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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.

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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!”

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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.

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.

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