What’s in store at the FIT Show?

Liniar’s marketing director Sue Davenport explains what visitors to Liniar’s and Avantek Machinery’s stand can expect to find.

At the 2017 FIT Show, we brought together Liniar and Avantek on the same stand for the first time, demonstrating the benefits to customers of working with two world class brands in synergy.

This strategy proved to be hugely successful for us, as both brands could introduce fabricators to each other, resulting in a one-stop solution for streamlined window and door production.

This year, we’ve taken a different approach to our usual FIT Show stand. In the past we’ve always tried to showcase every product we offer, but we’ve got to the stage that there are just too many. Even if we doubled our stand size, we couldn’t fit everything on, so we decided to focus on two key areas: investment and innovation.

Investment is critical for us and our customers. We’ve all seen the consequences of what can happen when businesses are under-invested; it can take a lot of money, hard work and years to get back to a strong position when investment has been neglected, and even then, there is no guarantee of success.

Liniar and Avantek are proud to be part of the Quanex group, which has continued our philosophy of ongoing investment in facilities, plant, machinery, people and stock. This enables us to provide consistent levels of quality and customer service, and anyone who visits our facility in Derbyshire can see exactly where this investment goes – we are proud to say we have ‘world class’ facilities.

We can’t bring everyone to Derbyshire, so at this year’s show we’re going to try and bring a bit of Derbyshire to the FIT Show.

Everyone talks about innovation, but all too often, ‘new’ products are simply enhanced versions of existing products. Liniar created a new window system more than 10 years ago, and since then has continued to launch a series of ‘industry first’ products including the Queen’s Award winning ModLok bifolding door system, the first Passivhaus-compliant window in the UK, and the first fully aluminium foiled doors, Alumina.

In the last few months we’ve launched our Elevate lantern roof, as well as the first double-rebated flush sash window system in the UK: Resurgence. All of the above, together with more new Liniar products, will be on display at the FIT Show, giving visitors the chance to see and try them for themselves.

We’re excited to show visitors some of the design innovation that goes into creating a Liniar product. We’ll also be doing something we’ve never done before: asking for public feedback before a product launch. We’ll be displaying a revolutionary new product concept and getting your views to help decide whether this unique product should make it through to production.

The Avantek zone will showcase the unique proposition our machinery company brings to the industry, supplying the very latest in high-tech window fabrication machinery in unbelievably short lead times.

Investment in stock and innovation in machine development, combined with the expertise and industry knowledge of the Avantek team, leads to the fastest set-up times for fabricators.

Visitors will be able to view the entire range of machinery available and explore the options available to help maximise their production output.

We know we have lots of loyal Liniar installers out there, so there will be plenty for them on the Liniar stand too. We’ll be demonstrating our Web2Print service and showing installers the range of support available to them, as well as telling them how to get their hands on an exclusive Liniar installer pack containing lots of goodies.

We’re looking forward to inviting you into the world of Liniar and Avantek, and catching up with colleagues and friends from around the industry. See you at the FIT Show!