The decision to invest during difficult and uncertain times can seem daunting but not when the equipment supplier you use has helped deliver the goods successfully over the last 20 years. Elumatec’s relationship with North Eastern Glass has seen the fabrication company go from strength to strength, firming up its strong position within the market.
North Eastern Glass operates from a 36,000 sq ft modern manufacturing facility, based near Newcastle-upon-Tyne. As a subsidiary of the Dane Group PLC, it has an impressive record of architectural aluminium installations, including curtain wall, windows, doors and atria, as well as a commercial and domestic glazing contractor. It is also a fabricator and installer of high performance, white and coloured PVC-U windows, doors and curtain walling, and holds British Standard Kitemarks BS 7412 and BS 7950
Cliff Thompson, North Eastern Glass’s Contracts Director, sees its recent investment in an Elumatec SBZ130 CNC machining centre as a continuation of the company’s commitment to quality. “We felt the machinery was better value for money when compared to other machines in the market and because it is Elumatec, we knew it would deliver unequivocally,” Cliff explained. “By being able to perform all drilling, routing and tapping operations in a single pass of the section, automatically, the SBZ130 has already proved itself a sophisticated but easily operated control system. It guarantees total accuracy for processing profiles that, quite frankly, other competitors’ equivalents can’t.”
It’s not that great a surprise as North Eastern Glass has been using Elumatec equipment for the last 20 years for its PVC-U and aluminium operations, both in the commercial and residential sectors.
The ability to further enhance its products in very difficult trading conditions means that North Eastern Glass is continuing to satisfy its client base, generally comprising local building contractors, as well as national contractors, e.g. Sir Robert McAlpine, Tolent Construction and Carillion. While the company’s main business is a 100-mile radius of Newcastle, it has undertaken many prestigious projects on a national basis.
The SBZ130 has followed on from other machines in terms of the speed and ease of commissioning, and the benefits are already apparent. “It was bought to both speed up production, increase capacity, ensure a better finish to the machined item and de-skill certain areas of fabrication,” said Cliff. “We’ve already achieved these targets as expected.”
“One thing we have learned is that our customers aren’t here today, gone tomorrow fabricators,” stated Phil Heavey, Managing Director of Elumatec UK. “They know that to retain their business and expand – even in this poor economic climate – they need the best equipment to deliver products that guarantee quality and reliability. Both of these aspects have been recognised in Elumatec machines for years.”