The surge in demand is due to the recent introduction of new regulations requiring higher thermal insulation, both for residential and for commercial buildings.
Wider range and rapid availability
The Cuneo plant already has a float glass line with various downstream processing facilities for producing mirror glass, laminated glass for the construction industry and automotive glass. The new magnetron coating facility represents an investment of around 20 million euros. It will be operational by the second half of 2008, and will mainly supply markets in the Mediterranean region (Italy, Spain and France). Customers will benefit from an extended range of Glaverbel products from Cuneo, together with shorter delivery times for complex finished products such as laminated superinsulating glass.
Towards sustainable development
The investment is a new step by Glaverbel towards sustainable development. “Replacing ordinary single glazing with coated superinsulating double glazing cuts CO2 emissions by 91 kg per square metre per year,” points out Jean-François Heris, President and CEO of Glaverbel. To cover the European demand Glaverbel will be able to call on four plants, all equipped with specialised magnetron low-E coating units: Tiel (Netherlands), Teplice (Czech Republic), Klin (Russia) and Cuneo. In this way Glaverbel will be able to consolidate its leadership in the market for coated glass.