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    c                                                                     PRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY  Active in the glass screen   MOF SCREEN  and

                                                                                                    printing market for over
                                                                                                            ORE THAN
                                                                                                            80 YEARS
                                                                                                    80 years, in this article
                                                                                                    Cugher Glass takes our
                                                                                                           Flat glass screen print-
                                                                                                           ing technology is part of
                                                                                                    readers ‘behind the
                                                                                                           Cugher Glass’s DNA; the
                                                                                                           company, in fact, has been
                                                                                                    scenes’ with regards
                                                                                                           providing high technol-
                                                                                                           ogy solutions to the auto-
                                                                                                           motive, architectural and
                                                                                                    to production: based on
                                                                                                           home appliance markets
                                                                                                           for over 40 years.
                                                                                                    quality, of course – but
                                                                                                           manufactures standalone
                                                                                                    not only. In fact, the
                                                                                                           machines and complete
                                                                                                           printing lines, integrating
                                                                                                    services the company
                                                                                                           technologies for automa-
                                                                                                           tion and process control, as
                                                                                                    provides go beyond the
                                                                                                           well as for the handling and
                                                                                                           storing of fi nished  prod-
                                                                                                    sale of a machine, with
                                                                                                           ucts, UV, IR and combined
                                                                                                           dryers, vision and quality
                                                                                                           control systems for print-
                                                                                                    after-sales being a key
                                                                                                           ing and glass.
                                                                                                    part of Cugher’s business.
                                                                                                           plants always have very
                                                                                                           high production standards:
                                                                                                           print precision, perfect re-
                                                                                                           peatability, speed, and op-
                                                                                                           timization of processes are
                                                                                                           all essential prerogatives of
      articles          articles          articles          articles          articles
                                                                                                           On-site after sales activi-
                                                                                                           ties are a key business for
                                                                                                           many companies, espe-
                                                                                                           cially in the automation
                                                                                                           and mechanical engineer-
                                                                           REMOTE AFTER SALES              port. 32
                                                                                                           ing fi elds,  where  non-stop
                                                                                                           plant operation is an essen-
                                                                                                           tial requirement. The de-
                                                                          SERVICE TO SAFEGUARD             velopment of technologies
                                                                                                           and the relocation of pro-
                                                                                                           ductions that distinguish
                                                                                                           the contemporary indus-
           32  Cugher                                                   PRODUCTION STANDARDS             Glass-Technology International 6/2017  33
                                                                                                           try have, however, led to a
                                                                                                           change of route within the
                                                                                                           activities of after sales sup-
                                                                        32 Glass-Technology International 6/2017
                   remote after sales service to Safeguard
                   production standards                                   LASER TECHNOLOGY  This specialist
                                                                                      article discusses
                                                                                                     Non-invasive device measuring
                                                                                                     ionized gas emission spectrum
                                                                                      insulating glass
                                                                          Sparklike   production and the
           36  Sparklike                                                  QUALITY CONTROL  glazed insulating
                                                                                      different methods
                                                                                      for quality control
                                                                                      for double and triple
                                                                           TO ENHANCE THE  glass units. New
                   quality control to enhance the energy properties     ENERGY PROPERTIES OF  invasive testing   Mauri Saksala has been working   station, or manually to the  The  NON-INVASIVE   means that the IGU cannot
                                                                                             THE AUTHOR
                                                                                      laser-based non-
                                                                                                           be delivered to the custom-
                                                                                                       VS. INVASIVE GAS
                                                                                             in the glass industry for over 25
                                                                                                           er or retested.
                                                                                                  challenges are confi rming
                                                                                             years. He is currently working as
                                                                         DOUBLE- AND TRIPLE-  method makes it   Sales Director for Sparklike Oy.  the correct fi lling  degree   MEASUREMENT  The non-invasive method
                                                                                                       The actual argon measure-
                                                                                                           allows measuring the glass
                                                                                                  and ensuring that the ini-
                                                                                                  tial gas concentration will
                                                                                                       ment can be conducted
                                                                                                           without breaking the IGU.
