Glass & Gas – A window of opportunity for the gases business?


Readily available raw materials in most countries, chemical inertness, almost unlimited recyclability, durability, transparency, light reflectance and cleanliness – these are among the properties of glass that have encouraged its myriad uses.

The glass industry maintains a long-term global growth rate of around 4% per annum, partly driven by the trend for architects and vehicle designers to continuously increase the glass content of their creations.

Glass manufacturing now faces the combined challenges of gearing up to meet rapid demand growth from emerging new products and developing energy resources compatible with environmental and cost pressures that increase daily.

Product range & market growth
Approximately 140 million tonnes of glass will be produced in 2009 for use in the manufacture of a vast array of modern products.

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