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November 5, 2008 - Growth in the soda ash industry continues to be influenced by three key factors -- economy, prices, and supply and demand scenario of chemicals.
November 3, 2008 - New Zealand - Changes to the way glass is used during the past 10 years have put pressure on firms involved in the industry.
That is the UK window industry, off to hell in a hand-cart. At least you would think so listening to some people. Currently we have a few problems. Fuel prices through the roof, rising food prices and the banks refusing to lend money to anyone (more about them later).
A lot of furore from the vinyl guys lately. It’s complicated. There is an organisation called The Building Research Establishment, BRE for short. It sounds very scientific doesn’t it? Well recently, after much consultation, it published The Green Guide to Specification intended to help specifiers select products based on their green credentials.
Contract glaziers and glass shop owners are often called to repair or even replace badly worn hinges on high-traffic doors. Building owners and property managers struggle with the hassle and expense of these repeated repairs, a continuing source of dissatisfaction, and the bad impression a poorly functioning door makes with customers.
This issue of Glass Canada features an extensive story on the economy and its impact on the industry. While a downturn in the North American economy is nothing new, the factors behind this one, and the methods that companies are employing to deal with it are unique.
While most automotive dealer-ships are designed to show-case the vehicles inside the showroom the curtainwall structure that encases the showroom of the new Don Valley North Toyota dealership in Toronto, Ont., is a showcase in itself.
A collaborative effort by the Glass Trades Association (GTA) and industry stakeholders in northern Alberta has successfully established an apprenticeship glazing school in Edmonton to alleviate the shortage of skilled glaziers in the province.
Working with words you sometimes get a bit picky about how they are being used. Sometimes you get the feeling a word is in danger of being usurped rather than used, like when it is taken over by a particular group and turned into jargon. Lately, wherever I look, I keep coming across the word sustainable.
Spontaneous glass breakage is a term used when glass breaks for no apparent cause. The most common causes are attributed to minor damage during installation such as chipped or nicked edges which later develop into larger breaks, movement in the building or framing system, thermal stresses in the glass or its inability to resist wind load.
Overseas competition, rising fuel costs, and a multitude of governmental and contractual requirements are just a few of the significant burdens that glass businesses must face.
Glass is key element in innovative courthouse design.
Truck body and glass rack makers rumble through economy woes.
Sealants: Problems arise when membranes come in contact with soft PVC substrates.
Brendan Picard is an autoglass Olympian! The shop foreman for Novus Auto Glass in Regina, Saskatchewan, was the sole Canadian participant at the third annual Auto Glass Technician Olympics (AGTO) held in Las Vegas in November.

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