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    The ever-changing faces of Australian commercial design – Architecture and Design - June 16, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    If you ask anyone what their idea of a commercial building is, youre likely to get a different answer every time.

    Restaurants, offices, aquatic centres, petrol stations and even universities can all be considered commercial. Yet each of these building types has a unique architectural style and with that comes different cladding needs.

    For some buildings, external materials are chosen to make a bold statement, while others are more concerned with whats practical for the climate and conditions of the site. And of course, fire safety is of the utmost importance for all new and existing Australian structures.

    Considering how wide-ranging commercial structures can be, there are endless cladding and external wall materials to choose from. In saying this however, there are a number of high-quality, versatile materials that can serve the purposes of any commercial building.

    The rise of timber in commercial builds

    The last few years have seen a significant increase in the use of timber cladding for Australian commercial structures.

    Timber cladding certainly has a long history in Australian residential structures, if we recall the weatherboard cladding of the nations Federation and Queenslander houses. But the use of timber for commercial structures is more of a recent trend, particularly with the advent of engineered timber and the growing awareness of timber as a material that promotes physical and mental wellbeing among employees.

    There are some negative perceptions timber has had to overcome such as its vulnerability to termites, moisture and fire. While these are still valid concerns, Australian timber products have come a long way from what they were in the 19th century, with cross laminated timber (CLT) for example offering superior strength, fire protection and energy efficiency when compared to traditional timber materials. There are also a number of resins and powder coats that when applied improve timbers ability to stand up to harsh Australian weather conditions, not to mention the growing use of techniques such as Shou Sugi Ban, a Japanese method of charring wood to make it fire and weatherproof.

    Timber is sometimes associated with Japanese design, bringing images of tranquil, minimalist and natural structures to mind. However, it is a material that lends itself to many cultures.

    Te Ara a Twhaki is a stunning example of timber being used to reflect elements of Mori culture.

    Situated in Otaki, New Zealand, Te Ara a Twhaki is a new building as part of Te Wnanga o Raukawa (a unique learning laboratory specifically for Mori). The building houses a library, main lecture theatre, student services and student hub.

    Designed by Tennent Brown, the facade has a unique criss-cross pattern that is reminiscent of traditional Mori flax weaving patterns. This project required a timber that would be stable enough to cope with this application, while weathering gracefully. Maintenance was also a key consideration given the elevated nature of the structure on a commercial building.

    The product used was Abodos Vulcan Screening, which was chosen for its stability and weathering characteristics. According to Abodo, Vulcan is sustainably sourced thermally modified timber a chemical-free, heat-based treatment which dramatically increases the durability and stability of the wood.

    For additional protection, the timber is coated with Sioo:x, a patented silicon technology that cures by reacting with atmospheric carbon dioxide and moisture to form an insoluble and flexible silica network within the timber surface. The formation of this silica network toughens the surface of thetimber and forms an effective barrier against insect attack and rot. The application of Sioo:x also leaves the timber with an aesthetically pleasing natural silver-grey finish.

    Another stunning application of this product can be seen in South Australias Fleurieu Aquatic Centre, a sustainable indoor aquatic centre designed by lead architect Hames Sharley. The buildings facade is clad in Vulcan in a WB10 profile, which has been used to create a vertical shiplap look.

    In this case, Vulcan was chosen for its aesthetic as well as its invisible fixings and sustainability; Vulcan is FSC certified natural wood sourced from sustainable plantations in New Zealand.

    Keeping buildings cool with aluminium

    While modern timber products have certainly proven themselves more than capable of facing up to the Australian environment, there are some applications where aluminium or timber-look aluminium might be preferred.

    One good example is the BP and David Jones Bayside Store in Melbourne.

    Designed by Modus Projects, the store is a new petrol station concept that aims to deliver high quality and innovative food options to consumers. The project used Decos 50x50 Quick Click DecoBattens to create an entrance that is both welcoming but also reminiscent of a high-end convenience store.

    In particular, the Smoked Ash DecoWood finished battens are featured above the stores entrance, creating a soft, elegant and warm presence.

    While they have the appearance of timber, the battens are actually made from 100 percent aluminium. The benefit of the batten series is its easy installation. Available in widths of 50mm and 25mm, the battens have a base and cover system where the batten base is fixed onto the surface and the batten cover is simply clicked onto the base.

    According to Deco, the battens are a premium timber alternative, providing durability and flexibility not achieved by traditional timber or composite batten products. With their powder coat finish, the battens are also resilient to harsh UV rays and marine environments, while offering a low maintenance solution that never needs painting or staining.

    Another aluminium product suitable for commercial exteriors is Mondoclad from HVG Facades.

    Mondoclad was used to reclad two buildings at Federation Universitys Berwick Campus in Victoria. As these buildings had a contrasting design to the rest of the site, it was essential that the recladding work met the architects strict brief to maintain the original cube aesthetic.

    Mondoclad was chosen not only for its style, but also its strong fire safety ratings.

    This product was also used in Brisbane office and residential development 183 North Quay, where the building had its existing aluminium composite cladding removed from the ground-level columns and feature portal, then replaced with Mondoclad panels in a natural brushed finish.

    According to HVG Facades, Mondoclad is an ideal non-combustible cladding alternative for builds focused on exceeding fire compliance laws, as well as for the recladding of existing projects that may have once used a combustible cladding project.

    Made from marine grade aluminium, this product is highly durable, with its PVDF architectural paint finish ensuring UV stability and colour retention. It is also a sustainable option that is 100 percent recyclable.

    Revisiting a traditional choice: Brick

    Not to be forgotten is brick, a traditional choice that has been coming back into favour in recent years.

    Kaz Tower is a striking example of a modern-yet-traditional commercial and residential building.

    Designed by Tony Owen Partners, Kaz Tower is a 14-storey tower surrounded by heritage buildings in urban Sydney.

    There were challenges from the start, with strict heritage requirements from the City of Sydney. One of those requirements was to build a brick podium for the first three floors of the building, considering the Kaz Tower would adjoin several historic brick buildings.

    With the architect simultaneously wanting a glass faade that would maximise sunlight through each street-front window (a challenge in Sydneys commercial centre), the design of Kaz Tower required the use of an innovative parametric design technique.

    At different times of the day the sun hits different parts of the building, says Tony Owen, director of Tony Owen Partners.

    So [using parametric design], we angled the windows in each part of the building according to where the light was coming from at a certain time of the day. And we ended up with a building that had patterned glazing where every window was at a different angle, because the different height would get sun at different times, and at the different times, the sun would have a different angle.

    The addition of a three-storey brick podium and side brick facade to the angled red, yellow and white glass facade made for a highly unique design. While traditional face bricks were selected to construct the podium, a brick inlay facade was the system of choice for the side walls.

    Choosing a brick product was not easy, as it was crucial to ensure visual continuity across the podium and facade. In the end, the architects chose the Iron Mountains bricks and brick tiles from Robertson Facade Systems.

    We just couldnt find a brick tile in an appropriate colour, says Marianna Mioduszewski, director of Tony Owen Partners.

    We had many samples that did not satisfy anyone. Then Robertsons Building Products came up with a solid brick and brick tile, which was extremely attractive for us. So, when we found the same face, it was like, thats it. And colour-wise, it was comparable to the desired look because it was dark a grey/brown and not a uniform colour on the face, which was very attractive as well.

    The next challenge was figuring out how to combine the angled facade with the bricks.

    We thought putting the side faade together would be very difficult, but Hanson Precast suggested Robertson Facade Systems Brick Inlay, says Mioduszewski.

    We went to the factory to see how individual panels are formed and shaped and gained a lot of confidence that these panels would be well done. So, we were very confident from day one, and they have proven that its definitely the way to go.

    According to Robertson Facade Systems, Brick Inlay is a solution that involves placing thin brick, porcelain or stone tiles into precast concrete panels,to create the look and feel of a traditional brick facade or wall with the efficiencies and benefits of precast concrete. The panels are then delivered on site, ready for construction.

    The benefit of this product that it speeds construction time which can in turn significantly reduce construction costs. The product also allows you to customise any pattern and texture you need for your facade,efficiently and cost-effectively.

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    Architectural Glass Coatings Market 2020 Primary Research, Secondary Research, Product Research, Trends and Forecast 2026 | Ferro, Arkema, Fenzi -… - June 16, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

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    Global Architectural Glass Coatings Market Segmentation by Product:Energy Saving Thermal Insulation CoatingsFunctional Coatings

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    1 Report Overview1.1 Research Scope1.2 Top Architectural Glass Coatings Manufacturers Covered: Ranking by Revenue1.3 Market Segment by Type1.3.1 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Market Size by Type: 2015 VS 2020 VS 2026 (US$ Million)1.3.2 Energy Saving Thermal Insulation Coatings1.3.3 Functional Coatings1.4 Market Segment by Application1.4.1 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Consumption by Application: 2015 VS 2020 VS 20261.4.2 Residential Building1.4.3 Commercial Building1.5 Study Objectives1.6 Years Considered

    2 Global Market Perspective2.1 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Revenue (2015-2026)2.1.1 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Revenue (2015-2026)2.1.2 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Sales (2015-2026)2.2 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Market Size across Key Geographies Worldwide: 2015 VS 2020 VS 20262.2.1 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Sales by Regions (2015-2020)2.2.2 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Revenue by Regions (2015-2020)2.3 Global Top Architectural Glass Coatings Regions (Countries) Ranking by Market Size2.4 Architectural Glass Coatings Industry Trends2.4.1 Architectural Glass Coatings Market Trends2.4.2 Architectural Glass Coatings Market Drivers2.4.3 Architectural Glass Coatings Market Challenges2.4.4 Architectural Glass Coatings Market Restraints2.4.5 Primary Interviews with Key Architectural Glass Coatings Players: Views for Future

    3 Competitive Landscape by Manufacturers3.1 Global Top Architectural Glass Coatings Manufacturers by Sales (2015-2020)3.1.1 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Sales by Manufacturers (2015-2020)3.1.2 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Sales Market Share by Manufacturers (2015-2020)3.1.3 Global 5 and 10 Largest Manufacturers by Architectural Glass Coatings Sales in 20193.2 Global Top Manufacturers Architectural Glass Coatings by Revenue3.2.1 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Revenue by Manufacturers (2015-2020)3.2.2 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Revenue Share by Manufacturers (2015-2020)3.2.3 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Market Concentration Ratio (CR5 and HHI)3.3 Global Top Manufacturers by Company Type (Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3) (based on the Revenue in Architectural Glass Coatings as of 2019)3.4 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Average Selling Price (ASP) by Manufacturers3.5 Key Manufacturers Architectural Glass Coatings Plants/Factories Distribution and Area Served3.6 Date of Key Manufacturers Enter into Architectural Glass Coatings Market3.7 Key Manufacturers Architectural Glass Coatings Product Offered3.8 Mergers & Acquisitions, Expansion Plans

