The NSG Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of glass and glazing products for the architectural, automotive industry and technical glass sectors. Founded in 1918, the company was transformed in 2006 with the acquisition of Pilkington plc, itself a global leader in the glass industry and the inventor of the Float Glass process. The Pilkington name was retained as a brand for the Group’s building and automotive products.
Today, the enlarged NSG Group has manufacturing operations in around 30 countries on four continents and sales in some 130 countries. In the fiscal year ending 31 March 2012, the Group reported revenue of JPY 552 billion (approximately euro 5 billion). Of this, 41 per cent was generated in Europe, 29 per cent in Japan, 13 per cent in North America and 17 per cent in the rest of the world.
Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd. was founded in Osaka, Japan in November 1918. The company expanded its reach throughout the rest of the century, culminating in the acquisition of Pilkington plc in 2006. The Pilkington story began in 1826, with the establishment of the St Helens Crown Glass Company. After several name changes in the early years, the company became Pilkington Brothers Limited in 1849 and was listed on the London Stock Exchange as Pilkington plc in 1970.
The turning point in the history of Pilkington was the invention of the Float Glass process in the 1950s. It revolutionized the world’s flat glass industry and has become the universal process for the manufacture of high quality flat glass, with the technology licensed to more than 40 manufacturers in 30 countries. Around 380 float lines are in operation, under construction or planned worldwide, with a combined output of about 1,200,000 tonnes of glass a week. The NSG Group owns, or has interests in, 48 float lines worldwide.
The NSG Group operates in three business sectors:
Architectural Glass supplies glass for the building and Solar Energy sectors. In the Solar Energy sector, thin film photovoltaic solar modules, crystalline photovoltaic solar modules, and concentrated solar power applications are the leading technologies in converting power from the sun into clean renewable energy. The Group supplies all three of these technologies.
Automotive serves the original equipment, replacement and specialized transport glazing markets.
Technical Glass products include very thin glass for displays, lenses and light guides for printers and glass fibre, used in engine timing belts.
COMPANY DATA Company name: Nippon Sheet Glass Co., Ltd