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Swisspacer growth continues at unprecedented pace


The iconic Swiss Re ‘Gherkin’ in London was constructed using Swisspacer

Leading warm edge supplier Swisspacer continues to experience extraordinary growth as sealed unit manufacturers and window fabricators recognise its high performance, no-investment-needed benefits and effectiveness in helping to gain top Window Energy Ratings . In 2008, sales in the UK grew 300% and growth is accelerating into 2009.

“We will overtake the total amount of linear metres sold in 2008 by the end of March,” comments Marketing and Sales Manager Peter Appel. “This is because the market for warm edge products is growing as homeowners demand energy efficient windows, and sealed unit manufacturers and window fabricators turn to Swisspacer to differentiate themselves from their competitors. Companies looking to use warm edge want to have the best.”

Sales of the top performing Swisspacer V have grown dramatically worldwide. In 2007 it accounted for 7% of Swisspacer’s total sales. In 2008 it grew to 13% of sales and in the first quarter of 2009 it was 26%. In March it accounted for 37% of sales.

With three distribution partners covering the whole of the UK and Ireland – Magden, DGS/Solutions UK and National Seal, sealed unit manufacturers can purchase the range of Swisspacer products in the way that is most convenient to them.

Swisspacer is one of the top performing warm edge spacer brands. Tests conducted by IFT Rosenheim, the independent European fenestration research and test facility, show Swisspacer outperforms all other spacers for Psi values so it helps windows achieve the highest energy ratings. While Swisspacer’s performance is ahead of other warm edge spacers, it exactly matches the external shape and dimensions of aluminium spacers. This means sealed unit manufacturers and fabricators don’t need costly, specially adapted sealed unit machinery to use Swisspacer.

“We’ve had an unprecedented number of enquiries from new customers as more companies understand the benefits of using Swisspacer,” comments Kathryn Dalgleish, Swisspacer’s Marketing and Sales Manager in the UK & Ireland. “We believe our growth will continue as more companies take advantage of selling top performing energy efficient windows.”



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Formed in 1998 Swisspacer is part of Saint-Gobain Glass Solutions. The company has experienced massive growth in the UK over the past 2 years. Its no-investment needed price benefit has been a key advantage that has attracted sealed unit manufacturers and window fabricators and fuelled its growth.

The manufacturing and head office is in Switzerland and a second manufacturing facility is established in Germany. Much investment is taking place to expand production capacity to ensure that Swisspacer is able to satisfy the dramatic ongoing growth in demand for its high performance warm edge spacer bar products.

Swisspacer has a growing network of leading sealed unit manufacturers in the UK and Ireland using its products, including Solaglas, Pilkington, Carey Glass, Supaseal, Custom Glass, Uniglaze2, Glass Systems, Clayton Glass, System 3 and Hollow Seal among others.

Swisspacer exactly matches the shape and dimensions of aluminium spacers, and being rigid and self supporting it handles in a similar way. And because there is no need to invest in expensive new machinery, it makes it very easy to get up and running with warm edge. Automated solutions are however available from Lisec, Saint-Gobain Seva and Rottler and Ruediger.

Independent tests conducted by IFT Rosenheim, the leading European independent fenestration research and test facility, showed that Swisspacer V had the best PSI values of all the other leading brands of spacer bar that were submitted for testing. Using Swisspacer thermal insulation (U-value) can be improved by up to 20%. Swisspacer V and Swisspacer perform very well in the Window Energy Rating Scheme.

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