Montreal, July 24th, 2018 – Walker Glass Company Ltd. (Walker) has combined resources in an exclusive arrangement with Pilkington North America (Pilkington) in the launch of Walker Textures AviProtek® T line of bird-friendly glass products.
The AviProtek® T offering is a highly innovative solution that utilizes patented UV technology applied to the first surface of the glass that is barely noticeable to the human eye, yet visible to birds. Pilkington’s proprietary coating provides the UV enhanced reflective properties and Walker’s acid etch technology creates the standard and custom patterns needed to meet the various bird friendly regulations of jurisdictions across North America.
The subtlety of the visual markers is aesthetically appealing as a bird-friendly glass. This transparent product can be used in insulated units in combination with a low-e glass on position 3. AviProtek® T pattern designs follow the 2x4 Rule established by experts and have been successfully tested in field experiments conducted at Muhlenberg College under the supervision of renowned expert Dr. Daniel Klem, Professor of Biology. ‘’We’re very excited about our collaboration with Pilkington and this valuable addition to our birdfriendly line of products’’, states Walker Business Development Director, Charles Alexander who goes on to say, ‘’As the North American marketplace continues to adopt regulations requiring the use of bird-friendly glass, this unique offering will provide Architects and Designers with a highly effective yet aesthetically pleasing solution to meet bird collision deterrent regulations.’’ Pilkington’s Manager of Business Development Dr. Neil McSporran added.
‘’We’re equally excited about teaming up with Walker on the new AviProtek® T. Our pyrolytic coating is ideally suited for this application, with its excellent durability and UV enhanced reflective properties.’’ McSporran adds, ‘’Walker is the clear product leader in the North American bird-friendly space. Their 10-year warranty on the AviProtek® T will provide customers all the comfort they require as to the dependability of this offering.’’
Pilkington North America is part of NSG Group, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of glass and glazing for the architectural, automotive, and technical glass sectors. With around 27,000 employees, NSG Group has principal operations worldwide and sales in over 100 countries.
Walker Glass is North America’s market leader in the development and manufacture of acid etched glass substrates and premium quality mirrors. In addition to its three AviProtek® lines of bird-friendly gazing solutions, the company’s Walker Textures® brand of interior and exterior glazing substrates includes the Traction® collection of anti-slip glass flooring surfaces, the Nuance® and Transition® families of decorative stock and custom etched patterns as well as a comprehensive line of fullsurface etched finishes and opacities. Growing and evolving since 1942, Walker Glass proudly serves US and Canadian architectural glass fabricators from coast to coast, supported by the largest inventory of etched glass, acid-etched mirror and mirror on the continent.