances according to DIN 1279:1, Annex F.<br />

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two 6mm thick float glass panes was<br />

tested without a secondary seal and<br />

therefore held together only by the<br />

acrylic adhesive applied to the side of<br />

the Super Spacer ® TriSeal Premium<br />

Plus and the pre-applied PIB.<br />

During the 30-minute holding test,<br />

in which one pane was lifted with the<br />

help of vacuum cups, the complete<br />

unit remained intact without slipping<br />

even 1mm.<br />

Elasticity of the flexible material<br />

supports durability of the edge seal<br />

The physical phenomenon of thermal<br />

linear expansion has a significance<br />

that should not be underestimated for<br />

the choice of spacer material for large,<br />

thermally broken insulating glass<br />

formats.<br />

The coefficient of linear expansion<br />

for float glass made of soda-lime-silica<br />

glass is 9 x 10 e-6 1/K, while that<br />

for aluminum is 23 x 10 e-6 1/K, i.e.<br />

about 2.7 times. Therefore, at a length<br />

of 20m and a temperature increase<br />

of 50 Kelvin, glass expands by 9mm,<br />

while a 20m long piece of aluminum<br />

expands by 23mm. In the case of<br />

plastics, the thermal expansion is<br />

significantly higher again, depending<br />

on the material composition.<br />

Since the expansion force<br />

acts on the entire length of rigid<br />

spacers, this quickly adds up to one<br />

Super Spacer® is not only flexible, but 100% recoverable.<br />

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centimetre or more per edge length<br />

for large formats. Under certain<br />

circumstances, this results in the<br />

spacer profile loosening from its<br />

position over time due to the stresses<br />

and protruding into the visible area<br />

of the insulating glass unit. Super<br />

Spacer ® however, due to its flexible<br />

foam-based material accommodates<br />

these movements countless times<br />

thanks to its 100% resilience.<br />

If thermally separated composite<br />

profiles or structural glazing<br />

constructions are heated on one side<br />

on the outside due to solar radiation,<br />

the thermal linear expansion leads to<br />

permanent differential movements<br />

and thus a shear stress between the<br />

two panes. Frame material made<br />

of metal further intensifies this socalled<br />

‘bimetallic effect’ derived from<br />

electronics.<br />

Rigid conventional spacers cannot<br />

compensate for the resulting loads.<br />

For this reason, almost the entire<br />

shear load here rests on a very thin<br />

PIB layer (butyl primary sealant)<br />

and on the spacer’s adhesion to the<br />

outer sealant, which, as mentioned<br />

above, can cause it to move into the<br />

visible area. A flexible spacer is able<br />

to absorb this mechanical stress by<br />

dividing the forces among many local<br />

forces. The adhesive forces on the<br />

back of the spacer, the primary seal,<br />

and the additional acrylic adhesive<br />

applied to the sides of the spacer hold<br />

it in position and prevent the edge<br />

seal from being damaged and avoid<br />

all the familiar consequences such as<br />

gas loss, condensation, clouding, and<br />

ultimately a shortened service life.<br />

About the company<br />

Edgetech Europe GmbH, located<br />

in Heinsberg, Germany, is a fully<br />

owned subsidiary of Quanex Building<br />

Products Corporation, a global,<br />

publicly traded manufacturing<br />

company primarily serving OEMs<br />

in the fenestration, cabinetry, solar,<br />

refrigeration and outdoor products<br />

markets.<br />

– Charlotte Hawkes<br />

Email: info@edgetech-europe.com<br />

Website: www.quanex.com<br />

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Technical Article<br />

3 ways to reduce energy consumption<br />

in glass tempering<br />

There Are Multiple Ways To Make Our Operations More Efficient And<br />

Sustainable – For Years To Come<br />

The energy consumption of production equipment has always been an important topic.<br />

