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Glazerite announces new MD and restructure as part of long term plans for growth

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Leading trade fabricator, The Glazerite UK Group Ltd, has announced a board-level restructure as part of its ambitious plans for growth. The move includes the appointment of Robert Brearley as Group Managing Director, with former Group MD Jason Thompson taking on the newly created position of Chief Executive Officer. It follows Group Chairman John Hewitt’s decision to take a step back from the business to focus more time on his recently founded suicide prevention charity, We Mind & Kelly Matters, in memory of his late daughter.

Jason Thompson says: “Glazerite has gone from strength to strength since John and I founded the business 20 years ago. Today, we are one the UK’s leading trade fabricators thanks to the hard work and dedication of our team, and the support of our customers and suppliers.

“Though we are sad to see John step back, he still remains an integral part of the company as Group Chairman and majority shareholder. However, the day-to-day running and strategic longer term planning for Glazerite will rest with myself, Robert and the current board going forward.

“Robert joining us is a real opportunity given his wealth of industry experience. It’ll strengthen both our board and the business in general, and his manufacturing, continuous improvement, and commercial sales knowledge will be a real asset for Glazerite.”

Robert, who joins Glazerite on 24th August, says of the appointment: “I’m really thrilled about joining such a forward-thinking business as Glazerite. As we head into the next generation of the business, we have some exciting plans in place to further strengthen and grow our market position. With such a strong, experienced team already in place, there will be some fantastic opportunities ahead.”

The news follows 18 months of investment for the fabricator, including site expansion at its Northwest plant in Bolton, and new machinery installation across each of Glazerite’s four manufacturing facilities.

Jason adds: “In spite of the March and April lockdown due to Covid-19, our sales for June/July this year are up 30 per cent in comparison with the same period last year. Our restructure will further strengthen our position as market leaders and allows us to build our offering and manufacturing capability further, in line with our own plans and the ambitions of our customers and suppliers.”

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Glazerite introduces Timberweld® technology
Leading trade fabricator, the Glazerite UK Group Ltd, has welcomed the introduction of Timberweld® technology to its Specials Division. Timberweld® - the patented method of welding corners on uPVC to make an authentic timber butt joint effect - has been in use by Glazerite on its Residence 9 and Residence 7 products since July. Ian Lloyd, Operations Director for Glazerite, says: “We first looked at Timberweld at the Fit Show in 2019 and we were impressed with the manufacturing efficiencies it would bring to our more handcrafted products, as well as the great aesthetics it replicates on the window. We are now manufacturing both R9 and R7 with a Timberweld sash and a mechanically jointed outerframe, mullion and transom, and we’re really pleased with the results so far.” The Timberweld equipment, which includes new end millers, cutter sets and a specially adapted welder, was installed by Rugby-based Total Machinery Solutions (TMS) at Glazerite’s heritage-focused Specials Division in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire. The site, in Stewarts Road, has been subject to regular investment since it was opened in 2017, with the £80,000 Timberweld spend part of a wider £1 million scheme to improve machinery, expand site presence and grow the Glazerite fleet over the last 18 months across the whole Group. Ian adds: “Timberweld technology gives us greater flexibility and efficiencies in the manufacture and transport of frames, as windows can be ordered unglazed in both R9 and R7, depending on what is required for individual projects. It also allows for greater throughput of the products, and consistency in their finish.” Following the successful commissioning of the machinery at the Specials Division, the company will be manufacturing Halo Flush Sash at their East Division to the same Timberweld specification from November, making Glazerite the first fabricator to manufacture the Halo product in this way. Glazerite’s CEO, Jason Thompson, says: “Flush sash products are showing considerable growth and have massive potential going forward. As a fabricator, we’re always looking at ways to enhance our product range and manufacturing techniques in a way that balances aesthetics and technology. Despite the current economic climate, we feel Timberweld has been an important part of our recent expenditure as it allows us to broaden our offering to installer partners and equip them with the premium products they need to win business.”
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