Clearview National November 2015 - Issue 168 - Page 78

glass&sealedunits Safeguarding Artifacts »»How do you best display and safeguard rare artifacts, many of which have been resting at the bottom of the sea for centuries? This was not a hypothetical question, but rather a real challenge facing the Arab World Institute, or l’Institut du Monde Arabe, in Paris. Guardian Industries’ Glass Group in Europe, a leading supplier of high-quality commercial, residential and interior glass products gave the institute the clarity it needed. Literally. Guardian agreed to provide its double-sided, anti-reflective Clarity™ glass for use in the display cases for “Osiris, Egypt’s Sunken Mysteries”, a traveling exhibition of rare Egyptian artifacts. During recent underwater excavations in Egypt’s Nile River delta, the nonprofit European Institute for Underwater Archaeology (or IEASM, for Institut Européen d’Archéologie Sous-Marine) recovered some amazing historical items related to the Egyptian god Osiris. Organisers then combined those rare objects with 40 or so splendid exhibits on loan from the museums of Cairo and Alexandria, to put together a unique traveling exhibition, which started in Paris on September 8 and will run until January 31 2016. Guardian supplied some 200 square metres of the Clarity specialty glass that has been installed at the exhibition site. Guardian Clarity is created using the most advanced magnetron sputtering glass coating technology. Its residual reflection colour is a soft neutral blue, which, in combination with Guardian UltraClear™ substrate, allows it to provide maximum transparency while eliminating unwanted reflection and glare. Visit Around the World Performance »»Early September saw the Super Spacer® pass a gigantic one gigametre – that’s one billion metres, equal to 25 times around the world. This phenomenal figure shows the enormous success of the warm edge technology developed by Edgetech which is now being sold to more than 80 countries worldwide in the most extreme conditions from Alaska to Dubai. Since Super Spacer started production 26 years ago, a lot has changed. It was first extruded in the corner of Lauren Manufacturing, Edgetech’s owner before it was acquired by building giant Quanex Building Products in 2011. Today, there are 16 extruders with manufacturing space totalling more than 500,000 square feet, and the original Cambridge plant in Ohio is the world’s largest warm edge manufacturing site. “Milestones of this magnitude demonstrate the importance that Super Spacer has played not just in the UK market but around the world,” says Andy Jones, managing director of Edgetech UK, a Quanex Company. “True market leaders drive markets forward and Edgetech is no different. We’ve helped develop the warm edge market and in many countries warm edge is now the norm rather than the exception. Customers worldwide have come to expect the highest quality, most durable products backed up by our technical services teams and our award winning marketing programs.” Edgetech now has three spacer manufacturing facilities located in the USA, UK and Germany employing more than 450 people. 78 » N OV 2015 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M Between the sites in excess of 100,000,000 metres of Super Spacer is manufactured each year, the equivalent to one house fitted with IGUs every five seconds. With its additional range of spacer products using raw materials such silicone, EPDM, plastic and butyl, Quanex serves not only the residential window market but als o solar, refrigeration, automobile and commercial fenestration markets. This takes annual production numbers to more than 300,000,000 metres.