Clearview South November 2013 - Issue 144 - Page 54

aluminium&timber ADDING VALUE KAT UK has built an impressive reputation for both product and service excellence for its range of suited aluminium windows and doors, including its latest feature packed bi-folds and double and triple track patio doors. As a manufacturer of specialist and bespoke window and door systems, KAT has been able to focus on the most exacting needs of its customers with everything from additional quality control checks in its factory to dedicated product experts within its customer service department. KAT UK is now celebrating its 15th trading year in business, an impressive statistic. KAT’s product range is based on the revered systems from European experts AluK and its range of windows and doors can boast a 25 year Marine Grade guarantee on the powder coated finish as standard. Products are also manufactured by a highly skilled and experienced team and deliveries are made on its own fleet nationwide, including a direct to site service. Simon Richards, sales and marketing director of KAT UK, comments: ‘We believe that not only do we have a very exciting and complete aluminium product range, but that we can also offer installation companies more in the way of support and expertise.’ Call 01625 439666, e-mail sales@katuk., visit, or follow @ KATUK_1998 on Twitter. DEVELOPMENTS PROVIDES ENHANCED SERVICES The recent acquisition of Formes Alutek by Lancashire-based LDG Group, one of Senior Architectural System’s leading fabricators in the North West, will provide specifiers and contractors with an enhanced range of services as the industry heads out of recession. Formes Alutek, renowned for its expertise on high profile and innovative projects including Great Ormond Street Hospital and M&S’s most eco-friendly store at Cheshire Oaks where the company installed Senior’s revolutionary Hybrid system, will complement the design and fabrication capabilities of the LDG Group whilst safeguarding jobs and opening up new market opportunities. LDG Group, with a turnover of £15 million, has specialised in the design, fabrication and installation of Senior’s curtain wall systems for more than 10 years, building an impressive client base across sectors including new build, commercial and refurbishment for both the private and public sectors. The company’s in-house powder coating and glass processing plants ensure consistent quality and fast lead times, which when combined with Formes’ industry leading fabrication capabilities, in particular the ability to curve to extreme tolerances, will ensure that the enlarged business will be in a position to capitalise on emerging opportunities across the spectrum of markets. INVESTMENT IN SPECIALIST TRAINING SET TO INCREASE Twenty staff at leading timber merchant, Arnold Laver, are working through the Fire Door Inspection Scheme (FDIS) Diploma in a move that will see the Sheffield-based company’s production, sales and technical staff improve their levels of knowledge and customer support and the company increase its fire doors business. The FDIS Diploma comprises a series of online education modules 54 NOV 2013 that have been researched and authored by industry experts, which can be studied at a pace to suit individual learners and is completed by passing the FDIS Diploma examination, which is taken at a local centre. The Arnold Laver staff are working through the modules with the aim of improving their awareness of the issues around specification, installation and maintenance of fire doors. It is planned for some of the staff to move onto the second stage of the FDIS programme by becoming FDIS Certificated Inspectors. Group joinery manager David Oldfield said: “We are committed to ensuring our staff have the knowledge and skills to be able to provide the very best service. This is obviously good for our customers who benefit from our investment. However, it is also going to give us a new revenue stream that will help to grow the business too.” To read more, visit