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AIS for Road Safety and Pollution Prevention.

Following road safety rules while driving in India can make driving less stressed out. But often people break rules just to reach their destination quickly. Putting their lives at risk, people indulge in rash driving that sometimes lead to accidents. Besides glass, there are numerous other things that can be done to reduce the car traffic and pollution issues. Some of the rules are listed below:
Educate your loved ones:
Making your children and your loved ones aware of road safety can bring about a great impact to their lives. Make sure you let them know about rules of crossing the road, traffic signs and so on.
Drive/ride at economical pace:
Driving or riding the vehicle at a constant speed will increase the overall fuel efficiency by at least 30%. This can be done by maintaining a steady pace in your driving style. By doing so, one can reduce the amount of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. Make sure to also service the car regularly to keep the engine tuned.
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Avoid peak hours:
Peak hours is the worst time to commute as the street is crowded with people heading to work, school and other venues. Often people are stuck in heavy traffic. This causes stress and doubles the traveling time to your destination. To cut down on this issue, one needs to schedule their errands and travelling to avoid peak hours. This helps to save time and gets the task done as well.
 Follow traffic rules:
Following traffic rules ensures road safety and smooth flow of traffic system. Traffic rules also ensure that one does not have to deal with speeding tickets or any other fines given by traffic officials.  These rules also imply to pedestrians who are looking to cross the road without any risk.
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Carpooling/Public transport:
For some people, avoiding peak hour traffic might not be possible. During such times, carpooling or using public transport can be the smarter choice. It can help contributing to less traffic, prevents you from getting stressed and can save a lot on money. In a country like India, one also worries about parking in major cities like Mumbai and Delhi! This will be less of an issue with carpooling.
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Those people who are looking for a healthier way to commute, can opt to walk or cycle their way to work. In case if the destination is closer, bicycling or walking can be a good decision. So stay safe on the road and help the environment by reducing your carbon footprint!
We at AIS have been offering automotive glass for over 30 years. AIS Auto Glass is seen in India’s best vehicles, commanding a market share of over 70% offering high quality automotive glasses for the best in safety, comfort & style.
 

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AIS’s Innovative Solutions showcased at ACETECH 2015

ACE Tech is  a leading trade fair in Asia for architecture, construction, building materials, engineering, innovation, interior and design and only third-of-it’s kind in the world.  This profound platform offers ample opportunities for brands to not just exhibit their products, but also to create top of the mind recall value on the decision makers of the architecture, construction and design industry. Top shot personalities from politics, business, and entertainment have graced the event with their presence over the years.
This year AIS – India’s leading integrated glass company was also a part of this unique forum. AIS stall showcased its solutions in glass and uPVC doors and windows at ACETECH 2015 held at Pragati Maidan, Delhi.

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 Innovative Glass solutions are a delight to watch because of their aesthetic appeal that never fail to grab eyeballs.   Sliding door by AIS VUE convinced onlookers to walk in to our stall at ACETECH also on showcase was glass products that deliver – aesthetic and decorative, energy-efficient, strength and safety, privacy and acoustic solutions.
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People crossing the stall had their eyes fixated on the glass walkway. Some came in but were too scared to walk on it. It was our moment of fun to actually break the existing myth about glass being a fragile building material.
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We also showcased various applications of glass for homes and commercial spaces.
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AIS also showcased various types of glasses used for application in interiors and exteriors like acid etched glass, fabric laminated glass, lacquered glass, frosted glass, colored laminated glass, mirrors, high-performance energy efficient glasses to name a few.
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Besides these, there was AIS Swytchglas – which stole the show. This solution attracted a large crowd curious to know more about the technology behind it. AIS Swytchglas offers Privacy –i.e. transparent to opaque at a click of button.
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Another major attraction was a sample piece of AIS Securityglas kept with a baseball bat for people to come experience the power of unbreakable glass.
We received audiences of all age groups- architectural students, professionals, interior designers and architects.
Overall ACE Tech 2015 was an amazing experience for not just the brand to exhibit their solutions but also for all those who visited the AIS stall and got acquainted with the brand and its innovative offerings!
 

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Essential Guide to Cleaning your Windshield

Cleaning a car windshield without the right knowledge can be a challenging job. Using the wrong equipment and method can cause a lot of scratches on your windshield. Here is windshield cleaning guide that we feel can be used to clean different types of glass windshields. Having a clean, dirt and grease-free windshield can offer a safer ride, especially in poor weather conditions.  Without making use of an expensive cleanser, it is possible to get rid of bird droppings, dirt, tree sap and other interference.
Take a look at a detailed guide that can be useful to achieve a spotless and sparkling windshield.
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Choosing the ideal cleaning solution:
With numerous cleaning solutions on the market, choosing the ideal one can be a daunting task. Besides, the variety of ammonia-based, auto glass cleaners, all-purpose cleaners has catalysed the confusion by several folds.  As a result, people simply pick any solution for window glass types without thinking. I was one of them too, but after several trial and error, I realised that ammonia is harmful and so are the household cleaning solutions.  Hence, make sure you use a cleaner intended for automotive glass that can give the best results.  Such solutions offer a clean streak free windshield that is free from any obstructions.
Choosing other material:
Make sure you use a microfiber cloth to clean the windshield with the ideal cleaning solution. The cloth is made from the tiny wedge-shaped fibres that are 100 times finer than a human hair. As a result, cleaning any kind of dirt can be done easily. Besides, they are also long lasting and can be reused several times to clean different types of glass windshield.
Right way to clean any windshield:
Choosing the right kind of cleaning solution and microfiber cloth is not the end. Implying the right technique is equally important when it comes to cleaning any window glass types. Start of by cleaning the glass with water. Only then make use of the cleaning solution. Scrub water off the windshield in straight lines. Invest in a soft brush and use horizontal and vertical motion without scrubbing too hard. This is done only to loosen the grime.
Glass cleaning solution:
Spray the cleaning solution on the microfiber cloth and begin cleaning. Make sure you work from one side to another to get the best result. After the first clean, the residue is likely to remain. Repeat the procedure until you get it right. Once done, let the glass dry naturally.
By following the above-mentioned guides, you are certain to get a clean windshield.
 
