All brands will be kept and there are no plans to divest them, but Glaston is not going to use them any longer. Everything will be known as Glaston from now on.
Recently Glaston announced that we are negotiating the sale of the Software Solutions business area. This will enable us to direct our strategic focus on the machinery and services and A+W can focus on their core comptetences.
New exhibiton concept
At glasstec Glaston introduced the new exhibition concept as well; instead of the machinery on the show floor, all the offering and new innovations were presented through glass touch screens which visitors were able to use.
Also, the visitors were presented samples of the end products the new technologies can provide such as 19 mm heat strengthened glass (a world record), glasses with and without iridescence, a high quality windscreen with very thin glass layers and complex shape.
Glaston introduced several completely new technologies and innovations at the show. The focus of our product development at heat treatment sector has been on tempering of thin (2 mm) glass and improving end product’s optical quality. GlastonAir™ air floatation technology for ultra thin glass tempering and a global cooperation agreement with the German company arcon relating to the reduction of anisotropy, namely iridescence, in tempered glass were some of the high lights.
The novelites of Glaston Pre-processing product line were the new Glaston UC300™ and UC500™ automatic cutting lines and the new GlasWash™ glass washing machine.
Glaston Services product line launched a number of new products, all connected with improving end product capability and increasing capacity. There has been an emphasis on the userfriendliness of products. At glasstec Glaston presented the RC200 zone™ upgrade product, which enables the modernisation of old or damaged chambers of tempering machines. The company also launched a new control system upgrade, iControl™ (iC™), for Glaston’s flat tempering lines. iControl™ improves process management and increases productivity.
Arto Metsänen: "glasstec 2012 exceeded our expectations in terms of activity. We launched a number of new products at the show and as the Glaston’s new tempering machines have been very well received in the market, a number of preliminary agreements were made at the show, particularly for the Glaston FC500™ and the Glaston RC200™ products.”