Second toughener quadruples capacity
4th December 2018
APEER has invested £750,000 in a second, larger toughening line to stay ahead of demand for its Lumi and Lumi2 windows and doors, which it says has trebled in the last year alone.
The new Northglass AG-series Forced Convection furnace from Lambert GT Services can not only handle glass up to 5m X 2.8m – almost four times the area of the existing line – but is also more energy-efficient and gives an improved surface finish to the glass with less ‘roller wave’.
R&D manager Robert Foster said: “The biggest single pane for any Lumi window we’ve made so far has been 3m X 2m but architects are constantly looking to use it in bigger and bigger expanses. The new line means we can go on meeting their requirements as well as taking much more future growth in our stride for a long time to come.
The latest investment comes less than three months after the company installed a second paint line at its County Antrim production unit to stay ahead of demand for its composite door ranges. The line also increases efficiency by enabling different colours inside and out to be completed in a single pass.