03/10/2017 – News / Safina / Silver / Glass / Europe
Safina a.s. produces silver targets for facade glass with grains tinier than 20 microns
Experts from Safina a.s. – one of Europe’s leaders in precious metals production and processing – have further advanced the homogeneity and fineness of the material structure of silver targets for the deposition of very thin metal layers on facade and window glass.
“Today, we manufacture silver sputtering targets with a very homogenous structure and a grain size of less than 20 microns. According to this parameter, Safina a.s. is the world leader,” said Petr Koutský, the firm’s CEO.
Speaking at the recently concluded Gulf Glass event in Dubai, Mr Koutský explained that such a fine structure enables very thin silver layers to be deposited on facade and window glass in order to achieve an unrivalled level of quality.
The presence of the silver layer means that facade and window glass obtains the required reflectivity and heat insulation properties. In summer, such glass manages to prevent the interior from overheating and that way it saves up to one-third of expenses on air condition.
Safina a.s. belongs to the largest European suppliers of sputtering targets for the glass industry. Safina a.s. introduced the production of sputtering targets for depostition of metal layers on various base materials in 2001. During that time, it established itself as a reliable supplier of these precious metals components not only for the glass industry, but also for electrical engineering and other industries that derive benefits from properties of thin metal layers on their products.
For Safina a.s., the production of sputtering targets made of pure precious metals and their alloys for various types of commercial use is one of the most significant areas of activities. It is the supplier for the world’s largest flat glass producers.
At present, the company focuses on the development of metal alloys and sputtering targets for the emerging segment of so-called smart glass manufacturing – that is, the production of glass with a smart electrochromic layer that responds to the intensity of electric voltage.