AIA Show 2006, Things Are Good, the Primaries Say
The primary glass manufacturers don't always see eye to eye, but
talking with representatives at the American Institute of Architects
(AIA) show last week in Los Angeles, there is unanimous agreement.
"Things are good," said Scott Hoover, senior manager-architectural
marketing for Pilkington North America, standing in the Toledo,
Ohio-based manufacturer's dynamic new booth on the trade show floor.
"Commercial is starting to open up and residential is still
strong," he added.
"Things are going well," echoed Joe Staffileno, manager
national sales for ACH Glass Operations in Allen Park, Mich. "We're
selling all the glass we can make," backed up Cynthia Coulter,
senior manager sales and marketing for the company.
"The market looks good," opined PPG's Pat Kenny. "Commercial
is strong and residential may be slowing a little, but it still
looks good to me," he added.
Jon Hughes, manager architectural sales for AFG Glass in Kingsport,
Tenn., made it unanimous when he said, "Things are good."
What seemed to be making everyone so happy?
"Low-E continues to grow beyond our expectations," stated
Pilkington's Hoover. He said his company has found that architects
and designers like a subtle reflectivity.
AFG's Hughes said his company is seeing a high demand for high-transmission,
low-E products that deliver good energy efficiency performance.
He also pointed out that post-temperable glass is still growing
and that second-surface low-E glass is a popular construction. "We're
getting more complex with specturally selective coatings,"
he said of the primary glass manufacturers. "There are so many
of these products available now and they are similar," he added.
Hughes also pointed to the popularity of laminated glass use, which
is growing for security applications as well as hurricane-resistant