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With winter on the horizon bi-fold door manufacturer and supplier, Vufold, is urging anyone thinking about installation and building works in 2015 not to be caught out by the changeable British weather.

The warning comes on the back of the company witnessing a dramatic increase in demand for its external doors as soon as the weather picked up at the back end of last winter. Vufold supplies a wide range of external bi-fold doors to customers from the English south coast to the Scottish borders from its warehouse and offices in Cheshire, and is keen to advise home owners that late orders could mean significant delays to their plans.

Marketing Manager for Vufold, Kerry Murphy-Kaytan explains the knock on effects the company witnessed earlier this year.

"Last winter gave us some late cold and wet weather which we think made people hold off from placing orders. When the weather picked up in late March/April we had an unprecedented high demand of orders. Fortunately, we keep our warehouse well-stocked with ready to deliver door sets so it did not cause our customers any problems, however, if homeowners suddenly shorten the deadlines to which they plan to work it can impact on suppliers as well as builders. We know builders that simply could not cope with the demand from customers wanting installations done before the summer as everyone had the same idea and rushed to get their plans completed. If spring plans are set back customers could be looking at having doors fitted in the summer holidays when they were hoping to be away on vacation. Our advice to anyone looking at projects for next year is to talk to builders and suppliers in plenty of time about supply times and availability. Having a contingency plan in place if the weather changes can mean the difference between getting the project finished on time or it dragging on throughout the year."

One of the biggest problems homeowners face is the issue of ordering bespoke door sets. Lead times for these can be much longer than for ready-made universal sized doors, not only that, but once they are manufactured the supplier will expect to deliver them. If the supplier does not have the space to store a customer's doors this can cause even more problems, as most respected manufacturers advise against on-site storage.

"From a storing point of view, householders should look for a supplier that can offer short-term or emergency storage options just in case they have to make changes in the installation plans. The other option is to ask about delayed despatch times and whether they are flexible enough to take account of disruptions to installations. Not all suppliers do, and homeowners are well advised to see these as added benefits rather than an expected service. " says Kerry Murphy-Kaytan.

Vufold has been manufacturing and supplying bi-fold, sliding doors and room dividers since 2006. The company is based in Macclesfield where it stores manufactured units that are made abroad under precise construction instructions.


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International metals stockist, Broder Metals Group has established a brand new Special Processing Department (SPD) to ensure that material it supplies is capable of meeting ever more demanding specifications.

The SPD has brought together staff from all Broder Metals Group departments to share their expertise. It ensures customer enquiries received, that may require additional processing or testing prior to being delivered, are dealt with speedily and professionally.
"Our customers have been telling us they are facing more rigorous demands from their customers when it comes to understanding specifications, testing requirements, new materials and product development. Our new Department will be a major benefit to machinists and sub-contractors as they will be able to rely on our comprehensive knowledge of materials, testing or grade development when looking at component manufacture and supply. This is something our customers have to get right but can be very time consuming. We will be able to cut through all the technical details for clients and give them material that meets their requirements and will save them time and money," says Broder Metals Group Managing Director, Mark Burton.

A further benefit to hard-pressed manufacturers will be the Department's ability to convert material grades or sizes for customers to be able to meet these ever more demanding specifications, as well as help them bring on new products or grades – an example here being the recent introduction of MP35N stock.

The expertise held within the Processing Unit will be further enhanced by a 20 week Metallurgy Course that Broder Metals Group Director, Mike Andrews is running at the company.

"The course covers 11 different topics that are pertinent to our materials and our customers' needs. The aim is to ensure that every one of the Broder Metals Group team has more than enough industry knowledge to answer any question customers may have before placing an order. By this December every member of the team will have graduated from the course and that the industry knowledge and expertise passed on will make us a leading source of information on metals and alloys for the fastener industry," says Mike Andrews.

Broder Metals Group is a leading supplier of nickel alloys, high tensile stainless steel, duplex, super duplex, flanges and fittings to fastener manufacturers.
Broder Metals Group employs 20 people at its head office in Ecclesfield, Sheffield from where it despatches orders to customers located in 42 different countries.


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