Stunning work Narangba Branch!

Congratulations to Steve Stamatiou of Mati Constructions on the completion of 68 Sirius St, Coorparoo (Brisbane). As a complete knock-down and rebuild project, the planning and construction period spanned just over 12 months while the build consumed some 300 m3 of concrete. This stunning home features a wide selection of G.James products including hinged doors with arched high lights along with awning, double hung and fixed windows supplied by our Narangba Branch. The inclusion of glazing bars create that extra touch of class. Photos: Brock Beasley Photography

Doonan Glasshouse

The award winning ‘Doonan Glasshouse’ was featured in an episode of Better Homes & Garden which aired on the 10th of April on Channel 7. Designed and built by Sunshine Coast-based architect Sarah Waller, this showpiece residence won the Australian Glass & Window Association’s 2019 National Design Award for the Best Use of Windows & Doors – Residential.

This home features an extensive selection of G.James windows and doors but importantly highlights how the effective and thoughtful use of glazing products can create a perfectly functional interior and visually stunning exterior.

Congratulations to the team at Maroochydore!

NDIS House by Sydney Domestic

Our Sydney Domestic team recently completed a project for the National Disability Scheme program. They worked closely with DPN Casa Capace and BA Murphy builders.

G.James supplied our 246 Series Commercial doors with 475 fixed lite windows and 136 counterbalance windows. The glass used was Solect Clear 119 Laminate, Clear Laminate and white translucent laminate where privacy was needed.

The program has been funded for up to 100 houses of varied design to cater for the NDIS in Sydney

DPN Casa Capace visited the Sydney Showroom in 2019 and were overwhelmed by the look and functionality of the 246 Commercial stacked doors.

Miro Slavuljica worked tirelessly with DPN Casa Capace design team to achieve a modern look and functional design for the 6 bedroom multi-function home.

Donated Windows for the Koala Hospital at Kangaroo Island

After recent bushfires ravaged much of the wildlife on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island (KI), former The Block contestants Spence & Kerrie conceived the ambitious plan to construct a new hospital to treat the many injured animals. Joined by their Block rivals Matt & Elise and some 30 trade volunteers as well as the generous contribution of many suppliers, the build was completed in five days.

The reveal of the hospital took place on Friday’s Channel 9 TODAY show. G.James was pleased to be able to donate the windows and doors for this very worthwhile project and wish Sam and Dana all the best in their new facility and the work they do caring for and rehabilitating the local wildlife.

Value #1: Safety

Safety Board – Lismore factory.

“We ensure that our plant, equipment and workplace practices allow for a safe environment”

For all of us, being safety conscious should be a way of life and part of our everyday conversations. It requires a personal commitment on all levels. With our motto “Think Safe Be Safe”, we all have a responsibility to ensure we can come to work each day, carry out our tasks in a safe environment and go home safe and healthy.

We would like to remind everyone to hold our safety value and messages at front of mind, both at the workplace and at home. Take the time to think and plan prior to commencing any activity to ensure that they are carried out in a safe manner without risk of injury to yourself or anyone else, or damage to property.

• Follow our induction and safety procedures

• Conduct Safety committee meetings with minutes and actions – close out actions

• Read and circulate the Safety newsletters

• Report and record incidents, hazards and near misses as well as identify and complete corrective actions in our HSE system

• Have regular safety conversations – these will go a long way to preventing unsafe practices and accidents occurring

Our goal is for a zero-harm workplace. As with life in general, please be aware of what is happening around you at all times.

This post is a safety conversation so please share it with all team members.

Lewis, Directors and Managers

Happy New Year everyone!

8 inch Press at 990KSD

Happy New Year and welcome back to 2020 – 103 years as a family-owned manufacturing business providing quality products and services across Australia. Our thoughts are with any of our team members, families, customers and suppliers that have been impacted by the devastating fires burning across the holiday period and still causing serious threat across the nation.

As many of you have made your own new year resolutions and focus on your personal goals, it is a good time to communicate our vision and goals for the coming year.

In an environment and economy with many challenges we continue to be well positioned because of our reputation, capability and diverse portfolio of products and services.

To achieve our vision of ensuring a sustainable and successful business for generations to come, 4 key focus areas have been identified:

Focus on Safety – ensuring we have effective hazard and risk identification and management whilst embedding safety behaviours.

Increase Revenue – by delivering on our promises to our loyal customer base, implementing strategies for winning new customers and constantly looking for opportunities for sales growth.

Decrease Costs – as we carry out our daily activities be aware and conscious of cost saving initiatives and work to bring these initiatives into practice.

Improve Operational Effectiveness – underpins all our business units. We all must be striving to achieve maximum productivity while minimising waste and expense.

Our ‘Values’ provide an insight into what motivates us and defines what is valued across all our employees and managers. Over the next few weeks we will be talking about each of our Values – Safety, Integrity, Our People, Customer Focus, Product Excellence and Investment – what they mean to me and how we can all influence how we demonstrate these in our daily tasks.

