Graham Price couldn’t turn his back on the family trade when he left school, so like his father and his grandfather before him, he entered the world of glass and hasn’t looked back since.
Graham began as a glazer by trade working at his grandfather’s business James Price Glazing, a company which is still running today. But a change to legislation saw him branch out to his own business.
The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations Act 1992 was brought into force and it stated that businesses must ensure that their windows and any transparent surfaces are made from a safety material or at least protected from breakages. Graham Price took advantage of this law and created toughened safety glass and with a million pound investment he launched Tuffx Glass.
This toughened safety glass was Graham’s first glass invention and since then he’s gone on to develop highly innovative products that can be used in homes and commercial properties. What he’s probably most proud of though is the fact that his glass designs are in some of the most well-known buildings in the country including The Shard and Buckingham Palace.
After the creation and production of toughened safety glass came a project with Pilkington and Saint Gobain, self-cleaning glass. A product that sounds as innovative as it is. Something we’d all undoubtedly love in our homes, glass that cleans itself. The glass is designed to be used on conservatories and roofs, and there are multiple designs depending on the finish you’d like.
Other pioneering products Graham has manufactured include the Eco i-Panel glass, as well as insulation glass panels, which have a U value as low as 0.13.
One of Graham’s latest designs, heated glass, was given its showcase at the Grand Designs Show. Heated glass does what you might expect and emits heat from it, the double glazed unit is designed to be used in the home and can be used in place of radiators in the room. Perfect for those who like a seamless interior design.
But that’s not all, there are more advanced designs from Graham to know about, most recently he has designed and manufactured walk on glass floors, fire rated glass floors, fixed rooflights and thermal walk on rooflights. All of which work perfectly in residential and commercial properties.
Graham leads a staff of around 220 people, a lot of whom have been with him since day one. They’re working 24 hours, five days a week to deliver their products nationwide in the UK and have more than 30 vehicles to get their designs around the country.
Whilst 2020 might not be the year any of us expected, for Graham Price and his company Tuffx Glass, things are busier than ever and with plans to expand on their already huge 70,000 square foot of manufacturing and office space it looks like there will be more glass ceilings for him to break through.