UNITED KINGDOM - NSG Group Opens Up New Off-Line Coater for Public Preview
October 25, 2012

The NSG Group, manufacturers of Pilkington glass, is providing public tours of its new £36 million off-line coater facility before it opens for operation in November, according to a company release. At the company's Cowley Hill site in St Helens, the plant will offer ultra-thin special coatings for glass applications in addition to various Pilkington products. Tours include a synopsis of the company's history as well as the new company's technical centre at Lathom, which showcases the R&D activity undertaken to support the group's architectural, automotive and technical glass businesses.

"The new off-line coater enables us to produce Pilkington K Glass™ S here to the United Kingdom," says Andy McDowell, commercial director, Pilkington United Kingdom. "This is of great importance in enabling us to meet growing demand from our customers for this new range. But it is also a key step forward for us to have the future capability to produce the full range of our high performance architectural glass products in the United Kingdom, from right here in St Helens."

"Customers visiting the new coater have all been impressed," adds Mike Sharples, coatings plant manager. "It's undoubtedly a significant investment and one of which the Company and the wider St Helens community can certainly be proud."

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