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GGP 08 August 2016

Saint-Gobain launches SGG EClear A glass Saint-Gobain Glass says it is challenging the hard-coat domestic retrofit market with the launch of SGG E-Clear A, an entry-level low-emissivity glass designed to achieve a minimum WER ‘B’ rating but with a number of specific advantages over existing online products. According to Saint-Gobain, higher clarity and lack of haze are principle benefits over many pyrolytic (hard-coated) glasses, along with lower surface reflection and better insulation. Saint-Gobain Glass marketing manager, Karen Clough, explained the market positioning for the new product: “Saint- Gobain has always led the field with high performance glasses of all varieties and functions for the architectural and larger domestic installation markets. Now, we have E-Clear A, designed specifically for the smaller domestic retrofit businesses seeking to achieve a good Window Energy Rating that outperforms existing products in the sector in a number of ways.” Saint-Gobain Glass says it has constantly ‘pushed the boundaries’ in high performance offline coated products and that the introduction of SGG E-Clear A now significantly widens the appeal of the low ‘e’ glass range, bringing it within reach of those customers who rely on fine distribution who may also be working with limited processing machinery. SGG E-Clear A has an optimum centre pane ‘U’ Value of 1.3 W/m²K, enabling it to achieve a minimum WER ‘B’ rating with warm edge spacer and Planiclear counter pane. For processors, it has an improved toughening cycle time, an elongated shelf life and does not require edge-deletion. 26 G L A S S & G L A S S PROCESSING Press Glass expands range Press Glass has expanded its offer of glazed units with the introduction of eight new types of glazed units, after laboratory tests for acoustic insulation. The list of glazed units has been expanded with acoustic glazed units with the parameters of 33, 35, 38, 39, 40 and 43 dB. This means Press Glass can now offer 86 types of acoustic glazed units. Gerard Plaze, manager of the Press Glass promotion department, said: “For many Rw values, we are able to propose several types of panes; for value Rw=40 dB we have as many as 10 versions which is evidence of the flexibility of our offer. We supply products confirmed with the required certificates confirming the approved use thereof all over Europe and in North America. By expanding our new offer with new items, in agreement with our customers, we send an explicit signal that we understand and support the individual needs of our buyers. Some time ago Press Glass also initiated a special acoustic glazed units configurator which can be used both on the company’s website and via the free mobile application Press Glass Mobile. Gerard Plaze added: “The acoustic glazed units configurator is a response to our customers’ expectations, since it allows to focus the search area to the variants of panes compliant with the user’s expectations. The available glazed units may be compared both in terms of the weighted sound reduction index and the correction indices as well as the details relating to the weight, security class or glass thickness in the glazed unit. This offers major support to our customers as the configurator accelerates the analysis of the available variants of glazed units and the selection of the desired option, in particular with such broad offer.” Guardian to ‘inspire’ at Glasstec Under its motto of ‘Inspirations in Glass’, Guardian Glass says it will present a range of advanced products and solutions at this year’s Glasstec show. “Guardian Glass offers one of the broadest and most versatile product portfolios in the industry, both in terms of performance and aesthetics,” explained Lance Altizer, marketing director, Europe. “The many properties and options available through our product range can provide the inspiration for architects and designers to create buildings with outstanding looks.” According to Guardian, visitors to its stand (Hall 10 – stand A28) will be able to see how Guardian high performance glass can play a ‘significant’ role in creating the visual identity of many buildings, residential homes and interior spaces. The company adds that a particularly impressive demonstration of the range of effects achievable with its glass and coating technology will be provided by a 6m high, concave facade, built specifically for the show. The four curved glass panels of the facade will incorporate Guardian UltraClear float glass with a range of high-performance coatings that provide different degrees of visual reflection – from the ‘no-glass’ effect of Guardian Clarity to the almost ‘diamond-like’ appearance of www.ggpmag.com August 2016 Guardian SunGuard HD Diamond 66. Another Guardian innovation to be presented at the show is Guardian System TEA (True Edge Application), a unique technology that reportedly reduces the time required for edge enamelling of Guardian heat treatable sputtered coated glass. Said to be faster and more reliable than conventional methods, Guardian says the technology produces a ‘perfectly uniform’ surface with ‘excellent’ optical qualities and is more resource-efficient, which reduces lead times for structural glazing products. Guardian will also use Glasstec 2016 to announce the winners of its student design competition, aimed at exploring the innovation potential behind new Guardian Clarity antireflective glass. Design students from around the globe were invited to conceive new and creative ideas for the use of ant-reflective glass in home interiors, the workplace and events. More information on the competition and winning entries can be found at: www.guardiandesignchallenge.com www.guardianglasstec.com


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