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Two Centuries of Brilliance. One Vision for Glass.

Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass) is the largest glass producer in the Western Hemisphere, backed by two globally proven legacies in commercial glass manufacturing.

It all started in 1883

The foundations of two historic glass companies began to take shape. Over the next century, both companies would evolve to become glass industry leaders in their own right—ultimately coming together as one.
1883

  THE BEGINNING

The Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company is founded as the first plate glass plant in the U.S. 25 years later, in 1909, Vidriera Monterrey—a glass containers plant that would grow to become Vitro—also begins operations.

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1934

  SOLEX® GLASS

Solex® glass —now Solexia™ glass—is introduced as the world’s first “environmental” glass.

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1945

  TWINDOW® GLASS

Twindow® is introduced as the first successful double-paned insulating glass.

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1964

  SOLARBAN® TWINDOW® GLASS

PPG introduces Solarban® Twindow® glass as one of the first coated glasses designed to block solar heat gain and reduce air conditioning use.

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1971

  MEXICO STOCK EXCHANGE

Vitro is listed on the Mexico Stock Exchange.

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1983

  SOLARBAN® GLASS

Solarban® glass is introduced as PPG’s first MSVD single sliver, low-e glass.

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1989

  SOLARBAN® 60 GLASS

Solarban® 60 glass, an MSVD double-silver solar control low-e glass, is introduced.

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1991

  THE VITRO GLASS MUSEUM

The Vitro Glass Museum (MUVi) opens its doors to record, preserve and promote the history of glass.

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1996

  VITRO COLOMBIA

Vitro launches Vitro Colombia to produce and distribute flat glass in South America.

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2005

  SOLARBAN® 70XL GLASS

Solarban® 70XL glass is introduced, featuring the world’s first triple-silver, low-e coating.

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2008

  A SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE COMPANY

Vitro earns “Socially Responsible Company” label from the Mexican Center for Philanthropy.

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2015

  SOLARBAN® 90 GLASS

Solarban® 90 glass, the first ever quad-silver-coated glass, is introduced as PPG’s highest performing solar control low-e glass to-date.

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2016

  Formulated for the Future

PPG Flat Glass is acquired by Vitro S.A.B. de C.V., maintaining the proven products, plants, people and processes that made the company an industry leader.

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2017

  Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)

Vitro Glass becomes the first North American glass manufacturer to publish third-party-verified, product-specific Type III Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for its flat glass and processed glass products.

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