    4 Market Size by Type4.1 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Historic Market Review by Type (2015-2020)4.1.2 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Sales Market Share by Type (2015-2020)4.1.3 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Revenue Market Share by Type (2015-2020)4.1.4 Architectural Glass Coatings Price by Type (2015-2020)4.1 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Market Estimates and Forecasts by Type (2021-2026)4.2.2 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Sales Forecast by Type (2021-2026)4.2.3 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Revenue Forecast by Type (2021-2026)4.2.4 Architectural Glass Coatings Price Forecast by Type (2021-2026)

    5 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Market Size by Application5.1 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Historic Market Review by Application (2015-2020)5.1.2 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Sales Market Share by Application (2015-2020)5.1.3 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Revenue Market Share by Application (2015-2020)5.1.4 Architectural Glass Coatings Price by Application (2015-2020)5.2 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Market Estimates and Forecasts by Application (2021-2026)5.2.2 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Sales Forecast by Application (2021-2026)5.2.3 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Revenue Forecast by Application (2021-2026)5.2.4 Architectural Glass Coatings Price Forecast by Application (2021-2026)

    6 North America6.1 North America Architectural Glass Coatings Breakdown Data by Company6.2 North America Architectural Glass Coatings Breakdown Data by Type6.3 North America Architectural Glass Coatings Breakdown Data by Application6.4 North America Architectural Glass Coatings Breakdown Data by Countries6.4.1 North America Architectural Glass Coatings Sales by Countries6.4.2 North America Architectural Glass Coatings Revenue by Countries6.4.3 U.S.6.4.4 Canada

    7 Europe7.1 Europe Architectural Glass Coatings Breakdown Data by Company7.2 Europe Architectural Glass Coatings Breakdown Data by Type7.3 Europe Architectural Glass Coatings Breakdown Data by Application7.4 Europe Architectural Glass Coatings Breakdown Data by Countries7.4.1 Europe Architectural Glass Coatings Sales by Countries7.4.2 Europe Architectural Glass Coatings Revenue by Countries7.4.3 Germany7.4.4 France7.4.5 U.K.7.4.6 Italy7.4.7 Russia

    8 Asia Pacific8.1 Asia Pacific Architectural Glass Coatings Breakdown Data by Company8.2 Asia Pacific Architectural Glass Coatings Breakdown Data by Type8.3 Asia Pacific Architectural Glass Coatings Breakdown Data by Application8.4 Asia Pacific Architectural Glass Coatings Breakdown Data by Regions8.4.1 Asia Pacific Architectural Glass Coatings Sales by Regions8.4.2 Asia Pacific Architectural Glass Coatings Revenue by Regions8.4.3 China8.4.4 Japan8.4.5 South Korea8.4.6 India8.4.7 Australia8.4.8 Taiwan8.4.9 Indonesia8.4.10 Thailand8.4.11 Malaysia8.4.12 Philippines8.4.13 Vietnam

    9 Latin America9.1 Latin America Architectural Glass Coatings Breakdown Data by Company9.2 Latin America Architectural Glass Coatings Breakdown Data by Type9.3 Latin America Architectural Glass Coatings Breakdown Data by Application9.4 Latin America Architectural Glass Coatings Breakdown Data by Countries9.4.1 Latin America Architectural Glass Coatings Sales by Countries9.4.2 Latin America Architectural Glass Coatings Revenue by Countries9.4.3 Mexico9.4.4 Brazil9.4.5 Argentina

    10 Middle East and Africa10.1 Middle East and Africa Architectural Glass Coatings Breakdown Data by Type10.2 Middle East and Africa Architectural Glass Coatings Breakdown Data by Application10.3 Middle East and Africa Architectural Glass Coatings Breakdown Data by Countries10.3.1 Middle East and Africa Architectural Glass Coatings Sales by Countries10.3.2 Middle East and Africa Architectural Glass Coatings Revenue by Countries10.3.3 Turkey10.3.4 Saudi Arabia10.3.5 U.A.E

    11 Company Profiles11.1 Ferro11.1.1 Ferro Corporation Information11.1.2 Ferro Business Overview11.1.3 Ferro Architectural Glass Coatings Sales, Revenue, Average Selling Price (ASP) and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.1.4 Ferro Architectural Glass Coatings Products and Services11.1.5 Ferro SWOT Analysis11.1.6 Ferro Recent Developments11.2 Arkema11.2.1 Arkema Corporation Information11.2.2 Arkema Business Overview11.2.3 Arkema Architectural Glass Coatings Sales, Revenue, Average Selling Price (ASP) and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.2.4 Arkema Architectural Glass Coatings Products and Services11.2.5 Arkema SWOT Analysis11.2.6 Arkema Recent Developments11.3 Fenzi11.3.1 Fenzi Corporation Information11.3.2 Fenzi Business Overview11.3.3 Fenzi Architectural Glass Coatings Sales, Revenue, Average Selling Price (ASP) and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.3.4 Fenzi Architectural Glass Coatings Products and Services11.3.5 Fenzi SWOT Analysis11.3.6 Fenzi Recent Developments11.4 AGC11.4.1 AGC Corporation Information11.4.2 AGC Business Overview11.4.3 AGC Architectural Glass Coatings Sales, Revenue, Average Selling Price (ASP) and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.4.4 AGC Architectural Glass Coatings Products and Services11.4.5 AGC SWOT Analysis11.4.6 AGC Recent Developments11.5 BASF11.5.1 BASF Corporation Information11.5.2 BASF Business Overview11.5.3 BASF Architectural Glass Coatings Sales, Revenue, Average Selling Price (ASP) and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.5.4 BASF Architectural Glass Coatings Products and Services11.5.5 BASF SWOT Analysis11.5.6 BASF Recent Developments11.6 KISHO11.6.1 KISHO Corporation Information11.6.2 KISHO Business Overview11.6.3 KISHO Architectural Glass Coatings Sales, Revenue, Average Selling Price (ASP) and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.6.4 KISHO Architectural Glass Coatings Products and Services11.6.5 KISHO SWOT Analysis11.6.6 KISHO Recent Developments11.7 Vitro11.7.1 Vitro Corporation Information11.7.2 Vitro Business Overview11.7.3 Vitro Architectural Glass Coatings Sales, Revenue, Average Selling Price (ASP) and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.7.4 Vitro Architectural Glass Coatings Products and Services11.7.5 Vitro SWOT Analysis11.7.6 Vitro Recent Developments11.8 Schott11.8.1 Schott Corporation Information11.8.2 Schott Business Overview11.8.3 Schott Architectural Glass Coatings Sales, Revenue, Average Selling Price (ASP) and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.8.4 Schott Architectural Glass Coatings Products and Services11.8.5 Schott SWOT Analysis11.8.6 Schott Recent Developments11.9 ICA11.9.1 ICA Corporation Information11.9.2 ICA Business Overview11.9.3 ICA Architectural Glass Coatings Sales, Revenue, Average Selling Price (ASP) and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.9.4 ICA Architectural Glass Coatings Products and Services11.9.5 ICA SWOT Analysis11.9.6 ICA Recent Developments11.10 Johnson Matthey11.10.1 Johnson Matthey Corporation Information11.10.2 Johnson Matthey Business Overview11.10.3 Johnson Matthey Architectural Glass Coatings Sales, Revenue, Average Selling Price (ASP) and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.10.4 Johnson Matthey Architectural Glass Coatings Products and Services11.10.5 Johnson Matthey SWOT Analysis11.10.6 Johnson Matthey Recent Developments11.11 HONY11.11.1 HONY Corporation Information11.11.2 HONY Business Overview11.11.3 HONY Architectural Glass Coatings Sales, Revenue, Average Selling Price (ASP) and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.11.4 HONY Architectural Glass Coatings Products and Services11.11.5 HONY SWOT Analysis11.11.6 HONY Recent Developments11.12 DECO GLAS11.12.1 DECO GLAS Corporation Information11.12.2 DECO GLAS Business Overview11.12.3 DECO GLAS Architectural Glass Coatings Sales, Revenue, Average Selling Price (ASP) and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.12.4 DECO GLAS Architectural Glass Coatings Products and Services11.12.5 DECO GLAS SWOT Analysis11.12.6 DECO GLAS Recent Developments11.13 FEW Chemicals11.13.1 FEW Chemicals Corporation Information11.13.2 FEW Chemicals Business Overview11.13.3 FEW Chemicals Architectural Glass Coatings Sales, Revenue, Average Selling Price (ASP) and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.13.4 FEW Chemicals Architectural Glass Coatings Products and Services11.13.5 FEW Chemicals SWOT Analysis11.13.6 FEW Chemicals Recent Developments11.14 ICD11.14.1 ICD Corporation Information11.14.2 ICD Business Overview11.14.3 ICD Architectural Glass Coatings Sales, Revenue, Average Selling Price (ASP) and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.14.4 ICD Architectural Glass Coatings Products and Services11.14.5 ICD SWOT Analysis11.14.6 ICD Recent Developments11.15 Premium Coatings11.15.1 Premium Coatings Corporation Information11.15.2 Premium Coatings Business Overview11.15.3 Premium Coatings Architectural Glass Coatings Sales, Revenue, Average Selling Price (ASP) and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.15.4 Premium Coatings Architectural Glass Coatings Products and Services11.15.5 Premium Coatings SWOT Analysis11.15.6 Premium Coatings Recent Developments11.16 UVCHEM11.16.1 UVCHEM Corporation Information11.16.2 UVCHEM Business Overview11.16.3 UVCHEM Architectural Glass Coatings Sales, Revenue, Average Selling Price (ASP) and Gross Margin (2015-2020)11.16.4 UVCHEM Architectural Glass Coatings Products and Services11.16.5 UVCHEM SWOT Analysis11.16.6 UVCHEM Recent Developments

    12 Value Chain and Sales Channels Analysis12.1 Architectural Glass Coatings Value Chain Analysis12.2 Sales Channels Analysis12.2.1 Architectural Glass Coatings Sales Channels12.2.2 Architectural Glass Coatings Distributors12.3 Architectural Glass Coatings Customers

