Pilkington - Turin
Pilkington - Turin

Forms and Transparencies

Time was when car glazing were simple flat glass panes. Today, automotive glazing surface becomes wider to increase visibility to the outside and the amount of light of the car inside. Glazing style becomes richer and more complex to fit car shapes of all segments, becoming more and more flexuous and appealing, but above all it is now integrated with additional services, like de-vapour devices, optical and temperature fitting, sensor-type sound insulation, radiofrequency antennas, safety systems. Glass fitting with simple rubber trims is gradually going out of use, and is replaced by gluing thus making of glasses a real component of the car body, that as such has to meet structural and mating characteristics that are similar to those of sheet metal.

As a result, glazing manufacturers have had to adapt their manufacturing technologies to this essential part of automotive evolution. This step has been neither fast nor simple. It has required the creation of new Research and Development centers with the task to define, inspect and provide Production with new technological solutions.

Pilkington Group Limited is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of glass and glazing products for the building and automotive markets, with manufacturing operations in 24 countries and sales in 130 countries. Pilkington was founded in 1826 and remained a private company until 1970 when its shares were listed on the London Stock Exchange. Over the last ten years, Pilkington has set up three development centers (GSC - Glazing Systems Centre) for Product Technologies and Tertiary Operations, serving the three main geographical areas: Americas, Asia and Europe.

On the subject, we’ve interviewed Mr. Sergio Pulcini, who is responsible for Prototyping and R&D in the GSC unit of Pilkington Europe, based . . . . .

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