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GUARDIAN INDUSTRIES CORP. LAUNCHES DIAMONDGUARD™ TECHNOLOGY

Tired of scratches on your glass? Global glassmaker has the solution.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., (Nov. 6, 2003) – When experts from Guardian Industries’ Science & Technology Center applied science and chemistry to the growing field of ultra-thin glass films, they created something never before seen in the glass industry: a protective coating that will bring value to customers today and provide a platform for the launch of a host of innovative, high performing products in the future.

Guardian’s new technology, aptly named DiamondGuard because of its diamond-like hardness, will result in a world-class family of consumer products that offer advantages never before seen in the glass industry. The first is DiamondGuard scratch resistant glass (SRG).

“DiamondGuard SRG is a ‘first’ in the glass industry,” says Tony Hobart, Guardian’s group vice president for North American sales. “For the first time, consumers won’t have to worry about scratching their tabletops and businesses will spend less money replacing damaged glass components.”

DiamondGuard SRG is a perfect solution for furniture and display cases, stairways and scanners, as well as mass transit windows and institutional interior glass. DiamondGuard’s scratch resistance, combined with other attributes like low maintenance and easy-to-clean surfaces, and water management properties, positions DiamondGuard as a ground-breaking, value added solution for many of Guardian’s customers.

But, the advent of DiamondGuard technology has launched more than a new product. This technology has created an accelerated innovation cycle and a core platform that will benefit Guardian customers for years to come.

“Developing DiamondGuard has significantly added capability and capacity to Guardian’s research and production efforts. That is a critical first step for Guardian to quickly get high performance glass products to market,” says Scott Thomsen, group vice president and director of Guardian’s Science & Technology Center. “This technology has changed the way we approach development and it has changed the value of glass.”

DiamondGuard derives its application flexibility and strength from multiple layers of microscopic dense films with a molecular structure similar to a diamond, that Guardian applies using a chemical vapor deposition process and high-energy ion beams. The ion beams infuse diamond-like carbon (DLC) into the glass, which gives DiamondGuard its extremely durable, hard surface and optical clarity.

“Our response to the trend in value added glass coatings,” says Thomsen, “was to develop DiamondGuard: a unique glass technology with a wide range of applications. Now, our goal is to lead the glass industry in the transformation of glass as it becomes a truly value added solution. With DiamondGuard technology and a growing list of coating facilities in Europe and North America, we are in a very good position to do just that.”

For more information about DiamondGuard, please call 734-654-4347 or visit Guardian’s web site at www.guardian.com. To place a DiamondGuard order, call 800-527-2511.

Guardian Industries Corp., based in Auburn Hills, Mich., is a leading worldwide manufacturer of float glass and fabricated glass products for the commercial and residential construction industries. Guardian Automotive provides complete exterior systems to the global automotive industry and is a Tier 1, top-100 global automotive supplier. Guardian’s Building Products Group includes one of the largest manufacturers of fiberglass in the world and occupies a significant and growing position in the building materials distribution business.

Guardian, its subsidiaries and affiliates employ 19,000 people and operate facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Visit us at www.guardian.com

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