    13 Estimates and Projections by Regions (2021-2026)13.1 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Sales Forecast (2021-2026)13.1.1 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Sales Forecast by Regions (2021-2026)13.1.2 Global Architectural Glass Coatings Revenue Forecast by Regions (2021-2026)13.2 North America Market Size Forecast (2021-2026)13.2.1 North America Architectural Glass Coatings Sales Forecast (2021-2026)13.2.2 North America Architectural Glass Coatings Revenue Forecast (2021-2026)13.2.3 North America Architectural Glass Coatings Size Forecast by County (2021-2026)13.3 Europe Market Size Forecast (2021-2026)13.3.1 Europe Architectural Glass Coatings Sales Forecast (2021-2026)13.3.2 Europe Architectural Glass Coatings Revenue Forecast (2021-2026)13.3.3 Europe Architectural Glass Coatings Size Forecast by County (2021-2026)13.4 Asia Pacific Market Size Forecast (2021-2026)13.4.1 Asia Pacific Architectural Glass Coatings Sales Forecast (2021-2026)13.4.2 Asia Pacific Architectural Glass Coatings Revenue Forecast (2021-2026)13.4.3 Asia Pacific Architectural Glass Coatings Size Forecast by Region (2021-2026)13.5 Latin America Market Size Forecast (2021-2026)13.5.1 Latin America Architectural Glass Coatings Sales Forecast (2021-2026)13.5.2 Latin America Architectural Glass Coatings Revenue Forecast (2021-2026)13.5.3 Latin America Architectural Glass Coatings Size Forecast by County (2021-2026)13.6 Middle East and Africa Market Forecast13.6.1 Middle East and Africa Architectural Glass Coatings Sales Forecast (2021-2026)13.6.2 Middle East and Africa Architectural Glass Coatings Revenue Forecast (2021-2026)13.6.3 Middle East and Africa Architectural Glass Coatings Size Forecast by County (2021-2026)

    14 Research Findings and Conclusion

    15 Appendix15.1 Research Methodology15.1.1 Methodology/Research Approach15.1.2 Data Source15.2 Author Details15.3 Disclaimer

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    Slow and steady: Office leaders in no hurry to rush back to work – Buffalo News - May 24, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    About 800 employees based at Rich Products Corp.'s Niagara Street headquarters received a company email Wednesday meant to allay fears and uncertainty.

    Office workers at the Buffalo-based food products company would continue to work from home through at least Labor Day regardless of whether the state clears offices to reopen as soon as June 1.

    The company, which has invested heavily in technology, operated remotely during the past two months "without hardly missing a beat," said spokesman Dwight Gram.

    Executives want to take their time.

    "We just dont see any reason to rush our folks back into the office," Gram said. "Taking any undue risk at this point is simply not prudent."

    They're not alone. Last Friday, Independent Health Association set the same September timeframe, while M&T Bank Corp. and law firm Hodgson Russ LLP are aiming for mid-June at the earliest. Geico spokesman Kevin Walker said the insurer doesn't plan to resume office operations for its 3,000 Amherst employees "for at least several more months."

    Others are taking it one step at a time, setting no date but preferring to keep workers out of the office, while taking advantage of the surprising success many have seen with a remote workforce.

    "Weve been very successful, with no business interruption. Weve been able to service our customers and members," said Independent Health Chief Risk Officer Anne O'Neill. "If theres no business need, why would we reverse that, given the concern for our employees' health and safety and the community responsibility."

    A corner meeting room at Rich Products corporate office building on Niagara Street in Buffalo in 2019. (Robert Kirkham/News file photo)

    It's a stark contrast from other industries and one that draws a sharp line between workers who can connect via technology and those who must be on site to work.

    Many construction and manufacturing sites reopened this week in Western New York, after weeks of demanding that restrictions be loosened. Retail stores are also impatient to get back to customers.

    But some workers in commercial offices say they are in no hurry to rush back to their desks, cubicles and conference rooms, even if the state gives them clearance to do so in the next two weeks as part of the state's second phase of reopening.

    From the region's banking and financial services companies to law firms, architects and other professionals, office leaders say they want to proceed cautiously to give them more time to implement changes.

    They also hope that conditions will improve.

    "We want to make sure that we get it right when we return to the office," said M&T spokesman C. Michael Zabel.

    Many of the workers have been out of the office since mid-March even before Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo ordered most offices to close to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.

    "Weve seen incredible transformation across our company as these last few months have unfolded," Gram said.

    Several employers say they plan to bring workers back in phases. That will allow them to test new protocols and physical changes with a small number of people.

    "Were going to make sure we come back in a smart way," said Matt Dates, business practice leader for Buffalo at CannonDesign, one of the region's largest architectural and design firms, with 1,000 employees in 19 offices nationwide, including 180 at its Buffalo headquarters.

    Executives say they recognize that many employees may be reluctant to return too soon, either because of their own fears or because they may have loved ones who are at higher risk with Covid-19. There are also childcare or elder-care needs, since schools, summer camps and adult activities have been scaled back.

    "Our ability to work remotely is allowing us to manage those special circumstances very effectively," said Rick Kennedy, managing partner, president and CEO of Hodgson Russ. "So were not rushing people back into the office simply because the government says we can reopen."

    Tim Hurley, vice president of sales for Millington Lockwood, an office interiors and furniture company in Cheektowaga, said his company is evaluating which jobs require more office time and which ones don't.

    "There's some people here that really could work remotely and be just as effective in their job," Hurley said.

    Employers are also planning for new policies around safety, as well as physical changes to ensure more social distancing. They expect a combination of health screenings, masks, reconfigured seating, new plexiglass or other barriers, changes to traffic flow and reduced capacity.

    "An open office is great for communication, but terrible for a pandemic. How do you mix those two?" Dates said. "Its a challenging situation."

    How much is done, they say, depends on how soon the return occurs. A blend of on-site and remote working is also likely to continue.

    Several executives said they're reviewing how shared spaces are used in offices as workers return. (Robert Kirkham/News file photo)

    "It does give us time to be able to really think through those plans in detail over this summer," O'Neill said. "Thats another benefit of having a longer-term plan to stay at work from home, so that you can track and monitor the necessity of all those restrictions."

    Several companies, however, said workers won't return to what was in place before.

    "The reality is we cant think about going back in the traditional sense," Gram said.

    Banks are some of the biggest users of office space in the region, not even counting their branches. Some indicated they are in no rush to bring their employees back.

    About 90% of M&T Bank's employees are working from home, and the bank will maintain that policy through at least mid-June, said Julia Berchou, an M&T spokeswoman.

    KeyBank has started planning for its workers to return. For now, only some Key employees are reporting to offices as needed for essential operations, but the bank is trying to limit that as much as possible, said Matt Pitts, a Key spokesman.

    "Once we are cleared to return to our worksites, all of our subsequent decisions will be made with the health and safety of teammates and clients being our main focus," Pitts said.

    Citi's Getzville financial services operation has operated throughout the pandemic with about 98% of its employees working from home. Citi hasn't set a date for when the employees will return, but said it will follow guidance provided by the county.

    At Hodgson, which is targeting a June 8 reopening for its Albany, Buffalo and Saratoga Springs offices, the firm is "fairly far along in preparing plans," Kennedy said. As much as possible, he said, the firm will keep its lawyers and support staff working from home, "unless it's necessary for them to return."

    It is also planning physical changes, particularly at its Guaranty Building headquarters which the firm owns. Besides using partitions and personal protective equipment, he said, the company is considering touchless faucets, enhanced air quality control systems and new door handles. They are also evaluating how to manage traffic and gatherings, such as minimizing the number of people in an elevator or stairwell at one time, or how many people use the bathrooms at the same time.

    Strategic Financial Solutions opened its Amherst offices in 2017. (Sharon Cantillon/News file photo)

    At Strategic Financial Solutions in Amherst, where 500 employees have been working remotely since March, the company will welcome back employees who want to return first, said Gary Foodim, chief marketing officer.

    Strategic intends to learn from their experiences and then open to more workers. The layout will change, too. Cubicles will be further apart and employees won't sit across from each other.

    "We were one of the first ones to go totally remote," Foodim said, "and we wont be the first ones to be back in the office."

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    Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) market worldwide is projected to grow by US$81.5 Billion – GlobeNewswire - May 24, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    New York, May 22, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Reportlinker.com announces the release of the report "Global Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Industry" - https://www.reportlinker.com/p05443565/?utm_source=GNW Poised to reach over US$108.5 Billion by the year 2025, Road will bring in healthy gains adding significant momentum to global growth.

    - Representing the developed world, the United States will maintain a 5.6% growth momentum. Within Europe, which continues to remain an important element in the world economy, Germany will add over US$2.9 Billion to the regions size and clout in the next 5 to 6 years. Over US$2.5 Billion worth of projected demand in the region will come from Rest of Europe markets. In Japan, Road will reach a market size of US$5.5 Billion by the close of the analysis period. As the worlds second largest economy and the new game changer in global markets, China exhibits the potential to grow at 9.6% over the next couple of years and add approximately US$22 Billion in terms of addressable opportunity for the picking by aspiring businesses and their astute leaders. Presented in visually rich graphics are these and many more need-to-know quantitative data important in ensuring quality of strategy decisions, be it entry into new markets or allocation of resources within a portfolio. Several macroeconomic factors and internal market forces will shape growth and development of demand patterns in emerging countries in Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Middle East. All research viewpoints presented are based on validated engagements from influencers in the market, whose opinions supersede all other research methodologies.

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    GLOBAL NAVIGATION SATELLITE SYSTEM (GNSS) MCP-1MARKET ANALYSIS, TRENDS, AND FORECASTS, MAY 2CONTENTS

