Southwall Technologies Inc., a global supplier of thin film coatings used in glass for architectural, automotive and electronic products, will open a new manufacturing facility in Dresden, Germany. A grand opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday, June 30, 2000 from 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. The new manufacturing facility in Dresden is the first plant expansion for the company outside the U.S. More than 70 percent of Southwall's revenues represent international business. The plant is well positioned to serve the European automobile and glass manufacturing industry where the demand for Southwall's XIR® film has grown significantly. This year more than 1.5 million new European automobiles will be using Southwall's XIR® infrared reflecting film. Used in automobile windshields, sidelights, and backlights, XIR® film reflects infrared light and reduces solar heat gain to improve passenger comfort. Glass laminated with XIR® film also significantly retards the degradation of interior materials -- such as leather, fabrics and plastics -- while blocking 99 percent of the harmful ultraviolet light.
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