Independent Glass, one of the largest independent toughened and laminated glass manufacturers and merchants in the UK, chose the FC500 as its fifth Glaston furnace for use at its Quay Road site in Glasgow. Quality has been so good that the company is now capable of producing 2.8 mm toughened glass to ECER43 automotive standard and a thickness range of 2–12 mm heat- strengthened glass. This investment has been critical to help the company meet the increasing market demand for laminated and toughened glass combinations for structural glass applications.
The new FC500 was installed in December 2014 and into the new year. Production began in February 2015. “Today, we’re more than happy with the quality that’s coming off the line. The FC500 furnace is giving us everything that we had hoped for in terms of flatness, economy and product range,” John Devine, Managing Director, says.