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.
Made for Trade have announced a significant long-term investment in the expansion of their fleet of delivery vehicles
Each of the 10 new vehicles also comes equipped with another MFT design innovation, changing the way their products are handled both at the factory and also at delivery sites, the new design significantly decreases risk and puts safety of their employees first.
MFT’s announcement, along with other news of their product expansion is a strong indication of their industry position and growth plans throughout 2020-2021 and beyond.
“For some time, we have been looking at the handling challenges presented by the loading and unloading of large heavy products from our wagons and we had some good design ideas of what we wanted to achieve. With sales dictating a need for more wagons to satisfy increasing delivery requirements we took the opportunity to kill 2 birds with one stone and had a custom fleet developed with local vehicle suppliers. We think this is a first in fenestration and is a significant step forward in transport safety.” Chris Wann. Business Manager.
2020 has been a tough year for many businesses within the fenestration industry and some of the industry heavy hitters
are either gone or have been significantly reshaped. Thankfully, it has not all been doom and gloom and there are many winners as a market driven by home improvements went stratospheric. With ongoing investment in new vehicles, additional staff and the expansion of their delivery coverage, Made for Trade really do mean business as they enter 2021 in a strong position with some exciting new developments on the brink of release into the market.
The new 12-tonne Rollaflex vehicles have been commissioned from a local vehicle supplier with the functional design concept provided by the engineering team at MFT. The brief was to come up with a cost- effective loading and unloading solution which minimised the risks associated with manual lifting and provided a safe means of working at a height. Health and safety is one of MFT’s top priorities when it comes to the welfare of their staff and the safe delivery of their products.
The logistics cycle starts off with the doors being moved from coded dispatch racks and loaded onto specially made stillages
at floor level. As each door is placed onto the stillage a set of soft slings are fitted to predetermined safe positions depending on the style of door. Once all stillages are full, the wagons move into the loading positions,
the retractable curtain is drawn back, and the stillage is moved by forklift onto the wagon bed and locked into place.
Once at the customers site, the driver conducts a risk assessment, cordons off the area and uses an articulated crane mounted to the vehicle bed for the safe and secure unloading of the door from the wagon to the ground in readiness for the customer to collect. The new design ensures that manual lifting of the doors is eliminated and that the operator is always safe, even when working from the unprotected wagon sides to attach the crane hook to the slings via a retractable barrier.
DELIVERY COVERAGE EXPANSION
The addition of more vehicles to the
fleet also allows MFT to increase their delivery coverage area to include several new postcodes in Scotland. This move,
the implementation of the first phase of a larger growth plan, cements the company’s intention to provide their top class service to customers that had previously struggled to obtain MFT door products alongside the Korniche lantern roof which is delivered nationwide.
For more updates on this news, new product releases and to see how MFT provide the BEST PRODUCTS, at the BEST PRICES with the BEST SERVICE, head over to www.madefortrade.co and register online to receive regular emails.
We would also like to take this opportunity to say a big thanks to all our customers in what has been a turbulent 2020. Your loyalty has contributed entirely to our great sales volume, which in turn allows us to maintain the level of investment needed to improve service and expand our trade product range available to you, our customers.
With these improvements to our service and 2 new products ready for launch in the new year, here’s hoping for a smoother journey in 2021
Following the Government announcement of a national lockdown we want to reassure our customers that we are open and will continue to manufacture and supply in line with government guidelines
As a COVID safe work site, Made for Trade are able to stay open as your preferred trade partner – Helping you build throughout 2021…
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