Offers Entire Production Line To Streamline Output
KFK specializes in the design and production of glass facades and has numerous prestigious projects and references all over the world. And KFK is on the move – with LiSEC. KFK has adopted a very aggressive growth strategy and has moved to take required measures to manage this growth.
“To us LiSEC is not only a machine builder, they also offered support and trained us in gett ing starte d with glass product ion.”
Their strategy seems to be working given that the order books are overflowing. For the next two years, KFK has procured, amongst others, the contract to produce the glass façade of Europe’s highest building to be erected in London: Landmark Pinnacle. This building counts 76 floors, production time calculated for all glass elements are 440 days. As KFK decided that to realize their growth strategy they have to become more independent in the supply segment, LiSEC was brought into the picture. Marijo Tomić, Head of Production at KFK, explains: “We used to buy all our glasses from suppliers and had to deal with quality issues and/ or constantly changing delivery times. We therefore decided to increase added value – a big step for us, but we are convinced this will lead to success.” To make this happen, KFK installed a LiSEC glass production line in October 2016, which included Buffer solution, glass cutting lines (also for laminated glass), glass processing machines KBF and KSR, one IG line with flexible spacer applicator, a spacer processing center and a production line for laminated glass with autoclave and clean room.
Additionally LiSEC also delivered the entire software solution. “We opted for LiSEC for two reasons: on the one hand we want to install and manufacture with the best equipment on the market – LiSEC’s slogan best in glass processing puts this in a nutshell, on the other hand, we were looking for a supplier who is able to offer the entire solution from a single source,” Tomić added. For its own glass production, KFK built a new 2,000 square metre hall. The design of the hall is unique and expresses KFK’s understanding of and closeness to architecture: red-brick walls, black painted metal ceilings, a light grey floor and impressive, massive glass façades that allows for bright, light-flooded rooms. The result: a truly great environment to produce high-end glass elements but also to welcome people, customers and employees. Appreciating the expertise LiSEC brought into this venture, Tomić said, “We are really happy with the performance of LiSEC. In total it were 119 trucks that transported the equipment to us – this must have been a huge project that needed careful monitoring. LiSEC managed this really well.” When asked about the quality of the cooperation between KFK and LiSEC, Tomić replies: “To us LiSEC is not only a machine builder, they also offered support and trained us in getting started with glass production at all – and they know how, since they produce glass themselves. We appreciate the constructive talks, the fast reaction time and the overall stress-free cooperation.”
About the company
LiSEC, based in Hausmening/Amstetten, has been offering innovative individual and overall solutions in the field of processing and refining of flat glass for more than 50 years. LiSEC’s service portfolio comprises machines, automation solutions and services. In 2015, the group generated an aggregate turnover of about 230 million euros at an export rate of more than 90%. LiSEC develops and produces glass cutting and sorting systems, individual components and entire production lines for the production of insulating and laminated glass as well as machines for the processing of glass edges and tempering systems.