Clearview National May 2018 - Issue 198 - Page 90

MACHINERY Further heavy investment in modern machinery » » FOLLOWING ITS 2016 ACQUISITION by Audasi Holdings, Hertfordshire-based Welglaze continues to build on its future, having recently completed a major investment programme in new machinery at its Letchworth site. Since relocating to the state of the art 12,000 square foot production facility, the PVCU window and door fabricator has invested heavily in increasing both production quality and capacity, w ith a Heritage Machinery Package from Haffner Murat being the latest addition to the factory. This has doubled Welglaze’s capacity for mechanical-look flush casements, as group Chairman Adrian Barraclough explains; “Consumers today are looking for a window as close to authentic timber as possible, and the award-winning Deceuninck Flush Casement ticks most of the boxes; however they want the appearance to mimic the authentic straight butt joints of timber. Our investment in the Haffner Murat machinery allows us to weld the Deceunink flush window by milling the end of the profile, welding the corner joints together to give a butt joint finish on the outside of the profile. This retains the strength and production efficiency of welding, but with the added aesthetics of a mechanically jointed window.” MORE YOUNG LIVES COULD BE SAVED IF US EXAMPLE WAS FOLLOWED » » MIKE DERHAM, Chairman of Angel Ventlock window restrictor manufacturer Mighton Products, has made a further call for the UK to follow the United States in intensifying legislation and educational efforts to prevent young children falling from windows. Mike highlighted National Window Safety Week, an initiative of the National Safety Council, which has linked with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission to raise awareness about the dangers of children falling from windows in a campaign that took place during the first week of April. This is to further reduce the estimated 3,300 children ages five and younger, who are treated each year in US hospital emergency departments. Sadly an average of eight deaths are also recorded annually. By comparison more than 4,000 such accidents a year happen in the UK. “In the United States there is far greater awareness of the dangers posed to young children of falling from windows than here in the UK,” said Mike. “Legislation is tougher but this is supplemented by public awareness initiatives including the National Safety Council, which even has a Window Safety Task Force that provides important information on how effective window safety practices and hardware can help significantly reduce the amount of window-fall related injuries.” £45K INVESTMENT FOR MIDLANDS MACHINERY » » CELEBRATING 24 YEARS IN business, Stedek is one of the region’s most respected window and door suppliers, particularly noted for its uncompromising quality standards. The fast-growing Midlands 90 » M AY 2018 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M fabricator is aiming to become one of the country’s leading Residence Collection suppliers, after purchasing a further £45k of machinery. Since 2010, Stedek has made its name manufacturing Epwin’s Swish and Profile 22 systems. Now, the firm has acquired a bank of twelve Jade end millers to accommodate DW3’s much-celebrated timber-alternative Residence Collection, with the aim of tapping into demand at the higher end of the market. First launched in 2011, R9 quickly became the benchmark by which all other heritage-look timber-alternatives were judged. In 2016 Residence added the seven- chambered Residence 7, and the squarer, more contemporary-looking R2 to form the collection. Managing Director Alex Page comments: “At Stedek, we’re obsessed with quality, and we’ve built our business on offering our customers flawless products backed with outstanding service. This latest investment is designed to help us bring that same level of quality to the Residence Collection, allowing more installers to benefit from the sort of outstanding service that only Stedek can provide.”