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Edgetech take the top spot with 91.5% of the vote

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Warm-edge experts Edgetech have won the National Fenestration Awards’ Spacer Bar Manufacturer category with a staggering 91.5% of the vote!

Held annually, the National Fenestration Awards is the UK glazing industry’s only democratic award scheme, inviting thousands of installers, fabricators and other industry professionals from across the country to vote for the best British glazing has to offer.

Not only did over 90% of voters choose Edgetech as their Spacer Bar Manufacturer of the Year, but Edgetech’s Edgetherm RS rigid spacer came joint third in the New Product category – a great achievement for a product that’s only recently been announced.

It’s the icing on the cake for the Coventry firm, after a 2019 that’s seen it develop a raft of new products, and mark thirty years of its flagship Super Spacer.

Managing Director Chris Alderson comments: “It’s always hugely gratifying to win an award – but not much beats winning one that’s voted on by hundreds of customers, colleagues and friends throughout the industry.

“Sincere thanks to everyone who took the time to vote for us – it’s made for a great end to a fantastic year for us.

“We’re not going to get complacent though. In 2020, we’re going to strive to do even better across the board – and are looking forward to launching some ground-breaking new innovations in the months ahead.”

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

Edgetech and Alan Fielder announce departure

Alan FielderAlan Fielder, Edgetech’s experienced Sales & Marketing Director, is leaving the company after twelve years.

When Alan first joined the firm back in 2008, warm-edge technology was still in its infancy in the UK.

Over the decade that followed, he was an integral part of the team that helped popularise it – to the extent that now, in 2019, warm-edge has firmly established itself in the mainstream.

Overseeing the company’s UK sales activity, Alan has helped hundreds of IGU manufacturers increase quality, efficiency, and enjoy sustainable, profitable growth.

He was also at the forefront of Edgetech’s ground-breaking ‘Journey to C’ roadshow tour in 2010, that helped establish window energy ratings and eased the way for fabricators and installers to achieve them.

Last year, Alan received the inaugural Heart of the Industry prize at the National Fenestration Awards, where judges praised him for his ‘dedicated and long-standing service to the UK fenestration sector’.

Edgetech Managing Director Chris Alderson comments:

“We want to thank Alan for all his hard work and commitment over the last ten years, and we’ve been pleased to support him in return over the last 2-3 years.

“He’s hugely passionate, knowledgeable, and has been a fantastic ambassador for Edgetech. His day-to-day involvement and unique sense of humour will be greatly missed!

“He’s well-liked and respected throughout the industry, and we look forward to hopefully continuing to work closely with him. We wish him all the best in the next phase of his life and career.”

Alan Fielder comments:

“My time at Edgetech has been an absolute blast, and I would like to thank my colleagues past and present, our wonderful customers and our worthy competitors for their sterling contributions to a very enjoyable journey – it’s been something of a privilege.

“I would hope that anyone who has had dealings with me in any capacity will have found me fair and honest, and felt they were treated the way I would like to be treated.

“Moving forward, I would like to think that my knowledge and experience of window and door systems, fabrication, installation, insulating glass, sales and marketing may be of value to folk in the UK fenestration industry, and would certainly consider a few days per week consultancy if the right things come along.

“My wife Susan and I have been planning a permanent move to our little house on the beach on our beloved Isle of Wight for some time now, and in 2020 we’ll be looking to make that a reality. I also have a small collection of quite interesting guitars, so it might be an idea to learn how to play one of them!”

 

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

Quanex Makes Major Investment at its Mikron® Washington Facility

HL Plastics Plant

Mikron® will add 10 new state-of-the-art extrusion lines from Extrunet, improving operations to better support customer demand.

HOUSTON, Sept. 17, 2019 (NYSE: NX) – Quanex Building Products has announced a major investment in its Mikron® brand of uPVC window and door profiles in the form of new, state-of-the-art extrusion equipment at its Kent, Washington, facility.

The advanced manufacturing lines are sourced from Extrunet, an Austria-based company specializing in industry-leading extrusion technology. Quanex anticipates that the new lines will be fully operational by early 2020. Once complete, this facility will be one of the most advanced extrusion operations in North America.

“We’re making this investment because we fully believe in Mikron® and its continued success,” said Bob Daniels, president, North American Fenestration, Quanex Building Products. “By driving new efficiency in our manufacturing capabilities, our customers will experience the benefits firsthand in the form of improved production stability and overall customer experience.”

