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Edgetech heads to Dusseldorf for 25th annual Glasstec expo

Warm-edge experts Edgetech have returned from a highly successful appearance at Glasstec 2018.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Glasstec is one of the world’s biggest and most respected glass industry trade expos, and this year drew more than 42,000 visitors from over 120 countries to Dusseldorf between the 23rd and 26th of October.

Edgetech was one of 1,280 exhibitors from fifty countries, and demonstrated the array of hugely impressive projects its products have featured in at a stand bearing the motto ‘Always Present in Prestigious Buildings.’

The mood of the exhibition was extremely positive, as Edgetech Head of Marketing Charlotte Mercer recalls.

“Construction continues to boom in China, the Middle East and Asia more generally, and we saw extensive interest from visitors from these parts of the world across the four days.

“It’s clear that, for Edgetech and other businesses like ours, there’s still huge growth potential in the East – not just because of the rising number of prestige buildings being built across the continent, but also because of the specific challenges that Asian construction presents.”

In hot regions like the Middle East, windows and glass facades are subject to much higher stress, because of large differentials between inside and outside temperatures. Super Spacer’s 100% memory makes it invaluable in these circumstances – no matter how much a unit might expand in hot weather, it will always return to its original position.

Tall, tower block-style buildings are also very popular in the area, which also presents challenges. Again, Super Spacer’s flexibility is extremely useful here, significantly reducing the mechanical load.

“As ever, Glasstec was an extremely valuable experience for us – it’s no surprise it’s lasted 25 years”, Charlotte concludes.

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, as well as a number of rigid products.

New laboratory to accelerate Edgetech innovation

Warm-edge experts Edgetech are gearing up for future innovation with the opening of a new research laboratory.

Situated at the company’s Coventry headquarters, it’s been built to enable Edgetech to develop new products, assist customers in meeting accreditation and compliance requirements, and generally distribute technical expertise more widely throughout the company.

Thanks to parent company Quanex, Edgetech is already blessed with world-class testing facilities in Akron, Ohio – but this is the first time the firm has had the capacity to develop products independently in the UK.

“The demands placed on IGU manufacturers are growing all the time,” comments Technical Development Manager Gary Shoesmith.

“They’re caught in a squeeze between the increasingly stringent standards demanded of them by governments and regulators, and their customers and end-users wanting exceptional performance for ever-more competitive prices.

“On top of that, we’re seeing more and more volatility in the supply chain. Raw material prices have risen, sometimes quite substantially, in the wake of Brexit – and, most pressingly of all at the moment, the silicone shortage is causing headaches throughout the industry.

“At Edgetech, we take these issues extremely seriously – and now, thanks to the new laboratory, I’m spending a significant amount of time and resources on helping our customers respond.

“At the time of writing, I’m evaluating no less than five potential new products, capable of delivering the same outstanding performance the industry has come to expect from us, using materials that are more readily available.”

Managing Director Chris Alderson comments: “This is a major milestone for Edgetech – and with it, we’ll be able to help our customers face up to the challenges of the modern marketplace better than ever before.”

Edgetech takes its place among G18 finalists after year of looking forward

An action-packed period for warm-edge pioneers Edgetech has now been topped off with a prestigious award nomination.

The Coventry business has been announced as a G Award finalist in the best component supplier category.

Leading warm-edge experts for over three decades, Edgetech have followed up a momentous 2017 – which saw them celebrate a decade of manufacturing in the UK and open a new facility at their Coventry HQ – with extensive investments in R and D, the establishment of a new product testing lab, and a wide-ranging research project.

The lab will enable Edgetech to develop new products, assist customers to meet accreditation and compliance requirements, and generally distribute technical expertise more widely throughout the company.

Edgetech also enlisted branding specialists Orb to conduct a thorough analysis of its relationship with its customers, and perceptions of the company in the market more generally.

Over dozens of interviews with Edgetech customers and staff, Orb sought to build up a picture of what stands the firm out from the crowd – and the results have informed Edgetech’s strategy for the years ahead.

“I think we’ll come to look back on 2018 as a pivotal year for Edgetech,” comments Managing Director Chris Alderson.

“2017 was the year we marked our ten-year milestone and celebrated everything we’ve achieved in Coventry since 2007.

