Interpane goes European
At the end of 1999, with an eye on the European market, Interpane acquired the Hoerdt insulating glass works located near Strasbourg, France. This location meets the demands of the French regional market.
As a reaction to the rapid increase in demand for both coated and uncoated float glass, in cooperation with the British float glass manufacturer Pilkington plc, Interpane launched a joint venture in France. The works at Seingbouse, Lorraine, is an integrated production plant for manufacturing float glass with the subsequent production stage for laminated sheet glass (LSG). In March 2007, Interpane took over Pilkington’s share in this joint venture and is, therefore, the sole operator of the production facility now.
In April 2005 already, glass coating also started to be made at the Seingbouse facility. Due to the direct connection of the coating plant to the float and LSG production, this facility focuses on producing high-quality coated basic glazing (iplus E) for the European market.
In the fall of 2009, a new flat glass production facility was established in Osterweddingen, Saxony-Anhalt, as a joint venture between the Dutch-German Scheuten Group and Interpane. The company with the name f | glass GmbH produces float glass, clear glass and semi-finished products, primarily for the solar industry.
Over the course of more than thirty years, in what started quite humbly, in turn turned into an internationally operating corporate group with approx. 1,200 employees (2011). Today, Interpane is among the major European glass manufacturers.