                                                                                      possible to measure
                   of double- and tripleglazed insulating glass units    GLAZED INSULATING  gas concentration   remain inside the insulating   either with an invasive or   The most commonly used
                                                                                                           non-invasive method uti-
                                                                                                  glass unit (IGU). A gas es-
                                                                                                       non-invasive method. The
                                                                                                           lizes a spark that is ignited
                                                                                                       invasive method penetrates
                                                                                                  cape could occur from im-
                                                                                                  proper sealing of the IGU,
                                                                                                       through the sealing of the
                                                                                                           through the glass. Based
                                                                              GLASS UNITS  on even the most   and this needs to be tested   insulating glass unit and   on the colour of the ionized
                                                                                                       the gas sample is calculated
                                                                                                           gas, the argon content is cal-
                                                                                                  prior to shipping the IG to
                                                                                                           culated automatically. This
                                                                                      complex insulating
                                                                                                  customers. Product liability
                                                                                                  for the insulating glass and
                                                                                                       These invasive technolo-
                                                                                                           method is fast and accurate
                                                                                                  several years after the ini-
                                                                                                       able and robust technolo-
                                                                                                           glazed units as measuring
                                                                                                       gies with good accuracy,
                                                                                                           can be carried out from
                                                                                                  tial delivery of the product.
                                                                          eeping pace with high performing   PRACTICES FOR ENHANCING   glass structures.  window suppliers can last   gies are generally afford-  and used widely on double-
                                                                          insulating glass products is a strug-  THE ENERGY PROPERTIES   Thus, insulating glass and   but require breaking the IG   monolithic glass side for the
                                                                               OF INSULATING GLASS UNITS
                                                                        “K gle for quality control, especially
                                                                                                  window suppliers are look-
                                                                                                           non-coated surfaces. The
           40  HEGLA and boraident                                      Glazing products today have higher and high-  Today’s glass products carry a wide range   Mauri Saksala   in both heated and cooled   curity of the gas fi ll.
                                                                                                       structure. In practice this
                                                                               AND GAS ESCAPE
                                                                        when it comes to insulating gas retention.
                                                                                                  ing ways to increase the se-
                                                                                      Sales Director
                                                                               of elements enhancing their properties.
                                                                                                  Even though clear stand-
                                                                        er performance needs, and the requirements
                                                                                      Sparklike Oy
                                                                                                  ards do not exist in all are-
                                                                               One main property is the energy effi ciency
                                                                        for better products are growing steadily.”
                                                                                                  as, the industry and manu-
                                                                                             properties can be enhanced
                                                                                                  facturers have formed best
                                                                                                  practices to produce high
                                                                                             such as coatings, multiple
                                                                                             glass layers and inserting
                                                                                                  quality insulating glass.
                                                                                             medium can be normal air,
                                                                                                  ecule gas is prone to leak-
                                                                                             vacuum or specifi c gas –
                                                                                                  age is a challenge, and thus
                   linked by their expertise in glass                    Insulating glass line with argon press (courtesy of Forel)  a medium in between. The   The fact that small mol-
                                                                                             typically argon or krypton.
                                                                                                  manufacturers aim to en-
                                                                                             These insulating gases are
                                                                                                  sure the maximum possible
                                                                                                  content of argon after the
                                                                                             applied to the cavity either
                                                                                                  gas fi lling – typically 95 per
                                                                                             during the manufactur-
                                                                                             ing process at gas press
                                                                                                  cent and higher.
                                                                                                           Traditional invasive oxygen testing device
                                                                        36 Glass-Technology International 6/2017
           42  Dip-Tech and Ferro                                                                         HEGLA
                                                                                                        Managing Director
                                                                          GLASS AND LASER APPLICATIONS  Manfred Vollbracht retires
                   a perfect partnership                                             HEGLA’s recent takeover   After more than 41 years of active involvement, HEGLA Managing
                                                                                                       Director Manfred Vollbracht has retired shortly before his 66th
                                                                                                       birthday. “At some point you have to ask yourself what life after work
                                                                                                       might look like, and when that time has come,” he said, explaining his
                                                                                                       decision. For more than two years, Vollbracht has been setting the
                                                                                     of boraident has not only
                                                                                             projects will continue un-
                                                                                                  with them,” he emphasises.