    I. INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY & REPORT SCOPE

    II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

    1. MARKET OVERVIEW Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS): A Prelude GPS, GLONASS, Beidou/BDS, Galileo and NAVIC: A Comparison of GNSS Platforms Recent Market Activity Economic Benefits Offered Create Conducive Environment for Wider Proliferation Expanded Use Case & Wide Addressable Market Keep Market Momentum Intact High Tide in Satellite Services Sector Lends Platform for Market Growth Global Positioning System (GPS): The Widely Adopted GNSS Platform Full-Fledged Roll Out of GPS III to Further Augment Commercial Use of GPS Developed Regions: Key Revenue Contributors High-Growth Opportunities in Developing Regions Bright Prospects Ahead for GNSS Solutions Market Global Competitor Market Shares Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Competitor Market Share Scenario Worldwide (in %): 2020 & 2029 Impact of Covid-19 and a Looming Global Recession 2. FOCUS ON SELECT PLAYERS Avidyne Corporation (USA) Collins Aerospace (USA) FEI-Zyfer, Inc. (USA) Furuno USA, Inc. (USA) Garmin International, Inc. (USA) Hemisphere GNSS Inc. (Canada) Hexagon AB (Sweden) Leica Geosystems AG (Switzerland) NovAtel, Inc. (Canada) KVH Industries, Inc. (USA) L3Harris Technologies, Inc. (USA) Microsemi Corporation (USA) MiTAC International Corporation (Taiwan) Magellan Navigation, Inc. (USA) Mio Technology Benelux N.V. (Belgium) Navman New Zealand (New Zealand) NavCom Technology, Inc. (USA) Navico, Inc. (USA) Orolia Group (France) Raytheon Company (USA) TomTom International B.V. (The Netherlands) Topcon Corporation (Japan) Trimble Navigation Limited (USA) 3. MARKET TRENDS & DRIVERS Road Applications: Important End-Use Category for GNSS Solutions As Satellite Navigation Becomes a Core Technology Block for Connected Car Systems & Autonomous Driving, Automotive Industry Emerges as a Key Revenue Pocket Intelligent Highway & ITS Favor Adoption of GNSS Expanding Role of Telematics in Fleet Management & Asset Tracking Augurs Well Driverless Cars: A Bright Prospect for High-End GNSS Systems Mining Entities Prefer GNSS for Machine Control Applications GNSS Gains Prominence in Infrastructure Development & Road Construction Increased Uptake of LBS Propagates Huge Growth Opportunities Advanced Surveying/Mapping Technologies Widen Scope & Span of GNSS Integration of GNSS Improves Architectural Survey Process Growing Lenience towards GIS Instigates New Opportunities for GNSS Aviation: A Niche End-Use Market for GNSS Healthy Commercial Aviation Outlook Bodes Well Rise of Unmanned Aircraft Extends New Set of Opportunities GNSS Extends its Proficiency in Marine Applications As Well Military & Defense: The Traditional Application Segment for GNSS/GPS Devices GNSS Continues to be a Specialized Tool for Timing Applications GNSS Assumes Critical Importance in Agriculture Sector Precision Farming Programs Lend Platform for GNSS in Agriculture Sector GNSS Emerges as Viable Tool for Georeferencing GNSS for Ecology & Geology Study Programs GNSS Seeks to Emerge as Disaster Prediction Tool GPS and HazMat Tracking - A Critical Use GNSS Makes Huge Progress in Mobile Devices Convergence with Smartphones: The Path-breaking Development for GNSS Handheld GNSS/GPS Devices Gain Mass Market Appeal Smart GPS Devices Outwit Traditional GPS Units - Attract New Opportunities Traditional GNSS Device Manufacturers Focus on Innovations amid Growing Competition from Smartphones Fitness & Sports: Fast Emerging Application Areas Technology Developments: The Lifeline for Commercial GPS Devices High-Precision Receivers Elevate Performance of GPS Augmentation Technologies Enhance Geographic Reach & Reliability of GPS Growing Availability and Declining Device Prices Provide Growth Impetus Availability of Economical GPS Chips Boost Commercial Application Affordable GPS Devices Rise in Popularity Wireless Connectivity Drives GPS Market 4. GLOBAL MARKET PERSPECTIVE Table 1: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Global Market Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Million by Region/Country: 2020-2027 Table 2: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Global Retrospective Market Scenario in US$ Million by Region/Country: 2012-2019 Table 3: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Shift across Key Geographies Worldwide: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 4: Road (Application) Global Opportunity Assessment in US$ Million by Region/Country: 2020-2027 Table 5: Road (Application) Historic Sales Analysis in US$ Million by Region/Country: 2012-2019 Table 6: Road (Application) Percentage Share Breakdown of Global Sales by Region/Country: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 7: Location-based Services (LBS) (Application) Worldwide Sales in US$ Million by Region/Country: 2020-2027 Table 8: Location-based Services (LBS) (Application) Historic Demand Patterns in US$ Million by Region/Country: 2012-2019 Table 9: Location-based Services (LBS) (Application) Market Share Shift across Key Geographies: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 10: Survey/Mapping (Application) Global Market Estimates & Forecasts in US$ Million by Region/Country: 2020-2027 Table 11: Survey/Mapping (Application) Retrospective Demand Analysis in US$ Million by Region/Country: 2012-2019 Table 12: Survey/Mapping (Application) Market Share Breakdown by Region/Country: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 13: Other Applications (Application) Demand Potential Worldwide in US$ Million by Region/Country: 2020-2027 Table 14: Other Applications (Application) Historic Sales Analysis in US$ Million by Region/Country: 2012-2019 Table 15: Other Applications (Application) Share Breakdown Review by Region/Country: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 III. MARKET ANALYSIS GEOGRAPHIC MARKET ANALYSIS UNITED STATES Market Facts & Figures US Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share (in %) by Company: 2020 & 2025 Market Analytics Table 16: United States Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Latent Demand Forecasts in US$ Million by Application: 2020 to 2027 Table 17: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Historic Demand Patterns in the United States by Application in US$ Million for 2012-2019 Table 18: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Breakdown in the United States by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 CANADA Table 19: Canadian Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Quantitative Demand Analysis in US$ Million by Application: 2020 to 2027 Table 20: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in Canada: Summarization of Historic Demand Patterns in US$ Million by Application for 2012-2019 Table 21: Canadian Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Analysis by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 JAPAN Table 22: Japanese Demand Estimates and Forecasts for Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) in US$ Million by Application: 2020 to 2027 Table 23: Japanese Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in US$ Million by Application: 2012-2019 Table 24: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Shift in Japan by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 CHINA Table 25: Chinese Demand for Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) in US$ Million by Application: 2020 to 2027 Table 26: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Review in China in US$ Million by Application: 2012-2019 Table 27: Chinese Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Breakdown by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 EUROPE Market Facts & Figures European Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market: Competitor Market Share Scenario (in %) for 2020 & 2025 Market Analytics Table 28: European Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Demand Scenario in US$ Million by Region/Country: 2020-2027 Table 29: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in Europe: A Historic Market Perspective in US$ Million by Region/Country for the Period 2012-2019 Table 30: European Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Shift by Region/Country: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 31: European Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Addressable Market Opportunity in US$ Million by Application: 2020-2027 Table 32: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in Europe: Summarization of Historic Demand in US$ Million by Application for the Period 2012-2019 Table 33: European Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Analysis by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 FRANCE Table 34: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Quantitative Demand Analysis in France in US$ Million by Application: 2020-2027 Table 35: French Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Historic Market Review in US$ Million by Application: 2012-2019 Table 36: French Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Analysis: A 17-Year Perspective by Application for 2012, 2020, and 2027 GERMANY Table 37: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in Germany: Annual Sales Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Million by Application for the Period 2020-2027 Table 38: German Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in Retrospect in US$ Million by Application: 2012-2019 Table 39: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Distribution in Germany by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 ITALY Table 40: Italian Demand for Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) in US$ Million by Application: 2020 to 2027 Table 41: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Review in Italy in US$ Million by Application: 2012-2019 Table 42: Italian Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Breakdown by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 UNITED KINGDOM Table 43: United Kingdom Demand Estimates and Forecasts for Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) in US$ Million by Application: 2020 to 2027 Table 44: United Kingdom Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in US$ Million by Application: 2012-2019 Table 45: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Shift in the United Kingdom by Application: 2012 VS 2VS 2027 SPAIN Table 46: Spanish Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Quantitative Demand Analysis in US$ Million by Application: 2020 to 2027 Table 47: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in Spain: Summarization of Historic Demand Patterns in US$ Million by Application for 2012-2019 Table 48: Spanish Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Analysis by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 RUSSIA Table 49: Russian Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Latent Demand Forecasts in US$ Million by Application: 2020 to 2027 Table 50: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Historic Demand Patterns in Russia by Application in US$ Million for 2012-2019 Table 51: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Breakdown in Russia by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 REST OF EUROPE Table 52: Rest of Europe Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Addressable Market Opportunity in US$ Million by Application: 2020-2027 Table 53: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in Rest of Europe: Summarization of Historic Demand in US$ Million by Application for the Period 2012-2019 Table 54: Rest of Europe Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Analysis by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 ASIA-PACIFIC Table 55: Asia-Pacific Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Million by Region/Country: 2020-2027 Table 56: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in Asia-Pacific: Historic Market Analysis in US$ Million by Region/Country for the Period 2012-2019 Table 57: Asia-Pacific Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Analysis by Region/Country: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 Table 58: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Quantitative Demand Analysis in Asia-Pacific in US$ Million by Application: 2020-2027 Table 59: Asia-Pacific Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Historic Market Review in US$ Million by Application: 2012-2019 Table 60: Asia-Pacific Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Analysis: A 17-Year Perspective by Application for 2012, 2020, and 2027 AUSTRALIA Table 61: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in Australia: Annual Sales Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Million by Application for the Period 2020-2027 Table 62: Australian Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in Retrospect in US$ Million by Application: 2012-2019 Table 63: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Distribution in Australia by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 INDIA Table 64: Indian Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Quantitative Demand Analysis in US$ Million by Application: 2020 to 2027 Table 65: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in India: Summarization of Historic Demand Patterns in US$ Million by Application for 2012-2019 Table 66: Indian Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Analysis by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 SOUTH KOREA Table 67: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in South Korea: Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis in US$ Million by Application for the Period 2020-2027 Table 68: South Korean Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Historic Market Analysis in US$ Million by Application: 2012-2019 Table 69: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Distribution in South Korea by Application: 2012 VS 2VS 2027 REST OF ASIA-PACIFIC Table 70: Rest of Asia-Pacific Demand Estimates and Forecasts for Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) in US$ Million by Application: 2020 to 2027 Table 71: Rest of Asia-Pacific Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in US$ Million by Application: 2012-2019 Table 72: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Shift in Rest of Asia-Pacific by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 LATIN AMERICA Table 73: Latin American Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Trends by Region/Country in US$ Million: 2020-2027 Table 74: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in Latin America in US$ Million by Region/Country: A Historic Perspective for the Period 2012-2019 Table 75: Latin American Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Percentage Breakdown of Sales by Region/Country: 2012, 2020, and 2027 Table 76: Latin American Demand for Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) in US$ Million by Application: 2020 to 2027 Table 77: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Review in Latin America in US$ Million by Application: 2012-2019 Table 78: Latin American Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Breakdown by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 ARGENTINA Table 79: Argentinean Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Addressable Market Opportunity in US$ Million by Application: 2020-2027 Table 80: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in Argentina: Summarization of Historic Demand in US$ Million by Application for the Period 2012-2019 Table 81: Argentinean Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Analysis by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 BRAZIL Table 82: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Quantitative Demand Analysis in Brazil in US$ Million by Application: 2020-2027 Table 83: Brazilian Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Historic Market Review in US$ Million by Application: 2012-2019 Table 84: Brazilian Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Analysis: A 17-Year Perspective by Application for 2012, 2020, and 2027 MEXICO Table 85: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in Mexico: Annual Sales Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Million by Application for the Period 2020-2027 Table 86: Mexican Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in Retrospect in US$ Million by Application: 2012-2019 Table 87: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Distribution in Mexico by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 REST OF LATIN AMERICA Table 88: Rest of Latin America Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Latent Demand Forecasts in US$ Million by Application: 2020 to 2027 Table 89: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Historic Demand Patterns in Rest of Latin America by Application in US$ Million for 2012-2019 Table 90: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Breakdown in Rest of Latin America by Application: 2VS 2020 VS 2027 MIDDLE EAST Table 91: The Middle East Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Million by Region/Country: 2020-2027 Table 92: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in the Middle East by Region/Country in US$ Million: 2012-2019 Table 93: The Middle East Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Breakdown by Region/Country: 2012, 2020, and 2027 Table 94: The Middle East Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Quantitative Demand Analysis in US$ Million by Application: 2020 to 2027 Table 95: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in the Middle East: Summarization of Historic Demand Patterns in US$ Million by Application for 2012-2019 Table 96: The Middle East Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Analysis by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 IRAN Table 97: Iranian Demand Estimates and Forecasts for Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) in US$ Million by Application: 2020 to 2027 Table 98: Iranian Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in US$ Million by Application: 2012-2019 Table 99: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Shift in Iran by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 ISRAEL Table 100: Israeli Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Addressable Market Opportunity in US$ Million by Application: 2020-2027 Table 101: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in Israel: Summarization of Historic Demand in US$ Million by Application for the Period 2012-2019 Table 102: Israeli Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Analysis by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 SAUDI ARABIA Table 103: Saudi Arabian Demand for Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) in US$ Million by Application: 2020 to 2027 Table 104: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Review in Saudi Arabia in US$ Million by Application: 2012-2019 Table 105: Saudi Arabian Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Breakdown by Application: 2012 VS 2020 VS 2027 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Table 106: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in the United Arab Emirates: Recent Past, Current and Future Analysis in US$ Million by Application for the Period 2020-2027 Table 107: United Arab Emirates Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Historic Market Analysis in US$ Million by Application: 2012-2019 Table 108: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Distribution in United Arab Emirates by Application: 2VS 2020 VS 2027 REST OF MIDDLE EAST Table 109: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in Rest of Middle East: Annual Sales Estimates and Forecasts in US$ Million by Application for the Period 2020-2027 Table 110: Rest of Middle East Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market in Retrospect in US$ Million by Application: 2012-2019 Table 111: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Distribution in Rest of Middle East by Application: 2VS 2020 VS 2027 AFRICA Table 112: African Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Latent Demand Forecasts in US$ Million by Application: 2020 to 2027 Table 113: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Historic Demand Patterns in Africa by Application in US$ Million for 2012-2019 Table 114: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Market Share Breakdown in 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    SAN FRANCISCO, May 7, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The global architectural lighting marketsize is expected to reach USD 12.2 billion by 2027, expanding at a CAGR of 6.1% over the forecast period, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. The market is expected to witness significant growth owing to rising demand for aesthetic lights for decorating homes and commercial spaces such as offices, malls, shops, restaurants, and hotels. Furthermore, the transition of lighting bulbs from fluorescent to LEDs provides flexibility to a lighting designer in creating a variety of lighting fixtures for commercial and residential building. This, in turn, is accelerating the adoption of architectural lights among interior designers. The architectural lights also help to highlight each corner and space of a large room, such as museum, movie theater, restaurant, and office by accentuating the aesthetics of interior and exterior of the building. This, in turn, is driving the market over the forecast period.

