Day for Glaston at Vitrum
"Today is an important day for Glaston," said Mika Seitovirta,
group president and CEO of Glaston Corp. (formerly Kyro) at a press
conference at Vitrum in Milan. "We are here with Albat+Wirsam Software
in Europe and also it is my pleasure to introduce our new management
team." That new team includes Paolo Ceni, vice president of the
pre-processing business area, Topi Saarenhovi, senior vice president
of the heat treatment business area, and Gunter Befort, senior vice
president of the software solutions business area.
"In January, we decided on new priorities for the company," he
explained. "First was that we be profitable so that we could invest
for the future. Second was the integration of our brands (Tamglass,
Uniglass, Bavelloni and Albat+Wirsam). Third was to partner with
customers, and fourth was new management."
Seitovirta reported the sales figures for the first six months
of the year to back up his case. New orders were up 57 percent over
the first six months of the previous year. "We have seen growth
particularly in China and the Middle East," he stated.
When asked by USGNN if he has seen a trend on its business in China
on using the OSP (one-stop partner) approach which it has promoted
heavily, Seitovirta said that it was too early to tell. "The market
in China is still developing and it is different from, for example,
that in the United States where there is more demand for integrated
software solutions," he said. A goal of the company, he added, is
maximum loading and output utilization for machinery and material
flow in glass processing from order to packing optimization.
Each member of the new management team then spoke about his segment.
Conti said that he is looking for big growth in the architectural
segment of the market.
Saarenhovi said that the capacity of the processing units is a
focus for dealing with the increased time needed for solar control
Befort said that the demand for comprehensive software solutions
is increasing as the software ties the production machinery together
in an efficient way. "Software has a very big impact on whether
a company is profitable or not because it increases efficiency,"
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