£2m machinery investment

Float Glass Industries has completed a £2m re-investment programme including a 7,000ft2 factory extension and new machine technology.

The centrepieces of the investment are three state-of-the-art machinery installations: a Glaston FC500 2,800 x 6,000 tempering plant, which was reportedly the first to be installed in this country, a Busetti 2,200 x 3,000 Special double edging line and a Forel 2.8 vertical edging machine.  

Dawn Offland, joint managing director at Float Glass Industries, said: “Our investment is another example of our commitment to offering our customers product and service quality that simply cannot be matched.”

According to Float Glass Industries, the Glaston machine, which has several patented technologies, produces glass with ‘unbeatable’ optical performance and flatness. The 2,800 x 6,000 bed of the FC500 is incredibly productive which will be further supported by the installation in June 2015 of a Forel vertical edging machine which auto arrisses and smooths the edges of the thicker glasses up to 2.8m.  

The Busetti 2,200 x 3,000 Special double edging line is said to produce high quality, consistent edgework with automatic squaring which is important to the range of Float Glass Industries’ processed glass products such as partitioning, shower screen and balustrades.  This investment also assures accurate alignment of the glass and additionally has three separate spindles which produce groove channels to the edgework for specialised partitioning systems.

Dawn commented: “We have a policy of continuous investment in our business to ensure we deliver what our customers need: first class service and exceptional product quality. The Glaston, Forel & Busetti technologies help us achieve both these things.”


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