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GGP December 2015

Gearing up for growth Endurance Doors by Rocal has reportedly invested in a fourth CNC machine as it plans for continued growth for its solid and secure composite doors. The company says that its fourth CNC machine will bolster production capabilities to 600 doors per week at its 32,000ft² facility in North Lincolnshire. With Q3 sales up 39% on the previous year Endurance Doors is expecting an ‘extended period of strong growth’. With 16 new door designs and the new finishes of walnut and pearl grey with matching Rehau door frames launched already in 2015, the company believes that it has the resources and product in place to challenge the industry’s other leading composite door manufacturers. In recent months, Endurance Doors is said to have received ‘record levels’ of new business enquiries while existing customers have been buoyed by new marketing materials and 80 MACHINERY Pride and precision in project design According to BTS Fabrications, relishing the challenge of bespoke designs and exacting attention to detail has been an essential part of its success. “Fully appreciating the vision behind a building design, and realising it through our work is what drives our team,” said David Atkinson, BTS’ managing director. The company, based in County Durham, is said to have an excellent reputation in the metal fabrication sector, supplying metal rainscreen systems and fabricated metal construction products. “We have a team with expertise in many disciplines and we need machinery to match that,” explained David. “With exciting growth in new and existing business we needed additional machinery, so we contacted Elumatec for advice.” BTS Fabrication said that its main requirement was high speed of manufacture, together with exacting precision as it had an increased number of projects that required fast and efficient processing at a high quality level. With a wide range of machinery already in place, BTS was also looking for a space saving machine. Andrew Robson, Elumatec’s technical sales manager, recommended the Alu-Ranger MC 5016GRC, unique as a vertical CNC machine and designed specifically for Alucobond aluminium composite material (ACM) fabrications. It has pre-loaded standard program macros for corner folding, riveting, rout and return, and panel hanging designs. The Alu-Ranger also grooves ACM with a grooving cutter, not a router bit which is said to make it four times faster than traditional CNC machines relying only on router bits. An investment of £101K in the machine was further justified by the Alu-Ranger’s compatibility with the Sigmanest manufacturing software already used by BTS to optimise ACM panels. This reportedly resulted in cost savings as no additional software needed to be purchased. Richard Clough, BTS’ national specification manager, said: “The Alu-Ranger is a fantastic machine and will streamline our production www.ggpmag.com December 2015 of Vantage Rainscreen Cassette Systems using Aluminium Composite Material (ACM). The speed, quality and accuracy of the process, especially the routing blade, is the best I have seen in this industry. Acquisition of the Aluranger and the demand for consistent high quality fabrication contributed to my decision to join BTS as this ethos is evident across all departments and in the product produced on the factory floor.” The company has since ordered a second, slightly smaller Alu-Ranger MC4216-L2R, costing £50K. new product launches that are set to continue in 2016, as the brand builds considerable momentum. Stephen Nadin, managing director of Rocal Group, commented: “This latest investment of a fourth CNC machine is the clearest indication yet of our intentions to become the major player in the composite door sector. With strong organic growth and a record number of new business enquiries, we’ll be looking to add further capital investment into the business in the near future.” www.endurancedoors.co.uk David Atkinson, BTS’ managing director


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