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Edgetech and Quanex mark ten years of partnership

It’s been ten years since world-renowned spacer manufacturer Edgetech became part of billion-dollar building products group Quanex.

Back in 2011, Edgetech was already a leading spacer supplier, and one of fenestration’s most forward-thinking companies.

It was that legacy of innovation and product excellence that caught the attention of Quanex, which had grown from humble beginnings in South Lyon, Michigan to become a New York Stock Exchange-listed building products powerhouse.

“This is a fantastic milestone, and has given us all cause to reflect on everything Edgetech and Quanex have achieved together over the last decade,” comments Edgetech Managing Director Chris Alderson.

“From the very beginning, the two businesses were an excellent fit – both committed to health and safety, employee wellbeing, product innovation, sustainability, and much more.

“Since 2011, those synergies have enabled us to continue pushing boundaries, developing new products, and cementing Edgetech’s reputation as a global leader in spacer technology.

“Fittingly, as we enter our second decade as part of Quanex, we’re currently in the process of implementing a new, group-wide four tier strategy designed to guide our development in the coming years.

“Each of the four tiers represents a crucial stakeholder that we serve – customers, employees, shareholders, and the community.

“By doing everything we can to delight and exceed the expectations of each of these sectors, we know we can build a business that’s even stronger, more innovative, and that provides an even better service to customers all around the world.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank George, our CEO, and the rest of the Quanex executive leadership for all their support and encouragement over the last decade, and we’re extremely excited to see what we can achieve together in the years ahead.”

Quanex President and CEO George Wilson comments: “I’ve worked very closely with Chris and the Edgetech team over the last ten years, and we’re delighted they’re a part of the Quanex family.

“Their dedication to product excellence, innovation and providing the highest quality customer service is an asset to the Quanex Group, and I look forward to working with them further in the decade to come.”

For more information, please call 02476 639931 or visit www.edgetechig.co.uk

Two new starters and one milestone anniversary

Chris Alderson, Edgetech’s respected Managing Director, is marking his five year anniversary at the company.

Chris joined the world-renowned warm-edge spacer manufacturer back in 2016, after more than twenty years spent in a series of senior roles at adhesive and sealant experts Bostik.

The sales, operations and management expertise he gained there made him the perfect choice to take the helm at Edgetech.

Under Chris’ leadership, Edgetech has embarked on an intensive period of new product development, which has already yielded results with many exciting new product innovations in the pipeline.

Initially, in addition to running Edgetech’s British operations from the company’s Coventry base, he also oversaw its business in the Asia Pacific region.

More recently, he’s assumed leadership of Edgetech’s European arm, based in Heinsberg, Germany.

“I’m very proud of what we’ve managed to achieve over the last five years,” Chris comments.

“I was fortunate to have an excellent foundation to build on, and assisted by dozens of dedicated and passionate employees, we’ve been able to continue Edgetech’s long legacy at the forefront of IGU innovation.

“The last year in particular has demonstrated the resilience and adaptability of the Edgetech workforce, and thanks both to them and incredibly supportive Edgetech customers around the country, we’ve managed to come through a very challenging year with an excellent performance.

“Going forward, we’ll be continuing to push the boundaries of warm-edge spacer technology, help our customers improve their efficiency and productivity, and raise the profile of the fantastic (and sometimes sadly undervalued) work of the British IG sector.”

Continally investing in products, people and customer support

One of Chris’s top priorities as Managing Director has been continual investment not just in products, but also people and customer support.

So, in addition to celebrating his five-year milestone, Edgetech have also kicked off 2021 by welcoming two new recruits.

Hamzah Sheikh has strengthened the company’s finance team as a Trainee Accountant, bringing with him a broad experience gained in accounts roles in a number of private and public organisations.

Meanwhile, Tracey Powell has joined as Customer Services Administrator in Edgetech’s fast-growing Customer Fulfilment Team. Tracey’s wealth of customer service experience will prove invaluable as the company continues to improve upon its successful ‘customers at the centre’ initiative.

“We’re delighted to be welcoming Hamzah and Tracey, and we look forward to benefitting from their skills and experience in the years ahead”, Chris comments. “If the last year has taught us anything, it’s that a resilient business is built on the back of talented, dedicated and adaptable people.”

