Float Glass

By: Pfg Building Glass  11-11-2011
Keywords: Glass Products, Automotive Glass, Float Glass

PFG's float lines are among the most advanced of their kind in the world.
We produce 260 000 tons of quality float glass a year, for supply to customers in the building and automotive sectors of southern Africa, Europe, the US and other export markets. Our customers include processors, merchants and distributors of glass, furniture manufacturers, appliance manufacturers and aluminium fabricators, as well as producers of automotive glass products to global OEM quality standards.

The PFG site was developed by Pilkington in the 1950s, with the first drawn sheet glass line (SP1) commissioned in 1951. A second line, SP2, was introduced in 1965. In 1977, the float glass line (SP3) was commissioned and its first campaign ran for eight years. Since then the line has been enhanced on several occasions, to include the latest technology and introduce ever-improving quality and control systems. In 2007 we commissioned our second world class float line. 

PFG's float glass is branded ClearVue and we produce clear and green tinted float glass of between 1.8mm and 12mm thick. Stock sizes are 3 660 wide and 2 440mm high. ClearVue is used in a range of applications to deliver solutions such as safety, security, solar energy, acoustic optimisation and aesthetic appeal.

Keywords: Automotive Glass, Automotive Glass Products, Float Glass, Glass Products

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Manufacturing process

The ribbon of glass is then cooled, while still moving, until the surfaces are hard enough for it to be taken out of the bath without the roller marking the surface. The float glass manufacturing process was developed by Pilkington in 1959, taking flat glass technology to a revolutionary new level. The glass gains its lustrous finish and perfect flatness by floating on a bath of molten tin in a chemically controlled atmosphere.


Exports - Exports

PFG exports our clear float, automotive float, patterned glass, mirrors and laminated glass to over 40 countries in. Our second float glass line, is dedicated to the manufacture of high quality automotive glass. Crating is carried out on-line and containerisation is done on site. PFG partners with dedicated agents in various countries. Mirror and Laminated Glass Exports.


Patterned Glass - Patterned Glass

We produce 14 different patterns in thicknesses of between 2mm up to 10mm, in lengths of up to 3 060mm and a ribbon width of up to 1 525mm.