Scottish specialist glass and aluminium installer Cube Glass has won another substantial contract in the petrochemical industry which is likely to speed its entry into new sectors and increase it product range.
In a highly technical project, it supplied and fitted blast resistant windows, framings and doors to a prestigious new-build development for Versalis, the Italian chemical producer at Grangemouth, Scotland’s only oil refinery.
As part of the regulations surrounding safety at the complex facility, buildings situated within 50 metres of the fence line are required to have blast protection.
Cube Glass was instructed by Maxi Construction, one of the country’s top principal contractors, on the £65,000 project for Versalis, which produces synthetic elastomers and lattices for the automotive industry.
The Cumbernauld-based company sourced its blast resistant products from the German-based global giant Schueco Group, which is the industry leader in window, door and façade technology and service.
Gary Thorn, Cube Glass founder and Managing Director, said: “This was a new kind of project for us and we had to attend a Schueco course and be examined in order to be SABRE (Schueco Approved Blast/Bullet Resistance Expert) approved.
“We used AWS90XR blast resistant tilt before turn windows that were rated EXV(25), which is the equivalent of an exploding vehicle 25 metres away. We also used the ADS90XR blast resistant doors again rated to EXV(25).
“The glass on both these items was procured through Vetrotech, with whom Schueco do their testing, allowing us to provide a fully approved and certified window. We also used Senior SPW600e windows on the opposite elevation from side requiring blast resistance.”
The new contract for a top-end client is the latest in a string of successes for Cube Glass, which focuses on curtain walling, doors, windows, glass roofing systems and shop fronts as well as bullet, bomb and blast-resistant glass. It is set to secure record sales this year of around £2.75m.
Cube Glass currently has 14 direct employees and 12 sub-contractors and expects this number to increase in the new year. Around 80 per cent of the company’s sales are made to major companies including Hilton Hotels, the Ministry of Defence, Morris and Spottiswood and Clark Contracts.
This story originally appeared at Insider.