Pilkington Glass is one of the world's largest manufacturers of glass and glazing products for building, automotive and related technical markets. The company, founded in 1826, is a technology leader-examples of this innovation include the invention and exploitation of the float glass process and the introduction of new products such as Pilkington Activ self-cleaning glass. Pilkington products help control energy usage, protect against fire, insulate against noise, provide safety and security, afford decoration and privacy and are used to build all-glass fa ades. Pilkington is a market leader in the use of large-scale coating, laminating and silvering processes. Glass is a growth industry. Global demand for glass outstrips economic growth around the world. Today's architects and car designers are using larger surface areas of glass in their designs, increasingly with added functionality and complexity. The company has manufacturing operations in 24 countries on five continents and sales in more than 130 countries, employing around 23,800 people worldwide.