Topglass plans growth through innovation

Decorative and architectural glass specialist Topglass Contracts Ltd has invested over £1 million in state-of-the-art manufacturing and display premises in Toome, and in initiatives to grow exports through the development of innovative products. The company is being assisted by Invest Northern Ireland to increase productivity and marketing activities.

The expansion by Topglass was announced by James O’Kane, the company’s founding Managing Director, and welcomed by Mary Gormley, Manager of Invest NI’s North West Regional Office in Derry. The investment is expected to provide 10 new jobs over the next 18 months.

The company provides a wide range of glazing products for commercial, industrial and residential applications in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. These products are used in shopfronts, fireglazing, flooring and frameless door systems, including the hugely popular ProfilitTM system known as Reglit®. In addition, it produces decorative and high technology glass, providing tailor-made glazing solutions for architects and other specifiers.

Topglass is currently involved in two export contracts with a total value in excess of one million Euros.

Mr O’Kane, outlining the investment, said: “We’ve invested in a new manufacturing operation and showroom at Toome to enable us to meet the increasing demand from contractors and architects for our expertise.

“The new purpose-built factory gives us the additional space and scope for the latest production machinery for enhanced services and more innovative solutions. We have made a significant investment in a computerised cutting table, edging machine and automatic sandblasting equipment.

“We also plan to install new kilns for manufacturing special fused and laminated glass up to a size of 4m by 2.4m which we believe will be the largest in Ireland. We are especially proud of our new showroom which allows us to display our traditional products and many of the innovative new glazing solutions that we now offer clients.

“We’ve also taken the opportunity provided by the move to introduce the latest computer-aided design technology and telecommunications systems including a new state-of-the-art 3D measuring machine which enables us to perform full 3D on-site surveys. These will also allow us to respond more quickly to the specific requirements of individual clients through innovative new design-led solutions.

“Overall, the new showpiece premises provide us with the perfect springboard for faster growth in our target markets. I believe the premises are among the very best in our industry. They indicate the quality and innovation that clients can expect from Topglass,” he added.

Mrs Gormley said: “This is an immensely impressive investment by a very ambitious and growth focused business. Our support is geared towards helping Topglass to increase productivity, efficiency and sales especially in the Republic of Ireland, its primary target market.  The scale of the company’s commitment to new products through a sharper focus on innovation is also extremely important.

“The focus of this entrepreneurial company on innovation and winning business outside Northern Ireland is in line with our strategic commitment to accelerate economic growth in the region by helping companies realise their potential in export markets,” she added.