New toughening plant is a UK ‘first’

Westcountry Glass, part of the Cornwall Glass Group, has invested in a state-of-the-art toughening furnace for its new factory in Plymouth.

The toughening plant from Lambert GT Services is said to be the first of its type installed in the UK. According to Westcountry Glass, is also the largest in the South West, enabling the company to toughen glass up to 2,850mm x 4,200mm.

The fifth generation AG-Series Gapless Forced Convection Glass Tempering Furnace is said offer ‘superior product quality, higher efficiency and easier processing control’. It has an ‘intelligent’ temperature control module, with a more accurate heating zone, along with technology to avoid overheating of glass edges and thermal stress spots caused by uneven hot air backflow.

Mark Norcliffe, a director of the Cornwall Glass Group, said: “This new machine will complement our three current furnaces and open up so many new opportunities for Westcountry Glass and the branch network of Cornwall Glass. The team at Westcountry Glass are very excited with the prospect of being able to produce toughened glass for both single and IGUs to the new maximum sizes now available on the new furnace and we look forward to being able to do business with new customers and help our existing customers with new products and capabilities. We look forward to a long partnership with Lambert GT Services.”

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