Kite Glass produces and supplies a range of printed glass solutions that can provide dramatic decorative effects or simpler designs for privacy or solar heat and light control in multiple environments such as architecture, industry, security and transport markets.
From the creative point of view of the architect, the possibilities of patterns and colours are endless, enabling a perfect match to our client’s expectations. In addition to the more traditional use of screen-printed glass in partitions, roof glazing and external, other application possibilities include doors, bus shelters, telephone kiosks, display signs etc.
Kite Glass expert in-house technical team have at their disposal the latest in screen printing machinery, which is among the largest in the glass industry and ensures a smooth finish on both sides of the glass. Using their years of combined technical expertise, the team uses the agreed design artwork to reproduce a photo stencil on a silk mesh printing screen. The design is then transferred onto float glass by the normal screen print method of ink forced through pin-sized holes in the mesh.
After printing, the glass is toughened in the normal manner where the ceramic paint is thermally hardened and becomes incorporated into the glass surface. This creates an extremely durable and very stable glass product against UV degradation and surface chemicals. For structural glass such as flooring, we can also design custom screen-printed frit patterns for anti-slip features.
Screen printing can be applied on any glass thickness from 4 to 25mm, and the glass can be toughened, heat-soaked and laminated glass.
For more complex printing, we can also supply printed PVB film interlayer which is then laminated into two or more layers of glass. This type of printing allows an exceptional level of detail that is completely protected from the external environment.
Kite Glass’ range of case studies showcase our experience and give some examples of our glass in action.