A look at glass
In this focus on architectural or construction glass, the
search is for functional versatility. The buyer could be the
architect, the builder, the glass fabricator, cutter, the
retailer, the interior decorator and home, office and recreational
building owner. Manufacturers have focused on how glass can
best serve to cool during the summer, reduce exposure to environmental
pollution and increase efficiency in the workplace. The question
for marketing gurus is the type of glass sought and volume
of business. The vast variety of architectural and automotive
glass available in the market has enhanced performance standards
for internal and external design parameters. We look at the
possibilities for glass in the country, - major players, their
products and applications.
Asahi India Safety Glass Ltd mostly fabricates automotive
safety glass. The company provides safety glass requirements
for the Indian passenger car industry. The products include
laminated windshields, tempered glass for side and backlites,
zone tempered glass for windshields, silver printed defogger
glass, black ceramic printed flush fitting glass and PVC-encapsulated
Contact: B M. Labroo Chairman, Global Business Park, 5th Floor,
Tower-B, Mehrauli-Gurgaon Road, Gurgaon-122002, Haryana. Tel.:
+124-8962212-19. Fax: +124 8962244 88 Web: http://www.aisgl.com
Aluplex are leaders in facade engineering, Aluplex has led
the way in standard-qlzed or customized curtain walls, structural
glazing, suspended glass and skylights. Aluplex affords flexibility
for architects to achieve ambitious glazing and fagade design.
Solutions are designed and engineered out at the company's
design centre in Mumbai, which works to create exterior multi-dimensional
The wholly Indian company was founded in 1985 by Navin Keswani
and is today the leader in the curtain wall industry, a position
achieved through extensive commitment, technology and outstanding
customer service. Aluplex Glazing Systems are manufactured
at an integrated facility which includes an electro-colour
anodizing plant and electrostatic powder-coating plant.
Contact: Aluplex India Pvt Ltd, Sales & Contracts, Regd
Office: 101 Linkway, 14lh Road, Khar (West), Mumbai 400 052.
Tel-: 6042235, Fax: 6461780; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Web: http:/ /www.indiabuildnet.com /3195/aluplex.htm
Floatglass India Ltd has set up a state of the art float
glass manufacturing plant with an annual capacity of 500 tonnes
at Taloja near Mumbai. Asahi Glass of Japan undertook the
factory turnkey project and entered into joint ventures with
a number of Tata concerns at the inception of the company,
giving the brand technical and market advantages.
The basic float glass manufactured is either marketed direct,
or sold for further processing by other glass manufacturers.
It is then tempered, hardened, shaped and heat treated for
end-use in segments such as automobile, windscreen. The main
offtake is for structural and architectural purposes. Float
glass from Floatglass India is also available in tints of
bronze and grey, and an additional tint known as Euro-green.
Contact: Om S Kapore, DGM, 604/605 Keshava 6"1 Floor,
Bandra Kurla Complex, Bandra (East), Mumbai 400051. Tel.:
6520101/02/05, 6590104. Fax: 6592837. E-mail: email@example.com
Grindwell Norton is a 51% subsidiary of Saint Gobain. Its
interests range from flat glass to industrial ceramics, which
includes abrasives. Its products have strong brand equity
and a well-established distribution network. It's competitive
advantages stem from access to parent's R&D, a wide range
and well-established network.
Contact: Web: www.grindwdl.com
Glaverbel, headquartered in Belgium, are also large scale
manufacturers of uncoated float glass, coated double glazed
glass and categories of reflective solar control coated glass.
The company is well represented in the middle east and in
Asia. Marketed in India through Glavindia, the basic substrate
brand is Planibel; Thermobel is the insulating version and
Thermoplus guarantees low-E insulation. Low-E is manufactured
through Magnetically Sputtered Vacuum Deposition (MSVD). The
functional guarantee is further enhanced in a combination
with the reflective brand Stopsol.
Solarbel vacuum solar control is coated off-line with metal
alloys sputtered by a continuous electromagnetic process in
a high vacuum. The combination with Stratobel utilizes an
interlayer of PVB with Solarbel oriented towards the outside
and coating in position 2. The Solarbel Color version utilizes
colored interlayers with Solarbel coating always in position
3. In Stopray insulating unit, one surface is coated with
a layer of pure gold or silver, for low E and appropriate
shading coefficient. Colorbel spandrel glass consists of a
clear, body tinted Stopsol with an opaque enamel layer. Glaverbel
glass sheets come in standard and special thickness and large
surface size, to order.
Contact: Glavindia, 507 Gateway Plaza, Hiranandani Gardens,
Powai, Mumbai 400 076. Tel.: 022 5706048, 5702049, 5700872,
Fax: 022 5703998. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org . Web: http://www.glaverbel.com
Gujarat Guardian Ltd has been promoted by Guardian Industries
Corp, USA and Modi Group. The main product is float glass,
brand name Modiguard. Purchased for installations which call
for optical clarity; brand extensions are in the form of reflective,
low-E, laminated, security, insulating, and heat-treated glass.
Gujarat Guardian has a wide distribution network and is the
only glass manufacturer to achieve ISO 9002 standard.
The float glass is clear, bronze or gray tinted. Special thickness
of 15 mm and 19 mm has been introduced. Compared to the quality
on offer, product pricing is competitive, on account of advantages
such as a backward area factory site and availability of natural
Contact 4-7C, DDA Shopping Centre, New Friends Colony, New
Delhi-110065. (011-6314007&011-6314008 Patel House, 54
N.S Patkar Marg, Mumbai - 400007. Tel.: 022-3633927, 022-3634746,
022-3632049 Web: www.mymodiguard.com
Haryana Sheet Glass Ltd. The principal activities of the company
are the development, manufacturing and marketing of sheet
glass of 8 mm and 12 mm thickness. Manufacturing utilises
the traditional semi-automated procedure of glass manufacture.
