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Trade News 22 December 2013 Roof rebranded Council contract Success in 2013 Mila has been selected by Solidor to manage the supply of its door knockers, spy holes and security bars as the composite door specialist chooses to focus on its core door manufacturing business. Solidor had previously sourced the products direct from manufacturing partners in the Far East but has now taken the decision to pass control to Mila. Mila’s managing director, Richard Gyde, said: “We’ve shown consistently over recent years that we are the market leaders in supply chain management in the hardware sector with guaranteed next day delivery on more than 10,000 product lines and on time in full (OTIF) product availability scores for 2013 currently running at 99.4%. “It makes perfect sense then for Solidor to use our expertise, particularly since we have experienced teams working on production, quality assurance and logistics both in the UK and in China who can ensure that these products are smoothly integrated into our operation.” Gareth Mobley, managing director at Solidor, added: “We have taken the decision to concentrate on what we do best which is manufacturing composite doors. Our analysis shows that Mila can supply us with the knockers, spy holes and security bars even more efficiently than we currently do ourselves so, from our customers’ perspective, it’s a really positive move. We’re always looking at ways in which we can improve our quality and service and this fits with that objective.” Mila has been demonstrating its expertise to Solidor since it began supplying its ProStyle door hardware products in 2010 and last year Solidor added Mila’s ProSecure security door handle to its range. Nottingham company, Window Concepts, claims to have ‘strengthened its stake in the heritage and restoration market’ in a new deal with Crittall, the maker of classic steel windows. The new agreement means that Window Concepts is now Crittall’s sole Midlands agent. Landmark city projects for Window Concepts, which has a factory and showroom in Palm Street, Basford, include the Sir Paul Smith HQ in Lenton and the Nottinghamshire Golf club (pictured below). Window Concepts is currently carrying out a prestige steel window restoration project at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire, using its own Nottingham made products. Window Concepts’ managing director, Paul Burghart, said: “This new deal with Crittall is an important step in establishing us as a leading player in the heritage sector. “Crittall, has been making its distinctive steel windows since 1884 and they are seen in stately homes and period properties all over the UK and abroad. “We are honoured that they have chosen us as their Midlands agent. We are one of only a handful of Crittall agents and it is certainly an accolade for us – as well as a recognition of the reputation we enjoy in the industry.” In a statement, Crittall said: “Window Concepts meets our high standards of quality and service and is a welcome addition to our select list of distributors.” Window Concepts claims to be experiencing a ‘remarkable turnaround in fortunes’ following the 2008 economic slump which affected the company ‘badly’. According to Paul Burghart, the Door hardware supply tie up Following its acquisition by HL Plastics, Zoom has been rebranded as Liniar Zoom, making it part of the ‘Liniar family’. The conservatory roof company has moved to a 25,000ft2 facility in Derbyshire as it prepares for what it claims are ‘exciting’ product launches in the New Year. Zoom general manager, Keith Langley and three other members of staff have moved with Liniar Zoom to ensure a ‘smooth transition and an uninterrupted service for existing customers’. Liniar Zoom is honouring existing orders, with full production due to start in early 2014. The conservatory roof will be available as ready-made kits and as bar length to Liniar fabricators, complementing Liniar’s existing suite of windows and doors. Roger Hartshorn, managing director of HL Plastics, said: “We want to reassure existing Zoom customers that they will see no break in service. “Liniar Zoom will re-launch in the New Year and will sit with Liniar’s collection of thermallyefficient windows, bi-fold doors and patio doors. “We’ve acquired the whole of Zoom and are committed to invest in the technology and innovation to supply the industry with conservatories that will sell.” Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council (MBC) has awarded Anglian Building Products a two year contract for the replacement of existing single glazed PVC-U windows with double glazed items. Worth approximately £2m, the contract is for buildings up to five storeys high and Anglian will begin work in the Cape Hill area of Smethwick, West Midlands. Anglian sales director, John Fairweather, said: “We are delighted to secure the contract with Sandwell MBC and we look forward to working in partnership with the council to deliver their home improvement programme.” Swisspacer has reported that sales are on target for 2013 and 7.1% higher than in 2012. This year, the warm edge company launched its ‘next generation’ spacer bar, Ultimate, sales of which are said to have ‘grown rapidly’, now accounting for 40% of Swisspacer’s total UK sales. Vic De Costa, Swisspacer marketing and sales manager (UK & Ireland) said: “2013 has been another excellent year for Swisspacer.” Deal with heritage specialist company’s annual turnover is now up to £1.2 million. “At our peak, before the property crash, we had a turnover of more than £4 million – but we are now regaining much of our lost ground,” he said.“We think we are starting to see a return of confidence in the property market and we are ideally placed now to reap the dividends.” Solidor’s Gareth Mobley (left) and Mila’s Richard Gyde


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