Important 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 glass.

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," he said.

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