                                                                                     secured the jobs of the   consulting and ongoing   vative working relationship   course for his exit from the company’s top position in conjunction
                                                                                                       with his Management Board colleague, Bernhard Hötger. In addition,
                                                                                             changed, as will the prod-  THE FOUNDATION OF   Vollbracht will continue to provide the company with consulting
                                                                                     employees of boraident, but   uct portfolio. In addition,   THE NEW COMPANY  services, and will assist the sales team with ongoing projects during the
                                                                                             customers’ familiar points   transitional phase.
                                                                                     will also expand the know-  of contact will remain avail-  In the run-up to the foun-  Vollbracht personally thanked all his staff with a summer party, praising
                                                                                             able as usual.  dation of the new compa-  the performance of the entire team. The Managing Director was
                                                                                                       himself one of the company’s fi rst employees. Since it was founded in
                                                                                                  ny, Dr. Johann Dorner and
                                                                                     how and expertise of the
                                                                                             EXPERTISE IN GLASS
           49  Tecno-Glass                                                           two companies. The new   The two companies are   talks with HEGLA on be-  internationally active group of companies is one of the world’s leading
                                                                                                       1976, the increasing amount of responsibility bestowed on Vollbracht
                                                                                                  Dr. Thomas Rainer held
                                                                                                       played a signifi cant role in the company’s success. Today, the
                                                                                                  half of boraident. “Against
                                                                                             linked by their expertise
                                                                                                       manufacturers of machinery for the storage, loading, cutting, sorting and
                                                                                     company - HEGLA boraident
                                                                                                       residual handling of glass, as well as glass transport racks for transporters
                                                                                             in glass. Since 2004, they
                                                                                                  the backdrop of rapidly
                                                                                             have collaborated on sev-
                                                                                                  growing orders, we are
                                                                                                       and trucks. Sales in 2016 amounted to more than EUR 76 million.
                                                                                     – will continue with ongoing
                                                                                                  looking forward to a secure
                                                                                                       Until recently, as Managing Director, Vollbracht was responsible for
                                                                                                       overall sales and the company’s marketing.
                                                                                             thereby expanding their
                                                                                                  future with a strong part-
                                                                                     projects, ensuring the same
                                                                                                  us with new sales channels
                                                                                             in mechanical engineering,
                                                                                                       Chairman of the Management Board, Jochen H. Hesselbach, thanked
                                                                                     services to customers.  know-how. As specialists   ner. HEGLA will support   On behalf of HEGLA’s shareholders and the entire company, the
                                                                                                       Mr. Vollbracht for his long-term commitment and for his hugely
                                                                                             for over 40 years HEGLA
                                                                                                  and additional glass know-
                                                                                                       successful contributions to the growth and sustainable development of
                   machinery, profiles and equipment                     HEGLA AND            and technological pioneer   framework conditions to   the company. “During your lengthy period of involvement, you were a
                                                                                                  how, and will create the
                                                                                             has been a market leader
                                                                                                       major contributor in turning this small factory producing machinery and
                                                                                                  further optimise the posi-
                                                                                             in glass storage, loading,
                                                                                                       equipment for the fl at glass processing industry into a global player,”
                                                                                             cutting, residual sheet han-
                                                                                                  tion of our products in the
                                                                                                       stressed Hesselbach during the summer party. “We wish you all the
                                                                                                  market,” say Dr. Dorner
                                                                                             dling, and sorting. Since
                                                                                                       best, and hope that you enjoy as much success and happiness in your
                                                                                                  and Dr. Rainer with great
                                                                                             the company was founded
                                                                                                       further life plans as you have done up to this point. HEGLA will
                                                                                                  will also hold central posi-
                                                                                                       The existing leadership team of Jochen H. Hesselbach, Bernhard
                   for small- and large glassworks                                           in 2000, boraident has spe-  conviction. Both experts   remember you and your achievements fondly.”
