Excel and improve

Dutemänn’s managing director Martin James discusses why the company has been shortlisted for a Best Bi-folding Door Manufacturer award.

At Dutemänn, we constantly strive to excel and improve in every part of our business – from the factory production and customer services to sales and marketing.

To even be nominated for an NFA award is a great achievement.

Over the past 12 months, Dutemänn has experienced strong growth across its portfolio of aluminium bifolding doors. As the UK’s largest dedicated trade supplier of the Schuco ASS70 bifolding door, we have worked closely with our network of trade clients to improve our offer month on month.

This consultation took us from concept and culminated with the launch of the all new FD85 Bifolding door.

The FD85 has a host of features and benefits but from conception its main design brief was focused on three areas: sightlines, security and U-values.

Sightlines are 105mm where the mullions meet, while FD85 has been tested and has passed PAS24-2016 for enhanced security, and U-values are more akin to a hybrid system, commonly below 1.5W/m2k for a standard sized door with a double-glazed unit – this can be dramatically decreased with triple glazing or the FD85 HI version.

On top of these key features FD85 can have panels a maximum of 1.35m wide so a 4m three-panel set is well within the system’s capabilities.

We never stand still. With the ever-changing building market, we have to stay one step ahead and are constantly producing new quality ranges and overhauling established ones to ensure that Dutemänn offers what the consumer needs.”

The company’s strengths are born out of an insistence on identifying a niche and sticking to what Dutemänn knows best: making aluminium doors.

Having a bespoke door manufacturer has tremendous benefits for installers and retailers. PVCU retailers have especially woken up to the fact that aluminium products are easy to fit and you can buy them at a reasonable rate.

Aluminium fabricators have also turning to us as well. They have discovered manufacturing all their aluminium requirement isn’t that straightforward and have decided it is easier to buy-in niche finished product.