Clearview National July 2018 - Issue 200 - Page 70

HARDWARE& SECURITY Trade counter network gears-up for growth » » DERBYSHIRE TRADE specialist, ProTrade Upvc, has continued its expansion with the opening of a Chesterfield branch. The third trade counter business within the ProTrade network, Paul Wilkins, Director ProTrade, said that the opening of the new 4,000 sq ft facility, off Whitting Valley Road will increase ProTrade’s geographical reach throughout Derbyshire and beyond. He said: “there are a lot of fitters and installers working out of Chesterfield so it made sense to be closer to them. It’s also a reflection of the demand that we’re seeing and our growing reputation. Ultimately wherever our customers want us to go.” ProTrade Upvc was set up in 2010 in Swadlincote. The company opened its second site in Loughborough four years later. In addition to the investment it’s made in its new Chesterfield site, it will relocate its Swadlincote trade counter to a new 4,500 sq ft facility, this autumn. Buying in windows and doors from Emplas, after last year Paul said that ProTrade had the right infrastructure in place to support continuing growth, adding: “for us it’s about value, how can we deliver the best service to our customers and that means buying in from the right supply partner.” 4 HOUR QUOTES, 48 HOUR WINDOWS » » INSTALLERS CAN GET 4-HOUR quotes and 48-hour delivery on PVCu windows from fitter-focussed trade fabricator, Framexpress. “Express by name, express by nature,” says Stuart Green, Director at Framexpress. “Time is money for installers and by offering reliability, speed and products that are spot- on, we help customers save both. “We’re so committed to our 4-hour quotes, 48-hour windows promise, that we’ve made it our top priority. It’s such an integral part of the Framexpress service, it made sense to make it the focus of our new brand image too.” 2018 marks Framexpress’ twentieth year delivering Profile 22 windows to the trade across the UK. Stuart adds: “Since 1998, we’ve built Framexpress to become the fabricator of choice for installers who want the pain and hassle taken out of buying windows. We’re window people, so we understand the real cost of poor service and every single person in our team appreciates the value of what we offer to customers. “Put simply, we offer fast, hassle-free PVCu windows, doors and conservatories, so that installers can get on and fit in more jobs every week.” CUT INSTALLATION COSTS BY A THIRD » » CUSTOMERS BUYING IN Residence 9 unglazed are saving up to third on installation costs compared to the install of glass-bonded products by reducing weight and simplifying handling. HWL launched R9 unglazed last year following significant investment in its manufacturing process and the addition of Timberweld® sash-welding technologies. This gives it an almost unique capability in the UK to butt weld 70 » JUL 2018 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M window sashes inside and out, replicating the aesthetic delivered in a 90° mechanical joint. The process also eliminates the requirement to glass-bond units to provide structural strength to the window. This means that HWL’s window can be supplied frame-only and glazed on site, significantly reducing weight and simplifying installation. “What we’re doing is levelling the playing field,” said Mark Haley, Director, HWL Trade Frames. “There isn’t an installer in the country who would fit a window glass bonded by choice because of the weight and because the install is much more difficult. “We’ve removed all of those obstacles. You buy your glass from your usual supplier and fit it just like any other window. What that leaves you with is a great window but one that is also easy to install.”