CURA Glass (*), a well-established distributor of a variety of flat glass products, considered various partners while planning the start of a new laminating line in 2013. Eventually, Benteler was selected as the laminating line equipment provider, and EVERLAM (*) as the PVB interlayer supplier.
The decision to choose EVERLAM was mainly driven by its team’s ability to provide a high level of technical expertise throughout the process, which could aid CURA Glass in gaining valuable time in tests and trials. This has proven to be the right decision.
During initial meetings, the base of collaboration was clearly defined. EVERLAM’s role was to give training in the areas of laminating, autoclaving and quality control, before and during the start-up, as well as technical lamination support during the start-up and product qualification. Working tightly with CURA Glass, EVERLAM’s technical team assisted on site with every new laminate product and performed all product quality evaluations and performance specifications in the company’s laboratory in Belgium.
This close collaboration worked so smoothly and efficiently that within just three months after the startup of the new line (whereas this typically takes up to twelve months) CURA Glass was able to exhibit several laminated products from its new laminating line at the Polyclose fair in Ghent (Belgium) in January 2014. An incredible performance and a great benefit to CURA Glass’s business!
Since then, many different products have been laminated successfully on this line.
Matthieu Van den Ingh, Managing Director at CURA Glass, commented: “The actual start-up and product qualification took place in record time, much quicker and smoother than we expected, which gave our business a clear win. We still count on EVERLAM to help us increase our productivity, qualify new laminated products and to help us solve and prevent quality issues”.
Luc Moeyersons, Technical Programs Manager at EVERLAM: “The interest and enthusiasm of the entire CURA Glass team was very motivating during the whole start-up and qualification process. The training sessions were extremely efficient as everyone participated. This type of close customer relationship that we promote in our company really pays off for all parties involved.”
(*) At that time, CURA Glass was called GSWB and EVERLAM™ was Butacite®.