AGT win prestigious London Contract

After multiple meetings, lengthy negotiations and passing “Due Diligence” criteria, AGT have won a six figure contract to protect all the glass on the London Cable Car Project.

The London Cable Car project will span the Thames, providing a low-emission, quick, direct and fully accessible link connecting the Greenwich Peninsula and the O2 with the Royal Victoria Docks and the ExCeL

AGT will be installing their Anti-Shatter (Blast Mitigation) film to all the glass within the project. And will therefore, be protecting Cable Car employees, Transport for London customers and members of the public against potential injury from flying glass in the event of an explosion.

Managing Director Martin Westney commented “that he was delighted at winning this prestigious contract in his home city of London and that he hoped AGT would now go on to become as successful in the UK as it is in the Middle East and on the African continent.”

AGT have already installed their Anti-Shatter films to Embassies, Government, UN, NGO and Corporate buildings in Jordan, Iraq, Kosovo and Nigeria and are in negotiations for contracts in India, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Pakistan currently.

Window on the world for Advanced Glass Technology

A raft of orders from the Middle East and Asia has propelled London based glazing protection business, Advanced Glass Technology (AGT), into the global arena for the first time.

In response to increased demand from organisations and businesses wanting to mitigate risk to buildings and occupants in the event of a natural disaster, civil unrest or a terrorist attack, AGT has formed new partnerships in Jordan and India regarding the supply and authorised installation of its ISO-approved anti-shatter blast containment film.

Embassies, Non-Governmental Organisations and a number of private enterprises are among a growing list of buildings that will undergo protection fitment under the expertise of AGT over the next few months.

First established within the retail automotive sector, offering a solution to the increased level of ‘smash and grab’ vehicle crime through the retrofitting of its anti-shatter security film, AGT expanded its expertise into architectural applications during 2009. AGT also offers installation with a range of specialist anchoring and edge retention systems for enhanced levels of protection, according to the client’s requirements.

Commented Martin Westney, Managing Director, Advanced Glass Technology:

“With architects increasingly pushing the envelope in terms of building design, it’s vital that building owners seek to protect not only their investment but also the lives of occupants against any eventuality. We are pleased to be able to take our expertise into new markets and provide a bespoke and cost effective solution that’s proven to provide significant levels of protection and security.”

In response to demand for improved glass protection from Embassies, Non-Governmental Organisations and businesses in India, a specialist security consultancy in Mumbai has joined forces with AGT.

The new alliance means that DEFCON ISC has become the first authorised installer in India for AGT’s anti-shatter blast containment film, ‘Glass Shield’.

A subsidiary of the property and estate management company, Reshamwala Group, DEFCON ISC provides bespoke defence and security consultancy to organisations seeking to mitigate risk to personnel, buildings and vehicles in the event of a natural disaster, civil unrest or a terrorist attack.

The appointment of DEFCON ISC is the first partnership for AGT in India and part of an expanding overseas operation that also includes agreements with specialist security agencies in the Middle East.

Commenting on the new partnership, Martin Westney said:

“Organisations and businesses in major cities across the world are increasingly recognising the importance of building protection and risk mitigation to personnel. We are pleased to be able to take our expertise into new markets and this new partnership with DEFCON ISC is one we hope will develop in the months and years ahead.”

Shonak Reshamwala, President of Reshamwala Group and DEFCON ISC, said:

“This new agreement with AGT will strengthen our proposition to existing and prospective clients and provides additional solutions that we can recommend to them in the interest of improving their security.”

AGT looks ahead to an Olympic year

With the eyes of the world turning to London in 2012 for the hosting of the Olympic Games next summer, London based security glazing specialist, Advanced Glass Technology (AGT) is gearing up for a significant boost in orders from businesses within the capital.

Having seen increased international demand from building owners wanting to mitigate risk to life and property in the event of civil unrest or even a terrorist attack, AGT expects that a focus on heightened security in the run up to the Games will result in greater awareness of its ISO-approved anti-shatter blast containment film. The security budget for staging the Olympics is thought to be in excess of £200 million.

Embassies, Non-Governmental Organisations and private institutions are among a growing list of buildings that have undergone protection fitment under the expertise of AGT since the company was formed in 2009, having established itself as the leading security film operation serving the retail automotive sector for almost 20 years.

With security films starting at a thickness of 50 microns up to 450 microns, the multi-laminate polyester membrane can be applied to any glass surface. It is bonded with an aggressive pressure sensitive adhesive system resulting in any broken glass adhering to the film. AGT also offers installation with a range of specialist anchoring and edge retention systems for enhanced levels of protection, according to the client’s requirements.