For more information please call + 44 (0) 2476 639931 or visit www.edgetechig.co.uk

Super Spacer used in high profile London Project Lightbox

Edgetech Project Lightbox
London’s Finsbury Avenue Square is located in the heart of the city’s financial district. The British Land Corporation, who manage the site, wanted to create a visually impressive exterior space to attract tourists and brighten up the journey of commuters passing through the square on their way to Liverpool Street Station. The renovation of the square was carried out by a company called Artistic Licence who designed and installed the LED lighting system.

Super Spacer specified for performance

The project is one of the world’s largest exterior lighting installations. 100,000 colour changing LEDs were used with over 650 double glazed sealed units used to house the lighting. As a ground level exterior installation, it was essential that the glass units were as airtight as possible to limit the potential for water and air ingress which would have a negative impact on the light emission.

Managing Director of Artistic Licence, Wayne Howells had to thoroughly research his options when sourcing the best protective technology for the light boxes. He selected Edgetech’s Super Spacer because of its superior performance and long guarantees stating:

“A unique project like this has to be done right. From the beginning the technical support was excellent. Someone was always available if we had questions.”

An award-winning installation

The project, being based in such a high-profile location has attracted much interest since its completion. The 15cm wide LED light boxes produce a spectacular effect on passersby and thanks to the use of five different lengths, the effects range from half a metre to almost 2 metres. The intensity of the LED lights is computer controlled to produce over 16 million different shades with the square changing colour every night.

Since completion in 2004, the installation has won multiple awards including: 2004 Winner of Exterior Lighting by the Lighting Industry and Federation, and the Light and Design Award by IEIJ. It was also highly commended by the FX Awards in 2005. The installation has proven popular with locals and tourists alike, both of whom have been stunned by the visual spectacle which through the use of colour change lighting technology, can create ambient lighting from the softly subtle to the vividly vibrant.

 

 

Green on the Grand, Ontario – a sustainable commercial success story

The ever-increasing need for low energy commercial building construction is felt throughout the world.

Green on the Grand is a collective design effort between Ian Cook Construction and Enermodal Engineering Ltd. Their vision was to create a building that featured significantly lower energy and environmental costs than conventional commercial buildings, heavily weighted towards energy and water conservation, whilst promoting a healthy internal environment and seeking greater leasing rates.

Bordering Ontario’s Grand River, the smooth integration between the building and the landscape was another essential element to consider.

Super Spacer® – sustainable materials for efficient envelope design

Built on 1.4-acres in the Lancaster Corporate Centre site and covering 22,000 sq.ft, the selection of windows and doors was critical to issues of heat loss and heat gain through glazing. So, to accomplish comfortable indoor air quality throughout, all the windows were triple-glazed, double low-E coated, double argon filled and produced with flexible silicone Super Spacer®.

Measuring its success by lease-rates, bearing in mind that the commercial tenancy rate in Kitchener was less than 80%, when construction was completed, Green on the Grand was fully leased. Tracking its progress through its first year also reveals the annual energy savings were approximately $7,700, surpassing initial estimates by 10%.

High-efficiency, low-tech building design

Constructed between 1995-1996, six years on from completion, Enermodal president and building designer Steven Carpenter praised the project, stating “Just for the record, we haven’t had a single seal failure in any of our windows. All have operated just fine.”

“The one surprise to me,” he notes, “is that since we’re very close to a multi-lane expressway, I’ve been very impressed with the windows’ soundproofing. We have operable windows, and if you open one, suddenly you realize, ‘Oh, I’m beside an expressway!”

“Windows are the most important thing to look at in trying to minimize summer cooling loads,” added Carpenter.

LEED Silver Standard green building rating

The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design standard (LEED) is a four-tiered credit-based rating system that awards points based on compliance with different aspects of sustainability. Impressively exceeding ASHRAE 90.1 energy efficiency guidelines by 50%, although Green on the Grand pre-dates the inception of the LEED rating system, it is estimated at a high LEED Silver standard. Achieving the highest grade offered by the BREEAM rating system, Green on the Grand was awarded outstanding in design and excellent in operation and maintenance.

