Discover flat glass
Flat glass is the basic material that goes into end products that we see (and see through) every day.
It is used to make windows and facades for houses and buildings, windscreens and windows for automobiles and transport, and solar energy equipment such as thermal panels and photovoltaic modules.
It is also used, in much smaller quantities, for many other applications including interior fittings and decoration, furniture, “street furniture” (e.g. bus stops), appliances and electronics.
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Glass in Buildings
Delivering so much more than you think or even expect
Glass benefits you in many more ways than one may think of at first sight.
Facades and windows are the most obvious and visible way of applying glass in buildings and houses. Today’s glass products for commercial and residential buildings make use of highly developed technologies to offer you more than the simple window panes of the past. Not evident to you? Normal, all these technologies are invisible to the eye because we want you to continue enjoying an unaltered view when you see through our glass.
Light, comfort, well-being, style, safety and security, energy-efficiency and the respect for the environment thanks to a sustainable material are among the benefits of today’s high-performing windows and glass building facades. The ability to control heat, light, and sound transmission to a high degree enables architects to design buildings that have a greatly reduced impact on the environment and dwellings that are quiet, comfortable and safe.
Glass in interior design: maximising light
Glass offers dynamic interior design solutions to maximise light and to enhance the impression of space. It adds colour and movement to a room thanks to wide range of textures and patterns. It also ensures safety and can serve to protect your privacy. High glass strength, made possible by modern glass technology, extends the range of applications of this attractive material beyond the merely decorative, to functional and even digital roles.
Glass in transport
An enabling technology
Flat glass is an integral part of most automotive vehicles and is essential to Europe’s transport industry. Windscreens, backlights and windows for cars and all types of vehicles provide safety, security, durability, excellent visibility and allow modern design and greater comfort for passengers.
As the future of transport requires advanced interconnected technologies, glass already allows the integration of sensors, cameras, antennas, GPS and several other functionalities in an invisible way. Glass delivers advanced solutions for automated-driving and improved experience with augmented reality features on windshields.
Glass in automotive
Glazing solutions for the automotive industry need to offer the highest possible performance in terms of safety, security and durability, as well as style and comfort for vehicle manufacturers and for their passengers.
It is perhaps not generally known that innovative products make a significant contribution to reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions thanks to lighter but stronger glass pieces, heat-reflective glass limiting the use of fuel-thirsty air-conditioning, solar PV panoramic glass roofs, etc.
Ensuring comfort of passengers and drivers
In other vehicles like lorries and busses glass also contributes significantly to the comfort of passengers and drivers.
Glass in solar energy
Glass is an essential element of solar units converting solar energy into electricity. The glass protects the cells from the external elements and, depending on the type of glass, increases its energy generation capacity. For instance, extra-clear glass is used to maximize the transmission of sunlight to the photovoltaic cells.
Glass in appliances and electronics
Flat glass is extensively used for household appliances, office equipment, and similar applications.
It is an incredible material to build displays and to connect people in a user-friendly and safe way.