MADE FOR TRADE CONTINUE TO INVEST IN GROWTH WITH LAUNCH OF ALUMINIUM VISOGLIDE PLUS SLIDING PATIO DOOR
It is safe to say that MFT know a fair bit about bi-folding doors, having spent the last 8 years perfecting the balancing act of price, quality and service. They can now say that they are one of the largest door manufacturers in the UK delivering an ever-growing number of quality checked door sets, direct to site, every single week. Now they have got that down to a fine art they are planning on repeating the process with the Visoglide Plus sliding Patio Door.
Sliding patio doors fill the same spaces, but offer a slightly different solution to bifold doors. Sliders can be more suited to smaller spaces which might not have the room for the perpendicular stacking of the bifolds when they are open. Compact opening then, along with the advantages of larger glazed areas make them a great option when choosing between products, and customers like options! Modern aluminium sliders don’t come with any of the bulk and distortion issues associated with PVC options and the product area is enjoying a bit of a renaissance now that properly thermally broken systems are the norm.
Bradley Gaunt, Managing Director of MFT commented “As a leading aluminium systems manufacturer we often get asked for price comparisons on sliding patio doors. Historically, bifold sales have dominated the market and we favor volume production to deliver the best value for our customers. Over the last year or so though the voices asking for sliders has increased to a point where we believe the demand is there to warrant setting up a dedicated MFT production facility to supply it, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.”
MFT have invested £500,000 on acquiring and kitting out a 50,000sqft facility in Hartlepool, initially creating around 20 new jobs in the process. The new site is capable of manufacturing 100+ door sets per week, with phased expansion plans to quadruple that number as market demand dictates.
MFT’s proven manufacturing recipe comes straight from the bi-folding door factory, with 100% QC checks taking place on every completed product before it is carefully packaged, and finally loaded onto one of MFT’s next generation delivery vehicles for its journey to your site.
MFT’s Chris Wann answers the question Why Visoglide? “We chose to fabricate the Smart Visoglide Plus as the product shares the Visofold reputation for being a hassle-free trade offering, especially when it’s been precision fabricated by us! The company’s mission statement is the best products at the best prices with the best service and we always apply it with the trade customers in mind! When it comes to trade products the customers need to be confident that the product they have chosen will be fit and forget! And of course it’s got to be at the most competitive price point in the market!”
MFT’s initial trade-oriented offering will be 2 track doors of multiple configurations up to 6.4m wide and 2.5m high, this could be extended if the market demands. Stock colours include white, grey, black, dual colour grey on white and those willing to wait a little longer for their product can order in any RAL colour they like. Hardware will be offered in white, black, grey or brushed stainless steel.
The configuration options chosen allow all doors to be supplied fully assembled, unless you specify a kit form option, and can all be glazed after the door is installed as opposed to having pre-glazed panels. Glass units are available through MFT but will be delivered direct to site from the glass supplier.
We all love a little something that makes a job that little bit easier, right? Often this might be something as simple as having the right screwdriver in your toolbox, or a nifty pair of work trousers with pockets in all the right places, but have you ever thought there might be more to it than just the tools. Maybe we should all be thinking more about the advantages offered by making the right product choice for the job in the first place?
Made for Trade, the company behind the design and manufacture of the award-winning Korniche Lantern roof system, believe this is a really important feature that is often forgotten during the selection or even the recommendation of a product to be used on a project. Many homeowners could be forgiven for just assuming that all these windows and doors are all just the same sort of things with different names on them!
Made for Trade claim that their products are far from just another “insert product type here”, and that every Korniche branded system product must carry a USP that sets it apart from the crowd. They certainly achieved this with the Korniche Lantern, where their attention to detail on the design and manufacturing front translated into a product that even someone with no experience could confidently fit, but they are now claiming to be bringing a big USP into the bi-folding door arena. If they are true to their word it opens up an opportunity to use a Korniche product on a much larger range of projects.
Pre-Gasketed Aluminium Clip bead
Anyone that has spent any time on-site fitting an Aluminium bi-fold door will be all too familiar with the struggles associated with fitting, cutting and installing wedge gasket. It is probably one of the most time-consuming parts of the install, and once it’s in, the longevity of the install can depend heavily on the experience of the installer, we’ve all seen shrunken gaskets!
Ashley Gaunt, Technical Director at MFT tells us more “For installers, the big innovation on the Korniche bifold door is our patented pre-gasketed clip bead. We have paired an aluminium bead profile with a rolled in polyamide clip. Aluminium and Polyamide behave in a very similar way under temperature changes, and this is an important factor when designing a composite bead. We have also designed a custom bead gasket that is factory fitted to the bead before its delivered. Due to the way it is manufactured with a polymer backing, it cannot shrink. The new system is simple, fool-proof and truly upholds our GLAZED IN SECOND’s promise”
Minimal Assembly and everything included as standard
All MFT bi-folding door quotes include delivery and unless you ask specifically for kit form all doors will arrive fully assembled. Once everything is on-site it should be a simple case of screwing in the frame, offering up and packing the glass units and then “clipping” in the bead. Job Done!
Be the first to find out more about these ‘new’ easy to install doors and the trade marketing opportunities that feature alongside the award-winning Korniche Lantern.
ALSO.. Don’t miss the Korniche Bi-folding Doors featuring at the upcoming National Homebuilding & Renovating Show, NEC, Birmingham between the 8th and 11th July.
Show ticket links and product updates can be found on www.madefortrade.co and www.korniche.co.uk websites.
Say hello to the Korniche Bi-Folding Doors.
Get ready, another game-changing product from Made for Trade is on the horizon.
A bi-folding door evolution
With a host of brand-new Innovations, MFT brings a premium bi-folding door into the market at a price point to make it the buyers “natural selection”
Made for Trade are getting ready to launch the second product in the award-winning Korniche systems range, the much-anticipated Korniche bi-folding doors. This brand-new product makes many of the 2019 Korniche concept doors features a production reality, and with them come some significant new innovations to benefit installers, resellers, and end-users alike.
One of the key features of the new door showcased with great success at the 2019 FIT, is the true patented all aluminium clip bead with pre-fitted gasket, a feature that really upholds the Korniche FASTER USP.
This allows the doors to be literally glazed in seconds and significantly decreases the time spent on site, maximizing that all-important margin for the installer.
The new product is also going to be SAFER. This is down to PAS24 as standard on every door set and MFT’s ‘safety for no extra cost’ delivery innovation.
Lookout in the coming weeks for full details on the new features which make the Korniche bi-folding door FASTER, WARMER, SLIMMER, STRONGER and now SAFER than the competition.
Made for Trade took the origin of the product and evolved it into the next generation of bi-folding doors.
MFT would like to even think Charles Darwin would be proud!
MFT’s business ethos of the best products, at the best prices all backed up by the best service in the industry will be reflected clearly in these fantastic new premium doors which, like the lantern roof, will come in at a trade price point that cannot be ignored and a volume reseller offering that is absolutely unrivalled.