Investment goes north

The Glazerite UK Group will invest in excess of £1 million across its plants this year, to improve performance and capability across the business.

The first step in the programme includes a new Stuga machine, which has recently been installed at Glazerite Northwest. The Stuga ZX5 automatic sawing and machining centre forms part of a major transformation of the Bolton-based plant, which will also see the site double in size by early 2020.

Ian Lloyd, Glazerite’s operations director, said: “The Stuga ZX5 is reliable, easy to use, and, better still, it has a speedier and smoother throughput, which will really make a difference for us and our customers.”

Glazerite Northwest has also introduced a new inline welder. The Haffner SMR five-head welding machine boasts increased frame output, a touch screen operation, and is yielding such impressive results that the fabricator has ordered two more of the machines for its East and Midlands plants.

Glazerite Northwest is due to complete expansion plans by the start of 2020, which will include a showroom for installers.

Jason Thompson, group managing director for Glazerite, said: “We are committed to continual investment in our plants so that we can service our customers with one of the broadest product ranges on the market. An increase in our capacity and improved capabilities enables us to become more versatile and flexible in how we manufacture products across each of our sites.”