 

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Windshields through the ages

 
 
A car’s windshield is sometimes the only thing better the driver and the dirt from the road; dirt that contains stones among its various things. But suppose a stone comes flying in and hits the windshield, the glass does not break apart, but remains there with a spider web crack. It has taken a long time for the glass to get here and many types of glass have been experimented on and you should be thankful for it.
Origins:
Needless to say, the first car invented went pretty slow and didn’t need a windshield, it was only later when powerful engines began powering cars, that windshield became necessary. Even then, float glass was used for windshields thereby keeping the costs low. But when the windows broke, they injured the driver and passenger. French scientist Edouard Benedictus then proposed the use of a glass that was made with cellulose nitrate, which didn’t shatter when it broke. But the high production cost of the glass meant that car manufacturers refused to use it.
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World War 1:
During WW1, safety glass was used to make the eyepiece in gas masks. Automakers saw that the glass worked well to protect the soldiers. They debated the use of such glass in vehicles arguing that while it would be much safer, it would also send the cost of the vehicles up, thereby risking sales. However, many of them decided to risk it and safety glass was considered being used to make windshields for cars.
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Use in Cars:
In the decade that followed the war, windshields were still not used as much in cars. But when they were used, they still injured many passengers. Resulting in the injuries that followed and the public losing their trust in vehicles, the first use of safety glass in cars was in 1927, leading to its popularity in the years to come.
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Popularity:
In 1928, Duplate glass was introduced by the American company Pittsburgh Plate Glass company. Designs were improved upon and safety glass became a common feature in vehicles. By 1966, safety glass could be found in all passenger cars in the country and is now an important safety feature in all cars.

Laminated glass

Laminated glass is usually used in Windshields as it is a safety glass that holds together when impacted. It is made by sandwiching between two or more slices of glass, which helps the glass form breaking is called poly vinyl butyral (PVB). This kind of glass for cars keeps you safe and protects you from sudden accident this glass will stay together, and not shatter.
Use of glass
The use of glass as a windshield has evolved from not being used to becoming an important safety measure. From regular glass that injured the passengers to safety glass, windshields have come a long way from simply protecting the passenger from wind to becoming a lifesaver.
Nowadays windshields continue to grow in complexity and sophistication. Windshields are larger and often more raked. Some provide increased visibility with a windshield that extends up into the roof above the driver or one that wraps into the side of the car. Modern windshields can filter 95-99% of UV rays. Since the 90s a hybrid film with dye to absorb heat and metal to ban sun rays has provided significant reduction in infrared (IR) rays and consequent internal heat gain.

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How are laminated windshields better?

With 50,000 cars on our roads, safety plays a crucial role. Accidents have been on the rise due to the tremendous increase in the number of vehicles on the road. The rise in accidents has led to new developments in safety, particularly in the field of windshields. Laminated glass is safety glass that doesn’t shatter after an impact, no matter big or small. It is supposed to be one the most strong and sturdy type of glass used in the fields of automobiles, architecture and places that need high security like jewellery stores, bank etc.

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Unlike normal glass, laminated glass is made by sandwiching a glass sheet between two or more portions of glass. This sheet is known as poly vinyl butyral (PVB) which is what helps to keep the glass from breaking.

Casualties in accidents were on a steep rise due to windshields not being strong and sturdy. Often, due to the impact of the crash, drivers would get seriously injured as windshield would shatter since it couldn’t withstand the impact. It is then when manufacturers realised the need for a stronger and more durable glass that could stand tough in such situations. And thus, in 1919 they made a glass that was strong enough to take the brute force of such impacts. Even after breaking and being punctured, the laminated glass will stay together because of the chemical PVB. Laminated glass was first used in 1927 in automobiles as a windshield.

Usually the side and rear windows are made of tempered glass, so they shatter into small pieces after breaking. As the tempered glass breaks into small particles it is less harmful than breaking into sharp pieces. Thus, windshields are made of laminated glass to protect the driver and the co-driver. The laminated glass in the car has two main functions. Firstly, it helps the co driver’s air bag to open up properly. The air bag at the driver’s side usually pops up to the drivers face. But when the passenger’s air bag opens up, it bounces off the windshield and then lands in the required position to safeguard the passenger. The second function it provides is that the driver is saved from deep cuts that would have been caused by the breaking of the windshield on impact. Often while driving, there are many objects like stone, metal etc. that hit the vehicle out of nowhere. Hence this glass very well plays its role in avoiding accidents regarding the same.

So to conclude, laminated glass may just look like any other ordinary glass, but it really has some extra-ordinary features.