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    Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update – JD Supra - May 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    This is a current status report on a number of key items, including several changes since our April 30, 2020 update. We will continue to update this list, which may change as new information becomes available.

    State and City Government General

    With limited exceptions, all Philadelphia government buildings are closed to the public, and all non-essential government operations are suspended.

    Pursuant to a March 19 order, updated on March 24, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered all non-life sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations and to remain closed until further notice. The list of life sustaining and non-life sustaining businesses is available here. These non-life sustaining businesses will be allowed to open on a phased, regional basis beginning May 8. Certain construction related businesses, however, were permitted to reopen beginning May 1, as described in the Governors guidance. More information about the Governors phased approach can be found here.

    Until businesses are allowed to reopen, state agencies and local officials have been instructed to take enforcement actions against all non-life sustaining businesses that are not compliant. These enforcement actions include citations, fines, license suspensions, or criminal charges, along with the forfeiture of any applicable disaster relief, and the termination of State or grant funding, including Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project funding.

    In response to the Governors order, the Mayor of Philadelphia issued a City order, available here. The City order prohibits the operation of non-essential businesses and defines the terms essential and non-essential. The order also states that businesses performing Essential Governmental Functions need not obtain an exemption from the State to continue work. On April 29, the Mayor issued a subsequent Executive Order allowing for the resumption of construction throughout Philadelphia for projects with a building permit issued on or before March 20. Construction sites permitted to resume construction must practice social distancing and prioritize the health and safety of their workers, as described in the Mayors April 29, 2020 Executive Order. Construction requirements are discussed in greater detail below.

    Public Meetings

    Although some previously scheduled Philadelphia public hearings remain postponed, including meetings of the Zoning Board of Adjustment and Civic Design Review Committee, several agencies have begun to resume meetings virtually, such as the Art Commission, Planning Commission, and Historical Commission. On April 20 Governor Wolf signed into law Act 15, which allows public meetings and hearings to take place virtually.

    Under Act 15, local agencies may conduct public meetings or hearings through an authorized telecommunications device that allows, at a minimum, audio communication between individuals. The local agency must notify the public of the proceeding and allow for public participation to the extent practicable, with questions or comments submitted via e-mail or postal mail.

    Notably, Act 15 does not require local agencies to conduct virtual meetings, and municipalities retain their discretion to proceed with such meetings. If an applicant submits a request for a meeting and an agency does proceed, the applicant and parties receiving notice of the proceeding are deemed to have waived any challenge to the proceeding under laws governing notice or participation in the meeting. In Philadelphia, it is not clear if Act 15 covers meetings convened by Registered Community Organizations (RCOs), which are required under the Philadelphia Code to hold public meetings as part of the Civic Design Review and Zoning Board of Adjustment processes. The current RCO meeting requirement is holding up many midsize to large projects in Philadelphia, even those that are as-of-right under the Philadelphia Zoning Code.

    Tolling of Deadlines

    Act 15 also hits the pause button on municipal approvals, tollingfor a 30 day periodthe number of days otherwise provided by law to satisfy statutory time limits. Specifically, time limits for reviews, hearings and decisions are suspended as of the date of the COVID-19 emergency declaration, or as of the date an application is received during the emergency. Time limits will resume 30 days after the effective date of Act 15. This suspension of deadlines applies to the expirations of zoning and building permits, as well as the deadlines for municipal agencies to act on applications before they are automatically deemed to have been approved.

    Lastly, due to the COVID-19 emergency, the City has also suspended the deadlines for all pending and incoming Right-To-Know requests until normal operations resume. Urgent Right-To-Know inquiries may be directed to Feige Grundman at feige.grundman@phila.gov. The inquiry should include an explanation detailing the urgent need for the information and a request that the relevant department, agency or office continue to review the inquiry during the period of official emergency declaration.

    Construction

    Pursuant to the Governors order, all construction and construction-related businesses in Pennsylvania were required to shut down their physical locations until further notice. Starting May 1, construction-related businesses were allowed to reopen in accordance with Governor Wolfs orders. Upon restarting, businesses must adhere to safety guidelines issued by Pennsylvanias Secretary of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. Construction in Philadelphia must adhere to the additional guidance issued by the Mayor on April 29 which is briefly summarized below. More information about the restart of construction can be found here, and the Mayors Executive Order regarding construction can be found here.

    Notably, the Mayors Executive Order establishes more stringent controls on the Governors statewide guidance. Unlike the Governors guidance, the Executive Order only authorizes construction for projects with a building or demolition permit issued on or before March 20, 2020. This authorization includes projects that had a foundation permit issued on or before March 20. If a project fits into this category, all subsequent and tangential permits related to the project can be issued and contractors may thereafter proceed with work. Construction may not, however, commence where a project had neither a foundation permit nor a building permit on or before March 20.

    The Executive Order also prohibits certain types of construction. For example, no work is permitted on the interior of occupied residential structures, including work within any occupied dwelling unit or within any shared common area in multi-family buildings, except for certain emergency repairs. Also, no underpinning work, demolition of attached structures, or projects that require the support of an existing party wall is permitted, unless authorized by the L&I Commissioner.

    If a construction project is allowed to commence under the Executive Order, work may only occur between the hours of 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM on Mondays through Fridays. Work at other times is prohibited, except in emergency situations. No weekend work is permitted under the Order. However, the City is expected to issue guidance that construction involving healthcare facilities, critical infrastructure, or emergencies will not be subject to the restricted periods of authorized work. More detailed information from L&I is available here and here.

    All authorized work must conform to the requirements of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health issued on April 15, 2020 (regarding business safety measures for in-person operations) and April 5, 2020 (regarding building safety measures), all applicable guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (including the April 8, 2020 guidance regarding critical infrastructure workers who may have been exposed to COVID-19), and the Governors April 23, 2020 guidance (regarding construction industry operations). Also, Philadelphias Water Department must be notified of the project at pwd.planreview@phila.gov.

    L&I is tracking all stop work orders issued for non-compliant work sites and will pursue action against non-compliant license holders. Failure to comply with the Citys order will result in the issuance of violations and corresponding fines of up to $3,000 per day of violation, the suspension or revocation of the contractors license, a referral to Commonwealth authorities, and any other remedies available under law.

    Emergency repairs to ensure the safety of a building and habitability of an occupied residence may continue as long as permission is obtained from the Department of Licenses and Inspections. The permission request must include the project address, permit number, the nature of the work, the time required, and the proposed safety provisions. Requests to perform structural work or weatherproofing should include site pictures and engineering reports about the needed construction. Contractors must also obtain a permit within three days of commencing any emergency repairs and replacements. Additional guidance can be found here.

    Furthermore, if a project is not authorized under the Mayors Executive Order, but a waiver or exemption was issued for the project, then construction may continue. However, construction must be limited to the scope of the waiver/exemption and L&I must be notified by e-mail, along with the Water Department.

    Also, the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry is suspending certain regulations related to building construction (where permitted), including but not limited to the expiration of asbestos professional licenses and lead professional certifications.

    Licenses and Inspections

    L&I employees working on zoning and building permits are generally telecommuting. L&Is online eCLIPSE permitting and licensing system has been live since mid-March. In general, all electronic applications are being processed under standard review times. Since the majority of applications are being processed in under 10 days, L&I has suspended accelerated review. Currently, L&I is in the final stages of processing all paper applications received before the shutdown. L&I guidance on obtaining permits for pre-eCLIPSE applications is available here. We have successfully obtained permits based on pre-eCLIPSE applications. If you have not received any information regarding your paper application, you should contact L&I at codeissues@phila.gov. All physical copies of issued permits will be held at the Municipal Services Building at 1401 JFK Boulevard until the City shutdown ends, but electronic copies will be made available, along with electronic billing statements. The Municipal Services Building also has a small security staff on site that is receiving mail deliveries to L&I during normal business hours, but visitation by the public is prohibited.

