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GGP 04 Apr 2016

First order from Nigeria Sales up 10% Business Micros has just received its first order from Nigeria, in West Africa, as it expands into even more new markets. Go Windows and Doors, a start up fabricator in Lagos, has ordered Business Micros’ Evolution software to process fabrication of windows and doors in the Turkish manufactured Veratec and Uniplast PVC-U systems. With Nigeria boasting one of the strongest economies in Africa, with annual growth in recent years of around 7%, there is lots of potential for PVC-U windows and doors in a fast growing construction sector. Because it offers remote software installation, Business Micros says it can offer Go Windows and Doors a ‘cost effective’ route to acquiring its Evolution software. Working in English, which is the official language of Nigeria, Evolution will help Go Windows and Doors with things like works order sheets, bar optimisation, quotations, cost breakdowns and manufacturing times and will help them to create an ‘efficient, tightly managed’ set-up from the outset. Although the Nigerian company originally found Business Micros online, a representative from Go Windows and Doors will be visiting Business Micros on its stand at this month’s FIT Show to seal the deal. Graeme Bailey, managing director at Business Micros, said: “Our overseas business just keeps on growing. It’s a great testament to our reputation and to the fact that we can offer such a reliable and straightforward remote installation process. “We’re very much looking forward to meeting Olubi Adejobi from Go Windows and Doors at the FIT Show and learning a bit more from him about the Nigerian market.” New unit increases capacity Launched at the FIT Show 2013, Residence 9 (R9) says its systems have been selling ‘like hot cakes’ as homeowners, installers, planners and private developers become ‘enthusiastic ambassadors’ of its ‘high end’ windows. The ‘super-premium’ composite systems company has outgrown its facilities, and has significantly increased its warehousing capacity through the acquisition of a neighbouring unit at its base in Gloucester, increasing total capacity to 76,000ft². The company has also invested in new extrusion lines, more people to service demand and new vehicles as it prepares for continuing rapid growth. Managing director, Dan Gill, said: “R9 has grown spectacularly fast since launch because installers and developers find that homeowners are happy to pay significantly more for modern high-performance beautiful windows that restore or add character to their home. We expect that the launch of new systems at the FIT Show to join R9 in The Residence Collection will change the way the industry sells windows. “The Residence Collection along with Window Widgets is the Windows Division of DW3 Products Group. “DW3, which includes Solidor the leading premium quality composite door, is investing heavily to meet demand for innovative premium quality products.” 16 TRADE NEWS £350k expansion Yorkshire based new build window manufacturer, Building Product Solutions, is investing £350,000 to expand its premises for the second time in two years. The company’s investment is being boosted with a grant of £45,000 from the Leeds City Region Growth Fund. Building Product Solutions will extend its premises by 7,000ft² to house a new distribution centre. The investment will provide the business with additional space to hold stock, enabling it to meet demand at short notice and reduce turnaround time, which is said to be ‘a key factor in the construction supply chain’. The expansion will help Building Product Solutions deliver its current £14 million order book and accept new orders from the new build sector. It follows the successful construction and opening of a dedicated glass plant at its Dearne Valley headquarters, which cut production costs by 20%. Ian Harrison, managing director of Building Product Solutions said: “Planning permission has been approved and we’re keen to get the build of the distribution centre underway. This is the next step in our growth strategy and the support from Leeds City Region has been instrumental in maintaining our upward trajectory. “We are constantly investing in the business through an ongoing programme of expansion, automation, upgrades and improvement. This is supported by recruitment and training which is fast positioning us as the supplier of choice to a number of major new build developers.” Building Product Solutions achieved a turnover of £3.5 million in the year up to May 2015, having experienced growth of 60% in the last 12 months. It now reportedly has £14 million worth of jobs on its books after winning long-term contracts to supply housing developers such as Persimmon, Miller Homes, Taylor Wimpey, Gleeson and Redrow. Swisspacer, the manufacturer of highperformance warm edge spacer bars, reports an excellent start to the year in the UK and Ireland, with sales up 10.2% in January on January 2015. John Cooper, Swisspacer’s head of sales and marketing, UK and Ireland, said: “We kick-started the new year on strong sales and we expect this to continue on the back of exciting new products and our unique Marketing Toolkit launched at the end of last year. The Toolkit is a comprehensive suite of selling aids designed to help fabricators and installers sell the benefits of warm edge easily and confidently. “We’ll be at the FIT Show again this year and our new Toolkit will be the centre piece of our stand,” continues John. It’s an exciting time for us and recent developments will ensure Swisspacer maintains its leading position in the UK and Ireland.” www.ggpmag.com April 2016 Graeme Bailey John Cooper Ian Harrison and Lynne Darwin


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