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How Are We Going to Driving in year 2020? Futuristic cars

Unless you’re an entrenched walker or a regular customer for public transport, you probably spend more time in your car than anywhere except your sweet home and workplace.
Driving can sometimes can be an ordeal and is not always pleasant. Hours stuck in a traffic jam, futile search for a parking space or negligent fellow drivers can antagonize any driver.
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But things are going to get better. A chain of innovative ideas, from various car makers and automotive-tech companies, is going to turn around the way we drive and revolutionize the way we know cars. Cutting edge engineering solutions and on-board computers, our cars are becoming smarter, safer and more fun to drive.
Cars capable of driving themselves are just round the corner. Technologies in near future will help cars to park themselves and to avoid collisions to will even talk to each other! Tomorrow’s cars will be studded with long-range headlights and will see extensive use of hydrogen fuel that not only keeps the air clean but also emits water, which might replace traditional petrol and diesel too.
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How about a windshield that is also your dashboard? Wouldn’t it be cool if you could view your navigation information sharp and clear on your windshield itself? Here is ‘Head-up Display for Windshields’. The dashboard information is projected right on the windshield through an in-built projector in the car’s console. The glass is built with a wedge shaped PVB film that is thin towards the bottom and thick on the top. This provides better clarity and avoids a blurred image that usually occurs in a standard windshield.
Key Benefits:

  • Provides better display clarity than standard PVB.
  • Allows the driver to stay focused on the road at the same time check their dashboard information (speed, fuel, navigation, etc.)
  • Improves driver comfort and enhances safety.

To make car travel much more eventful, a leading car manufacturer is providing 4G internet access embedded, so you can surf and stream without buffering. Another car manufacturer is deploying compressed air power to turn its axle.  A hydraulic pump/motor unit stores air generated by the engine, braking, and deceleration in a compressed air energy storage unit. This will increase the efficiency of the engine by combing this compressed air with gasoline to produce more power. Furthermore, we have internet surge radio and much awaited self-driving or driver-less car which will totally wipe out road accident and leave passenger in car with nothing to do other than just sit, enjoy and chill.
When we talk about the future of cars, it’s not just about the technologies incorporated to make our driving experience delightful and safer, but also how are those cars going to look like. For past decades, cars have not only revolutionized in their functionality but also in their looks and edges. And when it comes to making a car look more aesthetic, things that jump out of our mind are more curves and edges, more streamlines and glassy exteriors, after all people like thing that are transparent.
Glass should not be limited to just windshields, windows and mirrors, it has much more potential. For say, a American car manufacturer recently displayed a concept car fully made out of glass, and not only it looked glamorous but also didn’t compromise with efficiency of performance. Further, we think it’s time to move on from same old tin roof. How about moon light in your car instead of mood light, how about stars peeping through when you drive at night and sparkling sunshine during daytime. This all can be accomplished by shifting to glass roof instead of existing ones that we have presently.
All in all, when we look at the future of cars, not only it is bright, but also it is transparent, because it has glass.

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Glass facades for commercial exteriors

All those tall glass buildings you whiz past in your cars are a constant reminder of how glass has moved past beyond its traditional use in windows and mirrors and come a long way to become a reflection of contemporary architecture. Gone are the days when all we could spot were those brick buildings now glass has overtaken it.
All these glass buildings now are the symbol of urbanisation. We encounter glass facades almost everywhere these days as they are known to raise the glamour quotient in any kind of architecture. Increased usage of glass facades for commercial exteriors is instrumental in escalating the aesthetics of a building, not just that, they are even beneficial in terms of energy-efficiency.
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The glass product range includes heat includes heat reflective glass, energy efficient reflective glass, solar control glass, tempered burglar proof glass, decor glass, frosted glass, sound resistant glass, impact resistant glass and many more products, in varied thickness, colours and other specifications.
Usage of glass facades are all set to raise the bar to redefine structures. There are variety of glass facades being used which reduces inside temperature comparatively under the sun, ensures longer life of upholstery due to reduced heat, helps lower the use of Air Conditioning, thereby improving fuel efficiency. Not just this they also reduce external noise and vibrations inside cabins, shops etc.
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They not just add to the glamour quotient but also reflect elegance and sophistication. These days we come across world class designs being embraced in glass facades. Some are trying to set examples in terms of design, others are trying to find comfort and convenience whereas there are some aiming at both exemplary designs as well as comfort, convenience and energy efficiency.
Glass facades are for sure raising the standards and redefining the exterior architecture.
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AIS VUE offers uPVC Tilt and Turn Windows

Windows are the soul of any home. And at their essence, they form the boundary between the outside world and their home inside. Windows allow the right amount of light penetration inside your home, as per your requirement. And that lies at the very gist of what modern architecture is all about.

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Over the time, as technology has grown, architecture has seen a tremendous change in the ways of designing buildings and interiors, where windows play a vital role.
Change in lifestyle these days, has largely affected how people design their home interiors. The latest trend seen in windows category is uPVC windows. uPVC windows are made up of Un- plasticized Poly Vinyl Chloride that requires minimum maintenance. This state-of-the-art technology lets you introduce a superior design element to the décor, ensuring complete protection.
There is a range of styles to suit every need, when it comes to opting for AIS VUE – uPVC windows:

  • Sliding & Folding
  • Casement
  • Tilt and Turn
  • Sliding
  • Top hung

Tilt and Turn windows
Of all the above, the Tilt and Turn Windows are the perfect choice for living rooms and bed rooms or any other sitting area; the main purposes they serve are as follows:

  • Best insulation from sound, heat, dust, pollution and rain is offered by double and triple glazed glasses along with security to a great extent due to its strength.
  • The tilt function opens the top of the sash inwards for ventilation, whilst the turn function creates an inward opening side hung operation. The design involves a handle that helps to maneuver the window by tilting it at an angle from the top. The result is a slight opening at the top that helps in the room’s aeration while the window remains in a semi closed manner.
  • Another purpose is that it lets in natural light but also seals the room from dust and pollution. When closed, the window ensures effective air conditioning. The window is sealed perfectly to the wall and the frame has no gaps at all, making them energy-efficient and giving you lower consumption costs.

