Glass Technology Services has completed a £500,000 investment programme to meet growing demand for its Sheffield-based independent research, test and design services.
In the two-year programme the Chapeltown-based organisation has invested in new plant, equipment, training and people, boosting the number of specialists it employs by a quarter.
GTS says the investment will enable it to remain at the forefront of research, product development, quality and performance testing and failure investigation for a growing global client base.
Recent investments have already borne fruit in the form of major consultancy and project commissions.
Contracts include carrying out an assessment of the glass recycling infrastructure in the Russian Federation and its potential development.
GTS is also working with leading universities and businesses to develop new coatings for glass products and innovations in the fields of bio-materials, photonics and optical devices.
Commercial director Malcolm Glendenning said: “We have grown our team of specialists by more than 25 per cent - recruiting material sciences, physics, chemistry and mechanical engineering graduates and established industry specialists, as well as apprentices.
“Coupled with investment in the latest technology and infrastructure, it means we’re better equipped to provide vital solutions to manufacturing issues and make recommendations on how to improve product performance as well as to meet any legislative requirements and quality standards.
“We also recognise that for many clients, speed is of the essence and many of the services we provide can now be offered on the same or next day.”
Thanks to the investment, GTS has been able to expand its fragment analysis services, which advises everyone from manufacturers to retailers in the food and drink, retail, pharmaceutical and glass sectors.
The new service will go beyond glass, to cover plastics, metals and manufactured and naturally occurring minerals.