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TuffX gears up for growth with £200K machinery investment

Glass processing specialist TuffX has announced the purchase of a second Bovone ELB 12 HS straight line edging (SLE) machine, a £200,000 investment that marks a key stage of development for the company as it plans for significant future growth.

TuffX already has an identical Bovone SLE machine at its state-of-the-art factory in Knowsley, Merseyside, which was installed in August last year. A 12-wheel straight line edger that is designed to produce flat and arris profile, Bovone has enhanced the ELB HS – a ‘high speed’ machine that can process glass at 4 metres a minute – so that it can produce greater volume whilst still retaining the highest possible quality of finish.

TuffX operations director, John Tierney, was so impressed by the speed and consistent high quality of the Bovone ELB HS that he contacted the Glass Machinery Company, who supplied and installed the first machine, and requested a second one in order to further improve the company’s product offering and customer service.

John said: “We were extremely impressed by the Bovone ELB HS, specifically the quality of the polished edge of the finished glass, and also the speed at which it operates. In addition to its other capabilities it enables us to polish four metres of glass a minute, which has really allowed us to dramatically increase our production volumes.”

Graham Price, Managing Director of TuffX, commented: “The main reason for such a large investment in machinery is simple – as a company, we’re growing.

We need to have the best equipment in place in order to satisfy future demand for our extensive range of products whilst maintaining the market leading service that our customers have come to expect.”

With nearly 20 years’ experience in specialist glass manufacture, TuffX produces a comprehensive range of 6-19mm single toughened glass as well as toughened laminated glass, the latter of which accounts for over 50% of its Process Glass Division sales. All products are manufactured to comply with European safety standards and are suitable for commercial and domestic applications. The company delivers nationwide with 5-6 day lead time, or an express service if required.

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