Speaking about the potential opportunities for AGT in London’s Olympic year, Martin Westney, Managing Director, Advanced Glass Technology, said:

“The global spotlight will be on London next year and there’s a tremendous amount of construction underway not just in relation to the Olympics but within the City and elsewhere in the capital. Whilst architects and developers are increasingly pushing the envelope in terms of building design, it’s vital that building owners seek to protect not only their investment but also the lives of occupants against any eventuality. AGT has a proven track record in providing a bespoke and cost effective service.”

 

Recent international contracts awarded to AGT include the Bank of India HQ in Mumbai, the British Embassy, US Embassy and Amman City Mall in Jordan, and a NATO contract partnership with PIKE Solutions and Omega in Kosovo.

Prevent more than just your skin from peeling this summer –

Outdated security film could pose serious risk and invalidate insurance

At this time of year, health organisations and manufacturers of sun protection products spend millions reminding the public of the dangers of unprotected exposure to the sun. According to one of the UK’s leading glazing protection experts, Advanced Glass Technology (AGT), however, it’s not just humans that are at risk from peeling.

With security film thought to be fitted to flat glass on approximately 50% of all buildings within the City of London, with the other half completely unprotected, Hertfordshire based AGT is concerned that a culture of ‘fit and forget’ has the potential to put lives and property at risk in the event of a major terrorist attack or instance of civil unrest.

Additionally, during a heightened period of potential threats to urban areas, it is claimed that the absence of ‘peel test’ records could invalidate any insurance claim, if the film was found to be unfit for purpose.

The specialist security glazing business, which advises a number of embassies and non-governmental organisations, is calling on facilities personnel and estates managers to check maintenance records to ensure that installations remain up to the job. Security film is an effective and proven means of protecting occupants and property but just like skin, it has a limited lifespan and loses its protective capabilities over time.

Guidance from the Home Office’s Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST), requires security film to achieve a specified adhesion to the glass at regular intervals after installation. This is essential to hold the shattered glass fragments after the shock of a ballistic or blast attack. To do this, a good adhesive also needs tackiness to dissipate energy away from the cracks. Brittle or over stiff adhesive will propagate the concentration of stress at the cracks into the film, which may cause it to tear prematurely, rendering it useless in the event of a major incident.

 

AGT suggests that film requires replacement after failing a ‘peel test’ or after a maximum of ten years as Martin Westney, Managing Director, Advanced Glass Technology, explains:

“Security film acts as a protective skin on vulnerable flat glass but unlike our skin, the film is constantly exposed to sunlight, so the effects of temperature and UV rays on the adhesive are accelerated. This is more acute in particularly hot climates such as the Middle East but even in the UK, film should be replaced within ten years and tested regularly from installation.”

“In our experience, record keeping is not applied consistently across the industry and there are certainly many installations that require immediate checks. Our advice to property owners is simply this, ‘if the answer’s unknown then pick up the phone’.”

New window of opportunity for AGT

A raft of orders from the Middle East and Asia has propelled London based security glazing business, Advanced Glass Technology (AGT) into the global arena for the first time.

In response to increased demand from organisations and businesses wanting to mitigate risk to buildings and occupants in the event of a natural disaster, civil unrest or a terrorist attack, AGT has formed partnerships in Jordan and India regarding the installation of its ISO-approved anti-shatter blast containment film.

Embassies, Non-Governmental Organisations and a number of private enterprises are among a growing list of buildings that will undergo protection fitment under the expertise of AGT over the next few months.

First established within the retail automotive sector, offering a solution to the increased level of ‘smash and grab’ vehicle crime through the retrofitting of its anti-shatter security film, AGT has begun to expand its expertise into architectural applications.

With security films starting at a thickness of 50 microns up to 450 microns, the multi-laminate polyester membrane can be applied to any glass surface. It is bonded with an aggressive pressure sensitive adhesive system resulting in any broken glass adhering to the film.

AGT also offers installation with a range of specialist anchoring and edge retention systems for enhanced levels of protection, according to the client’s requirements.

Commented Martin Westney, Managing Director, Advanced Glass Technology:

“With architects increasingly pushing the envelope in terms of building design, it’s vital that building owners seek to protect not only their investment but also the lives of occupants against any eventuality. We are pleased to be able to take our expertise into new markets and provide a bespoke and cost effective solution that’s proven to provide significant levels of protection and security.”