News on Glass & Refractory World, week# 09


° Following previous announcements, Hindusthan National Glass (HNG) of India confirms to be in advanced talks to acquire two companies in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia and MENA (Middle East and North Africa) regions. Due diligence processes will be completed within next few weeks.

° Indian Piramal Glass has announced investments for USD 57 million including expansion at its plant in Gujarat. Capacity addition will include 160 TPD in a greenfield project to be completed within 2012. Piramal will mostly focus on its cosmetics & perfumery containers business.

° UK-based speciality materials group Cookson Group Plc reports performance improvement in 2010 of its Ceramics division; a 52% increase in profits in the second half of 2010 has beer reached while refractory and foundry markets continued to recover. The business of Vesuvius and Foseco posts a trading profit of £90.6m., up from £59.5m. in H2 2009. End-markets have recovered strongly, but generally remain below pre-crisis levels.

What is Float Glass?

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Initially, window glasses were made by cutting from large discs of Crown glass. Crown glass is nothing but a large globe of glass, made by blowing molten glass into a crown or a hollow globe. The crown glass is further reheated and spinned out of the globe into large discs, which were then flattened using centrifugal force. These glasses were then cut into desired sizes. There were other methods of making glass as well, like the blown plate, broad sheet, polished plate and cylinder blown sheets, which were all in practice up till the end of the 19th century. 20th century witnessed more advanced processes like rolled plate, machine drawn cylinder sheet, flat drawn sheet, single and twin ground polished plate and float glass. Continue reading