For glass processors, this topic has become even more urgent over the past year due to<br />

rising energy prices.<br />

Tempering is one of the most<br />

important processes in a glass<br />

processing factory – glass is<br />

tempered to increase safety, strength<br />

and durability of the end product. In<br />

order to create the many advantages<br />

that tempered glass provides, glass<br />

needs to be heated to over 600 °C<br />

and cooled rapidly back to handling<br />

temperature.<br />

When looking for ways to save<br />

energy in a glass processing factory, a<br />

tempering line often offers significant<br />

potential for improving energy<br />

efficiency. And modern technological<br />

solutions offer effective solutions to<br />

increase the energy efficiency of the<br />

tempering process – whether it’s by<br />

investing in a completely new line or<br />

upgrading part or parts of the line.<br />

Let’s focus on some practical<br />

tips to help you save energy in the<br />

tempering process. In many cases, you<br />

can also do a lot to use your existing<br />

equipment more efficiently.<br />

1. Increase loading efficiency<br />

Increasing loading efficiency is an<br />

easy way to decrease the needed<br />

energy per square meter processed.<br />

Mainly the benefit comes from the<br />

quenchig side. Traditionally as a rule<br />

of thumb, quenching a small piece of<br />

glass takes roughly the same amount<br />

of energy as quenching a full bedload<br />

of glass. Therefore, loading more<br />

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glass in each bed is an efficient way to<br />

