This is apart from the emergence of new and less costly technology to produce tempered glass, one of the two kinds of safety glass regularly used in applications where standard glass could pose a potential danger, by China which makes it more affordable for people now, unlike before when it was costly.
AMB Trading Sdn Bhd and AMB Tempered Glass Sdn Bhd, operating at Lorong Buah Duku in Kolombong, started producing tempered glass for buildings, shower screens and so on since about five years ago. "Our companies were actually established in 1987.
We just recently expanded our business to making tempered glass because most people need safety glass, that is tempered glass," said its Managing Director, Victor Su.
Tempered glass is four times stronger than the standard glass and a person can stand on it without breaking it, he said after the official launching of his companies' Tempered Glassline.
Su said the demand for tempered glass in Sabah is picking up because nowadays "we are going more into tourism, where safety aspects are of paramount importanceÉpeople think about safety more now."
Apart from the hotels, resorts and other tourist facilities, he said tempered glass are also used in shopping complexes as well as housing properties, apart from for installation in furniture products, shower screen and so on.
Su also felt the Government needs to include tempered glass requirement in the building codes as not many buildings including here actually use safety glass.
He also expected more competition soon with the emergence of more tempered glass manufacturing companies which will lower the prices even more.
Manufactured through a process of extreme heating and rapid cooling that make it harder than normal glass, tempered glass is four to five times stronger than standard glass and does not break into sharp shards when it fails.
The thermal process that curves tempered glass also makes it heat resistant.