AGC will unveil ‘Soundscape’ at Ventura Centrale during the Milan Design Week, one of the world’s largest design festivals taking place next week – 17-22 April. This installation explores the sensory world of hearing, with sound-generating glass. For this project, AGC has invited up-and-coming architect Motosuke Mandai as the creation partner for this glass-space installation. Motosuke Mandai comments: “We designed our soundscape by combining transparent glass suspended gracefully in the air with the invisible element of sound. By overlaying these two elements, we seek out new possibilities for the ephemeral, delicate, graceful medium of glass.” The sounds generated by the highly transparent, thin, lightweight glass enable visitors to experience auditory landscapes (soundscapes) in new ways. Sound-generating glass, currently under development at AGC, was used to produce Soundscape. It is designed with a special intermediary layer that mitigates the inherent resonance characteristics of glass. This makes it possible to produce clear, steady sounds ranging from high to low, throughout the spectrum of audio frequencies. At Ventura Centrale, visitors will also discover the unlimited design possibilities of AGC Glass Europe’s decorative glass for furniture and interior applications.

Nampak has announced that it is selling its glass division

Nampak recently informed shareholders that it is selling its glass division, adding that discussions had been held with a number of strategic partners.

South African container glassmaker Nampak has announced that it is selling its glass division.
“To ensure the long-term profitability of glass and to address the operational skills gap, the board has resolved to approach packaging industry players to invite proposals for the sale of the glass business,” the company said.
Exploratory discussions had been held with a number of strategic partners and a formal corporate finance disposal process was in process, it added.
It is thought the business could end in foreign hands as competition authorities are unlikely to agree to a deal with the sole other South African container glassmaker, Consol Glass.
In November 2011, Nampak spent R938m to acquire the 50% of its glass business it did not own from joint venture partner, German-based Wiegand-Glas.
At the time Nampak CEO Andrew Marshall said the acquisition was part of a strategy of “investing in our core businesses where we believe we have competitive advantages.”