• 1826

    St Helens Crown Glass Company (St Helens, Great Britain) was established

  • 1829

    1829. The company was renamed Greenall & Pilkington

  • 1849

    1849. After Peter Greenell resigned as founder, the company was renamed Pilkington Brothers

  • 1850

    1850. Over the next century, the company became the only producer of sheet glass in Britain and expanded its presence around the world

  • 1872

    1872. Pilkington patented the cylinder-blown glass production method

  • 1923

    1923. Pilkington and Ford Motors developed a rolling method of glass production, primarily for the glass in Ford cars

  • 1952

    1952. Pilkington patented the sheet glass manufacturing process (float method)

  • 1959

    1959. Pilkington made the float method publicly available and signed the first licensing agreements for its use with the world's largest glass manufacturers

  • 1963

    1963. Pilkington's float method was licensed to the Soviet Union, Japan, and other countries

  • 1970

    1970. Pilkington was no longer private. Its shares were listed on the London Stock Exchange Alastair Pilkington, the inventor of the float method, was knighted.


    1970. Alastair Pilkington, the inventor of the float method, was knighted.

  • 1970-2000

    1970-2000. New Pilkington factories were launched in Europe, North America, and other countries. By the end of the 20th century, Pilkington glass was produced by 48 enterprises in 28 countries on four continents

  • 2006

    2006. Pilkington became part of the Nippon Sheet Glass Corporation (NSG Group, Japan). By combining their facilities, they formed one of the world's largest glass manufacturers

Pilkington in Russia

  • 1998

    1998. A Pilkington representative office opened in Russia. It imported Pilkington glass for the Russian architectural market


    In the same year, the first Pilkington glass product warehouse opened in Moscow.

  • 2003

    2003. Construction of the Pilkington Glass Russia float plant began in the Ramensky district of the Moscow region.

  • 2006

    2006. A float line was launched at Pilkington Glass Russia

  • 2012

    2012. Start of coater construction at Pilkington Glass Russia

  • 2014

    2014. Coater was launched at Pilkington Glass Russia


    2014. Pilkington Glass Russia began production of functional glass with magnetron sputtering

  • 2015

    2015. Pilkington Glass Russia developed and patented a series of highly selective glass for windows and facades with colored shade in reflected light: Lifeglass and Suncool-R.

  • 2016

    2016. Pilkington Glass Russia began exporting to global markets.