Cooperation with Fives Stein 08 April 2008

Date: 9 April 2008
Source: Beneq Oy
Beneq and Fives Stein join forces to provide high performance glass coatings solutions Beneq Oy (FIN) and Fives Stein (FR) have entered into a partnership where Fives Stein acts as a integrator for Beneq’s nanotechnology-based glass coating technology and equipment.

The purpose of the cooperation is the application of Beneq’s proprietary nHALO® -technology, capable of depositing highly efficient functional coatings into float glass production lines and off-line coating systems. Beneq’s unique coating technology and equipment combined with Fives Stein’s extensive experience and presence in the glass industry enable the parties to expand their product offerings into new areas. As a result, flat glass producers and processors will benefit from advanced coating solutions adding value to their glass products. This partnership additionally strengthens Beneq’s market presence and position in the glass industry.

"Partnership with Fives Stein, the global supplier for glass industry, improves Beneq’s capability to meet customer’s requirements for turn-key deliveries and allows us to focus on Beneq’s key technologies and know-how - coatings and deposition. Furthermore, we see great potential in the field of customer service for installed base deliveries", says Mr. Sampo Ahonen, CEO of Beneq: "We are very excited about this partnership with Beneq. Their exclusive coating technologies can deliver innovative products and functional glass surfaces for the traditional architectural market and for the growing photovoltaic (PV) applications.

The combination of both companies respective know-how and technologies offers a great value for our customers", comments Mr. François Pahmer, Vice-President Sales - Glass & Environment Division, Fives Stein. Fives Stein, Evry France, designs and supplies process production lines and equipment for the production of float glass and of rolled glass (melting furnaces, tin baths, annealing lehrs, air pollution control and rolling machines) and for the production of hollow glassware (melting furnaces and equipment for glass conditioning). Beneq Oy, Vantaa, Finland, is a supplier of industrial equipment for global markets.

Beneq is addressing the market of industrial equipment for producing functional surfaces with the latest technology, typically utilizing nanosize materials. Main products of Beneq include equipment and technology for nHALO (Hot Aerosol Layering Operation) and ALD (Atomic Layer Deposition).

ALD technology is a thin film coating method used to produce accurate, pinhole-free and conformal thin-film coatings on various substrates.

For additional information please contact: Sampo Ahonen, CEO Beneq Oy M: + 358 40 5201090,,

Francois Pahmer, Vice-President Sales - Glass & Environment Division, Fives Stein M: + 33 6 03 58 15 57,,

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