After a record year for sales Howells Patent Glazing boast a wide portfolio of prestige contracts

Howells Patent Glazing Limited, a family run West Midlands manufacturing business, have been involved in the supply and installation of patent glazing for over 40 years. This year marks their most successful in terms of sales in the firm’s history.

Employees of the Black Country based firm have over 150 years’ experience within the industry, giving Howells their in-depth expertise in both roof and vertical applications using single or double glazing or polycarbonate sheet.

 Image: Howells’s roof light at Stoke Station

The systems used by Howells are suitable for use in railway stations, shopping centres, schools, retail complexes, heritage buildings, domestic applications and factory units. The range provides for inverted glazing bars to suit various spans. Traditional types of bar such as the heritage wing bar, can also be provided if required.

Howells is able to give customers a bespoke service by providing portal frames and giving advice on the requirement of structural supports.

Howells Patent Glazing offer their own patented system, made from extruded aluminum alloy complying with the BS EN 1999-1-1:2007+A2:2013. Eurocode 9: Design of aluminium structures.

The firm’s bars can be supplied in mill finish, anodized to BS EN ISO 7599:2010. Anodizing of aluminium and its alloys. General specifications for anodic oxidation coatings on aluminium or powder coated in a variety of colours to BS EN 12206-1:2004. Paints and varnishes. Coating of aluminium and aluminium alloys for architectural purposes. Coatings prepared from coating powdering.

Howells has vast experience in Railway station refurbishments, stations that they have worked on include: Windsor royal, Temple Meads, Melton Mowbray, Loughborough, Shrub Hill, Stoke, and Kettering.

The criteria that are to be taken into account when working on railway stations is complex; the main consideration being that, as the stations are never closed whilst works are undertaken. Tracey Jackson from Howells Patent Glazing limited commented to say “We have had to work during the night with sheet or mesh over the exposed areas to ensure the railway stations can still carry on as normal. The type of work we have carried out includes removing old and reinstating overhead glazing using heritage and current patent glazing bars, installing canopies, curtain walling and specialist glazing which included at Windsor a feature leaded semi hemispherical dome.”

Howells’s wide portfolio of specialist projects also includes the prestigious Millennium Point in Digbeth, Birmingham, as well as schools, colleges and nursing homes.

Howells’s contracts have also included domestic installations of swimming pool covers and conservatories including portal frames, along with industrial/commercial buildings, airports and shopping centres. The contracts value from around £10,000 to a substantial £1,000,000.

Following a record year of sales the patent glazing firm has now diversified into supplying the new PPC coated aluminium bar system and the new VT plus bar, fully thermally broken to meet the ever increasing demand for thermal efficiency, low maintenance materials to combine both modern, traditional and authentic appearance of timber structures.


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Black Country manufacturing firm invests in new staff and machinery after a record year for sales

Howells Patent Glazing based in the West Midlands has invested nearly £50,000 into new machinery following a very successful year, which has marked a record in the company’s sales history.

The Black Country based firm have invested in a new double mitre saw, with a price tag of nearly £50,000 which has revolutionised the manufacturing process. The new equipment accompanied with the in house welding facility has cut Howells’s production time down massively.

The family run business embrace change and development and are also currently providing several apprenticeships within the company for production and welding. As well as investing in new staff & machinery, Howells has recently revamped their reception and showrooms enabling customers to view the products and see the manufacturing process in action.

Image: MECAL Mitre Saw SW453-Reverse Vico-3 

Gary Howells, Sales Director commented to say, “Here at Howells we never accept that we should stay still, we are constantly looking for better and more efficient ways of improving our systems for producing our materials, supply chain and customer experience. We have made a massive investment this year into our manufacturing plant with the purchase of the new SW453- reverse Co3 in order for us to streamline and speed up our manufacturing process to enable swifter production of our patented glazing bar system”.

The shop floor isn’t the only department benefiting from restructure and development, the marketing and admin team have also gained additional team members with another admin member joining the team as well as a new employee who has been taken on full time to operate the new machinery.

The family run business has restructured their workforce and streamlined departments in order to help them to cope with increased demand from clients, investing heavily in a complete new computer system for the workforce which has required retraining in computer skills and adult apprenticeships for both the shop floor and manufacturing staff.

Offering a one stop shop for Roof lights and Patent Glazing requirements, complete from concept through to completion, Howells is determined to maintain excellence within the industry which is reflected in the firm’s recent offer of investment from Bournville College, as well as celebrating their 40th anniversary in September this year.


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West Midlands manufacturing firm receives investment and celebrates 40th year in business

A West Midlands manufacturing business that provides much needed employment to a small Black Country town has celebrated 40 years of trading this month. In addition to this milestone Howells Patent Glazing, based in Cradley Heath have recently received investment, which will create more jobs within the company.

The success of the business has been reflected with the offer of a grant from Bourneville College and the ERDF, (European Regional Development Fund) in order to grow and expand the company by providing help with promotion and marketing, as well as creating new jobs.

Image left to right :  Tracey Jackson, Dave Bennett, Walter Howells, Gary Howells, Debbie Willetts

Walter Howells and his wife Patricia established Howells Patent Glazing in 1973 from their Walsall home, since then the business has grown substantially and is now housed at their factory complex in Cradley Heath.

The family run firm offers bespoke roof glazing for a variety of applications, working directly with the public and through main contractors. Throughout their 40 years in business Howells has worked on some huge projects including: The Mailbox Birmingham, Three Spires Shopping Centre, Windsor Royal Station and Cavendish Square, to name a few.

Walter Howells, Managing Director of Howells Patent Glazing commented to say, “We are thrilled to be celebrating our 40th year in business. We have come a long way since I first set up Howells in my living room all those years ago. Our business’s success is testament to the flexibility of the British manufacturing industry and although the past decade has seen some lows we have every intention of continuing to grow. Thanks also to a fantastic year we will be creating at least two new jobs over the coming months.”

The future is definitely looking bright for Howells as they are also currently undertaking a Growth Accelerator program with Ology Coaching. The programme has been designed to help mould the business throughLeadership & Management training, and structured growth to take them into their next stage of development.

Gary Howells, Sales Director concluded, “We are really excited about the new focus for our company and we have high hopes that we will go from strength to strength over the coming months.”

The roof light and patent glazing firm currently employs over 25 members of staff at their Cradley Heath manufacturing point, including five members of the Howells family.


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