Clearview North September 2014 - Issue 154 - Page 69

COLOUR QUALITY ALIGNED WITH SERVICE KEEPS COLOURKOTE AHEAD In 1997, Neil Rodgers and Tracy Basden spotted the potential in the growing colour applicator sector and opened their business – ColourKote, in Hansworth Sheffield in South Yorkshire and became one of the first businesses to take advantage of the trend. They moved to their current premises in Dinnington, also in South Yorkshire, in 2004 when the market was vibrant market and this new product available to the fabricators was seen as a major, innovative, added value product. The colour applicator sector saw the very best of the market from 2001 until 2006. Order books were full and the length and breadth of the country this niche market enjoyed its best period and grew considerably. In 2007, however, the uPVC extruders recognised the threat from the applicators and started to extrude a small range of coloured profiles. But in doing so, they failed to extrude a full coloured system - leaving the applicators to provide the additional profiles, cills, drips, cover caps, and the like. When the period of austerity arrived, the profile companies then began to extrude in numerous different colours. But looking ahead, ColourKote had anticipated this move and diversified into other markets to ensure its longevity during what became a prolonged difficult trading period. Today ColourKote is in a healthy position, thanks to the directors’ foresight in ensuring they were servicing a range of different sectors. With the major companies having reorganised their manufacturing bases, they now naturally prefer to deal with the service suppliers who have given them quality, service and competitive prices during this period. In fact, customer loyalty continues to play a big role in the continuing ColourKote success story. “In today’s competitive marketplace, it is often the level of service that wins the business,” Neil said. “We have always made service aligned with quality our priority and we provide a guarantee with all of the work ColourKote carries out. The company is able to offer thousands of different colours in addition to the RAL range. Farrow and Ball and Heritage colours are currently among the most popular. UPVC • Glass • Vinyl • Metal Professional paint spraying services to the Trade Open your eyes to the endless possibilities of COLOUR If we can’t find the right colour or finish for you within our range we can mix a colour to a sample provided by you. COLOUR MATCH • RAL • BS 2660 • BS 381C BS 4800 • BS 5252 • FARROW AND BALL Colour Kote, Unit 14, Noble way, Dinnington, Sheffield, S25 3QB. TEL: 01909 569003 - FAX: 01909 569220 - EMAIL: info@colourkote.co.uk To read more, visit www.clearview-uk.com colourkote.co.uk SEP 2014 69