£300k investment to ‘future proof’ business Origin says it has ordered £300,000 worth of new machinery to ‘future proof’ the business and keep abreast of the continued demand for its products. The investment will reportedly help the Buckinghamshire based business maintain its ‘high quality standards’, increase capacity, and growth in the aluminium door and window sector. Ben Brocklesby, sales and marketing director, said: “Investing in new machinery is always top of our priority list, as it enables us to maintain high quality standards as we grow. It will also boost productivity and production and ultimately, contribute to the overall economy. The logic behind it is simple; by investing in the latest technology the company is able to save time and money as it doubles its manpower production efforts.” In addition to the new machinery, Origin says it has also invested in its staff by introducing a two week induction course for all new employees, with a one week refresher a month in. Brocklesby added: “The culture and ethos of Origin is very much a family one and our values are at the very forefront of how we do, and deliver, our business. “In 2002, Origin employed two members of staff; it now employs 153 people and is growing rapidly, so it is imperative that there is an ongoing commitment to monitor and review how staff view the Origin brand. Origin’s employees are our greatest asset, and we consistently drive for everyone to be happy, engaged and rewarded as they are the eyes and ears of the business.” 73 MACHINERY £3m upgrade at Guardian plant Combilift trucks ‘a perfect fit’ www.ggpmag.com August 2015 Guardian Industries’ Glass Group in Europe has reportedly invested more than £3m to upgrade the production line at its Goole plant in East Yorkshire. By completing the upgrade of its magnetron glass sputter coater, Guardian says the facility is now able to make all of the more advanced coatings for its Guardian SunGuard SuperNeutral (SN) product series at the UK plant. Pablo Isasmendi, plant manager, Guardian Glass UK, said: “Manufacturing SunGuard glass in the UK allows a much greater level of flexibility for Guardian and its customers. To ensure we provide the same level of quality SunGuard products produced by our sister plants in continental Europe, we have also installed a sample-size toughening furnace that allows us to inspect the quality of the tempered product during every production run.” An essential part of the upgrade was the addition of a Temporary Protective Film (TPF) applicator. “The TPF is used on all SunGuard SN products to protect the coating before and during processing, helping to secure higher yields through manufacturing,” explained Isasmendi. The new TPF applicator is said to be the most advanced to date within the Guardian group and has the capacity to cover all glass sizes up to and including ‘jumbo’. It also offers additional benefits, with a 4mm overhang at the leading and trailing edge helping to ensure ‘wrinkle-free’ TPF application. Featuring double silver coatings, the SunGuard product line reportedly offers a greater level of selectivity, meaning the glass allows more natural light to pass through while also improving its heatreflection properties. The Telford site of the Epwin Group Window Systems Division has taken delivery of a second fleet of Combilift forklifts, replacing its first consignment which had reportedly seen seven years of reliable service. The seven three-tonne capacity C3000 GST stand-on models incorporate a number of bespoke features to satisfy Epwin’s operational requirements. The majority of materials handled at Telford are 6m long stillages of profiles weighing between 600kg to 1,250kg, which are stored in a 50,000ft² warehouse and 25,000ft² outdoor storage areas and undercover bays. The high bay and high density racking in part of the warehouse requires machines to be able to work in narrow aisles, and Combilift’s GST models are said to be a ‘perfect fit’, allowing aislewidths to be set at just 2,150mm. Five of the seven trucks are new style GSTs which have a lower exhaust and gas bottle position which offers better visibility for the operator. The cab is also larger than on previous models and the foot pedal has been repositioned for enhanced ergonomics. Other customised features include a safety interlock on the mast, and fork lengths of 1,100mm which match the depth of the stillages to avoid forks protruding through the racking. The advantages of the stand-on design of the new trucks, together with a guided aisle system and 8.3m lift, allow for optimum storage capacity and ‘speedy operations’.
GGP August 2015
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