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Pilkington special glass ups the game for padel
Pilkington Italia is part of the NSG Group, a leading manufacturer of flat glass, which has been at the forefront of special glass solutions for the building industry for over two centuries.
For the uninitiated, Padel is a combination of tennis and squash. It is the fastest growing racket sport in the world with a court that is surrounded on all sides by a combination of mesh panels and glass – an essential element, not only for spectator enjoyment, but also for speed of play.
To guarantee athletes maximum transparency and increase their enjoyment of the game, the obligatory choice for glass panes is the best low-iron product on the market, Pilkington Optiwhiteâ„˘: thanks to a rigorous selection process of raw materials and the choice of the whitest sands, it is characterised by perfect colour neutrality. This maximizes brightness within the court, preventing the green tint that characterizes traditional glass from altering colours, for undisturbed viewing by the audience and better enjoyment of the surrounding space by the players.
As in squash, the rebound of the ball on the perimeter glass is important, both in official padel competitions and in friendly matches. Any hint of condensation would slow down a competitorâ€™s shot and so ordinary glass would not fit the bill. Pilkington Activâ„˘ with its highly hydrophilic properties provides the clear solution.
Thanks to its specific coating, Pilkington Activâ„˘ facilitates the flow of water, which instead of forming droplets on the surface, causes rainwater to spread out in an even film that washes away dissolved dirt – allowing for improved transparency, despite external condensation.
These hydrophilic properties mean that significantly less cleaning is required, with considerable economic, time and environmental advantages for padel court operators.
Its hydrophilic coating based on TiO2 (titanium dioxide) is pyrolytic, which means chemically bonded to the glass at the molecular level while it is still in the semi-molten stage. The process makes the properties extremely durable, stable and long-lasting.
Choose guaranteed performances, choose the superior transparency of Pilkington Optiwhiteâ„˘ and the outstanding anti-condensation properties of Pilkington Activâ„˘.
(News by Pilkington Italia Spa)