The Cornwall Group has invested more than £1m across the manufacturing and merchanting divisions as part of an ongoing programme of maintenance and development.
Three new straight line edgers and a specialist fire saw are included in the mix, as are four new lorries and a fleet of bespoke transit vans. Group directors will also be travelling to Glasstec in September to look for new opportunities to improve efficiency and product quality.
“There are many pressures on glass supply at the moment, none of while look likely to ease before the end of this year at the earliest,” Cornwall Group’s chairman Mark Mitchell said. “Energy surcharges are still commonplace, more wholesale glass price increases are expected, and glass allocation is on the cards as UK glass manufacturers send more of their product abroad.
“Therefore, many companies will be holding off investment until the dust settles, which can put further pressure on product quality and supply.
“We can’t afford to stop this rolling investment programme,” Mark continued. “We are a dynamic business, and we continue to see growth across all areas of the business. We cannot afford to let product quality or lead times slip, which is why we are constantly investing in the latest machinery and vehicles.”
The Cornwall Group comprises Cornwall Glass Manufacturing (which offers a diverse range of options in IGUs and single glass, with three manufacturing facilities in St Austell, Highbridge and Plymouth), glass merchanting business Mackenzie Glass, and retail-focused Cornwall Glass & Glazing.
Mark said this latest round of investment in processing capability at Cornwall Glass Manufacturing and Mackenzie Glass was important to stay on top of the current levels of demand. For Cornwall Glass and Glazing Ltd this supports some recently won prestigious regional glazing and maintenance contracts covering the SouthWest.
“Despite the challenges facing the industry, our customers are doing very well, and we are proud to support them in any way we can,” Mark said.