The new lines are fully digitized, enabling the production team’s unprecedented insight into relevant data and analytics to help drive manufacturing efficiencies at every level. Quanex will continuously pursue Industry 4.0 manufacturing strategies that this new equipment enables.

Quanex has already seen and experienced the benefits from Extrunet equipment and the company’s expertise and support as a supplier. HL Plastics, a Quanex company and manufacturer of Liniar-brand PVC windows and doors in the United Kingdom, utilizes advanced Extrunet lines at its award-winning Derbyshire plant.

“This is also an investment in our people,” Daniels continued. “The new equipment will be first and foremost safer, easier to work with, featuring cleaner, quieter and more sustainable operations for an improved plant floor environment.”

The investment is made in conjunction with the formation of Quanex’s North American Fenestration Group, which unites each of its trusted brands, including Mikron®, Homeshield® and IG Systems, to meet the needs of fenestration professionals everywhere.

Learn more about Mikron® at GlassBuild 2019 at Booth #2517, or visit www.quanex.com.

Edgetech marks passing of founder Michael Glover

Michael Glover

Edgetech are sad to announce the death of Michael Glover, the company’s founder.

Michael started Edgetech back in 1987, and was one of the key creative drivers behind what would become the company’s flagship product – Super Spacer.

Super Spacer, the pioneering warm-edge spacer, went on to help transform world glazing, and has been fitted in tens of millions of windows all around the world.

In 1989, Edgetech became part of Lauren International, but Michael remained intimately involved in the business. In 2011, the company was bought by Quanex Building Products.

Michael leaves behind an amazing legacy of innovation, and a vision that’s helped shape the fenestration industry into what it is today.

Kevin E. Gray, CEO of Lauren International and former Edgetech president comments:

“Michael was first a family man who was full of kindness, and second an entrepreneur who was always looking for new solutions to old challenges.

“It was an honour to have worked with him for many years and to watch his vision become a reality. My condolences go out to Michael’s family, colleagues and many friends. He will be missed.”

Erin Johnson, marketing director for Quanex, also commented:

“Michael was the visionary behind Edgetech and Super Spacer, and his legacy lives on today through his family and through his contributions to creating higher-performing building products.

“After 30-plus years in the field, his invention is still making a tremendous impact in homes and buildings around the globe. On behalf of Quanex and all of us who knew and worked with Michael, our thoughts are with his family and friends.”

Edgetech regional manager rides the Retro Run

Edgetech Retro Run 2019

It’s a pub crawl with a difference – it takes place in broad daylight and there’s a 7-mile cycle involved.

Over nearly a decade, the Retro Run has raised thousands of pounds for deserving West Midlands charities.

And this year, as on many previous occasions, Edgetech’s Northern Regional Manager Karl Jones was one of the hardy cyclists taking part.

What began back in 2011 as a nostalgic bike ride for twelve friends has since ballooned into an annual event involving more than 200 riders, beginning and ending at the Nailers Arms in Bournheath, Bromsgrove, and passing three other pubs on route.

In the past, the Retro Run has supported the Birmingham Children’s Hospice, Acorns Children’s Hospice and MacMillan Cancer Support among other extremely worthy causes.

This year, however, the organisers’ chosen charity was the Dodford Children’s Holiday Farm, which, since 1950, has provided farmyard getaways for disadvantaged and disabled children.

At the time of writing, the event has raised over £8,000 for the charity, £5,700 of that from Just Giving alone.

As well as riding the route himself, Edgetech supported Karl to contribute a special prize for the fundraising raffle.

He requisitioned an Edgetech-branded presentation box from the company’s marketing department then filled it with the kind of tools and accessories that any cycling buff would love.

Kelly Broadfield, Manager at the Dodford Children’s Holiday Farm, commented: “We are so happy the Retro Run decided to support the charity, and I would like to thank the organisers and everyone who took part, donated raffle prizes or bought tickets.”

The event’s Just Giving page is still active, and if anyone would like to contribute, they can do so by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/retrorun9.

Edgetech orders easier than ever thanks to new e-commerce system

Edgetech E-commerce

An intuitive new online ordering system is set to make it easier than ever to buy from Edgetech.

Unveiled for the first time at May’s FIT Show, the platform allows IGU manufacturers to quickly and simply pick a product, input quantities, finalise an order and arrange deliveries with the click of a mouse.

The system will even remember a user’s last purchases, making repeat orders a breeze.

At the FIT Show, key Edgetech customers and others from across the industry were able to try it out, and feedback was very positive, as Managing Director Chris Alderson explains:

“At Edgetech, we’ve always striven to put our customers at the centre of everything we do. We want to offer the best products, backed with the best service, and to make it all as easy as possible for our customers to access.