                                                                                             cialised in the laser mark-
                                                                                                       Hötger and Hans-Peter Löhner will be joined by graduate engineer
                                                                                             ing, structuring and func-
                                                                                                  tions in the new company.
                                                                                                       Gerd Schreier (Dipl.-Ing.). “Thanks to Mr. Schreier’s many years of
                                                                         boraident, as well as its laser        boraident
                                                                                                  According to HEGLA COO
                                                                                             tionalisation of glass. The
                                                                                                       international experience, he is the ideal complement to the existing
                                                                                                  Bernhard Hötger, custom-
                                                                                             company’s product range
                                                                                                       members of the HEGLA Management Board. He brings with him all
                                                                                             also includes technical ap-
                                                                                                  ers of HEGLA will also
                                                                                                       the prerequisites to develop HEGLA beyond the important internal
                                                                         The foundation of HEGLA
                                                                         boraident will secure the future   plications and products for   benefi t from the new sub-  market and into the world,” stated Hesselbach.
                                                                                                  sidiary’s solutions. “The
                                                                                             identifying machine-read-
                                                                         of 17 jobs in what was formerly   able codes, as well as the   fi rst step will be offering the
                                                                         know-how. Mutually satisfi ed with   laser-assisted production of   option of machine-readable,
                                                                           the result:       glass diaphragms and test   material friendly laser mark-  ting process via the product,
                                                                          Jochen H. Hesselbach   systems in the glass sensors   ing for our cutting systems.   and can thus decentralise   Hegla Gmbh & Co. Kg
                                                                                                              and Boraident GmbH
                                                                          (CEO, HEGLA),      division.  In the second step, the laser   the process,” says the long-
                                                                         Dr. Johann Dorner (Head   LINKED BY THEIR   an extremely constructive, 40
                                                                                                  technology will allow us to
                                                                                                       standing COO. Another as-
                                                                                             HEGLA CEO Jochen H.
                                                                         of Sales, HEGLA boraident),
           54  Pilkington                                                Technology, HEGLA boraident),   EXPERTISE IN GLASS  boraident’s many years   of Industry 4.0,” explains   also evident: thanks to the   Hegla: Industriestrasse 21
                                                                                             Hesselbach, stresses that
                                                                                                  get a lot closer to our vision
                                                                                                       pect of HEGLA’s strategy is
                                                                         Dr. Thomas Rainer (Head of
                                                                          Bernhard Hötger
                                                                                             of knowledge and exper-
                                                                                                       new company’s enhanced
                                                                                                  Bernhard Hötger. The con-
                                                                         (COO, HEGLA Beverungen and
                                                                                             tise in laser technology for
                                                                                                  sistent use of laser marking
                                                                                                       laser know-how, further de-
                                                                         HEGLA Kretzschau) (f.l.t.r.)
                                                                                             glass can be retained in the
                                                                                                  on glass not only means that
                                                                                                       velopments in the laser-fi lm
                                                                                             new subsidiary, and sees a
                                                                                                  each sheet can be clearly
                                                                                                       cutting of laminated safety
                                                                                             vision. “We have known the
                                                                                                  can also fully digitise the
                                                                                                       more quickly.
