Demand for foils driving growth

Aluplast is on target to double its year-on-year turnover, with demand for colour and finish identified as a main driver for growth.

Foils account for as much as 50% of total order volume for the PVC system house, which has invested significantly in foiling technology and production capacity at its 13-hectare manufacturing facility.

This investment, combined with extensive forward planning ahead of the January deadline for the UK leaving the European Union, has been central to Aluplast’s ability to maintain a strong and consistent supply of product, the company said.

This is despite widespread congestion at UK ports due to shipping container shortages and worsening delays on imports owing to Brexit.

With a range of 40 different foils, Aluplast is offering competitive lead times of 20-days on its bespoke finishes. Its selection of popular stock options – including anthracite grey on white, anthracite grey both sides on a grey substrate, and smooth options – are available off the shelf in the UK.

Aluplast’s foil range also includes woodec and aludec finishes, designed to replicate the look and feel of timber and aluminium.

Ian Cocken, Aluplast’s director of sales and marketing, said: “The appetite for foils and colour is on an upward trajectory but the pressure on fabricators and installers to deliver on that demand is also increasing.

“Our investment in foiling lines and CNC foiling technology has afforded us a great deal of flexibility, even on our bespoke finishes. Traditional, manual foiling processes can take hours, but we’ve reduced that to just minutes, and that has a had positive impact on cost and efficiency that we can pass on to our customers.”

Foiling over 90,000m of foiled product each day, Aluplast processes more than 150,000 tonnes of PVCU in Europe each year, an amount that is equivalent to 75% of the combined UK and Irish markets.