Glaston Technologies, parent of Tamglass and Z. Bavelloni, held a press conference
today at Vitrum in Milan. Pentti Yliheljo, president and CEO, surveyed the current
equipment market and said that "Big companies are growing, gaining market
share and investing in machinery." He made the point that there is strong
demand in the United States, especially for high-output machines.
To capitalize on these points, the Tampere, Finland-based company, introduced
Tamglass added the Sonic high convection tempering furnace to its line. It
is designed for tempering of super low-E (E=0.02-0.04) products, mainly for IG
units and other architectural glass applications. The unit is capable of continuous
production of window and patio door glass sizes with 65 percent utilization, according
to the company. And this processing has been carried out with a charted optimum
super low-E glass processing speed of 33 sec/mm at the highest quality.
Yliheljo agreed that both ends of the tempering market are gaining as people
come in at entry level and at the other end the bigger companies add more sophisticated
equipment to operate faster and to make better low-E products.
The company's Mauri Leponen said that there have been talks with the big window
manufacturers about the new tempering unit and he said it was feasible that one
would be in operation in the U.S. within a year.
With bigger customers developing more integrated operations, the company's
Kai Appelberg pointed out, more of them are utilizing both Tamglass and Bavelloni
Stefano Bavelloni then introduced a new double edging and drilling line. It
includes the VX EVO double edging machine and the HDM drilling, milling and countersinking
machine, an 18 axes CNC unit. The units are available in the MAGNUM series for
jumbo size glass sheets up to 3.3 meters wide and 7.2 meters long. He points out
that the pre-processing line is "ideal" for processing soft coat low-E
glass. All the units are designed to work at the same speed to avoid bottlenecks.
In response to a USGNN question, Yliheljo stated that 40 percent of glass output
goes into safety glass, "so this is a growth area." The U.S. market
is driven by solar control glasses, he added.