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Malaysian glass order is worlds largest ever

PILKINGTON has won what it claims is the worlds largest single order for architectural glass.

The 8 million order is for the supply of 112,000 sq m of glass to clad the terminal at Malaysias international airport in Kuala Lumpur. It involves the delivery of 100,000 sq m of 10 mm grey anti-sun glass, which will be made up into double-glazed units in Malaysia, and a 12,000 sq m Planar structural glazing system, which will be made in the UK and assembled on site.

The Planar units incorporate a laminated inner leaf of two planes of clear, heat-strengthened glass, with the outer antisun pane toughened and heat-soaked. Delivery of the glass has already started, with the contract expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The contract overturns the previous record, also set by Pilkington only last month, for the supply of 81,000 sq m of architectural glass for Hong Kongs new Chek Lap Kok airport. But the Hong Kong order is still the more valuable, at 13.5 million. The company also recently supplied glass cladding for airports in Brisbane, the Chilean capital Santiago and Frankfurt.

A spokesman for Pilkington said: The Far East is proving to be a particularly strong market at the moment because of the number of major construction projects under way.

Planar systems are proving particularly popular, he said.