Float: Pilkingtons’ Glass Revolution

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Abstract

David J. Bricknell’s Float: Pilkingtons’ Glass Revolution is a study on entrepreneurial decision making based on a case study: the Pilkington Brothers industries. The Pilkington family took the first steps in the glass-making industry in the beginning of the nineteenth century, remaining a small British plate glass producer until the mid-twentieth century. Its leading worldwide role is associated with its pioneering mastering of float glass technology, which eliminates the traditional operations of rolling, grinding, and polishing the glass, while creating a high-quality inexpensive flat glass. In the so-called Pilkington process, the molten glass is fed into a “tin bath” and then flows onto the tin surface, forming a floating ribbon with perfectly smooth surfaces on both sides and an even thickness. This new process of glass making was a major technical revolution that affected the technique itself, the organization of work in the plants, the shape of the world’s glass industry, and the leadership in international markets.
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)193-194
JournalEnterprise & Society
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2011

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