Vetrotech Saint-Gobain's new Keralite Select fire-rated glass ceramic provides sharper, truer color viewing

Patent-pending surface polishing technology results in brilliant clarity.

Side-by-side comparison of Keralite Select (at right) versus typical fire-rated
Side-by-side comparison of Keralite Select (at right) versus typical fire-rated glass ceramic. Photo: Vetrotech Saint-Gobain

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain, a leading manufacturer of fire-resistant glass products, has added a new, innovative glass ceramic to its Keralite product line. Following extensive research and development, Keralite Select combines patent-pending surface polishing technology with advanced composition to create the sharpest, most accurate color-viewing glass ceramic in its class.

Keralite Select boasts a color-rendering index of 97.1 (out of 100), the highest R96a value for glass ceramics. It also has the lowest haze value at 0.5% available and bears no cloudy appearance even in variable lighting conditions. Comparable to float glass in quality, the surface doesn’t have the “orange peel effect” common to standard fire-rated glass ceramics.

"We are pleased to offer Keralite Select to our architectural and glazing partners as a superior fire-rated glass ceramic ideal for their commercial projects,” said Christian Mueller, general manager of Vetrotech Saint-Gobain. “Our newest innovation provides the safety and security you expect from the Keralite brand along with unprecedented clarity and aesthetics previously unattainable in the industry.”

Manufactured in both 3/16” (Keralite Select F) and 5/16” (Keralite Select L) thicknesses, Keralite Select is recommended for larger glass sizes in impact-rated areas where superior clarity and sharpness is desired. The glass, which installs into standard fire-rated frames and doors, comes in 20-, 45-, 60-, 90- and 180-minute fire-ratings.

About Vetrotech Saint-Gobain
Vetrotech Saint-Gobain is a leading manufacturer of fire-rated glass, systems and solutions located outside of Seattle, Washington. Since the early 1980s, its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility has been producing a wide range of fire-rated products certified in accordance with leading North American fire-test standards and in full compliance with building codes. Vetrotech Saint-Gobain fire-rated glass solutions combine form and function, offering safety, comfort, security and aesthetics appeal. For more information about Vetrotech Saint-Gobain, connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.

About Saint-Gobain in North America
Saint-Gobain, has its North American headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. The company has more than 265 locations in North America and approximately 19,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $7.9 billion in 2012.

Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Saint-Gobain earned the 2011, 2012 and 2013 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency.

About Saint-Gobain
Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building materials company, operates in 64 countries and has nearly 193,000 employees. Backed by more than 350-years of research, development and innovation, Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes building materials, providing comprehensive solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection.


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