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Huddersfield glass firm invests £1m as commercial market booms

Huddersfield-based glazing manufacturer Dual Seal Glass has invested more than £1 million to double the size of its production storage space as it responds to strong sales growth in the booming commercial market.

Sales at the Huddersfield company grew by 15 per cent in 2014, continuing an upward trend since 2009. As the UK’s largest manufacturer of insulating glass units (IGUs) solely for the commercial building sector, the company has benefited from growing demand as the market gathers pace. A recent industry survey by Palmer reported that this market increased by ten per cent in volume terms between 2012 and 2014 and a further growth of 20 per cent is forecast up to 2019.

Dual Seal Glass has been quick to respond to this increased customer demand, putting plans in place back in June 2015 to ensure it had additional capacity to service a larger market in 2016 and beyond. The company has doubled the space of its premises with the acquisition of an adjacent site which it has transformed into a large storage area with additional production and office facilities also provided.

Dual Seal Glass joint MD Richard Morris said: “We’ve always differentiated ourselves by focusing exclusively on IGUs for the commercial market, and this strategy is delivering our strongest ever business performance as the market gains momentum. Our increased storage capacity ensures we can continue to deliver the great service that has been the cornerstone of our business over the past 21 years and attract new customers with confidence.

“With another 51,000 sq ft capacity, we’ve been able to allocate dedicated production areas in line with where we are seeing increased demand. For example, we have set up a new unit in which we apply insulation to our spandrel panels, a move which creates additional capacity in our main IGU factory.

Established in 1995, Dual Seal Glass is now the largest commercial-only IGU manufacturer in the UK. The company employs more than 110 people at its West Yorkshire manufacturing facility and supplies IGUs to curtain walling and façade contractors across the UK.

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On site in the company’s new production storage area, Dual Seal Glass MD Richard Morris with Commercial Director Nigel Meredith

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