Manufacturing boost

Sliders UK has launched a second shift, boosting its overall manufacturing capacity by 60%, the company has announced.

The new night shift creates additional manufacturing capacity on the fabricator’s aluminium bifolding, French and sliding door lines, plus its composite door line. Part of a continuing programme of investment since a management buy-in in April 2017, the launch of the new shift also creates 11 new jobs, including a new night shift production manager post.

Alex Murphy, managing director of Sliders UK, said: “We’ve seen significant growth in demand for aluminium product and for our composite door range and we believe that that’s going to continue going forward. As part of our long-term planning strategy, we have consequently taken the decision to create a new night shift to prep product for manufacture the following day. This has delivered a significant up-lift in our manufacturing capability, with new aluminium and composite door lines.

“Overall that accounts for an increase of around 60%, when applied to what we do in total. We don’t necessarily need all of that additional capacity now, it’s much more about guaranteeing sustainable and long-term growth, while under-writing our product quality and customer service levels.”

Sliders UK has reported consistent month-on-month growth throughout 2018, topping at 45% year-on-year growth in June this year.

It follows the expansion of its aluminium offer last year, including the addition of the Ultimate Evolution aluminium bifolding door, which now accounts for sales of more than 100 frames per week.