Nu-Glaze® came about as a frustration-born solution by the owner/innovator, Johan Otto, when he needed an alternative to the failing clay putty caulking and wood beadings on his house's windows. After replacing it for the 3rd time at great costs and hassles, the search was on. The minimum criteria to be met was a hard, tough, but easily workable non-metallic material offering a 45° slope to finish and protect the 90° glass-frame junction.
Crude hand made models to fancy 3D prints and countless hours later, the current profiles ticks all the aimed for boxes and more. Costs & pricing, ease of application, manufacturing, safety and security, versatility and aesthetic appeal were achieved plus some unexpected extras. The patenting process was initiated in 2007 and soon all the major international markets were covered. Product development then started with all earnest and in 2010, an investor, Costi Buccimazza, got involved to further the development and facilitate roll-out into the market place. This co-management model works well by combining skills, knowledge and experience. Johan, relying on his B.Sc. knowledge for the technical and development aspects and on 25 years in retail for marketing and sales. Costi, (B.Comm Hons.), added his keen business acumen and financial support. UV testing and waterproofing tests followed until the product was ready. The first commercial work was done in 2012 on a housing project in KZN, where those windows is still in it's original condition to this day, through conditions ranging from tornadoes to scorching sun. Also in 2012, a DIY job was done in Langebaan, Western Cape, close the sea and very exposed to the elements, and needless to say, those windows also looks as if done yesterday. Soon, renovation projects in UK, USA, Australia and NZ and locally in South Africa followed, with resounding success. One of the best moments were the use of Nu-Glaze® on an almost 300 year old building in Franschoek, Western Cape. This proved it's original frame preserving feature on heritage buildings.
Through it's Reach & Teach program, Nu-Glaze® actively seeks to empower and launch as many Approved Installers as possible - creating more self reliant business owners rather than creating just mere jobs. Alongside this approach, we also supply and support the glaziers and building/painting/renovation contractors and companies.