Asahi In­dia Glass’ So­lu­tions for Greener Re­tail Spa­ces

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The growth in the re­tail in­dus­try has had a pos­i­tive im­pact in the de­mand for glass so­lu­tions.This has led to an in­crease in de­mand for value-added glasses like tem­pered, lam­i­nated glasses and also dec­o­ra­tive/aes­thetic glasses like lac­quered, frosted, etched glass, etc. We chat­ted up with Vikram Khanna, COO - Con­sumer Glass & Ar­chi­tec­tural In­sti­tu­tion Busi­ness, Asahi In­dia Glass to learn what are the new in­no­va­tions from AIS that help brands & re­tail­ers to cre­ate greener re­tail en­vi­ron­ments and save up on en­ergy costs too. Read On.

What are the lat­est prod­uct in­no­va­tions in glass so­lu­tions by AIS which will be of in­ter­est to re­tail­ers/ brands/ store de­sign­ers/ ar­chi­tects?

Pri­vacy of cus­tomers is a spe­cial is­sue in the public space. Opaque ma­te­ri­als tend to be seen as bet­ter op­tions than glass — for ob­vi­ous rea­sons! The lat­est trend is ‘smart glass’, that turns translu­cent from trans­par­ent at the touch of a but­ton! It is an ex­cel­lent re­place­ment for cur­tains and blinds at stores, pubs, bars, clubs, hos­pi­tals, sa­lons, spas, busi­ness cen­tres, and con­fer­ence rooms. AIS Swytch­glas, made with cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy, is the pre­ferred smart glass of many ar­chi­tects and in­te­rior de­sign­ers. With in­creased fire out­breaks in In­dia, it is im­por­tant to pro­tect one’s space, valu­ables, and em­ploy­ees. Glass can be very ef­fec­tive in fight­ing the ef­fects of fire and sav­ing lives. Fire Re­sis­tant Glass, such as the newly launched AIS Py­ro­bel, is spe­cially en­gi­neered to with­stand ex­treme lev­els of heat, re­duce heat trans­fer, and pre­vent the pas­sage of smoke and flames.

In what way is AIS aid­ing re­tail­ers to cre­ate green & sus­tain­able spa­ces?

An un­avoid­able is­sue fac­ing the re­tail sec­tor is high en­ergy costs due to in­creased air-con­di­tion­ing and light­ing re­quire­ments. AIS has taken the lead in de­liv­er­ing green so­lu­tions for an eco-friendly fu­ture, with in­no­va­tions in glass pro­cess­ing tech­nol­ogy to de­velop both sin­gle-glazed and dou­ble-glazed prod­ucts with the best ‘GREEN’ pa­ram­e­ters. As in­tel­li­gent sus­tain­able so­lu­tions be­come a way of life, our Ecosense range strikes the per­fect bal­ance be­tween out­doors and in­doors, func­tion and fi­nesse.

De­vel­oped to suit the unique cli­matic con­di­tions of the In­dian sub­con­ti­nent, Ecosense meets the needs of the In­dian con­sumers who tra­di­tion­ally re­quire more cool­ing than heat­ing and want to pre­vent so­lar ra­di­a­tion from coming in. Op­ti­mally medium to low U-value, rather than very low U-value, and op­ti­mum light is what the In­dian con­sumers want and what Ecosense in­tel­li­gently gives them. It al­lows light to pass through a win­dow or face, while ra­di­at­ing, ab­sorb­ing and re­flect­ing away a large de­gree of the near-range in­frared heat. This glass va­ri­ety comes in five dif­fer­ent prod­uct ranges –En­hance (So­lar Con­trol), Ex­ceed (So­lar Con­trol Low-E), Essence (Low-E), Edge (So­lar Con­trol & Ther­mal In­su­la­tion. Can be used in SGU) and Ex­cel (Dou­ble Low-E) range, each of them com­plete in a va­ri­ety of colours cus­tomised to con­sumer taste.

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