Clearview National March 2016 - Issue 172 - Page 112

MACHINERY NEW PVCU MACHINERY OFFER FOR THE UK MARKET With a long history, rich in the manufacture and export of glass insulating machinery, Bassra Machine Tools Ltd is about to embark on a venture that couples the Company’s expertise with that of Turkish PVCu processing machinery manufacturer, Kaban, to deliver a whole new proposition to the UK market. »»IN THE 33 YEARS SINCE IT BEGAN, Bassra Machine Tool Ltd has exported glass processing machinery globally to 33 countries, including the UK. Manufactured in the 50,000 sqft factory in Birmingham it has occupied for the past 15 years, the Company employs 28 staff, specialising in new and reconditioned machinery for the production of double and triple glazed units, including insulating, cutting, washing and processing machines, as well as some machines used in the tempering process. Head of Sales and Marketing, C J Kohli, explains: “Rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach, Bassra’s forte is in the design of customised machinery solutions, taking a standard machine and adding bespoke elements to suit individual requirements, such as speed, size and capacity.” Whereas much of Bassra’s work in the UK involves replacing and recommissioning an existing plant, further afield, in developing countries, the Company is brought on board from the off and acts as a consultant, working alongside the main contractor to ensure drainage and electricity points are exactly where they need to be, even training operatives and facilitating setup of the machinery. Here in the UK, the challenges are different but all markets benefit from Bassra’s big USP of making machinery that is simple to use and easy and economical to maintain, using ‘off the shelf ’ standardised parts. Thanks to its global customer-base, Bassra was relatively unaffected by the UK recession but, to keep a strong presence at a time when few were looking to purchase new machinery, Bassra was able to offer reconditioned machinery to its struggling UK customers. “Now, Bassra has teamed up with Kaban in Turkey, to offer PVCu processing machines to the UK market. Kaban is already wellestablished across the world and the two companies have be known to each other for nearly 15 years. In just 6 months we have already secured many UK customers and feedback so far has been good,” CJ concludes. Bassra (stand A142) and Kaban (stand A32) will be at the FIT Show Italian firm Cifin Holding acquires elumatec Group Under the umbrella of the Italian firm Cifin Holding, elumatec AG is joining the Emmegi Group to create a new heavyweight in the industry. »»CIFIN HOLDING, WHICH ALSO owns Emmegi, announced earlier this year that it has acquired elumatec AG and its subsidiary companies. All parties involved in the deal have agreed not to disclose any details about the transaction. In an official announcement to its customers and industry partners, elumatec AG said: “Cifin Holding, which has now acquired elumatec AG and all its subsidiary companies, also owns the Emmegi Group, which, as you know, is active in the same industry. Therefore, Cifin Holding already possesses an outstanding understanding of our market. “elumatec and Emmegi will remain autonomous companies that will operate 112 » MAR 2016 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M independently of one another as competitors in the market. However, the new structure enables us to achieve solid growth and a much stronger presence in this economic sector. “Looking ahead at 2016 and 2017, we are already able to announce in-house product developments that will make it possible for us to offer innovations that will lead us forward and benefit our customers in the future. Of course, our global sales and service network will continue to operate in this new configuration just as reliably as you have come to expect.” Cifin President Valter Caiumi added: “The acquisition enables both companies to achieve solid growth and a much stronger presence in this economic sector. With ingenuity, expertise and innovative technology, we can increase the added value for our customers, who stand to benefit above all from this outstanding combination.” Phil Heavey, managing director of elumatec UK said: “I was delighted to be able to make this announcement to our customers and partners and hope they will see the positive benefits to them and to the industry.” Call 01908 580800