Shadow Minister for Industry Iain Wright MP, along with Dave Watts
, MP for St Helens North, got a chance to see advanced manufacturing in action when they visited our St Helens site.
The visitors toured our UK5 float glass manufacturing line at Greengate – where we produce all glass stock used in Pilkington products – and our £36 million offline coater at Cowley Hill, which opened in October 2012.
The party was greeted by MD Matt Buckley and Mike Sharples, our off-line coatings operations manager, who talked through our latest product developments, research and development activities and plans for 2014.
Our offline coater applies a variety of technologically advanced coatings onto the glass, providing both energy-saving and solar control properties using a cutting-edge ‘sputter deposition’ process, which allows engineers to control the thickness of each coating with extreme precision.
Among the products we make at Cowley Hill is Pilkington K Glass™ S, our latest low-emissivity product. The microscopically thin coating we apply – much thinner than a human hair – minimises emission of thermal radiation from the outside of the window, reducing heat loss while maintaining a neutral look.
For further information on our product range visit: http://www.pilkington.com/en-gb/uk/products
[Blog post attributed to Tony Smith]