Following impressive growth and as part of a long-term strategy to increase production capacity, glass processing specialist, TuffX, has announced that it has expanded its Knowsley manufacturing facility.

The Merseyside based company has recently taken on an additional 20,000ft2 unit, that adjoins its existing 55,000ft2 factory, creating an impressive 75,000ft2 space dedicated to quality glass manufacture. This extra space will house one of the company’s three laminating lines alongside a third, additional glass cutting line, a second digital printing machine and a new state of the art Bovone ELB 12 HS straight line edging machine.

The £200,000 Bovone straight line edger is the second machine of its type at TuffX and is designed to produce flat and arisse profile. Capable of processing four metres of glass a minute, it will allow TuffX to stay ahead of anticipated future demand by producing a greater volume of product, while still retaining a market leading quality of finish.

As well as the new machinery and additional laminating and cutting lines, the expanded factory will also enable TuffX to optimise the layout of its existing facilities, not to mention create space for more glass cutting equipment in the near future.

TuffX Operations Director, John Tierney, commented: “The addition of almost 50 per cent more space is fantastic news for TuffX as not only does it allow us to house new machinery, but it gives us the perfect opportunity to re-organise the current factory layout so that we can be as efficient as possible. We’ve been gearing up for growth and we now have the infrastructure in place to be able to deliver on expected demand going forward.”

Managing Director, Graham Price, added: “TuffX has enjoyed a period of strong growth, and we’re looking forward to even more in the long term so the new and improved factory marks yet another important development for us. It’s not just about increased volume, he concluded. “The company has built an enviable reputation for service over the years and the investments we are making now will allow us to continue that tradition with new and existing customers.”