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– Can you describe the infrastructure<br />

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Manufacturing Infrastructure:<br />

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and southern parts of India.<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />


Interview<br />

- Quality Control Labs: Integrated<br />

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- Collaborative spaces: Our<br />

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Logistics Infrastructure:<br />

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- Warehousing facilities: Our<br />

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My leadership style<br />

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Overall, the infrastructure of our<br />

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– What steps has your company<br />

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Here’s a brief overview of the steps<br />

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time and money in employee training<br />

and skill development to ensure<br />

workers are proficient in their tasks<br />

and can identify and address quality<br />

issues promptly.<br />

- Continuous improvement:<br />

We place special emphasis on<br />

continuous improvement and<br />

encourage our employees to identify<br />

inefficiencies and propose solutions<br />

to streamline production processes.<br />

- Utilisation of technology:<br />

We have incorporated advanced<br />

technologies such as automation,<br />

AI and data analytics to optimise<br />

production efficiency and enhance<br />

quality control.<br />

- Supplier quality management:<br />

We have implemented robust<br />

supplier quality management<br />

systems to ensure that raw materials<br />

and components meet required<br />

standards, preventing defects in the<br />

final product.<br />

- Feedback loops: We have<br />

established feedback loops<br />

from customers, employees, and<br />

stakeholders which help us identify<br />

areas for improvement and ensure<br />

that production processes align with<br />

customer expectations.<br />

– In terms of supply chain, what<br />

strategies has your company<br />

implemented to mitigate risks<br />

and ensure the timely delivery of<br />

products?<br />

- Diversification of suppliers:<br />

We avoid over-reliance on a single<br />

supplier by diversifying our supplier<br />

base to reduce the risk if one<br />

supplier faces issues like production<br />

halts, natural disasters, or financial<br />

problems.<br />

- Inventory management:<br />

Implementing robust inventory<br />

management strategies such as<br />

safety stock, just-in-time (JIT)<br />

inventory systems, or strategic<br />

stockpiling help us buffer against<br />

supply chain disruptions.<br />

- Supplier relationships: Building<br />

strong relationships with key<br />

suppliers ensures better reliability<br />

and more flexibility in handling<br />

urgent demands or unexpected<br />

changes.<br />

- Supply chain visibility: Enhancing<br />

visibility across the entire supply<br />

chain helps in identifying potential<br />

issues early and addressing them<br />

proactively.<br />

- Risk assessment and<br />

management: Regularly conducting<br />

risk assessments to identify<br />

vulnerabilities in the supply chain is<br />

vital.<br />

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Interview • 4<br />

- Responsive logistics: Employing<br />

a flexible logistics strategy that<br />

includes multiple transportation<br />

options and routes to safeguard<br />

against disruptions.<br />

- Technological integration:<br />

Employing technologies such as IoT,<br />

AI and blockchain enhance supply<br />

chain efficiency and transparency.<br />

- Regular performance review:<br />

Continuously monitoring the<br />

performance of the supply chain<br />

and conducting regular reviews<br />

enable adjustments to strategies<br />

in response to new risks and<br />

inefficiencies.<br />

– What has been the most rewarding<br />

aspect of leading your company in the<br />

glass processing industry?<br />

- Innovation and development:<br />

Being at the forefront of<br />

technological advances in glass<br />

processing is immensely rewarding.<br />

We are always at the forefront of<br />

developing new, more efficient<br />

methods of glass production,<br />

improving the quality of the glass,<br />

or inventing new types of glass<br />

for various applications for home<br />

appliances.<br />

- Sustainability efforts: We take<br />

pride in driving the industry towards<br />

more sustainable practices like<br />

implementing recycling programs,<br />

reducing energy consumption, or<br />

innovating eco-friendly materials<br />

and processes that decrease the<br />

environmental impact of glass<br />

production.<br />

- Economic impact: We always<br />

contribute to the economy not just<br />

through the direct employment<br />

of workers, but also through the<br />

broader economic activities that<br />

the industry supports, including<br />

construction, automotive,<br />

technology, and more.<br />

- Client solutions: We are always<br />

solving client problems with<br />

customised solutions. Whether<br />

it’s delivering glass that enhances<br />

architectural beauty or meets<br />

specific technical requirements, the<br />

ability to meet and exceed client<br />

expectations can be very fulfilling.<br />

- Team building and leadership:<br />

Leading a team, nurturing talent,<br />

and seeing employees grow within<br />

our is certainly very rewarding. We<br />

take pride in creating a workplace<br />

culture that fosters professional<br />

development and personal growth.<br />

- Market expansion: Our success in<br />

new markets and our commitment<br />

towards increasing the company’s<br />

share in existing markets through<br />

strategic partnerships, global<br />

expansions and innovative marketing<br />

strategies is our source of pride and<br />

satisfaction.<br />

Email: avanish.singh@dcjgroup.in<br />

Website: www.dcjgroup.in<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />


Company News<br />

Glaston JUMBO XXL<br />

allows AGC Interpane<br />

to maintain leading<br />

edge<br />

Automatically Produces Glass Of Jumbo Formats Up<br />

To 3.3m X 6m<br />

The company<br />

has three Glaston<br />

insulating glass lines<br />

and one Glaston<br />

tempering line. The<br />

most recent addition,<br />

the Glaston JUMBO<br />

XXL FLEX line, was<br />

customised for AGC<br />

Interpane.<br />

I<br />

walk through our insulating glass<br />

production facility every day<br />

with pride,” says Daniel Bruckelt,<br />

Production Manager Insulating<br />

Glass of AGC Interpane in Plattling,<br />

Germany. “Not just because<br />

everything is so well organised<br />

and structured, but also because<br />

Glaston has given us a coherent<br />

concept for our unique insulating<br />

glass (IG) production. And this is what<br />

allows us to remain top-of-mind for<br />

challenging world-class projects.”<br />

AGC Interpane’s Plattling plant,<br />

located at the gateway to the<br />

Bavarian Forest, produces highquality<br />

semi-finished glass products<br />

and insulating glass. Since 2012, AGC<br />

Interpane has been coating glass<br />

up to 18 m x 3.21 m. This extra-long<br />

glass can be coated with a variety of<br />

solar control layers or iplus thermal<br />

insulation layers.<br />

AGC Interpane’s Plattling site<br />

specializes in processing logistically<br />

complex, fixed-size insulating glass<br />

orders. The company’s magnetron<br />

sputtering system, a physical vapor<br />

deposition method that produces<br />

thin films and coating, differentiates<br />

the company from its competition.<br />

The system allows AGC Interpane to<br />

offer high-quality façade glass from a<br />

single source.<br />

AGC Interpane has been a<br />

long-term customer of Glaston<br />

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glaston • 2<br />

and the earlier brands that now<br />

belong to the Glaston family. The<br />

company currently has three Glaston<br />

insulating glass lines and one Glaston<br />

tempering line. The most recent<br />

addition, the Glaston JUMBO XXL<br />

FLEX line, was customized for AGC<br />

Interpane. The line was ordered in<br />

2021 and commissioned in <strong>April</strong><br />

2022. It allows AGC Interpane to<br />

automatically produce jumbo<br />

formats up to 3.3 x 6 m.<br />

Earlier, these could only be<br />

produced semi-automatically or<br />

with additional manual effort. The<br />

line includes standard components<br />

for edge deletion, glass cleaning and<br />

glass inspection as well as several<br />

specially engineered features.<br />

The first unique feature is the<br />


a twin-headed applicator for the<br />

automatic application of Super<br />

Spacer® material including T-Spacer<br />

butyling.<br />

The second feature is the<br />

UNIT’ASSEMBLER, a heavy-duty<br />

assembly, gas-filling and press robot,<br />

which automatically processes<br />

4-sided stepped IG units with a<br />

stepped bottom edge of up to 250<br />

mm.<br />

Other special formats can also<br />

be automatically filled with gas.<br />

Until Glaston made this automatic<br />

production possible, such units could<br />

only be produced manually.<br />

The third special feature is the<br />

heavy-duty Glaston sealing robot<br />

SPEED’SEALER, which opens up<br />

new sealing possibilities. Its dynamic<br />

mixing system helps AGC Interpane<br />

quickly manufacture deeper sealings.<br />

“Glaston has given AGC Interpane<br />

a unique constellation in the spacer<br />

application sector. We are the<br />

only ones in the world to have this<br />

configuration. The UNIT’ASSEMBLER<br />

allows us to process special shapes<br />

and fill them automatically with gas.<br />

The SPEED’SEALER has eliminated<br />

any bottleneck at the end of the line.<br />

This means that it is now possible<br />

to automatically produce large<br />

insulating glass units weighing up to<br />

600 kg/m,” Daniel Bruckelt says.<br />

Glaston in brief<br />

Glaston is the glass processing<br />

industry’s innovative technology<br />

leader supplying equipment, services<br />

and solutions to the architectural,<br />

mobility, solar and display industries.<br />

The company also supports the<br />

development of new technologies<br />

integrating intelligence to glass.<br />

Email: info@glaston.net<br />

Website: www.glaston.net<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />


Company News<br />

Small glass double<br />

edging: You need Bright!<br />

Innovative Solutions For Small Glass Manufacturing<br />

Delve into the intricate world of small glass<br />

manufacturing, focusing on the precision and innovation<br />

offered by Bright Glass Machinery.<br />

We see big glass doors and<br />

windows everywhere.<br />

Due to the characteristics<br />

of glass’s transparency, hightemperature<br />

resistance, and wear<br />

resistance, more and more products<br />

are choosing glass instead of<br />

traditional materials, such as wall<br />

switches, gas stoves, and refrigerator<br />

door panels. Bright Glass Machinery,<br />

located in Shunde, Guangdong,<br />

China, is a company that produces<br />

glass double edging machines<br />

specifically and professionally<br />

for such small size glass with its<br />

precision.<br />

Bright small glass double edging<br />

machine has no significant difference<br />

compared to big glass double edging<br />

in appearance using timing belts<br />

feeding glass, sophisticated linear<br />

guides, and ball bearing screw shaft<br />

for width adjustment.<br />

One-time edging passes from<br />

bottom grinding, 45° arris grinding<br />

to fine polishing. The machines<br />

are flexible to design not only<br />

the number of spindles but also<br />

the grinding wheel configuration<br />

according to customer’s needs.<br />

It provides two series flat edge and<br />

pencil edge also call C edge. Clear<br />

observation perspective, operation<br />

is easy by clicking on its intelligent<br />

touch screen system for thickness<br />

and width auto adjustment. Machine<br />

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maintenance and wheel replacement<br />

is convenient and faster as well.<br />

Machine structure looks<br />

simple and compact with a small<br />

footprint, but with its inside<br />

delicate exquisite workmanship,<br />

Bright can double edge min.28mm<br />

width glass, using different width<br />

belt for different small size glass,<br />

min.40/55/70/80/100/120mm width<br />

are available to be selected.<br />

It offers a bigger processing range<br />

than a common glass double edging<br />

machine. Diagonal error reaches<br />

±0.3mm/m for home appliances<br />

glass which has high requirement<br />

in precision and polishing. Robot<br />

manipulator loading and transferring<br />

are adopted to form a production<br />

line finishing four sides of glass at a<br />

time, improving greatly small glass<br />

mass production ability and solves<br />

the problem of single side edging<br />

machine and CNC non-efficiency.<br />

Additionally, engraving, safety corner<br />

cut and radius corner grinding<br />

added makes small glass production<br />

diversified and innovative.<br />

Bright small glass double edging<br />

machine applies to household glass<br />

and electrical glass mainly. Typical<br />

sizes are 86x86mm wall switch<br />

panel, 464x484mm gas stove. Even<br />

arris size, clear and bright polishing,<br />

distinct edges and corners, no dim<br />

side, no chipping round edge, stable<br />

performance, and lower failure rate<br />

make us well known in China.<br />

With professional and indepth<br />

knowledge of small glass<br />

double edging, Bright offers a<br />

suitable solution according to your<br />

requirements.<br />

If you feel doubts how small glass<br />

double edging can be precise and<br />

faster, please look on Bright Side!<br />

–Ms. Nikki<br />

Email: export@sdbright.cn<br />

Website: www.sdbright.cn,<br />

www.brightglassmachinery.com<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />


Company Report<br />

HISENG’s innovative<br />

approach revolutionises<br />

double edgers<br />

Follows 3S Principle: Simple Design, Simple<br />

Operation, Simple Maintenance<br />

HISENG’s cutting-edge double edger promises<br />

simplicity in design, operation, and maintenance for<br />

enhanced glass processing efficiency.<br />

New<br />

Traditional<br />

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HISENG • 2<br />

Guangdong Hiseng has<br />

launched a new concept<br />

double edger, featuring<br />

simple design, operation, and<br />

maintenance. The updated version<br />

completely changes the motor<br />

fixing design, leading to fewer issues<br />

for customers over time, such as<br />

precision problems and maintenance<br />

difficulties.<br />

The non-board motor fixing system<br />

and unity grinding shaft feeding<br />

system represent a revolution in<br />

double edger technology. The main<br />

shaft, separated from the motor,<br />

handles transmission and feeding,<br />

while the motor provides power. In<br />

contrast to the traditional design<br />

where the motor, shaft, and wheels<br />

are fixed on the sliding board, the<br />

new design reduces resonance in<br />

grinding motor parts, minimizing<br />

marks on the glass edge for a<br />

polished finish.<br />

This structure requires minimal<br />

maintenance and is easy to operate.<br />

Unlike traditional sliding boards<br />

prone to loosening, the new design<br />

adopts nodular cast iron material for<br />

the shell and a feeding device with<br />

a copper worm gear system. These<br />

advanced features, installed in-house<br />

with laboratory degree checking<br />

tools, ensure precise shaft alignment,<br />

strength, and water sealing.<br />

The patented design of an easy<br />

join high polymer timing belt guide<br />

guarantees straightness even after<br />

years of use. Divided into standard<br />

parts for easy replacement, the<br />

guide is fixed on the dovetail<br />

groove, eliminating the difficulty of<br />

finding the reference line during<br />

replacement. Using a T-shaped belt,<br />

the timing belt covers the edge of the<br />

guide, reducing the accumulation of<br />

glass powder and ensuring consistent<br />

belt alignment.<br />

Thickness adjustment control<br />

is achieved with FOUR servo<br />

motors, ensuring stable, precise,<br />

and synchronous adjustments. The<br />

upper pressing structures can lift up<br />

to 120mm, facilitating easy wheel<br />

changes.<br />

The patented design of the<br />

straight-line transmission gearbox,<br />

installed with a grinding degree gear,<br />

requires minimal maintenance, with<br />

only periodic oiling necessary. The<br />

direct gearbox design reduces the gap<br />

between gears, ensuring synchronous<br />

upper and bottom belt transmission.<br />

Equipped with the Inovance<br />

update movement system PLC and<br />

servo control system, the line boasts<br />

fast reaction times. Additionally,<br />

the update Inovance MD800<br />

VFD system speeds up the motor,<br />

reaching a maximum rotation speed<br />

of 6000RPM. Each motor has its<br />

own VFD, ensuring stable power and<br />

minimal interference.<br />

HISENG new concept double<br />

edger, understands you better!<br />

Email: hssales4@hsglass.com.cn<br />

Website: www.hsglass.com.cn<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />


Company News<br />

Ozone Overseas:<br />

Building & designing<br />

holistic solutions for<br />

architects<br />

Ozone’s Design Philosophy Is Centred Around<br />

Durability, Safety, Diversity, & Functionality<br />

Ozone Overseas’ innovative solutions for architects<br />

and interior designers enhance spaces with durability,<br />

functionality, and aesthetic appeal.<br />

Specialising in designing and<br />

building innovative structures<br />

that are not only aesthetically<br />

pleasing but also durable and<br />

functional, Ozone Overseas is a<br />

leading provider of holistic solutions<br />

for architects and interior designers.<br />

With a vision to create spaces<br />

that enhance the well-being of<br />

their consumers, Ozone’s design<br />

philosophy is centered around<br />

the principles of durability, safety,<br />

diversity, and functionality.<br />

Now expanding to over 5,000<br />

products, Ozone’s vast portfolio<br />

offers a range of holistic solutions<br />

that cater to the specific needs of the<br />

residential and commercial market.<br />

To achieve this, the brand<br />

works closely with designers and<br />

architects to incorporate crucial<br />

design principles into projects.<br />

This collaboration helps architects<br />

to create spaces that are not only<br />

aesthetically pleasing but also builtto-last.<br />

Today, architects face several<br />

challenges when looking for hardware<br />

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Ozone Overseas • 2<br />

to incorporate into their designs. One<br />

of the biggest challenges is finding<br />

hardware that is both durable and<br />

functional.<br />

Established in 1999, Ozone’s<br />

range includes glass fittings, shower<br />

enclosures, glass railing fittings,<br />

demountable partitioning systems,<br />

kitchen and furniture fittings,<br />

wardrobe fittings, door hardware,<br />

automatic doors, smart locks, safes<br />

and smart devices, etc.<br />

Each product category has been<br />

carefully researched, considering<br />

trends, and tested to match<br />

international standards. Investing<br />

further into the consumer’s needs,<br />

Colors by Ozone was launched. This<br />

collection of coloured architectural<br />

hardware fittings provides designers<br />

and architects with the flexibility<br />

to play with colours while creating<br />

spaces.<br />

Strategically thought through,<br />

the diverse range offers practical<br />

solutions to the standard stainless<br />

steel finish, adding a touch of class.<br />

They no longer have to adjust their<br />

colour palettes to traditional colours<br />

and finishes.<br />

To further strengthen the bond<br />

with the architect community, Ozone<br />

is in the process of launching new<br />

experience centres that will act as<br />

creative hubs where members of<br />

the community can not only meet<br />

and exchange ideas but also feel,<br />

touch, and experience the versatility<br />

of Ozone’s products and scan<br />

through its diverse offerings. This<br />

dedicated space will, therefore, act as<br />

a community pillar where industryrelated<br />

seminars, workshops, new<br />

launches, and sustainable practices<br />

will be discussed.<br />

Abhishek Aggarwal, President-<br />

Strategy for Ozone Overseas, believes<br />

the need for such centres pan-India is<br />

the way forward for strengthening ties<br />

and bringing the community together.<br />

“As part of our Phase ll expansion<br />

plans, a series of experience centres<br />

will also be launched in Chandigarh,<br />

Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata, etc.<br />

These multi-purpose centres will<br />

help architects connect and engage<br />

with industry experts. Ozone’s focus<br />

today is to not only bridge the gap in<br />

the architect’s building journey but<br />

also to contribute as a commercial<br />

and home-improvement solutions<br />

provider.“<br />

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Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />


Company News<br />

Forel introduces<br />

Thermoplastic<br />

spacer applicator<br />

Revolutionising Insulating Glass Production With<br />

Precision & Efficiency<br />

Forel brings Thermoplastic spacer applicator to complete<br />

the range of solutions dedicated to the production of<br />

insulating glass.<br />

To complete the range of<br />

solutions dedicated to the<br />

production of insulating<br />

glass, Forel has introduced the<br />

Thermoplastic spacer applicator<br />

in the IG line. The applicator<br />

plays a crucial role in the process,<br />

tasked with accurately pumping<br />

Thermoplastic material from the<br />

barrel and extruding it directly onto<br />

the glass plates. Comprising several<br />

key components, the applicator<br />

module includes several elements.<br />

First of all, a high-performance<br />

heated Graco pump ensures a<br />

continuous flow of material by<br />

feeding a storage reservoir, thereby<br />

facilitating uninterrupted extrusion<br />

even during drum changes.<br />

A dual volumetric dosing system<br />

driven by servo motors is utilized,<br />

enabling precise control over the<br />

amount of material dispensed.<br />

A specially designed nozzle<br />

ensures precise application of the<br />

material onto the glass surface.<br />

Also, a precise multipoint heated<br />

delivery system is implemented,<br />

maintaining the material at an<br />

optimal application temperature<br />

ranging from 120°C to 130°C.<br />

CNC-controlled application,<br />

with three-axis movement, allows<br />

for precise and programmable<br />

application patterns tailored to<br />

specific requirements.<br />

Finally, the integration of a<br />

synchronized, dynamic suction cup<br />

mechanism ensures a controlled<br />

conveyance of the glass plates during<br />

the application process, enhancing<br />

precision and consistency.<br />

Together, these elements form<br />

a sophisticated applicator system<br />

capable of delivering precise, highquality<br />

application of Thermoplastic<br />

material onto glass plates, meeting<br />

the stringent standards of the<br />

industry.<br />

The pumping system for<br />

thermoplastic employed by Forel<br />

is integral to the manufacturing<br />

process, ensuring precise and<br />

efficient application onto glass<br />

surfaces. Here’s an overview of its<br />

components and functionalities:<br />

The main Graco Pump System,<br />

with a robust 200-litre capacity<br />

stock, serves as the primary<br />

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FOREL SPA • 2<br />

component, securely affixed to Forel’s<br />

pneumatic/hydraulic frame and<br />

barrel support structure. This system<br />

provides the necessary force to pump<br />

the thermoplastic material through<br />

the production line.<br />

The heated thermal drum jacket,<br />

integrated directly into the machine,<br />

plays a crucial role in maintaining a<br />

consistent and optimal temperature<br />

for the thermoplastic material stored<br />

in barrels. This ensures smooth<br />

extrusion and application onto the<br />

glass plates.<br />

At this stage, the main drum pump<br />

channels the Thermoplastic material<br />

directly into the onboard reservoir<br />

system, ensuring a continuous and<br />

steady supply during the production<br />

process.<br />

Comprising two 7-litre cylindrical<br />

storage containers linked to a<br />

hydraulic pump, the reservoir pump<br />

system serves as a backup, providing<br />

a total reserve capacity of 14 litres.<br />

This setup allows for approximately<br />

30 minutes of continuous material<br />

extrusion under typical operating<br />

conditions, ensuring uninterrupted<br />

workflow.<br />

Characterised by precision and<br />

accuracy, the dosing system consists<br />

of two 0.6-litre cylindrical storage<br />

containers driven by servo motors.<br />

This system precisely controls the<br />

volume of Thermoplastic material<br />

dispensed, ensuring consistent<br />

application onto the glass surfaces.<br />

Directly connected to the application<br />

nozzle, it facilitates smooth and<br />

controlled material flow, resulting in<br />

high-quality finishes.<br />

The Nozzle<br />

Achieving a hermetically sealed<br />

start and finish point for the spacer<br />

application is paramount to ensuring<br />

the high quality and durability of the<br />

thermoplastic Insulated Glass (IG)<br />

unit. Here are the key features and<br />

benefits of the sealing process:<br />

The joint closing process utilizes<br />

a well-established wedge joint<br />

method, ensuring a gas-tight seal<br />

that remains secure throughout the<br />

lifespan of the IG unit. This minimizes<br />

the loss of gas over time, contributing<br />

to its longevity and performance.<br />

With no requirement for secondary<br />

touch-ups, the sealed joints maintain<br />

their integrity without the need for<br />

additional interventions. This reduces<br />

maintenance efforts and enhances<br />

operational efficiency.<br />

The sealing process delivers<br />

consistent reliability and aesthetic<br />

appeal, with no tooling marks or<br />

inconsistencies. This results in a<br />

uniform and professional finish that<br />

meets stringent quality standards.<br />

Versatility: The sealed joints can<br />

be positioned in corners or offset on<br />

edges, offering flexibility in design<br />

and application to suit various<br />

architectural requirements and<br />

preferences.<br />

Moreover, the nozzle design<br />

enhances efficiency and assembly<br />

times:<br />

Material Reduction: Compared to<br />

typical standard nozzles, the nozzle<br />

design reduces material usage,<br />

optimizing resource utilization and<br />

minimizing waste. This contributes<br />

to cost savings and environmental<br />

sustainability.<br />

Reduced Assembly Times:<br />

Assembly times are significantly<br />

reduced by over 20% compared to<br />

standard IGU equipment from Forel,<br />

thanks to the nozzle’s innovative<br />

design and improved efficiency.<br />

Width and Radius Optimization:<br />

The nozzle widths and corner radius<br />

are optimized to improve sightlines<br />

and reduce the spacer profile<br />

height to 5.3 mm, enhancing the<br />

aesthetic appeal of the IG units while<br />

maintaining structural integrity.<br />

Overall, the sealing process<br />

and nozzle design represent<br />

advancements in thermoplastic IG<br />

unit technology, offering improved<br />

performance, efficiency, and<br />

aesthetics for the flat glass and<br />

insulated glass industry.<br />

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For enquiries on Forel products in<br />

India, please write to Thorngate Sales<br />

Corp at sales@thorngate.in<br />

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Email: info@forelspa.com<br />

Website: www.forelspa.com<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />


Company News<br />

Discover elegance & innovation at<br />

Taiton’s exclusive showroom in Kerala<br />

Find Wide Array Of Products From Sliding Doors To Patch Fittings & RFID<br />

Systems<br />

A haven for architects, interior designers and homeowners seeking the perfect blend<br />

of form and function.<br />

In a landmark development for<br />

architectural hardware enthusiasts<br />

and professionals alike, Taiton,<br />

a name synonymous with quality<br />

and innovation in the architectural<br />

hardware industry, proudly<br />

announces the opening of its first<br />

exclusive showroom in Kerala.<br />

This pioneering initiative marks<br />

a significant milestone for Taiton,<br />

bringing its eight years of expertise<br />

directly to the discerning customer.<br />

Situated in Cochin the heart of<br />

Kerala, Taiton’s showroom is a haven<br />

for architects, interior designers, and<br />

homeowners seeking the perfect<br />

blend of form and function.<br />

“Our new exclusive showroom<br />

is more than just a space; it’s a<br />

gateway to experiencing our products<br />

firsthand, enabling customers to be<br />

truly selective,” said Vishnu Mohan,<br />

Director of Taiton.<br />

With a vision for excellence, Taiton’s<br />

showroom offers an unparalleled<br />

opportunity to explore thousands of<br />

collections, making it the ultimate<br />

destination for those who value<br />

quality and design.<br />

A testament to innovation<br />

and customer-centric design<br />

Taiton’s journey began eight years ago,<br />

driven by a passion for revolutionising<br />

the architectural hardware space.<br />

Today, the brand stands at the<br />

forefront of the industry, known for<br />

its exceptional craftsmanship and<br />

innovative solutions.<br />

The new showroom in Kerala is a<br />

reflection of Taiton’s commitment to<br />

bringing the best to its customers,<br />

offering a tactile and immersive<br />

shopping experience unlike any other.<br />

Customers visiting the showroom<br />

can expect to find a wide array of<br />

products, from sliding doors and<br />

patch fittings to sophisticated RFID<br />

systems and automatic doors.<br />

Each product is designed with<br />

precision, catering to the needs<br />

of modern spaces while ensuring<br />

reliability and aesthetic appeal. “We<br />

believe in offering products that are<br />

not just functional but also elevate<br />

the spaces they inhabit,” Vishnu<br />

Mohan added.<br />

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Taiton Hardware Pvt Ltd • 2<br />

Among the many advanced<br />

solutions on display are the slim<br />

profile partition system, the<br />

synchronized system, the telescopic<br />

model, and the innovative acquest<br />

of the new ball system, showcasing<br />

Taiton’s relentless pursuit of<br />

excellence.<br />

A unique shopping<br />

experience awaits<br />

Taiton’s exclusive showroom in<br />

Kerala is more than just a place to<br />

buy architectural hardware; it’s a<br />

destination where customers can<br />

immerse themselves in the world<br />

of design possibilities. The spacious<br />

showroom is thoughtfully designed<br />

to showcase the extensive range<br />

of products, allowing customers to<br />

interact with and understand the<br />

functionalities of each item.<br />

“By opening this showroom, we<br />

ensure that customers can become<br />

choosy and selective by experiencing<br />

the feel of the product,” Vishnu<br />

Mohan said.<br />

In a market where choices can<br />

often be overwhelming, Taiton offers<br />

a refreshing approach by providing<br />

expert guidance and a curated<br />

selection of products. Whether<br />

you’re embarking on a new project<br />

or looking to upgrade your space,<br />

Taiton’s showroom is your go-to<br />

destination for architectural hardware<br />

that combines beauty, functionality,<br />

and innovation.<br />

As Taiton continues to lead the way<br />

in architectural hardware solutions,<br />

its new showroom in Kerala stands as<br />

a testament to the brand’s dedication<br />

to excellence and customer<br />

satisfaction.<br />

Visit Taiton’s exclusive showroom<br />

and embark on a journey of discovery,<br />

where every detail matters, and every<br />

product tells a story of craftsmanship<br />

and innovation.<br />

Email: customercare@taiton.in<br />

Website: www.taiton.in<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />


Company News<br />

Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar with Häfele India team<br />

Sachin Tendulkar joins<br />

Hafele as brand ambassador<br />

Two Legacies Known For Precision & Commitment To<br />

Quality And Values Join Hands<br />

Partnership marks beginning of a new chapter that<br />

looks forward to inspiring customers to create homes<br />

that reflect their unique personalities and enhance their<br />

everyday living.<br />

Hafele, a global leader in the<br />

interior solutions segment,<br />

with an international legacy<br />

of over 100 years, announces its<br />

collaboration with the cricket legend,<br />

Sachin Tendulkar, as the brand<br />

ambassador for its Indian subsidiary.<br />

This partnership marks the coming<br />

together of two legacies known for<br />

their precision and commitment to<br />

quality and values.<br />

Revered internationally as the ‘God<br />

of Cricket’ and recognised worldwide<br />

for his outstanding performance<br />

over a career spanning 20 years,<br />

Mr Tendulkar embodies excellence,<br />

integrity and a relentless pursuit to<br />

perfection – values that resonate<br />

deeply with Hafele.<br />

As a brand ambassador, Sachin<br />

will collaborate closely with Hafele<br />

to amplify the brand’s purpose,<br />

Maximising the value of space.<br />

Together., and inspire customers to<br />

elevate their spaces with Hafele’s<br />

state-of-the-art interior solutions.<br />

“We are honoured to welcome<br />

Sachin to the Hafele family,” said Mr<br />

Frank Schloeder, Managing Director –<br />

Hafele South Asia. “We believe he is<br />

the perfect fit for our brand especially<br />

given his passion for cooking and<br />

preparing delicacies in his kitchen.<br />

Who better than him to bring our<br />

contemporary interior solutions<br />

to the forefront and highlight their<br />

efficient functionality, cutting edge<br />

technology and enhanced aesthetics.<br />

Furthermore, his perseverance and<br />

attention to detail align perfectly with<br />

our brand values. With Sachin onboard<br />

we are eager to embark on this<br />

journey of inspiration and innovation,<br />

revolutionising the way people<br />

perceive and maximise the value of<br />

their space.”<br />

Sachin Tendulkar expressing his<br />

enthusiasm, said, “I am very happy<br />

to be partnering with Hafele. We<br />

embarked on this journey because<br />

we felt there’s a great value match<br />

between our teams. I have been<br />

passionate about food and cooking,<br />

and a good kitchen is what enables<br />

delicious joys for every family. With<br />

young Indians aspiring to be the<br />

best at everything they do, they seek<br />

solutions which are innovative and<br />

cutting-edge. While visiting Hafele’s<br />

design centre, I saw this in action.<br />

The brand philosophy of maximising<br />

the value of space stood out for me.<br />

I look forward to this relationship<br />

and wish the teams at SRT Sports<br />

Management (SRTSM) and Hafele all<br />

the very best as we continue to work<br />

closely on our joint objectives.”<br />

The partnership between Hafele<br />

and Sachin Tendulkar marks the<br />

beginning of an extraordinary chapter<br />

and looks forward to inspiring<br />

customers to create homes that not<br />

only reflect their unique personalities<br />

but also enhance their everyday<br />

living.<br />

About Hafele India<br />

Häfele India is a wholly-owned<br />

subsidiary of the Häfele Global<br />

network and has been operating in<br />

India since 2003. It is a leading figure<br />

in the field of architectural hardware,<br />

furniture and kitchen fittings and<br />

accessories. The company also has<br />

a strong presence in synergized<br />

product categories namely home<br />

appliances, interior lighting, water<br />

solutions and surfaces.<br />

Hafele’s history is a story of<br />

consistent movement from<br />

furniture to the door into the room.<br />

The company’s path has led from<br />

functionality to atmosphere and<br />

connectivity and on to a sustainable<br />

view of the customer process – from<br />

product development to after sales<br />

support.<br />

Hafele’s brand purpose,<br />

’Maximising the value of space.<br />

Together,’ serves as a guiding<br />

compass, leading the company into<br />

crafting holistic and sustainable<br />

environments for customers where<br />

they can enjoy the multiplied<br />

benefits of their living and working<br />

spaces.<br />

Email: customercare@hafeleindia.com<br />

Website: www.hafeleindia.com<br />

80 Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2024</strong>

Company News<br />

Boosting profitability by up to 30%<br />

with Glaston solutions and services<br />

Enables Unmatched Output By Bringing Simplicity & Ease To Glass Tempering<br />

Glaston, a pioneer in cutting-edge glass processing technologies, continues to advance<br />