For more information please visit www.edgetechig.co.uk

Super Spacer; rethinking the spatial experience whilst symbolizing Seoul’s pride

Gran Seoul Tower, South Korea

Seoul is renowned throughout the world for its unique fusion of traditional and modern architectural trends and styles, uniting glistening skyscrapers and endless high-rise buildings alongside historic Buddhist temples and bustling local marketplaces.

Completed in 2013, South Korean construction giant GS Group and one of Korea’s leading architectural design firms joined forces to create a grade-A, multipurpose commercial building that paid close attention to the preservation and improvement of this site’s historical specifics.

A rich tapestry of old and new

Situated on one of Seoul’s oldest streets, originally a hub for traditional arts and crafts, the site itself was a silk market dating back to the Joseon Dynsasty (1392-1897). With this in mind, the horizontal and vertical elements of the elevation take inspiration from the weft and warp yarns of the fabric it was once famed for.

Envisioning a central symbol of the present and the future, Chang-jo Architects preserved the cultural appeal of the site by restoring the ancient city pathway running through the site known as The Route of Pimat-Gil. Priceless artifacts excavated from the floor during construction also became unique features of this stunning construction project, displayed and protected behind large swathes of glass – working in harmony with the building’s exterior and interior aesthetics.

Super Spacer; rethinking the spatial experience whilst symbolizing Seoul’s pride

South Korean facades are built to last, and the Gran Seoul Tower is no different. Utilising approximately 40,000 sq. meters of double silver Low-E argon filled IG made with Super Spacer® TriSeal™, the impressive 24-storey Gran Seoul Tower combines office space, a world-class hotel, department store, major companies, finance enterprises, government offices, and banks all under one roof. Surrounded by historical and cultural facilities that symbolize Seoul’s pride, it was vital that the glass units were also as durable as possible to retain the historical importance of the site.

Award-winning sustainable design

Since its completion, The Gran Seoul Tower has been awarded the prestigious LEED Platinum Award by the U.S Green Building Council. This is the highest LEED certification possible, awarded to buildings that attain 80 points or more. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, which is based on a four-tiered credit-based rating system that awards points based on compliance with different aspects of sustainability.

For more information please visit www.edgetechig.co.uk

Edgetech continues to support worthy causes despite the challenges of 2020

Coronavirus has affected every part of society in one way or another – but the charity sector has been especially hard hit.

With charity shops around the country ordered to close, and hundreds of critical fundraising events forced to cancel, groups offering vital support to millions of vulnerable people are struggling to survive.

But one of the most heartening things to come out of the long and difficult pandemic is the spirit of generosity that’s seen thousands of businesses and members of the public step up and help charities in need.

At warm-edge experts Edgetech, and parent company Quanex, this is seen as so important that they’ve identified the community as one of four key stakeholders they place special emphasis on caring for, along with their customers, employees and shareholders.

Mindful of this, during this difficult period the employees of the Coventry-based firm have donated hundreds of urgently needed food and cleaning products to their local foodbank, whose services have been more in demand than ever in recent months. Quanex matched the physical donation with an £800 financial contribution.

Edgetech have also raised money for Myton Hospice, a local charity supporting people with terminal illnesses. Among other fundraising activities, staff took part in a ‘Wear it festive’ day, dressing up in garish Christmas clothing in return for donations.

Some of the company’s usual charitable activities were disrupted by the pandemic, but they found other ways of continuing to support the same important causes.

Edgetech would normally support the coffee morning held by Macmillan Cancer Research each year, but in order to encourage social distancing the company encouraged individuals to take on sponsored challenges during the month instead.

With staff members giving up alcohol, losing weight, or in the case of Head of Technical Development Gary Shoesmith, walking the equivalent of the distance from his house to the Coventry office, the company managed to raise £410 for Macmillan during the month.

In previous years, Edgetech has also purchased holiday cards from respected glazing sector charity GM Fundraising. This year, since so many people are working from home, the company opted to send digital messages instead – but made a financial donation and purchased a special rainbow print to make sure GM, and Hope House Children’s Hospice, didn’t lose out on their usual support.

“At Edgetech, we’re all very aware that we’re in a relatively fortunate position,” comments Managing Director Chris Alderson.