“The new e-commerce system is designed to help us achieve the third of those objectives – making it simpler than ever for busy IGU manufacturers to place orders, and ensuring we have all the information we need to offer them a fantastic level of service.

“A huge amount of effort has gone on behind the scenes to bring e-commerce online, and I want to thank everyone here at Edgetech who’s worked on the project.

“But that work would count for nothing if our customers didn’t find the finished system easy to use. Thankfully, we had some very encouraging feedback from the people who trialled it on our stand at the FIT Show, and we’re hoping that many now go on to use it on a regular basis!”

Everyone’s a winner at Edgetech’s action-packed FIT 2019

Edgetech at FIT ShowLast month’s FIT Show was a momentous one for warm-edge experts Edgetech, who used it to celebrate thirty years of a landmark product and introduce an innovative new rigid spacer bar.

At the company’s striking stand, located in the event’s dedicated VISIT Glass area, leading figures from across the industry gathered to mark the 30th anniversary of Super Spacer, the pioneering product that helped make warm-edge mainstream.

After a brief birthday presentation from Managing Director Chris Alderson, the assembled guests were then introduced to the company’s latest innovation.

What is Edgetherm RS?

Edgetherm RS is an ingenious rigid spacer designed to eradicate the PIB migration problems that commonly spoil the looks of many ageing IGUs.

Designed and tested in Coventry by Technical Development Manager Gary Shoesmith, the product is a step forward in rigid spacer bar technology, its unique design offering enhanced productivity, durability, thermal performance and aesthetics.

After the product launch was over, it was time for a toast – attendees scratched off the panels of specially-made Edgetech scratch cards to see if they’d won a free drink at the VISIT Glass Bar. Everyone was a winner!

Edgetech welcomed senior colleagues from all over the world to the NEC for the three-day event.

Johannes von Wenserski, Edgetech Europe’s Prokurist, was on hand to support his UK colleagues, and Joe Erb, the company’s highly experienced Commercial Projects Manager, flew in from America to give daily seminars on the changing landscape of architectural glass specification.

Edgetech was also joined by gas filling experts Inagas, who demonstrated their range of high-tech gas filling and Sparklike gas testing equipment.

“We were humbled and delighted by the support we received at this year’s show – not just from colleagues and customers, but the trade press and show-goers as a whole,” comments MD Chris Alderson.

“The reception Edgetherm RS received was great, and the feedback we got on our new e-commerce system, which we were demonstrating on the stand, was extremely encouraging too.

“A very heartfelt thanks to everyone who took the time to visit the stand. Our launches at the show were just a taster of our focus on innovation. We look forward to showing you more of what we’ve been working on over the coming months.”

For more information on Edgetherm RS and to stay up-to-date with Edgetech’s latest releases please visit: www.edgetechig.co.uk.

World-leading sash window firm signs up for Edgetech’s Dealership scheme

Edgetech and Roseview WindowsOne of Britain’s best-known fabricators has become the latest member of Edgetech’s long-standing Dealership programme.

Buckinghamshire-based Roseview is a world-leading manufacturer of outstandingly authentic timber-alternative sash windows, and joins the highly successful scheme through its glass supplier, Double R.

Dealership offers a comprehensive range of support services to the network of IGU manufacturers, window fabricators and installers throughout the UK who buy Super Spacer and support Edgetech’s ethos of quality you can trust.

IGU manufacturers like Double R benefit from quality leads and a wide range of marketing, and fabricators like Roseview also receive quality leads and extensive support to sell the benefits of using Super Spacer.

“Dealership was launched over a decade ago to support Edgetech customers throughout the supply chain,” explains Edgetech Head of Marketing Charlotte Mercer.

“For a number of years, we’d watched IGU manufacturers, fabricators and installers struggle to keep up with an ever-changing landscape and increasingly struggle to differentiate themselves.

“As a result, Dealership was introduced, which at the time focused on two main areas – making Window Energy Ratings accessible and cost-effective so that our customers could maximise the opportunity available there, and ensuring the quality of Super Spacer windows throughout the supply chain.

“As Window Energy Ratings grew in popularity, manufacturers no longer needed support to access these and so this part of our Dealership scheme has faded. However, consistent quality, the need to differentiate your business, and the ability to add value to your product are as important now as ever. That’s why our Dealership scheme remains relevant and continues to grow in membership today.

“We’re pleased to welcome Roseview into the scheme, and we hope that they and all the other members of Dealership benefit from it for many years to come.”

