5-day Lead Times on Bi-Folds as Demand From Retail Sector Continues

Published 16 February 2021 by Bart

We are offering rapid lead times on our aluminium product range, including our bi-fold, sliding patio and casement offering, despite continuing high demand at the start of 2021.

We are offering the Smart Visofold aluminium bi-fold, in standard RAL Grey, Black and White and Dual Grey on White – plus our Smart Alitherm 300 casement window in RAL White and Grey – on an industry-leading five-day turnaround.

For orders on single colours, the Visofold bi-fold is available in 10-days, with other products, including the Smart Visoglide inline slider, delivered from just 15 days.

Our capability to offer aluminium products on fast lead times, stems from a significant £3.6m investment in aluminium production in 2017. This included the introduction of our dedicated 30,000 sq ft factory, 10,000 sq ft of office space and an in-house powder coating line.

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Since then, we have further bolstered our aluminium production capacity with the addition of a Schirmer ALU BAZ Composite Orbit-C machining and cutting centre, increasing both precision of manufacture and quality of product, and a 4-head Ever Theta frame crimping machine from FOM.

Designed to ensure exceptional accuracy during manufacture by using profile scanning technology, the Ever Theta frame crimper is capable of flagging out of tolerance profiles of as little as 0.4mm in length or 0.9mm on the diagonal, delivering extremely high levels of finish to 45 mitre and 90 joints.

It is also capable of reducing full-cycle times to just 2 minutes and 31 seconds, around half the time it takes to use a conventional, single head crimper.

5 day lead time on bifold doors

Our commitment to fast lead times follows reports of ongoing activity in the home improvement market, with the latest statistics from the Business Pilot Barometer – which presents a monthly analysis of data from the retail sector – revealing a 34% jump in sales in January and an increase of 111% in new leads.

“Our continued investment in automation throughout our aluminium facility has not just resulted in higher levels of output, it has allowed us to deliver a superior quality of finish, and a greater consistency of quality to the finished product,” commented Mike Parczuk, Managing Director.

“This ensured that we were well placed to respond to the high levels of demand fuelled by Covid-19 restrictions in 2020.

“With installers still working hard to complete orders that were placed last autumn, and with the introduction of Lockdown 3 at the start of the year, it also means that we can continue to offer the fast lead times that our customers need in order to make the most of anticipated demand into the spring and summer as restrictions ease and consumer confidence rises,” he concluded.

We manufacture a comprehensive range of aluminium products, including those for commercial applications. In addition to our Smart Alitherm 300 casement, Visofold and Visoglide doors, we also offer Smart Alitherm Heritage Windows and Plus Doors, as well as the Smart EcoFutural tilt and turn, MC600 curtain walling, Smart Wall thermal shop front system, plus the Smart Shopline modular screening solution.

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