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GGP January 2015

New machinery classified ads site goes online A new machinery classified ads website, MachineFinder.co.uk, has been launched. The website aims to bring buyers and sellers of unwanted window and glass machinery together. The new website is the brainchild of Francis Leadbitter, owner of Leadbitter Glass, and his son Bradley Leadbitter, who will be running the website. Bradley said: “As a family business we have bought and sold various types of glass machines through the years and websites like Ebay are not really suited to specialist equipment listings. There are no specific categories to advertise in and all machines just go into one large business category.” MachineFinder.co.uk will have dedicated search categories for glass machinery, PVC-U machinery etc. Unlike other website such as Ebay, which is governed by ‘final value’ fees and rules for payment methods, MachineFinder.co.uk states that it will put potential buyers directly in touch with sellers and let them decide how they want to conclude a sale. “We are basically an introduction service and we do not take any commission on any sales,” continued Bradley. “The only money we make will be from the small listing fee which will start at under £10. Auction site final value fees often run into hundreds or thousands of pounds.” The website will charge a small flat fee for listing machines for sale and claims that this price will not change even on high value ‘£100,000’ machines. MachineFinder.co.uk is offering free listings to all users during the launch of the new website. www.MachineFinder.co.uk 86 MACHINERY Continuous casting machine investment improves efficiency RegaLead has invested in its Manchester production facility with the addition of a new continuous casting machine, in order to further improve efficiency in its self-adhesive lead production Joint managing director, Darren Baker, said: “The manufacture of selfadhesive lead remains at the core of what we do, with more than 30 million metres of lead profile produced per year. Over the last few years there has been a drop in volume in the overall adhesive lead market with the recession across Europe, but more recently we have seen steady growth, both at home and in our export markets – in particular the USA and Russia. This investment will increase our capacity and allow us to maintain our lead times as the market grows again.” “At £55k, the continuous caster is the largest financial investment we have made in lead profile production in 15 years. The equipment has enabled us to enhance our productivity and improve the consistency of our finished product. Not only that, but it has also further improved our environmental credentials by saving energy and helping us recycle waste more efficiently in line with ISO 14001.” www.regalead.co.uk Bohle brings new products Glazing consumables specialist, Bohle, has kick-started 2015 with a raft of new products. The company, which boasts a well established reputation within the glass and glazing industry for product innovation, has continued to launch new products and develop its existing range throughout the economic downturn and plans to launch a dozen new products in the first quarter of the year. Bohle MD, Dave Broxton, explained: “As the economy has returned to growth we feel now, more than ever, is the time to offer our customers potential new growth and diversification opportunities. By improving our existing product portfolio and developing new product ranges we www.ggp.com January 2015 can help customers to generate profitable growth and make efficiency savings. A good example is the age old problem of drilling existing tiled surfaces to install glass hardware. The new Aqua Drill Power+ cordless drill is more powerful, with longer battery life and the water feed chucks and diamond drills can be changed in seconds without tools, saving time on-site and avoiding cracked tile replacement. This is just one example of a number of time-saving, quality offerings from Bohle that are new to our customers this year.” Dave Broxton


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