Leaders of the aluminium door and window specialist Dutemänn have agreed a new supply agreement with Deceuninck Aluminium. The Dutemänn team is set to begin manufacturing its variant of the easy-fit Decalu88 bi-folding door, which will be branded as Elän, and the Decalu 163 lift-and-slide, which will be sold under Dutemänn Glide product range.
The Dutemänn team is also to begin manufacturing of the complete Decalu window range, including tilt-and-turn, fully reversible and new flush casement options. These are to be supplied under its Schärpe brand.
The ultra-low U-values of the Decalu system was instrumental in driving the business’ decision to team up with the aluminium systems leader, according to Martin James, managing director of Dutemänn. He said: “Our customers are owner-driven businesses, with impressive, modern showrooms. They always have their own fitters (they wouldn’t subcontract) and they tend to work in the architectural or self-build spaces.
“They are looking for quality. And with 2025 and the Future Homes Standard on the horizon, they are also looking for great U-values.
“Deceuninck Aluminium and Decalu delivers that. It’s one of the very few aluminium systems that gets down to 0.8W/m²K, today. That’s going to be very important because window and door design is going to have to change. It already is.”
Designed in the UK, flush inside and out, and with U-values as low as 0.8W/m²k triple glazed (1.2W/m²k with a standard unit), Deceuninck Aluminium’s new flush casement window is said to epitomise the aluminium systems company’s approach. Launched in January 2023, it is the latest in a series of new product rollouts which began with the Decalu88 bi-fold (U-values in this case go even lower, to 0.68W/m²K.)
Martin continued: “As with everything that Dutemänn has done over the years, we didn’t restrict ourselves to a UK-centric search. We looked at what was on offer in Germany and in the Benelux countries, because they lead the way.
“Deceuninck Aluminium is relatively fresh to the UK market but that didn’t concern us because the system is proven. What was important was that Deceuninck Aluminium was prepared to listen and to work with us as a genuine partnership. That has happened and more. It’s been 12 months in the making but it’s been an absolute pleasure.”
Nigel Headford, director of Deceuninck Aluminium, added: “Dutemänn is a very high-profile fabricator with an established reputation for quality, service and innovation. It’s decision to partner with us is built on those shared values, and particularly the lead we have taken in the supply of energy-efficient aluminium windows and bi-folding, lift-and-slide and composite aluminium entrance doors.
“With the new Future Homes Standard around the corner, that assumes increasing importance.” For more information about Deceuninck Aluminium, call 01249 816 969, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the aluminium system house’s website.