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SUMMER 2018 UPDATES
Oceanside Glass & Tile has decided to move to an almost exclusive production of fusible glass. This product line will be a tested compatible match with existing authentic System 96 Branded products already in the marketing and in your studios. Production of the new Oceanside Compatible fusing glass has already begun as of July 2nd.
Why? You ask.:
As a steward of the environment, this switch to almost all fusible glass drastically reduces our waste, and your waste too.
The majority of artists “scrap glass” can now be repurposed in Fusing Projects, and our production glass scraps can be re-melted, making the glass more valuable to you and to us.
At a high-level, this switch also offers us much needed simplification and efficiency in our overall production.
There are 2 main distinctions of the glass production - Hand-rolled (as previously provided by Uroboros) and Continuous Ribbon (as previously provided by Spectrum).
We remain fully committed to growing and improving Oceanside Compatible Fusing Glass and Oceanside Art Glass. Remember, we stand in front of you today because we too revered and relied upon Spectrum and Uroboros products for our tile business. We can tell you with unwavering certainty that we are even more passionate about these products today than ever before. From our entire company, thank you for your support and willingness to grow with us.
15-1-2018 laaste nieuws oceanside glasstile klik hier
30-9-2017 De eerste container is in europa aan gekomen. Wij verwachten het eeste glas zaterdag 7 october in huis te hebben 7 juni 2017 productie is begonnen klik hier 18 mei 2017 productie planning klik hier
6 april 2017Het laatste nieuws!
Zoals het er nu naar uit ziet wordt het eerste Spectrumglas in augustus weer verwacht. We hopen dat daardoor aan het eind van het jaar alles weer uit voorraad leverbaar is. Helaas merken we dat Wissmach de grote vraag op dit moment niet aan kan. Ook hier beginnen er gaten te vallen.
Het goede wat deze hectische tijd ons gebracht heeft: -nieuwe lijn Yang glas momenteel ruim 45 kleuren uit voorraad leverbaar! -nieuwe lijn Crystal Unico; ruim 250 soorten glas/spiegel en Coe96 We hebben nog nooit zo’n groot assortiment aan kleuren gehad! Kom gerust zelf eens een kijkje nemen! De koffie staat klaar! 26 maart 2017laaste nieuws oceaneside glass /spectrumglass klik hier14 februari 2017Dear Art Glass Community,
At long last we have some wonderful and exciting news to share with you about Spectrum Glass products! We have finalized the sale of Spectrum® Glass and our System 96® brands, equipment, and formulas to world-renowned glass manufacturer Oceanside Glasstile (OGT) in Carlsbad, CA. A long-time Spectrum customer, Oceanside Glasstile manufactures high-end cast glass tile for residential, commercial and pool applications. For almost twenty-five years OGT has led their segment of the art glass industry with innovation and design. Upon receiving the announcement about Spectrum's closing, the opportunity to become the new manufacturer of Spectrum Glass products was evident - not only for the benefit of securing material for their own product lines, but a chance to serve the global art glass industry as a whole.
As an industry-leading glass tile manufacturer, Oceanside Glasstile is already experienced in colored glass production. With the acquisition of Spectrum Glass' equipment and color formulas, as well as receiving extensive in-person training by Spectrum's key manufacturing experts, Oceanside Glasstile will have the knowledge and tools necessary to continue the legacy of unique and popular Spectrum sheet glass that customers have relied upon for forty years.
Spectrum Glass products will now be manufactured at OGT's state-of-the-art facility located in Tijuana, Mexico. With their long-standing commitment to being an environmentally concerned manufacturer, they will be utilizing the same baghouse emission controls that Spectrum Glass has used for over twenty years.
We couldn't be more pleased to have Oceanside Glasstile assume the manufacturing of Spectrum's glass products. We are confident that their commitment to maintaining the brand's attributes will assure that future generations will be able to source the same beautiful, consistent and high quality art sheet glass. The owners and employees are passionate, dedicated, and ready to take on the task at hand - in fact the transition is already under way. We will provide additional details and updates regarding our collective progress throughout the months ahead.
-- Your Friends at Spectrum Glass
29-september 2016 Uroboros glass
Dear customers, fans and friends,
It will be yet another shock in a tumultuous year in the glass industry, but it has become unavoidable. After 43 ½ years of continual operations in Portland, Uroboros will discontinue operations in early 2017. Our closure will be with pride in a job well done, and in an orderly step-by-step fashion over the next 9-12 months. While we certainly hope to negotiate a deal with a new owner to move Uroboros and restart production of its products in a new location, nothing is certain at this time.
First, A Big THANK YOU! Along with many hundreds of employees over our 43 years, each and everyone one of you, whether in distributorship, retailing, production studios, or as individual artists have played a part making Uroboros the legacy art glass brand that it has become. We have worked closely with many of you for decades, have enjoyed your artistic and business successes, and sympathized with your difficulties. Thank you for your efforts and support over the years. All of us at Uroboros and I truly appreciate it!
What?! Why?! Times have changed, and the fact is that the Uroboros business model and location has lost viability for the long term. This situation has developed partly due to the very high costs of meeting many new environmental, fire safety, and seismic regulations now required by our city and state. Also because of market factors, the urbanization and gentrification of our location, and by my impending retirement age. It is not any one of these factors, but a combination of all of them.
You will ask whether the business could be sold, and thereby continued so that you and others could continue their work, and our skilled staff could keep their jobs. This of course is my preferred outcome. I am already in active discussions with credible interested parties. My goal is to find a way to provide a continuation of jobs for our staff if at all possible, continuation of your supply of Uroboros’ unique products, and a continuation of the brand itself. If and when a change in ownership becomes settled, I will of course announce it publicly immediately. The individuals from our staff and I will personally assist the new owners to get up to speed on both the technical and visual attributes of our products.
