09 Dec New Year Message
2016 was an incredible year for Clayton Glass with a £multi-million investment in new equipment and machinery and a listing as one of the 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain. Sales of our market leading SMARTGLASS® were also strong and this was supported with our first ever foray into exhibitions with the FIT Show.
We have always been at the forefront of product innovation and our SMARTGLASS® Ultra 86 has set a new standard for glass performance in conservatory roofs. Similarly, we’ll look for success with our SMARTGLASS®-W for conservatory side frames and notably for the bi-folding door market in 2017, as companies seek glass solutions that minimise solar heat gains over larger glazed areas.
During 2016 we also acquired Romag, which is now a sister company to Clayton Glass and their research and development credentials are already bearing fruit, as we look to move into new markets. But in 2017, we will look to revolutionise the conservatory roof glass segment with the launch of SMARTGLASS® Dynamic, the industry’s first thermodynamic glass.
This pioneering new development is a self-tinting glass technology that darkens gradually and dynamically when heated by direct sunlight, without the need for any wires. It will be available with a two week leadtime and in any shape for conservatory and lantern roofs. We’re producing 1,000 sample packs to send out to the industry to promote this glass innovation, with bold plans for adoption by a number of the leading installation businesses.
But underpinning our innovation, will be our continued commitment to customer service as one of the UK’s largest, independent and owner managed glass manufacturers.