Research, development and investment

Made For Trade has reported that sales of the Global conservatory roof system – which it has been fabricating for ten years – have remained consistent, thanks to its popularity with installers and builders.

While industry reports have typically pointed to a decline in popularity of the conservatory, Made for Trade has seen a rise in sales throughout 2017. The company also said that investment by Synseal in the product and associated support has been instrumental in the continued partnership between the two firms.
Andy Jones, group sales and marketing director at Synseal Group, said: “Made for Trade has been a long-standing customer of ours and an excellent ambassador for our Global conservatory roof, which they have been fabricating for more than 10 years. In the last year, it has manufactured more than 4,000 Global roofs, making them one of our largest conservatory roof customers.

“We are always impressed by their year-on year growth and the quality of their manufacturing. I’m looking forward to visiting their new, larger factory space which will help them to maintain the 100+ roofs a week they are currently fabricating and continue to deliver their customers a quick, reliable service of our Global range.”

Thanks to improvements in design, Global conservatories and orangeries can now provide far better thermal performances, and when constructed with the right balance of vertical glazing and solid walls deliver excellent living spaces and additions to the home, Made For Trade said.

Bradley Gaunt, Made For Trade’s managing director, said: “The research, development and continued investment made in the past two years has continued to pay dividends for us in what for many has been a difficult period that has seen the industry lose businesses alongside many acquisitions.

“The Korniche [aluminium roof lantern] has provided Made for Trade a platform that raised our profile at the FIT Show this year, and as a result we have seen a growth in all aspects of the business. This growth has seen further investment in factory space, facilities and staff to keep pace and ensure we deliver to our growing client base.”

The company has also invested in six new aluminium CNC machines and two saws from Emmegi across its operations to maintain the highest production standards in lean manufacturing and quick turnaround delivering client demand.

Ian Latimer, managing director of Emmegi (UK), said: “The Made for Trade factory is now a showpiece for Emmegi (UK) and it arguably has more of our machines in use than any other single fabricator. As well as six advanced CNC machining centres, there are three electronic profile saws, two electronic bead saws and a range of smaller, ancillary saws – it’s a hugely impressive set up.”