Production on track

Rapierstar has helped Scottish trade fabricator Merlin Network (Scotland) to keep production at a high standard as it experiences record demand for its PVCU windows.

Rapierstar has been supplying fasteners to Merlin for more than two years, with increased volumes in recent months reflecting the fabricator’s 22% increase in turnover. This, according to Merlin, has been driven by a combination of growth from existing customers, the acquisition of new customers, and particularly strong growth in the new build market, where its fully reversible windows are in high demand.

In addition, Merlin is now the sole supplier in Scotland for Prefix Systems which has boosted its sales in the warm roof and conservatory roof markets.

Merlin Network (Scotland), which is part of the Saveheat Group, is planning for further market expansion with a £220,000 investment programme at its design and manufacturing facility in Dalgety Bay, Fife. The installation of a new six-head welding machine and the creation of a purpose-built showroom will support its growth plans for its mainly Scottish customer base.

Colin Torley, sales and operations director at Merlin, said: “The purchase of a new six-head welding machine is the company’s largest ever single investment. This investment in high-quality machinery will increase capacity, as well as ensuring that our customers continue to receive high quality products. Having Rapierstar on board as a reliable supplier is extremely important as it helps us to manufacture efficiently and deliver finished windows and doors on time.”