Technology Drives Market Demand

PRESS RELEASE: A Tamglass ProBend for crosswise bending will be upgraded at the 200,000 sq ft² premises of the European Glass Group in London with a second section for longitudinal bending in October. The high capacity machine designed for mouldless bending and tempering of demanding large-size architectural glass will be the only one in the UK with both bending sections and which will process all types of clear and coated glass.

This upgrade will improve the European Glass Group's capability to serve the market as a specialist in architectural glass manufacturing. The company aims to provide a customer-driven operation through offering new high-technology solutions.

This latest investment is another milestone in the12 years of cooperation between European Glass and Tamglass. "The cooperation between our companies has always been built on the combination of market drive and the optimum use of the latest technology to set new standards of quality and a range of solutions. Tamglass delivers the leading technology to us. This technology enables us to provide our end customers and the glass trade with industry-leading solutions according to the best quality standards and in accordance with the regulations set by legislation."

Quality is critical
The use of large-sized curved tempered glass in buildings is increasing. The ProBend with the combined sections enables European Glass to provide architects and designers with much better design flexibility and a wider range of solutions. "The state-of-the-art technology helps us produce curved glass with the same high quality as flat tempered glass. Furthermore, zero tooling bending enables us to manufacture larger sizes with greater accuracy and to higher levels of quality compared to machines that use moulds."

The main criterion in the investment decision was to manufacture larger sizes and improve the quality: "In special architectural glass manufacturing quality is especially critical. In our opinion, Tamglass is the leading company in the market in terms of focusing on quality. That is why we selected Tamglass".

Technology for a wide range of solutions
In 2002 European Glass also installed a 7 m x 3.3 m Tamglass flat glass tempering plant, the largest in the world. As architectural glass specialists, European Glass wants to continue to set new standards for the industry, by using the latest technology to deliver customer solutions. For example, they have installed the largest IGU line within the UK and a Tamglass flat laminating line for tempered glass.

The company also has two other Tamglass flat tempering furnaces and a laminating line operating at its other facilities. European Glass Group are also pleased to announce the opening of a new manufacturing facility at Swindon UK later this year.

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