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GGP December 2014

Fabricator & Installer World CELEBRATION: Commercial fabricator, Solar Windows, celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gala dinner hosted in aid of local Caerphilly charity, Cancercareline Blackwood. The event, held at the Hilton hotel in Cardiff, attracted more than 250 of Solar’s staff, customers and suppliers, including representatives from PVC-U systems supplier Rehau. Guest speakers were Robert Jones and Brynmor Williams, both ex Wales and British Lions scrum halves, and now senior executives at Solar’s insurance brokers, Thomas Carroll Brokers. With a charity auction and raffle taking place during the evening, the event helped to raise more than £20,000 for the charity. December 2014 77 BAD WEATHER BRINGS GOOD TRADE: The wind and rain is proving to be a good business opportunity for Cheddar based fabricator, MWD Trade Frames, which holds such weather partly responsible for the increase in sales of its doors range. MWD’s Jim Martin commented: “When replacing an old PVC-U, or damaged timber front door, many homeowners look to grand entrance doors to add style to their home and improve insulation and weatherproofing against the winter weather. To help installers meet this demand, we’ve invested in a range of high performance, energy efficient composite doors that installers can sell to the increasing number of homeowners currently concerned over heating prices and problems such as draughts and damp.” Accord 20FX helps Frame Fast go the extra mile for its customers Frame Fast (UK), based in Derby, has installed an SCM Accord 20FX CNC machining centre, for the processing of composite doors, which have recently been added to Frame Fast's range of products. The SCM machine was part of a £500,000 investment in machinery which also included glass processing machinery, allowing Frame Fast to produce more (previously bought in) products itself, with an aim to improve quality, delivery times and customer service. Production manager, Jason Pascoe, commented: “We used to buy our composite doors in, but upon tendering for a large council contract, it became obvious we had to invest in a CNC to process Nan Ya door blanks and therefore, after discussing our requirements with SCM's area sales manager, Ian McCarthy, and having a reference from another local manufacturer who had an SCM machine, we decided to go ahead with the Accord 20FX.” The Accord 20FX is described as a ‘new generation’ modular machining centre, designed for machining operations requiring heavy-duty stock removal, along with high precision. It is said to provide a ‘top quality finish’ over the entire machining area, due to the rigid mobile portal structure and safety systems designed to exploit the maximum production capacity of the machine without any movement limitations. Jason Pascoe concluded: “We are very happy with the SCM machining centre and are currently processing 30 to 40 doors a week, but this is soon to increase to double that number in our traditional busy period up to Christmas. If we already stock the Nan Ya door slab to the required colours, we have been known to turn around a door in just 24 hours which pleases our customers and word soon spreads. Our aim is always to go that extra mile!” www.framefastuk.com; www.scmgroup-uk.com As well as its G-Award for Fabricator of the Year, Polyframe was also victorious at The Yorkshire Post Excellence in Business Awards, scooping a gong in the ‘Companies between £10m and £50m’ category. Sales director, Peter Dyson, believes that Polyframe's dramatic growth during 2014 was a major contributing factor in winning the award. He said: “During 2014 we have launched two new brands and opened five new trade centres, which has seen our turnover increase by 41%. It is a testament to all at Polyframe that we won this prestigious award and the growth is only set to continue with the purchase of our fifth factory in Halifax, which is due to open in 2015. “Iain Duncan Smith was the keynote speaker at the awards evening held in Leeds, and he was quick to praise the businesses in attendance. Apparently, the growth of private sector businesses in Yorkshire and the Humber has been just as a fast as London, which we like to think we've played our part in!We were very proud to have been recognised for all our hard work.” Sales director, Peter Dyson (left) with Chris Watson, group managing director Business award win for Polyframe


GGP December 2014
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