W&W Glass Benefits From Pilkington Investment
W&W Glass, LLC, the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country, is now benefiting from an investment in new equipment by its main structural glass system supplier Pilkington United Kingdom Ltd, Pilkington Part of the NSG Group. Pilkington has invested more than $3.3 million in new technology to increase its capacity to manufacture the Pilkington Planar™ system to meet growing market demand for its structural glazing system. The glass manufacturer has invested in a new state-of-the-art tempering furnace, an increased capability heat soak oven, and an on-line glass measuring device for roller-wave distortion tolerance flatness verification. Each will be used as part of the manufacturing process for its Pilkington Planar™ structural glazing system and associated products.
W&W Glass, LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry and the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area. The company is also one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area with over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems including, stick built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar™ structural glass facades and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. W&W installs all of its work with a dedicated union labor force. Pilkington Planar™ is the world’s largest suppler of point structural glass systems and W&W Glass is the exclusive supplier in North America for Pilkington Planar™ systems.
The new tempering furnace, now in operation, will be located at the Pilkington Architectural site in St Helens, Great Britain. It’s expected to help the company manufacture increased volumes of the Pilkington Planar™ System. The investment also increases the size capability of the tempering furnace and heat soak oven to 19 feet 8 inches by to 9 feet 10 inches. Meanwhile, the newly developed glass measuring device will enhance Pilkington’s quality control systems and processes for the benefit of customer and end-clients.
Structural glazing systems are used in a variety of applications including glass atriums, facades and other specialist uses. The company has developed, designed, and manufactured structural glazing systems and products in the United Kingdom for more than 60 years, serving both European and North American clients and customers across the globe.
W&W Glass is one of the most trusted glass designers and suppliers of specialty glazing systems in the market. Some of the most recent projects that W&W Glass has supplied Pilkington Planar™ systems on can be viewed here.
“We’re at the forefront of providing innovative products into the commercial construction sector, especially in the area of structural glazing, where this type of glass and glazing system is increasingly specified and incorporated in high-performance buildings, say Phil Savage, Pilkington’s head of worldwide sales. The challenge of delivering projects that achieve both high functionality and excellent aesthetic appeal has been more ubiquitous in building design over the last five years. This is where structural glazing systems are an established solution, helping specifiers to meet both requirements. This investment helps us to serve this growing demand with enhanced efficiency and superior quality products, helping our customers to create a built environment fit for the future.”
United Kingdom-manufactured Pilkington Planar™ system has been recently installed in international projects including the Al-Farwania Court Complex and Hawally Courts Complex both in Kuwait; the W&W Glass projects at 601 Massachusetts Avenue office building in Washington D.C.; the American Dream Mall in New Jersey; and the Valley Fair Mall, in Northern California.
W&W Glass LLC is a family owned business with a 70-year history in the metal and glass industry, one of the largest metal and glass companies in the New York metropolitan area and the largest supplier of structural glass systems in the country. We have over two decades of experience in the design and installation of various building enclosure systems, including stick-built curtain walls, pre-glazed unitized curtain walls, Pilkington Planar™ structural glass facades, and custom metal and glass enclosure systems. We install all of our work with our own dedicated union labor force. W&W is consistently the largest employer of glaziers in the NY metropolitan area.
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