On 7 September 2015 extrusion of the world’s best-selling flexible spacer bar Super Spacer® passed 1 gigametre – that’s 1 billion metres, equal to 25 times around the world. This phenomenal figure shows the enormous success of the warm edge technology developed by Edgetech which is now being sold to more than 80 countries worldwide in the most extreme conditions from Alaska to Dubai.
Since Super Spacer started production 26 years ago a lot has changed. It was first extruded in the corner of Lauren Manufacturing, Edgetech’s owner before it was acquired by building giant Quanex Building Products in 2011. Today there are 16 extruders with manufacturing space totalling more than 500,000 square feet, and the original Cambridge plant in Ohio is the world’s largest warm edge manufacturing site.
“Milestones of this magnitude demonstrate the importance that Super Spacer has played not just in the UK market but around the world,” says Andy Jones, Managing Director of Edgetech UK, a Quanex Company. “True market leaders drive markets forward and Edgetech is no different. We’ve helped develop the warm edge market and in many countries warm edge is now the norm rather than the exception. Customers worldwide have come to expect the highest quality, most durable products backed up by our technical services teams and our award winning marketing programs.”
Edgetech now has three spacer manufacturing facilities located in the USA, UK and Germany employing more than 450 people. Between the sites in excess of 100,000,000 metres of Super Spacer is manufactured each year, the equivalent to 1 house fitted with IGUs every five seconds. With its additional range of spacer products using raw materials such silicone, EPDM, plastic and butyl, Quanex serves not only the residential window market but also solar, refrigeration, automobile and commercial fenestration markets. This takes annual production numbers to more than 300,000,000 metres.