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Advantages of Tilt and Turn windows:

  1. BURGLAR SECURITY: The tilt/turn window, when assembled with available accessories, will provide locking around the entire window perimeter. The many security features and Entry Resistant Fittings make your window into a “strong point”.
  1. EASE OF CLEANING: The cleaning of the tilt/turn window is easy and convenient as it is performed from the comfort of the inside of the room. No ladder or precarious positions to reach. Just open the window completely in the turn position. This will rotate the sash toward you.
  1. MAINTENANCE: Because of the design of this high performance window system, maintenance is kept to a minimum. Adjustments are provided to assure proper sealing pressure throughout the long life of the window.
  1. OPERATION: The operation of tilt/turn is simple and effortless. By rotating the handle into any one of the three standard positions, the window sash will respond easily no matter how big or heavy the sash.
  1. PERFORMANCE: Modern tilt/turn windows close tight. Cold, heat and noise insulation are unrivaled by any other window system. These unwanted elements remain where they belong – outside.
  1. FIRE ESCAPE: With the window in the full open position you create a 100% unobstructed opening producing a fast and convenient exit in any emergency.
  1. VENTILATION: In the tilt position, the window provides draft-free fresh air exchange while maintaining burglar security. The window cannot be operated from the outside of the room.
  1. AIR CIRCULATION: A tilt/turn window can be opened completely in the turn position providing rapid air exchange when required.

The AIS products meet up the latest industrialization expertise and also tag along with the international quality standards. Brought to you by AIS – AIS VUE combines decades of delivering exceptional quality with comprehensive services- from consulting to glass and frame selection, right down to easy, hassle-free installation at your convenience.
AIS VUE offers the perfect mix of style & safety, the right balance between elegance & efficiency, the ultimate combination of form & function. Provide solutions right from consulting to glass and frame selection, as well as easy, hassle-free installation.
From heavy rains to dusty dry summers, or wind storms to noisy traffics, AIS VUE – uPVC Doors and windows is an ideal solution.
To kn w more about AIS VUE uPVC doors and windows, visit:  http://www.aisvue.com

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Glass is clearly safe!

Glass is an integral part of modern architecture and interior design. A versatile and sustainable material, glass – used for façades, windows or in interiors – gives buildings and homes structural stability, aesthetic appeal and a contemporary look, while helping save energy and costs.
There has been some debate about safety in the use of glass in general, and in the case of fire in particular. But, be assured if proper norms and guidelines are followed for designing and constructing glass buildings, and the right types of glasses are used for façades, the destructive effects of fire are greatly reduced. In actual, glass facades are not inflammable rather they are flame-retardants.
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Glass – See what’s safe
internationally today, there are excellent alternatives available for clear vision safety glass. These include high-performance products like transparent glasses with intumescent layers, special coatings and laminates. Tempered/toughened glass, laminated glass, insulated glass units and wire mesh glass are also good fire retardants.
They can actually substitute a brick wall in terms of fire-rating property, yet give transparency. While some of the fire safety glasses function as a physical barrier preventing spread of fire and smoke, certain advanced solutions can actually drastically reduce the radiant heat from a fire.
The European classification standards (EN 13501) for glass use the following system:
E – Integrity
W – Low Radiation
I – Insulation
Accordingly, the following types of glasses are available in the FRG range
E Class – They provide for only integrity. These are special tempered glasses and they prevent the spread of flames to the non-fire side. There will be no protection from radiation in this type of glasses. They are normally used for internal applications.
EW Class – These are tempered and laminated glasses. They prevent the flames and also control the radiation on the non-fire side to a maximum of 15KW per sqm. They offer integrity and provide for low heat radiation. They are used for internal and external applications.
EI Class – These type of FRG glasses offer integrity and insulation. The maximum temperature on the non-fire side does not exceed an average of 140 degree Celsius.
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A range of high quality, fire-resistant glasses are available today to mitigate the adverse effects of fire accidents and offer enhanced protection.
• Wired Glass – It is more stable at higher temperatures and is also resistant to the pressure of fire hoses as the embedded wire mesh helps the glass keep its structural integrity even after thermal stress causes cracks
• Borosilicate Glass – Borosilicate, because of its extremely low thermal expansion coefficient, is ideal for any application that requires heat resistance
• Toughened Glass – The special tempering process used in this glass makes it highly resistant to stresses. In case, it gets to the point of breaking, it crumbles into small granules that are less injury prone
• Toughened Glass with flame retardant coating – This flame retardant coating is typically metal that further enhances the flame and heat resistance of the glass
• Toughened Glass with Intumescent gel – As is the property of any intumescent, the gel increases greatly in size when exposed to fire, and its high hydration content keeps the surrounding areas significantly cooler than any other material
• Laminated Glass with Intumescent layers – Highly desirable for façades, the lamination makes it hard enough for the façade and windows, and the intumescent layers restrict temperature rise during fires although the glass is 100% transparent and lacks wiring within
It would be unfair to blame glass for the destruction caused by fire in buildings. In most cases, it is negligence and/or illegal/ poor-quality design and construction that result in loss of life and property. If proper norms and building safety codes are followed, and guidelines adhered to, glass façades only help in fire rescue and not make it worse. All over the world, glass is a widely-accepted building material utilised on a massive scale for architecture and design.
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For all that glass can be- Asahi India launch event

Sen’s Bucket covered the newly launched AIS store at South Extension which bought two experts – Glasxperts and Windshield Experts together.

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Asahi India Glass store for auto and architectural needs

Never been much fond of glass except for admiring the occasional crockery at dining events, but the utility of it, seems to be far beyond, and also more dynamic. Asahi India Glass (AIS) recently unveiled their new store in South-Extension (Arjun Nagar), Delhi, where as can be seen, has dedicated areas for windshield customers (car owners), and those needing architectural support. More than just a store launch, it was a lot about the real innovation one can bring in with glass, should one be willing to spend money and have the taste for it.

