Clearview Midlands July 2013 - Issue 140 - Page 52

GLASS&SEALEDUNITS ‘Our success is based on your success’ Triple Anniversary Celebrations ‘Warmly’ Received. Guardian’s triple anniversary event saw all areas of the glass and glazing industry come together to celebrate Guardian’s 10th year as a UK float glass manufacturer, the 5th year of its state-of-the-art laminating line and the launch of its magnetron sputter coater, which has been in production since September last year. The who’s who of the industry attended the event from large well-known distributors to national window companies and smaller businesses, trade press and trade associations, along with architects and specifiers from around the country. Industry professionals travelled far and wide to attend the event and celebrate with Guardian. It was clear to all that Guardian’s presence in the UK market is well supported by all areas of the industry. Scott Thomsen, President of Guardian’s Global Flat Glass Division, gave the keynote speech for the event, talking about the industry on a global scale and explaining his idea’s and views on innovation and adding value to the flat glass products so intrinsic to all businesses. Scott then went into some detail about Guardian’s new magnetron glass coater and how vacuum sputter coaters offer the pinnacle of modern glass coating technology and represent the future for all new flat glass coatings. Scott finished by explaining how Guardian has always worked to support the independent glass and glazing industry and the mutual benefits of working closely together as a long term strategy to help Guardian’s business grow and that of it customers. Scott stated, “We know that our success is based on your success. We are doing what we can to help you grow your business and we know the benefits are mutual. We keep our eyes on that fact.” Scott then recalled something said by Bill Davidson when Guardian’s UK plant was opened, “Our late founder and CEO told you back when we opened the UK plant that we are the independent supplier serving the independent customers. We reminded you of that pledge when we met five years ago and launched the Lami line and the Glass Room. We continue that commitment to you today.” Scott’s speech was then followed by Mark Bristow, Regional Manager for Guardian’s Flat Glass Division in the UK & Ireland. Mark spoke about the history of the UK plant and the way it has diversified and grown over the last 10 years. He talked about the hurdles Guardian had to overcome to establish itself in the UK and the mutual support between Guardian and the independent businesses around the UK and Ireland. Mark finished by looking to the present and the future, talking about Guardian Glass UK’s magnetron glass coater and its most recent innovation, Guardian Plus, and how it has taken Guardian’s long term “best in service” approach to the next level by providi