NEW YEAR MESSAGES
The investment that
we have made in our
product and service
offer means that we
can approach 2019 with a high degree of
“going into 2019 we all need to have
plans in place to ensure that we can
continue to meet market demand”
www.ggpmag.com January 2019
It’s not that we don’t see challenges ahead. How the year
is going to pan out with the Brexit pantomime playing out at
Westminster is anyone’s guess. Uncertainty isn’t good for business
or consumer confidence.
But putting that to one side, the investment we have made since
our management buy-in in 2017, is starting to pay off for us and
We have a very strong aluminium portfolio, supplying Aluk
bi-fold and inline sliding doors, in addition to the Ultimate
Evolution aluminium bi-folding door, which can be fitted in as
little as 45-minutes.
Growth forecasts for aluminium remain very positive and
at point of retail, we expect to continue to deliver high margin
opportunities throughout 2019 and into 2020.
This drove our decision to launch a new night shift in the
autumn of 2018 boosting production capacity on aluminium
bi-folding, French and sliding door lines, plus our composite door
line by 60%.
As a door specialist, we’re fortunate that the products we
supply continue to perform in the market. We’re also forecasting
continuing growth in composite door sales, which we supply with
a maximum 3mm bowing tolerance – that’s guaranteed.
This commitment has driven significant demand for the
Ultimate Composite Door, which is PAS24 and Part Q approved,
including cut-through tests.
The launch of our in-house spray-painting facility, again in the
autumn, has increased flexibility of finish and shortened lead
times on special order composite door colours – things which
deliver direct commercial advantage to our customers.
We’re far from complacent, and there are clear challenges
on the horizon. The investment that we have made, our
product range and commitment to product quality, mean that
operationally, we’re well set up.
That converts to a very flexible, stable and secure trade supply
offer, which is built around those products, which are driving the
Offering installation efficiencies and exceptional throughlife
performance combined with significant end-user appeal,
aluminium bi-fold, inline sliding and composite doors should
continue to deliver high margin opportunities throughout 2019.
The key word for us all is
‘Change’ going into 2019.
At Thermoseal Group, we
have seen a great deal of change
since we took the decision to manufacture
warm edge spacers back in 2008. We’ve made huge investments
in setting up our ever-growing production facilities as well as
our technical centre and EN1279 test laboratory to develop
our product offering and increase production to meet market
demand. We already have new spacer bar manufacturing
machinery currently being installed to further increase our
warm edge spacer production in January.
This change has then spilled over into the rest of the business
with further investment in the overall infrastructure of the
Group with a particular focus on improving our systems and
processes to enable further growth and ensure we continue
to offer a first-class service to customers. We have taken on a
number of new staff and also currently updating our Investors
in People offering so that we can help our staff to grow and
develop with us.
Whatever the final agreement is on the Brexit deal, going
into 2019 we all need to have plans in place to ensure that
we can continue to meet market demand. With this in mind,
we have agreements in place with industry-leading suppliers
to ensure we continue to offer a seamless service, both for
our current product offering and for further products we are
looking to launch throughout 2019. We also have further plans
to improve our systems and with a customer base which spans
five continents working on different time-zones, we’ll have an
e-commerce system available to our customers shortly.
I’d like to wish everyone in the industry all the best for a
healthy and prosperous 2019.
“we expect to continue to deliver
high margin opportunities
throughout 2019 and into 2020”