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The Windshield section of the store

A lot of the questions around glass, as with many other building materials, is the longevity of the product questioned, and also the maintenance it would need in time. Most of the products they provide are hopefully easy to maintain and do provide a great deal of assistance post sales, as well. And from the looks of it, customers are seriously pouring in with their demands, and coincidentally, there was a case of a windshield being seamlessly replaced as if nothing was ever really wrong.

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Car windshield being removed and replaced

 

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As if, there was never a broken windshield!

Though the pictures are not that clear, but the stock of equipment used to fit the windshield on the car displayed above seemed to be modern and also being sophisticated enough ensure a smooth application. If one can notice, its seriously seamless in the way it was installed on the vehicle. Obviously, there were some stages to this process, but never the less swiftly followed. Perhaps the entire thing took less than an hour!

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Glasswork Ganesh amongst the wall-decor

The star attraction at the store would be the GlasXperts section, which is dedicated to the architectural needs of the customers. The reason being, the innovation and finesse with which the company works. A lot of the best glassworks will not just be slabs of the glass alone, but artistic depictions to set them apart. The Lord Ganesh framed mural on the wall is one such example.

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The ‘magic’ glass door

One of the things in the obviously glass laden upper floor was this otherwise simple looking door. However, the manager was kind enough to show how technology has been used behind this. What appears opaque here, will change the texture, simply with the press of a button, placed this door. With the help of sensors placed at the corners, the light passing through special crystals infused within the glass are scattered, due to which the glass becomes opaque. Similarly, when needs transparency, a flick of the switch will make light pass through the concentrated crystals which enable a clearer views across the panel.

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The seemingly transparent door

One of the main things we all commonly grumble about, and legitimately so, is the after-sales service. Asahi India Glass happens to be a fully integrated company when it comes to selling to their customers. This means, after buying some of the hi-end products, or any product from them, you need help to maintain or repair, or perhaps need some advice for future planning and design, you can rely on these guys to come across and help you. It might cost you a bit more, but then when you compare to the conveniences, you can naturally conclude that its worth spending the extra money but have someone to give you complete solutions. You don’t need to run around different places.

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The glass laden pathways at the GlasXperts floor

The thing about AIS is that they would not be giving you cheap imports, for the sake of margins and deal closing. That means they will charge you a price, and if it doesn’t match with the clients, they might just refuse, instead of cutting prices and compromising on quality. In short, if one has to summarize AIS, it’s about a lot of value addition, like pre-sales and after-sales services, which set them apart, and quite frankly, can be a big relief during renovations and constructions. And with their footprint increasing, one might just have a branch around the corner to help you out find something nice for home styling.

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Some interesting lighting at the Windshields section of the store

 

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What the AIS store looks like in South Extension

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How glazing can help in energy and cost savings ?

Glazing provides homes and buildings with light, warmth, and ventilation. The same glazing can also negatively impact a building’s energy efficiency. The best way to reduce energy costs by installing energy-efficient glazing or windows for your home or building.
Glazing primarily allows daylight to enter buildings; this in turn improves residents’ well being and augments their productivity. It also reduces the energy used for artificial lighting. It is important that the glazing system enables ample daylight to enter without the accompanying heat and glare. There are many ways in which this can be achieved. With proper selection and orientation, energy efficient glazing can help provide all round comfort and reduce energy consumption.
The energy efficiency of a building is greatly impacted by the windows and other glazed external surfaces. Using advanced glazing solutions can significantly reduce the need for heating and cooling the buildings, thereby reducing energy consumption and associated CO2 emissions.
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BENEFITS OF ENERGY-EFFICIENT GLAZING
• Smaller energy bills
• Smaller carbon footprint
• More comfortable home: Energy-efficient glazing reduces heat loss through windows.
• Reduced condensation: Energy-efficient glazing reduces condensation build-up on the inside of windows.
INSTALLATION
Proper installation is essential for any energy-efficient window to ensure energy efficiency. Therefore, always have a professional install your windows.
Window installation may vary depending on the type of window or the construction of the house. Windows should always be installed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and proper air sealing is to be ensured during installation, for the windows to perform correctly.
WHAT ARE THE GLAZING SOLUTIONS AVAILABLE?
AIS provides a wide range of solutions for your energy efficiency needs:
Ecosense from AIS
Ecosense is a unique range of high-performance glass in natural shades available as Enhance (Solar Control) and Exceed (Solar Control Low-E). It is the perfect amalgamation of energy efficiency and optimum day-lighting, and designed to deliver superior performance that allows architects and builders to set a higher standard of green architect by:
• Allowing optimum light to pass through windows/facade while absorbing and reflecting away a large degree of the near range Infrared heat.
• Keeping indoor spaces brighter and cooler.
AIS Opal Solar Control Glass
Cut out the heat from your buildings – in the colour of your choice – with AIS Opal. A popular choice for Heat Reflective Glass, AIS Opal’s solar control properties makes it the best choice for exterior glass. So while your buildings stay cool, they also look stylish.
• AIS Opal is manufactured using cutting-edge CVD technology which makes it a long-lasting and durable glazing solution.
• Available in a range of shades to meet every need and fit every design.
• A wide range of sizes and thicknesses for more choice.
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Glass Trends in Indian homes today

Looking at the new emerging India, we find that people are smart, well-informed and with a new-age outlook, they demand a contemporary lifestyle that’s in tune with global tastes and trends. They strive for an improved and highly efficient lifestyle. As the technology has grown, it has fed largely into making their dreams, come true.
Our surroundings largely influence our lifestyle. People are adopting smart architectural trends to spruce up their houses. Unlike the traditional materials used for home décor like wood, acrylic or cloth furnishing, glass emerges out as the new expert for stylizing homes. Glass has emerged as one of the favoured materials in architecture and interior design
Glass, by allowing high design flexibility is becoming a major contributor to this trend. With the help of technology, experts have harnessed the complete utility of glass by making it available to us in various colours, textures, shapes and designs. Not many have realized the capability of glass in serving the delightful effects to the ambience.