automation solutions that improve the quality, efficiency, and profitability of glass<br />

tempering.<br />

Glaston Autopilot is the<br />

company’s newest technology<br />

in the field of tempering<br />

automation. This groundbreaking<br />

system provides fully automated<br />

glass tempering, taking care of all<br />

necessary settings and process<br />

adjustments. By minimising manual<br />

input, the solution guarantees<br />

repeatable quality – regardless of<br />

operator or shift.<br />

Lowest operating cost –<br />

highest profitability<br />

With its outstanding features,<br />

Glaston Autopilot contributes to<br />

the lowest operating costs – and<br />

highest profitability. It enables<br />

unmatched output and yield by<br />

bringing simplicity and ease to glass<br />

tempering and especially facilitating<br />

mixed production.<br />

Additionally, the system empowers<br />

glass processors to attain up to 50%<br />

in energy savings. As it eliminates<br />

downtime between product<br />

transitions and optimizes bed loading<br />

and utilization, maximized efficiency<br />

is ensured. By fostering precision<br />

throughout the entire production<br />

line, it effectively minimizes waste.<br />

Glaston tempering line with<br />

its solid design, automation and<br />

the highest uptime supported by<br />

services offers a reliable solution for<br />

a lifetime. Plus, system upgrades<br />

allow glass processors to easily keep<br />

pace with industry developments,<br />

maintaining a competitive edge.<br />

Enhanced safety with OSC<br />

Glaston Online Stress Calculation<br />

(OSC) solution calculates glass<br />

surface stress, middle-pane tension,<br />

and estimated fragmentation<br />

amount for all processed glasses. This<br />

tool automates quality monitoring,<br />

replacing ineffective conventional<br />

approaches. By increasing<br />

automation, we can be more certain<br />

that the safety standards required for<br />

tempered glass are met.<br />

The system issues automatic<br />

alerts when any variations in stress<br />

levels are detected. The results are<br />

based on real-time measurements of<br />

critical process variables during the<br />

tempering process.<br />

Autopilot and OSC mark a<br />

significant leap forward in redefining<br />

the glass tempering industry<br />

and increasing glass processors’<br />

profitability. These innovative<br />

solutions not only elevate quality<br />

and safety in glass processing but<br />

also guarantee heightened efficiency,<br />

directly translating into increased<br />

profits.<br />

Both are available as an optional<br />

feature for new Glaston tempering<br />

lines or as an upgrade for Glaston’s<br />

existing lines.<br />

About Glaston<br />

Glaston is the glass processing<br />

industry’s innovative technology<br />

leader supplying equipment, services<br />

and solutions to the architectural,<br />

mobility, solar and display industries.<br />

The company also supports the<br />

development of new technologies<br />

integrating intelligence into glass.<br />

Email: info@glaston.net<br />

Website: www.glaston.net<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />


Company Report<br />

Lijiang sets benchmark<br />

with jumbo-size doubleplate<br />

argon gas filling line<br />

Produces Gas-Filled Glass Of 3.3m X 7m, Double<br />

Plates Operate Independently<br />

Lijiang Glass has obtained three utility model patents<br />

and software copyright which further solidify its position<br />

as a leader in the industry.<br />

Lijiang Glass is the pioneer in the<br />

production of a double-plate<br />

and automatic online argon<br />

gas filling line with jumbo size in<br />

China. It has achieved an unparalleled<br />

feat by being the first to create this<br />

innovative technology in the country.<br />

Additionally, the company has<br />

obtained three utility model patents<br />

and software copyright which further<br />

solidify its position as a leader in the<br />

industry.<br />

Lijiang Glass’s double-plate and<br />

automatic online argon gas filling<br />

line with jumbo size is capable of<br />

producing argon gas-filled glass of<br />

3.3 metres by 7 metres. The double<br />

plates can operate independently<br />

at the same time, significantly<br />

increasing the processing efficiency of<br />

the glass factory.<br />

Lijiang Glass started to develop<br />

the automatic online argon gas filling<br />

line with jumbo size in 2020. In 2021,<br />

it provided the first 3.3 metres by 7<br />

metres jumbo size automatic online<br />

argon gas filling line in Guangdong,<br />

realising the production of ultralarge<br />

insulated glass and providing<br />

technical and equipment support<br />

for the development of YaoBo Glass<br />

Company.<br />

In 2022, Lijiang Glass’s doubleplate<br />

and automatic online argon gas<br />

filling line with jumbo size was rated<br />

as the first set in Shandong Province<br />

82 Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2024</strong>

Lijiang • 2<br />

Lijiang service team<br />

by the Shandong Architectural Glass<br />

and Industrial Glass Association and<br />

reported by China Architectural Glass<br />

and Industrial Glass Magazine. Lijiang<br />

Glass successfully exported the<br />

double-plate and automatic jumbo<br />

size online argon gas filling line into<br />

the overseas market.<br />

Lijiang’s double-plate and<br />

automatic online argon gas filling<br />

line with jumbo size can clean glass<br />

up to 35mm thickness. This IG line’s<br />

cleaning and drying section can<br />

automatically adjust the opening<br />

distance according to the thickness<br />

of the glass, ensuring a good drying<br />

effect. All the conveying sections have<br />

dual stations, which allow for double<br />

plate-station work on glass with a<br />

length of less than 3.5 metres in the<br />

dual-station mode, thus increasing<br />

production efficiency by more than<br />

50 per cent.<br />

The aluminum frame section is<br />

equipped with an automatic lifting<br />

device that helps position the<br />

aluminum frame of large plate glass.<br />

Additionally, there is an automatic<br />

side thickness device before plate<br />

pressing, and the Siemens servo<br />

system that drives the plate pressing<br />

can automatically achieve precise<br />

pressing of the plate size based on<br />

the post-test results.<br />

Lijiang’s patented argon gas filling<br />

beam device ensures efficient filling<br />

and sealing, while offering a stronger<br />

ability to tolerate glass tempering<br />

errors and better adaptability. The<br />

argon gas filling structure comes with<br />

an automatic measurement feedback<br />

device that offers real-time online<br />

feedback on the argon gas fill-up<br />

process. The setup data and actual<br />

data are displayed on the screen in<br />

real-time.<br />

It is easy to control argon gas filling<br />

rate, save argon gas, and improve<br />

working efficiency, making it more<br />

energy-saving and eco-friendly with<br />

high efficiency.<br />

The double-plate IG line can<br />

function independently or in tandem.<br />

The machine is capable of processing<br />

regular-sized glass for doors and<br />

windows in dual-station mode or can<br />

be linked together to process jumbo<br />

size argon gas double glass units. This<br />

is good news for glass processing<br />

plants as it provides them with an<br />

efficient tool.<br />

Lijiang Glass has its own service<br />

team in the Indian market with<br />

24-hour support. It is an insulating<br />

glass solution expert for world<br />

service, and its enterprise is to<br />

make glass processing more simple,<br />

intelligent, and efficient. It hopes to<br />

work with more of its Indian friends<br />

to have a win-win future in the glass<br />

industry together.<br />

–Ms. Rose<br />

Email: sales@lijiang-glass.com<br />

Website: www.ljglassmachinery.com<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />


Company News<br />

We know glass, we love<br />

glass: Bottero S.p.A.<br />

Meeting The Challenges of A Transforming Glass<br />

Industry with Cutting-Edge Technology<br />

Bottero’s cutting-edge solutions reshaping glass<br />

production, from modular machines to advanced<br />

automation and artificial intelligence.<br />

The glass industry has undergone<br />

a global transformation in<br />

recent times. Glassworks are<br />

facing a much more variable request<br />

from the market: dimensions and<br />

order size are difficult to predict,<br />

while delivery times are becoming<br />

shorter and shorter.<br />

The new challenge for glass makers<br />

is to keep pace, raising productivity<br />

and staying competitive. This means<br />

investing in new equipment, but<br />

mainly reshaping the workshop<br />

production flow following lean<br />

84 Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2024</strong>

Bottero • 2<br />

principles.<br />

Bottero S.p.A. has solutions ready<br />

to go for all these challenges based<br />

on three main pillars:<br />

- Modular machines and platform<br />

concept;<br />

- Integrated systems tailor-made<br />

to customer needs;<br />

- Bottero 4.0: A comprehensive<br />

suite for machine learning and<br />

artificial intelligence.<br />

For more than 60 years, Bottero<br />

has been leading the flat glass<br />

industry in float and laminated glass<br />

with an in-depth and wide range of<br />

processing machines, from cutting<br />

tables to double edgers and CNC<br />

machines.<br />

With more than 200 glass<br />

production equipment items,<br />

and more than 50,000 processing<br />

machines installed around the world<br />

for any type of glass, Bottero is the<br />

unmissable partner for everyone who<br />

wants to cut a piece of glass.<br />

Our product range in cutting<br />

(BKM, BCS and EVO) is the widest<br />

and most in-depth available today in<br />

both stand-alone and dual-line with<br />

a laminated glass cutting table, or<br />

within an integrated line with stock<br />

management systems such as crane<br />

loaders or shuttle systems.<br />

Thanks to their modular design,<br />

our customers can choose several<br />

options for their cutting tables, such<br />

as the Easy Deletion system with<br />

baffle grinding wheel, low-E/TPF<br />

removal with peripheral grinding<br />

wheel, PPL labeling printer and CO2<br />

laser marking, just to name a few.<br />

Every Bottero cutting table gathers<br />

more than six decades of experience<br />

and know-how in the glass sector,<br />

ensuring not only perfect cutting<br />

quality and a user-friendly approach<br />

but also remote support and<br />

preventive maintenance tools.<br />

Bottero offers a wide range<br />

of solutions for laminated glass<br />

processing scalable in terms of<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />


Company News<br />

modularity and automation level,<br />

suitable to process laminated<br />

glass with PVB (acoustic and/or<br />

refrigerated), EVA and special antihurricane<br />

interlayers.<br />

Bottero’s R&D department is<br />

continuously working to innovate<br />

its laminated glass product range to<br />

ensure that the company remains the<br />

undisputed leader in this field.<br />

The company’s most advanced<br />

equipment is the 548 LAM, a fully<br />

automated table that can process<br />

different laminated glass types<br />

with reduced cycle time and energy<br />

consumption.<br />

Thanks to a great number of<br />

patents, Bottero’s PVB heating<br />

system focuses energy on the<br />

PVB without heating the glass,<br />

thus reducing cycle time by 30%,<br />

saving up to 40% of energy costs<br />

and reducing the number of glass<br />

breakages.<br />

Operator manual intervention is<br />

eliminated thanks to the patented<br />

squaring device for glass positioning<br />

and rotating, as well as by means of<br />

automatic loading and unloading<br />

arms.<br />

With regards to laminated glass<br />

production, Bottero is currently<br />

market leader in the assembly line<br />

segment with a full range of solutions<br />

ranging from entry level, with manual<br />

loading and unloading, up to fully<br />

automated with automatic PVB<br />

unwinding and trimming with an<br />

output cycle time of 38s per JS plate<br />

of up to 6,000 x 3,300 mm.<br />

Bottero Flex Lamilines can manage<br />

shaped glass from 200x200mm up<br />

to XJS glass of 12,000 x 3,300 mm<br />

in multiple layers of up to 100mm<br />

thickness.<br />

Thanks to a great number of<br />

patents and more than 25 years of<br />

experience worldwide, Bottero offers<br />

state-of-the-art nip rolls and furnace<br />

area for laminated glass production,<br />

suitable for a huge variety of glass<br />

size and dimensions. Modularity<br />

and scalability are also applied to<br />

Bottero’s wide range of horizontal<br />

double edgers and vertical edgers.<br />

While double edgers represent the<br />

best solution when high grinding and<br />

polishing quality is required, vertical<br />

edgers are more flexible and can<br />

be easily integrated with robots for<br />

loading, unloading and glass rotation.<br />

Of course, double edgers ensure<br />

perfect parallelism, squareness and<br />

multiple profile finishing, including<br />

arrises, engraving and polished radius<br />

corners. With Bottero new Flex Edge,<br />

customers can really customize their<br />

machines with up to 17 spindles<br />

per side, with an unlimited range of<br />

dimensions up to 12,000mm opening<br />

width.<br />

Remote service, cloud connection<br />

and preventive maintenance tools are<br />

the basic tool set of Bottero edgers.<br />

Bottero is, and has been since<br />

1957, customer-centric. Our Pre-Sales<br />

and Sales Department pay special<br />

attention to understand customer<br />

expectations and limitation to<br />

develop the best proposal fitting with<br />

customer needs and reducing Total<br />

Cost of Ownership (TCO).<br />

Fewer manual operations and<br />

more automation have allowed many<br />

of our customers around the world to<br />

improve their competitiveness and<br />

market leadership.<br />

About the company<br />

Bottero S.p.A. is the only<br />

company worldwide engineering,<br />

manufacturing, installing and<br />

servicing equipment for both flat and<br />

hollow glass.<br />

– Marco Bellino<br />

Email: marco.bellino@bottero.com<br />

Website: www.bottero.com<br />

86 Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2024</strong>


Company News<br />

Grenzebach-SORG Engineering<br />

appoints Robert Homer as new MD<br />

An Experienced Professional, Homer Is Well-Versed In Implementing Float &<br />

Solar Glass Projects<br />

Having worked for several well-known glass manufacturers throughout his career,<br />

Robert Homer has acquired significant project engineering experience and has<br />

overseen major international projects.<br />

Robert Homer steps up as new Managing Director of GSE, joining the leadership with Ralf Czeschka.<br />

Grenzebach-SORG Engineering<br />

(GSE), a partnership between<br />

Grenzebach and SORG, two<br />

family-run glass industry pioneers,<br />

has announced that Robert Homer is<br />

taking over as Managing Director.<br />

With Robert Homer, GSE<br />

welcomes an experienced glass<br />

professional who is well-versed in<br />

implementing float and solar glass<br />

projects. With this appointment, GSE<br />

will strengthen its engineering and<br />

project management capabilities.<br />

“I am looking forward to being a<br />

big part of GSE’s journey. With our<br />

portfolio of products and services,<br />

I am dedicated to developing new<br />

synergies for our customers with a<br />

one-stop solution,” Homer said after<br />

taking charge.<br />

Robert Homer is a familiar figure in<br />

the glass industry having spent more<br />

than 20 years in the business. Having<br />

worked for several well-known<br />

glass manufacturers throughout his<br />

career, he has acquired significant<br />

project engineering experience and<br />

has overseen major international<br />

projects. This included successfully<br />

delivering new float and solar<br />

manufacturing facilities across<br />

Europe, Asia, India and North and<br />

South America.<br />

In August 2022, Robert joined<br />

Grenzebach as its Business<br />

Development Manager. Effective<br />

January 1, <strong>2024</strong>, he also took over as<br />

the Managing Director of GSE.<br />

“Coming together with one vision,<br />

we proactively lead our holistic<br />

approach further. And I’m delighted<br />

to have such an experienced project<br />

manager on board. Also, I would<br />

like to thank Dennis Schattauer for<br />

his engagement,” Ralf Czeschka,<br />

Managing Director at GSE, said.<br />

Robert Homer steps up as new<br />

Managing Director of GSE, to succeed<br />

Dennis Schattauer, who is taking over<br />

an important position at Grenzebach<br />

BSH.<br />

Outgoing MD Dennis Schattauer<br />

moves on to a new position at<br />

Grenzebach in Bad Hersfeld.<br />

“I’m happy to hand over GSE in a<br />

stronger position to develop further<br />

our customers’ expectations of<br />

this exciting joint venture,” Dennis<br />

Schattauer, Sales Director of<br />

Grenzebach Building Materials, said.<br />

About Grenzebach Sorg<br />

Engineering<br />

GS Engineering (GSE) offers a<br />

wide range of engineering and<br />

project management services to<br />

glass manufacturers. Combining<br />

over 200 years of experience in<br />

automation and advanced melting<br />

and conditioning technologies,<br />

this unique collaboration offers<br />

customers the best of both.<br />

–Andrea Wirth<br />

Email: Andrea.wirth@grenzebach.com<br />

Website: www.gse-glass.com<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />


