Safeglass (Europe) Limited was formed in 1997 to commercialise the award winning material, Safeglass®. Since then, we have expanded our product range to include other break glass materials and specialised glass and plastic.
Safeglass® is the world's first material specifically designed for break glass use. It replaces real glass because it overcomes the obvious dangers associated with breaking real glass.
We have an enormous amount of expertise regarding our own patented material as well as using other materials for break glass use, such as plastics and toughened glass.
Our journey over the many years has seen us move from a small office unit to larger accommodation which includes offices and workshop space. This has meant we have been able to expand our capabilities and we have invested heaviliy in the machinery we need.
Our main customers come from the Rail and Bus Industries. Clients include Bombardier, Siemens and Stadler. In the UK we supply most of the Train Operating Companies such as Scotrail, South West Trains and Virgin.
Our product range falls into the category of "highly specialised" and we are able to manufacture small batch runs.
||It is observed that real glass is sed on hammer boxes on trains - passengers have to break this to reach the hammer. This exposes them to a high risk of injury. br>
There MUST be a better way!
Work begins on the development of a material that cannot cause injury to Passengers.
||A material is developed. Investment is made in some Research & Development to make the material mass produce-able.
||Safeglass (Europe) Limited is established to commercialise the idea.
||Initial market research and test marketing. Product development ongoing.
||Funding package including loans, grant and investment put in place.
Can only be drawn down when Sales reach acceptable level.
||Development complete and the material can be mass produced. First large orders fulfilled.
||Funding for working capital now in place.
||Winner of John Logie Baird Award for Innovation
||Millennium Product Status awarded by the Design Council.
||Safeglass showcased at an Exhibition for the first time - Expo 99
||Research into the feasibility of producing a bottle for the beer industry to exploit material's glass-like properties.
||Safeglass is established as the Industry Standard for break glass in the Rail Sector.
||Presentation made to the Association of Train Operating
||Project plan and costing devised for the development of a beer bottle.
||Material featured on TV programme "I wish I'd thought of that" on Channel 4
||Beer Bottle project begins
||Ministry of Transport approves Safeglass for bus use.
||Managing Director presents the Bottle Development Project at "New Plastic" conference in Brussels.
||The first prototype bottle is blown into a balloon shape.
||Experimentation with different grades of material to assess
suitability for bottle production. Investment in tooling for bottle production trial.
||First prototype preforms are made.
||First bottles blown.
||Larger workshop premises are leased.
||Investment in new machinery made.
||Investment pays off as company continues to grow.
||Queens Award for Enterprise in the Innovation category awarded to the company.
||A move to bigger premises to cope with increased demand and larger workforce.
||Feasibility Study into technical possibilities of using the material for a new range of glassware for the Pub Industry.
||Market Research into Plastic Glassware.
||New website launched with the aim of reaching a wider, more
||New research project to develop new, more fire resistant grades of material in order to reach more markets.
||New website pays off with first large order from Canada, a new market for us.
||New fire resistant grade developed but more work needed to make it mass produce-able.
||Investment in new machinery, this time a compounding machine to enable new grades of material to be produced, allow for more recycling, improve control of the process and make further material research cheaper.
||New compound machine installed and tested. We now recycle 80% waste of material.