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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.

Edgetech champions efficiency and innovation at Fensterbau Frontale

World-leading warm-edge experts Edgetech have returned from a highly successful Fensterbau Frontale.

PR201 - Edgetech Team - Fensterbau 2018Widely acknowledged as the world’s biggest and best fenestration expo, Fensterbau routinely attracts hundreds of thousands of glazing experts from all around the world.

Regular exhibitors at the Nuremberg event, Edgetech have been a pioneering force in the field of high-performance glazing for more than thirty years, and its stand showcased the excellence and innovation that have made it a respected name throughout global construction.

With Super Spacer, thousands of IGU manufacturers have been able to substantially increase energy efficiency and overall unit performance – and with the advent of automation, and ever tighter environmental regulations, outstanding spacer technology is more vital than ever, as Edgetech UK Managing Director Chris Alderson explains:

“Last year we showcased at major glazing events all over the world, and this year we’re doing the same – visiting Germany, India and China among other destinations. And wherever we go, we find more interest in warm-edge products than ever.

“In large part, I think that’s down to the growing appeal of automation for IGU manufacturers. Exceptional thermal performance is now the norm – between 70 and 80% of sealed units now incorporate warm edge technology, compared to just 5% in 2007.

“That’s led to rapidly rising demand for products capable of delivering the very best thermal efficiency – and, in turn, to many firms embracing automation as a way of keeping pace. With companies like Edgetech able to offer automated lines that can produce an IGU every twenty seconds, the efficiency gains are obvious.

“At Fensterbau, it was great to be able to discuss issues like these with IGU manufacturers from all over 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.

 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

Super Spacer soars as part of iconic addition to Dubai skyline

The Opus Super Spacer ProjectThe 21-storey tower was the vision of the late Zaha Hadid, the celebrated Iraqi-born architect known for her ground-breaking modern designs. Her work on ‘The Opus’ was characteristically ambitious. She envisaged a hollowed-out cube, apparently floating in mid-air – and the finished result is strikingly close to her original idea, pushing physical and technological boundaries to achieve its extraordinary melting ice-cube shape.

Bringing such a bold and outlandish vision to life required world-leading expertise – which is how Edgetech, and its high-performance Super Spacer® TriSeal™, became involved in the project.

Edgetech Managing Director Chris Alderson commented: ‘The Opus is quite simply one of the most staggering and ambitious architectural projects attempted this decade.

Chris Alderson, Edgetech UK Managing Director“It’s got a 6,000 square-metre flowing glass facade, a curved, 38-metre long, earthquake-proof glass bridge connecting two towers, and at night the structure is lit up by thousands of individually-controlled LEDs. The bridge section weights 1,000 tonnes alone.

“The building’s central ‘void’ section consists of 4,554 irregularly-shaped dark blue IGUs, the vast majority of which were completely unique. The lower end of that void is bordered by a freely formed glass roof over a multi-story atrium.

“All in all, it was an enormous undertaking – requiring 3D modelling accurate down to the last millimetre, curved aluminium profiles, fastening elements and vast numbers of glass units. More than 10,000 individually curved aluminium profiles were supplied from Denmark and the Netherlands, the glass units were produced in three factories in China, and ultimately the entire 3D puzzle had to be precisely pieced together on the construction site.

“And all that glass called for a very specific type of spacer bar. Firstly, they couldn’t use automated application – virtually every IGU used on the project was a different shape. Secondly, rigid spacers were out of the question – they couldn’t practically be moulded into the weird and wonderful shapes that were required.

“And thirdly, they needed something that offered the highest possible level of performance. In hot climates, in particular, a warm edge spacer has to work hard to hermetically seal the space between the panes. Due to the thermal interaction between hot sunlight and shadows, strong mechanical forces permanently act on the edge compound due to the movement of the glass. What’s more, especially in Dubai, where summer temperatures regularly top 40 degrees Celsius, thermally efficient glazing plays a vital role in keeping the heat out, and the air conditioning in.

“That’s why our premium flexible spacer, TriSeal, was chosen. It is designed specifically for the commercial market, capable of meeting the extremely demanding standards of an architectural masterpiece. It offers world-class performance with its unique triple seal design, incorporating an inner acrylic adhesive seal for immediate unit handling, a polyisobutylene primary seal for enhanced gas retention and low moisture vapour transmission, and an outer silicone seal for structural strength and durability. The flexible foam structure handles both curved profiles and rectangles with ease, while at the same time enabling outstanding thermal efficiency.

