Vitro Inaugurates Coater 8 in Mexicali

KOI Tower in Monterrey, Mexico, features a facade composed primarily of double-pane insulating glass units (IGUs) fabricated with Solarban® R100 solar control low-e glass on Optiblue® tinted glass by Vitro Architectural Glass.
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KOI Tower in Monterrey, Mexico, features a facade composed primarily of double-pane insulating glass units (IGUs) fabricated with Solarban® R100 solar control low-e glass on Optiblue® tinted glass by Vitro Architectural Glass.

Date: 24 October 2023

$60 million investment allows for increased production of low-e glass

To meet the growing demand for magnetron sputtered vacuum deposition (MSVD) products in North America, Vitro Architectural Glass has launched a new MSVD coater, Coater 8, at its Planta Mexicali facility in Baja California, Mexico.

Expected to be North America's most sophisticated MSVD coater, the dynamic unit will apply Vitro’s highest-performing solar control low-emissivity (low-e) coatings to architectural, automotive, and oversized glass in sizes up to 130-by-240 inches.

“Investing in a new MSVD coater enables us to shift production of some of our low-e glass products to Mexicali, which will improve access to high-performance glass for the Western U.S. and Mexico and enable us to increase production of our industry-leading Solarban® solar control low-e glass at our Wichita Falls and Carlisle Plants,” said Ricardo Maiz, President, Vitro Architectural Glass.

Achieving the delicate balance of solar heat gain protection, optimizing daylighting and providing views, Watershed in Seattle, Washington, features Solarban® 60 glass by Vitro Architectural Glass. (Photography: Built Work Photography, LLC.)
Achieving the delicate balance of solar heat gain protection, optimizing daylighting and providing views, Watershed in Seattle, Washington, features Solarban® 60 glass by Vitro Architectural Glass. (Photography: Built Work Photography, LLC.)

The MSVD coating process enables glass manufacturers to apply ultra-thin layers of silver to glass to create low-e coatings that deflect solar energy and transmit high daylight levels. Low-e glass makes homes and buildings more energy efficient by reducing demand for heating, air-conditioning and artificial lighting.

Solarban® 90 solar control low-e glass by Vitro Architectural Glass dons the Biblioteca TEC Campus Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico.
Solarban® 90 solar control low-e glass by Vitro Architectural Glass dons the Biblioteca TEC Campus Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico.

“Vitro remains committed to investing in high technology coatings that improve solar control and thermal performance,” said Maiz. “We’re dedicated to raising the industry standard for sustainability and providing the most energy-efficient solutions to architects, fabricators, and building owners, and our research and development team is constantly working to improve the environmental performance of our glass products even further.”

For more information about Solarban® glass and other Vitro Architectural Glass products, visit www.vitroglazings.com.

181 Fremont, a 57-story office and condominium tower sheathed in Solarban® 70 glass by Vitro Architectural Glass, was named San Francisco’s top building of the decade by the San Francisco Chronicle in 2020. (Photography: Tom Kessler)
181 Fremont, a 57-story office and condominium tower sheathed in Solarban® 70 glass by Vitro Architectural Glass, was named San Francisco’s top building of the decade by the San Francisco Chronicle in 2020.

(Photography: Tom Kessler)
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