This year we will see the commissioning of the new 8 inch Press and Case Warehouse at 990 for our Extrusion business. We have included some photos of the progress. The next generation Glass Manufacturing Plant in Melbourne will be well underway to completion by year end. Oracle EBS will continue to be stabilised and improved to support our operations. This work will be ongoing as defects are flushed out and further progress made for better use and functionality.

8 inch Press and Case Warehouse

We look forward to a productive and profitable year and thank you in advance for your commitment and contribution.

Lewis, Directors and Managers

W&D Division – Defining Spaces!

G.James Windows & Doors, Eagle Farm has completed the installation of its longest, continuous sliding door – it’s more like a glass sliding wall! Stretching 13 metres long and comprising a run of six panels (five sliding / one fixed), the fully-open expanse of this 445 Series Door fulfils the owner’s desire for seamless indoor / outdoor flow. These massive panels are glazed with 13.52mm Solect Shadow 1H9 Low E Laminate, with each panel weighing in excess of 220kgs. Adding to the complexity of this configuration is a 102° angled corner comprising a three panel return door. Stay tuned for some more stunning photos of this magnificent house in the coming weeks G.James Windows & Doors – Defining Spaces.

G.James Extrusion Facility

extrusionplant

G.James Extrusion Co. Pty Ltd, (G.James) has in recent times reinvested and modernised a major part of its Extrusion Warehousing, Packaging and Surface Finishing operations. With these projects now complete, G.James’ management have turned their attention to investing further in its Extrusion Press operations.

A greenfield site, known to most in Brisbane as the “old Ford Factory”, will now be recognised as 990 Kingsford Smith Drive (KSD). This site will house a purpose-built 20,000 sqm facility, which will be the principle location of G.James’ Extrusion Press operations.

The new Extrusion Plant will bring with it improved efficiencies by significantly reducing the number of manual tasks associated with our existing processes. One such task is the Die Management System which will see the extrusion dies retrieved from storage, moved to the oven, and finally into the press all achieved through automation.

The Extrusion Plant will include all of what is expected from modern day extrusion press technology. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • a vertical log storage rack
  • a log manipulator
  • a log brusher
  • an efficient log furnace with gas taper
  • a hot log saw
  • a short stroke front loading press
  • a complete new handling system with full quenching capability
  • a double run out table
  • a stretcher
  • a saw and profile stacker
  • a scrap removal system.

Automated cranes will control the movement of baskets throughout the plant, including the processing through ageing ovens. All production will be controlled by the Manufacturing Execution System (MES), including recipe managers and PLC control of plant and equipment.

The new Extrusion Plant will allow G.James the ability to utilise our resources more efficiently. With this improved productivity, it is expected that G.James’ two new presses will generate comparable capacity to that of our four existing presses. Coupled to the labour cost savings are significant energy savings. The new plant will operate under the latest generation power saving devices, providing us an opportunity to reduce our carbon footprint and increase our ‘green’ credentials.

If you wish to learn more about this project – either as a supplier of goods and services or a potential customer, please contact us.

Project Stella Maris

stella_marisAs you approach the main entry of this church you are greeted with a stunning image printed on glass of “Madonna and Child” by Giovan Battista Salvi, “Il Sassoferrato”.

Madonna and Child

ColourLite Image digital ceramic glass printing by G.James offered the architect a cost effective and long term durable solution, creating a signature dimension.

“The image of the Madonna and Child is all embracing as we enter the front door of Stella Maris Catholic Church.  This age old image draws us like the Child to His mother. The curtain walls bring light and shade to the sanitary.  The two columns of glass are a symbol of water.  Water is symbolic of our Christian faith.”
– Sonya Slater, Stella Maris Catholic Church

©SBPhoto_Stella Maris Church _025“The original concept was achieved and that was the building was to be a building within the park and the park within the building. We were able to produce large pieces of glass which had high resolution that has longevity and is easy to maintain.”
– Lee & Sandra Dunne, Architect

“G.James assisted greatly at the design stage of this project. This made the process of ordering and supply of the products so much easier, with our client being thrilled with the final product.”
– Dave Stewart, NGA

Location Broadbeach, Gold Coast, QLD
Glass GJ ColourLite Image 13.52 mm

Heat Strengthened Laminate

GJ ColourLite Graphic 13.52 mm

Heat Strengthened Laminate

Architect Patrick McGuinness and Lee Dunne, Architects. Sandra Dunne, Interior Designer
Builder Stokes Wheeler
Glazier NGA
Photographer Scott Burrows

Victoria University – Printed Glass Façade

Digitally printed glass facadeThe printed design portray a design concept of human movement and bio mechanics with abstract images of a man running. Functionally the printed glass allows for light transmission while controlling thermal performance. The architect opted for digital ceramic glass printing for its short lead time, print consistency, and freedom of design where they could alter the design without the considerations of traditional screens.

The façade features 348 printed panels comprising a total area of 1600m², and utilises 24mm G.James TwinGlaze Ultra ETherm 60 glass.

ARCHITECT: John Wardle Architects
PHOTOGRAPHER: Brendan Jones