AIS plays the role of a protagonist in the field of Glass, providing India with the best quality product.
Being aesthetic, adaptable, versatile, and economical and Eco friendly material, glass unlocks a ton of possibilities in architectural design. State-of-the-art technologies for lamination and processing have made possible new types and varieties of glasses that enable the perfect blending of function and aesthetics – for both exterior and interior applications. Glass not only enhances the visual appeal of living spaces but also elevates lifestyle.
Glass has technically replaced all home décor and styling solutions.
You name it, glass does it!
Today, glass is available in a stupendous variety of styles, colours, designs and textures. Whether it is used for façades, doors and windows, or in interiors, glass is the perfect material for creating a stunning effect and stylish ambience.
1. For confined spaces, glass is the preferred solution. It makes interiors look larger and livelier by reflecting light, illuminating surfaces, and connecting the inside to the outside.
2. Glass is also the ‘right’ solution for the requirements of peace and serenity, privacy, safety and security. Value additions and processing done on glass ensure that it provides a person with acoustic, privacy, security and safety solutions. Hence, peace of mind is assured, without aesthetics being hampered!
3. Moreover, glass being a completely recyclable and sustainable material, helps achieve great design the eco-friendly way. A varied range of high-performance and energy-efficient glasses, that reflect or absorb heat while allowing light inside a building or room, enable higher standards of green architecture and living.
4. Most importantly, glass is extremely amenable to specific requirements, as customised solutions in glass can be tailor-made to meet individual design needs and preferences. As such, more and more people are choosing glass to bring their imagination and ideas to life.
                               
Indeed, the applications and uses of glass are as breathtaking as its effects. From entire façades to doors and windows, from floors, walkways and staircases to domes, canopies and skylights, from partitions and enclosures to shelves, table tops and counter-tops, glass is the one material with which you can see more, do more and be more.
AIS has always looked to transcend the ordinary and delight its customers. Mindful of the new lifestyle trends emerging in India, AIS diversified from the automotive and architectural segments into the consumer glass segment, to enable consumers to experience the varied solutions glass offers. Products like AIS Ecosense, AIS Décor, AIS Opal Trendz, AIS Stronglas, AIS Securityglas and AIS Acousticglas, AIS Swytchglas provide the customer with exceptional quality, fulfilling varied needs and requirements.

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Noise Outside Quiet Inside

Noise is a growing concern and a nuisance, especially in urban areas.No matter where it originates from, noise is everywhere. It can be your next door neighbour blasting rock music or a ramped up car stereo. Sometimes the noise caused by outside traffic can cause disturbance and stress over a continued period of time.
Does noise affect you?
Too much noise can be damaging to health and can hinder learning and concentration. Noise is tiresome; it makes you anxious, annoys you, causes stress and leaves you fatigued. Studies have shown that noisy workspaces are less efficient than quiet ones. Therefore, it is very important to find new ways to keep noise where it belongs: outside.
Is there a solution?
Yes, there is! Nowadays, architects and designers are increasingly looking at glass as a preferred material while designing contemporary living spaces. All that is needed is a glass which enhances the building’s aesthetics as well as effectively eliminates external noise.
Laminated glass which is made by laminating two pieces of glass together with a poly-vinly-butryl (PVB) interlayer dampens the sound and reduces sound transmission. Laminated glass also provides other benefits like safety and security.cut noise with glass
AIS AcousticglasTM featuring a specialized PVB interlayer provides up to 90% in exterior sound. It helps to keep the inside of your room in tranquil quietude while you give ear to sound that really matters. AIS AcousticglasTM is used for doors, windows, partitions in homes and offices.
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Benefits:

  • A noise free space is essential so that external noise does not hinder concentration and provides you a stress free environment. It also addresses people’s need for a quieter and a more comfortable place to live in. The offices and workplaces can maintain sensible noise levels and a work friendly environment.

For more details, visit: http://bit.ly/AISIndia

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Walk on Glass

Glass is a characteristic feature of architecture and design in the new age.  As innovative uses for glass continue to expand, glass is now available in various colours, textures, shapes and designs to people, who are looking to transform their spaces. Glass flooring provides an exciting combination of style and function, making a dramatic impact in both residential and commercial spaces.
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Glass floors add a decorative dimension to your interiors and give your homes or commercial spaces a touch of sophistication. Glass flooring is resistant to moisture and various kinds of other infestations.
The obvious concern when it comes to such an extensive use of glass, is the safety involved. Comprehensive calculations for glass thickness and construction are what decides the selection and application of this type of glass.
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Glass allows light to pass through the floor, creating a very airy and luxurious dwelling. As natural light permeates the space, it creates different moods and forms a seamless transition between rooms. Glass can also be used in landings and ‘see – throughs’ from one floor to another to add even more visual appeal. Adding an artistic touch to the glass floor, can bring notable dispersed light, to cascade down in a thousand hues of colors.
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Glass flooring is generally installed keeping in mind the customer’s requirement. Tempered laminated glass, Heat Strengthened laminated glass and Tempered glass laminated with sentry PVB are preferred choice of glass, for its durability and resistance to breakage.clear glass floor with water
Glass flooring is attractive and easy to clean. It is aesthetically pleasing and can make any room look bright, attractive and stylish. Glass definitely is a contemporary and fashionable take on flooring.
Engineered with safety and durability as its foremost objectives, glass flooring solutions from Glasxperts’ provides a unique alternative to traditional material for modern architecture.

