Pilkington UK has invested more than £3 million in new technology to increase its manufacturing capacity and meet increasing market demand.
The flat glass manufacturer has invested in a new state of the art toughening furnace, an increased capability heat soak oven, and a glass measuring device.
Due to be operational by August, the new toughening furnace will be located at the firm’s architectural site in St Helens while the capability of the heat soak oven will increase to 6000 x 3000 millimetres.
The newly developed glass measuring device, which is also included in the investment, will enhance the manufacturer’s quality control systems and processes for the benefit of customer and end-clients.
Phil Savage, head of sales - UK processing at Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, said:
“We’re at the forefront of providing innovative products into the commercial construction sector, especially in the area of structural glazing, where this type of glass and glazing system is increasingly specified and incorporated in high-performance buildings.
“The challenge of delivering projects that achieve both high functionality and excellent aesthetical appeal has been more ubiquitous in building design over the last five years. This is where structural glazing systems are an established solution, helping specifiers to meet both requirements.
“This investment helps us to serve this growing demand with enhanced efficiency and superior quality products, helping our customers to create a built environment fit for the future.”
The company’s UK manufactured Pilkington Planar™ glass has been recently installed in international projects including the Al-farwania Court Complex and Hawally Courts Complex both in Kuwait; the 601 Massachusetts Avenue development in Washington DC; the American Dream Mall in New Jersey; and the Valley Fair Mall, California.