Guardian welcomes Westcountry growth Guardian Industries’ Glass Group in Europe, has said that it is pleased to see one of its UK customers in ‘strong growth mode’. Westcountry Glass, a sealed-unit manufacturer and glass processor that is part of Cornwall Glass & Glazing, has recently made the largest investment in its 37-year history, relocating from Saltash to a new plant in Plymouth and quadrupling the size of its current factory space. “This £5 million investment in new premises and equipment will help Westcountry respond to the needs of the commercial construction industry in the Southwest of England,” said Westcountry director, Mark Norcliffe. “The expansion will see our delivery routes go up the M5 corridor and across the M4, growing the reach of 78 G L A S S & G L A S S PROCESSING the Cornwall Glass Group to new counties and customers, with exciting new possibilities.” Cornwall Glass includes the Guardian SunGuard SuperNeutral (SN) range of products in its portfolio, and says that its growth means that more architectural building customers will have fast, easy access to the innovative SunGuard glass series. Guardian SunGuard SN products reportedly offer ‘excellent’ performance, ‘very good’ selectivity related to light transmission and solar control, and low ‘U’ values for good thermal insulation. The glass is also said to be easy to process with the Temporary Protective Film (TPF) applicator. Westcountry Glass said the new plant will allow it to improve product quality and reduce energy consumption while also adding manufacturing capabilities, including a state-of-the-art toughening plant and CNC processor. As a result, the firm will be able to offer customers a wider range of glass products, with a special focus on meeting growing demand for the processing of more highly efficient, low-E glass. Its planned installations include an AG-Series gapless forced convection glass tempering furnace. The UK’s leading manufacturer of architectural glass products Toughened ■ Laminated ■ Heat Soaking ■ CNC Cutting ■ Heat Strengthening ■ Back Painting ■ Screen Printing ■ Full Digital Printing www.ggpmag.com April 2016 Partitions Balustrades Facades Stairs Canopes www.esg.glass 01376 520061 With a bed size of 2,850mm x 4,200mm this will greatly enhance the company’s ability to toughen a full range of glass types for its new, larger, double and triple glazed IGU line. The new processing equipment will be capable of polishing glass in all thicknesses to the capabilities of the toughening plant, and will included two new jumbo Intermac (6m x 3m) cutting tables.
GGP 04 Apr 2016
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