Clearview National September 2017 - Issue 190 - Page 18

PROUD SPONSOR OF INDUSTRY NEWS INDUSTRYNEWS VIPS MARK 10 YEARS OF MANUFACTURING » » WARM EDGE EXPERTS EDGETECH welcomed VIPs from throughout the industry to a celebration marking a decade of UK manufacturing. The company’s Coventry factory became the first warm edge manufacturing facility in the country back in 2007. Exactly ten years on, dignitaries including Bill Griffiths and George Wilson from parent company Quanex and John Blundell, Deputy Lord Mayor of Coventry, marked the anniversary by officially opening a $1.3m extension to the same site. Attendees heard presentations from Edgetech UK Managing Director Chris Alderson, President of Quanex IG Systems George Wilson, who has since been promoted to COO of the Quanex Group, Quanex Chairman and CEO Bill Griffiths. The Quanex Chairman’s Safety Award was presented to Works Manager John Stark to recognize Edgetech UK’s impeccable safety record, while Head of Marketing Charlotte Davies received a £1,000 donation from the company towards her efforts for Paddle2Pedal, to raise money for the Hope House Children’s Hospice. Attendees made generous charity donations also totaling £1,000 sterling and – reflecting the international guest-list – a further £500 in dollars and euros which brings Charlotte’s fundraising total so far to over £4,000. GGF PRESIDENT HIGHLIGHTS POSITIVE CHANGES » » THE GLASS AND GLAZING Federation (GGF) is looking forward to a very positive future, despite some media speculation of internal disruption as the organisation undergoes a transitional period. John Agnew, GGF President issued the following statement to reassure GGF Members and related stakeholders that the GGF and its group of subsidiary companies are on a progressive path to grow and serve the industry. GGF PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT As President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Glass and Glazing Federation, I would like to highlight the positive change at the GGF in the last 12 months. The changes to the management structure and the organisation’s direction were unanimously agreed by the GGF Board. The Board decisions taken and resultant changes in the past year are to be applauded as they were strong decisions made in the best interests of GGF Members and the wider industry. The changes have also been accepted and welcomed by the GGF Group Staff. As with most businesses during a transition period, there will inevitably be some more changes along the way, but rest assured none will be to the detriment of the GGF and its Members. Window industry elite attend the inaugural Ascot Summer Ball » » TWO OF THE BIGGEST NAMES IN the glazing industry, Insight Data and Purplex Marketing, both part of the Ascot Group, recently joined forces to host the first Ascot Summer Ball. The prestigious Ball brought together high flyers and VIPs from across the glazing and construction industry for a spectacular evening that included a gala dinner, a live show and talented musicians. As an added twist, the event was held on the famous Weston-super-Mare Grand Pier, which has completed a £53 million refurbishment. 18 » SE P 2017 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M Doors closed to the public to give Ascot Summer Ball guests exclusive access to the thrilling indoor theme park, which includes a full-size go-kart track. The invitation-only event was hailed as a great success, with guests arriving from all over the UK, some even by helicopter. The Summer Ball also connected guests into the wider business community, with a guest list that included directors of banks, venture capital and private equity firms, national business media, entrepreneurs who have sold or floated their companies as well as representatives from brands such as Aston Martin, BMW and Porsche.