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New site from 3D 3D Laminates has recently launched a new interactive and fully responsive website at www.3d-laminates.com, which also includes details of its new Veka substrate and the full Vekaplan sheet product range. The new website includes several product videos, a number of downloads for the trade and consumer, along with a swatch selector that allows users to click on product thumbnails of the CoolSkin product range and view it in greater detail. This includes 16 different woodgrains and eight different colours with plans to expand this range as minimum ordering quantities come down. According to 3D Laminates, the CoolSkin product ‘dominates’ the composite and panel door market in the UK and in Europe, thanks to the unique nature of the Hornschuch Cool Color foils which are exclusive to 3D Laminates. At the latter end of 2015, 3D Laminates said it made the decision to switch to Veka for a ‘better performing’ substrate, one that had undergone accelerated weather testing with excellent results – with companies such as Endurance Doors and Solidor reportedly becoming big advocates of the product. Mark Lofthouse, managing director of 3D Laminates, commented: “The new responsive website shows off our CoolSkin range in incredible detail and highlights our strong relationship with Veka and their impressive Vekaplan range. With the UK market for new woodgrains and rich colours looking at strong growth, this website will be an important resource for those involved in the composite and panel door markets.” Doors by the dozen at Glazerite Glazerite says it has responded to the ongoing surge in demand for premium composite, bi-fold and patio doors by extending its product offering to include almost a dozen different styles of doors, including four composites and seven sliding, folding or swinging doors, creating one of the most comprehensive ranges on the market in the process. The line-up incorporates four variations of Veka’s Imagine suite, including the Imagine inline sliding patio, bi-folding, flush single and French doors, a NewWave slide & swing patio door and the aluminium/PVC hybrid from FSD folding doors – plus the WarmCore thermally broken aluminium bifolding door. While Glazerite says that list can guarantee a ‘first class solution’ for any opening at the rear of a property, the options for the front entrance are just as extensive, thanks to a multitude of market leading composites. Representing the premium end of the market is the Palladio 65mm double rebated composite with its unique ‘Monocoque’ structure and 6mm reinforced fiberglass skin. This has been designed to offer a combination of strength and style. The range also includes Solidor’s 48mm laminatedhardwood timber core product, plus three versions of Veka’s composite, including its 44mm offering Mono and unique flood resistant Storm door. All of these doors are available in a choice of Veka or Halo outer frames, beveled or sculptured and from 1 May they will all come with the Sold Secure Diamond Ultion cylinder as standard. All of these, with the exception of the WarmCore, Hurst makes it easy are available in all the Variations colours. Glazerite’s Chris Thompson said: “If you just take the options we have for bi-folds, patio, French and folding doors, then that alone is impressive enough, but when you factor in the additional four styles of composites plus our standard range of French and resi doors in a choice of four different outer frames then we truly do have a door to fill every opening you may need, whatever the style, colour or season.” 70 D O O R S & COMMERCIAL ENTRANCES Hurst Plastics says it has launched a company-wide strategy which aims to overcome the top frustrations that installers face when buying doors. Kevin Wheatman, Hurst Plastics’ director and general manager, said: “We have been steadily improving efficiencies throughout the business and building on our capability and capacity to help us deliver a consistently high quality product and service to customers. We’ve also been working closely with suppliers to ensure that we are fully integrated with them to maximise efficiency and lead times and minimise errors.” The company is already working more closely with customers to integrate their unique requirements into its business. This approach is designed to make it easier than ever before for customers to place orders and track their progress. “We have implemented a number of electronic systems, such as Hurst Live and fleXipod to achieve this, but we also recognise that our customers are unique and that one system does not fit all. It’s important for us to work with them on an individual basis to establish a more effective process that suits their business,” said Kevin. Hurst has been further improving process and material flow and now operates a dedicated composite www.ggpmag.com April 2016 factory on a double shift basis. “This helps us to maintain consistent and reliable manufacturing rates,” said Kevin.“Our two daytime shifts fabricate and finish our composite doors and our logistics team loads them through the night ready for delivery first thing the next morning. It’s responsive and customers value predictable delivery schedules.” Hurst has also developed a system to manage stock and transport to help it maintain competitive lead times. Hurst now delivers more than 95% of its products on its own fleet of vehicles and is further improving on its on-time in-full levels of 98%. Hurst’s fleXipod GPS system keeps customers updated with real time information on their scheduled deliveries. The fleXipod system links with Hurst’s IT infrastructure and its ‘Hurst Live’ trade package, which further updates and supports customers. Kevin Wheatman


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