PPG becomes only West Coast manufacturer of low-iron glass for solar industry
PITTSBURGH, Feb. 1, 2012 - PPG Industries' (NYSE:PPG) flat glass business
plant to accommodate the manufacture of SOLARPHIRE(R) PV glass, an
ultra-low-iron glass used to make components for the solar power industry.
Richard A. Beuke, PPG vice president, flat glass, said the production of
Solarphire PV glass at the Fresno Works will make PPG the first and only
manufacturer of low-iron glass on the West Coast and dramatically enhance
the company's ability to serve the region's burgeoning solar power market.
"For decades, PPG has been the industry leader in low-iron glass
technology," Beuke said. "With demand for these products growing in
California and the southwestern U.S., the ability to meet the delivery and
service requirements of our West Coast customers has become a critical
priority. The new capability at the Fresno plant is planned specifically to
help address their needs."
Scott Follett, global director, PPG Solar Performance Group, said the
primary benefit of making Solarphire PV glass in Fresno will be reduced
delivery times. "Unless customers have special orders, PPG should be able to
make next-day deliveries throughout California and the southwest," he said.
"Shipping Solarphire PV glass from the East Coast, as we do now, usually
takes three to four days. Going forward, we will have greater flexibility to
meet customers' inventory and production requirements."
Follett said the new capability will enable PPG to expedite shipments to
customers in Asia as well.
Beuke said that while no new jobs will be associated with expanded
production at the Fresno plant, it will benefit existing employees. "The
addition of the solar business will enable the plant to generate more
tonnage, so we expect to have fewer production slowdowns that lead to
Solarphire PV glass is an ultra-low-iron glass that features high
transmittance across the entire solar spectrum and a proprietary glass
chemistry that increases solar transmittance in the near-infrared band. In
thicknesses of up to 3.2 millimeters, Solarphire PV glass transmits up to 91
percent of total solar energy. The glass also is available with
anti-reflective and corrosion-retardant coatings to satisfy component
manufacturers' performance requirements.
For more about Solarphire PV glass and the rest of PPG's advanced glasses
and coatings for the solar power industry, visit www.ppgsolarphire.com or
call 1-888-PPG-SUN1 (774-7886).
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