Southwall and Pleotint Announce Industry's First Insulating Glassing Combining Suspended Film and Sunlight Responsive Glazing Technologies

Date: 28 September 2011
Complementary technologies provide dynamic solar heat reduction and superior thermal insulation to maximize energy savings for building ownersPALO ALTO, Calif., Sep 27, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Today Southwall Technologies Inc.

SWTX -1.58% and Pleotint LLC announced the world's first installation of high-performance insulating glass that combines Southwall's Heat Mirror(R) suspended-film technology with Pleotint's Sunlight Responsive Thermochromic (SRT(R)) technology. The complementary technologies combine to deliver increased energy savings by reducing solar heat gain and glare during peak electrical usage hours, providing optimal daylighting during non-peak hours, while delivering maximum thermal insulation 24 hours a day.

The product was manufactured by Southwall Insulating Glass and installed at Pleotint's corporate headquarters in West Olive, Michigan. The combined solution provides superior center of glass insulating performance of 0.13 (R8) with Argon gas fill. In addition, visible light transmission and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) adaptively vary based on sun exposure from 44 percent to below 10 percent and from 0.28 percent down to 0.12 percent, respectively. While not part of the initial product configuration, options such as a second Heat Mirror film, Krypton gas, or both, could be used to further improve center of glass insulating performance below 0.10 (R10).

"Southwall is a true innovator in energy-saving films and glass, and we are proud to work with them to provide the industry with such a high performance insulating glass solution," said Harlan Byker, CEO of Pleotint. "We have had the opportunity to see and feel the effects of the solution first-hand in our headquarters. The heat gain from the sun is gone, you can't feel it."

"Dynamic heat gain management and high thermal insulation are complementary solutions," said Dennis Capovilla, CEO of Southwall Technologies. "We are excited about our work with Pleotint to combine two technologies and deliver the industry's most complete glazing solution."

Southwall Technologies will showcase the new high performance insulating glass product at the upcoming Greenbuild show in Toronto on October 4 -- 7 at booth number 3128S. Pleotint will display its SRT product at the show, booth number 6254S.

About Southwall Technologies

Southwall Technologies Inc. is recognized as a leader in the development and manufacture of high performance, energy-saving films and glass products that dramatically improve the energy efficiency of residential, commercial and automotive glass. Southwall is an ISO 9001:2000/14001 certified manufacturer with customers in over 25 countries. For more information, visit .

About Pleotint LLC

Pleotint is the world's top innovator in continuously variable, sunlight responsive thermochromic interlayers for use in adaptive window glazing. Pleotint produces the thermochromic interlayer by extrusion in its Jenison, Michigan facility. Pleotint is a privately held company. For more information, visit .

This press release may contain forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding the Company's expectations, beliefs, intentions, or strategies regarding the future. All forward-looking statements in this press release are based on information available to the Company on the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. These statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. These risks include the possibility that the Company's expected future results will be materially different than estimated, and , that there will be a decline in one or more portions of our business in 2011 or thereafter, that the Company will not be successful in improving operations performance or controlling costs, that the Company will suffer a decline in manufacturing or financial effectiveness, that the Company's new product development will not be successful, and that there may be decreasing demand in certain markets. Further risks are detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those set forth in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010

SOURCE: Southwall Technologies Inc.

600450 Southwall and Pleotint Announce Industry's First Insulating Glassing Combining Suspended Film and Sunlight Responsive Glazing Technologies
Date: 28 September 2011

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