“It was the perfect fit for an astounding project – one we were absolutely delighted to be a part of.”

Promotions and appointments see warm edge pioneers gear up for growth

PR062 - New Staff PromotionNew staff and internal promotions are seeing warm edge spacer experts Edgetech gear up for the next phase in their ongoing growth.

Joining the internationally renowned firm’s senior team is Commercial Manager Brian Stewart, an experienced sourcing and procurement specialist.

Past roles have seen him deliver savings of more than £3m by effectively managing organisations’ direct and indirect costs including supply chain, contract negotiations and

more.

At Edgetech, he’ll be charged with overseeing all client-focused aspects of the business, including logistics and customer service.

“I’m delighted to be joining such an innovative and quality-focused business,” Brian commented. “Edgetech is an extremely lean and efficient organisation, giving us an excellent foundation to build on in the months and years ahead – but I’m confident that we can continue to control costs, priorities innovation, and offer our customers the very best quality products and service.”

Recent months have also seen two key promotions within the business. Long-serving staff member Ami Chana has been promoted to Warehouse Supervisor.

Ami was among the first employees hired to work on Edgetech’s manufacturing line back when the company first began making Super Spacer in the UK in 2007. Having experienced roles throughout the business, Ami has now been tasked with overseeing the company’s newly-opened warehouse facility.

Jason Blundred has been promoted to Operations Manager. Starting his Edgetech career as Maintenance Manager, Jason played an integral role in helping Edgetech establish the first UK warm edge spacer manufacturing facility back in 2007.

In his new role, he’ll continue to be responsible for the maintenance department, but will also begin overseeing the firm’s manufacturing capacity more generally.

Edgetech Managing Director Chris Alderson commented: “It’s a hugely exciting time for us here at Edgetech. We’ve invested extensively in new staff and facilities, as we strive to make buying from Edgetech an even better, easier experience. With such high-quality people on the team, we’re confident we can make our second-decade manufacturing in the UK even more successful than the first.”

Edgetech to ‘Visit Glass’ at FIT Show 2019

PR031 - Visit Glass - Super SpacerEdgetech has become one of the first big-name brands to sign up to VISIT Glass, the exciting new show-within-a-show set to take place as part of FIT Show 2019.

The first time in over a decade that glass manufacturing, processing and installation will be given a national platform, VISIT Glass was launched after 40% of FIT Show attendees expressed interest in seeing more focus on glass and glass technology at future events.

The show will combine key exhibitors representing leading brands with thought-provoking seminars on the hottest topics in glass and glazing.

Edgetech Head of Marketing Charlotte Davies commented:

“We’ve always hugely valued the FIT Show, and have exhibited every year since it first launched. It gives us a fantastic opportunity to make new contacts, connect with potential customers and collaborators, and spread awareness of the many benefits of Super Spacer while building the Edgetech brand.

“That’s why when we were approached about the new area, we were keen to be involved once more. The new area will offer a focal point for visitors interested in our segment of the market and we hope will draw a more targeted audience for us. We’re looking forward to attending what we hope will become a regular fixture in the glazing calendar.”

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

Super Spacer can reduce external noise pollution by up to 2dB, reduce condensation by up to 70%, and has been successfully tested from -40 to 85 degrees Celsius.

2017 saw Edgetech celebrate ten years of manufacturing the ground-breaking product in the UK. It was back in 2007 that the firm’s Coventry manufacturing facility first opened its doors – and a decade on, 40 companies marked their own ten-year anniversaries with Super Spacer.

Zak Doors and Windows Expo finds huge opportunities for warm edge experts Edgetech

PR017 - Edgetech - Zak Doors and Windows ExpoWarm edge pioneers Edgetech capped off a momentous year of milestones and international exhibition appearances by showcasing at India’s biggest fenestration event, Zak Doors and Windows Expo.

The fifteenth Zak Doors and Windows Expo came to Mumbai’s MMRDA Exhibition Centre in December, bringing together glazing experts from all around the world to discuss the future of fenestration, and see the latest products taking the sector by storm.

The gathering took place as India’s construction industry gears up for what looks set to be a historic boom, fuelled by extensive state investment.