“Many sectors of the economy have been devastated by the pandemic, with thousands of businesses in leisure, travel, tourism, hospitality and retail forced to close entirely.

“That meant that this year, we felt it was more important than ever to support the vital causes and organisations who do so much to help millions of vulnerable people throughout the UK.

“We want to thank all the local charities who’ve continued to do fantastic work in extremely difficult circumstances this year, and we look forward to continuing to support them in 2021”.

Edgetech’s Super Spacer TriSeal SG to enable spectacular new buildings

Warm-edge pioneers Edgetech have released the latest in a series of outstanding next-generation spacer bars.

Super Spacer® TriSeal™ SG brings the exceptional strength of the firm’s recently launched T-Spacer™ SG to a product designed for manual application.

Superb structural glazing spacer bars

SG stands for ‘structural glazing’ – and like T-Spacer SG, TriSeal SG has been developed for use on the most demanding architectural projects.

TriSeal SG incorporates a larger area for PIB application than average spacers, allowing for a much stronger seal.

“Whether the project at hand calls for manual or automated application, IGU manufacturers now have an excellent option when making extra-large and curved or shaped glazing for complex and ambitious buildings,” comments Edgetech Managing Director Chris Alderson.

“All around the world, there are iconic buildings that have only been made possible by Edgetech’s innovative products.

“We’re extremely proud of that fact, and we’re always at work on new products that will give architects even more freedom and choice.

“We’re eager to see what they can achieve with Super Spacer TriSeal SG.”

Pushing the boundaries of spacer bar technology

TriSeal SG comes as just the latest in a series of new products from Edgetech and the business is also working on a number of further innovations that will continue to push the boundaries of spacer bar technology.

For more information, please call + 44 (0) 2476 639931 or visit www.edgetechig.co.uk

Edgetech COVID-19 Update

Update 5 January 2021

Following the Prime Minister’s latest lockdown announcement, in line with the guidance for construction and manufacturing, we would like to reassure customers that Edgetech will continue to operate as usual.

We are operating our facilities under COVID-19 guidelines and we will continue to keep welfare and safety our top priority. As always, we will monitor the latest guidance and keep customers updated throughout.

With the renewed emphasis on working from home in this lockdown we wanted to take the opportunity to remind you of the services we have put in place to enable us to continue delivering the expected level of service from us and that are available to help you operate during this time too.

Customer Services

Our customer services department is open from 8.00am-4pm. We have put in a new phone system to enable office staff to answer the main line whether working from home or in the office so you can continue to contact us by:

Phone: 02476 639931

Email: ukorders@edgetechig.com

Purchasing

As a reminder our lead time is 5 working days for all main Super Spacer, TruPlas and Aluminium products, so please bear this in mind when managing stocks.

Our online ordering system is available which may help you to enable your purchasing teams to work from home more easily. It also enables our team to process the orders more efficiently and results in more accurate orders.

Over 40% of orders are now placed through this system and feedback from customers using this method have indicated it is easy to use and their preferred way of placing orders now.

The service is supported with full remote training and how-to videos. To arrange an online demonstration or to set up your online account contact Krishma Patel, on krishma.patel@edgetechig.com.

Accounts

Please contact our accounts team by email on: ukaccounts@edgetechig.com.

Area Managers

To discuss your account or for technical queries please contact either:

 Tony Palmer, Head of Sales

Phone: 07738 800779

Email: tony.palmer@edgetechig.com

 

Iain Britton, National Technical Sales Representative

Phone: 07741 260293

Email: iain.britton@edgetechig.com

 

We would like to assure you that we are doing all we can to continue to operate with the safety of our employees and customers in mind and will continue to update you as the situation develops.

Stay safe,

Chris Alderson

Managing Director

Student halls – but not as you know them: Edgetech excels on stunning Danish project

From a bird’s eye view, it looks like a meandering path through a leafy city park. But get a bit closer, and you realise it’s actually a building – one of the most ambitious, spectacular and sustainable buildings Scandinavia has ever produced.

BaseCamp Lyngby is a 415,000 square-foot student accommodation block in Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s a winding, undulating structure with an 800-metre running and walking track, grass, plants and trees covering the entirety of its roof.

