Monday – Friday: 8h00 – 17h00
+27 21 713 2001
Monday – Friday: 8h00 – 17hoo
+27 21 713 2001
Glass Benders manufacture and supply quality curved and laminated glass to clients throughout Africa and abroad.
Our experience and commitment to product development allow us to custom make unique glass products for a wide range of applications including large curved-glass panels for architectural projects, architectural curved glass for residential or commercial buildings, shop fitting panels and deli-counter glass guards, curved glass furniture and curved panels for yachts, vintage vehicles and antique cabinets.
Glass Benders is based in Cape Town, South Africa
All manufacturing takes place at our Cape Town plant. From here, products are crated with care and shipped worldwide.
At our plant in Cape Town we:
In 2017, Glass Benders installed a laminating kiln and are now able to laminate their own glass in-house.
We can bend any thickness of glass up to and including 19mm glass and we can bend to any radius.
The largest of which can accommodate a 3000mm x 2500mm piece of glass. Our EVA Laminating machine can also accommodate panels up to 3000mm x 2500mm.
We have more than 150 stainless steel moulds and can make a mould for any curve, should we not have one to fit your required shape.
Through our experience and commitment to product development, we custom make unique, bespoke curved and laminated glass products for a wide range of applications.
To provide high-quality and time driven projects. Because all of the work is done in-house we have the ability to turn around urgent orders within a few days when necessary, we can cut, polish, bend, laminate and have it crated and ready to ship in 3 days.
Integrity, professionalism and trustworthiness are some of our core values. Other values include loyalty, diversity, teamwork and accountability.
YEARS IN THE GLASS BUSINESS
COUNTRIES SHIPPED TO
We supply products for a wide variety of
Architectural & Commercial Applications
We are able to meet most specifications for specialized requirements; such as high UV resistance, coloured laminates and applied colours or patterns.
Walk-over skylights and glass floors.
Multi-laminated glass for glass swimming pool windows and pool rims
Deli-counters and jewellery counters (rendering smash and grab impossible
Windscreen glass for vintage vehicles that are no longer able to source the appropriate glass from the manufacturers
Office partitions and work-stations
Convex glass mirrors
Curved glass curtain walls
Get in touch with us
WHAT OUR CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY
Thank you for the excellent work on the glass rimmed pool at Barley Beach and thank you also for your help and advice on the construction and design of the pool. As always it is a pleasure to work with Glass Benders and to know that you are always available to discuss any design or technical issues. We look forward to working with you on our next project.
Raoul Mauerberger, Steel & Bone
Thank you for the great work you folk have been generating for us since 2005. More than the work, I am grateful for the good relationship through the ups and downs of business. This is greatly appreciated.
DH Wright, Pure Lifestyle
Thank you for the supply and installation of the curved glass at the Grand Pavilion Restaurant and for always being available to discuss design and installation methods. Once again your quality and quick turnaround time are much appreciated. It’s always a pleasure sto work with Glass Benders!
Gregor Bremer, Soda Custom
Frost International and Glass Benders have been doing business for over 20 years. Trevor and his team have always been willing to go the extra mile for us to ensure we receive the best product in the best time. We utilise their curved glass skills for the curved walls on our revolving door products, and with each door size having a different radius, this makes it extremely important that communication is always excellent.
Mike Frost, Frost International
Your service has been phenomenal; your response time is super quick; and you are always ready to take a call to answer my technical questions. You’re knowledgeable on international export orders as well so it truly helped us in knowing what to expect for our Nigerian Project. We appreciate your attention to detail and your reliability. Lusso look forward to working with Glass Benders in the future.
Donne Paton, Lusso
Did you know?
How is curved glass made?
Glass is bent by applying heat in specialized glass bending kilns. As the heated glass sheet softens, it forms over the specific mould that is being used. Moulds are made from templates or created from CAD drawings. Annealed glass bends can be laminated to produce laminated safety glass bends.
What is the largest piece of curved glass that Glass Benders can manufacture?
The bed size of our largest kiln is 3m x 2.5m
What is the maximum radius for bending a piece of glass?
We can’t bend a piece of glass beyond a radius of 180° – we can make a semi-circle, but not a full circle or tube of glass.
Can you make an irregular curved piece of glass?
Yes! – As long as none of the curves go beyond 180°.
What is annealed glass?
Annealed glass is the basic flat glass product that is the first result of the float process. It is the common glass (used in window glazing) that tends to break into large, jagged shards. It is used in some end products and often in double-glazed windows. It is also the starting material used to produce more advanced products through further processing such as curving and laminating, toughening, coating, etc.
What is laminated glass?
Laminated glass is a type of safety glass that holds together when shattered. In the event of breaking, it is held in place by an interlayer, typically of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) or ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA), between its two or more layers of glass.
What is toughened glass?
Toughened or tempered glass is a type of safety glass processed by controlled thermal or chemical treatments to increase its strength compared with normal glass. Tempering puts the outer surfaces into compression and the inner surfaces into tension.
What is extra white glass?
Extra white glass is a low-iron glass that does not have the slight green hue that ordinary clear glass has. It is also referred to as Diamant or Opti-white glass.
What types of coloured glass are available?
Glass can be coloured in a variety of ways:
- Introducing colour in the manufacturing of the glass (mostly used in the manufacture of specialised art/craft glass sheets),
- Using coloured laminate sheets between two pieces of glass. The use of coloured laminates provides a translucent effect and is useful where glass translucency is important.
- Applying specialized paint coatings. This is the most common way of colouring glass and is used extensively for splashbacks and cladding. There is a wide variety of standard colours available, or colour swatches can be matched. It is usually advisable to use extra white glass for this method of colouring glass.
- Performance glass often has a coating that gives it a colour – usually a metallic or mirror effect.
What types of mirror are available?
Mirror comes in silver, grey and bronze
What is high performance glass?
A high performance glass product has three principal performance criteria: insulating performance or U-factor, solar control or solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC), and visible light transmittance (Tv). High performance glass products allow structures to include large expanses of glass so that they can take advantage of daylighting opportunities while keeping energy costs at a minimum.
Can images or logos be applied to glass?
Yes. Glass can be enhanced in a variety of ways:
- Vinyl application
- Specialised paint treatment