Mammoth partnership extended

Safestyle UK has signed a new three-year supply agreement with Mila extending to the end of 2019. This will bring the partnership between the two businesses to more than 25 years.

Richard Gyde, Mila’s managing director, said: “As always, this was a very competitive negotiation up against two of the hardware sector’s other big names so I’m obviously delighted that Mila has come out on top again. After so many years, it’s a fantastic testament to our ability to keep on getting better and better.”

Safestyle UK’s operations director Mark Scaife said: “We expect a lot from our suppliers and Mila has consistently demonstrated that it can live up to that. It shares our constant drive for excellence and deserves its position as one of our key partners.”

As part of the preferred hardware supplier negotiations, the team from Safestyle visited Mila’s China office in order to audit Mila’s manufacturing partners. They saw for themselves the scale of the quality control operation both at Mila and at the individual factories, and witnessed the company’s dual sourcing policy in action.

Mila will continue to supply Safestyle UK with the vast majority of its window and door hardware requirements, including the new Supa stainless steel contemporary pull bars for Safestyle’s composite door range.

Also part of the package are ProSecure door handles, ProStyle letterboxes, and both ProLinea espag and TBT window handles. Some of these are bespoke versions of products, developed by Mila specifically to suit Safestyle’s fabrication processes.

In signing the supply agreement, Safestyle will benefit from a favourable transparent pricing structure, which includes pre-agreed bands linked directly to currency fluctuations and commodity prices. It will also continue to receive regular advanced briefings from Mila’s technical team on upcoming changes to hardware standards and regulations which affect its market.

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