NSG Group recently welcomed Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, on a tour of its new 150,000 sq ft off-line coating facility1 currently under construction at Pilkington Park, St Helens. Nick Clegg witnessed work in progress on the facility, which once operational in November 2012, will produce the new highly energy efficient Pilkington K Glass™ S which was launched to the UK market in October.
Work has now started on site, preparing the derelict land for the foundations of the £36M off-line coating facility, adjacent to the NSG Group’s Cowley Hill float line in St Helens. The new facility exemplifies the Group’s commitment to continued investment in the latest glass production technology for the benefit of customers across the UK.
The plant will in provide the company with the widest range of products available across the UK market, complementing its well-established and widely-used hard coat Pilkington K Glass™, as well as solar control glass. In the meantime products will be supplied from the Group’s coating facilities in Sweden and Germany.
David Pinder, Managing Director, Building Products UK & South Europe explains: “The new line will allow us to widen our range of high-performance coated glasses, enabling our customers to meet and exceed UK building energy-saving regulations. Local UK manufacture of some products we currently import from our plants elsewhere in Europe will in turn help reduce transport costs and environmental impact, in line with our Sustainability agenda.”
UK Building Regulations have been gradually tightened since 2002, mandating the use of low-emissivity products in new and replacement windows in homes. The new coating line will manufacture improved products, ‘future proofed’ to meet tighter regulations in future.
The wider range of products will in turn satisfy an even broader range of customer and market-specific requirements. It is estimated that installing energy-efficient windows in all UK homes could reduce national CO2 emissions by 10 per cent and domestic energy expenditure by 10 per cent - saving in excess of £2 billion per year for consumers across the UK.