Roseview Marketing Director Mike Bygrave commented: “Our success is based upon quality and service, so we’re delighted to be part of the Edgetech Dealership programme.

“When you design and build class-leading sash windows, the components we add to the window are just as important as the windows themselves – our customers expect the highest quality across the board. So, partnering with Edgetech was an obvious choice for us.”

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

Super Spacer celebrates 30th birthday

Super Spacer's 30th birthday

What were you doing in 1989? Indiana Jones was in the cinemas, Madonna was in the charts – and in the slightly less day-glo world of fenestration, Super Spacer® was released to market.

Super Spacer wasn’t the first warm-edge spacer. They’ve been around for generations – as far back as 1865, in fact, American inventor Thomas D Stetson was patenting double-glazed windows that used wood or rope to separate glass panes.

But Super Spacer was the first foam warm-edge spacer – and it was only with its launch that the warm-edge concept in general really took off.

Rather than metal, Super Spacer was made with heat-insulating foam, over 950 times less conductive than aluminium, and significantly more productive for manufacturers.

 

Thirty years later, Super Spacer is still the leading foam warm-edge spacer on the market.

Companies around the world use it to complete ambitious architectural projects.

It’s recently been used in Dubai’s striking Museum of the Future, and in renovations to the Eiffel Tower – and, increasingly, to automate window production, and manufacture products that offer outstanding performance.

That’s because Super Spacer units can be manufactured in under twenty seconds. Even using our most basic, entry-level manual application tools, we’ve seen some people make a unit with it in under 15 seconds.

Upgrade to a fully-automated Super Spacer line, and the efficiency gains drastically increase. A nine-person line applying traditional rigid spacers can produce around 1,200 units every shift.

A high-speed automated Super Spacer line, by contrast, can produce 23.5% more units and requires just 3 employees to operate. In total, that equals savings of approximately £180,000 every year.

But that’s just the beginning of the potential benefits of switching to Super Spacer. Competitor products don’t just take longer to apply, they’re a lot more labour-intensive too.

Your average rigid spacer has to be cut into bar length form, made into a frame, have PIB applied and be filled with desiccant beads before it can be used.

With Super Spacer the between seven and nine processes that go into making an IGU the traditional way are cut to just three.

In an era of increasing skills shortages, Super Spacer is more relevant than ever, even three decades after its introduction.

That’s an astounding achievement. How many other products can you think of that are still helping their customers achieve optimal efficiency and performance thirty years after their launch?

That’s why, at this year’s FIT Show, we’ll be celebrating Super Spacer’s incredible career with a thirtieth birthday party at our stand on Tuesday evening. We hope to see you on stand C24 within the Visit Glass area to help us celebrate!

 

Edgetech goes the extra mile to support Senior Glass Systems

Edgetech team in action

Leading British IGU manufacturer Senior Glass Systems has praised Edgetech’s commitment to going the extra mile for its customers.

The Scarborough firm uses Edgetech’s highest performance Super Spacer product T-Spacer to offer exceptional product quality, outstanding thermal efficiency and speedy lead times to commercial customers nationwide.

But Edgetech’s expertise doesn’t stop at spacer, as Senior’s Managing Director Rebecca Castle explains:

“What we love about working with Edgetech is that they’re willing and able to support us across the board.

“They’re warm-edge experts – but they’ve got a huge amount of knowledge about all the other aspects of IGU manufacturing too.

“Tony Palmer, our key account manager at Edgetech, has thirty-five years’ experience in the field. He’s proved to be an extremely valuable source of support and advice over the years, on everything from specifically spacer-related processes like PIB application, to more general issues like gas-filling and unit testing.

“We’re also able to draw on the vast technical expertise of Edgetech’s Technical Development Manager, Gary Shoesmith, who’s always a huge help.”

Tony Palmer comments: “Doing the right thing has always been an integral part of the Edgetech ethos – and that means helping our customers however we can.

“We never say, “We’re just a spacer manufacturer, and that’s all we’ll support you with”. At Edgetech, we’re lucky enough to employ people with decades of expertise in all aspects of IGU manufacturing, and if any of us can help address an issue a customer is having, we’ll do it.

“A critical part of our three-step strategy for the years ahead is what we call ‘Customers at the Centre’. It’s our commitment to prioritising the needs of the IGU businesses we work with in everything we do – and as we implement it, we’re already seeing ways to further expand our market-leading support services.

“Senior Glass Systems is a fantastic IGU business, and it’s always a pleasure working with them!”

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

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