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anymore and fewer will find their way into
the UK,” says Lee. He argues that this could
compound the challenges the industry has
seen in the last seven-months, making the case
for reviewing each and every aspect of your
component supply chain.
UK-MADE – TAKE CONTROL OF
YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN
Anglo European Group acquired aluminium
component specialist, Aluminium Shapes, in July
last year. With its existing steel manufacturing
facilities this gives Anglo European a unique
combined capability in the UK to cold roll steel
and extrude aluminium.
The purchase was made as part of a strategy
at group level to expand its offer across sectors
to include not only reinforcements, bay posts
and couplers but also to develop an ancillary
Lee continues: “There were fabricators and
installers who couldn’t complete jobs earlier
this year because they couldn’t get their hands
on bay-poles. It shows you a very clear gap
in the component market and continuing
disruption – at the very least into the near future
– component product supply is something you
can’t take for granted.”
Aluminium Shapes’ major export into the
window and door market, is its universal
Smartlink bay pole coupler and jack system.
Supplied through Anglo European alongside
its cut-to-size steel reinforcement offer, it works
across all PVC-U systems, reducing stock holding
and increasing manufacturing efficiencies.
Fully tested to loads of .6 tonnes, almost
double the level required, the system is backed
up by Anglo European’s full -year warranty,
in line with the reinforcement and component
specialists’ other products.
This includes Anglo European’s bi-fold
corner cleat offer, manufactured in the UK by
Aluminium Shapes. In addition to its unique
‘heart’ shape, it features an increased wall
thickness, while supplied at a purchase price
roughly half that of systems companies.
EXTRUDE IT YOURSELF!
It’s not only component supply that Aluminium
Shapes is lining up to supply into the UK window
and door industry. It’s clear that with a ,-
tonne direct press for the manufacture of larger
profiles up to kg per metre, it has ‘bigger fish
Aluminium Shapes, currently one of only two
UK-owned aluminium extrusion companies,
operates from a ,ft2 facility in Corby.
In addition to its ‘heavyweight option’, it also
runs a -tonne indirect press manufacturing
smaller, tight tolerance profiles from .3kg per
With an Emmegi -axis CNC, two -axis
CNCs and an Emmegi triple headed mitre saw,
paint, powder coating and anodising facilities, it
has the operational capability to manufacture –
well, almost anything!
Aluminium Shapes is also geared to support
the process with an in-house team of designers
who will take something as simple as a rough
sketch or more developed AutoCAD file, from
concept to extrusion. This includes a D printing
capability as part of the R&D process.
A member of the Aluminium Federation, all of
Aluminium Shapes’ extrusions are produced to
BS EN ¤¤ tolerances as standard and can also
supply to BS EN if required.
“We, by that I mean Aluminium Shapes,
know the window and door industry and with
our in-house design team, we can work-off
pretty much anything to turn the ideas you’ve
been sitting on into a reality. It’s so much more
accessible. For around £,, you can put a
basic die down and extrude prototype product.
“If you’re manufacturing a bi-fold and that
‘widget’ saves you even a couple of quid a door.
That investment pays for itself in no-time.
“You’re also in control. And that’s the point.
We can expect a few more bumps in the road. If
that road is shorter, because it starts and finishes
in the UK and you’re dealing direct, it’s far easier
to navigate it.”
“It’s not only component supply that Aluminium Shapes is
lining up to supply into the UK window and door industry.
It’s clear that with a ,-tonne direct press for the
manufacture of larger profiles up to kg per metre, it has
‘bigger fish to fry’”