Vitro Architectural Glass reaches exclusive agreement to market leading tempered vacuum insulating glass (VIG) product in North America
Vitro acquires exclusive rights from LandGlass and VIG Technologies, LLC, to sell their tempered vacuum insulating units.
Vacumax tempered vacuum insulating glass units consist of two fully tempered lites of glass separated by a non-leaded metal seal and a vacuum space that eliminates gas heat transfer and provides an R-value greater than 14, which is closer to the R-value of a traditional wall than a window.
PITTSBURGH, July 20, 2021 – Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) announced that it has reached an agreement with LandGlass and VIG Technologies to sell their tempered vacuum insulating glass (VIG) products in North America.
“LandGlass and their LandVac® brand uses the world’s best VIG technology, so their products are a natural fit in Vitro’s already expansive and trusted product portfolio,” said Martin Bracamonte, vice president, marketing and innovation, Vitro Architectural Glass. “For Vitro customers, designers and other channel partners, this agreement will unlock an entirely new paradigm of high-performance glass possibilities.”
Vitro will begin offering tempered VIG units in North America beginning in late fall 2021. The company also plans to install LandVac® equipment and begin manufacturing VIG units in its North American facilities as the market for VIG products develops.
The new 8.3mm tempered VIG units consist of two fully tempered lites of glass separated by a non-leaded metal seal and a vacuum space. The inclusion of fully tempered glass enables the LandVac® VIG unit to be used globally across indoor and outdoor temperature extremes, which can cause failures in non-tempered VIG units.
VIG units deliver an R-value of 14, which is closer to the R-value of a traditional wall than glass. Improved R-values in cladding materials are increasingly in demand as building owners and developers face imperative incentives to minimize their environmental impact, from new stringent energy code updates to Net Zero energy goals.
“Building envelope materials with extraordinary R-values, such as VIG products, have the ability to significantly reduce demand for artificial heating and cooling,” added Bracamonte. “That energy use reduction results in commensurate reductions in greenhouse gases. Vitro is proud to provide this new product platform as yet another way to maximize the environmental value of our products.”
VIG units can be used alone as a replacement for monolithic glass or as a substitute for the interior lite in a traditional one-inch insulating glass unit (IGU) where it forms a secondary airspace and creates a hybrid IGU that significantly improves the unit’s thermal efficiency, delivers better noise abatement and eliminates condensation.
The VIG units will be available with Solarban® 60 solar control, low-e coatings by Vitro Glass. When a VIG unit is used as the interior lite in a hybrid IGU, the exterior lite will be available with the full range of Solarban® coatings and Vitro Glass substrates. VIG units will be available exclusively through the Vitro Certified™ Network of glass fabricators and window manufacturers.
In January Vitro Launched Solarban® R77 glass, followed in March by Solarvolt™ building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) glass modules, the product of Vitro’s acquisition of solarnova, a Germany-based manufacturer of BIPV technology. Bracamonte concluded, “This is just the beginning of a new generation of sustainable, environmentally and technologically focused products emerging from Vitro’s intense innovation culture.”
To learn more about Vitro Architectural Glass, visit www.vitroglazings.com or call 1-855-VTRO-GLS (887-6457).
The new tempered Vacumax VIG units are so slim they can be used as a substitute for the interior lite in a traditional one-inch insulating glass unit (IGU) where it forms a secondary airspace and creates a hybrid IGU that significantly improves the unit’s thermal efficiency, delivers better noise abatement and eliminates condensation.
About VIG Technologies
VIG Technologies, LLC proudly serves as the exclusive North American distributor for the LandVac® division of Luoyang Landglass Technologies Co., Ltd. As the world leader in glass processing solutions, LandGlass has profound expertise in core technologies for tempering equipment and tempered glass. With safety glass in mind, LandGlass devoted many years of R&D work to integrate vacuum glass tempering with LandGlass’ exclusive vacuum glass manufacturing technology. As a result, LandVac® emerged. LandVac® is a new generation of fully tempered safety vacuum glass developed by LandGlass with independent intellectual property rights. To learn more about VIG Technologies, LLC please visit www.VIGTechnologies.com.
About Vitro Architectural Glass
Vitro Architectural Glass, part of Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V. (BMV:VITROA), the largest company of its kind in the Americas, manufactures a range of industry-leading, energy-efficient products such as Solarban®, Sungate® and Starphire Ultra-Clear® glasses at U.S. plants in Carlisle, Pennsylvania; Fresno, California; Salem, Oregon; and Wichita Falls, Texas. Committed to sustainable manufacturing processes and products, the company also operates one of the world’s largest glass research and development facilities in Pittsburgh and four residential glass fabrication plants in Canada. Upholding the values of “Together, We See Further” across the architectural, automotive and containers markets, Vitro strives to realize the power of partnership to ensure that projects meet or exceed ever-evolving sustainability expectations as well as glass requirements. For more information, please visit www.VitroGlass.com.
Robert J. Struble
Vitro Architectural Glass