Case | HBS Case Collection | November 1994

Pilkington Float Glass--1955

by Kim B. Clark

Abstract

The case examines the development of the float glass process at Pilkington in the mid-1950s. Pilkington has pursued the development of a radically new process for flat glass production, but has experienced serious problems at each stage of development. The senior management must now decide whether to scale up to commercial production. A rewritten version of an earlier case.

Keywords: Transformation; Decision Choices and Conditions; Technological Innovation; Product Development; Research and Development; Commercialization; Technology;

Citation:

Clark, Kim B. "Pilkington Float Glass--1955." Harvard Business School Case 695-024, November 1994.