Machinery investment

TuffX has purchased a third Bovone SLE machine, which has been installed in the company’s recently expanded Merseyside factory.

“We’re continuing to see ongoing customer demand for both our toughened laminated and single toughened glass products,” TuffX’s managing director Graham Price said.

“We’ve already made significant investments to expand our facilities, and our recent factory expansion means we have more space to optimise factory workflow and up the number of machines that can fit into the space for the best possible output.

“The addition of another Bovone SLE machine for us is just the latest in a series of improvements we’ve made and continue to make in order to expand our output and production speed to meet this customer demand for safe, high-performing glass, along with the unrivalled quality finish, tight lead time and high standards of service that our customers know to expect from us.”

The Bovone ELB 12 HS straight line edging (SLE) machine represents a £180,000 investment and is set to further increase production volumes.

The Bovone machines, used to finish edges on popular processed glass products such as balcony screens and balustrade glass at varying thicknesses, can produce flat and arris profiles at a speed of 4m/min, processing glass at greater volumes while retaining the highest possible quality of finish.

TuffX’s latest purchase has been installed at the specialist glass manufacturer’s Knowsley-based factory, which increased its footprint to 80,000ft2 earlier this year after it expanded into an adjoining unit to step up production of its Infinity range of rooflights and walk-on glass products.