Technical Article<br />

Precautions and safety<br />

in handling glass<br />

Ensuring Safety Amid Fragility: Guidelines for<br />

Handling, Storing, and Transporting Glass<br />

It is necessary to pay meticulous attention while<br />

handling glass to avoid accidents and injuries.<br />

Glass is fragile and brittle by<br />

nature. These properties<br />

require a special attention<br />

when loading /un-loading, stacking,<br />

storage and transportation of glass.<br />

Mishandling can result in<br />

accidents which can cause cut, injury,<br />

amputation and even be fatal at<br />

times.<br />


Need of safety in proper handling<br />

of glass is of prime importance. The<br />

safety measures must be put in place<br />

and rigidly followed when handling<br />

glass, both in small and large volumes.<br />

Over the time, by experience, certain<br />

procedures have been adhered to by<br />

glass factories and fabricators. Some<br />

of the most pertinent safety practices<br />

required are:-<br />

1. Wearing of cut resistant gloves<br />

and not lifting the glass by bare hands.<br />

2. The glass must be lifted by two<br />

persons;, single person handling of<br />

large size or heavy glass must be<br />

avoided. Single person handling can<br />

result in twisting and tipping of glass.<br />

3. Never lift a glass with bare toe or<br />

while wearing slippers. Always wear<br />

tight boots. Falling of glass on the feet<br />

is most common. Also broken glass on<br />

the floor can get in to your feet.<br />

4. Use of vacuum grippers should<br />

be practiced. Use single pad grippers<br />

for small size glass, and double or<br />

triple pad vacuum grippers for large<br />

size glass. Always use vacuum grippers<br />

in pairs.<br />

5. The glass should be clean and dry<br />

before lifting. Wet glass can slip easily<br />

and also the vacuum griper will not<br />

grip the wet glass firmly.<br />

6. The lifting capacity of a person<br />

must be kept in mind. Lifting glass<br />

heavier than the capacity or for longer<br />

duration can pose a big problem of<br />

fatigue, resulting in slippage.<br />

7. All lifting tools like slings, vacuum<br />

pads, straps, hooks should have a<br />

safety factor of 2-2.5 .Only the properly<br />

tested and inspected equipment<br />

should be used.<br />

8. Worn out, cracked, broken safety<br />

equipment, is a serious threat. It<br />

should never be used to handle glass.<br />

9. Ensure that the path to the<br />

handling area is clean; dry (no water<br />

or oil spillage) is there. This can be a<br />

major hazard and cause of mishap.<br />

10. Always wear the proper<br />

Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)<br />

like gloves, arm guards, safety glasses,<br />

boots, helmet, reflective uniform. Do<br />

not wear loose clothes to reduce risk<br />

of injury.<br />

A very important saying in glass industry is<br />



The weight of the falling glass is 5 times the<br />

actual weight of the glass.<br />

Storage of Glass<br />

Storage of glass is required by all<br />

glass manufactures, fabricators,<br />

processors, resellers including small<br />

shopkeepers. Storage of glass is a<br />

very specialised work and should be<br />

done by trained persons who should<br />

be aware of the risk of personal injury<br />

and monetary loss in handling flat<br />

glass. Understanding of accident<br />

prone areas like stairs, sharp turns &<br />

corners, and taking effective steps,<br />

precautions will minimise or eliminate<br />

the accidents.<br />

Most important & foremost thing<br />

in storage is RACKING. RACKING<br />

is stacking of glass at an angle of<br />

inclination also known as Lean Angle.<br />

The optimum angle of lean should be<br />

between 3-5 degrees. The storage can<br />

also be done against a wall. The load<br />

bearing capacity of the wall should be<br />

taken into consideration. The floor on<br />

which the glass is being stored should<br />

be levelled and even. Uneven floor<br />

can result in falling and slipping of<br />

glass. The floor should also be strong<br />

enough to take the load of the glass.<br />

If the floor is not cemented or pacca,<br />

there can be chances that the floor<br />

might sink with weight. Rodents etc.<br />

also are a threat in such a case.<br />

Dos and Don’ts of glass storage are:<br />

1. Never drag or slide the glass<br />

across the ground. The best way is to<br />

lift and place the glass.<br />

2. The glass should be placed<br />

against each other softly. Impact on<br />

one sheet from another can break the<br />

glass.<br />

3. Use of plastic corners, foam /cork<br />

separators will ease out placing and<br />

removal of glass sheets.<br />

4. Use of various kinds of lifters<br />

(Manual, Electric, Pneumatic,<br />

Hydraulic), EOT cranes, and Fork lifts<br />

should be encouraged to lift and stack<br />

the glass sheets.<br />

Precautions required during storage<br />

of glass are:<br />

1. Ensure that the glass is properly<br />

secured and strapped before lifting.<br />

Use of extra slings, steel straps,<br />

and side slings are an added safety<br />

features but a must.<br />

2. Never move or stand in front of<br />

the fork lift. Keep the glass strapped<br />

to the back of the fork lift to avoid it<br />

from falling flat to the front.<br />

3. Capacity of EOT crane, Fork lift,<br />

Vacuum gripers, lifting equipment<br />

should be kept in mind. Never ever<br />

overload. Periodic check-up of all the<br />

lifting equipment and maintenance<br />

should be done to avoid any mishap.<br />

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4. During storage look for defects,<br />

cracks, chipped corners in the glass,<br />

if noticed do not store such glass. The<br />

flawed glass can break or cause injury<br />

during stacking and removal.<br />

5. Storage area should be well<br />

lit and well ventilated. Foul smell,<br />

sneezing, nausea can also be the<br />

cause of slippage of glass when<br />

manual stacking. Large size glasses<br />

can obstruct the light and can create<br />

dark spots, which can be risky area of<br />

accidents.<br />

6. ‘A’ Frames are commonly used to<br />

stack the glass. It is advisable to stack<br />

the glass on both sides of ‘A’ Frame to<br />

make it stable and not tumble and tilt<br />

due to imbalance.<br />

7. Always ensure that the storage<br />

place is clean, it is not cluttered and<br />

the path is free for movement. Any<br />

obstruction can be the reason for<br />

tumbling and tripping over.<br />

8. No pets in the storage area. Pets<br />

can hurt themselves and cause panic<br />

resulting in accidents.<br />

9. Noise is also a big problem<br />

in glass industry. Some machines<br />

like belt grinders, Edge grinders,<br />

and toughened glass plant create a<br />

lot of noise. This noise can make it<br />

difficult to hear the instructions and<br />

movement of storage vehicles, which<br />

could result into collision and mishap.<br />

Avoid storage in noisy area.<br />

10. The walk way for workers, area<br />

for movement of vehicles, trolleys<br />

etc. should be away from storage<br />

area. These areas should be clearly<br />

designated and marked. The storage<br />

area should be cordoned and fenced<br />

for safety reasons.<br />

11. Safety instructions, dos and<br />

don’ts chart, caution notices must be<br />

prominently displayed. The training<br />

of storage area workers must be a<br />

regular feature. This will keep them<br />

updated and aware of the risks.<br />

12. If any shift or slip or untoward<br />

thing is noticed in stack, the area must<br />

be earmarked as out of bounds. The<br />

problem must be attended to on top<br />

priority, without any delay.<br />

Transportation of Glass<br />

Transportation of any fragile good is a<br />

challenge in itself. When transporting<br />

glass lot of care, precautions and<br />

alertness is required. Breaking,<br />

scratching, chipping, corner breaking<br />

during loading/ unloading are very<br />

common. The risk of injury and getting<br />

hurt or bruised is very high during<br />

loading/ unloading of glass on truck or<br />

container.<br />

When loading on truck/ any vehicle<br />

or container, the main problem is the<br />

constraint of area. The movement<br />

is much restricted due to area<br />

availability that result in bruises and<br />

cuts very often. Severing of fingers is<br />

another serious issue.<br />

It is always better to use<br />

mechanical equipment like cranes,<br />

hoists and other manual lifting<br />

devises such as chain pulley blocks,<br />

hoists, tripods to minimise human<br />

interaction. Many a times the trucks<br />

are loaded in a pit, which makes it<br />

easier and efficient.<br />

Precautions to be taken for<br />

transportation:<br />

1. The truck or container should be<br />

loaded with even load distribution.<br />

2. The glass should be secured in<br />

wooden crates with steel strapping.<br />

Corners of the glass should be<br />

secured with cardboard or plastic<br />

corner protectors.<br />

3. The glass loaded on the truck<br />

should be securely strapped, to<br />

avoid breakage due to bumps, pits or<br />

sudden breaking on the road.<br />

4. Foam, cork and other<br />

polyurethane separators are placed<br />

between the glass sheets, covering of<br />

glass by plastic film will help to take<br />

care of breakage and scratches due to<br />

friction during transportation.<br />

5. The truck / container should not<br />

be overloaded or driven at high speed.<br />

When turning it should be controlled<br />

and slow. Manoeuvring on sharp<br />

turns, high height speed breakers or<br />

multiple speed breakers should be<br />

done very carefully.<br />

6. Always lay the glass on the<br />

edge i.e., in upright position. The<br />

edge should be laid on soft wooden<br />

logs, with rubber and foam padding<br />

.This will avoid chipping at the<br />

edges. Horizontal stacking is not<br />

recommended.<br />

7. ‘A’ frame is used to transport glass<br />

on tempos and smaller vehicles. The<br />

‘A’ Frame should be strong enough to<br />

take the load. Both sides should be<br />

loaded evenly. The ‘A’ frame should<br />

be very rigidly secured to the floor of<br />

the vehicle. The ‘A’ frame should be<br />

levelled to avoid slippage of glass. The<br />

glass crates should be strapped with<br />

rubber slings very securely.<br />

8. Climatic conditions also affect<br />

the transportation of glass. Extreme<br />

heat or cold can cause thermal shock<br />

in the glass. Rain water, dust can also<br />

damage the glass. The glass sheets<br />

should be covered by plastic sheets<br />

before putting in the crate.<br />

9. Unloading is equally important.<br />

Lot of caution and care is desired<br />

while opening the crates. The opening<br />

of crates should be done slowly,<br />

10. Never stand in front of the glass<br />

while opening the crate. Avoid using<br />

sharp metal objects with glass as it<br />

may break the glass. One sheet at a<br />

time should be lifted. The next sheet<br />

must be secured before removing the<br />

front sheet.<br />

All this and many more precautions<br />

are required to handle and minimise<br />

the breakage of glass and injury to the<br />

human beings.<br />

Have a safe handling, storage and<br />

transportation of glass. That is the<br />

purpose and aim of this article.<br />

The Author:<br />

MR. SUDHIR ARORA, B.Sc Engg. (Mech), LLB,<br />

Managing Director of Techno Trade Links<br />

Website: www.technotradelinks.in<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />


Technical Article<br />

Hot topic at glasstec <strong>2024</strong>: Circular<br />

economy in flat glass industry<br />

Anyone Wanting To Change Structures Will Have Their ‘Work Cut Out’<br />

At glasstec <strong>2024</strong>, the flat glass industry will be abuzz with the pressing issue of circular<br />

economy integration, confronting structural challenges head-on.<br />

The material flows from glass production to recycling clearly show that the recycling of flat glass already works very well, but too<br />

little attention is paid to qualitative differences. This is why high-quality architectural glass is still rarely recycled into high-quality<br />

architectural glass.<br />

Chart: Bundesverband Flachglas<br />

In 2023, industry emissions fell by<br />

12% against the previous year – as<br />

found by the current study ‘Agora<br />

Energiewende: Energy Transition in<br />

Germany’. A positive development at<br />

first sight, which is, however, largely<br />

due to declining production in the<br />

energy-intensive sectors driven<br />

by lower demand in a competitive<br />

environment made difficult by high<br />

energy prices.<br />

To the flat glass industry, the<br />

first hot topic at this year’s glasstec<br />

(22 – 25 October, Düsseldorf) –<br />

Circular Economy – is one of the<br />

most important topics of the<br />

decade, both ecologically and<br />

economically: cullet returned into<br />

the cycle saves raw materials, lowers<br />

furnace temperature and saves<br />

valuable energy. At the same time,<br />

one kilogram of float glass made of<br />

recycled glass emits some 0.3 kg less<br />

CO 2<br />

than a glass batch consisting only<br />

of primary raw materials.<br />

The problem: there is too little<br />

cullet from demolished or dismantled<br />

old buildings and modernisation and<br />

the recycled material streams are not<br />

flowing back to the flat glass industry<br />

to the desired degree. This article<br />

analyses the different reasons for this<br />

and points to possible solutions.<br />

One conclusion from the getgo:<br />

those wanting functioning<br />

cycles will have to fight embedded<br />

structural problems at many points<br />

involved in the process and have<br />

their work cut out convincing<br />

people. Even now, very little closedloop<br />

material recycling is achieved<br />

when demolishing or modernising<br />

buildings.<br />

This means glass from architecture<br />

is still all too rarely converted back<br />

into architectural glass again. Those<br />

involved in the recycling process<br />

include float glass producers and<br />

processors, window installers, largescale<br />

recyclers – and everyone who<br />

has ever used a reuse and recycling<br />

centre to return construction<br />

materials.<br />

A possible ideal scenario: A<br />

building with a digital Building<br />

Resource Passport (DGNB) reaches<br />

the end of its lifecycle, is carefully<br />

dismantled (not demolished), and its<br />

materials are reclaimed and re-used.<br />

Where this is not possible, the raw<br />

materials are properly separated, and<br />

transported to a recycling company<br />

that reworks them; the high-quality<br />

flat glass cullet is then returned to<br />

the producers’ float glass melting<br />

units.<br />

Reality looks different though:<br />

When a building reaches its “end of<br />

life”, usable materials still often end<br />

up as building rubble with recycling<br />

companies. Things look better when<br />

buildings are dismantled rather than<br />

demolished – here, the construction<br />

process is practically reversed in<br />

order to retain valuable raw materials<br />

or parts of the basic structure of the<br />

building.<br />

The materials obtained are<br />

separated and reclaimed at great<br />

expense. But there are also risks to<br />

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The material composition of a typical apartment block clearly shows how many raw materials could be recovered and reused or<br />

recycled. For a climate-neutral construction industry, existing buildings must be seen as material banks.<br />

