Float Glass

  • John Jewkes
  • David Sawers
  • Richard Stillerman


Historically, there have been two basic methods of making flat glass: the window glass processes and the plate glass processes. Their development has been parallel but quite separate.


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© John Jewkes, David Sawers and Richard Stillerman 1969

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  • John Jewkes
  • David Sawers
  • Richard Stillerman

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