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VIPs gather to mark decade of manufacturing

PR338 - Edgetech Ribbon CuttingWarm edge experts Edgetech welcomed VIPs from throughout the industry to a celebration marking a decade of UK manufacturing.

The company’s Coventry factory became the first warm edge manufacturing facility in the country back in 2007. Exactly ten years on, dignitaries including Bill Griffiths and George Wilson from parent company Quanex and John Blundell, Deputy Lord Mayor of Coventry, marked the anniversary by officially opening a $1.3m extension to the same site.

Attendees heard presentations from Edgetech UK Managing Director Chris Alderson, President of Quanex IG Systems George Wilson, who has since been promoted to COO of the Quanex Group, Quanex Chairman and CEO Bill Griffiths, as well as industry expert Andrew Scott, Managing Director of Insight Data. Guests were also treated to a virtual tour of the new facilities.1S9A6643

“We were absolutely delighted to welcome so many colleagues, customers, members of the media and others to our HQ to celebrate such a major milestone and unveil our new facilities,” comments Chris Alderson, Edgetech UK Managing Director. “This event has given us a fantastic opportunity to reflect on everything we’ve accomplished over the last decade, and to say thank you to our customers, many of whom have been with us since day one.

“It also gave us the chance to share our vision for the next decade and beyond – and demonstrate both our strong relationship with Quanex, and our unwavering commitment to product research and development.”

The Quanex Chairman’s Safety Award was presented to Works Manager John Stark to recognize Edgetech UK’s impeccable safety record, while Head of Marketing Charlotte Davies received a £1,000 donation from the company towards her efforts for Paddle2Pedal, the all-female event from GM Fundraising that will see 12 fenestration professionals canoe, abseil and cycle hundreds of miles in August to raise money for the Hope House Children’s Hospice.

Attendees made generous charity donations also totaling £1,000 sterling and – reflecting the international guest-list – a further £500 in dollars and euros which brings Charlotte’s fundraising total so far to over £4,000.

The event culminated with a fun-filled medieval banquet, and Edgetech’s annual golf event the following day.

 

Edgetech celebration marks decade of UK manufacturing

Edgetech, a Quanex company, are marking ten years of UK manufacturing and warm edge excellence with a two-day long celebration.

On July the 13th, customers and colleagues from across the world will gather at the company’s Coventry headquarters to look back at what has been accomplished over the past decade, and forward to what it wants to achieve in the ten years ahead.

After lunch and presentations, the focus will shift to the Coombe Abbey hotel for a drinks reception – followed by a lavish medieval-themed feast! The next day, guests are invited to take part in Edgetech’s annual golf day at nearby Staverton Park.

Edgetech Managing Director Chris Alderson commented: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to reflect on what we’ve achieved over the past ten years, and how far warm edge technology has come in a relatively short amount of time.

“It’s also the perfect time to make some big announcements about our direction in the next ten years – and it’s only right that our long-standing customers and friends from throughout the industry get to hear about them first. We wouldn’t be where we are today without our customers and suppliers, so we will be taking this opportunity to publicly thank them for their support.

“We’re officially fully booked for the day and evening and we look forward to seeing all our guests on July the 13th!”

Edgetech’s Super Spacer is the market leading flexible warm edge spacer product on the market, offering easy application, 100% memory and exceptional thermal efficiency and condensation resistance.

The company also manufactures an extensive range of other flexible components for various IGU applications, as well as a number of ancillary products including TruPlas rigid warm edge spacer bar.

Edgetech heads East to showcase at China Glass

PR284 - Edgetech at China Glass 2017 (2)Warm edge experts Edgetech joined delegates from around the world at China Glass, one of the biggest dates in the global glass industry’s calendar.

Held each year in Beijing or Shanghai, the massive trade show reliably draws visitors in excess of thirty thousand, and this year featured 800 exhibiting companies from over thirty countries.

Edgetech, which trades under the name of parent company Quanex in China, attracted attention from new prospects and existing customers alike with its impressive warm edge offerings, including its TruPlas, Dura, and flagship Super Spacer products.

Of particular interest was an eye-catching curved IGU display, made with Super Spacer TriSeal.

Chris Alderson, Managing Director for the UK and Asia Pacific, commented: “The fact this was our seventh appearance at China Glass speaks volumes about how valuable the show is for our business.

“It gives us the opportunity to meet thousands of new prospects from every continent on the planet – and if thirty years of talking to people about Super Spacer and our other best-in-class products has taught us anything, it’s that seeing their phenomenal performance in person is often enough to persuade potential customers to make the switch.

“It was fantastic meeting so many glazing professionals from all around the world, and we look forward to developing the new contacts we made into lasting, mutually profitable relationships.”