Hundreds of thousands of homes are scheduled to be built in the next few years as part of the government’s Housing for All by 2022 initiative, with the Indian economy set to almost double in size in that time.

What’s more, ongoing trends away from traditional wooden windows and towards more modern uPVC and aluminium alternatives present huge opportunities for component suppliers, as Edgetech MD Chris Alderson explains.

“It was fantastic to take part in Zak Doors and Windows. There’s a real sense that Indian fenestration is on the cusp of something huge, and as both government and consumers increasingly turn towards high-performance IGUs, we saw enormous interest in the benefits that Super Spacer can provide.

“It’s often suggested that in developing economies like India and China, companies could skip a whole step in the traditional evolution of manufacturing and jump straight from making window units by hand to full automation. Given the unparalleled efficiency of our Super Spacer automated lines, that’s another factor generating interest in Edgetech and our product range.

“It was great to meet manufacturers and others from all around the world, and we’re confident we were able to lay the foundations of what will become close, long-lasting partnerships in years to come.”

For more information about Edgetech please call 02476 639931 or visit: www.edgetechig.co.uk

Warm praise for warm edge experts Edgetech with Net Promoter Score

Chris Alderson, Edgetech UK Managing DirectorA recent customer survey revealed an impressive Net Promoter Score and saw glowing praise for market-leading spacer bar manufacturers Edgetech.

The Coventry business routinely approaches a random selection of clients taken from all spending brackets and to ask them a series of questions about their experiences dealing with Edgetech.

The company analyses the responses using a measurement system called Net Promoter Score, a management tool used to gauge the loyalty of a firm’s customer relationships. By taking the percentage of customers that rated the business 9 or 10 out of 10, and subtracting the percentage of customers that rated it 6 out of 10 or under, Edgetech was able to arrive at its total Net Promoter Score. NPS can be as low as −100 (everybody is a detractor) or as high as +100 (everybody is a promoter) with an NPS of +50 regarded as an excellent result.

Throughout the year, Edgetech’s Net Promoter Score didn’t once drop below +50 and peaked at +88, an achievement the team is keen to maintain and build on.

As well as measuring customers’ overall satisfaction with Edgetech, the survey also captures more detailed information about their relationship with the company.

In the most recent survey, 91% of respondents said Super Spacer accounted for between 76-100% of the warm edge units they produce. 97% said Edgetech engineers respond quickly to any technical queries that arise and all customers agreed that Edgetech’s territory sales managers are making a positive contribution to their business.

“We’re delighted by the results of the customer survey,” comments Managing Director Chris Alderson. “Our excellent Net Promoter Score is particularly encouraging – the average company scores just +10, while the highest-performing businesses usually register between +50 and +80. Our scores give us a fantastic base to build on as we strive to become even more customer-focused in the months and years ahead.”

FENESTRATION BAU China brings international interest

Warm edge experts Edgetech have returned from China’s biggest glazing expo, FENESTRATION BAU, with over a hundred promising leads.

Held at Shanghai’s New China International Exhibition Centre in early November, FEPR001 - FENESTRATION BAU China 2017NESTRATION BAU China drew 100,000 visitors from across mainland China, East Asia and the world to see 635 firms showcase their wares.

The Chinese construction sector has seen phenomenal growth over the past decade – and while new-build is beginning to slow, domestic and commercial refurbishment is still in huge demand.

What’s more, both homeowners and the Chinese business community are becoming increasingly interested in thermally efficient products – and, by extension, warm edge spacer technology.

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, Duralite, and flagship Super Spacer products.

Chris Alderson, Managing Director for the UK and the Asia Pacific, commented: “FENESTRATION BAU China exceeded all expectations this year. Meeting glass manufacturers from as far afield as Taiwan, Korea, Mongolia, the Middle East and the USA, we were able to walk away with over a hundred extremely promising leads.

“It’s clear that not just in China but all over the world, there’s huge demand for the sort of speed, efficiency, and outstanding all-around performance than Super Spacer can provide – particularly as more and more glass manufacturers move towards automation.”

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.

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. In 2017, Edgetech celebrated a decade of manufacturing in the UK, and ten years of partnership with over forty valued customers.

For more information about Edgetech please call 02476 639931

Roof Maker reach new heights with Edgetech’s Super Spacer

PR537 - Chris Alderson, Edgetech Managing Director and Paul Mildenstein, Roof Maker CEORoof Maker, one of the UK’s leading rooflight manufacturer, is celebrating ten years of partnership with world-renowned warm edge experts Edgetech.

