Crystal Exports Windows to China
Crystal Window & Door Systems recently began shipment of its vinyl window products to a new residential development under construction in mainland China. The New York-based manufacturer recently shipped 185 windows for model homes in the the Molida Estate Villas development located in Tianjin, China.
|An American style home in China featuring Crystal vinyl windows.|
Crystal plans to produce and export several thousand more in the coming months for the residential development, which consists of approximately 500 American style, high-end single family homes and townhouses on a 2,500-acre site. The project, planned in several phases, is expected to be completed within the next three years.
“The developer wanted to use well-designed, modern building products in its homes, ones that would give the project an upscale feel,” explains Thomas Chen, Crystal president. “His research of American window manufacturers led him to Crystal. The developer was impressed with the quality and energy efficiency built into our products, and that resulted in the selection of Crystal windows for this American-style housing development.”
Tianjin, one of the largest cities in China with more than 10 million people in the metropolitan area, is located along the coast approximately 140 miles southeast of Beijing. The climate is very similar to that of the Northeast United States, with colder winters and warmer summers, making energy efficient windows essential, Crystal officials note.
The company is exporting Energy Star-qualified double-hung, hopper and picture windows featuring double-strength, dual-glazed insulating glass units with argon gas filling and PPG Solarban 60 low-E glass coating. In keeping with true “American” looks and functionality, the white windows feature Colonial between-the-glass grids and mesh screens.
The Crystal vinyl windows were all produced in the company’s Flushing, N.Y., factory, with Crystal’s operation in Suzhou, China, facilitating much of the effort. “American-made products are increasingly desired for upscale markets in China, and I am proud to be one of a very select group of American manufacturers to export products to mainland China,” says Chen. “With bi-cultural and bi-lingual talents, Crystal’s key staff members definitely helped bring about this success. China’s domestic construction market is one that we can and will target. In fact, we have preliminary initiatives started for several other window export projects to China. I am confident Crystal will be selected for many other projects of this type in the future.”