GulfGuard to Add New Coating Machine for Glass Plant

GulfGuard plans to invest in a coating machine for its float glass plant in Saudi Arabia.

The managing board of Saudi Guardian International Float Glass Co., Ltd. (GulfGuard) agreed in principle to an investment in a new coating machine for its float glass plant in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia.
GulfGuard is a joint venture owned by Guardian Industries Corp., Zamil Group Holding Company and The National Company for Glass Industries.
The coater would allow the plant to turn their standard float glass into high performance value-added glass. The plant could then produce low-emissivity, solar control glass products for residential (ClimaGuard) and commercial (SunGuard) applications. Guardian operates these coaters throughout the world.
Guardian Glass President Kevin Baird says that the investment to add the coater is further demonstration of GulfGuard’s commitment to serving the long-term needs of its customers, in Saudi Arabia and the GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council). “The addition of the coater reflects our confidence in this facility and the region,” says Baird. “We will be able to develop value-added products for the region quickly and efficiently.”
“Architects and builders are increasing their use of energy-efficient products to improve the building envelope, and we are committed to supporting our customers by providing them with the best technology,” says Riadh Al Humaidan, Chairman of Zoujaj and GulfGuard. “This development provides them with an important capability in the region.”