More Bends, Arches and Rakes Than Ever Before
Universal Arches has grown significantly in the last 5 years and with an estimated 65% of the bending sector, they now estimate that the market as a whole has doubled in this period.
The market statistics seem quite incredible against a backdrop of modest performance elsewhere in the various segments of the glazing industry and with several small bending companies falling by the wayside in recent years. Yet new commercial projects are now becoming a reality as several Victorian mills are being fully refurbished with shaped frames, as the recent project between Dempsey Dyer and Universal Arches shows. Indeed this was rewarded when they became a finalist in the Commercial Project of the Year at the recent G-Awards.
While Universal Arches invested heavily in computer hardware in 2014, in 2015 it will be a complete overhaul of the software systems that will be carried out and the new IT solutions will streamline the administration processes and procedures. By the end of the year it is planned that the new system will even allow for delivery dates and times to be texted directly to customers via SMS.
With existing production capacity of 65 individual frames now currently fully utilised, plans are now in place to raise this to 100 frames a day. With the premises now wholly owned, work is already underway to improve workflow within the manufacturing floor space.
Leon Day, managing director of Universal Arches commented: ‘The last 5 years have been incredible in terms of growth for us and the sector as a whole. Installations companies and now commercial installers are now far more confident in the products we make and are eager to be involved in the replacement of old timber shaped frames.
He continues: ‘I firmly believe that the bending sector has now woken up to the opportunities for replacements of all shapes and we also expect for sales of fully glazed products to rise.’
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