Timetable (as forecast now):
Sheet production, on the current limited color basis as required by Oregon DEQ, will continue until at least late-November, possibly longer for some items. We may create some new experimental Art Glass colors to supplement our current limited palette during this time. And, we are already working closely with the new owners of Spectrum to maintain your supply of as many System 96 colors as possible until they are in production in their new location next year.
Frit, Stringer, Noodle & Rod production will continue from previously made Uroboros and Spectrum color until mid-2017.
Sales of inventories on hand will continue until mid-2017.
Also, effective immediately:
Credit sales will no longer be allowed. All purchases must be paid in advance, prior to shipment. We apologize for the inconvenience to many of you who have maintained credit accounts in good standing for many years; it’s not your fault! This is our only prudent option.
Rationing of individual items is discontinued. Any customer may buy any quantity of any item, while supplies last.
In the remaining months, we will continue to provide you the same great service and outstanding products as we always have, and possibly a few new ones as we wind things up. And importantly, we will continue to actively work to find a new owner with the resources, technical expertise and product awareness to carry on the Uroboros brand for another 40 years!
Thanks again to all!
Eric Lovell, President and Founder Uroboros Glass
System 96 Message from UroborosJuly 5, 2016Dear Uroboros Friends, There is no doubt we have started a new era in colored glass making. Change is inevitable, but we all know that this difficult shift will not deter any of us from pursuing our passion for this art in as safe a manner as technology can provide. At the end of the day, the glass arts will be safer for all, guaranteed, and that is good news for everyone! Although plans for a new emission control 'baghouse' are now in hand, we are still working on securing the capital required to fund it, along with setting up some energy conservation credits, tax abatements, and the like. With a 12 week installation expected, the earliest we can now predict to be back in full production is at the end of October. However, we‘ve found some clever (but temporary!) work arounds to keep more colors than we expected flowing in the meantime. We do have colors back in stock now that we didn’t have just a few weeks ago. Check in with your favorite supplier! Need to find a supplier? Click here.We’re also excited to report that we are already able to fulfill customer requests for some Spectrum colors! For one client we were able to match 10 of the 12 colors desired - from formulas we already had in our palette! So please ask us directly or through your dealer if you can’t get what you need anymore from Spectrum. We plan to keep you posted as their stock runs out and we begin to produce specific Spectrum color matches.We know you already miss the super smooth Spectrum sheet surface, and it’s not even gone yet! We do too! But are you aware we’ve made strides over the last couple of years improving the smoothness of our hand rolled fusible sheets? The Spectrum closure has added a new urgency to our ongoing efforts to push the limits of hand rolling techniques for fusibles, and to find out just how smooth and glossy we can get them. So stay tuned on this one! We are fully committed to carrying on the both the traditional Uroboros and System 96 product lines, as well as building upon the strength of the brands and their distribution network. We’re doing everything in our power to ensure the future of art glass is a bright and colorful one!Best Regards, Eric LovellPresidentUroboros Glass System 96 Message from UroborosMay 19, 2016Dear System 96 Customers,While we all gather our wits about us after Spectrum’s stunning announcement of their closure plans, Uroboros would like to reassure all System 96 customers that we will carry on with the line.As a reminder, Uroboros Glass is a founding partner of System 96. We assisted Spectrum as they learned how to produce tested compatible glass with their system, and have produced a large percentage of System 96 colors and styles from the beginning. Here is an outline of Uroboros’ view of a future without a Spectrum Glass.What Uroboros can do:Now and near term •Continue the ‘distributor and retailer first’ distribution policies System 96 is known for. •Uroboros has available production capacity to take on significantly more System 96 production than it currently does, and will be able to ramp up quickly once newly required emission controls are in place and certified later this year. •Return prices to near historical normal levels for Uroboros sheet products after emission control equipment is in place and all costs are known. •Uroboros has the technical skills to reproduce many of Spectrum’s colors in System 96, and is prepared to do so after Spectrum inventories run out. This will assure continued availability of sheet colors previously made by Spectrum, as well as the frit, stringer, noodle, and rods made from those colors. •Make hand mixed streakies in color combinations familiar to Spectrum customers. •Make thicknesses up to 5mm, and possibly 6mm with some practice. •Make larger format hand cast sheets up to 26” wide and 33” long.Longer term •Make sheets up to 30” x 48” with relatively modest equipment modifications. •Continue to make incremental improvements in sheet smoothness as we have in the last couple of years. •Continue to add new and innovative hand rolled sheet styles to the System 96 product line.What Uroboros cannot do: (sorry, folks!) •Make very smooth or low bubble count sheets as Spectrum could with their machine rolled process. •Make specific Spectrum styles such as Spirit, Opal Art, and Baroque. •Match Spectrum prices. •Match Spectrum’s very uniform wispy style.While the possibility of a glass art world without Spectrum looms over all our heads, Uroboros is committed to doing all that they can to ensure that a vibrant fusing world continues in the years ahead.Spectrum Glass Nuggets®Production Schedule Update In an effort to improve product availability, Spectrum will be extending their System 96® Nuggets and Spectrum Premium 2.0 Nuggets production through mid-September, 2016. We will be running Nuggets on 2-3 furnaces to insure that we produce a substantial quantity of inventory.Regarding the long-term plan, Spectrum Glass is currently in discussions with several parties interested in purchasing the formulas and equipment to continue Nuggets® production in the future. We will update you as soon as we have anything firm to report.In light of our recent news, there is a lot of speculation taking place on various chat boards and sites regarding Nuggets. Spectrum Glass would be pleased to provide customers with fact-based information regarding our Nuggets products over the coming months to alleviate any concerns. Please send your questions to email@example.com and we will answer your questions as quickly as possible