Clearview National October 2017 - Issue 191 - Page 30

PROUD SPONSOR OF INDUSTRY NEWS INDUSTRYNEWS RECORD PRODUCTIVITY AND SALES SEES STEADY GROWTH » » STEDEK WINDOWS AND DOORS Limited manufactures Profile 22, Swish and Residence Collection PVCu window and door products. Established in 1994 by father and son Steve and Alex Page, the business is celebrating record productivity and sales. Richard Hammond, who joined the company in 2014 as Sales Director, said: “I want to take this opportunity to thank each customer along the way, each supplier that has supported us, the people in and around the business that have contributed with guidance, hard work, teamwork and dedication.” Stedek has seen significant growth in the new build sector since achieving a CMS Gold mark for quality assurance / PAS24 and BS6375 Parts 1 and 2. Currently, the company has a number of new build contracts on the go and finds this is becoming a growing strength. Stedek also caters for the premium end of the market, fabricating the entire Residence Collection suite of profiles including R7 R2 (Squared) and R9 offering the choice of welded and mechanical solutions. Residence sales have grown, which has allowed Stedek to set up a second factory dedicated to mechanical Residence. Order values have seen an increase too, so the company is continuing to enjoy steady gains across frame count, turnover and bottom line. NEW VICE PRESIDENT CONFIRMED » » THE GGF IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE that Stephen Payne, Deputy Managing Director of Britelite Windows has been confirmed as Vice-President by the GGF Board. Stephen was elected for the vice-presidency by his colleagues on the Home Improvement Executive and takes on the role with immediate effect. As Vice-President, Stephen will also be representative of the Home Improvement side of the industry. On his new role, Stephen commented, “I am a strong believer in the ethos and values of the GGF and in improving the status of our industry which has been unjustly maligned over many years.” Stephen has been a one-company man having started in the industry with Britelite Windows in January 1984 (approaching 34 years) as a junior surveyor and has grown with the company working his way up to Deputy MD with responsibilities in all areas of the business. Stephen continued, “With so much going on in the home improvement sector just now and with challenging times ahead, it’s important the GGF has a strong board to channel the GGF resources effectively for the benefit of members and the industry as a whole. Tools for the job: £1.4m to machinery investment » » EMPLAS HAS CONTINUED ITS major investment programme with a £1.4million spend on new machinery – giving it a total output capacity of 2,500 frames on a single shift. This includes the purchase of a new Rotox eight-head welder and cleaning line, giving Emplas two fully automated lines. It’s also invested in a new Rotox high speed sash cleaner, increasing sash output by more than 20% and a Rotox five-head inline welder, giving Emplas a total of three five-head welders and one four-head welder. 30 » OCT 2017 » CL EARVI E W- UK . C O M A second Rotox crucifix welder is also added to Emplas’ machinery inventory, as are two new Rotox bead lines and a second Schirmer machining and cutting centre. In addition to machinery investment a major extension of Emplas’ operational hub is already well underway. Scheduled for completion in the autumn, it will give the fabricator 18,000 sq ft of additional floor space. This investment in machinery and square footage has also been underpinned by a corresponding investment in its IT infrastructure, linking production to its ordering processes, customer tools, and increasing visibility of production to Emplas customer services teams.