New factory

CMS Window Systems has expanded its manufacturing operations with the opening of a new 8,500ft2 factory in Kirkcaldy.

The £500k+ investment has also boosted capacity at its long-established recycling plant in the Fife town.

The new factory will be used for the production of doors. CMS said that it has experienced record growth fuelled by rising demand from housebuilders, social housing providers, trade customers and main contractors across Scotland and the UK.

A number of new manufacturing jobs will be created, including employing two new apprentices, which takes the total number of Modern Apprenticeships created by CMS to over 100 since the business started in 2006.

The new factory opening comes as CMS Window Systems appointed David Ritchie as its new CEO. David takes the helm after six months as chief operating officer, in a move that enables previous CEO and business founder Andy Kerr to take up a new role as deputy chairman.

Officially opened by David Torrance MSP at a launch event attended by senior representatives from Fife Council and Cllr. Judy Hamilton, the new factory will initially produce around 200 PVCU door-sets every week. Its portfolio of products will ultimately include composite doors and fire doors offering 30 or 60 minutes of fire protection. This new factory complements the main 36,000ft2 CMS Window Systems operation in Cumbernauld where it manufactures PVCU and aluminium windows and doors.

The business has also expanded its recycling plant on the Kirkcaldy site. This has provided additional capacity for processing post-use windows and doors as part of its ‘closed loop’ promise, which ensures virtually all waste frames, glass and metal hardware from replacement projects and manufacturing is directed away from landfill to be re-used in new products.

Speaking at the official opening, David Torrance MSP said: “It’s fantastic to see this investment in new manufacturing jobs here in Kirkcaldy and I’m delighted that CMS Window Systems has chosen the town as the location for its new factory. It’s an extremely welcome move which will enable CMS to benefit from a high quality local workforce and Kirkcaldy’s excellent location for serving the whole of Scotland.”

David Ritchie said: “Our investment strengthens our place in a community that we have been part of for more than a decade as the main window and door partner to Fife Council for its social housing programmes, as well as being involved with many local school building projects and the construction of the Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries.”