    L&I maintains a crew of inspectors who prioritize inspections based on the severity of building and safety issues. Crew members will also conduct inspections for compliance with violation orders. The Department requests that all inspections be scheduled through its Interactive Voice Recognition system (IVR). Instructions for IVR are available here. If a contractor needs to meet a critical deadline, he/she should e-mail L&I at codeissues@phila.gov.

    Notably, contractors will not be able to schedule inspections if their licenses are not up to date. To schedule an inspection, the contractor must update his/her insurance and tax clearance documents in eCLIPSE. To obtain a make safe permit for a dangerous building, an appointment must be scheduled with L&I. Instructions for requesting a make safe permit are available here.

    L&I has suspended the expiration of previously issued permits during the shutdown; applicants should disregard any automated notifications received in the meantime. Formal guidance will be issued in the coming days. L&I has also suspended all deadlines for filing appeals otherwise due after March 13. The time for filing appeals will likely be extended for two weeks in every instance where the original filing deadline would have fallen after March 13. The suspension of the appeal filing deadlines may be extended further at the discretion of the Chair of the License and Inspection Review Board. All appeals currently before the Board will be stayed until further notice unless the Board determines an emergency warrants immediate consideration. An emergency is defined as anything that immediately concerns public health, safety, and welfare.

    Anyone requesting an emergency hearing must complete an Emergency Hearing Appeal Form and submit it to michelle.rand@phila.gov, suletazba@gmail.com, kristin.bray@phila.gov, Joanna.klein@phila.gov, and lawcodeenforce@phila.gov. Upon receipt of the form, the Board will either deny the request or schedule an emergency hearing that will take place telephonically.

    Permit denials and the ability to appeal are currently available through eCLIPSE if the denial was issued after March 15. In addition, the Board of Building Standards and the Plumbing Advisory Board will begin holding hearings virtually starting in May. Participation in the hearings will be optional.

    Zoning Board of Adjustment

    All ZBA hearings through the end of May have been cancelled and will be rescheduled once the Board reopens, which will likely occur a few weeks after the City reopens. When the Board reopens, additional hearings will be scheduled to account for the backlog. In addition, the ZBA is suspending indefinitely all deadlines for filing appeals otherwise due after March 13.

    Some Registered Community Organizations are meeting remotely. Other Registered Community Organizations do not appear to be holding meetings. RCOs will not be penalized for postponing community meetings after March 13. The RCOs are encouraged to work with developers to figure out an alternative to public meetings. At this time, the City will not be changing the statutory timelines for when a case must be heard by the ZBA. The Zoning Board will not, however, hear a variance or special exception case when an RCO meeting was not held due to the COVID-19 shutdown period. However, if an RCO meeting is held, it is still uncertain when the subsequent ZBA hearing will take place. Furthermore, at this time, it is not clear when the statutory 45-day RCO consultation period commences. We are hopeful that the City will provide guidance on this issue in the coming days.

    Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection/U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

    By order of Gov. Tom Wolf, Pennsylvania DEP offices throughout the Commonwealth remain closed. However, much of the regional staff is telecommuting and reachable in connection with inquiries on the status of pending environmental approvals/applications. The U.S. EPA remains open via telecommuting options, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also is reachable.

    Developers may have some flexibility in their efforts to comply with environmental laws, at least as far as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is concerned. Provided that good faith efforts are made to comply, and incidents of non-compliance are remedied and documented, EPAs latest enforcement guidelines offer some understandable relief as Companies struggle to comply with Covid-19 requirements. The policy should apply to enforcement of nearly all federal environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act and its NPDES Storm Water pre- and post-construction permit control requirements. The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has chosen to handle such matters on a case by case basis, requiring those who have failed to comply as a result of the Covid-19 crisis to submit an application for an enforcement waiver. Here is a link to our Environmental Groups e-alert on that topic. Here is a link to the previous Ballard Spahr e-alert discussing the EPA policy.

    On April 7, the PADEP announced guidance regarding Chapter 102 Earth Disturbance Permits. Only those permittees that are engaged in life sustaining businesses may continue to do move earth. Non-life sustaining business are directed to cease further site work, stabilize the site, and wait for contrary determinations. Ballard Spahrs Environmental Group has prepared an alert on that and other guidance announced by PADEP in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

    Linear Infrastructure Permitting

    A Federal District Court in Montana has invalidated US Army Corps of Engineers Nationwide Permit 12 because the Court found that the Corps did not, while reauthorizing the general permit in 2017, take into proper account the impact of use of the permit on certain endangered species. As a result, work on the Keystone XL Pipeline through areas of Montana has been impacted. The permit has been relied upon by developers of linear infrastructure projects, as it authorizes the filling of jurisdictional wetlands along the route of such developments as electric transmission projects, gas pipeline projects, rail projects, etc. The decision in Northern Plains Resource Council v. United States Army Corps of Engineers can be reviewed here, and has left developers of such projects scrambling to identify other Nationwide Permits that may be utilized to keep projects moving forward and avoid the need to seek individual wetland fill permits for work along the entire route.

    Permit Postings

    Zoning and building permits should still be posted on properties in the normal course, to the extent possible. Please contact our Zoning and Land Use Team for any assistance.

    Streets Department

    The Philadelphia Streets Department is focusing its essential personnel on emergency repairs, so inspections of existing projects may be delayed. At least some employees involved in plan approval currently are telecommuting and are actively monitoring projects. The Streets Department is actively working on preparing surveyors to review subdivision and lot line relocation plans remotely, although plans are not currently being reviewed. Plan Review Counter Submissions (Checklist #1) may be submitted online only through the L&I eCLIPSE system. All Plan Review Intake Submissions (Checklist #2/3/4) must be submitted electronically to StreetsROW.PlanReview@phila.gov. Developer Services Meetings deemed necessary by staff may be held remotely.

    Water Department

    The Water Departments offices are closed to the public; however, Private Development Services staff members are working remotely. Staff members are conducting stormwater plan reviews, utility plan reviews, water and sewer sign-offs, along with other reviews. Delays should be expected for all reviews. All general questions and meeting requests should be sent to pwd.planreview@phila.gov. Additional information can be found here.

    The Water Department is also granting time extensions to expiration dates for project permits and approvals impacted by the shutdown. Time extensions only apply to PWD-issued permits and approvals.

    Regular billing will continue, but PWD has waived late payment fees and suspended non-payment terminations for all customers. The termination freeze will remain in place until June 1.

    The Stormwater Incentives Team has extended the Stormwater Grant application deadline to July 1. The pre-application meeting deadline has been extended as well. The team encourages individuals to email all questions to PWDStormwaterCredits@phila.gov. The account is being monitored periodically, but delays are expected.

    Department of Records

    The Philadelphia Department of Records remains closed, but e-recording via third party vendors is still operating. Delays of five to seven business days may be expected.

    Department of Planning and Development

    The Department of Planning and Development has issued emergency regulations governing deemed approvals by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, the Philadelphia Historical Commission, the Philadelphia Art Commission, and their various committees, including the Civic Design Review Committee and the Sign Committee of the Art Commission. From March 18, through 60 days after the termination of the Mayors Emergency Order, the non-performance of review by these agencies, their respective Committees or staff, in connection with any applications, plans, materials or other documents will not constitute a deemed approval or a deemed denial of any such applications, plans, materials or documents subject to review.

    Philadelphia Historical Commission

    While the offices of the Philadelphia Historical Commission are closed, staff members are still working remotely. General inquiries, approvals, complaints, and nominations can be emailed to preservation@phila.gov. Staff members will review nominations for correctness and completeness and prepare them for processing for when the Commission is back in session. The staff can also review and approve most applications without referral to the Commission itself. Additional information can be found here.

    Requests for guidance on proposed construction projects should be emailed to preservation@phila.gov. The e-mail should include: the street address of the property, contact information for the person responsible for the project, the name of the property owner, a description of the proposal, photographs, architectural plans, and copies of any historic documentation.

    The Historical Commission is now meeting remotely. The Commissions monthly meeting will be held on May 8 at 9:00 AM. The Committee on Historic Designation will meet on May 20. The Architectural Committee will meet on May 26. Members of the public can watch or listen to the May 8 meeting via WebEx. During the meeting, there will be a public comment period. The public may submit comments either through WebEx or via email at preservation@phila.gov. More information about the meeting and the WebEx link can be found here.

    Philadelphia Art Commission

    Art Commission staff members are working remotely. Today, the Art Commission is scheduled to hold its first public meeting since the shutdown. Details about todays meeting and upcoming meetings can be found here.

    Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC)

    Staff members at the Planning Commission are working remotely, although, delays should be expected. Staff members are reviewing plans submitted on eCLIPSE and amendments to master plans. PCPC is working with L&I to develop a plan for requests for modifications to previous approvals. PCPC staff will provide comments on any proposed legislation, a draft of which should be sent to staff members; requesting parties should keep in mind that all legislation is subject to the discretion of City Council. Reviews of applications related to steep slopes, frontages, and landscapes are being completed in a timely manner. Reviews of applications related to watersheds or lot lines are delayed due to the inaccessibility of maps located in PCPCs offices. Staff members are also conducting Urban Design reviews through eCLIPSE. Loading waivers are being processed through e-mail, and staff members are available to provide preliminary Civic Design Review comments by email at CDR@phila.gov.

    The Planning Commission held a public, virtual meeting on April 30. Details about upcoming meetings can be found here. PCPC is still evaluating their plans for Civic Design Review Committee meetings because PCPC cannot compel Registered Community Organizations to hold community meetings during the current stay-at-home order. Although, PCPC is surveying RCOs to understand their current capacity.

    Courts

    On April 1, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania ordered that, except for certain essential functions, court facilities in all judicial districts in Pennsylvania shall be closed to the public through at least April 30 due to a statewide judicial emergency. The Supreme Court subsequently amended its order on April 28. The new order extends the statewide judicial emergency to June 1, but mandates that beginning May 4, unless otherwise provided by a local emergency order, Pennsylvania courts shall be open to conduct all court business, with certain caveats. Philadelphia county courts, however, are still under a local emergency order, and the First Judicial District will remain closed until May 29. As a result, in Philadelphia, all time calculations and deadlines are suspended through May 29. All evictions and ejectments are stayed, and PA Rules of Criminal Procedure 600(c), with respect to time calculations, is suspended. Commercial landlords may theoretically file ejectment actions but it is very unlikely that they would be able to secure a judgement prior to May 29.

    In addition, all Philadelphia Sheriffs Tax Sales and Mortgage Foreclosure Sales scheduled for May have been postponed to July. More information can be found here.

