Clearview National September 2017 - Issue 190 - Page 106

GLASS&SEALEDUNITS Major factory expansion for Slenderline Glass » » LEADING SPECIALISTS IN heritage sealed units, Slenderline Glass, have doubled their factory space following a massive period of growth for their specialist slimline sealed units. Slenderline Glass, who are part of the Kent-based E.J. Cocker Group, saw a 20% increase in sales this July compared to July last year, and recently took the decision to invest in more factory space and new machinery to accommodate demand. Andy Cocker, Director of Slenderline Glass and the E.J. Cocker Group, commented: “The number joiners, of builders and installers buying our specialist slimline units is increasing every year, and we decided now was the right time to invest in our manufacturing facility.” Slenderline Glass specialises in advanced insulated glass units for all heritage and sash windows. All Slenderline Glass units combine both the warm edge technology of Super Spacer and either Argon or Krypton Gas to achieve first-class thermal performance. The firm has found success through its compliance with the strict guidelines of the UK’s conservation areas. Through its sympathetic design, accurate dimensions and high-performance, Slenderline sealed units have become the solution of choice for listed buildings, meeting the needs of the buoyant restoration and replication markets. Introducing Global Glass Essex » » SYNSEAL GROUP HAS rebranded the domestic manufacturing arm of Village Glass in Essex, which is now part of the group’s £40 million Global Glass division. Global Glass Essex services the domestic customers of Village Glass, previously Euroview Manufacturing Limited, and gives additional capacity to the 360 Global Glass customers which Synseal Group supplies throughout the UK. Following the acquisition in December 2016, Global Glass Essex has near tripled its IGU capacity from 6,500 to 18,000 and has appointed 45 new staff members in a range of roles 106 » S EP 2017 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M including shop floor, sales and engineering. Derren Gittins, Glass Managing Director at Synseal Group, said: “We’re having a brilliant year at Global Glass and are very pleased with the progress already made at the Essex plant, where we have almost tripled our sealed unit capacity. It’s an excellent state-of-the-art facility with a high speed triple unit line and a very talented team of staff committed to delivering consistent quality for our customers. “We acquired the plant in Essex to give us a regional base in the South East and to respond to the growing demand from our nationwide customer base. Just like our previous Global Glass acquisitions, we are in a position to fill our capacity and continue to grow while providing 24/7 operational consistency to our customers across four toughening plants and six fully automated sealed unit lines. “We’re very proud that Global Glass is now the largest UK owned IGU supplier with a capacity of 50,000 sealed units a week.” The glass factory in Essex is the third major acquisition for Global Glass in four years, following on from the transition of K2 Conservatories Ltd to Global Glass Blackburn, and Systems Glass to Global Glass Wigan. Since 2011, Synseal Group has invested more than £10 million into its Global Glass division which has gone from a standing start to a £40 million turnover in glass sales in just six years.