Alumco uses Bystronic machines to succeed in business
Cooperation between Alumco, Dubai, and Bystronic glass group, Germany, started with the former's interest in purchasing a line for the production of laminated safety glass from the latter, according to an Oct. 26 Bystronic release. Owing to the high demand for glass in the market, Alumco, a producer of aluminum windows decided to become independent from suppliers and start its own glass processing. In 2006, Samer Barakat, managing partner, and Haitham Al Khatib, head of glass production, purchased the first plant from Bystronic glass – a complete solution for laminated safety glass production.
"Bystronic glass could convince us with their presentation, the good advice and the well-known quality, and we therefore decided to purchase a compact lamiline and matching handling equipment from the company," Al Khatib said in the release. At glasstec the same year, he watched Bystronic glass machines for laminated safety glass production in operation and accepted his new machines at the Technology Center Bystronic Armatec.
A year later, Alumco ordered additional handling devices from Bystronic glass.
In two shifts, the 120 employees of the Alumco glass division produce approximately 2,000 square meters of insulating glass and 1.000 square meters of laminated safety glass per day. In order to optimally utilize the existing machines, Alumco sells a part of the insulating glass and of the laminated safety glass to external companies, according to the release. So far, the customers are mostly from the Middle East and the Gulf region. For example, the glass is installed in publicly used buildings like the motor racing stadium in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi that was opened in 2009 and on the racing track adjacent to which the final race of this year's Formula 1 season will take place.
As Alumco can produce larger units for glass facades than its competitors, the company has quickly made a name for itself in the glass industry. Despite the global economic crisis, business is going well and Al Khatib can look positively to the future and continue cooperation with Bystronic glass.