Highlights

SURFACES GROUP CONTINUES TO PURSUE ITS EXPANSION POLICY OFFERING THE MOST INNOVATIVE GLASS PROCESSING TECHNOLOGIES

Surfaces Group, which specialises in the production of consumable tools for glass processing, as well as for finishing ceramics, stone and agglomerates, has consolidated its process of expansion and growth by becoming Italian leader in slab processing and surface treatments

In the glass industry, in particular, this expansion has coincided with an enlargement of the Business Unit, thanks to the acquisition of the respected Vincent brand, which joins ADI and RBM Italia.

The Surfaces Group’s growth has not stopped even in the recent extremely complex years, and its turnover now tops 200 million Euros. Ceaseless expansion, emblematic of a skill verticalization process. There is no doubt that the combined market impact of the various brands is greater than the sum of their individual business. In fact, synergies and skill pooling have generated a multiplier effect, swiftly recognised and appreciated by the target sectors.

Apart from the distinctive features of its historic member companies, the Glass BU increasingly offers itself as more a partner than a supplier in relations with customers, able to pinpoint the best solutions for the success of their production processes.

The variegated skills interact and the organisations share their know-how to develop solutions that are not only tailored to the customer’s needs but also provide answers at the technological state of the art, to increase performances and reduce Total Costs of Ownership.

It is a matter not just of supplying tools but also of defining their most effective use and the ideal machinery settings, overcoming any shortcomings within the line with technologies that increase the value of output itself.

Through ADI, RBM Italia and Vincent, Surfaces Group provides all the benefits of a single partner, supporting the customer from the development and design phase to actual operation and prompt, efficient after-sales service.

VINCENT

In 2021 the Quartz Industries division left the Tyrolit Group, regained its independence and revitalised its original Vincent brand by joining the Surfaces family.

Specialised in the production of diamond tools for cutting, grinding, polishing and glossy finishing glass, stone, agglomerates and ceramics, Vincent embodies an array of specific, exclusive competences and serves a network of 1,400 customers around the world.

It has further extended its skills in glass processing, developing particularly effective solutions for the architecture sector. The new REVERSE grinding wheel is able to process laminated glass with less stress on both slab and tool. This wheel, patented by Vincent, was specifically designed to increase the productivity of machinery which processes glass for facades and for applications in construction and architecture, thanks to:

  • longer tool lifetime
  • higher working speed
  • better quality edge finishing
  • reduction in amount of plastic for disposal
  • large range with diversified wheel shapes and thicknesses.

ADI

ADI is a fine example of genuine Italian excellence, thanks to its capability for in-house performance of the entire sintering process for its tools, available with a variety of bonds.

Its multisectoral experience has enabled it to transfer skills acquired in other contexts to innovate its market offer, including global firsts. It is now recording impressive achievements in the sector of cup wheels for straight-line and double-edging machines, for processing both large and ultra-thin slabs.

Its state-of-the-art segmented cup wheels are able to process glass of diversified thickness, enabling long periods of uninterrupted production by eliminating machine downtimes for tool changes.

What’s more, ADI grinding wheels operate in perfect synchrony with RBM polishing wheels to deliver integrated solutions with the formula for the perfect wheel sequence.

RBM

RBM confirms its leading role as supplier of the best flat glass polishing wheels.

During the last few months, its hybrid composition wheels have proved particularly successful.

Its X-510 cerium wheels and RP-320 arris wheels have become real must-haves due to their extremely high production quality, which remains constant and lasts over time. Due to their composition, they combine the best characteristics of rigid and rubber wheels, with versatility incomparably better than any other polishing wheel.

The X510  range is designed for processing flat edges on double-edging machines and combines the benefits of rigid cerium and rubber wheels, guaranteeing versatility, adaptability, constant processing results and incredible durability. It eliminates the residues of previous processes for perfect shine and transparency, with no smears.

The RP320 range of arris wheels has an exclusive hybrid composition which, combined with the incorporated cerium oxide, guarantees an absolutely shiny edge, with no risk of deformities, scratches or chips. It adapts perfectly to the edge, compensating for any defects in the machine, but also has the rigidity needed for the highest processing speeds, both in a single pass and after a diamond grinding wheel, with unprecedentedly long lifetime.

All these technologies developed within the Surfaces Group do not only deliver effective results but also maintain a constant focus on keeping energy costs down, benefiting not only the production process but also environmental policies, reducing processing waste.

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