Vitro launches in Europe its new line of self cleaning glass ECOPURE®

Date: 3 February 2009
Source: Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V.
Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V. (NYSE: VTO; BMV: VITROA) announced today the launching of its new product line ECOPURE®, its new self cleaning glass, through its European affiliate Vitro Cristalglass.

ECOPURE® improves visibility through the glass when it rains. • Expenses related to window cleaning are reduced considerably.

ECOPURE® is a glass called hydrophobic that is very resistant and colorless which substantially improves visibility during and after it rains. Its exclusive coating destroys organic contaminants on its surface and increases the sliding action of the water over the glass thus allowing for easy elimination of dirt and reduces considerably the frequency of manual window washing.

The self cleaning window works thanks to the combined action of two natural elements: sunlight and rain. Sunlight, even on cloudy days, decomposes dirt and grime on the glass. Later when it rains on the window’s surface, without forming drops, the rain completely rinses the residues previously decomposed by the UV sun rays.

In addition to the advantage of time savings and maintenance expenses is added the feature of improved visibility through the window when it rains and also, very importantly, it helps the environment by reducing the use of detergents.

ECOPURE® is a glass that can be combined with other products from the product selection of Vitro Cristalglass as the treatment is applied on just 1 face of the glass surface.

“Even in the difficult environment that 2009 presents for the construction industry on a global basis, Vitro Cristalglass continues to work towards developing new and better products that give value added to our clients and on the other hand help to preserve the environment for the benefit of future generations”, comments Alberto Gómez, Marketing Manager.

For more information over he use and applications of ECOPURE® we recommend that you visit the following website:

“Our position as one of the international Leaders in glass manufacturing is a fact. We are undertaking the necessary actions to strengthen our leadership position in the containers and flat glass markets; we have shown it over the past few years through our continuing investments in our manufacturing plants, key processes and technology. We are undertaking initiatives that, among other reasons, seek to broaden our business with existing clients and allow us to move into new markets and developments which is the case of the development of this new self cleaning glass”, assures us Roberto Rubio, Flat Glass President.

Vitro Cristalglass forms part of the Vitro Flat Glass business unit and is the leader for the conversion, distribution and commercialization of insulating glass for the construction industry in Spain and Portugal.

Vitro Cristalglass has 10 operating facilites: In Spain; five that focus on glass conversión located in Camponaraya (León), La Rozada (León), Fuenlabrada (Madrid), Porceyo (Gijón) y Náquera (Valencia) and two others that focus on distribution in La Coruña y Barcelona. In Portugal; one facility that is dedicated to glass conversion and production of laminated glass in Chaves and a distribution center located in Lisbon.

Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV: VITROA; NYSE: VTO), is one of the largest glass manufacturers in the world. Through our subsidiary companies we offer products with the highest quality standards and reliable services to satisfy the needs of two distinct business sectors: glass containers and flat glass. Our manufacturing facilities produce, process, distribute and sell a wide range of glass products that offer excellent solutions to multiple industries that include: wine, beer, cosmetic, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, as well as the automotive and construction industry. Also, we supply raw materials, machinery and industrial equipment to different industries. We constantly strive to improve the quality of life for our employees as well as the communities in which we do business by generating employment and economic prosperity thanks to our permanent focus on quality and continuous improvement as well as consistent efforts to promote sustainable development. Our World Headquarters are located in Monterrey, Mexico where Vitro was founded in 1909 and now embarks major facilities and a broad distribution network in ten countries in the Americas and Europe. For more information, you can access Vitro’s Website at:

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