decrease energy consumption. With<br />

recent technologial solutions, it is<br />

also possible to decrease the needed<br />

quenching energy consumption when<br />

running smaller than full loadings, but<br />

this would of course require hardware<br />

changes to the line as well.<br />

Especially with older tempering<br />

lines, the tradeoff of increasing<br />

loading efficiency can be a possible<br />

decline in end product quality. This is<br />

because different types of glass need<br />

different processing parameters, and<br />

older-generation lines provide no<br />

way to achieve targeted temperature<br />

control.<br />

Modern tempering lines with<br />

advanced heating control are the<br />

easiest way to increase loading<br />

efficiency without sacrificing quality.<br />

Alternatively, modernizing an older<br />

line can help achieve significant<br />

improvements without investing in a<br />

completely new tempering line. And<br />

with recent technological solutions it<br />

is also possible to optimize quenching<br />

energy.<br />

And if you’re able to optimize your<br />

process to achieve higher loading<br />

efficiency, you’re gaining extra<br />

capacity as an additional benefit.<br />

2. Optimize your tempering level<br />

Making sure your tempering process<br />

is optimized is an easy step to more<br />

energy-efficient operations.<br />

Check the glass fragmentation<br />

level. Typically, the required<br />

fragmentation is 40 cullets in a 5 x 5<br />

cm glass area. In practice, many glass<br />

processors have more than double this<br />

amount. This means the glass is either<br />

heated or cooled too much during<br />

tempering, which leads to wasted<br />

energy during the process.<br />

Note that it is very important to still<br />

ensure a sufficient level of tempering.<br />

After all, glass stress level – the<br />

basis for fragmentation – is the most<br />

important safety factor in tempered<br />

glass. But having a 30% buffer instead<br />

of a 100% one can save a significant<br />

amount of energy.<br />

3. Modernize your existing line –<br />

gain many of the benefits of<br />

today’s technology<br />

If you already have a tempering<br />

line that runs well but is not very<br />

energy efficient, it may make sense to<br />

consider upgrading.<br />

This approach extends the<br />

lifetime of your line, reduces energy<br />

consumption and increases processing<br />

capabilities in general. Some<br />

modernizations that help save energy<br />

are:<br />

;;<br />

Installing inverters. If your<br />

quenching blowers don’t<br />

have inverters, make sure<br />

to have them installed. This<br />

investment pays back in a very<br />

short time.<br />

;;<br />

Blower and quenching<br />

technology. Latest-generation<br />

blower and quenching<br />

technology save significant<br />

amounts of energy, especially<br />

with thin glass production.<br />

;;<br />

Furnace modernization.<br />

This can help you achieve<br />

higher loading efficiency<br />

as well as reduce energy<br />

losses during the process.<br />

Furnace modernizations are<br />

available for any tempering<br />

line, regardless of the original<br />

manufacturer.<br />

;;<br />

Automation. Process<br />

automation upgrades can<br />

help achieve better overall<br />

efficiency, quality and output.<br />

It’s also a good way to ensure<br />

that your tempering process<br />

is as efficient as possible with<br />

your current line.<br />

;;<br />

Measurement. Measuring for<br />

example the glass temperature<br />

with a thermal scanner and<br />

automatic estimation of the<br />

achieved glass stress and<br />

fragmentation level provide<br />

excellent tools for optimizing<br />

energy consumption.<br />

4. Invest in a completely new<br />

tempering line - ensure that your<br />

energy efficiency is on the highest<br />

level possible<br />

If you are looking for a completely<br />

new tempering line, you are in a great<br />

position to ensure that you are taking<br />

full advantage of the possibilities<br />

enabled by modern technology.<br />

;;<br />

Optimized for your needs.<br />

;;<br />

Choose the most optimal<br />

heating technology for your<br />

production needs<br />

;;<br />

Optimize your cooling<br />

technology based on the needs<br />

set by your production mix<br />

;;<br />

Cutting-edgege automation.<br />

;;<br />

Leave process control in<br />

the hands of automation -<br />

energy consumption, quality<br />

and capacity will always be<br />

automatically optimized based<br />

on the production situation at<br />

hand<br />

;;<br />

A modern line will help you to<br />

understand all the factors of<br />

your production automatically<br />

- for example glass stress<br />

levels, fragmentation, energy<br />

consumption and quality<br />

Summary<br />

This past year’s events have<br />

accelerated the need for more rational<br />

energy usage and provided a new<br />

opportunity to transfer to more ecoresponsible<br />

production.<br />

Especially when it comes to energyintensive<br />

industrial processes, even<br />

a minor improvement can result in<br />

considerable energy savings.<br />

We don’t know how long the latest<br />

energy crisis will be with us. But we<br />

know that there are multiple ways to<br />

make our operations more efficient<br />

– and also sustainable – for years to<br />

come.<br />

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Author: Taneli Ylinen, Glaston<br />

https://glastory.net<br />

-------------------------------------------------<br />

Email: info@glaston.net<br />

Website: www.glaston.net<br />

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Technical Article<br />

With company bicycles, sedak contributes to<br />

reducing CO2 emissions in factory traffic.<br />

Picture: sedak<br />

Green energy push: New<br />

PV installation underway<br />

at sedak<br />

To Provide Additional 1,400,000 Kwh Per Year Of<br />

Solar Power<br />

Glass is a resource-saving building material, but the<br />

energy balance of its manufacture leaves a lot of room for<br />

improvement.<br />

sedak, the specialists for oversized<br />

glass, has set for itself a number of<br />

targets for <strong>2023</strong> in order to take steps<br />

towards even more environmentally<br />

friendly production.<br />

In 2022, the company already<br />

enlarged its existing PV installation on<br />

the roof of the main factory.<br />

“With the extension of our PV<br />

system, we are now able to cover<br />

around 80 per cent of our electricity<br />

requirement using regenerative<br />

energy,” said Kevin Berni, head of<br />

Sales and Marketing.<br />

With its recycling quota of<br />

more than 90 per cent, glass is a<br />

particularly resource-saving building<br />

material. But the energy balance of its<br />

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sedak headquarters in Gersthofen, Germany<br />

Picture: sedak<br />

manufacture leaves a lot of room for<br />

improvement as it is energy intensive.<br />

Already since 2021, the<br />

photovoltaic system has been<br />

supplying the company’s location in<br />

Gersthofen with almost 260,000 kWh<br />

annually. The new installation will<br />

provide an additional 1,400,000 kWh<br />

per year of solar power.<br />

“In total there are more than 4,000<br />

modules with an area of 8,010 square<br />

meters,” said Berni. In addition to<br />

the PV extension, sedak supports a<br />

range of measures from free use of<br />

bicycles for employees to economical<br />

energy management in the offices and<br />

consistent recycling: up to 94 per cent<br />

of the total waste materials are sorted<br />

and recycled.<br />

Around 95 per cent of the waste<br />

from PVB and SG interlayers, for<br />

example, goes back to the supplier.<br />

– Jan Birkenfeld<br />

Email: j.birkenfeld@pr-neu.de<br />

Website: www.sedak.com<br />

sedak has extended the photovoltaic installation on the<br />

roof of its production halls. The annual yield is now around<br />

1.7 million kWh.<br />

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Company Report<br />

LIFENG: Pioneer in fine grinding of<br />

supersize glass processing<br />

Brings 16m Supersize Glass Double Edging Machine With 30 Spindles, Full<br />

Servo Control & Low-E Film Removing Function<br />

Includes intelligent detection and L-shape transfer tables which ensure processing<br />

accuracy, high-speed opening and closing speed of the machine is stable at 25m/min.<br />

