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CONTRAFLAM® One, the industry’s most advanced product since the invention of fire-resistive glass, is now in production at Vetrotech Saint-Gobain’s new Faribault production headquarters.

CONTRAFLAM® One leverages more than 40 years of unmatched Vetrotech expertise in interlayer technology. It stands out from the crowd with three key advantages:

  • It’s light transmission at its finest, with up to 90% (the highest on the market).
  • Its impact on the environment is lighter, with up to 35% less embodied carbon than conventional multi-chamber products.
  • It has the lightest weight in its category for faster installation, saving time and money on the job site.

All that is possible because CONTRAFLAM® One is distinguished by an innovative single-chamber foaming interlayer for all fire-resistance ratings, called HYBRIDCORE™ Technology.

“This is the biggest change in the fire-rated glazing industry since the original CONTRAFLAM introduced fire-resistive glazing in North America,” said Michael Miller, National Sales Manager for Vetrotech Saint-Gobain in North America. “CONTRAFLAM® One is the direct result of Vetrotech and Saint-Gobain’s commitment to sustainable construction. We changed everything from our headquarters, our production process and decades of multi-chamber interlayer expertise. Now the results speak for themselves.”

Customers can now contact their Vetrotech sales representatives in North America to discuss projects for CONTRAFLAM® One’s core configurations in VDS Framing.

CONTRAFLAM® One, along with VDS Fire Rated Framing Systems and other Vetrotech products, will be produced at our new, state-of-the-art production facility in Faribault, MN. Not only does the new facility offer advanced technology, but it is co-located with SageGlass, providing a North American Glass Campus for parent company Saint-Gobain.

“The move from Washington to Minnesota shows the commitment of Saint-Gobain to Vetrotech in North America,” said Brad Hanson, General Manager of Vetrotech in North America. “This puts us front-and-center with major investments in manufacturing, centralizing us in North America and improving on our existing industry best lead times. Couple that with CONTRAFLAM® One and its advantages to the market, there is no question in my mind that Vetrotech is the premiere fire-rated glass manufacturer in North America.” For more information about CONTRAFLAM® One, visit our website here.

About Vetrotech Saint-Gobain:

Vetrotech Saint-Gobain North America is a member of the Saint-Gobain Group specializing in the development, production and distribution of sustainable fire-rated safety glass for the commercial sector.

As a world leader and pioneer in glazed protective solutions for more than 40 years, people’s safety comes first at Vetrotech: the company is an advocate of making living places more secure and accepts no compromise in compliance with regulations or standards.

To this end, Vetrotech produces fire-rated glass and framing products adapted to any architectural need, blending into the environment while providing the places where we live, work, learn or gather with the highest standard of safety and security for the peace of mind of all the stakeholders.

Vetrotech provides project-bound design assistance to address any kind of risk scenario or threat level. With seven production sites on three continents and more than 1,000 employees worldwide, Vetrotech ensures trusted support and reliable supply to customers in more than 60 countries through its regional sales offices spread across the globe. For more information, visit and LinkedIn.

About Saint-Gobain:

Worldwide leader in light and sustainable construction, Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and services for the construction and industrial markets. Its integrated solutions for the renovation of public and private buildings, light construction and the decarbonization of construction and industry are developed through a continuous innovation process and provide sustainability and performance. The Group’s commitment is guided by its purpose, “MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER HOME”.

€47.9 billion in sales in 2023

160,000 employees, locations in 76 countries

Committed to achieving Carbon Neutrality by 2050 For more information about Saint-Gobain, visit and follow us on X @saintgobain.

Feature Image Courtesy of Vetrotech Saint-Gobain


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