Glazerite is keeping ahead of ever-growing demand with a bigger fleet and more efficient trucks for 2014.
The first of the new vehicles, a Fuso Canter 7.5tonne impressed the fabricator so much with its light weight body and increased load capacity that it immediately ordered a second – and it may not be long before it plans on adding more.
Record sales throughout 2013 – combined with increased orders for bigger, heavier products – meant the existing fleet would soon have been at capacity, said director Jason Thompson, and therefore the additional vehicles were essential to uphold the company’s reputation for service and quick turnaround.
“When we deliver to every part of mainland Britain at least once a week, our customers quite rightly expect us to be able to meet deadlines. Also, much of our growth in demand has been in heavier products such as VS, bi-folds, composite and patio doors. The Canters have 30% more payload than some of our existing fleet so will cope with that easily.
“We now produce over 2,400 frames a week and the extended fleet will provide us with a delivery capacity in excess of 3,000 frames per week. But the way things have been growing over the last couple of years, we really can’t say how long it might be before we are looking to extend again.”
He added that Glazerite remains committed to 7.5 tonners – rather than the bigger choices of some fabricators – to keep lead times short and deliveries frequent.
Glazerite is the UK’s largest trade-only VEKA fabricator as well as a committed Network VEKA member. Its existing fleet of 10 7.5tonne lorries and two 3.5tonne transit vans serve installers all over Britain from its manufacturing bases in Northants and Greater Manchester as well as a distribution hub at Avonmouth.