In modern society, with the desire<br />

for architectural aesthetics<br />

becoming higher and higher,<br />

people are no longer satisfied with<br />

traditional bricks, tiles and normal<br />

glass-sized buildings.<br />

Architectural curtain walls are<br />

gradually being recognized and used<br />

by more and more builders, and<br />

this is a growing trend. Supersized<br />

glass curtain walls have come into<br />

being at the proper time, and are<br />

becoming more and more popular in<br />

construction projects.<br />

Conventional large glass panels<br />

normally are only 6m high, so several<br />

6m high glass panels need to be<br />

spliced together to build a super large<br />

curtain wall. However, the modern<br />

aesthetics architecture has the<br />

ultimate pursuit of perfect details,<br />

and the splicing structure also has<br />

potential safety hazards. Based on this<br />

situation, glass producers started the<br />

research on the processing technology<br />

of supersize glass.<br />

As the pioneer of intelligent<br />

and high-speed edge grinding<br />

machines, LIFENG had the idea of<br />

producing a double edging machine<br />

for super large glass fine grinding.<br />

The company had the foresight of<br />

supersize curtain wall glass building<br />

projects, and it stemmed from the<br />

fact that precision and efficiency of<br />

end-grinding processing could not<br />

be guaranteed because of the speed<br />

and inconvenience of supersize CNC<br />

working centers.<br />

One of LIFENG’s major customers,<br />

who cooperated with it for many<br />

years, pre-ordered the 16-meter<br />

double edging machine. After<br />

repeated research and modeling by<br />

more than 10 technical engineers,<br />

the company finally overcame the<br />

processing difficulty of the huge<br />

machine bed, the assembly accuracy<br />

of the high-speed size-opening guide<br />

rails, the synchronization of multiple<br />

power transmissions of a single double<br />

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edge grinding machine, the guide rail<br />

