The NSG Group, manufacturer of Pilkington glass in the UK, launched a range of new products at the FIT show this year. From residential to commercial glazing solutions visitors were bought up to speed with the latest developments from one of the UK’s most trusted glass brands.
The new products included an improved ultra low-emissivity toughenable glass, Pilkington Activ™ with improved solar control, updated patterns for the Pilkington Oriel collection, Pilkington Anti-condensation Glass for both double and triple glazing applications, Pilkington Pyroclear® fire-resistant glass and improvements to the popular Pilkington Planar™ structural glazing range.
The industry also learnt how the new off-line coating facility at Cowley Hill provides the complete range of products needed for any architectural application here in the UK. With world class on- and off-line capability as well as tints, low iron, rolled, silvered, painted and laminated glass all now produced in St Helens, together with the NSG Group’s technical centre minutes away and the company’s UK-wide downstream network, the opportunities for customer-led product developments are endless.
“There was a great energy surrounding this first FIT Show. Firstly because of the organisation and marketing of the event, and secondly because of the “buy-in” and engagement from the industry. It’s a long time since the last industry event, and everyone wanted the show to succeed.” explained Andy McDowell, UK Commercial Director. “In particular, we knew that the timing of the event would be perfect for us to introduce our first batch of new products planned for the new coater. The new Pilkington Oriel patterns formed the main feature with visitors saying how much they liked the revamped collection and in particular the on-line demonstration of Pilkington K Glass™ OW on surface 4 which can offer customers the performance of triple glazing in a double glazed unit went down a storm.
“Attending a show which is purely targeted at our industry provides us with the ideal platform to talk to new and existing customers, and gain an insight into “what’s new” in the industry first hand. In these challenging market conditions it is even more important that we do all we can to keep our customers up to date with the latest ideas in glazing and promote our capabilities face-to-face.”
The new products:
Pilkington Anti-condensation Glass
An on-line coating on a Pilkington Optiwhite™ substrate which works by keeping the temperature of the external glass surface warmer, effectively lowering the temperature required for dew to form. It is designed to delay and, in many cases, prevent the onset of external condensation on Insulating Glass Units (IGUs) which occurs as a result of highly-efficient thermally insulated glazing in both double and triple glazing. This will greatly improve homeowner satisfaction since it is a major downside if clients cannot see through their new energy-efficient windows all morning in the Spring and Autumn.
Pilkington Optitherm™ S1 Pro T
Off-line coated, low-e, toughenable ONLY product. No annealed match available at the moment. The latest addition in the Pilkington Optitherm™ range is a superior 1.0 Ug product that is optimised for Ug value applications (not suitable for WER Existing products in the range include: Pilkington Optitherm™ S3 and Pilkington Optitherm™ S3 Pro T (1.1 Ug value) and is very neutral in appearance, (similar to Pilkington K Glass™ S). It must be manufactured in an IGU.
Pilkington Activ™ Bronze
Our original Pilkington Activ™ coating on a bronze substrate to meet customer requests for a range of aesthetics and performance figures.
Pilkington Activ SunShade™ Blue
A dual coated product. On-line Pilkington Activ™ Blue is coated on the other side with an off-line Pilkington SunShade™ coating as currently used on our Pilkington Activ™ Neutral. To reflect the addition to the range the glass manufacturer decided to bring in the Pilkington SunShade™ name used in our European businesses since this emphasises the improved solar control performance over Pilkington Activ™ Blue where the solar control comes only from the body tint.
Pilkington Pyroclear® fire-resistant glass
Pilkington Pyroclear® is an advanced toughened fire-resistant glass for use as a basic integrity barrier. It is based on a new technology development which we’ve been perfecting and crafting for several years, built on an in-depth understanding of the behaviour of glass in fire, including new knowledge of the detail that influences probability of glass failure.
Pilkington Planar™ Crystal Connect™ and Pilkington Planar™ explosion resistant glass
Pilkington Planar™, the world’s leading structural glass system, now gives you even more scope to bring your design vision to life – with the launch of Pilkington Planar™ Crystal Connect™. The system now marks the beginning of the transfer of adhesive technology from the curtain wall to point fixed glazing systems. The transparent silicone structural adhesive Dow Corning® TSSA which is incorporated into the Pilkington Planar™ Crystal Connect™ system is underpinned by over 40 years of experience by Dow Corning in this field. With their respective expertise in the design and manufacture of point fixed glazing solutions and the creation of high strength, durable silicone based adhesives, Pilkington Architectural and Dow Corning were uniquely placed to join forces to create this new product, which provides specifiers and architects with a new option in point fixed structural glazing.
Pilkington Oriel Collection; new range of up-to-date designs
We have taken the opportunity to rationalise the current Oriel range and introduce some new and exciting designs. We will keep the two most popular designs from the current range (Laurel and Canterbury) and introduce 6 new, more modern designs on either a Pilkington Optifloat™ Clear or Pilkington Optifloat™ Opal base substrate. We will also be adding Pilkington Optifloat™ Opal as part of the range making a total of 9 patterns in all within the range.
The use of Pilkington K Glass™ OW as a Surface 4 coating; enables triple glazing performance from a double glazed unit through the use of Pilkington K Glass™ OW with any other product from our low-emissivity glass range. The ultimate performance is achieved using Pilkington Optitherm™ S1 on surface 2 counting from the outside in; with Ug as low as 0.9.
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The new products were unveiled at FIT and will be rolled out to customers over the next few months.