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INDUSTRYNEWS


SUCCESS SEES SIDEY GROW JOBS BY 25%


Perth-based Sidey – one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and installers of energy efficient windows and doors – is bucking the recessionary trend by creating 50 new vacancies within its manufacturing and installation operations. The new full-time roles – 33 in installation and 17 in manufacturing – see Sidey increase its number of employees from 215 to 265: an uplift of nearly 25%. The move also now means that the company is a truly significant employee in Perth and its environs.


Steve Hardy, Sidey’s Commercial Sales Director, attributes the company’s ongoing success to a “relentless” focus on quality, innovation and superb levels of service. “With all the talk of a double-dip recession”, says Steve, “we’ve almost taken ourselves by surprise with how we’re continuing to power on and grow our business. It might sound a bit trite: but it really does boil down to the quality or our people, the quality of our products and the quality of our service”.


Indicative of the company’s business performance is that it has supplied and/ or installed home improvements to over a dozen Scottish local authorities in the last 12 months. From Orkney in the north of the country, to Dumfries in the south; the company’s nationwide coverage has seen it supply and fit doors, windows, kitchens, bathrooms and heating systems to over 5000 socially-maintained dwellings.


And Sidey’s ‘nationwide’ coverage and success is not limited to Scotland – the company having already delivered over 20 successful projects England and Wales this year too. These range from student accommodation at the universities of Exeter and Nottingham to a Scottish & Southern Energy experimental development in Slough designed to test different construction methods, environmental consequences and communal heating systems.


Central to Sidey’s programme of product


innovation has been the recent introduction of the SolarthermPlus range of windows and doorsets and the patented KitFix®


System, which enables


windows and doors to be factory fitted into timber frame and structurally insulated panel systems (SIPS). The company’s products are designed and manufactured in the UK – and are focused in the main on inexpensively enhancing building performance; meeting the Code for Sustainable Homes; and delivering ‘retrofit for the future’ benefits.


Steve Hardy concludes: “In these difficult and


challenging times, it really is a pleasure to report on our recent job creation initiatives; and we are truly


‘We’ve almost taken ourselves by surprise with how we’re continuing to power on and grow our business.’


delighted to give the local economy something of a boost. Furthermore, we know our new colleagues will share the same vision and commitment to quality and service as our existing workforce – a


commitment that filters down to, and is enjoyed, by all our customers too”.


T » 01738 634804 – www.sidey.co.uk


BYSTRONICGLASS GROUP HEADS FOR MILAN


The Bystronic glass group will be exhibiting at Vitrum 2011 to take place at the Fiera Exhibition & Conference Centre in Milan, Italy, from 26-29 October.


At stand L22 in hall 13 visitors will get


an overview about the latest machinery for architectural glass cutting, for the manufacturing of insulating glass and laminated glass, for the pre-processing of automotive glass and for the production of photovoltaic modules.


Speed’cut is the new float glass cutting table for the dynamic shape cutting with maximum precision. With a speed of up to 300m/min and an acceleration of up to 6m/sec2 the machine guarantees a quick processing of cutting plans including rectangles and shapes.


The low weight of the cutting bridge leads to a 20% reduction in energy use for acceleration and braking. Multiple cutting oil circuits for different glasses as well as an automatic tool changer make operational manual interventions almost unnecessary.


Eco’convect is a pre-nip system for the


manufacture of high quality laminated glass of all kinds. It is a completely new heating and press system that works with significantly reduced


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cycle times while being suitable also for shaped formats and multifunctional glasses.


NEW CORE The eco’convect allows highly-reflective,


coated glasses to be processed together with float glass as with strengthened glass and tempered glasses. The new core of the laminated glass production processes all common film types such as PVB, EVA and SentryGlas (by DuPont) and easily creates complex glass constructions. The Eco’convect consumes up to 50% less energy than comparable machines.


Speed’sealer is a high-speed sealing machine for insulating glass units. The new machine seals windows and facade elements at a maximum flow rate, while offering the highest application speed. It is possible, even with different production conditions, to actively and consistently mix the two sealant material components, thanks to a dynamic mixer. The Speed’sealer operates both quickly and precisely. The machine seals double and triple insulating glass units at high-speed. This is achieved regardless of the sealing material selected, variations in material quality or temperature, or even straight after production commences.


www.bystronic-glass.com


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