    See more here:
    Philadelphia Zoning, Land Use, and Construction COVID-19 Update - JD Supra

    Edited Transcript of TGLS earnings conference call or presentation 8-May-20 1:00pm GMT – Yahoo Finance - May 10, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Bogota May 9, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) -- Edited Transcript of Tecnoglass Inc earnings conference call or presentation Friday, May 8, 2020 at 1:00:00pm GMT

    * Christian T. Daes

    Tecnoglass Inc. - COO & Director

    Tecnoglass Inc. - CEO & Director

    Tecnoglass Inc. - CFO & Head of IR

    B. Riley FBR, Inc., Research Division - Analyst

    Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, Research Division - Senior Research Analyst

    Greetings, and welcome to the Tecnoglass Inc. First Quarter 2020 Conference Call. (Operator Instructions) As a reminder, this conference is being recorded.

    I would now like to turn the conference over to your host today, Rodny Nacier, Investor Relations. Thank you, sir. You may begin.

    Thank you for joining us for Tecnoglass' First Quarter 2020 Conference Call. A copy of the slide presentation to accompany this call may be obtained on the Investors section of the Tecnoglass website. Our speakers for today's call are Chief Executive Officer, Jos Manuel Daes; Chief Operating Officer, Chris Daes; and Chief Financial Officer, Santiago Giraldo.

    I'd like to remind everyone that matters discussed in this call, except for historical information, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including regarding future financial performance, future growth and future acquisitions. These statements are based on Tecnoglass' current expectations or beliefs and are subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances. Actual results may vary in a material nature from those expressed or implied by the statements herein due to changes in economic, business, competitive and/or regulatory factors and other risks and uncertainties affecting the operations of Tecnoglass' business. These risks, uncertainties and contingencies are indicated from time to time in Tecnoglass filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The information discussing -- discussed during the call is presented in light of such risks. Further, investors should keep in mind that Tecnoglass' financial results in any particular period may not be indicative of future results. Tecnoglass is under no obligation to and expressly disclaims any obligation to update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in assumptions or otherwise.

    I will now turn the call over to Jos Manuel, beginning on Slide #4.

    Jos Manuel Daes, Tecnoglass Inc. - CEO & Director [3]

    Thank you, Rodny, and thank you, everyone, for participating on today's call. To start, I would like to say that I'm incredibly proud of all of our team members who have shown such incredible strength in the face of adversity during the COVID-19 outbreak. Our thoughts are with all those impacted by this unfortunate situation. We are moving through unprecedented times, and our top priority is protecting the health and safety of our employees and others. Fortunately, all of our operations, along with most of our customers' operations in the U.S. and Latin America, have been deemed essential, and we continue to serve customers safely and responsibly.

    Looking at our first quarter results. We started the year tracking relatively in line with our plan in January and February. In March, as COVID-19 began to rapidly spread in many of our markets, the majority of national and local governments issued shelter-in-place orders. This impacted our invoicing activity into the end of the quarter with visibility on demand trends quickly becoming lessened. Our year-over-year sales performance also reflected an exceptionally strong prior year March, which Santiago will discuss in more detail.

    On the operational side, our teams delivered solid results. We produced our highest first quarter gross margin and adjusted EBITDA margin since 2016. Favorable raw material pricing and a higher mix of product revenue were the main reasons for the large improvement. We were also pleased to start realizing the benefits of our high-return automation initiatives. Our selling efforts remain focused on further penetrating key U.S. markets and gaining footholds in additional cities. In the quarter, 90% of our revenue and 89% of backlog was in the U.S. and our expansion in residential continued, representing 19% of our U.S. business over the past year.

    While the world has changed a lot since our last updated call, our diverse geographic footprint, lean cost structure and a strong balance sheet position give us confidence in our ability to continue winning business even in this uncertain environment. Over our 36-year history, we have successfully overcome difficult times. During the Great Recession of 2008, we grew the business and generated profits engineered to emerge as a much stronger company. I have full confidence in our ability to do so again this time.

    In our now larger and more vertical integrated platform, we are even better prepared to navigate through the current environment. While we are much bigger today, we still represent only around 1% of the U.S. architectural glass industry. So there remain many opportunities to capture revenue and gain share as demonstrated by our strong backlog. We expect to accelerate our advantages as the markets recover.

    We have a strong cash position and capital resources to face the bumpy road ahead. We are taking additional actions to improve our cost structure, cash flow and balance sheet to not only adapt our business to the current environment but also affect any structural changes that will help situate our business for long-term success as we emerge from this volatile period.

    I will now turn the call over to Chris to provide additional details on our COVID-19 response and backlog.

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    Christian T. Daes, Tecnoglass Inc. - COO & Director [4]

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    Thank you, Jos Manuel. Beginning with our COVID-19 response on Slide #5. Over the last couple of months, we have implemented a robust response plan and have also taken many proactive measures to strengthen our business and balance sheet as the global economy experiences the impact of COVID-19 pandemic. Similar to the U.S., in Colombia, there are stay-at-home orders still widely in effect. We are operating under a special inception granted to companies that support the construction and infrastructure sectors.

    As we continue to manufacture and install our critical products, in many cases, we have gone beyond guidelines from local governments and CDC to protect the well-being of our employees, customers and partners. We have implemented remote working policies, enhanced sanitation practices and minimized group gatherings, among other measures. We have also taken more in-depth initiatives to protect our employees, such as the temporary suspension of manufacturing operations for 3 weeks in late March and early April. This enabled us to successfully install workplace protections and implement a comprehensive plan to incorporate social distancing and other best practices into our production and logistical processes.

    The late March timing allow us to move more scheduled deliveries into April as some customers delay shipments while they assess the varying patchwork of government orders getting introduced around that time. While this did limit our ability to invoice projects during that time, since mid-April, we have quickly ramped it back up and made up for a significant portion of the pause in invoicing activity. We retained the labor force while the plant was shut down by using vacation day slots, where possible, so we were able to resume operations relatively efficiently.

    We entered this pandemic at the strong point in our company's history with a financial position along with the capital resources to effectively support our global operations. We are focused on maintaining that financial flexibility and generating cash flow. We have implemented strict cost controls, reduced operating expenses and limit all noncritical capital expenditures beyond the completion of initiatives started in 2019.

    We have significant contractual flexibility to make quick staffing decisions for the majority of our workforce given that a large part of our operating force is contracted through temp agencies. We are taking a balanced approach to protecting jobs, where possible, while ensuring our cash preservation goals are achieved. We will continue to be prudent with our resources and capital allocation. The actions that we have taken will not only help us mitigate the impacts of any near-term demand challenges related to the pandemic but are also designed to allow for accelerated share gains and deliver more profitable growth as we emerge from this crisis.

    Moving to our backlog on Slide #6. A value element of our business is that we have a multiyear view of projects in our pipeline on the commercial portion of our revenues. Our quarter end backlog was $545 million, up 5.8% year-over-year primarily in the U.S., which now represents 89% of our backlog compared to 83% in the first quarter of 2019. As the COVID-19 crisis continue, we are closely monitoring its impact on the broader macro environment and, specifically, how this might influence the timing of projects compared to initial invoicing schedules.

    On the bright side, most projects are still proceeding according to plan in markets where construction activity is permitted. However, visibility is much lower than usual as we are reasonably assuming that some projects get delayed or temporarily put on hold. To that point, we have seen delays in some commercial projects in the Northeast U.S., such as in the New York area, where the local authorities have entirely prioritized combating the pandemic.

    Overall building activity in the U.S. has remained relatively stable for the first 4 months of 2020 through April, which is encouraging as we read into underlying demand beneath the COVID-19-related market disruptions. Our sales teams are seeing continued quoting activity. And based on conversation with developers, most are looking to get projects off the ground once they are able to get favorable finance in place.

    In residential, which is not captured by our backlog, we have been very pleased with our continued penetration into more single-family projects, which we enter that end market in 2017. Recent U.S. housing start data suggest residential projects are feeling the effect of shelter-in-place orders and other economic uncertainties. In our business, we still have a rapidly growing presence with our new product offerings to capture additional share regardless of the demand environment.

    Overall, the conversations for most national and local governments are gradually shifting to the timing and pace of lifting shelter in place and restoring battered economies. In this environment, we have to remain flexible to tailor our operation base on how we see demand evolving. For us, we have the benefit of a vertically integrated operation to scale up and down quickly. We will continue to focus on optimizing our liquidity, growing backlog through our focused business development and sales program and delivering quality service to our customers during this volatile period.

    I will now turn the call over to Santiago to discuss our financial results and outlook.

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    Santiago Giraldo, Tecnoglass Inc. - CFO & Head of IR [5]

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    Thank you, Christian. Beginning with our capital resources on Slide #8. In recent years, we have made progress to reduce leverage, enhance cash flow and generally strengthen our balance sheet metrics. During the first quarter, we generated cash flow from operations of approximately $550,000. The first quarter is seasonally a low point of our cash flow given timing of interest and tax payments but improved by $6.3 million compared to the prior year quarter. This partly reflects aggressive actions to preserve cash, including tight cost controls and working capital improvements. Our CapEx increased by approximately $2.5 million, mainly reflecting scheduled annual maintenance at our production facility plus approximately $3 million of final payments for a high-return automation investments completed in 2019. As a result, we expect CapEx to be largely front-loaded in 2020.

    Since the end of the first quarter, we have continued to build our liquidity position. Our cash preservation measures are paying off. And at an abundance of caution, we also drew down an additional $10 million on our available lines of credit to begin May with approximately $50 million of cash and total liquidity of approximately $105 million, including available lines of credit. The structure of our long-term capital resources are set up well for the current environment. Our senior notes in the amount of $210 million do not mature until 2022. Beyond that, our credit facilities extend through 2024 in a weighted average maturity on lines of credit of roughly 4.7 years out.

    Looking at our net leverage. We ended the quarter at 2.4x, which was down 0.6x compared to the prior year quarter and up slightly from December 31. This sequential increase is partly due to $6.5 million of CapEx during the period to complete our automation initiatives and major maintenance and $4 million FX impact on cash held in local currencies. We believe our balance sheet is properly structured to face the challenges ahead. We have no covenants worth discussing at this time, and we have over $55 million available to us on our lines of credit. We are prepared to draw down additional capital as needed but do not see a reason to do so at this time based on our other cash-building efforts.

    From a capital allocation perspective, our primary objective at this time is to preserve cash and return a portion of capital to shareholders through our dividend. Based on our current install capacity as a result of our completed automation investments, we don't foresee material growth CapEx investments in the short term. In our joint venture with Saint-Gobain, we previously communicated the plan to begin construction of the second float glass plant in 2020. The float glass plant calls for funding to be entirely arranged at the JV level with the JV partners providing a backstop on a pro rata basis for any additional funding needs. Given the current market climate, we are reviewing the project time line as we reassess near-term demand and internal return thresholds. The permitting is expected to be completed soon so the project can get off the ground once market conditions are conducive to do so. Overall, we ended the quarter with a strong capital position and have further fortified our balance sheet to effectively navigate the evolving economic environment.

