Tradeglaze installed a new CNC machining center at its aluminum fabrication and glazing facility in Lincoln, U.K. The six-figure investment is a part of the company’s ambitious growth program, which was launched last year in response to unprecedented demand in the construction and home improvement markets. In particular, many developers and commercial clients are choosing aluminum due to its durability, flexibility of design, and outstanding energy efficiency qualities.
“Our company has been making significant investments across all departments in recent months,” said Jeremy Wetherall, managing director of the Tradeglaze group. “Demand has now returned to pre-pandemic levels, but we continue boosting our capacity across all three factories. We have traded resiliently during previous difficult economic periods and with our growth plan well underway we will remain in a strong position and continue providing our trade, commercial as well as domestic customers with exceptional quality double glazing and a five-star service our group of companies are well known and recommended for.”
The new Emmegi Phantomatic X4 CNC machining center features 4 controlled axes and an electro spindle, which continuously rotates from 0° to 180° to operate on the whole contour of the workpiece. It is a considerable upgrade for the fabricator, as it also includes a software update for order processing.
The new machining center is the fourth addition to Tradeglaze’s portfolio in the past 12 months. The company has also recently installed a new glass table, a spacer bar cutting machine, and a double mitre saw for its uPVC and glass factories in Lincoln.
“We are acutely aware that our customers’ expectations are higher now than ever,” noted Wetherall “Our customers are asking for more foil, more flush, more aluminium and lower U-values. To answer that demand we have upgraded several of our machines.”
Wetherall added that the new equipment will help the company to address the shifting industry conditions that are likely to come down the road. “The market is challenging for businesses and research shows that construction is one of the hardest hit,” he noted. “We however feel that it’s important that we plan for the long term and that our colleagues are equipped with modern technology that helps with their workload, is faster and more accurate. The next step is a new CNC machine for our uPVC factory. We aim to be able to produce windows and doors for buildings that are ‘zero carbon ready’ well ahead of the building regs changes expected in 2025.”