Following the exceptional growth in demand enjoyed by VS windows, bi folding doors and patio doors, Glazerite is equipping a 12,000 ft2 (1,115 m2) factory close to the company’s head office and principal production facility at Wellingborough, Northamptonshire specifically to handle production of these products. The move will take place during the first quarter of 2014 and will also provide an increase of 25% to their main line production capacity. It will also provide comfort to customers in that Glazerite already have a capacity in place which is in excess of their forecasted sales growth for next year.
From a market that was once regarded as niche, vertical sliding sash windows have now become a mainstream product sector, with Glazerite enjoying significant sales increases during 2013. Similarly bi folding doors continue to be a growth area with the early days and associated problems with bi-folds manufactured using PVC-U a thing of the past. A resurgence in demand for high quality inline patio doors completes the picture, with these products alone enjoying an increase of more than 30% year on year.
Investment has exceeded £600,000 for the new factory, including machinery, forklift trucks and two new vehicles. A total of 38 new staff have been employed during 2013 bringing the current total to 174 and a number of these will move into the new plant.
Glazerite will continue to manufacture these product lines in its existing factory until the end of March 2014, with no disruption to existing lead times as the lines will be run in parallel until the new facility is fully commissioned. Thereafter customers will be able to enjoy the results of the greater efficiencies provided by the dedicated production with an improvement on lead times.
“Providing a specialist production facility for VS, bi fold and patio doors is an excellent indication of a changing market, both in terms of market trends and of growth,” says Jason Thompson, Director of Glazerite. “It is very encouraging for our customers as of course that is where the growth is coming from.”