    Looking at the drivers of revenue on Slide #9. Based on the timing of invoicing and projects in the prior year, on our last update call, we indicated that we will have a challenging prior year comparison in the first quarter. During January and February of 2020, revenues track relatively in line with our expectations and essentially on par with the prior year quarter. This was good because we had 5 more days of downtime in January for scheduled maintenance at our Colombia manufacturing facility compared to the prior year quarter. That means 5 less days of invoicing due to planned maintenance.

    The month of March represented a decline in revenues for the quarter. In the prior year month of March, the level of invoicing was well above trend due to the timing of closing-out projects. However, looking at March of 2020, our revenue were impacted by 9 fewer invoicing days as we temporarily suspended planned operations from March 23 to April 13. As Chris mentioned, we took the downtime to implement processes and protocols at the plants for safer production flows after engaging with customers on delivery schedules given the uncertain outcomes of the rapid U.S. outbreak of COVID-19 in mid-March, causing disruptions to customer construction schedules.

    For efficiency, we used the initial phase of the Colombian government stay-at-home orders to prepare the plan to resume full operations under a safe environment to prioritize our employees' health. As previously stated, we have been operating under an essential business exemption as a key supplier to the infrastructure and construction sectors even as the stay home order remains in place as of today. Through the month of April, the U.S. demand environment improved as customers gained confidence in their ability to proceed with projects, most of which are essential work. Since resuming operations on April 14 and, have added shifts to address pent-up demand.

    Looking at the drivers of adjusted EBITDA on Slide #10. Despite the unfavorable impact to revenue from the COVID-19-related issues in March, we were pleased to improve adjusted EBITDA as a percent of sales by 350 basis points to 23.3% compared to 19.7% in the prior year quarter. In dollars, adjusted EBITDA was $20.3 million compared to $21.1 million or 19.7% of sales with lower revenues partly offset by a 510 basis points improvement in gross margin to 34.9% for the quarter. The improvement in gross margin primarily reflected lower raw material costs, a higher mix of revenue from manufacturing products versus installation as well as greater operating efficiencies from our implementation of automation initiatives in 2019.

    SG&A was lower by $0.3 million as we continue to manage expenses and as we incur in less variable costs given lower revenues. As mentioned, we are trimming costs given the ongoing market volatility. We have made good progress on this front. Our lean, highly efficient and vertically integrated operations, along with our dedicated employee base, leave us confident in our ability to efficiently match our costs with our demand. We will continue to source additional avenues to improve efficiencies and maintain our industry-leading margins.

    Looking at our markets on Slide #12. For the most part, we are supporting customers in any market where construction is permitted. While we have made good progress to diversify outside of Florida, that state still represents a significant market for us. In that state, construction is essential and housing is considered critical infrastructure. So that is assuring for a large part of our revenues and customer base. More broadly, approximately 85% of first quarter 2020 backlog is in states or jurisdictions that have designated suppliers of products or services to the construction sector as an essential business. In some markets where we have a notable presence, such as New York and Pennsylvania, we have projects proceeding under certain extensions. But for the most part, construction activity is limited. On an encouraging note, several U.S. states, including Florida and Texas, have begun easing general restrictions. In Colombia, the country is under a nationwide shelter-in-place order through at least May 25, but we expect the general exemption for infrastructure and construction projects to continue.

    Moving to our 2020 outlook on Slide 14. We have withdrawn our previously provided full year 2020 financial outlook for revenue and adjusted EBITDA. Our backlog has historically provided a high degree of visibility for commercial revenues over a 12-month period. Our prior outlook issued before the COVID-19 pandemic represented existing projects in backlog plus anticipated demand from our continued expansion into the single-family residential end market. Our commercial backlog remains firm in the short term, but we do have lower visibility on the timing of project invoicing through the year-end 2020 as deliveries will depend on the ongoing COVID situation in each market that we serve. For single family, housing starts declined in March and are expected to remain depressed in the near term.

    In the second half of April, daily revenues were higher than levels seen prior to the temporary suspension of our plant. Given that the plant was being adapted to meet COVID sanitary standards during the first half of April, on a revenue per day basis for the days that we were operational, revenues increased by an encouraging 15% per invoicing day in April compared to March. We attribute the majority of that month-over-month improvement to backfilling of orders and the remainder to relatively stronger underlying demand. While we expect second quarter of 2020 revenues to be lower compared to the prior year quarter, we currently anticipate sequential improvement on a month-to-month basis through June. Given the unprecedented nature of the current economic climate, the remainder of 2020 cannot be estimated with precision at this time.

    In summary, we entered the year with a good momentum on solid operating platform supported by a strong capital base. As we move through the uncertain period ahead, we are focused on cash management and taking necessary actions to deliver strong cash flow while safely serving customers. We will continue to monitor and adjust plans for our business that are aligned with our expectation to emerge as a stronger company when global market conditions begin to improve.

    With that, we will be happy to answer your questions. Operator, please open the line for questions.

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    (Operator Instructions) Our first question comes from Mike Shlisky with Dougherty & Company.

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    Michael Shlisky, Dougherty & Company LLC, Research Division - Senior Research Analyst [2]

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    So I wanted to ask about your sort of near-term invoicing schedule and where the real concerns on the backlog are. I mean at this point, when you started the year into the spring time, if a building is halfway finished or even partially finished, they're not going to stop building that building at this point. They're going to see it kind of all the way through the end. So my guess is the current project, the very near-term backlog isn't going to change much other than maybe some timing differences. I guess my question is, is your worry more about the end of year backlog at this point or 2021 projects? Do you feel pretty good about what has to be delivered this year? Quarter-to-quarter, perhaps, there's not that much. There's some question, but sort of end of year is kind of the more concerning to you because of the new projects that might come onboard.

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    Jos Manuel Daes, Tecnoglass Inc. - CEO & Director [3]

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    Well, this is Jos. We feel very confident about this year. We have a strong backlog, and all the projects are continuing, especially the ones that are even 20%, 30% up. We've seen a couple of delayed projects. But last week, for example, one of them just restarted and said that they already logged the financing. So for this year, we see still a strong demand. And next year, we have a good backlog for next year. And we are starting to see people talking again about closing because they're going to open New York. In Boston, there is a lot of work. In Texas, they haven't closed anything. We're very confident that the world is going to keep going.

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    Michael Shlisky, Dougherty & Company LLC, Research Division - Senior Research Analyst [4]

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    Okay. And then what's been your ability to kind of do business within the 4 walls in Colombia with other people who are outside those 4 walls, things like getting trucking services, some of your outside contractors, food service and other items that have to be brought in every day? Because you're under an exemption, that might be okay for you. But have your various outside provider has been able to help you out as well since April 14? Or...

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    Jos Manuel Daes, Tecnoglass Inc. - CEO & Director [5]

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    No. We haven't had any problems, contractors or anything, especially in Colombia. Construction is already back to work. We were sent home for 3 weeks. We try to keep a piece open through those 3 weeks. Unfortunately, obviously, that hit the sales being a little bit lower than expected. But it's all over now. We've been working for the last now 4 weeks, and we're doing record numbers of invoicing every day. So we expect to have a very decent quarter, for example, now in the second quarter, obviously, taking into consideration that the first 13 days of April, we were close. But things look good. Supply looks good. Demand looks good, and we are trying to build 2021, the end of 2021. And that is going to be done also with a lot of retail, which is not in our backlog, but is a residential event. But that is very strong today and is continued to grow in our company.

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    Michael Shlisky, Dougherty & Company LLC, Research Division - Senior Research Analyst [6]

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    Okay. Maybe just one more for me. Obviously, a very strong job on EBITDA margins in the quarter. I guess do you think you've reached a whole new range or a plateau from margins since you made some of those improvements in the fourth and first quarter here to your automation? Or was there anything kind of cut on a kind of temporary basis to kind of offset some of the volume declines in the quarter?

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    Santiago Giraldo, Tecnoglass Inc. - CFO & Head of IR [7]

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    Mike, this is Santiago. Basically, some of it was done through raw material efficiency. We're seeing less raw material costs against contracts that were already in place. So we do expect that to continue moving forward. Another piece of that was the mix of business with the installation business closing out some projects. So you basically had some more manufacturing revenues rather than installation. So in large part, it's going to depend on the mix quarter-over-quarter. But on a structural basis, I think that the rest of the year, you can expect efficiencies both from lower raw material and efficiencies related to automation. As we had mentioned earlier in the year and even in previous conversations, we do expect to gain efficiencies on a gross margin basis. So I think it's going to depend more or less on what happens on mix quarter-over-quarter, but there is certainly structural things that would allow us to gain efficiencies from a gross margin perspective.

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    Michael Shlisky, Dougherty & Company LLC, Research Division - Senior Research Analyst [8]

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    Just to follow up, Santiago. The large amounts of buildings you had here in just in the last few weeks in April, was that heavy on the closeout activity?

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    Santiago Giraldo, Tecnoglass Inc. - CFO & Head of IR [9]

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    I missed the first part of your question, Mike.

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    Michael Shlisky, Dougherty & Company LLC, Research Division - Senior Research Analyst [10]

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    Yes. The high level of invoicing that's happened in the last few weeks since you came back to work, the mix there have been high on the closeouts.

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    Santiago Giraldo, Tecnoglass Inc. - CFO & Head of IR [11]

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    Yes. Yes. It's been constant with what we've seen so far throughout the year. It's been in line.

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    ENR Mountain States Announces 2020 Design Firms of the Year – Engineering News-Record - May 3, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    ENR Mountain States, working in concert with other regional ENR publications and editors across the U.S., has selected its Design Firms of the Year for 2020. They are Method Studio, Salt Lake City, for the Intermountain area (Utah, Idaho and Montana); and JVA Inc., with multiple offices in Colorado, for the Colorado-Wyoming-Dakotas side of the region.

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    JVA also has a group of engineers dedicated to preservation of historic properties, specializing in development of sensitive and creative treatments for archaic building systems.

    The firm consults nationwide on behalf of the National Park Service and statewide on projects funded by History Colorados State Historical Fund. In addition, JVA also leads multi-discipline teams on projects for on-call contracts with the U.S. Forest Service and other entities.

    In 2019 the firm increased its staff in all three of its major disciplines and completed facility expansions in three of its five Colorado offices, most prominently in downtown Denver.

    In addition, JVA acquired Structural Consultants Inc. (SCI) in 2019, a Denver-based consulting engineering firm.

    The JVA structural teams Many Glacier Hotel Renovation project in Glacier National Park won a 2018 NCSEA Award of Excellence in Structural Engineering and was featured on the April 2020 cover of STRUCTURE magazine.

    Profile stories on both firms will appear in the June issue of ENR Mountain States. Congratulations to this years winners.

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