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SuperLite II-XL with Starphire® Ultra-Clear Low Iron Glass

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Diana San Diego
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SAFTI FIRST Partners with PPG to Offer SuperLite II-XL with Starphire® Ultra-Clear Low Iron Glass
The Clear Solution Just Got Clearer: Advanced fire rated glass with superior optical clarity for door, window and wall applications up to 2 hours

SAN FRANCISCO (January 4, 2012) – SAFTI FIRST, leading USA-manufacturer of fire rated glass and framing systems, is pleased to partner with PPG, the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company, in offering SuperLite II-XL with Starphire® Ultra-Clear Low Iron Glass. Listed and labeled by UL and Intertek/Warnock-Hersey, this advanced fire resistive glass product provides maximum fire and impact safety with hose stream from 45-120 minutes while meeting stringent ASTM E-119/NFPA 251/UL 263 requirements. With the addition of Starphire® Ultra-Clear Low Iron Glass by PPG to SuperLite II-XL, architects now have the ability to create safe, fire rated spaces with increased levels of clarity and transparency like never before.

“As a manufacturer, we’ve always strived to give architects the clearest, most innovative, fire rated glass products for over 30 years and counting,” says William O’Keeffe, President and CEO of SAFTI FIRST.  “Offering SuperLite II-XL with Starphire® Ultra-Clear Low Iron Glass by PPG sets a new standard in clarity, safety and performance.  We’re very excited to be partnering with PPG in bringing this revolutionary fire rated glass product to the marketplace.”

Joanne Funyak, commercial market manager for PPG’s Flat Glass Strategic Business Unit, said “PPG is proud of our association with SAFTI FIRST and our contribution to what is a highly unique and high-performing product.”  Funyak added, “We believe Starphire® Ultra-Clear Glass is the clearest float glass in the world and ideal for this application because of its industry leading transparency and true color fidelity.”

Architects and glazing professionals can now download 3-part specifications for SuperLite II-XL with Starphire® Ultra-Clear Low Iron Glass by PPG at  For questions or further information, please call 888.653.3333 or visit

Founded in 1981, SAFTI FIRST Fire Rated Glazing Solutions ( has been serving the architectural and building communities and is the recognized leader in manufacturing fire rated glass and framing for over 30 years.  As the premier source for fire-rated glazing, SAFTI FIRST was the first to introduce transparent fire rated walls to the U.S. market. Our SuperLite™ product line, fire rated from 20 minutes to three hours, includes fire-retardant filled glass units, safety ceramics, safety wired glass and SuperLite I-XL, a patented breakthrough fire protective  product that significantly reduces radiant heat transfer (does not meet ASTM E119 and requires AHJ approval for 45 and 60 minute applications).  SuperLite™ products can protect against noise, attack, impact, bullets, blast, hurricane and UV rays and is available in any custom architectural make-up, including enhanced energy performance applications.  SAFTIfire GPX Framing is fire rated from 20 minutes to 2 hours.  Our products are manufactured in the U.S. for fast lead times.  For more information, call 888.653.3333.

PPG Industries’ vision is to continue to be the world’s leading coatings and specialty products company. Through leadership in innovation, sustainability and color, PPG helps customers in industrial, transportation, consumer products, and construction markets and aftermarkets to enhance more surfaces in more ways than does any other company. Founded in 1883, PPG has global headquarters in Pittsburgh and operates in more than 60 countries around the globe. Sales in 2010 were $13.4 billion. PPG shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol:PPG). For more information, visit

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