                                                                         ollowing a very brief period of insolvency after the
                                                                                                            Tel.: +49-5273-9050
                                                                                 over the site on 5 October 2017. All current employees and
                                                                         company fell into fi nancial diffi culties, the 17 employ-  Germany (with approx. 550 employees worldwide), took   bright future for the new di-  identifi ed at any time: “We   glass can also be expected   37688 Beverungen - Germany
                                                                                                       It was agreed that the
                                                                                                  entire production process,
                                                                                                            Fax: +49-5273-905252
                                                                                             boraident team for many
                                                                        F ees of boraident in Halle an der Saale (Saxony-Anhalt,   patents will be incorporated into the newly founded HEG-  years, and have enjoyed   and consign it to each sheet   amount of the takeover   E-mail:
                                                                        Germany) can breathe a sigh of relief. The HEGLA Group,   LA boraident GmbH & Co. KG. There is also good news   partnership-oriented, inno-  of glass. This means that we   bid should remain confi -
                   plant reborn                                                                             Boraident: Köthener Straße 33a
                                                                                 for former boraident customers: the company’s services,
                                                                        headquartered in Beverungen, North Rhine-Westphalia,
                                                                                                  can directly control the cut-
                                                                                                            06118 Halle - Germany
                                                                                                            Tel.: +49-345-4782350
                                                                                                            Fax: +49-345-47823510
                                                                        40 Glass-Technology International 6/2017
           58  Intermac                                                   PRINTING    Dip- Tech Managing
                                                                                      discusses the benefits
                   glass meets with top performance levels              Dip-Tech      Director Alon Lumbroso   overstated that Dip-Tech’s   because we believe that for   pected to close before the   effectively with Dip-Tech,
                                                                                      of becoming a
                                                                                                           the company has begun
                                                                                                       end of the year).
                                                                                             printers are blazingly fast.
                                                                                                  Dip-Tech, and Dip-Tech’s
                                                                                                  customers, this step is very
                                                                                                       Perhaps a more important
                                                                                             The booth and all promo-
                                                                                                           training Ferro employees.
                                                                                       Ferro Company
                                                                                             tional materials display “A
                                                                                                           Just before Vitrum 2017,
                                                                                                       facet of the acquisition
                                                                                                       is Dip-Tech gaining the
                                                                                                  The fi rst benefi t mentioned
                                                                                             Ferro Company,” the result
                                                                                                           Dip-Tech hosted a training
                                                                                                           seminar for Ferro teams
                                                                                                       clout of a parent company.
                                                                                             of Dip-Tech’s acquisition
                                                                                                  is the ability to expand Dip-
                   at Vitrum 2017                                                andFerro    by Ferro Corporation in   Tech’s portfolio of products.   Speaking on this benefi t,   from Italy, France, Turkey
                                                                                                           and Spain, and they plan
                                                                                                       Alon said, “Ferro has of-
                                                                                                  Alon said, “Ferro is an ex-
                                                                                             August 2017. Knowing this
                                                                                             is an important milestone
                                                                                                       fi ces in 28 countries and
                                                                                                           to host more seminars to
                                                                                                  pert in all the raw materi-
                                                                                                  als that are part of our inks,
                                                                                                       over 5,000 employees, so
                                                                                             for the company, Glass-
                                                                                                  having their experience,
                                                                                                           what Dip-Tech offers and
                                                                                             Technology International
                                                                                                       together we can do much
                                                                                                           their advantages, and what
                                                                                                  their thousands of products
                                                                                                       more across the global
                                                                                             sat with Dip-Tech Manag-
                                                                         a perfect partnership  ing Director Alon Lumbro-  in this area, allows us to pick   market. Dip-Tech is a rela-  its vision for the future is.
                                                                                                  the right products from their
                                                                                                           Training has already been
                                                                                                       tively small company with
                                                                                             so and Marketing Manager
                                                                                             Shirley Segev to discuss
                                                                                                       110 employees and it is
                                                                                                  portfolio and develop new
                                                                                                       quite challenging to evolve
                                                                                                           North America and Asia
                                                                                                  inks for our customers.”
                                                                                             the partnership with Ferro
                                                                                             and the benefi ts of their
                                                                                                       are now selling in. With
                                                                                                           year, more teams will be
                                                                                                  line of materials has re-
                                                                                             new relationship.  Ferro’s already extensive   over the 60 countries we   branches, and over the next
                                                                                             Asking how the acquisition   cently been bolstered by ac-  Ferro, it will be much,   brought in, allowing them
                                                                                                       much easier.
                                                                                                  quisitions of Endeka Group
           64  Fenzi Group                                                                   sonally and for Dip-Tech, I   which were also added to   credit we have in dealing   The relationship also has
                                                                                             will affect their business,
                                                                                                           to work together more ef-
                                                                                                  and Gardenia Quimica,
                                                                                                       “Additionally, there is the
                                                                                             Alon said, “For me per-
                                                                                                  the company’s expanding
                                                                                                           benefi ts for Ferro. “Dip-
                                                                                             think it’s a very good move.
