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Starting from humble beginnings
Tough Glass secures a 900m2 factory at 14 Achievement Way, Wangara WA and commences business operations.
On your marks…
New production machinery starts arriving and commissioning of new equipment take place. Tough Glass employs its initial team of three.
Hard work and perseverance pays off
On the back of a strong WA economy, Tough Glass rapidly increase customer base due to service and lead times.
Residential Sales to Commercial Sales
First commercial project was secured to supply shower screens for transportable homes.
Speed and Accuracy
Our first Intermac CNC is commissioned and processing times for heavyweight glass is reduced from 5 days to 3 days, to align with our corporate strategy of reducing leading times.
Growing month by month
Rapid Growth in Sales means limited space to offer a wider range of product offerings. Tough Glass decide to spread its wings.
Tough Glass secures a 3600m2 factory at 16 Prestige Pde, Wangara WA. This would allow Tough Glass to increase its production volume and offer a wider range of product offerings.
Operations commence from the new factory. Tough Glass heavily invest in state-of-the-art production equipment and facilities to further improve quality and efficiency.
Process and Quality Improvement
The company recognises the importance of continuous quality and process development and engage Kolbe Systems to implement their program into the organisation.
Process Architectural Glass
Builders & Architects requirements of larger spans of glass installed within buildings grew. Tough Glass further invest in new machinery to enable supply & processing of larger glass panes.
We go Green
In order to reduce our carbon footprint, Tough Glass goes green by installing over 380 solar panels generating over 100Kw.
Lean, Mean, Fighting machine
Tough Glass works with Toyota (TSSC Australia) to implement an organisational culture and an integrated production system to ensure we can achieve high quality glass at low cost and shorter lead times.
Tough Glass heads home
The first ever Low Pressure Autoclave in Australia is commissioned at our old site on Achievement Way, enabling us to expand our product range and produce custom laminated panels in house.
Tough Glass family reaches over 50 employees.
Due to an increase in market share, Tough Glass decide to invest in a second furnace to increase our tempering capabilities.
Expanding Vehicle Fleet
Further trucks are added to the expanding vehicle fleet to meet delivery timelines.
New Product Selection
Tough Glass offer new product ToughSwitch™ switchable privacy glass to the custom laminate range.
Successful supply of ToughSwitch™
First production orders are received for the manufacture of ToughSwitch™. The switchable privacy glass has been successfully installed throughout multiple buildings in Perth, WA including Curtin University.
Finding space for further expansion
By popular demand, commissioning of a new IGU line takes place to expand product offerings for the market. ToughECO™ insulated glass units combined with a high performing super spacer are introduced to the range.
First certified laminating facility in Australia
Tough Glass announce they have been approved by Kuraray as a SentryGlas® Quality Network Laminator making them the first glass processor in Australia to receive this certification.
Soft coats are a coming
Edge deletion modifications are complete on the cutting line enabling the introduction of soft coats to the IGU range. ToughECO™ Plus, a new product in development will become available in September 2020.
Decade Milestone - Quarter Century to Come
Tough Glass reflects on the journey to date and celebrate as a company in the Swan Valley. Starting with only a team of 3 and growing to over 60 staff members. Four members were presented with 10 Year Service Awards.
Cyclonic Glass Tested & Certified
Custom lamination builds were designed, developed and tested to undertake specific testing requirements to withhold cyclonic regions around Australia. ToughStorm has officially been launched as the newest product available in the custom laminate range.
Thank you to you and your team for supplying the urgent mirror to us yesterday. Your service and quality is greatly appreciated.
By providing this mirror, defect free and in such a short space of time, you have helped ensure another client gets their keys on time.
Please pass my thanks and appreciation on to your team!
- Great guys. Best service in WA. Put the so called competition to shame
- Great Service. Have not seen better service in the glass industry. Great business ethics as well. Whoever you are using as your glass supplier give these guys a shot.
- Always a pleasure to deal with, knowledgeable staff that work with you to meet deadlines and requirements. Pricing competitive with other major suppliers.
May I just say that your staff at Tough Glass are providing us with excellent service. We have never in all the years experienced such a service. I rang on Wednesday to request a couple of urgent panels for which we collected this morning. That truly is amazing!!
Everybody should use Tough Glass and I would never use anyone else regardless of pricing like some do. I don’t think we have ever received a bad piece of glass from Tough Glass either. It’s a credit to you and your staff.