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Unifying brand name


May 11, 2008
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AFG Industries changed its name to AGC Flat Glass North America in
September. Asahi Glass Company, AFG’s parent company since 1992, is
unifying the group brand globally under the name AGC. The name change
coincides with the 100th anniversary of Asahi and will impact all Asahi
companies including automotive and flat glass.

Unifying brand name
AFG Industries changed its name to AGC Flat Glass North America in September. Asahi Glass Company, AFG’s parent company since 1992, is unifying the group brand globally under the name AGC. The name change coincides with the 100th anniversary of Asahi and will impact all Asahi companies including automotive and flat glass.

The company says that from the flat glass perspective, the global branding strategy will strengthen the organization in each of the regional markets served in Asia (Asahi), Europe (Glaverbel) and North America (AFG).

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Upgrades laminating line
The Prelco Group in Riviere-du-Loup, Quebec, has upgraded its laminating production line, implementing a new automatic glass positioning system and replacing the de-airing oven. The new positioning system will allow the alignment of different layers of laminated glass to a precision of 0.013 inches. The new de-airing oven will combine high precision nip rolls as well as infrared and convection heating modules which adapts to different types of low-E glass.

The improved system maintains a high quality pre-lamination process prior to the final fabrication stage of placing the glass in the autoclave. The company says the addition of the new automatic positioning system will increase production by more than 50 percent and will give the Prelco Group the ability to offer glass products that meet rigorous fabrication tolerances for applications that are becoming more specialized. This includes primary glass product fabrication for tempered glass, laminated glass, high performance insulated units, spandrel glass, bent glass and silk screened glass. The laminated glass represents a large portion of the company’s production.

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38,000 hardware products
C.R. Laurence has introduced the fifth in a series of six, hard cover Master Catalogs, the CRL83 Door and Window Replacement Hardware Catalog, comprising a line of more than 38,000 products. It can be used as a stand-alone resource or in conjunction with the company’s online catalog and web based services.

The catalog contains 688 full colour pages of window and door hardware products including an extensive
selection of screen fabrication supplies; storm window and door components; sliding glass door and window
hardware; operators for casement and awning type windows; door closers and commercial door hardware; insulating glass supplies; a diverse selection of sealants, fasteners, tools and cleaners.

The CRL83 Architectural Hardware Catalog, along with other CRL Master and Specialty Catalogs, can be viewed online or downloaded in .pdf format at the company’s self-service web site at www.crlaurence.com

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Industry appointments
Ultrafab has added John Rancourt and Sylvi Labelle as sales representatives for Quebec. Rancourt and Labelle, possessing more than 21 years experience in the window and door industry, will represent Ultrafab and be responsible for day to day sales
operations in Quebec.

Rancourt also operates Quincaillerie Rabel, a Quebec based distribution company that services the window and door industry in Quebec and eastern Canada. Serancourt’s primary office and the Quincaillerie Rabel distribution warehouse are located in Terrebonne, and will carry the complete line of Ultrafab sealing solutions. -end-

When you have news of concern to the glass industry, please send it to:
Chris Skalkos, Glass Canada, 145 Thames Road West, Exeter, Ontario N0M
1S3. E-mail cskalkos@annexweb.com


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