                                                                                                       with our prospects. We
                                                                                                           Tech is very different from
                                                                                                       are talking to glass proces-
                                                                                                  portfolio. These additions
                                                                                             I was busy with this trans-
                                                                                                           the other companies Ferro
                                                                                                  will undoubtedly also aid
                                                                                             action for quite a while,
                                                                                                       sors who have more con-
                                                                                             and we put a lot of effort
                                                                                                  Dip-Tech in developing new
                                                                                                           has recently acquired. They
                                                                                                       fi dence now to buy from
                                                                                                       us because they’ve known
                                                                                                           are materials companies,
                                                                                                  inks for their printers. (The
                                                                                             to make it happen together
                                                                                                           and we are the only com-
                                                                                             with Ferro’s management,
                                                                                                       Ferro for a long time. They
                                                                                                  Endeka acquisition is ex-
                                                                                                           selling capital equipment.
                                                                                                       fessional company, very
                   new products take centre stage                                                      appreciate Ferro as a pro-  pany within Ferro that is
                                                                                                           It’s a completely differ-
                                                                                                       stable, very strong, and
                                                                                                       now that Dip-Tech is part
                                                                                                           ent business when you sell
                                                                                                       of Ferro platform, it’s a
                                                                                                           materials. You sell, you get
                                                                                                       strong reference. So they
                                                                                                           the money in thirty days,
                                                                                                       feel more confi dent to buy
                                                                                                           done deal.  For us, it’s
                                                                                                           completely different. Sales
                                                                                                       equipment from us.”
                                                                                                           cycles might reach two to
                                                                                                       Already, having the clout
                   at Vitrum 2017                                        COMPANY PRESENTATION  industry where speed is of extreme importance, it cannot be  42
                                                                                                       of Ferro has had a positive
                                                                                                           three years. Once the or-
                                                                                                           der is received, we build
                                                                                                       benefi t for Dip-Tech. Alon
                                                                                                       said, “I just spoke with our
                                                                                                           the machine for the cus-
                                                                            During Vitrum,
                                                                                                       agent in Spain about a cer-
                                                                                                           tomer. We test the machine
                                                                             Glass-Technology          tain prospect that we have   before shipping it to them,
                                                                                                       been in touch with for a
                                                                                                           then install it. We manage
                                                                             International spoke
                                                                          alking the fl oor of the Vitrum 2017 exhibition in   swapping a pair of glass panels quite rapidly and printing a   while. Now our agent up-  training sessions, technical
                                                                                                       dated me that since we are
                                                                                                           support, spare parts service
                                                                          Milan, the Dip-Tech booth instantly captures at-  variety of art designs to demonstrate the machine’s diverse   part of Ferro, it will help   and much more. We con-
                                                                             to some of the
                                                                        W tention with an array of glass panels showcasing   range of colours. In the time it takes one operator to clean   him to make a decision   sider ourselves married to
                                                                                 wet ink off of one panel, the printer has already completed
                                                                                                           that customer for life and
                                                                        the quality of their digital printers, and with a live demon-
                                                                                                       since he has known Ferro
                                                                             people behind Tecno-
                                                                        stration of their GPi printer.  The speed of these machines
                                                                                                           we want this marriage to
                                                                                                       for many years.”
