GCV Glass Machinery carried out the installation of their second Picasso V2 260 line in the Irish company, the third line installed in the last month.
There is not doubt that the Spanish company has not felt the effects of the pandemic and they are living the best moment thanks to the spectacular effect of the Picasso V2 line. With this last one, 11 Picasso lines were installed since the beginning of Covid. However, the agenda is full of orders and they race against time to solve the problems with the components supply.
The importance of this last installation in Ireland lies in the fact that it is the second Picasso V2 line of this powerful company. The first one was installed in the middle of the health crisis doing the impossible to leave the machine working at the factory in Chester (UK). Since then, everything worked perfectly and CareyGlass was sure that they would repeat the purchase.
We now let Richard Carey, manager of CareyGlass, explain further about his company and the collaboration with Grupo Crespo Vidrio:
– First of all, let me know the history of the company:
RC: Carey Glass was founded in Ireland in 1965 by my Father and his two brothers. They started out fabricating furniture glass and mirrors, moving into manufacturing insulated glass units. Over the years the business has grown, and today CareyGlass is one of the leaders in the Structural and Architectural glass market, exporting to the UK, Europe and North America.
– So how many factories and total size you have?:
RC: We have three factories, our headquarters and main factory is in Co. Tipperary, (The Republic of Ireland), we opened the second factory in Northern Ireland (UK) in 2006 and the third one in Chester, Wales (UK) in 2015. Regarding size we are at about 660,000 sq foot right now and currently building a new bay onto our factory in Ireland which will add a further 80,000 sqft.
– What kind of machinery you have here in Nenagh?:
RC: While our factories in Northern Ireland and the UK specialise in offering different product offerings, all our capabilities are under one roof in Nenagh. We have 7 tempering furnaces, multiple cutting tables, lamination lines, arrising robots, double glazing, drilling, milling, CNC, digital printer, roller coater, screen printing, heat soaking, curving, and, of course, Picasso V2 260.
– Why do you need Picasso having digital printer, roller coater and screen printing?:
RC: Picasso V2 is the only paint system in Chester however here in Nenagh we have all the applications for painted glass. We use Picasso for fully painted glass and partial painting like frames due to its speed. When it comes to smaller jobs where multiple colours are used we must be very flexible and with Picasso we can change the paint colour within 2 minutes. Obviously quality is key for us and the consistent coat that Picasso applies means we avoid problems during toughening and get perfect opacity.
– Why did you choose Picasso against other options in the market?:
RC: In order to guarantee that our products are of the highest quality, all machinery is sourced from the most reputable manufacturers. When we visited the GCV factory in Spain, our chief engineer was very impressed with the Picasso. We purchased a Picasso for our plant in the UK in 2020 and we have been very happy with its performance therefore it was the obvious choice when we needed a new line for Nenagh. The key advantage with the Picasso V2 is the application quality, also the range allowing us to paint up to 2600mm in width.
We all need to be responsible as regards environmental protection, the Picasso V2 has a very good paint circuit, which in turn means less paint waste, also the dryers only turn on when there is glass coming in; no preheating, no energy wastage and dries fast.
– And that was our oldest customer in Spain with a V1, what do you think about V2?:
RC: With the new version, all those advantages are bigger allowing more efficiency and even better production quality. Also the cooling module with brushing allows us to save time cleaning and avoid using gloves. The frame module is very useful and allows us to quickly spray a ceramic frame on the glass.
– How is the experience with the Picasso V2 in Chester after more than a year?:
RC: We are very happy with the Picasso V2, it has been a positive addition to our production facility in Chester. The machine is in use daily and is performing extremely well for us.
– Tell me about the future of the company:
RC: CareyGlass is very optimistic about the future. The use of glass in architecture has never been more popular; the Company has come along way over the past 56 years growing from strength to strength by continually pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with glass. We will continue to innovate and expand into new product areas and markets in the future through our ethos of investing in the best people, technology and equipment needed to help clients complete projects that both impress and perform.
There is no question that, due to the success of this collaboration, it will not be the last one.