During the initial phase of the agreement, BOC will provide technical support for the technology sold through Linde.
Steve Hope, vice president of BOC's global glass market sector, said, "Linde recognized the value of adding the CGM technology to its existing glass technology portfolio as a way to offer more value to glass customers. This licensing agreement means that the CGM technology is more accessible to customers throughout the world."
"Now more glass manufacturers in more locations can gain access to the CGM technology, whose wider adoption is expected to deliver more efficiencies to the glass industry as a whole," Hope said.
The CGM technology is an advanced glass melting technology, patented by BOC. It uses oxy-fuel burners, located in the crown of a glass furnace, to significantly increase furnace capacity and improve glass quality. It can also be used to extend the life and improve the performance of ailing furnaces. CGM was developed by BOC in partnership with Owens-Corning in 1996, and has since been applied to float, container, tableware, television, and fiberglass sectors, in furnaces ranging in size from 16 to 700 tons per day.
Glass manufacturers look to BOC for its knowledge, skill and experience in delivering reliable engineered solutions for their combustion technology and glass process requirements. BOC's glass experts have years of industry experience and are focused on designing and delivering solutions that address our customers' productivity, environmental and economic challenges at their facilities worldwide.