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GGP 04 Apr 2016

“We chose our first Glaston tempering furnace nearly 10 years ago because of the reputation of the company. Glaston, and at the time Tamglass, is one of the best names in the industry. It’s not a cheap investment – but the Glaston engineers are really good at what they do when designing a Glaston FC500™ starts up according to plan TuffX Glass times it right John has been involved at TuffX Glass since 1998 and has helped steer its growth into becoming a specialist and the UK’s largest manufacturer of glass conservatory roofs and processed glass. Located close to Liverpool, the facility that is now housed in 55,000 ft2 is currently expanding with a new extension to encompass 80,000 ft2. Joining two previous Glaston tempering lines, purchased in 2007 and 2010, Glaston’s FC500™ has been installed in February 2016, giving TuffX Glass the capacity needed to serve the growing market demand. RIGHT TIMING FOR SPECIALIZATION TuffX Glass today is divided into two main businesses: processed glass and toughened, high-performance roof glass. John elaborates: “We started in processed glass in the beginning, toughening glass for balustrades, shop fronts and other commercial use. Then in 2004, we saw a gap in the market to replace the polycarbonates used in conservatories with toughened, Low-E glass that features solar control, noise reduction and self cleaning.” It’s taken time, but today the UK has turned around with 60% of the market using toughened glass in conservatories rather than polycarbonates. This specialization has given TuffX Glass an edge over competitors and allowed the company to weather the volatility of the recession. “We really don’t have many competitors,” John states directly. “The recession squeezed many of our earlier competitors out. But we also don’t deliver just standard glass. We’re specialized in solar control, self-cleaning glass that comes in a wide variety of shapes for conservatories and other interior use. We’ve even developed our own software to optimize our cutting process, giving us an exclusive advantage over suppliers when it comes to price and performance.” IT WORKS! “We chose our first Glaston tempering furnace nearly 10 years ago because of the reputation of the company. Glaston, and at the time Tamglass, is one of the best names in the industry. It’s not a cheap investment – but the Glaston engineers are really good at what they do when designing a tempering line. You just switch it on – and it works!” John underlines. Glaston’s service and support have also been highly appreciated. So TuffX Glass bought a second line and now is just beginning the production with their third furnace, the FC500™. “With both machines working 24 hours, 6 days a week, we realized that we had a bottleneck in our capacity. We “It’s perfect timing,” says John Tierney, Operating Director of TuffX Glass, as his third and newest Glaston furnace, the FC500™ is starting to roll out glass. “The market is back with a vengeance. Demand for high-performance glass used in the UK conservatories is starting to outpace supply. And we don’t want to turn away any more business.” tempering line. You just switch it on – and it works!”


GGP 04 Apr 2016
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