History of the plant

 
From 1983 to 1988, on the request of the USSR Ministry of Radio Technology, it was decided to build The base for the repair and storage of ADP equipment  in Shpola, Cherkasy region. There were 3 shifts and more than 1,500 people involved in production at the radio engineering plant.

In 1991 headquarters of the enterprise took a decision to change the specialization of the Orion . It was repurposed and according to the new plans started manufacturing safety glass triplex for local car factories. Manufacturing of glass was made with the help of filling technology for LuAZ, KrAZ, KAMAZ plants.

Laminated glass triplex has been produced using polyvinyl butyral (PVB) technology since 1995.

 In 2001 the factory went under the authority of a new owner.

Development of the factory through investments has been started since March 2001. It included investment in the production capacity growth, initiation of new production lines as well as modernization of existing equipment.

 Rebranding was done: the unique company style was created and introduced. The trademark Orion Glass was registered.

8th of May Orion Glass trademark was established.

2001:

The first glass bending furnace has been used since November. Manufacturing of windscreen glasses for Bohdan - А 091, А- 079 buses was started at Cherkasy Bus Plant.

In December 2001 an electric slot-type furnace with a vertical tempering chamber was launched. It allowed to manufacture flat side and curved door glass for Bohdan А- 091 busses.

An automated line of silk-screen printing was launched.

2002-2003:

The Quality Management System ISO 9001-2001 (9001:2000) was introduced. The system has renewed and increased quality of the company`s development.

High-tech, modern equipment for manufacturing laminated/architectural and decorative/ glass (triplex) was brought into service.

 Glass processing machines Bavelloni, Zanetti were put into service.

2004 :

The second three-zone bending furnace for manufacturing windscreen glasses for Bohdan А- 092 busses was launched in March.

2005 :

 An automatic glass cutting line: Genius with RS-A (for straight and shape glass cutting) was launched in May.

 The production of end products was launched: doors for a sauna, coffee tables, stands for audio and video equipment. A brand store of glass furniture was opened.

 The third three-zone bending furnace was installed in June. It was possible to produce windscreen (front) glass on an assembly lines for local automotive manufacturers.

2006 :

Flat and bending glass-tempering furnace was brought into service in October. A manufacturing automated line for bending and tempering glass by North Glass company is a two-sided line, where one direction is used for tempering flat glass and the other one is used for tempering cylindrically curved glass. The line for glass tempering is designed for bending and tempering flat glass, transparent glass, tinted glass, satin glass, enameled glass, reflective glass as well as energy-efficient glass.

2007 :

A processing center Intermac Master 43 (Italy) was installed to perform woks on grinding, polishing, milling and drilling on the glass.

A testing glass tempering furnace for the presence of critical concentration of nickel- sulphate inclusions was installed (Heat Soak Test)

The automatic assembly lines of glass units by Austrian company  Lisec were installed.
The production of glass units with increased heat insulation and also glass units for structural glazing were launched.

The double-edge Busetti F-10 Intermac  (horizontal line with CNC for two-sided processing of an edge (euro edge) of flat sheet glass); an automatic rectilinear vertical grinding machine GEMY - 9C by company  BAVELLONI  (Italy) were brought into operation.

A clean room and two thermo-vacuum cabinets for manufacturing triplex with an automatic control of a heating mode were installed.

2008 :

A glass tempering furnace NorthGlass in size 3600×2400 started to work in August.

A complex of equipment for manufacturing multilayer laminated glass (triplex) with the use of tempered, multifunctional and other glasses was launched in August.

A bending furnace was put in commission in December. A manufacturing of windscreen glasses for Lanos and VAZ 2110 cars has been started.

2009 :

A glass-roller coating machine Gemata Rollmac (Italy) for an entire monochromatic ceramic painting on transparent or tinted glass came into use.

Two processing centers with CNC Master -23, 35 by Intermac company (Italy) were placed.

2010 :

The fourth bending furnace was installed as a part of the modernization program.

2011:

A monolithic glass and triplex cutting table of GFB 60/30 VB 45 RE model by manufacturer  Lisec  (Austria)

A monolithic glass and triplex cutting table of GFB 60/30 VB 45 RE model by company Intermac - Genius 61 CT (Jumbo)

On the 8th of Mai the company Orion Glass celebrated 10th year of its foundation.

2012 :
The company has formed a new glass units department.

Automated lines of manufacturing glass units were installed, which helps in

manufacturing bended glass units, architectural glass units with irregular shapes, glass units for structural glazing.

Orion Glass  has opened a factory for the industrial glass processing.

Shaping and cutting glass lines (including Jumbo sizes) have been launched.

A complex of processing equipment for glass grinding, polishing and drilling came in use.

A glass tempering furnace Tamglass HTF Pro E has been launched.

The factory is provided with a unique equipment system which helps in doing multiple tasks for industrial processing of glass, and also in manufacturing technology-intensive product using the safe glass.


The usage of an industrial digital printer GlassJet manufactured by Israel company Dip Tech for extremely accurate digital ceramic in-glass printing in order to get high resolution images.

On the 8th of March 2016 the company celebrated the 15th anniversary since the day of formation.

As a part of the celebration of the 15th anniversary, there was a meeting of all departments of Orion-Glass, and employees were awarded for their contribution to the development of the Company!

2016:

The company Orion Glass has opened a new department in Zaporozhye for the manufacturing of glassware and glazing of different types of transport such as public, railway, agricultural, automobile (passenger, cargo) transport, as well as producing auto glass for a certain model range of foreign cars.

 2017:

The company has opened a wholesale and retail warehouse in Kiev to meet the requirements on the trading glass market (for public, railway, and freight transport).

The drilling-milling unit Francesca 16M 1600 FORVET has been brought in use. The CNC machining center is unique in its kind and is designed for drilling, countersinking and milling flat glass sheets (3-25 mm) including non-rectangular sheets. This equipment allows to increase the performance of the product, such as door panels including inside partitions made of glass.

2017: Orion Glass celebrated 16 successful years of work!