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GGP 04 Apr 2016

IGU manufacturer invests Westcountry Glass, part of the Cornwall Glass Group, has made its largest investment in 37 years of trading. The insulated glass (IG) sealed unit manufacturer, previously located in Saltash, has now relocated to a new factory in Plymouth. The new building is four times the size of its previous site. The new factory was officially opened by Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Dr John Mahony, who cut the ribbon with Westcountry Glass company director, Mark Norcliffe. The new building houses a range of state-of-the-art 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 Emmegi's Phantomatic M3 machining centre is helping Elite Conservatories improve quality and reduce lead times production on Thermobar warm edge spacer from Thermoseal Group. This line will produce up to 2,700 x 5,000mm size units, double and triple glazed. Louise Oldham, marketing manager at the Cornwall Glass and Glazing Group, said: “Thermoseal Group are our preferred and trusted partner in all IGU related matters. Our close relationship with Colin Cook, our regional sales manager from Thermoseal, is much valued and we look forward to developing the relationship for many years to come.” An investment approaching £5million has reportedly been allocated to the project, with a view to create an additional 40 jobs over the next two years, to add to the group’s current workforce of 240. ‘10 for 10’ goes live at FIT Machinery supplier, Haffner Murat, has launched a sales incentive scheme, called ‘10 for 10’, which gives fabricators a 10% discount off any of the Haffner Murat machinery range, including refurbished machines, when they pay £10 for the discount voucher. All money received as a result of the promotion will be donated to Hope House Hospice, part of GM Fundraising, which supports children with terminal or long term illnesses. Managing director of Haffner Murat, Dave Thomas, who is an active supporter of GM Fundraising, said: “We continually try to help our customers when buying machinery and having 10% off any of our machines is a great way to do this. This is in addition to our normal incentives such as our part-exchange scheme and competitive finance options. The new ‘10 for 10’ incentive will not only allow customers to get a further 10% off the purchase price, but it also allows a very worthwhile charity to benefit too.” The £10 voucher can be downloaded direct from Haffner Murat’s website www.haffnermurat.com. Once downloaded, customers pay their £10 fee at the point of purchase to receive a 10% discount on their chosen machine. Dave said: “March 2016 is a special milestone for me as I will have been in the industry for over 30 years. This is a way of me saying thank you to both existing and potential customers as well as helping the charity.” The promotion is running from 12 April (the first day of FIT 2016), and finishes on 14 May 2016. ’10 for 10’ vouchers will also be available on the Haffner stand (stand number 272) for those customers wanting to take advantage of the offer at the show. www.haffnermurat.com ‘Triple whammy’ of benefits A new Emmegi Phantomatic M3 machining centre is reportedly helping specialist fabricator, Elite Conservatories, deliver a ‘triple whammy’ of benefits to its trade customers. Lower prices, better quality and shorter lead times are all now part of the package from the Tamworth based company. Elite Conservatories has been successfully making bi-fold doors in Smart’s Visifold 2000 profile for the last seven years and had previously relied largely on a hand router for most of the machining tasks. Now though, with its investment in a new Phantomatic M3 machine, it has transformed its production and key part of that. It is making us is achieving consistently improved quicker and more efficient and, by quality and higher volumes. Lead automating so many of the machining times on the bi-fold doors have been processes, it’s also giving us the reduced from 15 working days to just potential to expand to keep pace 10 and, as a result of the efficiency with demand without having to invest improvements it is seeing, it has in recruiting and training more staff.” been able to pass on price savings to The Emmegi Phantomatic M3 is a its customers. 3+1 controlled axes machine which Director Phil Warner said: “We’re allows processing on three sides of always looking to improve the the workpiece without the need to quality and service we deliver to reposition. It is designed for customers and this new machine is a machining aluminium profiles with up to eight automatically changed tool positions. It features a pneumatic stop at the left side of the machine with four clamps positioned by the slider on the X axis, and it comes with the option of a second stop on the right side to almost double the work capacity if required. A moveable work plane makes loading and unloading of the profiles easy and also extends the length of section which can be machined. 106 MACHINERY www.ggpmag.com April 2016


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