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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

Edgetech Super Spacer used in KÖ-Bogen project, Düsseldorf, Germany

The KÖ-Bogen building complex is located in downtown Düsseldorf close to the Hofgarten – the city’s central park. It is a visually impressive structure with a large, curved glass façade and unusually shaped architectural design. For the development project, Edgetech supplied Super Spacer for use in the glass structure measuring over 2,200m².

KÖ-Bogen projectStylish multi-use complex in one of Germany’s largest cities

The KÖ-Bogen building enjoys an enviable location in the heart of Dusseldorf city centre. It has been designed to tastefully complement its urban setting with its bold architectural style, while also referencing the close location of the Rhine river and the natural environment with its use of non-standard curtain walling.

The six-storey building complex functions as a multi-use arena for over 40,000m² of office and retail space. Two buildings have been joined under one continuous roof, connecting the pedestrianised streets nearby with the Hofgarten park. The east and west blocks are connected via a terraced roof bridge while the green space below is illuminated by the optimized use of natural light.

Collaborative working for a spectacular building

When working on such a large scale and architecturally impressive project, collaboration was essential. Working alongside Building Client Glasbiegerei Döring and with world renowned architect New York based Daniel Libeskind, Edgetech were tasked with supplying Super Spacer for all the 2,200m² of glass.

Each individual element of the glass façade measured either 1.35m x 2.70m or 2.70m x 5.60m to meet the architectural design. With the building standing at 26 metres in height and with a 500m circumference, it was essential that all parties were aligned when specifying the glazing. Fortunately, Edgetech’s years of experience in high-profile glazing projects were instrumental in bringing the project to a successful conclusion.

Carsten Kunert of Glasbiegerei Döring commented on the project: “The requirement for excellent energy efficiency and the desire for curved glass façades in architecture is increasing and this project is a stunning example of how well those two things can be executed side by side, with no compromise necessary. Super Spacer® is easy to apply and offers excellent performance in the field.”

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”.

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