Clearview North September 2014 - Issue 154 - Page 56

doors&windows South West fabricator opens new factory Leading South West fabricator, MWD Trade Frames, has recently completed the construction of a new production facility in Cheddar, totalling up to 20,000 sq. ft. The move and increased capacity means MWD Trade Frames can offer even shorter lead times and exceptional service. Equipped with cutting edge technology and processes, the new site offers perfect conditions for growth. And the timing could not be better, as the company recently reported an 18 per cent sales rise for the first quarter of 2014, compared to the same period last year. Director Jim Martin commented: “The investment represents our commitment to ensure the very best produc t quality, fast turnaround and comprehensive service for our customers, helping them win profitable new business with market-leading products. “The new factory will also facilitate a steady growth for MWD over the next couple of years, and, not least, create new employment opportunities in the area.” MWD manufactures and supply Duraflex casement windows, residential, bi-folding and composite doors, vertical sliding sash windows and patios. They are colour specialists and can provide advice and support with how best to sell its benefits. Exova invests in new capabilities for weather testing doors and windows Exova Warringtonfire, the specialist fire and security testing and certification provider, has recently expanded its dedicated door and windows facility at its Willenhall site to house one of the largest air, wind and water test rigs in the industry. The test rig can accommodate large door and window samples up to four metres wide and four metres high, ideal for large sliding and sliding-folding patio doors currently popular in the marketplace. The Willenhall facility has also increased its UKAS scope of approval to include air permeability to EN12427, water tightness to EN12489 and wind resistance to EN12444 on full size industrial and commercial doors and roller shutters. ‘latest investment has greatly improved the test environment’ FASTER TURNAROUND Lead times are now faster than ever before for weather testing to BS6375-1, results of which can be added to CE Marking declaration of performance, a mandatory requirement since July 2013. Air permeability test results can also be used for energy rating calculations. Mark West, Door & Window Laboratory Manager, comments: “This latest investment has greatly improved the test environment, and the turnaround time of tests, and allows us to provide our customers with the quality and speed of service they demand.” Special offers from Phoenix Doors for new customers Phoenix Doors (part of MASCO UKWG) has launched its summer campaign for new customers with special discounts on its GRP composite doors & PVC-U door panels. The ‘Complete Spectrum of Doors’ offer features five composite doors, one of which is a back door, and 10 door panels, all at competitive prices and accompanied by exclusive order forms. Available in five woodgrain colours, the composite doors feature a choice of backing glass, multi-point locks and hardware in 56 SEP 2014 a choice of finishes, plus a weather bar coloured to the door, or chrome or gold finish. Only available in white inside and out, the Cambridge Back Door is offered in a grooved or flat leaf style with an optional cat or dog flap. Hardware and a choice of glazing designs are included. The door panels, which can be supplied cut to size, are available in seven different shades of white. MDF reinforcement, letterplates and knockers are included as standard. New customers who sign up can use the unbranded ‘Complete Spectrum’ flyer to sell in the home, while also gaining the opportunity to ‘upsell’ other home improvement products. Call 01487 740469. To read more, visit