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Edgetech Europe: investments in technology, facilities and personnel

2012-08-20 | Company news

Prokurist, Johannes von Wenserski, of Edgetech Europe GmbH, a Quanex company, talks about the recent and planned developments at the company’s Heinsberg facility. The leading warm edge technology manufacturer also makes its final preparations for glasstec 2012.

Edgetech at glasstec bigger and better
It is now a year and a half since Edgetech was acquired by building products giant Quanex and it has been a busy period. As part of the Quanex Group, we are now globally producing more than a quarter of a billion meters of Warm Edge Technology every year. Nearly 50 per cent of our Super Spacer products now come from our manufacturing facilities outside the United States. We’re seeing growth across all markets, and this is no different in Continental Europe and especially Germany, where sales in the last 12 months have increased by 19.8 per cent.

Growth and investments - people too
Looking ahead, thanks to the surge in larger IGU companies embracing the productivity and energy efficiency of our products, we are forecasting 21 per cent growth again over the next 12 months. To remain ahead of these strong sales, we have invested a further EUR 1.5 million in our 12,000-square-metre Heinsberg facility and, since last May, when we started with one extrusion line, we have added a second, in addition to our in house tape-slitting and mixing cell, bringing all manufacturing elements of our product under our control, ensuring continuity of supply and quality of raw materials.
The investment in the Heinsberg facility has also resulted in a reduction of lead times. Compared with previous deliveries when we were reliant on product being imported from the United States or the United Kingdom, we’ve halved our lead times from 4-6 weeks, to 2-3 now. We’re also quicker to respond if customers ...



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