Made of glass and facades in three different shades of oak, the building itself contains a total of 786 apartments, 639 of them for students, 48 for retired residents. Completed to serve Copenhagen’s Lyngby University of Technology, the project took just two and a half years.

The structure is made out of trapezoidal modules stacked to different heights, allowing for the sloping walkway on its roof.

But its not just impressive to look at it – it’s also been designed to put cost-effectiveness and sustainability at the forefront.

The building’s ventilated curtain wall was insulated with rock wool and clad with slabs made of pressed volcanic basalt rock from Rockpanel, while its green roof is covered in solar panels to generate electricity. Any rain that falls on the structure is disposed of via evaporation, reducing the ambient temperature and strain on the sewer system.

Super Spacer® T-Spacer™ Premium Plus – the obvious choice

It required more than 4,000 IGUs, which had to conform to the irregular shape of the building – and that, combined with the need for outstanding thermal performance, made Super Spacer® T-Spacer™ Premium Plus the obvious choice.

Danish IGU manufacturer Glaseksperten, who were contracted to work on the project, operate a fully-automated, state-of-the-art Super Spacer line.

“Super Spacer is of key importance to Glaseksperten in supplying quality products which also ensure we are a leading company in economical and ecological terms”, comments Sales Manager Jesper Hønning. “The fully automated continuous application of spacer from the reel saves time and money, while guaranteeing top-class product quality.”

Chris Alderson, Edgetech Managing Director, comments: “We’re absolutely delighted to see Edgetech products used in such a stunning building.

“Scandinavia is a global pioneer in sustainable construction, and a major growth market for warm-edge technology.

“We’re confident that Super Spacer® T-Spacer™ Premium Plus will offer the building’s residents outstanding performance for many decades to come.”

For more information, please call + 44 (0) 2476 639931 or visit www.edgetechig.co.uk

TriSeal™ protects priceless manuscripts in ambitious Qatar National Library building

Edgetech’s world-renowned Super Spacer has played a crucial role in the construction of one of the Middle East’s most spectacular new buildings.

The celebrated product was used to deliver the stunning 5,500 square-meter glass façade of the Qatar National Library.

The 42,000 square meter structure is home to over a million books, and 500,000 digital editions. The library’s most valuable volumes are kept in a six-meter deep, glass-ceilinged room reminiscent of an excavated labyrinth.

Its diamond-shaped façade area has been designed to filter out the glaring Middle Eastern sun, while still letting in enough light to illuminate the library interior.

The façade has been designed without any metallic elements, ensuring there are no thermal bridges to conduct heat into the building – a crucial consideration, since not only does Qatar routinely experience summer temperatures in excess of 40 degrees Celsius, it’s unfortunately a part of the world that’s being severely affected by global warming.

Its double-glazed IGUs are curved, ensuring that the façade is both self-supporting, and exceptionally resistant to wind and other strong weather.

A low-e coating, and a solar control coating, filter and reflect sunlight, and a grey grid of 3mm metallic dots, with a precise 6mm spacing, was burnt into them in order to reduce radiation transmission even further.

Super Spacer® TriSeal™ Flex;
an obvious choice

The need for both exceptional thermal performance and a product that was compatible with the building’s curved IGUs made Super Spacer® TriSeal™ Flex an obvious choice, as Edgetech Managing Director Chris Alderson explains.

“In places like Qatar, the constant fluctuations between incredible heat in the day and much cooler evenings exerts considerable pressure on the edge seal. Super Spacer’s structural foam is able to absorb that pumping motion, allowing IGUs to withstand the pressure.

“This is one reason that Super Spacer has been specified in some of the world’s most iconic, architecturally ambitious buildings – and we’re delighted to see it used to such stunning effect in Qatar’s National Library.”

Edgetech’s Super Spacer® flexible foam-based spacer systems act as energy-efficient warm edge spacers in insulating glass windows. They significantly reduce energy loss to the outside, largely prevent condensation and also contribute to the lifetime of a window. On average, worldwide, more than 300 million metres are sold annually in over 90 countries.

For more information please call + 44 (0) 2476 639931 or visit www.edgetechig.co.uk

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