Clearview National May 2017 - Issue 186 - Page 114

GLASS&SEALEDUNITS CELEBRATING DECADE OF UK MANUFACTURING » » 2017 IS A MILESTONE YEAR FOR Edgetech, marking ten years of manufacturing Super Spacer in the UK. Clearview caught up with Managing Director, Chris Alderson, to look back over the last decade and find out how the company will be celebrating the occasion… Few companies can claim to have influenced the glass and glazing industry the way Edgetech has. Not only was it the first company to manufacture Warm Edge Technology in the UK, opening its factory in Coventry in 2007, Edgetech has consistently brought the topic of energy efficiency to the very forefront of the market through a series of high-profile initiatives. Edgetech first got the industry talking in 2006 when it hosted the ‘Energy Efficiency in Focus’ event. This seminar brought 223 key decision makers together to discuss the big issues at the time, including cutting VAT on Energy Saving Recommended Products, gas loss and the longevity of sealed units. Other events followed, including the ‘Journey to C’ nationwide roadshow and the ‘Triple Glazing Question,’ both of which drew audiences in excess of 600 and put timely subjects on the industry’s agenda. Edgetech has made a huge contribution to the energy efficient glazing sector, and 10 years after opening its first UK manufacturing facility, MD Chris Alderson has taken time out of his busy schedule to pause and reflect on the milestone: “2017 is a fantastic opportunity to look back and see just how far we’ve come over the last decade, as well as make plans for where we’d like to be another ten years from now. A huge amount has happened in the intervening time – including being purchased by billion- dollar building products powerhouse Quanex, and merging with their existing spacer company Truseal to become the largest warm edge manufacturer in the world. But our firm commitment to quality, consistency, and exceptional service has always been the focus. “It’s pleasing to note that many of the customers we had at the time of our launch in 2007 are still with us now, and we will be saying a big ‘thank you’ to those companies as well as all our valued customers, suppliers and industry friends for their continuous support at our anniversary event later in the year.” Double R Showcases Quickest IGU Line at Open House » » A RARE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE high automation in action was offered at Double R Glass & Roofing Systems’ recent Open House event. Open to customers and prospects and with time set aside for the industry’s media, the company showed the culmination of months of work designing and installing the quickest vertical IGU Super Spacer Automatic Hot Melt line in the world – the first of its kind in the UK. Managing Director of Double R, Ian Sims explains: “We’re extremely proud of the circa £1m investment we made into this For. El machine and the amount of quality units it allows us to produce on a daily basis, so we had no qualms in opening our doors to anyone who wanted to come and see it in action. It really is a sight to behold with high quality IGUs being produced at record speed. We believe this is the future of Double R but also the future of IGU production. “Visitors to our factory also received a tour of the rest of our premises including 114 » MAY 2017 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M our impressive and experienced decorative department and the extensive range of glass and solid roofs produced in our dedicated roof unit. They also had the chance to chat with our suppliers, with whom we work extremely closely to ensure we deliver on customers’ expectations on a consistent basis. The suppliers supporting us on the day were Edgetech, Bostik, Promac, CENSolutions, ER Certification and Clear Thinking Software. “Congratulations to Three Shires and CRK Windows who won the two prize draws held across the event. “Although our Open House ran for two days, we are so proud of Double R and our offering that we are happy to welcome fabricators and installers to our premises at any time. Anyone that wants to arrange a time to visit can call us on 01933 443658 to make an appointment.” For more information visit www. glassandroof ˘H܈[ NL ͍N