Press Glass has developed and issued a European Technical Assessment (ETA), a documented assessment of the curved glass performance in accordance with the European Assessment Document (EAD).
The ETA allows Press Glass to use the European Compliance (CE) marking on its cylindrically curved glass. The CE marking indicates that a product meets harmonized performance and safety standards, will not endanger lives and property and fulfills the requirements of relevant European product directives.
According to the announcement, Press Glass is the first company to receive a CE marking for cylindrically curved glass. The marking confirms cylindrically curved tempered and laminated glass performance in accredited, independent research laboratories.
The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union state that under Regulation No. 305/2011, all construction products with a harmonized standard need to have a CE marking. However, no harmonized standard was developed for cylindrically curved glass.
“First of all, the EAD had to be developed,” says Tomasz Ślusarek of Press Glass’ certification and testing department. “This process is time-consuming as it consists of several stages, inter alia the development of the document, consultation with European technical bodies and consultation with and final approval of the European Commission. Only an approved EAD could be the foundation for the ETA development. Initial type tests and performance tests carried out for each product type are highly important here. Due to our portfolio’s rather wide range of product types, we had to plan, produce and test an immense number of samples. It took about two years to develop each document individually (EAD followed by ETA).”
Ślusarek adds that ETA provides Press Glass with a significant advantage, as it is the only company in Europe authorized to issue declarations of performance for cylindrically curved, tempered and laminated glass in compliance with Regulation 305/2011.