“But this year, we’ve focused on the future. We’ve asked ourselves who we are, what our values are, and where we want to be as a business in decades to come. We’ve rebranded to mirror that – and, with the lab, we’ve put resources in place to help us continue driving innovation forward.

“We’re delighted that all this has been recognised by the G Award judges this year – and we look forward to finding out the final results!”

To learn more, visit www.edgetechig.co.uk

From spacer bars to football shirts: Edgetech sponsors Barwell FC

Warm-edge experts Edgetech are sponsoring a football club close to the hearts of one of its longest-standing customers.

David Laing isn’t just Managing Director of Cleartherm, one of the UK’s most respected IGU manufacturers – he’s also Chairman of Evo-Stik Southern Central Premier League side Barwell FC.

Founded in 1992 as a merger between Hinckley and Barwell Athletic, The Canaries finished ninth in 2017-2018, and have already got the 2018-2019 season off to a promising start with two wins and a 1-1 draw.

But regardless of how they perform this year, the team will at least look the part, with a new kit emblazoned with the Edgetech logo.

Edgetech Managing Director Chris Alderson explains the rationale behind supporting David’s footballing endeavours.

“Cleartherm are a hugely valued and long-standing Edgetech customer – they were one of the companies we marked a ten-year anniversary with last year while celebrating a decade of us manufacturing in the UK – and this is just a small way of saying thank you to David for all his support.

“We’re really pleased with how the branded shirts have come out – and we hope Barwell go on to have a fantastic season!”

David Laing commented: “I’m delighted that Edgetech have decided to support Barwell this season. The club is hugely important to me, and it’s a really kind gesture from a company I’ve loved working with for over a decade. It’s small things like this that make Edgetech such a pleasure to deal with.”

If you’re looking for a spacer bar supplier you can trust, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. www.edgetechig.co.uk

Super Spacer soars in Denmark’s eco-friendly Maersk Tower

Super Spacer TriSeal has formed a crucial part of one of Europe’s most eco-friendly buildings.

The Maersk Tower, home to the medical laboratories of the University of Copenhagen, was built in line with Denmark’s historic commitment to becoming 100% carbon neutral by 2050.

It became an instant landmark when it was completed last year thanks to its striking copper shell, the work of superstar architects C. F. Møller and Vienna engineering experts Waagner-Biro.

The futuristic structure incorporates resource-saving measures that include automatic LED lighting, a state-of-the-art eco-friendly cooling system, and rainwater collection for toilet flushing and garden irrigation.

Three-thousand vertical copper-clad fins act as both solar shading and wind protection for the building’s 15 storeys of cylindrically curved triple-glazed facades – where Edgetech’s Super Spacer TriSeal plays a critical role in delivering the building’s exceptional thermal efficiency.

“The Maersk Tower is an outstanding example of how the smallest of components – in this case, warm-edge spacer – can have such a huge impact on a building’s overall performance,” comments Edgetech’s Head of Marketing Charlotte Mercer.

“Together with the stunning glass provided by Berlin-based Glasbiegerei Doring, Super Spacer has helped the building achieve U-values as low as 0.5 W/m2k.

“The sort of curved units that were used on this project demand precise, absolutely parallel application, and that made Super Spacer TriSeal the perfect choice.

“What’s more, Super Spacer’s reflective surface means it completely disappears from view when installed in the frame profile, allowing it to offer world-class performance without compromising the Tower’s dazzling aesthetics.”

The structure has won the Scandinavian Green Roof Prize 2017, the Copenhagen City Architecture Award 2018, the World Architecture Festival Award 2017 in the Higher Education and Research category, and the European Copper in Architecture Award 2017.

If you’re looking for a spacer bar supplier you can trust, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. www.edgetechig.co.uk

Super Spacer’s versatility to take centre-stage at glasstec 2018

Warm-edge experts Edgetech will be showcasing Super Spacer’s market-leading versatility at glasstec, the world’s biggest glass industry trade show.

Drawing over a thousand exhibitors and 40,000 show-goers from 100 countries, glasstec is an emphatically global event, seeking to tackle the biggest issues facing world glass and glazing.

In 2018, visitors to Dusseldorf will be discussing Industry 4.0, the rise of thin glass, facades and smart glass, and new trends in interior design among other hot topics.

At Edgetech’s stand, the respected firm will be celebrating the hundreds of bold and ambitious building projects that Super Spacer has helped bring to life from Scandinavia to the Middle East, including Zaha Hadid’s the Opus in Dubai, and the stunning Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Germany.

