Emirates Glass LLC (EGL), wholly owned by Dubai Investments (DI), reported a 50 per cent increase in sales up to the third quarter of 2012, as compared to the same period last year. Emirates Glass, one of the region’s leading processors of premium architectural flat glass products and a subsidiary of Glass LLC, has attributed the rise in sales to the increase in local and international demand for high quality glass. Earlier, the company had forecasted a positive turnaround in the industry, setting a sales target of Dhs200 million for the year ending December 2012. Ziad Yazbeck, Senior Vice-President, Sales and Marketing, Glass, said: “Our sales target was set taking into account a number of influencing factors on a global level and those that are unique to this region. Interestingly, Emirates Glass secured a series of significant purchase orders over the past few months, prompted by the steady upward movement in the construction industry both locally and in the neighbouring emerging markets. As a matter of fact, 70 per cent of the production this year has been exported to different markets outside the UAE.” Recently, Emirates Glass inked a partnership with property investment and development major Feryapi for a portfolio of prestigious projects worth AED20-million in Turkey. In addition, the company has secured up to five purchase orders for prime city developments in Lebanon valued at Dhs5.2 million. These include the Beirut City Center; Digital City Mall; IC project; Retail Central and Marina Town Quay. Emirates Glass has also extended the scope of its operations across the Middle East and Asia to include Qatar, India and Iraq. Yazbeck added: “We have displayed a consistent ability to deliver cost-effective and top-quality material on time, which has increased our credibility and consequent demand. In addition, we have galvanised exciting synergies with large developers in regions that demonstrate high potential for development, thereby increasing our customer base in a consolidated manner. At the current rate, the sales prospects for Emirates Glass look immensely promising.” With several efficient and sophisticated production units, Emirates Glass has the capacity to handle large orders within short deadlines. Earlier this year, Emirates Glass inaugurated an Dhs160-million state-of-the-art coating line to escalate production capacity to over 3.5 million square metres. Investing heavily in innovation and best practices, the company also manufactures VitroGlaze-treated glass, an eco-friendly product with a chemically treated surface that keeps away dirt and grime. Emirates Glass manufactures a wide range of high-performance, energy-efficient glass types with high selectivity ratios according to stringent standards in the glass production and processing industry. The company is also dedicated to supporting eco-friendly construction and sustainable development to meet the challenges of green building principles.