Qinhuangdao Glass Industry Research and Design Institute under the State Administration of Building Materials Industry is China’s largest flat glass research and design institution, and the only glass research and design unit integrated with scientific research, design and production. As a key investor of Luoyang Float Process, the Institute has undertaken dozens of state research projects on glass technologies and machinery, and gained over 120 technical achievements and 16 state-level patents. The National Glass Quality Testing Center and the Glass Monthly are located in the institute.
The institute has over 1,000 employees including more than 300 senior technicians. It owns over 10 companies and two branches, engaging in the research and development in the fields of glass technique, material technique, fuel technique, glass production line and automatic control, new glass product and glass processing, etc. It has provided glass-working machinery, turnkey solutions for dozens of glass engineering projects in China. With foreign trade rights authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations, the institute has imported 14 glass production technologies and machinery for its domestic clients and exported dozens of float glass-working machinery for overseas markets (Italian Trade Council, 2011).