It will showcase the state-of-the-art glass architecture featured in these and a whole host of other Super Spacer-enabled developments all over the world.

“Our aim at glasstec is to show the industry just what Super Spacer can do,” comments Edgetech Managing Director Chris Alderson. “From minus-degree temperatures to the deserts of the Gulf, time and time again Super Spacer has offered outstanding performance as part of some of the most striking and ambitious buildings on the planet.

“Its structural foam absorbs the pumping motion caused by rapid increases and drops in temperature, preventing wear on the primary seal and ensuring longevity in any climate zone. And its flexibility means it can be incorporated into units in whatever weird and wonderful shape an architect can dream up.

“We can’t wait to demonstrate all this and more at glasstec. Come and see us at Stand C61 in Hall 17 from the 23rd to the 26th of October!”

If you’re looking for a spacer bar supplier you can trust, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. www.edgetechig.co.uk

Quality you can trust, set apart by the Edgetech name

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A wide-ranging research project commissioned by warm-edge experts Edgetech has seen the company refresh its commitment to customers with a new mission statement.

Edgetech enlisted branding specialists Orb to conduct a thorough analysis of its relationship with its customers, and perceptions of the company in the market more generally.

Over dozens of interviews with customers and staff, Orb sought to build up a picture of what stands Edgetech out from the crowd.

The results have informed Edgetech’s strategy for the years ahead.

“As businesses, we often think we know our customers – but often, we don’t know them quite as well as we think,” comments Head of Marketing Charlotte Mercer.

“For example, we assumed that the key reasons customers continued to work with Edgetech would be very product-centric – and respondents were certainly very complimentary about Super Spacer and our other offerings.

“But actually, they were more focused on the standard of service they receive from us – the consistent product quality, the reliability, the technical support and so on. A comment that comes up more than once was the idea that we were ‘a safe pair of hands’.

“I know a lot of businesses are sceptical of this kind of exercise – but for us, it’s been hugely beneficial.

“It’s provided us with a fantastic opportunity to stop, reflect, and decide how we want to position ourselves in the months and years ahead – and even given us a clearer focus on who we are, what we do, and what makes us special.

“We’re leaders in the insulating glass spacer market, built on a legacy of customer trust and focused on building the future. We’re established, customer-driven, and innovative. And now we’ve got a new mission statement – we exist to create value by putting our customers first, delivering unrivalled performance, and doing the right thing.”

For more information on Edgetech’s range of spacers and to stay up-to-date with the latest developments from the company visit: www.edgetechig.co.uk

Edgetech expertise helps Hourglass go from strength to strength

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Innovative, reliable and widely respected, Hourglass is one of the UK’s leading glass manufacturers – and, over a seven-year partnership with warm-edge experts Edgetech, the firm’s market-leading products have gone from strength to strength.

A fully-automated Super Spacer line has allowed Hourglass to drastically streamline its manufacturing operation, and seen it become one of Edgetech’s biggest customers.

Founded in 1975, Hourglass began life making decorative glass. It expanded rapidly in the decades that followed, beginning to perform all its own bending, UV bonding, laminating, metal work and decorative finishes on-site, and completing work on projects as varied and prestigious as the Royal Barge, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Tower of London and F1 team McLaren’s Technology Centre.

Today, the Gloucester-based business is able to offer one of the widest selections of bespoke glass products in the country – thanks in part to cutting-edge Edgetech innovation, as Claire Miller, Marketing Director of Hourglass parent group Customade Group, explains:

“Hourglass has built its business on a commitment to constantly pushing the boundaries of glass technology – and Edgetech has played a vital role in helping us sustain that.

“Super Spacer’s outstanding performance ensures our glass units offer market-leading thermal efficiency and structural strength – while Edgetech’s automation technology has allowed us to maintain quality even as we’ve significantly increased the numbers of units we produce. It’s more important to us now than ever before as we plan to grow our glass sales dramatically over the next few years, so strong mutually supportive trading relationships are at the top of our agenda.

“We’ve enjoyed a good relationship with Edgetech over the past seven years and look forward to seeing how it develops in the months and years ahead.”

Chris Alderson, Edgetech Managing Director, commented: “Hourglass is a classic example of success through innovation. Just like the Customade Group as a whole, which has helped put lantern roofs and domestic aluminium windows on the map, Hourglass is a pioneer in its field, and it’s been a pleasure to watch them expand and develop over the last seven years.

