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August 2016

Floating the Beyond Float Idea

Thomas Henriksen speaks during the "Role of Adaptive Facades" panel at GlassCon Global 2016.

“If I had asked my customers what they wanted in the way of transportation, they would have said a faster horse.” So goes the famous quote widely attributed (though never verified as belonging) to Henry Ford. No matter who really said it first, it’s a great quote and one that made its way into “The Role of Glass in Adaptive Facades” panel discussion at GlassCon Global held in early July. I enjoyed the conference greatly, not only because we got to work on it a bit, but because it was designed to look at glass in new ways and to gather together the thought leaders in the industry to discuss… Read More »

Bye Bye Pittsburgh

And now it’s done and the word is out. The deal that sells PPG’s glass business to Vitro has been inked and the details announced. All that waits is the blessing of the regulators and the official closing in a few months. PPG gets $750 million dollars in cash and relief from a business it says is successful, but not strategically compatible with its future. Vitro gets a $1.1 billion business for a good bit less than that, a strengthened foot- and plant-print in North America and a robust and innovative research component. Just two days after the deal was announced, editors Ellen Rogers, Nick St. Denis and I conducted… Read More »

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