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AIS Swytchglas: An intelligent privacy solution

The consumers of urban India today are a whole lot different from those over a decade ago. Smart, well informed, and with a new-age outlook, they demand a contemporary lifestyle that’s in tune with global tastes and trends – one that their predecessors only dreamt of.
The desire for a well-designed home, office or commercial space is a reflection of this transformation.
And glass has emerged as one of the favoured materials in architecture and interior design, which can fulfill these aspirations beautifully.
AIS Swytchglas is revolutionary smart glass which gives flexibility to switch at click of button.  It offers the cutting edge glass technology that combines the power to control both transparency as privacy as per your convenience.
With AIS Swytchglas, you can turn transparent glass to opaque glass to block visibility, at the switch of a button. This presents a view into a whole new world of opportunities with the smartglass.
Whether it is your home or a commercial space it is ideal solution for a wide variety of applications. AIS Swytchglas can help you strike the perfect balance between style and necessity. This presents a view into a whole new world of opportunities with smart glass in India.
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How it works?
The principle behind Swytchglas is the Suspended Particle technology that is very similar to the concept of artificial magnets.
There is a smart film between the two Special Polymer films. The Smart Film is a suspension of liquid crystals in a polymer base that can be controlled using an electric charge. Under normal conditions the liquid crystals are randomly distributed and when light hits the glass, it is scattered by the liquid crystals. When an electric current is passed through the glass pane, the liquid crystals align themselves into straight lines allowing all the light to pass through without scattering.
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Swytchglas for homes:
Expand horizons within the home with Swytchglas – the smartglass that offers the sophistication with comfort and privacy.

  • Windows and Skylights: When you choose Swytchglas windows you have the flexibility of doing away with curtains and other obstructions to your view and also the comfort of blocking heat and the glare when you need to, saving air conditioning costs during summer.
  • Walls and Partitions: You can turn OFF for complete privacy and ON when you need visibility. AIS’ smart glass solutions are best for houses where transparent or translucent glass walls lend the décor a rich and suave feel.

Swytchglas for Commercial Spaces:

  • Conference Rooms:Making an impression on your customers or even your own team was never as easy. You can switch from transparent to opaque/translucent at the flick of a switch.

Façade Glass and Windows: Air conditioning and lighting are amongst the biggestcost factors of maintaining commercial spaces.With AIS Swytchglas, you can control the amount of heat and light that is let in.

  • Hospitals, Salons and Spas: Selective privacy areas are crucial in many spaces. Blinds are cumbersome to use and curtains are not elegant. Swytchglas panels replace blinds and curtains quite elegantly and efficiently, letting you choose from transparent to opaque with the flick of a switch.
  • Hospitality: Swytchglas is also suited to the hospitality domain right from restaurants to pubs, bars and clubs, business centres and conference facilities alike. It can serve as a suave and high-tech replacement to traditional curtains, blinds and opaque walls.

Glass has clearly come a long way and AIS Swytchglas is a testament to its progress and indispensability.

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Bring luxury to your home

What comes to your mind when you see these homes?
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Answer- Luxury, Glass
People now-a-days want modern, luxurious and spacious homes with elegant interior design, beautiful garden arrangements and sumptuous architecture. Over the last two decades, glass has become synonym with luxury.
Glass has long been associated with ideas of elegance and aesthetic design. And as time has passed, these associations have only gotten stronger. It is environment-friendly and hygienic, as well.  It can be recycled almost forever. Recycling glass saves a huge proportion of the energy needed to make glass, approx 40 percent. Unlike other materials like some metals, plastic etc.; glass does not have chemicals that leach into the ecosystem.  Even though it is true that glass does not bio-degrade, it is so recyclable that it is the preferred choice for food storage. An eco-friendly building material, like glass, increases the efficiency of energy used and reduces impact on human well-being and the environment.
The inherent beauty of glass as a material, when combined with contemporary design sensibilities, makes for an irresistible combination, one that mesmerises and enthralls in equal measure.
When thinking of decorating personal space, one must include elements which reflect their individual style and taste. Glass enables options for this scope. Simple or extravagant, there are various options available in glass to match your requirements.
Glasxperts is a full-service glass solutions provider that brings an integrated approach and specialised knowledge right from glass selection and installation for homes, offices and commercial spaces.
We provide solutions that span – Privacy, Energy Efficiency, Aesthetic & Decorative, Strength & Safety, Acoustic, and Window Solutions.
Glass can be applied in various ways:
Doors, windows, facades, partitions, stairs, table tops, shelves, dressing tables, wardrobes, shower- cubicles, skylights, balustrades and where ever you may want to!
At Glasxperts, these glass solutions can be clubbed with different frames to amplify the beauty of glass. Such as- uPVC, aluminium, wood, spider glazing or simply no frames.
Glass contributes to a stylish room decor that adds a glamorous feel and contemporary look to beautiful modern interiors.
Include glass in your home design and it surely will leave people envy your personal space.