interruption of transportation and the<br />

accuracy of on-site installation issues,<br />

etc.<br />

The company has created the first<br />

super large double edging machine<br />

with 30 motors, full servo control and<br />

film deletion function. It includes<br />

an intelligent detection table and<br />

L-shape transfer table which not<br />

only ensures processing accuracy,<br />

but also the high-speed opening and<br />

closing speed of the machine is stable<br />

at 25m/min. The maximum edging<br />

speed is 25m/min. These data have<br />

already occupied the leading position<br />

in the field of glass double edging,<br />

also breaking the traditional edging<br />

technology.<br />

After the double edger ran for<br />

production, the customer lauded the<br />

company for the technical capability<br />

and the processing accuracy of the<br />

machine. When the maximum glass<br />

size is 3300x16000mm with the glass<br />

thickness 10-19mm, the glass finally<br />

reaches dimensional accuracy±0.5mm,<br />

diagonal accuracy can be±0.5mm/m.<br />

The super large size, processing<br />

precision and perfect polishing quality<br />

of the product are all pioneers in the<br />

glass pre-processing field.<br />

The market is equal to every<br />

participant. When the market<br />

generally uses low-speed double<br />

edging machines for edging, LIFENG<br />

began to provide high-speed double<br />

edge grinding machines with a<br />

grinding speed of 17-30 m/min for<br />

those customers who are at the top of<br />

the competition pyramid.<br />

When every customer was<br />

still troubled by the continuous<br />

adjustment of more than 20 spindles<br />

grinding amount every day, LIFENG<br />

began to provide automatic edge<br />

grinding machines to some top glass<br />

deep-processing customers in 2016.<br />

LIFENG’s fully automatic<br />

intelligent double edging machines<br />

have been provided to more than<br />

30 intelligent factories across the<br />

country. By connecting ERP and MES<br />

systems, without any labor adjustment<br />

and just through LIFENG’s<br />

automatic comparison system, the<br />

intelligent proportioning of grinding<br />

amount, automatic grinding wheel<br />

compensation technology, the<br />

company has changed edging from<br />

the dirtiest and most manpowerintensive<br />

process to a clean, exquisite,<br />

and accurate product processing<br />

procedure.<br />

All the good results are not<br />

accidental. LIFENG began to invest<br />

in high-speed intelligent edging<br />

machines in 2010. In the few years<br />

before the market upgrade, LIFENG<br />

continued to invest in research and<br />

development and waited for the<br />

market to bloom.<br />

In the past 5 years, the company<br />

has become the number 1 brand in<br />

edging technology. Its factory area<br />

has grown from 5,000m 2 in 2016<br />

to 50,000m 2 . Now the monthly<br />

production capacity reaches 30 pcs<br />

double edging lines.<br />

LIFENG is looking forward to<br />

more cooperation and discussions<br />

with global glass deep-processing<br />

enterprises to help them upgrade<br />

the quality and quantity of glass<br />

processing.<br />

– Ms. Claire Ho<br />

Email: export@lifeng-machinery.com<br />

Website: www.lifeng-machinery.com<br />

Website<br />

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Company Report<br />

Saugaat Inc: Leading<br />

architectural glass<br />

solutions provider<br />

Saugaat Works In Tandem With Kuraray & H.B.<br />

Fuller<br />

Founded in 2016, Saugaat Inc is involved in diverse<br />

business activities, glass processing materials being the<br />

core source of business.<br />

Saugaat Inc has emerged as the<br />

broadest portfolio of innovative<br />

advanced Glass-Laminating<br />

Solutions providing safety, security,<br />

sound insulation, UV protection &<br />

decorative applications across India.<br />

Further adding on it has recently<br />

introduced primary and secondary<br />

sealants for insulating glass improving<br />

the values of glass solutions.<br />

Headquartered in Nashik,<br />

Maharashtra, the company has a<br />

warehouse in Bhiwandi near Mumbai<br />

to cater to all the customers with ontime<br />

deliveries.<br />

Saugaat Inc works in tandem with<br />

Kuraray & H.B. Fuller|Kommerling.<br />

The company is also involved in<br />

developing various Kuraray & H.B.<br />

Fuller | Kommerling products and<br />

resolving technical issues related to<br />

glass.<br />

As the west India distributor<br />

for Kuraray, the brand provides its<br />

customers with high-quality products.<br />

Kuraray Co., Ltd is a Japanese<br />

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manufacturer of chemicals, fibres,<br />