Chart: Matthias Heinrich / EPEA – Part of Drees & Sommer<br />

the purity of materials lingering at<br />

the recycling centre itself. There are<br />

clear guidelines for both commercial<br />

operators and end users on where<br />

to dump which material but at times<br />

the old ceramic hob still ends up in<br />

the construction glass container or<br />

the window complete with frame and<br />

profiles is dumped in the wrong bin<br />

because it just happens to be closer<br />

to the van.<br />

The result is contaminated<br />

materials and even after reprocessing,<br />

the quality may not be sufficient<br />

to meet the very high demands<br />

of the flat glass industry. The<br />

background to this is that even tiny<br />

contaminations in the glass batch<br />

can seriously disrupt production<br />

because the systems react<br />

sensitively to the smallest material<br />

fluctuations; meaning they need to<br />

be recalibrated, potentially leading<br />

to lengthy and expensive production<br />

downtimes. Even if the cullet quality<br />

is found to be good after inspection<br />

at the recycling centre, there is<br />

often a perceived “residual risk” for<br />

recyclers who prefer (on account of<br />

the lower entrepreneurial risks) to<br />

sell this cullet to container glass or<br />

insulation material manufacturers<br />

who have lower purity requirements<br />

and also require it as an important<br />

recyclate.<br />

For recycling, it would therefore<br />

be important to sort the materials<br />

more carefully and to take them to<br />

recycling centres. Solutions should<br />

be found to protect the material<br />

pools better from contamination. To<br />

this end, there must be more general<br />

awareness raised for the value of<br />

materials, which become valuable<br />

resources and thereby save natural<br />

resources – which may be a longterm<br />

communication task for all<br />

associations involved in construction.<br />

The situation could also be<br />

improved if interfaces between the<br />

glass industry and system providers<br />

were created with initiatives like<br />

Rewindo (recycling plastics from old<br />

windows) and A/U/F (aluminium<br />

recycling) in order to secure the<br />

highest quality of insulating glass<br />

possible from these already wellfunctioning<br />

systems.<br />

What already works well for<br />

recyclers is the cooperation with glass<br />

processing companies. The cullet<br />

produced by sizing in insulating glass<br />

production, for example, is separately<br />

pooled by recyclers and returned to<br />

float glass manufacturers for closing<br />

the loop in the glass batch. However,<br />

this is not always easy at present,<br />

as float glass manufacturers are<br />

competing for cullet and rising costs<br />

for tolls and transportation to the<br />

melting unit sites are causing cullet<br />

prices to rise on a market already<br />

impacted by high energy prices.<br />

Major float glass manufacturers are<br />

already seeking alternative ways to<br />

increase their recycling ratios and are<br />

trying to already identify demolition,<br />

dismantling or refurbishment<br />

projects in the tendering phase to<br />

then arrange individual collection<br />

and reclamation with recycling<br />

Manual separation of an insulating glass unit.<br />

Photo: Martin Teich / Michael Elstner<br />

Glass sheet, sections and spacers with sealants.<br />

Photo: Martin Teich / Michael Elstner<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />


Technical Article<br />

With its IG2Pieces, HEGLA offers a system solution that can separate glass cleanly and without<br />

damage from an IGU.<br />

Photo: HEGLA GmbH & Co. KG<br />

Once the pane has been detached from the IGU laminate, the IGU can either be created again<br />

with the existing panes or used for further orders.<br />

Photo: HEGLA GmbH & Co. KG<br />

companies. But this does not<br />

eliminate the general problem of<br />

volumes.<br />

Quantity issue: Architectural<br />

glass is long-lasting<br />

Increasing the percentage of cullet<br />

quickly and significantly proves<br />

difficult due to the far too low overall<br />

quantities of glass from end-of-life<br />

buildings and components because<br />

float glass is an extraordinarily slowmoving<br />

commodity. Buildings dating<br />

back to the 1970s, 80s and 90s will<br />

only end up at recycling centres in<br />

the coming years.<br />

The buildings of relevance<br />

currently are older buildings with a<br />

significantly lower percentage of glass<br />

in the building skin than is customary<br />

today. It will take time before we<br />

see more glass for recycling being<br />

reclaimed from triple insulating<br />

glass or large-format facades – highquality<br />

insulating glass is long-lasting<br />

and survives several decades without<br />

losing functionality.<br />

This is also backed up by the<br />

numbers: according to the latest<br />

figures published by “Bundesverband<br />

Flachglas e.V.” (German Flat Glass<br />

Association), some 521,000 tons<br />

of cullet are available annually in<br />

Germany. Of this, 350,000 tons<br />

come from old buildings while<br />

the remaining 171,000 tons with<br />

markedly higher purity are sent<br />

by glass processing companies to<br />

recycling firms. On the other hand,<br />

every year 1.67 million tons of new<br />

float glass are placed on the market<br />

for use in building applications.<br />

Due to the circumstances outlined<br />

above, only 101,000 tons (19%) flow<br />

back into float tanks in a closed loop<br />

from recyclers. The largest share,<br />

some 235,000 tons (45%), leaves<br />

the closed-loop systems to end up<br />

in container glass while a further<br />

165,000 tons (32%) are channelled<br />

into producing insulation materials<br />

and other mineral construction<br />

materials. Adding all this up you<br />

realise that 20,000 tons (4%) of cullet<br />

still end up in landfill at the end of<br />

the day if they cannot be used for<br />

another purpose.<br />

Even if solutions are found to<br />

salvage the cullet existing in old<br />

buildings to the ideal quality level:<br />

over a third of the total volume of<br />

glass put on the market every year<br />

will – for the time being – not be<br />

recoverable from buildings because<br />

the proportion of glass in their<br />

facades is too low – it is not expected<br />

for large formats and triple-insulating<br />

units to be returned any time soon.<br />

By adding cullet from their own<br />

manufacturing sites, float glass<br />

producers could realise a recycling<br />

ratio of 40 to 50 mathematically<br />

speaking – provided the cullet was<br />

not required in other industries, too.<br />

A higher figure will only become<br />

achievable once the first triple-<br />

glazing units, larger window-pane<br />

formats and glass facades, which<br />

appeared around the turn of the<br />

millennium, are received by recycling<br />

centres.<br />

Manufacturers’ own networks<br />

and systems would also be worth<br />

considering to secure end-of-life<br />

insulating glass and cullet. This is<br />

a view also shared by Tim Janßen,<br />

Executive Managing Director and cofounder<br />

of the non-profit “Cradle to<br />

Cradle” NGO: “Manufacturers should,<br />

in their own interest, work towards<br />

orienting not only their product but<br />

also their business model towards<br />

a cradle-to-cradle approach and<br />

design them for circularity. This may<br />

mean offering glass as a service for<br />

a building for a specific period of<br />

use, and after the end of this period,<br />

getting the product and the raw<br />

materials contained in it back rather<br />

than selling their property rights.”<br />

Modular facades and glass or<br />

windows for buildings could in future<br />

be rented. Like this, “Glass as a<br />

Service” could make for a planned,<br />

energetic updating of buildings at<br />

regular intervals thereby ensuring a<br />

more constant return of insulating<br />

glass for re-use, re-manufacturing<br />

and recycling – albeit still at very<br />

long-term intervals.<br />

Re-Use, Re-Manufacturing<br />

and Recycling<br />

“End-of-life” insulating glass, i.e.<br />

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insulating glass from old buildings,<br />

can be given a “second life” in<br />

a variety of ways. The term “reuse”<br />

refers to the reutilisation of<br />

insulating glass as a component in<br />

another location if it still has the<br />

necessary mechanical strength<br />

and the required Ug value. Failing<br />

this, the insulating glass can be “remanufactured”<br />

either by upgrading it<br />

(refilling with argon) or by separating<br />

it into individual components,<br />

reconditioning it and processing it<br />

into a “new” insulating glass with<br />

dismantled and recoated individual<br />

panes. Should the test show that this<br />

is not possible either, for instance,<br />

because glass and layer corrosion,<br />

relevant scratches, defects and edge<br />

damage are detected, the glass is<br />

returned to the material cycle as<br />

cullet.<br />

The German Glass Construction<br />

Association (Fachverband<br />

Konstruktiver Glasbau e.V.) is<br />

currently working on this issue in<br />

its “Sustainability Working Group”,<br />

primarily to create technical<br />

and ideally standardised factual<br />

data. At present, there are no<br />

basic principles that can serve<br />

as guidelines or orientations for<br />

planners and contractors to qualify<br />

glass from existing buildings for new<br />

applications. Tests are also underway<br />

to determine whether the applicable<br />

technical regulations can be used or<br />

whether a tiered system of quality<br />

requirements needs to be defined.<br />

The working group’s interim report<br />

9/2023 provides a detailed overview<br />

of the research concept and the<br />

current status; in future, it is intended<br />

for this to lead to a set of guidelines<br />

entitled “R-Glass Recommendations<br />

for Action” (“Handlungsempfehlungen<br />

R-Glas”).<br />

Automated separation of<br />

“end-of-life” insulating glass<br />

units<br />

The re-use and re-manufacturing<br />

of insulating glass are already<br />

happening in initial projects (of<br />

course with approval in individual<br />

cases (“Zustimmung im Einzelfall” –<br />

ZiE) and project-related construction<br />

Tim Janßen is the Executive Managing Director and co-founder<br />

of the non-profit Cradle to Cradle NGO.<br />

Photo: Cradle to Cradle NGO<br />

authorisation (“vorhabenbezogene<br />

Bauartgenehmigung” – vBG)) and<br />

is an important approach that<br />

conserves resources, reduces the<br />

CO 2<br />

footprint of buildings and saves<br />

a little on new glass production.<br />

Until now, in addition to complex<br />

German building legislation, the main<br />

technical problem was that it was not<br />

easy to cleanly separate insulating<br />

glass units built to last.<br />

In any case, this process has so<br />

far been a manual one. This is where<br />

machinery manufacturers like Hegla<br />

are now coming up with promising<br />

and more economical solutions:<br />

With “IG2Pieces system technology”,<br />

the company has now developed a<br />

solution that can separate glass from<br />

insulating glass units cleanly and<br />

without damage from the spacer,<br />

and where the sealing compound<br />

is also said to be removed almost<br />

residue-free and fully automatically.<br />

The machine also measures the<br />

dimensions and insulating glass<br />

structure automatically. Once<br />

the individual panes have been<br />

separated from the laminate, they<br />

can be “re-manufactured” or recycled<br />

in the float glass manufacturer’s<br />

“closed loop” without compromising<br />

the quality of the raw materials.<br />

Re-manufacturing is particularly<br />

economical for large, high-quality<br />

units that are still in use and reduces<br />

CO 2<br />

emissions, especially if the units<br />

contain complex structures, TSG and<br />

laminated sheet glass or high-quality<br />

coated glass sheets that are not lost<br />

in this way.<br />

Separating high-quality glass<br />

plates for reuse is now becoming<br />

increasingly attractive commercially<br />

thanks to the automated process,<br />

especially as the price of CO 2<br />

rises.<br />

Planned “urban mining” is the key<br />

to climate neutrality, as only around<br />

half of the total CO 2<br />

emissions from<br />

new buildings are generated during<br />

operation.<br />

The other half, the “grey energy”,<br />

is generated by the production and<br />

transport of building materials, as<br />

well as the “end-of-life” – it is these<br />

CO 2<br />

emissions that could most<br />

effectively be reduced through<br />

more reuse, re-manufacturing and<br />

recycling. More standardisation of<br />

building components could perhaps<br />

contribute to this most effectively – a<br />

topic that has been under discussion<br />

for a long time.<br />

With more standardisation in<br />

suitable building categories, serial<br />

production by manufacturers and<br />

processors would be simplified,<br />

the take-back systems for re-use,<br />

re-manufacturing and recycling<br />

would be easier to organise<br />

and manufacturer solutions for<br />

separating insulating glass would be<br />

immediately cost-effective.<br />

The “Circular Economy” is one of<br />

the hot topics at this year’s glasstec,<br />

the leading international trade fair for<br />

the glass industry, and one that will<br />

also be discussed at the trade fair’s<br />

Architecture Forum in October <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

It will be interesting to see what<br />

impetus the trade fair will provide for<br />

the future of closed-loop recycling.<br />

–Angela Meier-Buntenbroich<br />

Email: MeierA@messe-duesseldorf.de<br />

–Theresa Oswald<br />

Email: OswaldT@messe-duesseldorf.de<br />

Website: www.glasstec.de<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />


Technical Article<br />

Bosco Vertikale still is one of the most impressive<br />

examples of façade greening.<br />

Photo: Arup<br />

Adapting to Climate<br />

Change: Building and<br />

Urban Planning<br />

Approaches Proposed By Planners And Architects<br />

To Be Discussed At glasstec <strong>2024</strong><br />

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glasstec <strong>2024</strong> • 2<br />