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The Green Revolution

The world is moving towards a greener, more eco-friendly way of living. It is therefore only natural that the space where people live and work also reflects this green evolution. The way we build has changed, and glass has made this transformation possible. For decades, architects and builders around the world have explored ways of designing the ‘nearly-Zero Energy’ building. Today, modern technology and innovative building materials has made that dream a reality. Builders are offering customers the opportunity to explore a life that’s smart, efficient, and above all, sustainable.
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In India, ‘green buildings’ are rated as per two independent rating systems:

  • The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) rating system, derived from the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) norms developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.
  • The Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA), developed by The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), rates buildings on a comprehensive scale of 34 criteria under various sections. In about a decade, India has emerged as a leading country in the adoption of Green Building norms

 
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NBC and ECBC codes
Apart from the above, the Government of India is also enabling environmental conservation through its building codes. The National Building Code (NBC), developed by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS), was introduced in 1970. After three amendments, it provides guidelines for regulating construction activities across the country today. For using glass in buildings, NBC has issued revised norms that are broadly classified under the sections:

  • General requirement
  • Determination of appropriate thickness
  • Criteria of human impact safety
  • Installation
  • Fire safety
  • Energy & Thermal property

The Energy Conservation Building Code (ECBC), created by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) and introduced in 2007, offers three distinct compliance approaches: Prescriptive (Component-based): Each system and sub-system should comply with minimal performance requirements. Trade-off (System-based): Permitted only between building envelope components – roofs, walls, fenestration, overhangs, etc. Whole Building Performance: Evaluation is based on a computer model of the proposed design and comparing it to a standard design, with various factors taken into account.
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The extensive use of innovative glass products in today’s buildings has helped reduce the need for artificial lighting and thereby minimised energy consumption. Green buildings cost more to build but have substantially reduced operational costs, compared to conventional buildings. Various types of glazing solutions – internal as well as external – have made spaces more efficient while unlocking new possibilities in design and aesthetics.
Green solutions from Asahi India Glass Limited As India’s leading integrated glass company, AIS has been at the forefront of moving towards an ecofriendly future. It has pioneered innovations in glass processing technology to develop both single-glazed and double-glazed products with the best ‘green’ parameters. This is giving developers and their architects greater choice and the ability to explore possibilities. These solutions enhance the aesthetics, efficiency and economics of commercial and residential spaces, compared to traditional building materials.
 
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The future is green
According to IGBC, of 2761 buildings registered with it in India, 516 are certified as green. By 2022, it aims to register 10 billion sq. ft. of green building projects. The idea of green buildings has now gained momentum, with greater use of green materials like glass. The environmental impact of increased construction activity has been on the agenda of Government entities and the Environment Ministry. Building code changes are in the pipeline. Construction houses are striving to obtain sustainability certifications, to ensure a better quality of life and to help conserve the environment. Living in harmony with nature is the surest way of ensuring a sustainable future for the planet. ‘Green buildings’ are helping us achieve that ideal.

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Transform your space with Glasxperts

Glass is no more a commodity, it now is a product which needs attention and careful thought before it becomes a part of your home. To make it easier and comfortable, Asahi India Glass Ltd. (AIS), one of the leading integrated glass companies in India, launched its retail initiative in the architectural glass segment – Glasxperts.
Glasxperts is a full-service glass solutions brand that brings an integrated approach and specialised knowledge to glass selection and installation for homes, offices and commercial spaces. Designing a home, office or commercial space involves play of lot of elements, like wood, iron, metals etc. Glass plays vital role in creating security, safety, energy, acoustic, privacy, UV protection etc. solutions.  Glasxperts takes care of all its customers glass related needs and ensures high level of customer satisfaction.
The glass solutions market lacks organized players. Glasxperts offers unique glass solutions, right from design to installation with well defined processes. Here’s looking at the process which ensures customer satisfaction.
Understand
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Understanding a customer’s requirement is of prime importance. There is a team of experts to understand your requirements in detail give expert guidance and possible solutions and, if required, a site visit, as per your convenience. This is what makes all the difference.
Visit
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Experts visit the site to make an assessment of your requirements, undertake a site survey and take measurements. Customised solutions with comparative costs and benefits are provided which helps in choosing the best option. Site visit ensures that even the smallest detail is not left out.
Manage
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What more than a dedicated relationship associate assigned to the customer’s site to ensure the hassle-free execution & timely completion of the project. An expert makes sure that everything is done just perfectly.
Install
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All the research and observation will now be implemented. Once the material is ready and delivered at the site, an expert installation team ensures quality installation of the glass and glass fittings and makes sure everything is in order.
Handover
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All set and done now. One final inspection and the relationship associate will give a formal handover of the site to the customer.
Wrap Up
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Once the project has been completed to the satisfaction of the customer, feedback and suggestions on the experience in dealing with Glasxperts is requested. It ensures continuous improvement in the services offered.
Follow Up
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After installation, the services benefit the customers more than anybody else. Glasxperts does a follow up with the customer and attend to any customer’s concern, relating to product performance and quality of workmanship and thus ensure complete customer satisfaction. In the end, transforming one’s place is never an easy task but with the correct approach and expert help, it becomes a lot less stressful.

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Architectural & Car Glass Solutions Under One Roof By AIS

Asahi India Glass Limited (AIS), India’s leading integrated glass company, inaugurated a first-of-its-kind store in the Punjabi Bagh area in New Delhi. The Company has brought two of its signature expert service providers in glass, Windshield Experts and Glasxperts, together under one roof.

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Having carved a niche in giving expert solutions in glass, AIS wants to give its’ customers the convenience of a ‘one-stop solution’ for all their glass requirements, all in one place.

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Architectural & Car Glass Solutions Under One Roof By AIS

Asahi India Glass Limited (AIS), India’s leading integrated glass company, inaugurated a first-of-its-kind store in the Punjabi Bagh area in New Delhi. The Company has brought two of its signature expert service providers in glass, Windshield Experts and Glasxperts, together under one roof.
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Having carved a niche in giving expert solutions in glass, AIS wants to give its’ customers the convenience of a ‘one-stop solution’ for all their glass requirements, all in one place.