In response to increasingly demanding fire safety and fuel economy rules present within the superyacht industry, Glass Deco has announced a new compliant, weight-saving glass development. The new, patented lamination method meets the new fire requirements as laid down in the Passenger Yacht Code (PYC) and IMO regulation.
In addition, the European glass manufacturer has also announced the development of various techniques to save weight with the use of ultrathin glass; an advanced technique that the business states will be welcomed within the superyacht industry to compensate for the increasing popularity and weight of intricate glass design on board.
With this, Glass Deco has invented lightweight and unbreakable glass that is suitable for the superyacht industry through thermal tempering of two and three millimetre thick glass – a technique that was previously only possible on glass with a thickness of four millimetres and over. According to Glass Deco, this allows for direct weight savings of 50% without compromising on strength or appearance.
Frans van Hapert, CEO of Glass Deco Corporation B.V. explained, “Glass Deco has always excelled in realising various projects involving glass. Experience and skills built up over decades are today used to produce high-end glass objects and sculptures which often form the centrepiece of a larger project.
“I am happy that Glass Deco is capable to deliver this new lamination method starting from today, after years of developing and investing in this new high-tech production technique. With this new invention, we prove to be still trend-setting in the world of decorated glass.”