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In a contract worth in excess of £60,000, a range of products from The Glass Machinery Company have been installed at Mid Devon Glass in order to diversify the product range and help improve efficiency and output at the company. The Tiverton based company has expanded manufacturing methods considerably by introducing in-house glass processing capabilities at the company’s manufacturing facilities.

The new installation includes a Zafferani Glas Flat 9 FPE edger which offers electronic straight- line edging using 9 cup wheels for the production of flat edge, along with a Zafferani Drum centrifugal system which was installed with the edger. Zafferani Glas as a company prides itself on always being at the forefront of technology and design innovation, having held a market leading position for over 50 years.

The new venture for Mid Devon Glass also includes a horizontal double headed drill from the Meccanica Cambi SRL range. These machines will

enable Mid Devon Glass to now produce items that were previously outsourced whilst at the same time will enable faster turnarounds of in-house manufacturing procedures, therefore improving customer services generally.

On recommendation from a leading industry specialist, The Glass Machinery Company was approached by Managing Director, Kevin Squibb regarding the new installation. Product quality and excellent support services have impressed Mr Squibb who is pleased with the production standards and after care services provided by Phil Birchall and his team.

Mid Devon Glass was established just over 20 years

ago supplying sealed units to both the commercial and domestic sector in and around the South West region. Careful product research went into the investment to ensure the machinery would meet the exacting requirements of Mid Devon Glass, who have established a standing for quality and reliability throughout the Devon, Dorset and Cornwall areas.

Since installation the fully automated machinery has made vast improvements to on-site efficiency having improved the turnaround rate substantially. The equipment was installed without disruption to production with on-site training also completed quickly and efficiently.

Kevin Squibb, Managing Director at Mid Devon Glass considers production standards should be of utmost importance with quality guarantees provided as standard. He believes the range and standard of products available from The Glass Machinery Company are of excellent quality and extremely competitively priced.

Kevin Squibb comments: “As our processing side is expanding considerably we needed to evaluate and consider our future needs. We felt it imperative to adapt production methods accordingly by further automating our facilities and believe this to be the only way forward. As our portfolio grows it is vital that manufacturing methods are restructured to ensure we meet our customers high demands.

The company has received excellent service from

The Glass Machinery Company team who have provided the right products to meet our needs at the right price.”

Phil Birchall, Managing Director at The Glass

Machinery Company comments, “It is reassuring to know that the products in our range are helping to further raise both production standards as well as corporate presence throughout the South West for Mid Devon Glass.”


Leyton based trade fabricator Maple Windows has reported a marked increase in frame quality and productivity following the acquisition of an advanced versatile sawing and prepping centre from machinery giants Stuga.

Maple Windows invested in the Stuga Flowline in a bid to speed up production, improve frame quality and reduce wastage and Maple’s sales manager Brian Evers is delighted with the results.

“The Stuga Flowline has saved labour and enabled Maple to operate much more efficiently” Brian confirms. “All possible requirements of sawing & prepping can be carried out on this machine and as a result every frame that comes

through the Flowline is of the same consistently high standard.”

Despite owning such a major piece of equipment, Maple Windows manufacture a modest number of windows per week, preferring to focus on providing installers in the local London area with outstanding service.

Brian explains: “At Maple we are not obsessed with volume, we instead concentrate our efforts on making sure our customers are well looked after from start to finish. The acquisition of the Stuga Flowline means we can offer installers the ‘best of both worlds’ – the quality manufacturing you would expect from a national fabricator and the

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convenience and personal service of dealing with a local supplier”

Maple Windows use the Stuga Flowline to

manufacture both Eurocell and Rehau PVC windows and doors and the much sought after Eurocell PVC Panoramic bi-folding door. The company also fabricates Eurocell and Rehau vertical sliding sash windows.

For more information call Maple Windows on 020 8556 8637 or visit

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