Clearview National March 2016 - Issue 172 - Page 117

MACHINERY PROMAC TO SHOWCASE NEW GENERATION MACHINERY AT FIT »»THE PROMAC GROUP WILL BE showcasing its new generation window and glass manufacturing machinery on stands 142 and 144, Hall 1 of the FIT Show on 12 -14 April. This includes the Graf Synergy SL4-FF Evo seamless welder, which eliminates grooves from welded corner joints alongside the Quad Vario – U-R-B-A-N’s latest high performance welder. Joe Hague, Managing Director, Promac Group, said: “Foils, colours and specialist clad products are gaining market share year on year as consumer choice widens. “U-R-B-A-N and Graf Synergy have developed machinery that produces furniture like quality that complements high production factories but in a growing and still demanding market, also produces the efficiencies in manufacture that are key. “The FIT Show is a chance to find out just what we and our machinery can do for fabricators and glass processors.” The Promac Group supplies the UK’s most extensive range of PVCu, aluminium and glass processing machinery and represents among others FOM Industries, BDM, Forel and Pertici. For more information visit stands 142 and 144, Hall 1 of the FIT Show on 12 -14 April. Alternatively, visit www.promac.co.uk or call 01788 577 577 Westcountry Glass expands and invests in machinery Westcountry Glass, part of the Cornwall Glass Group, has made its largest investment in 37 years of trading – including purchasing state-of-the-art machinery. »»THE INSULATED GLASS (IG) sealed unit manufacturer, previously located in Saltash, has now relocated to its new factory in Plymouth. The new building is four times the size of its previous site. The company spent much time, effort and research visiting machinery manufacturers in Romania, Italy, Spain, Ireland, China along with visiting many ‘like-minded and kindly’ UK glass processors and IG manufacturers, before the key purchasing decisions were made. The new factory was officially opened by Lord Mayor of Plymouth Councillor Dr John Mahony who cut the opening ribbon with Westcountry Glass company directory Mark Norcliffe. The new building houses a range of equipment including: a new toughening plant and CNC processor; an AG-Series gapless forced connection glass tempering furnace; an Intermac CNC Master 33; automated concertina racks and two new jumbo Intermac cutting tables, one for laminated glass and the other for float (monolithic) glass. In addition, there is a new Bystronic IG Line with first production on Thermobar Warm Edge spacer from Thermoseal Group. This line will produce up to 2700 x 5000mm size units, double and triple glazed. An investment approaching £5million has been allocated to this ambitious project, with the anticipation over the next 24 months of creating an additional 40 jobs to add to the group’s current total workforce of 240. The whole project was planned and implemented over a tight but momentum fuelled 12-month period. Aside from this milestone investment, the Group’s other two major manufacturing sites (St Austell, Cornwall and Highbridge, Somerset) have made substantial investments in Waterjet cutting, Straight Line Edgers processing and Sealed Unit Lines. Company Director, Mark Norcliffe said ”The new expansion will see Westcountry Glass’ delivery routes go up the M5 corridor and across the M4, growing the reach of the Cornwall Glass Group to new counties and customers, with exciting new possibilities.” Source: Thermoseal Group, www.thermosealgroup.com C L E A RV I E W-U K . C O M » M A R 2016 » 117