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GGP December 2014

Machinery Confidence high at Glasstec, says Promac Promac, along with its supply partners who exhibited at this year’s Glasstec, has announced another successful show. “Glasstec is always a great show with excellent footfall,” said Joe Hague, managing director of the Promac Group. “As a result of this and the fact our partners always have something innovative to show visitors, we always achieve a good amount of enquiries that we subsequently convert into orders. This year, however, we saw a number of confirmed orders placed at the show from existing and new customers that we hadn’t met before and to me this level of commitment is a clear indicator of the optimism in the international market. “With all our European machinery manufacturers demonstrating the very best technology and innovation, it is easy to see why there was so much interest in their stands. The For.El drilling, milling and notching machine was of particular interest to most processors and was constantly commended for its performance, productivity and quality of end product. Designed specifically as a module, this CNC platform sits between our vertical edge grinder and its wash Premier DGU installs shortest triple auto line 72 December 2014 process delivering high speed polished glass with precisely drilled holes and or notches. “SoftSolution’s range of products developed to ensure quality throughout production were also of particular interest. The unveiling of its new vertical line scanner RCF was a great success and its demonstrations of the cullet scanner and virtual digitising equipment proved consistently popular. “Mappi lead the world in the production of high energy efficient flat glass tempering and lamination plants. Visitors to the stand could see an actual furnace module that demonstrated the features and benefits behind the technology. Reducing running cost whilst improving quality and overall performance made Mappi’s furnace a must see for all who are considering this type of equipment.” Joe concluded: “When a large part of your business is focussed on selling capital equipment, it comes as no surprise that the best platform to generate new business comes from exhibitions. As soon as people see first-hand what our supply partners have to offer, they can appreciate the productivity, performance and quality benefits available to their business. Combined with Promac’s competitive supply, technical support and service provision it truly makes our overall package compelling. The Promac Group will continue to work with leading equipment suppliers from around the world to ensure we bring the very best to the UK marketplace.” www.promac.co.uk When Premier DGU needed a second line to meet the growing demand for triple glazed sealed units, it chose Super Spacer from Edgetech UK. A fully automated line with a Super Spacer application robot was designed by Hegla Bystronic to fit the limited space at Premier DGU’s Exeter factory and the result is said to be the shortest triple glazing IGU line in the UK, . Barry Clarke, director at Premier DGU said: “Triple glazing is the way the industry is going, there’s no doubt about it. The demand from our customers has been growing for months now and we see it accounting for 40 to 50% of the business within the next year and a half. “We’ve been a customer of Edgetech for more than five years and already operate a fully occupied For.El Super Spacer line. The second line has been specifically designed to suit the space we have available and deliver high throughput to manage increased demand.” The new line will manufacture both double and triple glazed sealed units using Edgetech Super Spacer and Saint-Gobain Glass. Craig Dodsworth, head of marketing at Saint- Gobain Glass, added: “Customers are looking to innovate more than ever across double and triple glazing solutions. Saint-Gobain low-E solutions are optimised for both configurations. When used in triple glazing, impressive glass centre pane thermal performance as low as 0.5wm²k can be achieved whilst maintaining neutral aesthetics.” Alan Fielder, director of sales and marketing at Edgetech added: “Customers tell us that the ability to manufacture triple glazing efficiently is becoming more important. We’re really pleased to be working with Premier DGU as their IG solutions partner and supporting them with a cost effective solution to grow capacity.” Steve Goble, managing director at Hegla Bystronic, commented: “Factory space is often an issue for IGU manufacturers looking to future proof their business with an automated line that can handle triple glazed units. Using a Super Spacer applicator we were able to design a shorter line that solved this problem for Premier DGU.”


GGP December 2014
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