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Posted: Sep 24, 2010

Beneq and Glaston Team Up for Solar Glass Coating Equipment

(Nanowerk News) Beneq, provider of novel industrial coating equipment and technology based on aerosol technologies, and Glaston, international glass technology company and global market leader in glass processing machines, have signed a strategic cooperation agreement.
The cooperation is intended to provide a framework for the two companies to work together in developing and delivering systems for continuous production of TCO coated glass for the solar industry. Beneq has extensive experience in developing and providing aerosol technologies for advanced thin film coatings, such as transparent conductive oxides (TCO), anti-reflective and low-e. Glaston provides state-of-art continuous flat glass heat treatment technology with high capacity and quality glass for demanding solar solutions.
Says Sampo Ahonen, CEO, Beneq: "This cooperation is a welcome addition to our offering in the growing solar segment. Beneq and its customers will benefit greatly from the partnership with Glaston, opening a whole new world of opportunities in equipment, applications and service networks. Beneq has been and is getting more and more involved in the solar market, and this collaboration will act as a decisive step in reaching more customers, serving them better and seeing our projects through".
Together, Beneq and Glaston will bring TCO coating lines to the solar industry in an unprecedented combination of mature technology, economically feasible solutions and reliable equipment.
Mr Arto Metsänen, CEO and President Glaston Corporation, further adds: "Glaston has been successfully addressing the growing solar market segment with various processing technologies in glass Pre-processing and Heat Treatment. Beneq-Glaston concept integrates both technologies in a new innovative way within this fast growing market segment. Our solution gives our customers remarkable added value to grow their business in a profitable way".
About Beneq
Beneq Oy, based in Finland, is a supplier of equipment and coating technology for global markets. Beneq turns innovations into success by developing applications and equipment for cleantech and renewable energy fields, especially in glass, solar and emerging thin film markets. Coating applications include optics, barriers and passivation layers, as well as energy generation and conservation. Beneq also offers complete coating services. The coating applications of Beneq are based on two enabling nanotechnology platforms: Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) and aerosol coating (nHALO® and nAERO®).
About Glaston
Glaston is an international glass technology company and a pioneer of glass processing technology and service business for glass processing machines. Glaston's well-known brands are Bavelloni in pre-processing machines and tools, Tamglass and Uniglass in safety glass machines and Albat+Wirsam in software solutions. Through its quality products and services, Glaston aims to be its customers' most valued partner. As a globally operating company, Glaston serves its customers worldwide in over 20 locations. Glaston's head office is located in Tampere, Finland. Glaston's share (GLA1V) is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Mid Cap List.
Source: Beneq (press release)
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