                                                                                 the other panel and sits idly waiting for the next job. In an
                                                                        has to be seen to fully be appreciated, with two operators
                                                                                                       To help Ferro work more
                                                                                                           succeed. It’s a new busi-
           68  LiSEC                                           Tecno-Glass   Glass – a well-             Glass-Technology International 6/2017  43
                                                                             known distributor
                                                                        42 Glass-Technology International 6/2017
                                                                             of machinery
                                                                              numerous Italian
                                                                 AND EQUIPMENT
                   an important part of the future for Astiglass  MACHINERY, PROFILES  and products for   Pilkington Italia
                                                                              and international
                                                                              companies, as well as
                                                                 FOR SMALL- AND
                                                                          COMPANY NEWS being a manufacturer
                                                                                      celebrates the firing
                                                                              of glass processing
                                                                                      up of a new Float
                                                                              machinery with long-
                                                                                      glass furnace in its
                                                                                      historic Porta Marghera
                                                                                             furniture and sophisticated
                                                                                                  emissions, in full compli-
                                                                                                       cal, regional and national
           70  Vitrum 2017                                       LARGE GLASSWORKS  standing family roots  16  October is an im-  rent trends in the upmarket   of control of atmospheric   this goal possible: the lo-  Graziano Marcovecchio
                                                                                                  ance with environmental
                                                                                                           President of Pilkington Italia SpA
                                                                                                       agencies that have sup-
                                                                                      plant in Venice
                                                                                             contemporary architecture
                                                                                             of the modern building in-
                                                                                                       ported us, the trade-union
                                                                                                  legislation, and reaffi rm-
                                                                                                  ing the high standard of
                                                                                                       representatives, but above
                                                                                                       all our workforce, who,
                                                                                                  safety and environmental
                                                                                             For this particular product,
                                                                                             it has been necessary to
                                                                                                       by their sacrifi ces over the
                                                                                                  health in company plants
                                                                                                       last fi ve years, have awaited
                                                                                                  completely in tune with the
                                                                                             carry out signifi cant reno-
                                                                                       portant date for
                                                                                                       this day between concern
                                                                                                  mission of NSG Group as a
                                                                                             vation not only of the fu-
                                                                                                       and hope, but who are now
                                                                                       Pilkington Italia,
                                                                                             sion furnace itself but also
                                                                                                  sustainable company
                                                                                                  Venice has been one of the
                                                                                             line in order to maintain
                                                                                      the entire Regione Veneto.
                                                                                                       determination, to take on
                                                                                                  fundamental centres of the
                                                                                             and strengthen the leader-
                                                                                      The fi rst steps in the pro-
                   concludes successfully                         49                  the Venice community and   of the entire production   Throughout its history,   prepared, with pride and   Alessandro Michetti
                                                                                                       new challenges for their
                                                                                                  glass industry because of
                                                                                             ship position across the full
                                                                                      cedure for starting up the
                                                                                                       own futures and for the fu-
                                                                                                  its fl eet of merchant vessels
                                                                                             range of products based on
                                                                                      new fl oat glass furnace
                                                                                                       ture of the plant.
                                                                                             Pilkington Optiwhite™.
                                                                                                  that today as much as yes-
                                                                                      were taken at a formal cer-
                                                                                                       At the same time it is only
                                                                                                  terday still link it with plac-
                                                                                                       right to remember that to-
                                                                        Starting up the furnace lighting procedure
                                                                                             Production of the Pilking-
                                                                                      emony at the Porta Margh-
                                                                                                       day is only the beginning
                                                                                             ton Optilam™ range of
                                                                                      era plant. The plant is ex-
                                                                                                  es producing raw materials,
                                                                                                           General Manager of Pilkington Italia SpA
                                                                                             laminated safety glass will
                                                                                                  because of its mercantile
                                                                                      pected to produce its fi rst
                                                                                                       and that from now begins
                                                                                                  enterprise, but above all be-
                                                                                                       the diffi cult part, keeping in
                                                                                      glass in November.
                                                                                             be maintained
                                                                                      The new system is located
                                                                                                       mind how hard it is to re-
                                                                                             The signifi cant investment
                                                                                                  cause of technical abilities
                                                                                             (in excess of  18 million)
                                                                                                       main competitive and retain
                                                                                      in the historic Pilkington
                                                                                                  in this fi eld that have come
                                                                                                  anywhere else.
                                                                                                       Italy, Europe and the world.