Edgetech’s Super Spacer is the leading foam warm edge spacer product on the market, offering easy application, 100% memory and exceptional thermal efficiency and condensation resistance. The firm also manufactures an extensive range of other flexible components, including its commercial-focused TriSeal and T-Spacer and conservation-friendly Heritage product, as well as a number of rigid products.

In 2011, Edgetech was acquired by billion-dollar building products giant Quanex. Soon after, Edgetech was merged with Truseal to create the world’s largest warm edge manufacturing site. Edgetech now has three spacer manufacturing facilities located in the USA, UK and Germany and between the sites in excess of 300 million metres of spacer is produced every year.

Edgetech gives a warm reception to returning R&D expert

PR278 - Gary Shoesmith, Edgetech Technical Development ManagerWarm edge pioneers Edgetech are welcoming the return of a key former member of senior staff after a three-year hiatus.

Gary Shoesmith served as Edgetech UK’s Director of Operations and Quality between 2008 and 2014, and now re-joins the organisation as Technical Development Manager.

Gary’s appointment significantly bolsters Edgetech’s local R&D capabilities. Working with Ohio-based R&D colleagues from US parent company Quanex Building Products, and reporting directly to Edgetech UK Managing Director Chris Alderson, Gary will be charged with spearheading a number of key projects aimed at further developing Edgetech’s already industry-leading product range.

Gary commented: “It’s been a great experience returning to Edgetech UK – the wonderful welcome I’ve received has made me feel right at home again, and the company’s commitment to continual investment in safety, quality, training and an expanded infrastructure was immediately clear upon my return.

“In a market that’s growing ever more competitive, differentiating yourself through innovation and an extensive range of unique, high-quality products is essential. It’s that innovation process that I’m here to resource and drive – and I’m confident that given our decades of expertise and well proven technology, we’ll be able to stay ahead of the field, to deliver even more value and choice to our customers.”

Chris Alderson, Edgetech UK Managing Director comments: “It really is excellent news that we now have Gary back with us. Our goal for the next ten years is to cement our position as the UK’s spacer supplier of choice, known for our commitment to continuous improvement and product innovation – and this appointment is an important part of facilitating that. Gary has been instrumental previously in bringing new products to market with Edgetech and we’re already benefitting from his knowledge. After a decade manufacturing in Coventry we’re on the cusp of another period of growth and advancement – making it a hugely exciting time for Edgetech and our customers.”

Founded in 1989, and today forming part of global building products group Quanex, Edgetech revolutionised the industry with the introduction of the game-changing Super Spacer flexible warm edge spacer bar. Currently celebrating a decade of manufacturing at its Coventry headquarters, Edgetech offers a comprehensive range of components for warm edge windows.

TruFit wins fans during Master Fitter Challenge

PR277 - FIT Show Master Fitter ChallengeEdgetech’s innovative Trufit insulation tape played a central role in this year’s Master Fitter Challenge, the two-day test of skill that’s been a FIT Show highlight since the event began.

The ever-popular competition saw six teams of experienced installers battle it out to fit windows, residential and bifold doors and a roof lantern, all under the eagle-eyed gaze of professional GQA assessors and show-goers from throughout the industry.

This year, the competitors were faced with an extra challenge – the window and residential door had to be fitted with Edgetech’s TruFit insulation tape, a product most of them had never used before. But as Edgetech’s head of marketing Charlotte Davies explains, initials nerves were quickly replaced with relief as they got to work.

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“To start with, the competitors were a bit sceptical about TruFit, which was understandable – they’d never used it before, they were under a lot of pressure, and were facing the prospect of having to quickly get used to and effectively apply an unfamiliar product while being scrutinised by experts in the field.

“Thankfully, though, it didn’t take them long to realise that TruFit has been designed with ease of use in mind. Where silicone can be messy, expensive and inconsistent, TruFit tape is easy to apply and provides industry-leading weather-tightness, air-tightness, and thermal and acoustic insulation – and by the end, some of the contestants were asking for boxes of TruFit they could take away and use on their day-to-day installations!”

Mick Clayton, GQA CEO commented: “It was great to see TruFit included in the challenge for two reasons. Firstly, it pushed the competitors out of their comfort zone so we could see how they handled an unfamiliar product under pressure, and secondly, it exemplified the kind of outstanding installation work we wanted the contestants to achieve. If it’s not installed or insulated correctly, then even the highest specification window isn’t going to achieve its potential.”

David Keates of DK Windows, the firm that walked away with the top prize of £5,000, commented: “In the beginning, we were wary of TruFit – we’d never used it before, and we were worried that a new product might hold us back. In fact, it’s extremely easy to use, and we’ll definitely be considering using it on future installations!”

