Versatile addition

Cornwall Glass and Glazing recently invested in a Primus 184 waterjet cutting machine from Intermac.

The company began trading in 1978 in Truro, Cornwall, and today the group has 15 branches from Penzance to Bristol, employing more than 200 people, making it arguably the largest glass and glazing manufacturer and supplier in the south west.

“Our decision to invest in a Waterjet cutting machine was born out of the need to produce more and more intricate shapes,” production director Martin Saint said.

“The process is easy to set up, extremely versatile and of course there are absolutely no tool changes required.

“We also have a CNC machine which was working at full capacity for two shifts a day. The purchase of the Waterjet machine has effectively freed up 50% of that time, so we can now put it to work to generate even more income from simpler geometries.

“The Waterjet has provided that extra dimension to our capability. You can produce items on there that cannot be achieved on any other machine. By switching some of the products to the Waterjet, we have significantly reduced the production time, particularly for socket cut-outs on kitchen splash backs and hinge cut-outs on frameless doors.

“The purchasing process was faultless. The Intermac team interpreted our needs better than their competitors. We even travelled to China where we could have bought a cheaper machine, but Intermac listened to what we needed and came up with a solution which exactly met our requirements, both now and in the future.”