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GGP August 2015

In Brief T R A D E N EWS Glass firm on acquisition trail A Liverpool headquartered glass business is on the acquisition trail as it moves to expand its branch network and grow revenues by £2m in 2015, with support from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking. GG Glass & Glazing, which specialises in supplying the retail sector, with clients including Next, River Island, HSBC and Tesco, employs 107 people at five sites across the UK, with a turnover of £11m. Now the business, which currently has sites in Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow and London, is looking to expand into new regions. GG Glass & Glazing Finance director, Richard Worrall, said: “We are looking to expand our network into areas where we don’t currently have a presence, and we are seeking potential acquisition targets that we can integrate into the business. “Most of our turnover is generated through commercial structural glazing and it is here that we have been benefiting from growth across 16 the market and from the expansion of key customers like Next. “A key and growing part of our business is our 24/7 emergency glass replacement service, which we operate nationwide. “We currently rely on subcontractors in those parts of the country where we don’t have bases and establishing new depots there would allow us to bring that function in house in order to keep up to date with our customers’ growing needs, as well as boost margins.” Sales up on larger cavities Münster unit www.ggpmag.com August 2015 • Trade counter and Veka Approved Supplier, National Plastics, has moved to strengthen its position in the West Midlands with the acquisition of Wednesbury’s former PAL Supercentre. Offering a ‘one-stop shop’ for trade and DIY customers, National Plastics supplies complete, CEmarked Veka door and window systems, with frames provided by Gwent based fabricator, Modplan. The company’s managing director, Geoff Foster, said: “With the new Wednesbury base we’ve fortified our position in the West Midlands, further extending National Plastics’ promise of superior quality products, great value and exemplary service throughout the area.” • Mirka is committing ‘significant investment’ to a new 20,000m² factory at its headquarters in Finland, specifically designed to produce high tech microfinishing abrasive film technology. The new advanced patented manufacturing process produces high quality abrasive film that offers users cost efficient, consistent and higher quality finishes. Customers are from a variety of industries including glass repair. • Veka Recycling will be exhibiting at this year’s Recycling Waste Management (RWM) exhibition (stand 4J30-K31, 15- 17 September), billed as Europe’s leading event for waste management. The organisation aims to show plastics professionals who include recyclate in their process ‘that it is possible to buy consistently high quality product from a reliable source’. • IronmongeryDirect, says it has added more than 400 new products to its PVC-U doors and windows range, bringing the total number of products available to more than 1,000. Jamie Johnson, product manager at IronmongeryDirect, said: “Since the PVC-U boom in the 1990s, we have seen a large increase in demand for these products as more households are replacing their existing hardware on PVC-U doors and window frames.” Morley Glass and Glazing, the UK manufacturer of ScreenLine integral blinds, reports 29% annual growth in sales of its Uni-Blinds sealed units with 22mm and 27mm cavities, following increased demand for larger windows including sliding patio doors. Ian Short, managing director, Morley Glass, explained: “Typical domestic windows and doors feature 28mm sealed units with a 20mm cavity, into which we can fit ScreenLine integral blinds, in a wide range of colour options. “However, there is growing demand for larger windows and doors – both for the domestic and commercial markets – which require 22mm or 27mm cavities. Our Uni- Blinds sealed units with ScreenLine integral blinds inside can be fitted into doors and windows as large as 2m high and 2m wide.” Testing times Wintech Engineering, the UKAS accredited testing specialist, recently announced an 18% increase in its turnover for the latest financial year. Mike Wass, technical director of Wintech, added: “Within the Window and Door division we have seen a particular increase in demand for Secured by Design testing, which we expect to continue with the recent announcement that Approved Document Q: Security has been passed and will be introduced in October. Companies are also switching to Wintech because they know they can rely on us.” Hardware company, Winkhaus, has opened a new production facility in the northern area of the German city of Münster. The new location includes 10,000m² dedicated to manufacturing activities and technology development, and 3,500m² of office space. With a total surface of 30,000m², the facility is situated in the city centre, and has been designed with layout and material flow optimisation in mind, significantly increasing both the production capacity, and efficiency. Construction of the new factory is said to have resulted in an 80% increase of the production and technology area, compared to the old unit. GG Glass’s Richard Worrall with Alistair Pike of Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking


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