Cornwall Glass Manufacturing has committed to more than triple the size of its Highbridge IGU and glass processing operation as part of a £6million investment programme.
To be delivered over three-years, the investment programme will give Cornwall Glass Manufacturing’s Highbridge IGU lines new capacity to handle jumbos as well as manufacture over-sized units.
It will also house a new heat soak oven and autoclave, reflecting increased demand for heat-soaked products from the commercial sector, as well as laminated and specialist products, creating up to 30 new jobs.
“We are at the start of what is a three-year investment programme”, said Mark Mitchell, Chairman, the Cornwall Group. “What Highbridge will give us at the end of that journey, is one of the UK’s most advanced manufacturing facilities with the ability to handle and process almost any product, from over-sized IGUs, through to walk-on insulated glass units; nonslip glass floors; staircases and other specialist processed glass products.
“While the market remains competitive, we see significant opportunities going forward. Investment in our Highbridge site, gives us new reach along the M4 corridor and the southern half of the UK.”
The investment programme takes the site from 15,000 sq ft to 55,000 sq ft, making it the largest of the Cornwall Group manufacturing division’s three sites, which also includes state-of-the-art capabilities in St Austell and Plymouth.
Cornwall Group was formed July 2019, with the strategic ambition to accelerate growth by introducing new focus and agility to distinct operational interests.
It includes Cornwall Glass Manufacturing and Cornwall Glass and Glazing; plus Mackenzie Glass, its merchanting business – acquired by Cornwall Glass in December 2017 from Pilkington/NSG.
Its plans for Highbridge follow the six-figure investment announced by Cornwall Glass Manufacturing last month in a new Bottero 520 LAM(e)/37 cutting table at its St Austell site, significantly increasing the glass processor’s, laminate capability in line with exponential growth in demand.
Processing glass and manufacturing IGUs across all three sites, its Plymouth operation is specifically geared towards the manufacture of over-sized IGUs with its Bystronic line capable of handling units of up to 2.7m X 5m, a capability which going forward, will be extended to Highbridge.
Mark continued: “It’s not about St Austell, it’s not about Plymouth, despite the investment that we’re now making, it’s also not about Highbridge. It’s about the combined capability that those three sites deliver.
“Collectively, they give us a range of specialisms, an extensive product offer and an operational infrastructure, which supports us in delivering a very flexible and efficient service to our customers.”