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|

Lots Of Leads, Lots Of Glass

I'm happy to report today that the busy period after the Summer Slump has continued this week. Plenty of leads made and sales completed. But it is the nature of the leads and these sales which is the reason for this post. Rather than standard windows and doors, we have been selling lots, and I [...]

By |2013-06-10T11:03:22+01:00August 7th, 2012|Categories: Glass|

London Is The Tail, Wagging The British Dog

I have just spent a fantastic early Valentines weekend with my girlfriend down in London! Its has been a few years since I was there last to stay over, and so much has changed in and around the centre, for the better. But after seeing how much money is being spent in London, it does [...]

By |2016-10-24T20:24:36+01:00February 13th, 2012|Categories: Glass, positive|

The Shard: The Glazing Industry’s Showpiece

Rarely does glass get to show itself off in such a dramatic and permanent way. The Shard, London's newest and the EU's soon-to-be tallest skyscraper, displays glass to city of London and beyond in a which makes people really sit up and acknowledge glass and all it's incredibility. It's puts it at the forefront of [...]

By |2016-10-24T20:24:36+01:00February 7th, 2012|Categories: Glass|

>Energy Efficient Windows 2.0?

>Some very smart people in South Korea have produced a new type of 'smart glass', which has the potential be cheaper and be more reliable than the current market offering.How does it work? The glass is laced with a charge counterion polymer, which darkens in seconds when outside air temperatures become high - keeping the [...]

By |2011-09-29T12:59:00+01:00September 29th, 2011|Categories: Energy efficiency, energy rated windows, Glass, renewable energy, smart glass|

>No More Price Increases?

>I don't want to tempt fate here, but has everyone noticed that the steady stream of price increase letters from suppliers seems to have dried up a little?During the spring and early summer installation companies were inundated almost every week with letters from suppliers explaining how costs were going up. Glass suppliers were the worst [...]

By |2011-07-21T10:07:00+01:00July 21st, 2011|Categories: double glazing, Glass, price increases|

>Pilkington To Open £36 Million Energy Efficient Glazing Line

>More good news has been released from Pilkington, with their announcement that they are to open a new energy-efficient coating facility at their current base in St Helens, worth £36 million. This new line will also create 50 brand new jobs.This is further good news, following the re-opening of their production plant in St Helens [...]

By |2011-04-14T10:20:00+01:00April 14th, 2011|Categories: Glass, positive|

>Polymer Prices Set To Rise Further

>Due to the recent Japanese Earthquake, Toray Fine Chemicals Company Ltd, producer of polysulphide polymer, has had to cease production for an unspecified period of time. The plant was damaged in the recent earthquake, and due to damage to most of Japan's nuclear reactors, power to everywhere north of Tokyo has had to be rationed [...]

By |2011-04-04T16:10:00+01:00April 4th, 2011|Categories: Glass, price increases, PVCu|

>Pilkington To Reopen Operations

>Pilkington have announced that they are to reopen one of their float lines in St Helens. This is intended to produce glass for the solar energy market.This is obvious good news for an area which was hit badly by the closure of St. Helens glass after over 30 years in business. Solar energy is fast [...]

By |2016-10-24T20:24:48+01:00July 28th, 2010|Categories: double glazing industry, Glass, positive|
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