Planning Permission Granted For £54m Glass Futures Development

This is a press release issued by Glass Futures: St Helens Borough Council Planning Committee has today granted planning permission for delivery of the £54million global glass research and innovation facility located at Saints Retail Park. The planning application was prepared and submitted by developer and landowner Network Space, on behalf of not-for-profit research [...]

By |2021-06-02T14:21:39+01:00June 2nd, 2021|Categories: double glazing industry, Glass|

These Windows Made With Silver Promise Super-Quick Transition

Technological advances in glass are moving at an incredible pace. Perhaps faster than in any other part of the wider fenestration market. And that innovation continues with a product developed across the pond at Harvard University. Researchers there claim to have developed a new type of glass unit, inclusive of silver sprayed nanowires, which allow [...]

By |2016-10-24T20:23:39+01:00March 22nd, 2016|Categories: double glazing industry, Glass, technology|

Could The Solid Roof Market Be Just A Temporary Niche?

I am a massive believer that the rapid rise of the solid roof market was down to the fact that there simply was not a good enough conservatory roof product from the outset. Polycarbonate roofs are way too loud, allow the conservatory to get about as hot as the surface as the sun, and about [...]

By |2016-10-24T20:23:41+01:00February 10th, 2016|Categories: double glazing industry, Glass|

The Best Smart Window May Just Have Arrived

Innovations in the glass sector always continue to amaze me. Out of all the facets which make up the fenestration sector, glass is perhaps the most advanced right now. That advancement continues with the announcement that the University College London (UCL) and EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) have developed a new smart window [...]

By |2016-10-24T20:23:41+01:00January 27th, 2016|Categories: double glazing industry, Glass|

Electrochromic Glass To Become a $4.2bn Market By 2023

The glass we use in our windows and doors in the residential and commercial sectors is getting smarter, quickly. It's not just becoming more and more energy efficient, but we as an industry are understanding better how glass can be used to help control the comfort and climate levels in buildings. Home owners are understanding [...]

By |2016-10-24T20:23:42+01:00December 10th, 2015|Categories: double glazing industry, Glass, Market Reports|

Mixed Fortunes For The Two Largest Glass Houses

My post yesterday made for good reading for many of the companies featured, as their share graphs showed a nice steady rise throughout the year. A good thing of course. However, there was one comparison of two charts in particular which showed two distinctly different fortunes throughout this year. Pilks vs SG These are the [...]

By |2016-10-24T20:23:44+01:00November 16th, 2015|Categories: double glazing industry, Glass|

Japanese Researchers Have Produced A Glass That Is Almost As Strong As Steel

Imagine a window with glass that is about as strong as steel, yet is thin and light. Thanks to Japanese researchers this has come one big step closer. Young's Modulus Here is an article from tech website Gizmodo that explains the development: Scientists in Japan say they’ve fashioned glass that’s almost as strong as steel. [...]

By |2016-10-24T20:23:44+01:00November 6th, 2015|Categories: double glazing industry, Glass|

Saint-Gobain Turns 350 This Week

When it comes to talking about the history of most companies in this industry, many of us talk in years. Some talk in decades. A few talk in half centuries. Saint-Gobain talks about their company history in centuries! This week the glass giant turns the ripe old age of 350. Any way you look at [...]

By |2016-10-24T20:23:45+01:00October 12th, 2015|Categories: double glazing industry, Glass|

Corning: The Glass Age

If you're reading this very article on your smartphone, it's highly likely that the glass your finger is on right now is made by the very same company who have put together this very slick video. The company is called Corning and they are glass specialists. This latest video from the company wants to demonstrate [...]

By |2016-10-24T20:23:51+01:00May 15th, 2015|Categories: Glass, technology|

Saint-Gobain Turns 350

This year marks the 350th anniversary of one of the industry's biggest glass companies, Saint-Gobain. Let me take this opportunity to congratulate the company on such a long history on what is traditionally a very competitive area of the market, especially when global market conditions remain as up and down as they are right now. [...]

By |2016-10-24T20:23:57+01:00January 5th, 2015|Categories: Glass|

Tower Bridge’s Amazing New Glass Walkway

Here's a story that's been doing the rounds on the internet over the past week or so, the amazing new glass walkway unveiled at Tower Bridge in London. The 42 metre high walkway is a brilliant demonstration of the versatility and strength of glass as a material. Head for heights I always like seeing these [...]

By |2016-10-24T20:23:57+01:00November 20th, 2014|Categories: Glass|

The Exciting Possibilities Of Glass Technology

Something a little different for today's post, a video. I found this small Israeli company, based in Tel Aviv, who specialise in glass technology. They are called Gauzy and this video shows us what is possible with glass using technologies that already exist today: Transparent solar cell controlled glass, see-through fridges that let [...]

By |2016-10-24T20:24:08+01:00June 25th, 2014|Categories: Glass, technology|

Reader Question: Faulty Sealed Units?

Another post, another question from a homeowner. You can see why I need to build a consumer section to this site! Anyway, this time round it is a homeowner who has bought some sealed units online, but is concerned as to the quality of the units they have received. This was his correspondence: Email [...]

By |2016-10-24T20:24:08+01:00May 22nd, 2014|Categories: Glass, questions|

Is There Any Money Left In Glass?

That might sound like a bit of an odd question to ask, seen as though we all need glass throughout all parts of life. It's an essential material we simply could not live without. But when you focus in on our industry specifically, life seems very tough for some of our big glass companies, especially for [...]

By |2016-10-24T20:24:09+01:00April 25th, 2014|Categories: double glazing industry, Glass|

A Day Made Of Glass 2

Remember when I posted the video on this blog of the Corning Glass inspired life we all might living in the near future? If not, here's the link to that post: watch that video again, then watch the one below. A Day Made Of Glass 2 is an expanded vision based on the first [...]

By |2016-10-24T20:24:30+01:00August 21st, 2012|Categories: Corning, Glass|
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