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Improving Glass

Glass is both a unique and commonplace material. Its versatility as a compound is demonstrated by its uses across many industries, including automotive production, aviation, architectural glass, renewable energy (solar panels), construction, electronics, and many more. North American markets are experiencing significant growth while the Chinese markets continued to see increased profits in 2018. It follows that glass coatings represent a major opportunity to further optimize technologies where glass is utilized.

The glass industry faces several production challenges which ultimately affect the quality of its products. For example, glass can be scratched during manufacturing, transportation, handling, and installation; it can be a difficult material to keep clean over time without compromising utility; production machinery typically requires significant maintenance; and application of a protective coating requires multiple steps costing vendors time and money. Furthermore, glass manufacturing processes traditionally involve toxic materials which harm human health and the environment. The resulting product acts as a pollutant over time.

The current standard coating solutions, which are meant to solve these problems, do not sufficiently ensure product quality nor minimize environmental impact. Plastic films applied to glass are costly, difficult to apply, and are easily scratched. Other application processes are highly sensitive and require the use of safety equipment to protect against toxic elements and their high cost is due to their multi-step application techniques.

SiO2 International offers a superior alternative.

Our innovative SiO2 ultra thin coatings are applied to glass surfaces using a single, non-toxic step. These coatings are VOC free, food and skin safe, and environmentally friendly. In contrast with current industry standards, our products are long-lasting and durable, resistant to hydrolysis, frost, vapour cleaners, and oxidation while being easy to clean. Additionally, they resist ultraviolet rays, acid alkaline substances and the caustic nature of diesel and jet fuel while they protect against physical forces such as pressure washing and naturally occurring abrasion.

SiO2 International is at the forefront of glass coating technology. Learn more about our coatings at http://www.sio2.ca/our-coatings/.

Website Refresh!

News Release

Toronto, Canada February 20, 2019 – SiO2 International Inc, developer of safe, easy-to-apply, hydrophobic, abrasion, and stain resistant Ultra Thin Glass Coatings, proudly announces the launch of our most recent website. SiO2’s scientific expertise comes from over 25 years of surface coating experience in performance and industrial sectors.

The redesigned website offers quick and easy access to essential information about the Company’s SiO2 Technology, often referred to as Liquid Glass, and shares the latest in product development as we endeavor to offer our clients industry-leading surface protection. It has a clean uncluttered design, improved functionality and enhanced rich content focused on the Company's mission to create, develop and manufacture high-performance and industrial SiO2 coatings. We assemble safe silicon dioxide (SiO2) molecules that form a molecular quartz glass barrier between the environment and the surface that allows the surface to breath. Once applied, SiO2 Ultra Thin Coatings deliver additional characteristics to surface while remaining undetectable.

We use no engineered nanoparticles or toxic materials in our surface Technology. Silicon dioxide, the chief ingredient in glass, is found in the foods we eat and is essential to good health.  It is environmentally respectful and considered a food additive by the FDA (FDA CFR-Title 21, Chapter 1, Subchapter B, Part 172, Subpart E, Sec. 172.480). Our coatings can be applied using a simple sachet cloth or standard tools found in most industries. Unlike the common industrial products we replace, our VOC free products can be applied without the use of safety equipment.

"We are excited about our updated website and the robust information it provides for customers, investors, partners and media to better understand the range of revolutionary and innovative SiO2 International Inc. science and technologies we offer," said Bruce Johnston, Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “Furthermore, refreshing our value proposition by offering North American manufactured products, has enabled us to reduce costs associated with regulatory compliances and importing bulk materials. While our white-label clients now enjoy the advantage of calling products their own, they will also enjoy the advantage of calling them ‘created and manufactured in North America,’ unique to the industry.”

SiO2 International’s redesigned website is now live and will be updated on a regular basis with news of product launches, business activity, corporate milestones, events, and investor and financial information.

Visitors are encouraged to explore the website at: http://www.sio2.ca/

Contact:

Mathew Buchanan, Laboratory Project Services Manager
Email: mbuchanan@sio2.ca
SiO2 International Inc.
Toronto, Canada
Toll Free: 1 866 690 SiO2 (7462)

Self Cleaning Characteristics

Water Removes a Potentially Sticky Material.

Once concrete is treated with our SiO2 Technology, the surface becomes Self Cleaning. On an untreated concrete surface, the concrete powder would become sticky and adhere to the surface making it extremely difficult to remove. Our treatment allows water to act as a cleaning agent removing soiling elements and keeping the surface clean.

Easy to apply, SiO2 ultra thin coatings self-cleaning properties can protect against soiling elements, acids and environmental decay. Its self cleaning attribute will reduce maintenance costs and will safeguard precious surfaces from sunlight exposure.

Learn more about the natural attributes found in many of our SiO2 coatings.

Keeping Buildings and Businesses Cleaner with SiO2 Coatings

SiO2 Ultra Thin Coatings – Advanced Surface Protection. Office buildings, airports, hotels, condominiums, banks, hospitals, medical/dental facilities, schools/colleges, retail stores, warehouses, stadiums, gyms, the list is long. Virtually all commercial and public buildings depend on regular maintenance services for both their customers and employees.

Traffic Conditions of a Building

When traffic is introduced, dust, dirt, clay, grit and sand moves around which can abrade a floor surface. The erosive results are compounded when liquid binders, such as petroleum, grease, oil, animal fat and water, are introduced.

Hot Spots within a Building

Hot spots are specific areas of condensed traffic. Examples of these areas are focal points where traffic follows a natural path to a destination causing abrading and staining in that specific area. Hallways, checkouts in grocery and retail stores are considered hot spots. Lobbies and entrance ways, elevators, revolving doors and ticket counters are common areas where hot spots will occur.

Safe and easy to apply, SiO2 Products are water, abrasion and stain resistant (see Our Coatings for natural attributes found in many of our coatings). SiO2 Ultra Thin Coatings safeguard the value of an asset by extending its life and reducing maintenance and cleaning costs. SiO2 International’s easy clean products offer an alternative to conventional protective coatings, are more effective and free of chemical, resins, adhesives or toxic substances. In most instances, surfaces need only be cleaned with water to maintain a clean, chemical free environment.

SiO2 Technology’s inherent characteristics include the ability to control problem microbes safely with a sustainable, VOC free, molecular quartz glass coating. Our treatments will lessen the need for chemical cleaners while offering an extra level of protection never before available in the North American market.

Other examples of maintenance surface usage:

  • washroom facilities
  • stainless steel work & food prep tables
  • rubber, stainless & polymer conveyors systems
  • refrigeration seal gaskets
  • shopping carts
  • flooring in public & food prep areas
  • ovens, heat tables & mixing vats
  • exhaust systems
  • hospital emergency units
  • airports
  • stadiums
  • coffee shops