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GGP December 2014

Glass & Glass Processing Terror alerts have boosted business says AGT 32 December 2014 The growing threat of terrorism and instability across parts of the Middle East has caused major global corporations to step up their protection of personnel and infrastructure, according to a London based secure glazing specialist. A spike in demand for its building protection services has been reported by Advanced Glass Technology (AGT), which has seen its overseas order book doubled recently with enquiries from the Middle East and many parts of Africa. Since launching its first international operation during 2013 in Irbil, the Kurdistan capital of Iraq, AGT has carried out installation projects for a number of major oil companies and other multinational corporations. These have included the fitment of protective window films, anchoring systems, ballistic-proof doors and walling and panic rooms within office buildings and residential complexes. Due to the number of rapidly developing infrastructure projects in Irbil, the region is reportedly now the London-based company’s biggest market and further growth is predicted for 2015. As well as the private sector, AGT is working with embassies and nongovernmental organisations. Clarity - clearer than glass M5 Glass Centre adds fire rated IGUs to range M5 Glass Centre has extended its comprehensive portfolio of products, by adding fire rated insulating glass units to its range. The new production of fire units will be available throughout the 15 glass centres within the Cornwall Glass Group. M5 Glass says that it carried out thorough testing with Pilkington prior to production of the unts, which will now be fully supported by Pilkington’s test data. Pilkington’s Pyrodur and Pyrostop are the two core components of fire resistant units being manufactured at M5 Glass. This glass is said to fulfil the requirements set from building regulations and authorities as well as meeting international fire test standards. Pyrodur offers a barrier against flames, hot gases and smoke and reduces the transfer of radiant heat to approximately 10% after 30 minutes. Its ideal use is in doors and glazed glass screens. Pyrostop achieves full thermal insulation with approximately 2% of heat transferring after 30 minutes. The glass offers the maximum level of protection, where the glass is designed for emergency exits, stairwells, floors and roofs. Both internal and external grade fire units are available. Simon Hares, M5 Glass Centre manager, said: “The addition of fire glass IGU manufacturing complements our already extensive product offering here at M5. Pilkington Pyro products are a long standing and high performing glass range recognised worldwide. “For M5 Glass Centre to be a Pilkington Pyro partner and receive certification for full time Fire IGU manufacture is a real coup for the branch.” Guardian Clarity is a magnetron sputtered, antireflective glass which helps to remove reflective distractions, producing a barrier which is said to be ‘clearer than glass’. “Glass provides clear protection from the environment outside, however in areas where clarity is paramount, such as shop fronts or restaurants with spectacular views, any distracting reflection impairs glasses potential,” said Luis Homet, regional sales manager for Guardian Western Europe. “Guardian Clarity solves this issue and helps create uninterrupted views in any application”. Using the most advanced magnetron sputter coating technology, Guardian Clarity reportedly offers exceptional performance and durability. The sputter coating technique enables a light transmission of 97% and a reflection of less than 1%, compared to architectural float glass which offers a light transmission of 90% and a reflection of 8%. Guardian says that the carefully tailored anti-reflective coating has been designed so that any reflection caught in that 1% factor appears in a dark blue rather than the pink area of the spectrum, commonly found with other anti-reflective glass. Being a magnetron sputter coated glass also means that Guardian Clarity is available in the optimum range of sizes, all the way up to ‘Jumbo’ (3,210mm x 6,000mm). Guardian Clarity can be supplied double or single sided, in both annealed and laminated forms, produced on Guardian UltraClear – low iron float glass. To aid in the processing of the glass, Guardian Clarity is also supplied with Guardian’s patented TPF (Temporary Protective Film), which protects the coating through processing helping to provide higher yields during fabrication. www.guardianglass.co.uk


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