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Chris Palmer, Formula 1 and Clear Edge

From Indy to Formula 1 and beyond. Chris Palmer, Clear Edge manager shares his story of a passion. This passion started with engineering and evolved into a passion for creating a product second to none.

The Launch of a Passion

In 1974 at the age of just 16, Chris started an apprenticeship. Along with 400 other fresh faces, Chris apprenticed as an engineer with the Cowley Plant in Oxford. It was during a time of great decline of the British automotive industry. Despite this fact, the county of Oxfordshire was diligently working towards a revolution.

Jigs, Fixtures and the Indy500

In 1982, after 8 years in Cowley, Chris moved on to start a career with March Engineering. Here he fabricated jigs and fixtures for the cars.

1982 also brought the start of something new for March, as they broke into the IndyCar market. Here Chris worked alongside Adrian Newey a race engineer and aerodynamicist. March tasked Newey to produce a faster car. In 1983 March put their car and Newey to the test when they traveled to America to compete in the Indianapolis 500. Here, they won the race five years running from 1983 to 1987 with average speeds in excess of 230 mph in later years.

From there, Chris continued to work in America with various Indy racing teams.

The Formula for Success

In the meantime, Formula 1 was becoming an ever-growing industry back home in the UK. Chris thought the wisest decision would be, to move back and start a new career in the Formula 1 sector. He joined Arrows F1 team in Bletchley, where he remained for 2 years, gaining knowledge and experience in carbon fiber engineering.

He then moved on to join Onyx, which was sponsored by Marlboro and Moneytron. Here Chris met many colourful characters, including Moneytron owner Jean-Pierre Van Rossem.
Having reached his peak with Onyx, Chris progressed to Benetton. Here he supervised the construction of carbon fiber parts.

Ever evolving, Chris left Benetton and started work with Williams as a manager. Here, he worked with Ross Brawn, an old acquaintance from his Benetton formula one days.

Flying the Nest

Despite the apparent glamour of Formula 1, it can be a gruelling, cutthroat industry to be part of. After dedicating so many years of his life, Chris determined it was now finally time to leave Formula 1.

Chris joined Lola Group, a globally recognised supplier of composites for aerospace and motorsports. Chris’s engineering background helped in his new role of developing composite structures for motorsport and the aerospace industry. His best memory from Lola, was building the largest autoclave composite structure, a 5mtre ray dome for the latest type 45 destroyer for the British navy.

A Clear Edge

After many years in the aerospace industry, Chris established Clear Edge. Taking knowledge and experience from both Formula 1 and aerospace, Chris made great strides in developing a product to be rivalled in the uPVC doors and windows industry. Chris was adamant that Clear Edge deserved nothing but the best and settled for nothing less. As a result, Clear Edge work exclusively with top suppliers from REHAU to HOPPE and the Machinery manufacturer ROTOX .

With a rich and vibrant past, Chris Palmer is a true testament to how far hard work, dedication and perseverance can take you.

We take our responsibility to the environment very seriously.

 

Clear Edge takes careful consideration at every stage of development to ensure we are kind to the environment and can pass these benefits on to our customers and communities.

 

You can be sure that by choosing to work with Clear Edge that you are making a responsible decision. Every process is carefully considered to show the greatest respect to the environment – from our high tech manufacturing machinery the energy we use to boil our kettles for a morning brew.

 

We are passionate to always be reviewing our practises to be at the forefront of change in the industry, so that we can pass these benefits to our customers too.

 

We have a passion to be leaders for change within our industry.

Now is a crucial time where we are all more aware than ever of the lasting damage that irresponsible handling of plastic has. As a new, modern and forward thinking company, we want to pave the way for best practice in our industry – having started as we mean to go on.

 

 

So, how do we do it? 


Factory:

Our factory is powered by one of the UK’s largest solar panel grids in the UK. The solar panel grid shares the same site as us at Westcott Venture Park – making the venture park the ideal place for us to build our factory. The solar panels power a substantial amount of what we do. 

 

Carbon:

Clear Edge is 100% carbon neutral.

Being predominantly powered by solar energy makes our factory pretty ‘clean’ when it comes to carbon emissions. We carefully monitor our output as a company and continually review to ensure that we are working as efficiently as possible with our energy and to calculate our carbon emissions. Any residual carbon that the company creates is offset against green energy projects around the globe. We have partnered with ClimateCare to help us do this. Our offset financially supports projects such as wind farms in India and clean water initiatives in Kenya.

 

Recycling:

Clear Edge is Landfill Free.

Any ‘waste’ created in our factory is recycled – leaving absolutely nothing to go to landfill. Any general waste created in the factory (our lunch wrappers, say) is also filtered for recycling, and where it cannot be recycled it is sent for incinerating to become clean energy for a local village power grid.

 

Replace & Recycle Scheme:

Clear Edge operate with a Replace & Recycle Scheme, meaning whenever we are replacing ‘end of life’ uPVC we will transport the old material to our factory to be recycled, completely avoiding landfill.

Suppliers:

At Clear Edge we only with with suppliers who have a combined value for not only high-quality products but also a respect for the environment, with an ecological manufacturing process. 

 

Product:

Quality uPVC doors and windows reduce the demands of damaging fuels by keeping homes warmer much more efficiently, reducing their carbon footprint. Energy efficiently is not only a personal choice for businesses and customers but are also an integral part of Building Regulations. 

Clear Edge is proving why they’re a force to be reckoned with in the world of PVC-U. With the help of REHAU, Clear Edge want to change the way we view doors and windows.

Construction industry leaders REHAU are now collaborating with Clear Edge to bring both companies passions together to form an unrivalled product, with a combined value for not only high-quality products but also a respect for the environment, with an ecological manufacturing process. A carbon neutral factory powered by a combination of solar power and an incinerator meant that Clear Edge was a perfect partner for REHAU who’s factories run on 100% renewable energy.

 

Despite being fresh to the industry and with the help of REHAU, clear Edge have already found a noticeable difference in the quality of the products being produces, with a much higher customer satisfaction rate than before. With a factory manager coming from a Formula 1 background, attention to detail is a high priority, all adding to the excellence of the product being produced.

 

Clear Edge have already seen a high demand in their product, which meant that they also needed a partner who could help them meet the demands. Clear Edge and REHAU look forward to further developing their partnership on a journey which is far from finished and ever-growing.

The name Clear Edge is synonymous with quality – which is why we choose to work with only the best in the industry for every component of our doors and windows. When it came to handles, Hoppe was the clear choice.

Clear Edge have worked closely with Hoppe to design a bespoke range of superior quality handles for our products.