Quality partnership for two likeminded companies

Glass Systems & Roseview WindowsWhen you manufacture one of the most authentic uPVC vertical sliding sash windows on the market today, every product you produce needs to be of the highest quality. It’s only fitting then that leading sash window fabricator Roseview Windows chose the UK’s biggest independent sealed unit manufacturer Glass Systems as their sealed unit supplier.

“Because of the nature of sash windows, we have to supply all our products fully glazed” explains managing director Willie Kerr. “We used to manufacture our own sealed units in-house but found it was easier and more cost-effective sourcing them from Glass Systems.  Glass Systems offer three weekly deliveries; fitting in perfectly with our manufacturing schedule, and meaning we don’t have to hold too much glass in stock. They offer the competitive trade prices you would expect from a company that produces 35,000 units plus per week and the product quality is consistently high; a factor I suspect that’s down to the massive investments they have made in recent years.”

The switch from in-house manufacturing to using Glass Systems as a supplier not only means better quality for Roseview’s products, it also means better quality of service for their customers.

Willie comments: “A great product is only one side of the story. If the sealed-units are late problems are going to occur and this will compromise the excellent service we offer our customers. With Glass Systems as our supplier we are confident we can in turn offer our customers with fast deliveries and a better overall service.”

Dave Summers, regional sales manager at Glass Systems comments: “It’s good to be working with a likeminded company who puts quality at the heart of everything they do. Roseview have some very innovative products, such as their mechanically jointed Ultimate Rose window, and we look forward to helping them continue their success into the future.”

Glass Systems offer a wide range of glass types including soft coat, toughened, laminated, obscure and decorative.  The company has invested £millions in new manufacturing equipment in recent years, enabling them to enhance quality and efficiencies throughout the factory and improve the energy efficiency of their products.

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Glass Systems Ltd Going For Continued Growth

With further significant Super Spacer Investment

The Glass Systems Group, has continued its investment strategy and acquired the UK’s first twin head Super Spacer applicator. The applicator will enable Glass Systems Ltd to produce both warm edge triple and double glazed sealed units with increased efficiency, preparing the business for the expected increase in demand for this type of product.

It is due to be installed in May 2013, when Glass Systems Ltd will switch to Super Spacer as their standard warm edge offering. Alan Atkinson, managing director of the Glass Systems Group explains:

“We’ve been using Edgetech at our conservatory roof division Climate for the past four years and last autumn successfully installed a fully automated Bystronic single head applicator at Glass Systems Direct, our sister company. Edgetech super spacer became our standard warm edge offering at Glass Systems Direct, and the next logical step was to continue the strategy at Glass Systems Ltd.

The increasing demand for warm edge, combined with an anticipated increase in triple glazed resulted in us going down the twin head option from Bystronic. This is a major acquisition for Glass Systems Ltd, but there is no doubt both us and our customers will benefit. It not only further automates production, increasing our efficiencies and quality, but also offers our customers that “something extra”. As well as ticking all the boxes in terms of WER requirements, the brand awareness and marketing help available from Edgetech for our customers, and in turn their customers, is a major plus for all concerned.

The trend for more warm edge IGUs is one that Alan does not see slowing down. He continues: “Two years ago warm edge represented about 10% of our business, but this is now at the 50% mark. With the new Building Regulations due in October this year, we envisage more and more demand and are gearing up for 80% warm edge. Fullfing this demand with Super Spacer is the natural choice and allows us to continue to be not only the largest independent IGU manufacturer in the UK, but also the most productive.”

Andy Jones, Edgetech’s Managing Director comments: “We’re delighted to support Glass Systems as Super Spacer becomes an increasingly important part of their business. Alan’s comment about the increase in demand for warm edge and the requirement to fullfil this demand cost effectively and with the highest levels of productivity, is one being echoed by many companies. Always a front runner in market developments and direction, Glass Systems shares Edgetech’s philosophy of staying ahead by investment, and we look forward to supporting their future growth.”

Glass Systems march east

UK MapThe Glass Systems Group, the UK’s largest independent sealed unit manufacturer, is successfully expanding its customer base to include the East of England. Glass Systems already has 30 customers in the area they supply to on a regular basis, and managing director Alan Atkinson anticipates this number is set to increase:

“Historically Glass Systems has not ventured into the Eastern side of England. However following the sad demise of major sealed unit manufacturer Uniglaze 2, a gap has been left in the market which prompted us take the next step of our expansion.