and other materials.<br />

Being a 96-year-old company,<br />

Kuraray Group has a 14% share in the<br />

world market for the development,<br />

manufacture, and sale of interlayer<br />

films for laminated safety glass and<br />

is a leading company in construction<br />

industry applications, particularly in<br />

Europe.<br />

PVB film is derived from PVA resin,<br />

which the company became the<br />

first in the world to manufacture in<br />

1958. Kuraray’s advanced interlayer<br />

solutions have superior adhesive<br />

properties, excellent transparent<br />

qualities, and high pliability giving rise<br />

to special features.<br />

When used as an interlayer<br />

film in laminated safety glass, PVB<br />

film makes glass shatter resistant<br />

and is designed to prevent flying<br />

fragments in the event of a heavy<br />

impact. It is widely used for advanced<br />

architectural, ballistic resistant and<br />

automotive applications.<br />

Kuraray products are marketed and<br />

sold in west India by the company’s<br />

authorised distributor Saugaat Inc.<br />

Trosifol® and SentryGlas® being the<br />

major products.<br />

Saugaat is the only distributor<br />

of H.B. Fuller in India. H.B. Fuller<br />

Company is a major American<br />

adhesives manufacturing company<br />

supplying industrial adhesives<br />

worldwide. Founded in 1887, it is a<br />

135-year-old company acquiring other<br />

adhesive companies around the world.<br />

Headquartered in St. Paul, MN,<br />

USA, it provides 10K adhesive<br />

solutions generating revenue of nearly<br />

$3.40 billion with more than 13k<br />

employees, 73 manufacturing facilities<br />

& customers in 125 countries.<br />

Kommerling insulated glass sealant<br />

business became a part of royal<br />

adhesive in 2013 & together with H.B.<br />

Fuller in 2017 making it one of the top<br />

2 adhesive companies.<br />

Saugaat Inc. has partnered with<br />

H.B Fuller for Primary and Secondary<br />

sealants used in IG processing.<br />

Email: saugaatinc@gmail.com<br />

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Company Report<br />

Stron: Leading name in<br />

glass cutting equipment<br />

Over 700 Units Operational Worldwide, Has<br />

Presence In Over 40 Countries<br />

Stron offers complete solution of loading machine, cutting<br />

machine and breakout machine under a single roof<br />


Sales Head, India<br />

Stron Glass Machinery, CHINA<br />

He holds a BE degree in Electronics<br />

and Communication and an MBA<br />

in Marketing and HR. He joined<br />

Stron in 2019 with rich experience<br />

in the float glass industry. Having<br />

roots in the Indian Army, Mr<br />

Kumar follows a very disciplined<br />

and focused work ethic.<br />

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Stron Glass Machinery, a leading<br />

glass cutting equipment<br />

company, is a brand that made<br />

quite the name of itself in a very<br />

short span of time. Set up in 2008,<br />

it now has presence in more than<br />

40 countries and has over 700 units<br />

operational worldwide.<br />

Stron’s CNC glass cutting machine<br />

is extremely popular in the market.<br />

It comes with laser printing, low e<br />

cutting, sticker printing and shape<br />

cutting options with high performance<br />

and accuracy.<br />

Stron machines are the best for<br />

cutting architectural glass, hollow<br />

glass, appliance glass, solar glass and<br />

other glass varieties. Its employees<br />

work hard to provide “excellent quality<br />

and 100% service” to its customers in<br />

the glass industry.<br />

The company has more than 40<br />

units in India. It also has a dedicated<br />

marketing, sales and after-sale<br />

service teams in India. Stron also<br />

has dedicated spares store in India.<br />

Stron’s Sales team in India is led by<br />

Mr Pradeep Kumar.<br />

Stron provides complete glass<br />

cutting solution (loader + cutting<br />

+ breakout) under one roof. It has<br />

machines available in various sizes<br />

MR DYLAN LI,<br />

Sales Director,<br />

Stron Glass Machinery, CHINA<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>January</strong> - <strong>March</strong>, <strong>2023</strong> 105

