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GGP February 2015

Jerry Webb, MD of aluminium fabricator, CDW Systems, says he is confident about the aluminium industry in 2015 despite ‘a number of challenges on the horizon’. Jerry said that the rising popularity of aluminium amongst homeowners, and its strength in the commercial sector, means there will be lots of opportunities for installers to win new business. He also highlighted that over the past decade a range of measures to cut CO2 emissions had made Britain globally uncompetitive, leading to the loss of 87% of the UK’s primary aluminium production capacity. But Luton based window machinery supplier, Kombimatec, recently won an order with Oakleaf Doors and Windows – a part of Oakleaf Commercial Services (OCS) – to supply and install a complete set of machinery after a competitive tender was issued. With a yearly turnover of close to £18 million, Oakleaf Doors and Windows is a new business operation for OCS who formerly specialised in bespoke joinery products. Wanting to expand its product range to include PVC-U windows and doors, in order to supply to the commercial market place, Oakleaf was reportedly impressed with how Kombimatec scored on quality and price, as well as its ‘comprehensive repair and excellent breakdown service’. Assisting Oakleaf with the development of the new factory, including recommendations for campaigning by industry representatives has helped to reverse this trend – with moves made in 2015 to compensate energy intensive industries for costs of energy taxes and funding put in place for a UK manufacturing industrial strategy. However a lack of innovation, an upcoming general election and rising material costs were all cited as potential challenges going forward. Jerry said: “I am confident the UK government now values manufacturing as a sector that delivers wealth for the economy. This is good news as it means further investment and incentives to produce equipment that would provide greater flexibility and enable the production capacity to grow, Kombimatec made ‘quite the impression’, according to Mark Dainter, Oakleaf’s executive business manager: “We were very impressed with the service provided by Kombimatec. They took time to understand our requirements and came up with suggestions for how we could improve efficiency as well as reduce our capital costs. “The machines arrived on time, were installed efficiently and have been fully operational ever since.” Some of the machinery provided by Kombimatec included the DGS450/500 electronic double mitre saw, 1HD reverse butt welder, GLS180 beadsaw with measuring system, SCT9 transom groover, WSF445 waterslot router and the 4HDV fourhead combination welder. www.kombimatec.com The rapidly growing non-residential new build market is said to have inspired record product sales for international hardware supplier, Cotswold Architectural Products. The company reports that sales of its parallel opening hinge increase by 40% in the last year, with the product being specified for a widerange of commercial projects across the UK and internationally. And with growth expected to continue across the construction industry, Cotswold’s sales and marketing director, Tim Ferkin, is confident of further increases in sales. Tim commented: “Demand for our range of parallel stays has been increasing month on month and it was a key product for us in 2014. This has definitely been influenced by an upturn in the construction sector, with more new offices and new build activity on the up.” According to JLL and Glenigan’s latest UK commercial Construction Activity Index, non-residential new build activity is increasing rapidly, with the value of new starts over the year to Q3 in 2014 amounting to £12.5bn – up 5.4% on the year to Q2. The report also said that the building products industry remains in a ‘strong position’ going into 2015 and a 10% growth in new project starts in 2014 is matching prerecession levels and there has been a 4% rise in non-residential starts, with privately financed sectors said to be faring better than public sector. 18 TRADE NEWS Aluminium confidence Kombimatec wins tender Sales up 40% Record breaking? Got the t-shirt www.ggpmag.com February 2015 the very best. More specifically, we are seeing domestic demand for aluminium windows and doors continuing to grow. This is good news for installers.” In his own business, 2014 proved to be a very successful year for the company, with CDW Systems introducing a second shift to meet demand and also employing 10 new members of staff. In celebration of a recordbreaking year in 2014, Conservatory Outlet has specially designed t-shirts for every member of staff. Managing director, Greg Kane, commented: "We had an exceptional year due to the efforts of our dealer network. Their sustained growth translated into a 30% surge in our output, allowing us to invest in new machinery and increase production capacity. "On the other hand, it was our employees’ dedication that made it possible for us to deliver excellent products on short lead times, regardless of volumes. Myself, as well as the rest of the managerial team would like to say a big thank you to our dealer network, and our staff, for their hard work." The Yorkshire based fabricator has recently started to implement a series of measures which enable its employees to ‘take ownership’ of their work. The record month t-shirts were produced and issued after record monthly sales results were obtained in July and October last year. Greg said: "Our employees are extremely committed to the company values, but they seldom get to know what a difference their work makes. We can’t help but feel proud when we see the end result of our activity, and we want all our employees to experience the same." conservatoryoutletdealers.co.uk


GGP February 2015
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