Oakland Glass celebrates its 20th year of trading on 14 July – and 18 months of using Edgetech’s Super Spacer®. One of the UK’s leading independent glass processors, it manufactures argon gas filled, Kite Marked sealed units with toughened safety glass. Ahead of much of the market it has passed EN 1279 Part 2, and uses Super Spacer in around 50% of its units. “Our energy efficient units help our customers move forward,” Tina Birkenshaw, Part Owner and Sales Director of Oakland observes, “as the window industry sees increased demand for energy rated windows. We already have the technology to comply.”
Dewsbury based Oakland is one of the biggest manufacturers of glass units using warm edge technology. It produces 12,500 units per week with a capacity of double that throughout all shifts. Tina continues: “We want to give our customers the best units we can possibly make. We’re investing heavily into new machinery – in particular an Arrissing line and a Coupling/Gas press. The Arrissing machine, part of a fully automated Promac For.El line, was installed to remove the sharp edges from the glass units making them less harmful to handle, and the whole production line more efficient.
“We’re growing year by year. We began as a four man operation and now employ 150 over three shifts – from little acorns indeed!”