Cutting-edge strategies for climate-resilient urban<br />

planning and architecture to be unveiled at glasstec<br />

(Oct 22-25, <strong>2024</strong>) in Düsseldorf.<br />

Natural daylight supports our<br />

circadian rhythm, keeping<br />

us alert and productive.<br />

This is why humans prefer living and<br />

working spaces flooded with natural<br />

light. However, in a changing climate,<br />

buildings need more air-conditioning<br />

due to longer and more intense<br />

periods of heat.<br />

The glass industry offers solutions<br />

to this problem in the form of<br />

highly selective layered systems<br />

that provide both high daylight<br />

transmission and thermal protection<br />

in summer, which reduces the<br />

climatic load and the periods of time<br />

when shading is required.<br />

This can, however, be just one<br />

component of many for rising to<br />

the growing challenges of climate<br />

change. The approaches proposed by<br />

planners and architects for adapting<br />

to climate change will be discussed<br />

at glasstec <strong>2024</strong> (22-25 October,<br />

Düsseldorf) at its Architecture Forum.<br />

To shed some light on this topic<br />

beforehand, the author contacted<br />

the German Sustainable Building<br />

Council (Deutsche Gesellschaft für<br />

Nachhaltiges Bauen) and renowned<br />

planner Arup on the trade fair’s<br />

behalf.<br />

The year 2023 was by far the<br />

hottest since weather records began,<br />

reported the World Organisation<br />

for Metrology (WMO) in its current<br />

climate report. The globally averaged<br />

mean temperature was around 1.45<br />

degrees above pre-industrialization<br />

levels.<br />

The European Union’s Earth<br />

Observation Programme Copernicus<br />

recorded global warming of 1.48<br />

degrees. While climate researchers<br />

rightly sound the red alert due to<br />

accelerating climate change, it is clear<br />

it will get much hotter in many cities<br />

in the future, especially in urban<br />

heat spots. These are urban zones<br />

where thermal island effects occur<br />

and temperatures rise well above<br />

those in surrounding rural areas. It<br />

is imperative that urban areas and<br />

their development are adapted<br />

to changing requirements, and<br />

sustainable solutions are found.<br />

Climate change adaptation<br />

as a multi-disciplinary crosssectoral<br />

task<br />

“Climate change adaptation” is<br />

also a relatively new discipline for<br />

the German Sustainable Building<br />

Council (DGNB), which is reflected<br />

in the current dynamism in relevant<br />

legislation from the EU to federal<br />

state levels.<br />

Eva-Maria Stumpp of the<br />

DGNB’s research and development<br />

department explained: “We see a<br />

multi-disciplinary, cross-sectoral task<br />

here that involves architectural and<br />

engineering sciences but also biology,<br />

sociology, medicine, and other<br />

disciplines and which has strong<br />

societal and participatory aspects.”<br />

Where cities, districts, buildings,<br />

or even only parts of buildings are<br />

planned, the DGNB works at the<br />

interface between various disciplines<br />

and requirements from practice, and<br />

in a currently highly dynamic legal<br />

framework.<br />

“Especially in view of heat and<br />

drought, precipitation and floods,<br />

we try to develop proven effective,<br />

practicable, and climate-protecting<br />

approaches that lead to even better<br />

buildings in the future. The good<br />

news is: at least for Germany, it<br />

can be said that carefully planned<br />

buildings in compliance with<br />

regulations are already very well<br />

positioned for both current and<br />

future climatic challenges on account<br />

of its high building standards and<br />

safety requirements. After all, the<br />

protection against environmental and<br />

weather influences has always been a<br />

core aspect of erecting buildings and<br />

settlements,” Stumpp said.<br />

A contribution to this has also<br />

long come care of the flat glass<br />

industry, whose portfolio is very<br />

well “equipped” for controlling<br />

energy and daylight levels. Leading<br />

manufacturers, for example, offer<br />

highly selective solar control glass,<br />

which reflects most of the heatgenerating<br />

infrared rays of sunlight<br />

while transmitting most of the visible<br />

spectrum of daylight into the room.<br />

This means the climatic load can<br />

be reduced through the façade, and<br />

shading in summer can be limited to<br />

shorter periods of the day. “Closed<br />

cavity façades” with internal sun<br />

shading or electrochromic glazing<br />

can optimize light and energy levels<br />

Arup’s “Pocket Habitat” is a miniature solution that brings<br />

immediate improvements through shading and evaporative<br />

cooling.<br />

Photo: Arup<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />


Technical Article<br />

Photo: Arup<br />

Climate change adaptations through infrastructural greening.<br />

in meaningful ways. In the wake of<br />

intensifying climate change, however,<br />

further measures will be required<br />

to keep cities viable, functional, and<br />

prosperous – otherwise, there is a<br />

risk of weather-related deaths, e.g.,<br />

due to prolonged heat waves, and<br />

economic losses due to climaterelated<br />

extremes.<br />

These adaptations are often<br />

a localized process taking local<br />

geographic, climatic, sociodemographic,<br />

and economic factors<br />

into consideration.<br />

According to Stumpp, “Passive and<br />

nature-based no-regret solutions<br />

still hold potential not sufficiently<br />

exploited… Short and mediumterm<br />

climate adaptation measures<br />

must be implemented without<br />

compromising long-term climate<br />

protection goals.”<br />

Often, “infrastructural greening”<br />

is a solution to “repair” the<br />

cityscape and achieve measurable<br />

improvements for the urban climate,<br />

as numerous studies prove. This<br />

has also been understood by rating<br />

agencies that increasingly reward<br />

cities willing to change if they<br />

promote biodiversity and create new<br />

green spaces, for example. These<br />

measures have a positive impact<br />

on the climate, micro-climate, and<br />

quality of life, as well as on lending<br />

and the provision of public funds.<br />

Glass Architecture and<br />

Infrastructural Green<br />

Where greenery spreads in parks,<br />

backyards, and front gardens and<br />

also “conquers” façades and roofs,<br />

it makes for evaporative cooling<br />

and shading, thereby reducing local<br />

temperatures. Greening is therefore<br />

an effective tool for architectural<br />

and urban planning, said Rudi<br />

Scheuermann, who heads the “Cities<br />

Business” at Arup in Germany with<br />

a focus on the design of sustainable<br />

and resilient cities.<br />

Arup, which has been operating<br />

on the German market for some<br />

30 years now, is one of the major<br />

multi-national planners for highperformance<br />

buildings and<br />

infrastructure; in addition, they<br />

have committed to the United<br />

Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development<br />

Goals. Scheuermann sees buildings<br />

holistically: insulation, ventilation,<br />

materials, connections, etc., and he<br />

advocates the integration of plants in<br />

façades and roof greening.<br />

“By having plants in the<br />

surrounding space, in the façade and<br />

on roofs, the thermal mass can be<br />

shaded better during the day and at<br />

night, this promotes cooling down.<br />

In addition, plants filter the fine<br />

dust and bind CO2 so that natural<br />

ventilation is possible and makes<br />

sense near them. An important factor<br />

especially in cities is that they have a<br />

sound-dampening effect and reduce<br />

stress levels,” he said.<br />

Regarding façade and roof<br />

greening, Scheuermann sees<br />

clear advantages for the building<br />

concept: “Plants on the roof provide<br />

evaporative cooling, shading,<br />

and a noticeable reduction of<br />

temperatures; this is why airconditioning<br />

systems on green<br />

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glasstec <strong>2024</strong> • 4<br />

growth too much.”<br />

“Climate change adaptation” is<br />

one of the hot topics at this year’s<br />

glasstec, the leading international<br />

trade fair for the glass industry,<br />

and will also be discussed at the<br />

Architecture Forum of the trade fair<br />

in October <strong>2024</strong>.<br />

About the author<br />

Marc Everling studied media<br />

education at the Technical<br />

University of Brunswick,<br />

worked as a consultant in PR<br />

and marketing agencies for 14<br />

years, and as Head of Marketing<br />

at one of the global flat glass<br />

players for six years. In February<br />

2021, he founded<br />

his networking agency<br />

specialized in communications<br />

consulting and press liaison<br />

for construction material<br />

producers, initiatives,<br />

associations, trade fairs, and<br />

architects who work and<br />

produce sustainably in the<br />

interests of the ecological<br />

transformation of the<br />

construction sector.<br />

In the DGNB system the impact of measures is rated in terms of various criteria. The key factors impacting “Climate Change<br />

Adaptation” above all include urban climate and micro-climate, closed-loop water systems, land use and biodiversity.<br />

Chart: DGNB<br />

MR. Marc Everling<br />

roofs can draw in cooler air and be<br />

downsized from the outset – the<br />

building’s energy requirements as<br />

well as CO2-emissions are lower<br />

in operation. Buildings with green<br />

façades and roofs require a little<br />

more steel for construction because<br />

of the higher wind loads and a wellplanned<br />

drainage system. As a rule,<br />

rain and the grey water produced<br />

in daily operation are sufficient<br />

for the complete irrigation. It is<br />

essential to select plants according<br />

to region and microclimate so that<br />

they can withstand the local climatic<br />

influences all year round and can<br />

be cultivated by the local insects.<br />

Subsequently, it has proven to be<br />

a good idea to ‘just let the plants<br />

do their thing’ and not restrict their<br />

–Angela Meier-Buntenbroich<br />

Email: MeierA@messe-duesseldorf.de<br />

–Theresa Oswald<br />

Email: OswaldT@messe-duesseldorf.de<br />

Website: www.glasstec.de<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />


Technical Article<br />

Advancing insulating glass<br />

efficiency with flexible spacers<br />

Enhancing Performance & Automation in Glass Manufacturing<br />

Flexible spacers are revolutionising insulating glass production, boosting efficiency and<br />

quality while streamlining automation processes.<br />

The structure of the<br />

edge seal<br />

The expression, “the whole<br />

is more than the sum of its parts,”<br />

also applies to the edge seal. The<br />

spacer and its desiccant capacity,<br />

in combination with primary seal<br />

and secondary sealant, are essential<br />

elements in ensuring the water vapor<br />

and gas impermeability and energy<br />

performance of the insulating glass<br />

unit throughout its entire product<br />

life, which is widely believed to be at<br />

least 25 years.<br />

The various spacer technologies<br />

on the market can be roughly broken<br />

down into two categories, which<br />

entail considerable differences where<br />

the manufacture of the insulating<br />

glass is concerned: rigid hollow<br />

profiles that are filled with desiccant<br />

and assembled to form spacer<br />

frames, as well as flexible systems<br />

that already contain a desiccant.<br />

Flexible thermoplastic spacers<br />

made of Polyisobutylene are<br />

extruded from a barrel onto the glass<br />

pane while still hot; spacers made<br />

of silicone structural foam come<br />

prefabricated from the roll and are<br />

also applied automatically along<br />

the edge of the glass. Therefore,<br />

when using flexible spacers, the<br />

production steps of cutting, bending<br />

and assembling as well as desiccant<br />

filling and separate butyl application<br />

outside the insulating glass line are<br />

eliminated.<br />

Spacers must be resistant to wind<br />

and climate loads, UV radiation,<br />

temperature as well as mechanical<br />

stress and form a permanent<br />

bond with the respective sealants<br />

such as Polyurethanes, hot-melt<br />

butyl or silicone. Gas must not be<br />

allowed to escape from the interior,<br />

nor must moisture be allowed to<br />

penetrate through the edge seal to<br />

the inside of the insulating glass,<br />

and last but not least, the edge<br />

seal is also responsible for ensuring<br />

© Edgetech<br />

the structural integrity of glass<br />

constructions in the facade.<br />

The Super Spacer® structural<br />

silicone foam design makes the edge<br />

seal flexible, cushions the pressure on<br />

it so to speak and the risk of breakage<br />

for the glass is significantly reduced.<br />

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Edgetech Europe GmbH • 2<br />

Less stress in the edge seal results<br />

in an improved seal tightness and<br />

durability of the glass units. The full or<br />

partial offsetting of the loads acting<br />

on the edge seal is an advantage<br />

that especially desiccant integrated<br />

pre-formed flexible spacers, such as<br />

Edgetech Super Spacer® TriSealTM<br />

can claim to possess by comparison<br />

with rigid spacers.<br />

The manufacturer proves the<br />

material properties by means of<br />

corresponding tests. Edgetech/<br />

Quanex, for instance, tested the<br />

shear load capacity. An insulating<br />

glass unit measuring about 6 x 3<br />

meters wide and 6 mm thick each,<br />

was only bonded by means of the<br />

integrated primary, high-strength<br />

acrylic adhesive. The unit was lifted<br />

on one supported glass lite using<br />

vacuum cups and the spacer did<br />

not give a single millimeter during<br />

the 30 minutes test phase. The<br />

test demonstrates: The additional<br />

adhesive layer reduces the stress<br />

on the primary PIB seal, which thus<br />

functions exclusively as a water vapor<br />

and gas barrier to the secondary seal.<br />

In the so-called Dade Country<br />

Hurricane Test (an US-based test), the<br />

units withstood wind speeds of 350<br />

km/h where a positive wind pressure<br />

was present and of almost 400 km/h<br />

where a suction effect was evident.<br />

The test did not end in a unit failure<br />

but was stopped as the test stand<br />

was not able to produce higher wind<br />

loads.<br />

Variability and flexibility<br />

A mix of series production and<br />

customized production as well as<br />

automation and manual activities,<br />

for instance for the handling and<br />

assembly of panes and spacers,<br />

characterizes the situation in many<br />

insulating glass companies. The trend<br />

towards large panoramic window<br />

panes as well as free-form and<br />

curved glazing further increases the<br />

complexity of the variant production<br />

that is typical for the industry.<br />

This traditionally meant that a<br />

large number of different spacer<br />

systems had to be kept in stock:<br />

ranging from inexpensive stainless<br />

steel profiles to rigid hollow plastic<br />

profiles on one side and flexible<br />

spacers on the other side, which<br />

reveal their benefits especially in the<br />

field of automated production.<br />

At Edgetech/Quanex, there<br />

has always been an embrace of a<br />

philosophy of “one for all”. Super<br />

Spacer® flexible foam spacers are<br />

suitable for manual application in<br />

custom-made products, automatic<br />

processing in the edge seal of classic<br />

windows with and without internal<br />

or externally applied muntin- and<br />

glazing bars, insulating glass units<br />

in structural glazing facades and<br />

also for hot and cold formed<br />

curved insulating glass sections.<br />

Furthermore, the structural foam<br />

is compatible with all common<br />

sealants such as hot melt butyl,<br />

Polyurethanes, silicone and<br />

polysulphide.<br />

Last, but not least, insulating<br />

glass units with Super Spacer® can<br />

be handled, packed and stored<br />

outdoors immediately after they have<br />

been processed, as the integrated<br />

desiccant dries down the interpane<br />

cavities very rapidly.<br />

Automation<br />

Producing more quickly, more<br />

efficiently and in a more customized<br />

manner is also becoming a decisive<br />

competitive advantage for SMEs. In<br />

the best case, the insulating glass line<br />

does not care whether a rectangular<br />

pane is followed by a trapezoidal<br />

one, or a triple insulating glass unit<br />

follows a double insulating glass<br />

unit, the ERP system provides all<br />

the necessary information and takes<br />

care of the digital organization of the<br />

order processing, work preparation,<br />

material provision, handling, and<br />

logistics. This variety is theoretically<br />

unlimited and forces the reduction of<br />

complexity as far as possible.<br />

Broken down in terms of the topic<br />

of spacers, flexible spacers also offer<br />

the greatest potential here. Flexible<br />

spacers are applied directly in the<br />

insulating glass line. Super Spacer®<br />

can be applied in various widths via<br />

a double-head applicator without<br />

interruption and, above all, down<br />

to the last millimetre and with no<br />

hand touching the glass between the<br />

start section of the washing machine<br />

and the pick-off section behind the<br />

sealing robot.<br />

Due to the fact they are already<br />

factory-equipped with desiccant,<br />

barrier film and structural acrylic<br />

adhesive, they support automated<br />

processes and ensure high levels of<br />

manufacturing precision and quality,<br />

especially for large-format tripleglazed<br />

insulating glass units.<br />

Charlotte Hawkes<br />

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

Website: www.superspacer.com<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />


Technical Article<br />

Elevate efficiency<br />

with Aardwolf electric<br />

vacuum lifters<br />

Cutting-Edge Vacuum Lifter Solutions To<br />

Revolutionise Glass Industry<br />

Aardwolf presents complete customised solutions<br />

in vacuum lifters ranging from 500 kg to 2,000kg in<br />

different variants like electric, pneumatic and battery<br />

operated.<br />

Discover Aardwolf’s complete<br />

range of customised vacuum<br />

lifters, designed to elevate<br />

efficiency and precision in glass<br />

handling. From electric to pneumatic<br />

and battery-operated variants,<br />

Aardwolf’s solutions cater to diverse<br />

lifting needs, ensuring seamless<br />

operations and utmost safety<br />

standards.<br />

Based in the vibrant heart<br />

of India, Aardwolf stands as a<br />

premier manufacturer dedicated<br />

to revolutionising the glass industry<br />

through its cutting-edge vacuum<br />

lifters and other glass handling<br />

equipment.<br />

At Aardwolf, precision, safety, and<br />

efficiency are paramount. With a<br />

steadfast commitment to quality and<br />

reliability, the company has emerged<br />

as trailblazers in providing bespoke<br />

solutions tailored to meet the unique<br />

needs of its clientele.<br />

Aardwolf’s range of vacuum<br />

lifters and glass lifters embodies the<br />

pinnacle of engineering excellence,<br />

meticulously designed and crafted<br />

to ensure seamless operations<br />

and utmost safety standards. Be it<br />

manoeuvring delicate glass panels<br />

or handling heavy-duty loads,<br />

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Aardwolf • 2<br />

Aardwolf’s innovative solutions<br />

empower businesses to enhance<br />

productivity while minimizing risks.<br />

Backed by a team of seasoned<br />

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

facilities, Aardwolf prides itself on<br />

delivering unmatched customer<br />

satisfaction. The company’s holistic<br />

approach encompasses not only<br />

the provision of superior products<br />

but also comprehensive support<br />

services, including installation,<br />

training and ongoing maintenance.<br />

Moreover, sustainability lies at<br />

the core of Aardwolf’s ethos. By<br />

prioritising eco-friendly practices and<br />

leveraging advanced technologies,<br />

Aardwolf strives to minimize<br />

environmental impact throughout<br />

their operations, contributing to a<br />

greener and more sustainable future<br />

for generations to come.<br />

With a relentless pursuit of<br />

innovation and a customer-centric<br />

philosophy, Aardwolf is poised to<br />

continue shaping the landscape<br />

of the glass industry, empowering<br />

businesses to reach new heights of<br />

success.<br />

Importance of Handling<br />

Equipment<br />

In today’s competitive landscape, the<br />

importance of advanced handling<br />

equipment cannot be overstated.<br />

Aardwolf’s state-of-the-art vacuum<br />

lifters and glass handling solutions<br />

empower businesses to streamline<br />

operations, optimise workflow<br />

efficiency, and reduce operational<br />

costs. By investing in innovative<br />

equipment, companies can unlock<br />

new levels of productivity and gain a<br />

competitive edge in the market.<br />

Product Range<br />

Glass Bundle Handler (Electric)<br />

Glass lifters, Glass Vacuum lifters,<br />

Spreader Bars, Container Loader –<br />

Unloader, Vacuum Lifters for Façade.<br />

Satisfied Customers<br />

Aardwolf’s success story is defined<br />

by the satisfaction of its customers.<br />

Over the years, the company has<br />

forged lasting partnerships with<br />

businesses across the globe, earning<br />

their trust through unwavering<br />

dedication to excellence. From smallscale<br />

enterprises to multinational<br />

corporations, clients testify to<br />

the unmatched performance and<br />

reliability of Aardwolf’s glass handling<br />

solutions.<br />

The company’s clients include<br />

Saint–Gobain, Asahi India Glass<br />

Ltd, Pranav Doors and Windows,<br />

Jaipur Tuffen Glass, Flair Glass Pvt<br />

Ltd, Duratuf Glass Industries (P) Ltd,<br />

Kochhar Glass (Ind) Pvt Ltd, Sumit<br />

Glasses Pvt Ltd, Anand Lamps Pvt<br />

Ltd, Uniglaze India Pvt Ltd, Smart Tuff<br />

Glass LLP and KMC Glass Pvt Ltd.<br />

Highlight on Safety and<br />

Reduced Dependency on<br />

Labour<br />

Safety is a top priority at Aardwolf,<br />

and its products are designed with<br />

the highest standards of safety in<br />

mind. Using advanced technologies<br />

such as vacuum lifting systems,<br />

the company minimises the risk of<br />

accidents and injuries associated<br />

with manual handling of glass.<br />

Moreover, their solutions reduce<br />

dependency on labour, allowing<br />

businesses to reallocate resources<br />

more effectively and enhance overall<br />

efficiency.<br />

Efficiency and Sustainability<br />

In addition to safety, Aardwolf is<br />

committed to sustainability. The<br />

company’s eco-friendly practices and<br />

energy-efficient technologies not<br />

only reduce environmental impact<br />

but also contribute to long-term<br />

cost savings for clients. By embracing<br />

sustainability, it fulfils corporate<br />

responsibility and helps customers<br />

build a greener and more sustainable<br />

future.<br />

Email: sales@aardwolf.co.in<br />

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

Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />


Event<br />

Glass Bulletin at China<br />

Glass ‘24: A Decade of<br />

Excellence & Innovation<br />

The Expo Saw Over 900 Exhibitors Showcase<br />

Cutting-Edge Tech, Advanced Machinery<br />

Since 2009, GB has been a steadfast partner to China<br />

Glass and has evolved from being just a media outlet to<br />

an integral part of the glass industry’s fabric.<br />

In the sprawling cityscape of<br />

Shanghai, one of China’s major<br />

industrial and commercial centres,<br />

where towering skyscrapers reach the<br />

clouds, a significant event unfolded<br />

at the ground level in <strong>April</strong> — China<br />

Glass Exhibition <strong>2024</strong>. And nestled<br />

among the hustle and vibrancy of one<br />

of the world’s largest trade fairs at the<br />

at the Shanghai New International<br />

Expo Centre was Glass Bulletin’s<br />

booth, marked N1-623.<br />

This was not just another year for<br />

Glass Bulletin (GB) at the expo held<br />

from <strong>April</strong> 25-28, we marked our 15th<br />

consecutive year as the exhibition’s<br />

exclusive media partner from<br />

India, a testament to our enduring<br />

commitment and impact in the glass<br />

industry.<br />

Since 2009, Glass Bulletin has<br />

been a steady presence at the China<br />

Glass Exhibition, witnessing its<br />

evolution and growing alongside it.<br />

Over the years, GB has grown into<br />

more than just a media outlet; it<br />

has become an integral part of the<br />

glass industry’s fabric, chronicling<br />

innovations, trends and the incredible<br />

growth of the glass sector.<br />

The <strong>2024</strong> edition of the expo was<br />

especially significant. It boasted over<br />

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China Glass <strong>2024</strong> • 2<br />

900 exhibitors and stretched across<br />

seven expansive halls, each brimming<br />

with cutting-edge technology and<br />

live demonstrations of advanced<br />

machinery. The machines on display<br />

were not just showcases but beacons<br />

of potential, with more than 90 per<br />

cent of plant and machinery sourced<br />

from China to India, highlighting the<br />

deep industrial ties between the two<br />

nations.<br />

The 33rd China Glass Exhibition<br />

focussed on aligning with industry<br />

trends of green and intelligent<br />

development and divided the expo<br />

area according to themes such<br />

as glass raw materials, products,<br />

application technology and process<br />

equipment. By actively engaging<br />

leading manufacturers in lowcarbon<br />

technology and intelligent<br />

manufacturing, as well as providing<br />

opportunities for small and mediumsized<br />

enterprises, the exhibition<br />

aimed to bolster China’s position as a<br />

manufacturing powerhouse.<br />

GB’s presence at the expo was not<br />

just about coverage but engagement.<br />

With approximately 750 delegates<br />

from India alone, the event was a<br />

melting pot of ideas and cultures,<br />

predominantly from the Asia-Pacific<br />

region. This was a golden opportunity<br />

for GB to strengthen relationships,<br />

forge new alliances and immerse<br />

themselves in the latest industry<br />

trends. Our booth served as a hub for<br />

knowledge exchange, where insights<br />

from our extensive Glass Bulletin<br />

publications were shared, adding<br />

layers of depth to the conversations<br />

that took place.<br />

One of the highlights of GB’s<br />

participation was the organisation<br />

of a significant delegation in<br />

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Event<br />

collaboration with Red Carpet Tours<br />

from India, along with hosting the<br />

much-anticipated Glass Night for<br />

200 participants. These events<br />

were not just social gatherings but<br />

strategic platforms for networking<br />

and celebrating the robust ties within<br />

the glass community.<br />

As always, GB extended its<br />

gratitude to the organisers of<br />

China Glass for the opportunity to<br />

partake in such a grand event. Their<br />

involvement underscored their<br />

commitment to providing exemplary<br />

service and ensuring that their<br />

stakeholders always had access to<br />

the latest and most relevant industry<br />

information.<br />

The China Glass Exhibition not<br />

only provided a snapshot of the<br />

current state of glass technology<br />

but also offered a glimpse into the<br />

future. Spanning over 90,000 square<br />

meters, the event sought to serve as<br />

a dynamic platform for networking,<br />

collaboration and business<br />

opportunities within the global glass<br />

industry.<br />

For Glass Bulletin, it was another<br />

chapter in their ongoing mission<br />

to deliver excellence and foster<br />

connections within the global glass<br />

industry.<br />

As the exhibition wrapped up,<br />

the impact of GB’s presence was<br />

evident in the enriched dialogues<br />

and strengthened partnerships,<br />

promising an even brighter future for<br />

the glass industry both in India and<br />

across the globe.<br />

As attendees departed the venue<br />

with visions of new possibilities<br />

and the anticipation of next year’s<br />

gathering, Glass Bulletin would once<br />

again be a pivotal presence in it,<br />

ready to guide, inform and celebrate<br />

the glass industry’s vibrant journey.<br />

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Event<br />

Glass Bulletin & Red Carpet host<br />

Indian glass stalwarts at ‘China Glass’<br />

Much-Awaited Event Fostered Idea Exchange On Strides In Glass Manufacturing<br />

A showcase of technological advancements and a feast of flavours, the splendid<br />

evening culminated in a gala dinner and presented the perfect opportunity for<br />

networking and cultural exchange.<br />

The dazzling lights of<br />

Shanghai set the stage for<br />

an unforgettable evening on<br />

<strong>April</strong> 25th, <strong>2024</strong>, at the prestigious<br />

China Glass event. Organised by<br />

Glass Bulletin and Red Carpet Tours,<br />

the gala dinner brought together<br />

an impressive cohort of over 200<br />

stalwarts from the Indian glass<br />

industry.<br />

This evening was not just a dinner;<br />

it was a celebration of innovation,<br />

collaboration and cultural exchange.<br />

As the guests entered the venue,<br />

they were greeted by a blend of<br />

elegant decor and the anticipation of<br />

an insightful gathering. The event was<br />

supported by prominent companies,<br />

each a leader in their respective fields<br />

within the glass industry.<br />

The evening was support by<br />

Hanjiang, LIFENG, Mac and UNEX.<br />

Ms Ashley of Hanjiang and Ms Claire<br />

of LIFENG captivated the audience<br />

with their presentations the latest<br />

products offered by the respective<br />

companies.<br />

While Hanjiang is known for its<br />

world-class Insulating Glass (IG) lines,<br />

LIFENG is a market leader in superior<br />

quality double-edger machines.<br />

Mac is known for its high-end preprocessing<br />

machines for architectural<br />

and solar glass, and UNEX is a leading<br />

trader in glass processing spares and<br />

consumables.<br />

The audience, comprising experts<br />

and enthusiasts alike, was visibly<br />

impressed, reflecting on the strides<br />

being made in glass manufacturing<br />

technology.<br />

The gala didn’t just serve as a<br />

platform for presentations. It was a<br />

rich cultural exchange that deepened<br />

with every passing moment. Red<br />

Carpet Tours, in collaboration with<br />

MS CLAIRE HO, Sales Manager of Lifeng<br />

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Director of Hanjiang<br />

Glass Bulletin, has long facilitated<br />

the largest delegations of the glass<br />

industry to China.<br />

Their efforts have cultivated a<br />

familial atmosphere that many<br />

attendees look forward to each year.<br />

True to tradition, this year, Red Carpet<br />

brought Indian chefs, allowing guests<br />

to indulge in a myriad of exquisite<br />

Indian dishes, a rare treat far from<br />

home. The authenticity of flavours<br />

was lauded by all, making everyone<br />

feel connected to their roots while<br />

enjoying the international setting.<br />

The gala was more than just<br />

a showcase of technological<br />

advancements and a feast of<br />

flavours; it was a vital networking<br />

event. It brought together diverse<br />

sectors of the glass industry,<br />

fostering personal bonds and a<br />

friendly business environment.<br />

Such interactions are often the<br />

seed for future collaborations and<br />

innovations, making these gatherings<br />

invaluable.<br />

As the night drew to a close, the<br />

collective spirit of the event was<br />

palpable. The blend of insightful<br />

presentations, heartfelt interactions,<br />

and cultural reverence made the<br />

<strong>2024</strong> gala dinner at the China Glass<br />

Exhibition a memorable milestone<br />

for all attendees. It was not just an<br />

event but a testament to the strength<br />

and unity of the glass industry<br />

community, proving once again<br />

that when minds and hearts come<br />

together, the possibilities are endless.<br />

Gurpreet Singh Johar<br />

Email: gurpreetjohar@rctrips.com<br />

Website: www.rctrips.com<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />


Event<br />

Mr. Gurmeet Singh, Chairman, FOSG<br />

Mr. P. Ganesh<br />

Vice Chairman,<br />

FOSG (South Zone)<br />

Mr. Sharanjit Singh<br />

Executive Member, FOSG<br />

Mr. A R Unnikrishnan<br />

Managing Director<br />

Saint-Gobain India Private Limited<br />

FOSG hosts 11th Annual<br />

Processors Conclave in<br />

Delhi<br />

Chairman Introduces FOSG’s Newly Appointed CEO<br />

Mr Chhavi Sharma To Members<br />

Enlightening presentations, thought-provoking panel<br />

discussions and enriching expert talks marked the event<br />

as members turned up in good number and actively<br />

participated in the proceedings.<br />

The 11th Annual Processors<br />

Conclave of the Federation<br />

of Safety Glass (FOSG) held<br />

on <strong>April</strong> 13 at the Taj Vivanta Hotel<br />

in Dwarka, Delhi, marked another<br />

successful year where industry<br />

leaders and professionals came<br />

together to discuss the future of the<br />

glass processing industry. The event<br />

was sponsored by Saint Gobain and<br />

Glaston.<br />

At the conclave, FOSG Chairman<br />

Mr Gurmeet Singh thanked all<br />

members and sponsors for their<br />

support, cooperation and also their<br />

participation. He also introduced<br />

FOSG’s newly appointed CEO Mr<br />

Chhavi Sharma to the members. The<br />

chairman expressed happiness over<br />

the attendance at the conclave and<br />

highlighted the addition of 28 new<br />

members to the organisation during<br />

the year.<br />

Mr Singh apprised the members<br />

Mr. Subhash Jajoo<br />

Executive Member, FOSG<br />

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FOSG • 2<br />

Mr. Ajay Dhamija<br />

Vice Chairman,<br />

FOSG (North Zone)<br />

Mr. Ali Kamil<br />

Executive Member, FOSG<br />

Mr. Philip Soares<br />

MD, APT<br />

of the 19 management committee<br />

meetings conducted during the FY<br />

2023-24. He emphasized on 230<br />

members as of now of FOSG, and set<br />

a target to increase the count to 300<br />

during <strong>2024</strong>-25, coining the slogan<br />

“Ab Ki Baar 300 Paar”.<br />

The members were also informed<br />

that with the increasing number<br />

of members, the management<br />

committee strength is now increased<br />

to 18 from 12 in the past.<br />

The chairman through his<br />

presentation briefed members on<br />

the various activities undertaken i.e.<br />

BIS standardisation cell formation,<br />

FOSG intervention with BIS to<br />

expedite the grant of licence to labs<br />

applied for testing, GGKF initiative<br />

for the training centre for Glass &<br />

Window installation at Delhi Technical<br />

University in Rohini, and similar<br />

training centre established at the<br />

Gold Plus office for up-skilling of<br />

workers.<br />

He also apprised the members of<br />

a workshop successfully conducted<br />

by experts with joint efforts of FOSG,<br />

CCPS, UWDMA, Ozone and Gold Plus<br />

in which 35 workers were trained and<br />

given certificates for participation<br />

signed by FOSG and UWDMA. The<br />

members were informed about<br />

the successful imposition of antidumping<br />

duty on toughened glass<br />

w.e.f November 17, 2023, by engaging<br />

renowned advocates and with full<br />

support from float manufacturers. A<br />

FOSG team met with the chairman<br />

of Gold Plus and the incentive was<br />

enhanced from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000<br />

per truck of material bought by them<br />

for all accredited members of FOSG<br />

from November 2023 onwards.<br />

The chairman also informed<br />

the members of the initiation with<br />

relevant authorities regarding the<br />

unlawful imports of toughened glass<br />

from China.<br />

Mr Chhavi Sharma introduced<br />

himself and thanked FOSG for the<br />

opportunity given to serve the<br />

organisation. This was followed by<br />

an introduction of the new FOSG<br />

members, fostering a sense of<br />

community and collaboration among<br />

the attendees. The members were<br />

informed that the FOSG was awarded<br />

for the best services and contribution<br />

to the glass industry in the Glass<br />

Bulletin Award 2023.<br />

There were informative panel<br />

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Event<br />

discussions and presentations<br />

by individual members of the<br />

organisation.<br />

Panel Discussions were held on the<br />

following topics:<br />

• Inventory sharing and pool<br />

purchase. Benefits, modalities,<br />

communications, information<br />

exchange and safeguards.<br />

• Current processed glass market<br />

dynamics and its challenges.<br />

• Common challenges, problems<br />

and issues related to coated glass<br />

processing.<br />

• Co-branding issues and<br />

challenges. Can FOSG be built as a<br />

brand?<br />

• Payment recovery, regular<br />

defaulters, dispute resolution with<br />

customers and suppliers, MSME<br />

helpline and arbitration by FOSG<br />

The following presentations were by<br />

individual members:<br />

• CEO’s thoughts on benefits to<br />

members (by Mr Chhavi Sharma)<br />

• Digital marketing, steps taken so<br />

far and the future (by Mr Ali Kamil)<br />

• Manufacturing and postmanufacturing<br />

costs. How to review,<br />

reduce and recover? (by Mr Sharanjit<br />

Singh)<br />

• Glass & Glazing Knowledge Forum<br />

(GGKF) initiative for upskilling existing<br />

installers and training new ones to<br />

become certified installers.(by Mr. Ali<br />

Kamil)<br />

• Best practices to work out the<br />

cost of production of tempered glass<br />

and DGU (by Mr Bikramjit Singh Kang)<br />

• Method for calculating cutting<br />

waste (by Mr Sahil Singal)<br />

• Collaborative partnership<br />

forming strategic partnerships with<br />

suppliers, distributors and industry<br />

stakeholders (by Mr P Ganesh)<br />

• Future of Glass (by Mr A R<br />

Unnikrishnan)<br />

• Sustainable future exploring<br />

environmental, social and governance<br />

(ESG) with best practices for<br />

India’s development (by Ms Harsha<br />

Ramnani, expert)<br />

• Listing of companies under the<br />

MSME platform (Mr S Ramakrishna<br />

Iyengar, expert)<br />

• Immmes water depuration<br />

for glass processors (by Mr Satish<br />

Samyani, APT)<br />

The conclave witnessed to some<br />

of the best moments in the history of<br />

FOSG. The enthusiasm and immersive<br />

participation were overwhelming. The<br />

masters of ceremonies, Mr Ali Kamil,<br />

Mrs Alina and Mrs Manpreet Singh<br />

Kang, took the stage and kept the<br />

audience engaged with their energy<br />

and passion.<br />

Enlightening presentations,<br />

thought-provoking panel discussions<br />

and knowledge-enhancing expert<br />

talks witnessed at the conclave<br />

were a testament to the passion<br />

and dedication within the glass<br />

processing community.<br />

First-time attendees (new<br />

members), extended their<br />

sincere appreciation to FOSG for<br />

the enlightening and enriching<br />

experience facilitated by industry<br />

experts and stalwarts. They expressed<br />

gratitude for the invaluable<br />

knowledge imparted during the<br />

event, acknowledging its significant<br />

contribution to their professional<br />

growth. They also assured of their<br />

unwavering cooperation and support<br />

in future endeavours aimed at<br />

advancing the industry’s welfare and<br />

development.<br />

Chairman, Mr Gurmeet Singh<br />

extended his gratitude to all<br />

esteemed speakers whose expertise<br />

and insights were instrumental in<br />

enriching the members present at the<br />

conclave. He thanked all attendees<br />

for their active participation and<br />

engagement throughout the conclave<br />

and expressed gratitude to sponsors<br />

Saint Gobain and Glaston for their<br />

support as always.<br />

–Mr. Chhavi Sharma,<br />

CEO, Federation of Safety Glass<br />

Email: chhavi.sharma@fosg.in<br />

–Mr. Vinod Tandon,<br />

Secretary, Federation of Safety Glass<br />

Email: vinod.tandon@fosg.in<br />

Website: www.fosg.in<br />

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Technical Article<br />

Häfele’s floor spring, patch fittings<br />

range in black matt finish<br />

Elevates Aesthetics and Performance, Provides Right Functionality<br />

Frequent use of glass doors in residential and commercial spaces calls for hardware<br />

