Today, in celebration of its 40 years of sparkling success, MGA reflects on a glorious past. With sincere appreciation, MGA wishes to thank all its industry partners and esteemed members for the past years of support and friendship.

Chairman’s message (Mr Ho Sai Woo, Chairman Malaysia Glass Association).

It is a pleasure and honour for me to mark the 40th Anniversary of Malaysia Glass Association (MGA).
Since 1974, MGA has been providing a bridge to facilitate the exchange of information on glass-related technology and business knowledge.

In the past 40 years, MGA has fostered good relations among our members and safeguarded the rightful interests of members in the glass and mirror trade.

Reflecting upon the past, MGA has a long and important future ahead of it. For the past 40 years, MGA has played this role well, and I urge all members to continue your effort to build respect and the spirit of mutual assistance among industry players in the country, and beyond.

I would like to take this opportunity to formally introduce MGA’s Youth Committee, formed in 2007. These young talents have shown great drive. I am convinced that MGA can continue to perform a positive role. I am also convinced – in large part due to the commitment of our members, solidarity among fellow dealers in this trade and unwavering support from many associations – that the relationships among industry players have been much closer.

We have every reason to be proud of our association.

The Story of Glass

Glass in an integral part of our daily lives. Be it the wristwatches or spectacles we wear, the cars we drive or the windows, clocks and televisions in our homes, glass is a key component of these and countless other daily necessities.

Glass-making is an ancient process, with archaeological evidence of glass-making dating back to before 2500 BC. Once a rare and prized art, glass-making has become a common industry. In the past, glass was mainly used to produce containers, bottles and beauty ornaments. Today, high-rise buildings are clad in glass, glittering and towering above the skyline. Heat-resistant glass is also used on the outer walls of rockets, missiles and space shuttles.

Glass is an amorphous, non-crystalline solid material that exhibits a glass transition when heated towards the liquid state. Glass is typically brittle and can be relatively transparent.

Brief History

Volcanic glass is a naturally occurring glass formed from rapidly cooling lava or magma.

Magmas typically comprise crystals and bubbles of gas within a silicate liquid. Upon a slow cooling process, the liquid portion of the magma usually crystallises. However, if cooling is sufficiently rapid, magma may convert to glass. This discovery has led to studies of glass production.

Ancient glass production methods were previously shrouded in mystery. In ancient times, fires created by humans were barely hot enough to melt metal; high heat was a requisite to produce glass. With modern technology, temperature in commercial furnaces can increase to more than 1,700 degree Celsius, thus making modern glass production possible.

It was soon discovered that moulded wet clay, after being fired in a furnace, will harden and keep its shape after it is cooled. With the addition of lime and quartz sand, the mixture melts into liquid when fired in a furnace. Upon cooling, the resulting product solidifies into a transparent and coloured material that retains the hardness of the stone. Neither will it rust or corrode. More importantly, this material is used to make a variety of useful tools.

With the discovery of metals such as copper and iron, the production of ceramics and glass was made possible.