AGC is to establish a specialist production plant at AGC Automotive (Suzhou) Inc, China, for the purpose of producing large 3D/complex-shaped cover glass for car-mounted displays. The facilities will feature a fully-integrated production line, equipped with the latest technologies, that handles every stage of the process from optical thin coating to decorative printing and composite moulding of complex curved surfaces. Commercial sales will begin in 2022 for several vehicle models whose orders have already been secured.
Guardian Glass is investing in the modernisation and upgrade of float glass lines at two of its European production plants. This includes a modernisation of the float line in Goole, UK, as the existing furnace nears the end of its lifecycle. The upgrade is expected to be performed in early 2021.
Tiama, Emhart and other major glass industry players are collaborating to define a standard for laser marks on glass containers. This standardisation will ensure a distinct laser code on every glass container worldwide.
To facilitate such a standard, Tiama has granted Bucher Emhart Glass a royalty to its patents, which secure the possibility to include information about the originating cavity and/or mould number in the laser mark on the glass container.
Germany’s HEGLA Group has acquired a 51% shareholding in TaiFin Glass Machinery Oy, the tempering furnace manufacturer based in Nokia, Finland. The company will conduct its future business under the name HEGLA-TAIFIN Oy.
“We are pleased to have found a young, dynamic and innovative partner company in TaiFin, who is already established as a leader in the automotive and architectural glass tempering furnace segment with its high quality safety glass furnaces and press bending technology” commented Jochen H Hesselbach, CEO of the HEGLA Group.
The inauguration ceremony for a SORG end-fired furnace was held recently at the Siam Glass Ayutthaya glass container plant in Thailand. Designed to deliver 310 tonnes/day, SGA 2 furnace was heated up in the presence of senior management from the parent Osotspa Group.
Awarded in 2018, the SORG contract also included the company’s STW working end, as well as two type 340 and two type 240 forehearths.
An exclusive interview with Siam Glass General Manager Viwat Supatham describes this project in detail in the September/October 2019 issue of Glass Worldwide.