Glaston has been the name of Kyro's main business area since 2003, when Kyro acquired the Italian company Bavelloni, a leading manufacturer of pre-processing machines, to be the sister company of Tamglass, the global market and technology leader in safety glass machines.
Glaston is already the established name of the industry's most comprehensive product and service concept, which the companies represent, and there are plans to further strengthen the brand. The strong names of Tamglass and Bavelloni will be maintained as product brands.
From 2003 on, the emphasis of Kyro's strategy has been on Glaston's growth. As far as Kyro's second business area, Energy, is concerned, Kyro signed an agreement in September 2006 on the possible sale of the business to M-real in the summer of 2007. If realised, the agreement would mean that Kyro will be entirely focused on its development as a technology company.
"Glaston will be developed into a strong brand that defines reliability, quality and customer-orientation, a One-Stop-Partner to glass processors around the world. Exports make up more than 80 per cent of our sales, so the name Glaston also reflects a truly internationally operating company," explains Kyro's President & CEO Mika Seitovirta.
"After improving profitability, our second most important priority is the development of a united Glaston. A common name is a step towards an efficient organisation where every employee shares the same vision, values, culture and objectives. Moreover, the new name simplifies our structure also in the eyes of our other interest groups," adds Seitovirta.
Provided that the proposal is accepted by the Annual General Meeting, Kyro's name will be changed to Glaston on 1 June 2007.