Some distortion, but flat glass sheets are marketed at competitive
Limited, Prashant Vihar D-3, New Delhi 110 085. Tel.: +91
786 6821, +91 787 6991. Web: http://www.navisite.com
Pacific Fire Controls has been restructured and is now run
by Rakesh Arora. As an exclusive source for fire rated clear
glass, the brand provides insulation and radiant heat protection
with integrity and is available in pre-specified cut sizes.
It is suitable for partition walls, fixed glazing, fire doors
and suitable fire rated glazing channels.
Contact: Rakesh Arora, Pacific Fire Controls, 102 B.M.C.Bhawan,
11\56 D.B.Gupta Road, Karol Bagh, New Delhi-110005. Tel.:
+11-3674884, Mobile: 9811056364. Fax : 91-11-7251313. E-mail:email@example.com.
Website : http://www.pfcindya.com
Saraf Glass Pvt. Ltd. are manufacturers and suppliers of glass
bricks, which are are hollow glass blocks available in a variety
of patterns. Saraf's double glazing glass (double panes spaced
by dry air), is branded Solar Guard and is insulating.Air
Space: 6mm, 8mm, lOrnm, 12mm, 15mm, 19mm Maximum Size: 3000mm
x 2000mm S G Traders are the official trading house for the
range of Saraf glass varieties and decorated glass such etching,
beveling and stained glass. Other than architectural product
range, the double glazed glass finds use in erators and train
windows. Reflective and PVB laminated glass from S G Traders
are available in sizes upto 2000 mm, in combinations of single
and double glazing and clear PVB in thicknes of 0.38mm and
Contact: Sanjay Saraf, Saraf Glass Pvt Ltd, P23-24, Radha
Bazar Street, Kolkata - 700 001. Tel.: +33- 242 4551, 242
9515, 243 4163, 210 0831. Fax: 242 9216. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saint-Gobain Glass India is the newest entrant. When the company
first set up business in India, initial sales were effected
through imports of the French multinational's manufacture.
Technological manufacturing enhancements in a two year old
plant at Sriperumbudur, near Chennai, have led to fifth place
in the float glass market for Saint Gobain. Technological
perfection assures the buyer of defect levels of one defect
per 100 sq ft of glass, whereas the Indian standard allows
up to 10 times that.
Product range extensions include conventional E glass reinforcements
for thermoplastics and thermosets, full range of textile yarn,
cement reinforcement, glass-mat (tissue/veil) and a range
of technical use fabrics.
Contact: General Delegate Main Office: Army & Navy Building,
1st floor, 148, M.G. Road, Mumbai - 400001. Tel.: 91-22-2844727
Fax no. 91-22-2023711
Sejal Glass Craft Pvt Ltd specializes in solar control glass.
The Sejal Kool range of insulating glass units (IGUs) help
strike an optimum balance between transparency and thermal
insulation and are used as external wall claddings, internal
partitions, doors, windows and roof panels for thermal or
acoustic insulation, including similar utility in transport,
pharmaceutical and refrigeration industries. Hermetically
sealed double glass panes are separated by air/gas space with
desiccants or molecular sieves inside the spacer to guarantee
Sejal Tuff is the safety glass range available in clear, tinted
and coated versions. j Heat strengthening adds thermal and
physical shock protection superior to annealed glass, though
it is not a safety glass. Sejal Safe, including interlayered
version for UV
protection, is the range of laminated glass, offers sound
insulation and security in the standard two-ply construction.
The decor range includes mirrors, panels and partitions in
standard and designer requirements.
Contact: Amrut S Gada, Managing Director, Sejal Architectural
Glass Ltd & Sejal Glass Craft Pvt Ltd, 50 D Govt. Ind.
Estate, Charcop, Kandivli (W), Mumbai 400 067. Tel.: +22-8683304/3035/6115,
8691906. Web: www.seja1glass.com
Toughened glass from Tuffglaze India is manufactured and
marketed for advanced, tempered glass wall systems.
Tuffglaze caters directly for the professional architect.
Annealed soda-lime silica glass is thermally processed to
increase resistance to mechanical and thermal stress. The
glass is made to resist and endure, whether it is wind pressure,
impact or high temperature. The makers point out that usage
of toughened glass has been mad mandatory by most of the developed
Toughglaze aims at professional guidance and exact solutions
for all requirements, tailoring its technological strengths
to designer creativity. Described as Mumbai's first state-of-the-art
glass toughening plant, the package includes glass processing
services. Meetings with prospective clients provide insight
for the buyer about the type of glass which would best suit
The process introduces high compression in the surface and
compensating tension in
the centre of the sheet of float glass. The sheet can range
in thickness from 3 mm to 19 mm. It is used in building exterior
and interior, solar and luminaire systems, automobile glass
and appliances such as microwave ovens.
Contact: TuffGlaze India Pvt Ltd, R 601/2, TTC Industrial
Estate MIDC, Rabale, Navi Mumbai 400 701. (7604031, 7604038;
Fax 91-22-7604049; e-mail: email@example.com
Vetroarredo Italian glass tiles and bricks are sold in India
by Overseas Connexion Ltd. The produce of Florence experiments
with diagonal glass blocks which can create an infinite series
of geometric patterns on walls and surfaces. The objective
is to create rich and personalized spaces.
Contact: Overseas Connexion Ltd. (Distributor) 8/19, W.E.A.
1st Floor, Smile Chambers, Satbharwan Marg, Karol Bagh, New
Delhi - 110 005. Tel.: 5763436/5766538/5711761.