With investment secured, Glazing Vision sets up a dedicated US sales office and warehouse space, its new team can now reach out to architects, contractors and developers offering local expertise and advice. Glazing Vision launch a new website, glassskylights.com to showcase their latest projects stateside and several large orders are secured with specialist developer, Dixon Projects in New York.
Back in the UK, Glazing Vision reach into the pitched roof market with the release of the Pitchglaze fixed roof window. Designed to be installed in pitched tiled roof applications flush (in plane) with the tiling line, building occupants can now enjoy sky only views from the roof window.
Early 2018 has seen continuous innovation at Glazing Vision with the release of the Pitchvent product, a CE marked ventilation roof window designed to be installed in pitched tiled roof applications.
Glazing Vision successfully passes its BSI ISO14001 Environmental audit meaning that it is now certificated by BSI for both ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 under certificate numbers FM 596998 and EMS 613885.
Glazing Vision Flushglaze and VisionVent products are submitted for attack testing at the Building Research Establishment and are the first in the UK to be tested to LPS2081 Issue 1:2015 issued by the Loss Prevention Certification Board, meaning that they comply with changes to Building Regulations Approved Document Q: Security in Dwellings.
These products are also awarded the Secured by Design mark making them the security rooflight of choice for many home owners.
Record growth finds the company posting sales of over £10 million and investment is secured for USA operation.
New Glazing Vision website is launched alongside e-commerce site, rooflights.com allowing customers to buy online. Glazing Vision can now despatch precision engineered rooflights next day to customers across the UK. Export sales reach 10% of total company turnover with orders being regularly sent across Europe.
Glazing Vision achieves Qualicoat approval for its internal powder coating process, allowing manufacturer backed warranties of up to 30 years. Additional investment is made in the form of Thermal Break equipment.
Chris Chaney retires as Managing Director handing over the reins to Glazing Vision long termer Jon Shooter. Further changes at Board level takes the company forward into the next 20 years with fresh ideas and enthusiasm.
Glazing Vision invest heavily in R&D, developing a new suite of profiles allowing the use of 39mm polyamide thermal breaks. The re-design improves thermal performance and specific attention is paid to air permeability on the sliding rooflight range leading to new patent applied for seal designs.
These next generation rooflights significantly exceed minimum performance criteria set out in Building Regulation Part L and thanks to their involvement with a Low Carbon KEEP knowledge transfer programme with Anglia Ruskin University, Glazing Vision use their expertise to provide full thermal calculations that back up their performance claims.
Glazing Vision join the National Association of Rooflight Manufacturers (NARM) an industry body dedicated to the application of best practice in the provision of natural light in built environments.
The original Flushglaze is the first glass rooflight to be independently tested and approved by the British Board of Agrement (BBA). The BBA is the UK’s major authority offering approval and certification services to manufacturers supplying the construction industry.
Glazing Vision launch another new product, the Skydoor electrically operated hinged access rooflight is added to their impressive line up of access rooflight options, allowing one touch access to the roofspace whilst remaining planning law friendly when closed.
Sizable investment is made with the installation of an in house powder coating plant which includes the largest chrome free aluminium pre-treatment facility in the UK. In 2012, Glazing Vision Europe is further expanded with the appointment of dealers in Holland, Belgium and Scandinavia.
Glazing Vision Europe is launched and an office opened in Paris catering for the ever expanding European construction and home renovating market. Significant investment and technical development see Glazing Vision launch the first CE marked glass smoke vent AOV approved to BS EN 12101-2:2003, the Glazing Vision xVent. This critical fire safety product is unique in the market place in terms of functionality and aesthetics.
After 13 years of trading Glazing Vision outgrows its premises in Brandon and relocates to a 65,000 sq ft factory in Diss, Norfolk. The move allows sales, design and manufacture to be housed under one roof for the first time, improving productivity and communication. Glazing Vision achieve internationally recognised ISO 9001:2008 Quality Standard, rounding off a hectic year of growth and investment for the business.
North of the border, demand for Glazing Vision rooflights are increasing and Skylight International are appointed Glazing Visions distributor in Scotland. CNC machining centre is installed at the Brandon factory. In 2008, Glazing Vision are finalists in the National Business Awards – Regus Business of the Year, coming away with Regional Winner.
The charity Generation Journey is founded with Glazing Vision (UK) as sponsor, pledging to support international development of the charity with business mentoring and investment, developing business opportunities with zero-profit policies in South Africa. Closer to home D&R Daylight Services are appointed as Glazing Visions distributor in Ireland and Northern Ireland.
In 2006 Chris Chaney is appointed as Managing Director of Glazing Vision and quickly identifies that rooflights should be the main focus of the business.
A gap in the market is identified for rooflights used in flat roof applications and Glazing Vision lead the way with the launch of the original Flushglaze rooflight. Glazing Vision now boasts an entire range of architectural rooflight products designed to provide natural daylight, ventilation and access to buildings across the UK.
HC ‘back then framed rooflights were ugly and very labour intensive to make. As a production engineer, design and manufacture was my passion and I knew there was potential with these types of products if traditional methods could be improved’
By 1997 Glazing Vision has expanded beyond what the garage could handle and the company relocates to its first full scale commercial premises in Brandon, Suffolk. The Hockwold garage is converted to a design and project management office. Glazing Vision manufacture their first Sliding Rooflight, installed at Chelsea Embankment. By 1999 additional space is needed and the company purchases an 8000 sq ft factory and office complex in Brandon.
The Glazing Vision Company incorporates Glazing Refurbishments, The Glazing Eye Company, Vision Films and Coatings, and The Glass Roof Company. Original Hockwold garage is converted into a workshop facility, processing aluminium extrusions for rooflights.
HC: ‘handling and processing six metre long extrusions from a garage was quite an exercise, we had to keep the doors closed behind us so as not to disturb the neighbours with the noise of the machinery’