Menuiserie Riche and AGC Glass Europe sign a partnership agreement to manufacture a unique window with a 100% glass window sash
AGC, the world’s leading producer of flat glass and Menuiserie Riche, manufacturer of high quality exterior wood and wood-aluminum windows, doors, patio doors, sliding doors and bay windows, sign a partnership agreement. AGC is represented by AGC Glass Europe. As part of this agreement, Menuiserie Riche receives exclusivity in Belgium, Luxembourg and the North of France, on the integration of the Clara window sash in wood and wood-aluminium window frames. “Clara by Riche” will be added to Menuiserie Riche’s current portfolio of high performance windows and commercialised through a network of partners within this geographical region.
Clara is a frameless window sash made 100% of glass. It offers a unique design, increased energy and acoustic performances, more natural light, unlimited design possibilities and increased safety. Originally born from the union between AGC and the Swiss window manufacturer Clara Fenster AG, Clara window sash is now industrialised by AGC Mirodan Industries in Kortrijk, Belgium. The partnership is the first step taken by AGC to expand its Clara window system business in Europe. By opening up the business model to offer the opportunity for window manufacturers to integrate the Clara window sash in their own window frames, AGC aims to get closer to architects and customers. For the window manufacturers, the Clara window sash is the opportunity to update their product range with a unique product that brings an answer to the customer’s demand for modern comfort.
Bruno Riche, CEO Menuiserie Riche: "This strategic partnership between AGC and Menuiserie Riche generates exclusive design windows meeting highest architectural requirements. This synergy of technologies and professional knowledge of each entity makes it possible today to produce this 100% Belgian made window, produced in a short circuit. This strengthened our common environmental value: involvement in sustainable development and environmental solutions. "
Pierre Schneider, Project Manager Clara: „Our partnership with Menuiserie Riche can be compared with a marriage. The marriage between a glass producer with a production site in West Flanders and a window manufacturer from Namur district. It yields a unique window that offers the best of both worlds: high performance triple glazing seamlessly integrated in the best window frames.“.
AGC and Menuiserie Riche embark together on this adventure that combines innovation and entrepreneurship to bring the “Clara by Riche” window to the market.
AGC Glass Europe, a European leader in flat glass
Based in Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), AGC Glass Europe produces, processes and markets flat glass for the construction industry (external glazing and interior decoration), car manufacture and other industrial sectors (transport, solar power and high-tech). It is the European branch of AGC, the world’s leading producer of flat glass. It has over 100 sites throughout Europe, from Spain to Russia, and employs around 15,500 employees.
More information on www.agc-glass.eu (corporate site), www.agc-yourglass.com (glass for the construction industry) and www.agc-automotive.com (for the automotive industry).