Company Report<br />

starting from 2500x2000mm to<br />

6100x3300mm.<br />

As it has its own production<br />

facility, Stron can make customised<br />

orders as per customer requirement.<br />

The company prides itself for not<br />

producing separate models for the<br />

Asian market and the rest of the<br />

world. It follows the ‘One Model<br />


• Bagrecha Enterprises,<br />

Coimbatore<br />

• Balaji Building Technology,<br />

Bangalore<br />

• Enviro Safety, Bangalore<br />

• Flair International,<br />

Jalandhar<br />

• Manchu Toughened Glass,<br />

Chennai<br />

• Masss Glass India Private<br />

Limited, Chennai<br />

• Nanda Glass Industries,<br />

Noida<br />

• Shiv Shakti Float Glass,<br />

Roorkee,<br />

• Umiya Safety, Vadodara<br />

and many more.<br />

Globally’ policy.<br />

Spares parts used in Stron<br />

machines are all from top brands<br />

like Schneider, Omron, Delta and<br />

Yasakawa. The company uses original<br />

licensed Optima full version glass<br />

cutting Software.<br />

The company is present in over 40<br />

countries worldwide and participates<br />

in all major exhibitions in China,<br />

Germany and India.<br />

About the company<br />

Stron Glass Machinery Co., Ltd. is a<br />

company technologically specialized<br />

in R&D, production, marketing and<br />

service for glass cutting equipment.<br />

Email: pradeep@stronglass.cn,<br />

stron@stronglass.cn<br />

Website: www.stronglass.cn<br />

106 Glass Bulletin | <strong>January</strong> - <strong>March</strong>, <strong>2023</strong>

Technical Article<br />

Glaston achieves first<br />

emissions reduction target<br />

Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Company<br />

Operations Down By 43% Year-On-Year<br />

In order to reach the goal, Glaston invested in energy<br />

efficiency and increased its use of renewable electricity.<br />

In line with the company’s strategic<br />

focus areas, Glaston stressed on<br />

reducing its carbon footprint in<br />

2022. Greenhouse gas emissions from<br />

Glaston’s own operations decreased<br />

by 43% year-on-year. The result was<br />

mainly achieved by shifting to the use<br />

of renewable electricity at Glaston’s<br />

production facilities in Finland and<br />

Germany and investing in a new heat<br />

distribution system in Switzerland.<br />

In order to promote sustainable<br />

business practices, Glaston’s strategy<br />

for 2021–2025 sets as one of the nonfinancial<br />

targets reducing the direct<br />

and indirect emissions from its own<br />

operations (Scope 1 and 2 emissions)<br />

in relation to net sales by 50% from<br />

the level of 2020 by 2025.<br />

In order to reach the goal, Glaston<br />

made investments in energy efficiency<br />

and increased the use of renewable<br />

electricity last year. As a result of<br />

these measures, greenhouse gas<br />

emissions (Scope 1 and 2) decreased<br />

by 43% compared to 2021, totalling<br />

1,491 tonnes.<br />

Greenhouse gas emissions in<br />

relation to net sales decreased by 57%<br />

compared to the baseline (year 2020)<br />

and the strategic objective of 50 per<br />

cent was achieved.<br />

The result was achieved by shifting<br />

to the use of renewable electricity at<br />

the production facilities in Finland<br />

and Germany in early 2022. In<br />

addition, the heat distribution<br />

system of the Switzerland unit was<br />

renewed, considerably decreasing gas<br />

consumption.<br />

The Switzerland production facility,<br />

which has been using renewable<br />

electricity for a long time already,<br />

invested further in reducing electricity<br />

consumption by installing close to<br />

400 solar panels with a total capacity<br />

of over 150 kWp on the roof of the<br />

production unit.<br />

The solar panels have been<br />

producing energy for the factory’s<br />

own use since November 2022, and<br />

from the beginning of December some<br />

electricity has also been fed into the<br />

grid. The number of solar panels will<br />

be increased further this year.<br />

“Sustainable business is one of the<br />

focus areas of our strategy. We took<br />

a significant step forward in 2022by<br />

reaching our emissions reduction<br />

target of 50% already early into the<br />

strategy period. Even though our<br />

emissions have decreased significantly,<br />

we will continue our work to reduce<br />

our emissions. Moreover, considering<br />

the nature of our business, the<br />

majority of the emissions relating to<br />

our operations are generated in our<br />

value chain. We have calculated the<br />

upstream and downstream climate<br />

impact of our value chains for 2021,<br />

and the results will be the foundation<br />

of our future work. Our next objective,<br />

covering the emissions of the value<br />

chain as a whole, is already underway.<br />

We want to be a frontrunner in<br />

this area and also encourage our<br />

customers and suppliers to include<br />

emissions reduction in their own<br />

agendas,” says Glaston’s CEO Anders<br />

Dahlblom.<br />

About the company<br />

Glaston is the glass processing<br />

industry’s innovative technology<br />

leader supplying equipment, services<br />

and solutions to the architectural,<br />

automotive, solar and display<br />

industries.<br />

Email: info@glaston.net<br />

Website: www.glaston.net<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>January</strong> - <strong>March</strong>, <strong>2023</strong> 107

CHINA GLASS <strong>2023</strong><br />

32 nd China International Glass<br />

Industrial Technical Exhibition<br />

Shanghai New International Expo Centre<br />

May 6 th -9 th ,<strong>2023</strong><br />

Organizer: The Chinese Ceramic Society<br />

Sponsor: China Architectural & Industrial Glass Association<br />

China National Association For Glass Industry<br />

Shanghai Ceramic Society<br />

Contractor: Beijing Zhonggui Exhibition Co., Ltd.<br />

Tel: +86-10-57811261, 57811409<br />

Fax: +86-10-57811262<br />

E-mail: ceramsoc@chinaglass-expo.com<br />

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JULY 19-21 <strong>2023</strong><br />

Centro Citibanamex - Mexico City<br />

Exhibitor registration<br />




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November 6-7, <strong>2023</strong><br />

Toronto Canada<br />

Exhibitor registration<br />




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