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Lisec, manufacturer of plant and software for processing flat glass, has taken over Hungarian glass machinery company Glastronic, a part of the Jüllich Group. The deal was was signed on September 1st and gives Lisec 100% ownership of Glastronic . The parties agreed to keep the purchase price confidential.

Othmar Sailer, CEO of the Lisec Group says: “Our used machines strategy is simple, however, it was vital to find the right partner”. Via the newly acquired company Lisec will purchase used Lisec machines, refurbish and resell them. The acquired company will trade as ‘Glastronic, a member of the Lisec Group.’

Dr. Anita Panowitz, who will manage the new company together with Bernhard Scheidl, says: ”For us, it was important to transact the business with used machinery via an independent operation. On the one hand we are able to react quickly and, on the other hand, the cost structure remains lean.” Bernhard Scheidl, who will manage the purchasing, sales and engineering says: “Worldwide, Lisec has a very large number of plant and machines installed – the potential is therefore enormous. We will take a proactive approach to the purchase and sale of used Lisec machines and we are glad to have found a partner in Glastronic which is experienced in machines for processing and machining flat glass. The Glastronic employees are well-acquainted with Lisec plants. The company was established in 1990 and many of the 29 employees have been with the company right from the beginning.”

In spite of the acquisition all glastonic employees will retain their jobs. Lisec has a big market in refurbished machines. Scheidl says: “The Lisec plants are designed and constructed to such a high quality that they are still a viable option after ten or even 15 years.”

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Scottish minister visits CMS

CMS Window Systems received praise from the Scottish government for its employment initiatives after the Scottish arliament’s minister for employability and training  visited the business’s headquarters.

The window and door designer, manufacturer and installer cemented its reputation as a company with a highly progressive employment strategy after MSP Jamie Hepburn described the business as a “fantastic example of a Scottish company employing young people”.

Hepburn paid a visit to CMS’s headquarters and manufacturing site to see first-hand the impact of apprenticeships and youth employment schemes on the local workforce. The Scottish government’s youth employment strategy aims to reduce youth unemployment by 40% by 2021 through the widespread introduction of apprenticeships and other kinds of vocational training, a framework which CMS has actively championed since it was established in 2006. His visit to CMS coincided with the publication of the ONS’s newest Scottish employment statistics, which show that Scotland continues to outperform the rest of the UK in youth employment and unemployment rates.


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Sir Nigel Rudd visits Stevenswood

Sir Nigel Rudd, chairman of the Business Growth Fund (BGF) visited window, door, conservatory and kitchen manufacturer Stevenswood as part of his tour in Scotland to see successful businesses.

The Stevenswood team welcomed Sir Nigel to its HQ and factory in Livingston. “It was an inspirational visit,” said Ron Hepburn Stevenswood managing director.

Stevenswood has demonstrated big growth in the last 18 months backed by investment from BGF. The window and door manufacturing facility has doubled production and the number of trade counters has increased from six to 15.

Hepburn says: “The move to the new premises gave us the opportunity to expand production. Sir Nigel was shown around the factory and even tried his hand at finishing some window frames as he chatted to the team around him.”

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Morley's Italian job

Morley Glass & Glazing is helping one of Italy’s largest glass businesses unlock its market potential for high quality integral blinds by providing a six-month placement for one of its team.

The company has welcomed Paola Bonesi of  Vetraria Bergamasca (VB) to its Leeds HQ in a knowledge sharing initiative that will also enable it to gain a better understanding of how best to do business with its Italian supply chain partners, including ScreenLine blind systems maker Pellini S.p.A. Part of the Bonesi Tecnovetro Group, VB is one of Italy’s largest sealed unit makers operating from a 5,000m2 manufacturing plant and HQ near the northern city of Bergamo.

Morley Glass MD Ian Short says: “We’re delighted to have Paola as part of our team for the next six months...

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Thermoseal multi-language video

Thermoseal Group, has launched its Warm Comfortable Home video in seven different languages. Warm Comfortable Home is now available in: English and German; and subtitled versions in French, Spanish, Italian, Polish and Chinese Mandarin.

The Warm Comfortable Home video was released in English in the UK earlier this year to promote the benefits of high performance, energy-efficient warm edge windows to homeowners. The video is of interest to anybody looking to maximise the thermal efficiency of their windows and is offered as a promotional tool to be used throughout the Thermobar and Thermoflex worldwide supply chain. 

Thermoseal Group has seen a 95% increase in export business in 2015 and a further 100% growth is anticipated for 2016. Thermobar and Thermoflex warm edge spacer bars are subject to continual developments to suit the international marketplace.

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Chris Mayne resigns FENSA role

A further resignation of a senior manager has been announced as a result of the GGF restructure, reported last month. Chris Mayne, managing director of FENSA and BFRC for the past six years has decided to step aside.

He says:  "Following the recent strategy and governance review carried out by an independent consultant, the GGF and its subsidiaries are restructuring in a manner that I am unable to support. I have therefore, very reluctantly, decided to leave and seek new significant challenges.  I have very much enjoyed assembling and leading a talented team that has delivered so much.  But, I am looking forward to using the wealth of experience I have garnered at the GGF, to further my career.”         Brian Baker, GGF president, says: “This is a very sad loss for the GGF Group.  Chris has significantly moved forward two existing businesses, both in terms of professionalism and profitability, and launched a third that will significantly contribute to GGF Group income.   We would like to wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”


The Editor writes
This time of year is what the press calls the 'silly season'. Parliament is away, everyone is on holiday, there is no news.
Well not quite.
This year we had the Rio Olympics to fill the void and we did rather well, winning medals for all sorts of things. I can't help wondering what happened to British sport; we used to be totally crap at it. It is not the same somehow. (No I'm not a fan. I didn't watch any of it. I whiled away the evenings watching re-runs of 'Lie to Me' on Netflix.)
For the industry it is a time of Golf days. I have not had the results of the Edgetech day on 11th of August but the GM Fundraising golf day raised a spectacular £12,410 for Hope House children's hospices.The Promac team won the day – keeping the title they already held and Jonathan Randles of GAP hit a hole-in-one. Best not to mention Quickslide MD Adrian Barraclough and the 'wooden spoon' trophy.
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