that provides effortless movement and flawless aesthetics while delivering<br />

maintenance-free operations.<br />

Glass exudes a luxurious aura<br />

due to its transparency<br />

and elegance. Glass doors<br />

are more frequently utilised in<br />

both residential and commercial<br />

areas, and hence arises a need for<br />

hardware that provides effortless<br />

and fluid movement, bequeaths<br />

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maintenance-free operations.<br />

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Häfele brings to you its range of<br />

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provides the right functionality.<br />

Häfele’s Range of Patch Fittings,<br />

consisting of a wide array of types<br />

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Enhancing Glass Assemblies<br />

These fittings not only make glass<br />

assemblies look visually striking but<br />

also technically sound. Suitable for<br />

glass door thicknesses of 10 to 12<br />

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differing arrangements - with corner<br />

fittings, top and bottom patch<br />

fittings, pull handles and double<br />

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Double Cylinder Floor Spring<br />

The Double Cylinder Floor Spring<br />

from this range comes with a weight<br />

carrying capacity of 90 kg and is<br />

suitable for wide door installations<br />

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Enhanced Functionality<br />

Designed for simple passage and<br />

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Email: customercare@hafeleindia.com<br />

Website: www.hafeleindia.com<br />

Glass Bulletin | <strong>April</strong> - <strong>June</strong>, <strong>2024</strong><br />


Event<br />

33 rd China Glass<br />

Exhibition scripts<br />

massive success<br />

Over 1.26 Lakh Attendees, Including 6,532 Visitors<br />

From 136 Countries & Regions<br />

With a vast international presence, cutting-edge<br />

innovations, and commitment to sustainability, China<br />

Glass serves as a beacon of progress for the industry,<br />

showcasing the latest advancements and trends.<br />

The 33 rd China International<br />

Glass Industrial Technical<br />

Exhibition, hosted by the<br />

Chinese Ceramic Society and<br />

organised by Beijing Zhonggui<br />

Exhibition Co., Ltd., was successfully<br />

hosted in Shanghai from <strong>April</strong> 25-<br />

28. The exhibition saw over 1.26 lakh<br />

attendees, an increase of 18 per cent<br />

over the previous edition, including<br />

6,532 overseas visitors from 136<br />

countries and regions.<br />

The China Glass Exhibition’s<br />

success significantly boosts global<br />

glass industry confidence, ensures<br />

supply chain stability and enhances<br />

trade exchanges in the country and<br />

worldwide.<br />

Communication & Sharing: New<br />

trend of industry development<br />

On the first day of the expo,<br />

Meng Qinghai, Vice Chairman and<br />

Secretary of the Secretariat of the<br />

China Association for Science and<br />

Technology; Gao Ruiping, President of<br />

the Chinese Ceramic Society; Zhang<br />

Baiheng, Chairman of the China<br />

Architectural Glass and Industrial<br />

Glass Association; Zhao Wanbang,<br />

Vice President of the China National<br />

Association for Glass Industry and Tan<br />

Fu, Secretary-General of the Chinese<br />

Ceramic Society, as well as heads<br />

of government trade promotion<br />

agencies, industry organisations, and<br />

representatives of manufacturers<br />

from Germany, Italy and other<br />

countries, visited the exhibition.<br />

Super-scale: The industry’s<br />

preferred exhibition platform<br />

China Glass Exhibition has<br />

always adhered to the concept of<br />

professional, international and largescale<br />

organising, with the core of<br />

serving exhibitors and visitors. The<br />

exhibition saw 877 exhibitors from<br />

29 countries and regions around the<br />

world. Mainstream manufacturers<br />

of the global glass industry were all<br />

present. China Glass Exhibition has<br />

been a veritable global glass industry<br />

“barometer” and “weather vane”.<br />

China Glass <strong>2024</strong> used seven halls<br />

of the Shanghai New International<br />

Expo Centre, dividing the area into<br />

zones for the international exhibition<br />

area, domestic mainstream<br />

manufacturers, technical glass and<br />

scientific research institutions, deep<br />

processing equipment, refractory<br />

materials and silicone products, daily<br />

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glass, decorative glass, raw materials,<br />

and main and auxiliary materials,<br />

hardware accessories and others.<br />

Hall N1 was an international<br />

exhibition area, where German and<br />

Italian pavilions were set up, as well<br />

as those of mainstream brands in<br />

the global glass industry, including<br />

Glaston, LiSEC, Von Ardenne,<br />

SEFPRO, Vesuvius, Dip-Tech,<br />

Kuraray, Umicore, Buhler Leybold,<br />

Koemmerling, Quanex, Solutia<br />

(Eastman), Air Products, Five Stein,<br />

Grenzebach, Benteler, Bottero, SORG,<br />

Fenzi, HORN, Heye, ISRA, Zippe,<br />

Honeywell and Carl Zeiss.<br />

Hall N2 was for domestic<br />

mainstream brands, technical<br />

glass manufacturers and scientific<br />

research institutions such as Triumph<br />

Science & Technology, China Building<br />

Materials Academy, CSG Group,<br />

Jinjing Group, Qinhuangdao Glass<br />

Industry Research and Design<br />

Institute, Ruitai Technology, Taiwan<br />

Glass Group, Xinyi Glass, Flat Glass<br />

Group, Qingdao Jinjing, Shabo<br />

Group, Mr. Glass and Hainan Holdings<br />

Special Glass among others.<br />

Halls N3, N4, N5 and Hall W5<br />

were kept for manufacturers of deep<br />

processing equipment, silica gel and<br />

refractory materials such as ZIBO<br />

GT New Materials Group, Luoyang<br />

Northglass, Luoyang MOUNTAIN,<br />

Landglass Technology, Beijing Boza<br />

Automation, Hanjiang Automatic<br />

Glass Machine, Lewei Science &<br />

Technology, Shandong Sanjin Glass<br />

Machinery, Hangzhou Zhijiang<br />

Silicone and Shandong Sanjin among<br />

others.<br />

Hall W4 was mainly concentrated<br />

in the fields of daily glass, decorative<br />

glass, raw materials, main and<br />

auxiliary materials and hardware<br />

accessories.<br />

Focus on innovation: Intelligent<br />

manufacturing leads to green<br />

development<br />

During the exhibition, many<br />

manufacturers closely followed the<br />

industry trend of high-end, intelligent<br />

and green, and introduced new<br />

products.<br />

Triumph Technology Group<br />

showcased its 0.12mm ultra-thin float<br />

electronic glass, 30-micron flexible<br />

foldable glass, 8.5 generation TFT-<br />

LCD float glass substrate, cadmium<br />

telluride power generation glass,<br />

copper indium gallium selenide<br />

power generation glass and neutral<br />

borosilicate pharmaceutical glass,<br />

and its member company Yaohua<br />

displayed new borosilicate glass<br />

products such as borosilicate 4.0,<br />

borosilicate 3.3 and borosilicate 2.6<br />

among others.<br />

All units of the China Building<br />

Materials Research Institute<br />

participated in the exhibition,<br />

covering “design, technology,<br />

equipment, supporting materials<br />

and advanced products” in the glass<br />

industry, and displayed the key<br />

materials developed for the fields of<br />

integrated circuits, aerospace and<br />

new energy, as well as new energysaving<br />

glass products such as aerogel<br />

glass and electrochromic glass.<br />

CSG Group, Shanghai Yaohua<br />

Pilkington Glass Group, Xinyi Glass,<br />

Kibing Group, NorthGlass and other<br />

enterprises brought new products<br />

such as large BIPV curtain wall glass,<br />

TCO glass, electric heating glass, antibird<br />

impact glass, sterilisation glass<br />

and complex curved glass, reflecting<br />

the new heights of China’s technical<br />

glass development.<br />

Yaohua Group showcased Low-E<br />

coated glass for automobiles, and<br />

many new products such as central<br />

control display glass, charging pile<br />

glass, vacuum glass sunroof, dimming<br />

glass and HUD tungsten heating<br />

glass used in the field of new energy<br />

vehicles.<br />

NorthGlass brought solutions<br />

including tempering, vacuum coating,<br />

deep processing smart factory and<br />

ternary flow fan. Landglass Machine<br />

demonstrated systematic solutions<br />

including columnar tempered glass<br />

forming technology and smart<br />

factory; South Glass has launched the<br />

latest Loong high-end continuous<br />

glass tempering production line<br />

series and Simba high-end glass<br />

tempering production line series;<br />

Yinrui Intelligent demonstrated<br />

the overall solution of the smart<br />

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Event<br />

factory in the form of a case. Cloud<br />

Laser showcased solutions for<br />

glass laser applications, including<br />

punching, cutting, film removal,<br />

marking equipment and glass defect<br />

detection solutions; and Shanghai<br />

ZKJ Laser showcased precision<br />

machining technology in metals,<br />

ceramics, and silicon wafers.<br />

The popularity of flexible warmedge<br />

insulating glass in the Chinese<br />

market is gradually heating up, and<br />

Glaston launched the COMF ORT<br />

TPS warm-edge insulating glass<br />

production line at the exhibition.<br />

LiSEC demonstrated the excellent<br />

performance of the LiTPA production<br />

line in terms of seamless “welding”,<br />

which perfectly combines the<br />

appearance and performance of<br />

insulating glass.<br />

Exhibitors such as Luoyang<br />

Landglass and Leadus Technology<br />

launched a series of vacuum glass<br />

products at the show, replacing the<br />

traditional air extraction hole with a<br />

getter to achieve the unity of vacuum<br />

glass performance and aesthetics.<br />

A series of lectures and<br />

manufacturer promotion activities<br />

were also held, such as “When<br />

Archaeology Meets Science and<br />

Technology - The Silk Road Story of<br />

Ancient Glass”, with topics such as<br />

carbon footprint improvement and<br />

carbon emission reduction in the<br />

field of glass production, application<br />

of domestic testing equipment in<br />

the field of special glass production,<br />

research on the application field of<br />

fireproof glass design, smart factory,<br />

digitalisation to help the research<br />

and development of high-end glass<br />

equipment.<br />

The technical lectures attracted<br />

thousands of visitors and the<br />

audience at the event showed<br />

enthusiasm and interacted with the<br />

speakers.<br />

China Glass Exhibition is<br />

supported by domestic and foreign<br />

industry organisations such as the<br />

China Building Materials Federation,<br />

China Building Glass and Industrial<br />

Glass Association, the China National<br />

Association for Glass Industry, the<br />

German Engineering Federation and<br />

The Association of Italian Suppliers<br />

of Glass Processing Machinery and<br />

Accessories among others.<br />

With its super-large-scale,<br />

professional services and<br />

international influence, the China<br />

Glass Exhibition has become an<br />

important window and platform to<br />

serve the glass industry.<br />

Email: service@chinaglass-expo.com<br />

WeChat: chinaglassexpo<br />

Website: www.chinaglass-expo.com<br />

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Turomas shines at China<br />

Glass <strong>2024</strong><br />

Showcases Cutting-Edge Solutions, Reaffirms<br />

Commitment To Key Markets<br />

Visitors to its booth got the opportunity to interact<br />

directly with Turomas’ commercial team, strengthening<br />

existing relationships and building new ones.<br />

As a global leader in glass<br />

innovation, Turomas once again<br />

demonstrated its prowess at<br />

the prestigious China Glass exhibition.<br />

The company showcased cuttingedge<br />

solutions and reaffirmed its<br />

commitment to key markets like the<br />

Middle East and India.<br />

With a focus on strengthening<br />

relationships with distributors and<br />

engaging with industry stakeholders,<br />

Turomas continues to set the<br />

standard for excellence in the glass<br />

sector. The 33rd edition of China Glass<br />

took place from <strong>April</strong> 25 to 28 at the<br />

New International Expo Center in<br />

Shanghai.<br />

Turomas was represented by<br />

Santiago Blasco and Oriol Llorens,<br />

Area Managers of the company’s<br />

commercial department. The Spanish<br />

company reaffirmed its commitment<br />

to the Middle East and India markets,<br />

the main glass consumer markets<br />

worldwide.<br />

In this edition, attendees had<br />

the opportunity to interact directly<br />

with the Turomas commercial team,<br />

strengthen existing relationships, and<br />

build new ones. This fair was a key<br />

international showcase for Turomas,<br />

which has shown the advanced<br />

solutions that the company offers.<br />

From intelligent storage systems to<br />

cutting-edge cutting technology,<br />

Turomas once again demonstrated<br />

why it is recognized as a leader in<br />

innovation and quality in the glass<br />

sector.<br />

“It seems that people have come<br />

eagerly, during the course of the<br />

entire fair, the influx at our stand has<br />

been notable, we have received many<br />

visits. As for glass processors, they<br />

visited us mainly from India, but also<br />

from the Emirates, Korea, Vietnam,<br />

Morocco, the Philippines...,” said<br />

Santiago Blasco.<br />

Participation in China Glass was<br />

not only an opportunity for Turomas<br />

to present its products but also to<br />

strengthen its relationships with<br />

distributors such as APT in the Middle<br />

East, IGE in the USA, and K-Star in<br />

Korea.<br />

APT, with over 25 years of<br />

experience, is the leading provider of<br />

machinery, consumables, expertise,<br />

and technical services related to<br />

glass manufacturing, processing,<br />

fabrication, and installation in the<br />

India and Middle East region. The<br />

alliance between Turomas and APT<br />

represents the union of two toplevel<br />

brands to share knowledge and<br />

work together in the search for new<br />

business projects in the market.<br />

On the other hand, with more than<br />

40 years of experience behind it,<br />

IGE is recognised as one of the main<br />

distributors of glass machinery in<br />

North America.<br />

In summary, Turomas ‘ presence at<br />

China Glass was a complete success,<br />

highlighting once again its leadership<br />

in innovation and its commitment<br />

to excellence and quality in the glass<br />

sector. The fair season begins in<br />

Turomas with strength and motivation<br />

to face the journey that remains this<br />

year.<br />

Email: info@turomas.com<br />

Website: www.turomas.com<br />

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