Topic: Tempered and Laminated glass in facades: quality challenges and possibilities from the field
Director, BU Flat tempering
Glaston Finland Oy
Miika Äppelqvist is a glass heat-treatment specialist who has worked in different management positions in glass heat-treatment and safety glass area.
During the past 10 years he has been involved in the development and market launch of the latest glass tempering and laminated technologies.
Currently he is head of Flat tempering Business Unit in Glaston Corporation.
For the joy of us in the glass industry, the use of glass in building facade has increased steadily for many years, and the growth is forecasted to continue globally.
The growth has meant increase in use of both tempered and laminated glass. Specially lamination growth has gained momentum in the recent years. This growth has been fueled by three main factors: safety regulations, more creative architecture designs and the increasing use of glass as a structural element.
The growth has, however, not fixed the quality issues that we still can see even in new buildings. This presentation addresses how tempered and laminated glasses are being used today in building facades and what the common challenges within them. And more importantly, what are the issue glass processors should concentrate on, to avoid these challenges.
Glass use increase in buildings will continue to provide business opportunities for glass processors. However, with all the ongoing trends there are many things to consider when coping with increased demand and new solutions. This presentation will give practical tools for matching the market requirement with tempered and laminated glass.