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“Glass for Shower Rooms” National Standard Symposium Held in Shanghai

Source: LandGlass  Attention: 682  Published: 2016-09-18

Glass for shower doors & enclosures is a new functional product developed in recent years. The product is widely used in shower room components. With its modern look and features such as cost-efficiency and easy-to-clean, the product is highly coveted by consumers in China, Southeast Asia, Europe, and U.S. At present, the shower room glass production yield is enormous and has formed large-scale industry chain in the process.

However, in absence of uniform standards and specifications in both domestic and international applications, manufacturers often have to refer to the standards for other types of glass which may not reflect the special requirements for products used in a domestic environment and result in significant quality differences. The glass for shower room frequently shatters into pieces spontaneously, causing personal injury with responsibilities hard to be delineated. It leads to numerous customer complaints as a result.

Shower room glass is a product used in the situation where the user has the least protection to the body. Comparing to safety glass for automobiles, buildings, and railway vehicles, the glass for shower rooms has more rigorous requirements and needs for compulsory product authentication. However, at present, in the absence of a specific standard for shower room glass, it still refers to the lower level architectural glass 3C certification. As the architectural safety glass specifications cannot meet the higher standard that shower room glass requires, the glass door shattering incidents occurred in multiple occasions, causing serious harm and damage to individuals. The State has issued a mandate to establish a standard to address the current omission of compulsory certification for shower room glass.   

To comply with the requirements set forth in the “Notice on the Issuance of the Second Batch of 2014 National Standards Formulation and Plan Revision” released by SAC, the “Glass for Shower Rooms” national standard has been drafted under the joint leadership of the Household and Industrial Glass Standards Subcommittee of the Standard National Technical Committee on Industrial Glass and Special Glass of Standardization Administration of China, the China Building Material Test & Certification Group Co., Ltd., and the China Building Glass and Industrial Glass Association, with the project number 20142490-T-609. Currently the project has completed the standard research and drafting work. The first standard symposium was held in Shanghai. Deputy Secretary General of the China Building Glass and Industrial Glass Association, Mr. Hui Li, Secretary General of the Household and Industrial Glass Standards Subcommittee of the Standard National Technical Committee on Industrial Glass and Special Glass of Standardization Administration of China, Mr. Jian Zhou, executives from related enterprises in shower room glass manufacturing business, and industrial professionals attended the conference and conducted lively debate. In response to the application needs for the shower room glass standard, the formulation of the national standard for shower room glass will clarify the product quality requirements and establish technical basis for shower room glass testing and production. This standard is expected to play an important role in terms of regulating domestic market, providing a guideline for the healthy development of the industry, promoting new technological advances, and improving the technical skills and product qualities.