Over the last 12 months, Halsall Glass has been evolving and growing, with a relocation to a larger 20,000 sq ft facility last year and there has also been substantial investment in a laminating oven with 4 beds 3500mm x 1980mm and upgrading its in-house painting facility. The final piece in the jigsaw was the installation of a toughing plant, complete with its own generator.
The investment has seen the company’s customer base grow exponentially in a variety of markets throughout the country. This has also seen the need for an additional Intermac Master 30 CNC, giving the company two CNC machines to handle the extra capacity. To help expand its reach even further and deal with new business, Halsall have added another vehicle to their fleet, a twin wheel base Luton Body Ford Transit, which will help ease the logistics.
“With any growing business you need to look at the full picture”, comments Steve Dakin Sales Director. “Growing our production facility and increasing capacity is only part of the picture, we have to make sure that our customers receive their orders on time. Any delays can cause chaos with a project such as a retail refurbishment where delays with glass display units could result in the outlet opening a few days late and losing revenue in lost sales. We have purposely left the new vehicle unbranded without the Halsall logo, as occasionally we carry out deliveries on behalf of our customers which may be sensitive as some are also involved in glass processing. The added vehicle means that we can continue to offer a first class service to all our customers, no matter where they are”
The new vehicle is suitably fitted out for glass transportation, even though as the name implies toughened and laminated glass is very robust, it needs to be transported correctly. Breakages are uncommon due to the care and attention that Halsall takes when loading and unloading. Elements such as a drop or sudden change in temperature, particularly in the winter months can have a detrimental effect. All these variables have to be taken into account including the weight of the item, even a small free standing shelving system in 10mm glass can weigh a great deal.
With capabilities to work with glass from 4mm through to 19mm in both annealed and toughened glass, Halsall Glass works across a wide range of market sectors, including interior, leisure, retail display, construction and supply of products to other glass companies. The addition of the new vehicle will ensure that Halsall continues to offer a first class service.