                                                                                             ried out is a clear indica-
                                                                                      Venice where glass was
                                                                                             tion of their confi dence
                                                                                                       We are convinced that the
                                                                                      fi rst produced in far off
                                                                                                  For this purpose there are
           75  Mir Stekla 2017                                                Glass-Technology International 6/2017  49  works in Porta Marghera,   that NSG Group has car-  to the fore here more than   our place in the market in
                                                                                      1932, and which saw the
                                                                                             in the existing productive
                                                                                                  in course – shortly to be
                                                                                                       leadership and the work-
                                                                                      introduction of the Pilking-
                                                                                             capability of this region,
                                                                                                       ers of Porta Marghera will
                                                                                                  fi nalised – moves to take
                                                                                                       be equal to these chal-
                                                                                                  on approximately 60 new
                                                                                      ton fl oat glass technology
                                                                                             and of the short and along
                                                                                                       lenges, in the full knowl-
                                                                                             term economic prospects.
                                                                                                  trainees in addition to the
                                                                                      in 1987. Following a ma-
                                                                                                       edge that the will to work
                                                                                      jor overhaul in 2002, work
                                                                                                  recall of all 132 people who
                                                                                             An important part of the
                                                                                             investment will consist of
                                                                                                       together and the ability to
                                                                                                  had been retained until 30th
                                                                                      continued until 2012 when
                                                                                             the installation of systems
                                                                                                  September on state-provid-
                                                                                                       overcome diffi culties is the
                                                                                      production was suspended.
                                                                                      The new plant will make
                                                                                                       maintain the confi dence
                                                                                      considerable use of exist-  ed short-time assistance.  prescription to create and   Luca Zaia
                                                                                                  The management of Pilk-
                                                                                                           President of  Regione Veneto
                                                                                      ing facilities.
                                                                                                  ington Italia in the persons
                                                                                                       of shareholders. We shall
                   combining high tech industrial                        Pilkington   Production will be approxi-  (approximately  4.88 bn) of 54
                                                                                             NSG Group is one of the largest
                                                                                   Christian Quenett
                                                                                                  of President Dr. Graziano
                                                                                                       look back on what has hap-
                                                                                                       pened today as a new start
                                                                                Head of Architectural Glass Europe - NSG Group
                                                                                                  Marcovecchio and General
                                                                                             world-wide producers of glass and
                                                                                      mately 630 tons of fl oat
                                                                                                       and celebrate it with joy,
                                                                                      glass per day and the new
                                                                                                  Manager Alexander Mi-
                                                                                             glass systems in three main busi-
                                                                                      furnace will be able to pro-
                                                                                                       for our own future and for
                                                                                             ness areas: Automotive, Building
                                                                                                  chetti “would like to thank
                                                                                                  all those whose commit-
                                                                                      duce the innovative Pilk-
                                                                                             and Technical Glass.
                                                                                                       the future of the country in
                                                                                                  ment have made achieving
                                                                                                       which we operate.”
                                                                                             Today group NSG has
                                                                                      ington Optiwhite™.
                   production and artistic skills                                     This exceptional product   production activities in   Pilkington Italia SpA - NSG Group
                                                                                             approximately 30 countries on
                                                                                      is an extremely clear fl oat
                                                                                             four continents and markets in
                                                                                      glass obtained by the care-
                                                                                             approximately 105 countries. In
                                                                                      ful selection of raw materi-
                                                                                             the fi nancial year to 31 March
                                                                                      als with very low iron oxide
                                                                          plant reborn  content to give it particu-  a turnover of JPY 580.8 bn   Via Delle Industrie 46
                                                                                             2017, the Group recorded
                                                                                                      30175 Porto Marghera (VE) - Italy
                                                                                      larly high transparency and
                                                                                                      Tel.: +39-041-5334911
                                                                                      light transmission, which
                                                                                             which 38% was produced in
                                                                                                      Fax: +39-041-5317687
                                                                                      make it suitable to the cur-
                                                                                             Europe, 25% in Japan, 20% in
                                                                                             North America and 17%  in the   E-mail:  Luigi Brugnaro
                                                                                                           Mayor of Venice
                                                                                             rest of the world.  europe/italy/italian/contacts/default.htm
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