JUN 20, 2017

Facts You Never Knew About Glass

The container glass industry is just one of the many sectors we serve here at Blastrite. Made with melted silica sand and a blend of soda ash and limestone, commercial container glass is produced using our blast furnace slag and manufactured into batches of bottles. Due to the versatility of glass, it is often used in a wide range of products but how much do you know about this material? Here we publish a few fun facts about glass which you might not know. 

Tallest Building

The Burj Khalifa in Dubai is the tallest building in the world with a roof height of 2,717ft. Made of steel, aluminium and reinforced concrete, it also contains more than 174,000 square metres of glass including 26,000 reflective glass panels. Cleaning the windows can be tricky to say the least, taking 36 workers an average of three to four months to clean the exterior.


Glass is one of the easiest materials to recycle.  On average a colossal 19 million tons of recycled glass is used in the production of new glass products each year. The uses for glass vary and include commercial and residential production.

Types and Finishes

You can work glass in a number of ways. It can be coated and cut, mirrored and bent, patterned, painted or laminated. Glass can also be strengthened too. So it’s not as fragile as you might think. Experienced glass fabricators produce a variety of glass products for all types of uses.

Glass and Electronics

Glass is used in the production of windows, doors and mirrors. It can be processed for containers such as glass bottles and it’s also used for a variety of finishes. One use for glass you might not know about is in the electronics industry. In fact, more than 2 million tons of glass is used for electronics production each year.     

Automotive Glass

Another sector where glass is commonly used is the automotive industry. Typically, around 7 million tons of glass is used for vehicle production each year.  Toughened glass is commonly used for car windscreens and this can be repaired if stone chips occur and are small enough to be treated.       

Glass is such a multipurpose material and we supply a blended and refined form of blast furnace slag for the production of container glass here at Blastrite. Find out more and contact us today or call us on +27 21 417 1700

Created on 20th June 2017
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