Roof Maker’s extensive product offering boasts exceptional thermal performance, robustness, user-friendliness and style, consisting of bespoke roof lights engineered to be best-in-class.

As consumer tastes have shifted, and demand for premium, high-performance glazing products has grown, the fast-growing firm has successfully positioned itself as the leading roof light supplier to the booming higher end of the market – something which arguably wouldn’t have been possible without support from Super Spacer, the pioneering flexible foam warm edge spacer from Edgetech.

PR537 - Roof Maker O-Lite Cross SectionCEO Paul Mildenstein commented: “At Roof Maker, we strive to challenge the idea that all rooflight products are the same.

“We all know that consumers are more discerning and demanding than ever. Today, they want it all – stunning aesthetics, exceptional performance and maximal user-friendliness.

“That’s why our products are triple-glazed as standard, and offer large expanses of glass to maximise natural light – but from a design point of view, that does present some challenges.

“The more glass a product has, the higher the risk of it losing heat and energy – which is what makes Edgetech’s Super Spacer such a vital part of every product we produce. With Edgetech’s help, our products can achieve the best thermal performance of any rooflight in the industry.

“What’s more, Super Spacer is a perfect fit for the more unconventional products we produce, too – like the circular O-Lite rooflight. Super Spacer’s flexibility means we can achieve outstanding thermal performance on a round product, without the need for the expensive and time-consuming bending that would be required with a rigid spacer.”

Edgetech Managing Director Chris Alderson commented: “At Edgetech, we’re never happier than when we’re helping industry-leading fabricators push the boundaries of product performance.

“For triple-glazed units, Super Spacer is ideal. The temperature within triple units, especially when used in roofs, can easily exceed the maximum required of volatile fog tests in current European standards.

With some spacers, this could create a problem – if they’re not compliant with higher international standards they could give off volatiles when overheated. But with Super Spacer, there’s no issue – we’ve successfully tested it from -40 to 85˚C, and it’s stood up to temperatures everywhere from Alaska to Dubai.

“It’s been fantastic watching Roof Maker’s phenomenal growth over the past decade – and we can’t wait to see where their dedication to innovation takes them in the next ten years.”

For more information on how Super Spacer’s flexibility can benefit you, call 02476 639931

Edgetech and Sternfenster hit the 1m mark

PR501 - Edgetech-Sternfenster Factory Product ShotMarket-leading fabricator Sternfenster are celebrating a major manufacturing milestone.

Over ten years of partnership with Edgetech, Sternfenster have produced over one million IG units using Super Spacer warm edge spacer technology.

Sternfenster, the Lincoln fabricator behind fast-growing installation business Starglaze, has built itself into one of the industry’s biggest and most respected brands through more than four decades of hard work and innovation.

Today, the firm supplies a comprehensive selection of uPVC windows and doors using Deceuninck’s 2500 and 2800 profile systems, and high-performance aluminium products from Smarts.

Manufactured to the highest standards at the firm’s 110,000 ft² factory in Lincoln, Sternfenster products deliver robust quality, stunning aesthetics, and, thanks in no small part to Edgetech’s market-leading Super Spacer, outstanding all-round performance.

“We’ve benefitted hugely from our relationship with Edgetech,” commented Sternfenster MD Mike Parczuk. “Super Spacer hasn’t just dramatically improved the thermal performance of the units we produced – it’s significantly upped our productivity and efficiency.

“Super Spacer doesn’t need to be cut into bar length form, it comes pre-dessicated, and it doesn’t need a PIB primary seal applied. Taken altogether, it’s helped revolutionise our manufacturing process, and helped us grow from strength to strength.

“Customers who join our approved installer network enjoy a host of benefits that give them the edge over the competition – and, thanks to Super Spacer, a level of market-leading thermal performance that helps them sell to increasingly energy-conscious end users.

“If you’re interested in learning more about the Sternfenster approved installer network, visit https://www.sternfenster.com/join-our-network/ today.”

Chris Alderson, Edgetech MD commented: “It’s fantastic to reach such a momentous milestone with Sternfenster. It’s been a privilege working with one of the most forward-thinking, quality-driven businesses in UK fenestration – and we look forward to working with them to reach the two million mark!”

 

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