“For us, it’s a massive vote of confidence in Super Spacer and the Edgetech brand. When we’re the spacer manufacturer of choice for such a progressive, growing company, we know we must be doing something right. Here’s to the next seven years!”

For more information on Edgetech’s range of spacers and to stay up-to-date with the latest developments from the company visit: www.edgetechig.co.uk

For information on the Customade group product ranges visit www.customade.co.uk

Edgetech MD talks tech, innovation and the future of fenestration at landmark Glazing Summit

imgonline-com-ua-resize-tvmiVwJU22UEdgetech Managing Director Chris Alderson took to the stage to debate the future of fenestration at May’s Glazing Summit.

Well-respected Chris, who worked as European Sales Director for one of the world’s biggest adhesive and sealant companies before joining Edgetech in 2016, discussed how innovation and technology is reshaping the sector as part of a panel of industry experts.

“At Edgetech, we’ve always prided ourselves on focusing on more than just our own day-to-day objectives as a business,” Chris comments. “We’ve got a long track record of helping drive the industry forward, including with our Energy Efficiency in Focus and Triple Glazing Question events, and the Glazing Summit has given us a chance to do so again.

“On stage, while acknowledging that innovation has and is continuing to transform the way we work, I also stressed that fenestration is lagging behind other industries in many ways. Other sectors invest a significant proportion of their annual sales revenue in research and development – in the pharmaceuticals industry, the figure is in double digits. In glass and glazing, by contrast, it’s estimated to be less than 1% – and that’s undoubtedly held us back.

“I also suggested a number of ways fenestration businesses can accelerate and incentivise innovation. At my previous employer, a percentage of our sales targets had to be fulfilled by selling new products, for example.

“At Edgetech, we’re focused on new product development, and we’re also championing modern automated insulated glass manufacturing techniques. We’re seeing other countries already investing significantly in manufacturing automation and the UK needs to embrace these efficient manufacturing methods and technologies to be able to compete in the global marketplace and offset the widespread labour shortages.

“Fenestration faces challenges in the years ahead, there’s no doubt – but seeing the industry come together to intelligently discuss them at events like this makes me optimistic about the future.”

Held at the St John’s Exhibition Centre in Solihull on May 22nd, the Glazing Summit brought together 400 senior figures from across fenestration to discuss new product developments, emerging opportunities, and the future of the sector in the wake of Brexit.

For more information on Edgetech’s range of spacers and to stay up-to-date with the latest developments from the company visit: www.edgetechig.co.uk

Edgetech helps manufacturers adapt to changing industry at China Glass

PR223 - Edgetech Team China Glass 2018Globe-trotting Edgetech has returned from a highly successful showcase at the 2018 China Glass exhibition, one of the biggest events in the glazing industry calendar.

Visiting Shanghai from the 19th to the 22nd of April, China Glass draws glazing professionals from across Asia and the wider world to see the latest cutting-edge products, and discuss the key trends and developments reshaping the industry.

This year, the show captured a snapshot of an industry in transition, as Daniel Zhang from Edgetech’s dedicated agent in China explains:

“The glazing market is changing rapidly – particularly here in China. We’re seeing rising demand for energy-efficient products, and for higher-end, better-performing products in general. What’s more, like their European counterparts, Chinese manufacturers are showing more and more interest in automation.

“This year’s China Glass reflected that – and at Edgetech’s, our market-leading spacer products received a huge amount of attention. We showcased the flagship Super Spacer, the TruPlas rigid bar, and a large curved IGU made with our premium commercial-grade product TriSeal, which seemed to particularly impress visitors.

“Beyond the products themselves, there was also a great deal of interest in the broader manufacturing solution that Edgetech can offer – fully-automated lines, world-class technical assistance, finance packages for key customers and more.

“It’s clear that modern IGU manufacturers are looking for both outstanding products and extensive value-added services – and we’re confident that our ability to offer both will ensure we thrive in the years ahead.”

Chris Alderson, Edgetech UK & Asia Pacific Managing Director commented: “As more and more glass manufacturers move towards automation, it’s clear that not just in China but all over the world, there’s huge demand for the sort of speed, efficiency, and excellent all-around performance than Super Spacer and other Edgetech products can provide.”

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, as well as a number of rigid products.

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