Investment for flexibility

Spectrum Glass in Port Talbot recently invested in a new Cooltemper furnace, which was installed by Unilam at its facility in June this year.

The company, which operates out of a 26,000ft2 facility on the Baglan Energy Park, produces a variety of architectural products, including toughened laminate, splashbacks, solar control IGUs and oversize units.

Director Sian Beetlestone told Glass Times that the furnace was chosen after the company researched the market thoroughly, and everyone they spoke to agreed that Unilam’s service and quality was second to none.

“We wanted something that was straightforward to use and efficient,” Sian said. “We wanted to take the majority of our glass processing in house, which would give us greater control over product quality and lead times, while giving us the flexibility to launch new products as the market dictated.”

The Cooltemper furnace can accommodate over 95% of Spectrum’s DGU work, with Spectrum being able to manufacture units up to 4.2m x 2.4m via external sources on its oversize Atlantic Machinery semi auto line, commissioned in 2014.

The furnace joins other new machinery, including a Master CNC from Intermac, and a Sagertec EVA laminator.