Short term customers in East Anglia are being serviced from our existing factory in South Wales, but we have already made a significant investment in plant and machinery, and this business will switch to our new production facility in the area in the coming months.

The expansion is being spearheaded by ex-director of Uniglaze 2, Mervyn Raby, who joined Glass Systems last November. Mervyn will ensure the transition into this new area and the establishment of the new facility runs smoothly and will continue to oversee existing customers as well as helping support new ones.

Alan continues “We established something similar with Glass Systems Direct Ltd, one of our group companies, five years ago, and the principle in East Anglia will be the same. Whilst a separate company, the new venture in East Anglia will benefit from the advantages, knowledge and expertise of our group.  It will have its own sales office, production facility, geographical area and customers.  As with Glass Systems Direct Ltd and Climate, the “head office” function, will be at our HQ in Swansea.

Alan concludes: “In difficult economic times we continue to invest in, and expand our business. We have seen major expansion and growth at Climate, our conservatory roof division, and Glass Systems Direct, over the last 18 months and the establishment of a new facility to cover the Eastern side of England is the next logical step.

The move into these new areas will allow an increasing customer base to benefit from the quality, level of service and attention to detail that Glass Systems existing customers have come to expect over the last 25 years.”

New Appointment Strengthens Glass Systems Ltd

Glass Systems LtdGlass Systems Ltd is pleased to announce that former Uniglaze 2 Director Mervyn Raby has today (16/11/12) joined our team.

Managing Director Alan Atkinson comments: “I am delighted to welcome Mervyn to Glass Systems. His wealth of experience and knowledge of our industry adds real value to the business and will complement our own expertise.”

Alan continues: “In the short term, Glass Systems will be supplying sealed units into East Anglia from our existing factories, with vehicles based in the area. We will be offering customers in the area the same quality products, competitive prices, unparalleled level of service and attention to detail that our customers throughout the rest of England and Wales have enjoyed for many years.

“In the New Year our continued expansion will see a manufacturing facility set up in the area. It will help fill some of the void left by the sad demise of Uniglaze 2, and also offer employment opportunities to some of the experienced staff who now find themselves out of work in these hard economic times.”

For more details please contact Mervyn Raby on 07850 800577 or email mervyn@glasssystemsltd.co.uk

More investment at Glass Systems Ltd makes things even better

Viprotron ScannerGlass Systems Ltd, part of the UK’s largest independent sealed unit manufacturers, the Glass Systems Group, has invested £40,000 in a Viprotron Scanner to monitor glass quality and further improve efficiencies at their Swansea factory.

Situated on the sealed unit production line, the Viprotron Scanner uses the latest generation of intelligent CCD cameras and an intuitive Windows-based user interface to reliably monitor quality within the assembly process. It enables the operators to quickly identify marks or blemishes to the glass surface, including defects that are sometimes not visible in factory conditions.

Managing director Alan Atkinson comments: “The Viprotron Scanner is another major acquisition for Glass Systems and will significantly improve the quality of sealed units leaving our factory. With the high volume of sealed units we produce any machinery that can help us operate more efficiently, and at the same time improve the quality of the finished product, is not only a huge benefit to Glass Systems Ltd, but also to our customers. It ultimately means we can offer a faster turnaround and still offer the same high quality that we have become renowned for.”

The installation of the Viprotron Scanner is the latest in a long line of investments for the Glass Systems Group in recent years. In 2010 they became the first company in the UK to purchase a Lisec spacer bar bender, with the capability of bending Swisspacer warm edge bar. This followed the installation of three new gas presses into their Bystronic lines and the addition of two new edge deletion cutting lines.

More recently Climate, the Glass Systems Group conservatory roof glass division, purchased a third Lisec automatic arising line, an additional auto-cutting table with edge deletion and a fourth tempering furnace.

“We have invested over £2m across the three business divisions (Glass Systems Ltd, Glass Systems Direct Ltd and Climate) in the last two years” Alan adds. “This has considerably strengthened the infrastructure at the Glass Systems Group and further cements our position as the UK’s leading sealed unit manufacturers.”

The Glass Systems Group manufacture the full spectrum of sealed unit solutions, including Eco-Pane sealed units (the branded name for soft coat units), Pilkington EnergiKare sealed units, and Climate conservatory roof glass. The company also offers the full range of decorative options including Georgian leaded, stained and bevelled units to compliment any installation.