TruFit, provided by Edgetech in association with manufacturing partner Tremco Illbruck, is a compressed foam insulating seal. The tape expands to effectively seal all gaps and spaces between the frame and wall to ensure consistent weather protection, air-tightness and eliminate draughts.

For more information please visit: www.trufit-it.com

Edgetech to demonstrate the science of warm edge at upcoming FIT Show

PR204 - The Science of Warm Edge Technology -Internationally acclaimed spacer bar manufacturer Edgetech, a Quanex company, is bringing the ‘science of warm edge’ to the upcoming FIT Show.

Since 1985, when it first launched the ground-breaking Super Spacer flexible foam spacer product, Edgetech has led the market in driving energy efficiency and improving productivity.

Edgetech’s interactive science-themed FIT Show stand will give visitors a glimpse of the scientific rigour it has brought to product development and testing over the last thirty years. Practical demonstrations of Edgetech’s entry-level manual application equipment will show how quick, easy and cost effective it is to manufacture insulated glass units with Super Spacer and is always a popular feature at exhibitions.

“It’s our dedication to intensive research, extensive testing and innovation that’s always stood Edgetech out from the competition,” commented Head of Marketing, Charlotte Davies. “We take a scientific approach to everything we do to ensure that our product quality is second to none. It’s that ethos we’ll be looking to showcase at the NEC later this month. We have absolute confidence in the performance of our product, not only from laboratory testing but also as it’s been tried and tested in the field for over 30 years. The FIT Show gives us the opportunity to let visitors conduct experiments themselves to experience Super Spacer’s outstanding performance first hand.

“We’ve appeared at every FIT Show since the event began, and this year it’s going to be bigger and better than ever. We can’t wait to head to Birmingham and show the industry what we can do. Whether you’re an installer looking to ensure the components in your windows will stand the test of time, a fabricator looking for a cost-effective way to begin manufacturing IG or an IGU manufacturer looking to partner with a company you can trust, we encourage you all to join us on stand E12.”

Founded in 1989, and today forming part of global building products group Quanex, Edgetech revolutionised the industry with the introduction of the game-changing Super Spacer flexible warm edge spacer bar. Currently celebrating a decade of manufacturing at its Coventry headquarters, the company offers a comprehensive range of components for warm edge windows.

For more information on Edgetech and its wide range of products visit www.edgetechig.co.uk

JWC Group Spots The Trends

JWC-Group-Spots-the-Bifold-TrendsEdgetech Super Spacer® customer JWC Group has seen big increases in the number of large units required for bi-folding and sliding doors.

Jim Churchill, Managing Director at JWC Group explains: “Thirty years’ experience in the industry has given me a good eye for spotting trends. The biggest one at the moment is bi-folding doors, the perfect solution for homeowners looking to improve their living areas by merging inside and outside spaces.

“By taking note of end-user trends, we can adapt our product range so it’s focussed on helping our installer customers meet homeowner demand.

“That’s why we started using Super Spacer six years ago. With Window Energy Ratings being so widespread, we needed a product that helped us to offer A-rated, warm edge windows that stand the test of time.

“Super Spacer is a high-specification product and the industry-leading guarantee is a massive bonus that we can give to customers. As well as offering thermal efficiency, Super Spacer is quick to apply, so it gives us the best productivity with reduced labour costs.”
Another trend the Rotherham-based IGU manufacturer and fabricator is looking to capitalise on is coloured profile.

Jim continues: “Homeowners don’t just want white or dark brown windows anymore, they’re looking for more varied and stylish options. That’s why we’ve also invested in a spray shop to help installers offer more PVCu colour choices for end-users. Super Spacer is the ideal product for this trend too due to the unique way the foam material reflects the frame. This simplifies our component stock requirements as we don’t have to carry many different colours of spacer bar.”

Alan Fielder, director of sales and marketing at Edgetech comments: “In recent years the industry as a whole has improved its offering significantly and installers are embracing the opportunities from promoting superior products and diversifying their portfolio for homeowners. This is great to see and a far cry from the days when white PVC was the start and end of the home presentation!
“In times of increasing complexity for the supply chain Super Spacer is simply the best solution – seamless aesthetics for every frame combination in one product.

“Thermal performance is now a given and customers, like JWC, are enjoying the additional productivity, proven durability and aesthetic benefits they have with Super Spacer. We look forward to supporting our customers through many more trends to come.”
For more information on JWC Group, visit: www.jwc-group.co.uk. For more on manufacturing IGUs with Super Spacer click here.

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