Pittsburgh Glass Works Introduces First Full Car-Set of Lightweight Glazing Technology on the Ford GT Supercar

Dec 15, 2015, 15:30 ET from Pittsburgh Glass Works, LLC

PITTSBURGH, Dec. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Pittsburgh Glass Works, LLC (PGW) proudly announces the introduction of a full vehicle complement of lightweight glazing technologies for the Ford GT Supercar.  The package represents a unique application of ultra-lightweight glazing solutions using Aluminosilicate and Soda-Lime laminated hybrid glass constructions, as well as thin, lightweight tempered solutions.  

PGW was chosen by Ford to be the Tier I supplier for the GT after more than a year of advanced development efforts that included the installation of unique capabilities to fabricate Aluminosilicate and Soda-Lime laminated hybrid constructions at our Berea, Ky. manufacturing facility.   The windshield application will be the first of its kind in the automotive OEM production market. The introduction of this unique technology is able to reduce the weight of the windshield by more than 30 percent compared to the standard windshield construction. With advantages in weight, strength and optics, PGW believes these new products will further the expansion of hybrid laminate and traditional thin solutions as light weighting continues to be an industry priority.

PGW is proud to recognize the ongoing relationship with Ford that includes support for glazing solutions across the entire range of their product portfolio.  "PGW's depth and breadth of both product and process technology allows us to provide a broad range of high-quality, cost-effective and emerging technology solutions to meet Ford's current and future requirements,"  said Joe Stas, chief operating officer, and president of Pittsburgh Glass Works, LLC.  "We are committed to continuing this level of dedication and innovation in our advanced product portfolio in order to provide high-performance solutions that address safety, fuel economy, emissions, comfort and convenience for our customers."

PGW continues to develop lightweight glazing solutions using a vast array of compositions and technologies to fulfill the needs of all segments of the automotive market. Combining PGW's unique solar control technology with lightweight glazing can provide customers with a highly efficient glazing system that is not only lightweight, but can also help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing the air conditioning usage. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has established a provision in which the use of certain solar control glazing qualifies the OEMs for an off-cycle credit.

Beyond thin glazing, PGW is a market leader in glazing products that provide solar control, heated windshields without the use of wires, advanced on-glass antenna performance and hydrophobic technology among others.

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles across six continents. With about 197,000 employees and 67 plants worldwide, the company's automotive brands include Ford and Lincoln. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford and its products worldwide, please visit www.ford.com.

About PGW Automotive
Pittsburgh Glass Works, LLC, a leader in high volume production automotive glass applications with extensive breadth of high quality products and customer service.  PGW is committed to quality, safety and service paving the way as the leading glass manufacturer for almost a century. PGW employs more than 4,500 people worldwide; our business comprises automotive glass manufacturing, wholesale and retail distribution services, and retailer alliance partnerships. Over 128 distribution branches throughout the country, we are a leading supplier of auto glass and glass shop accessories. PGW also provides hard-to-find vintage glass parts please visit www.pgwglass.com.

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