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K2 CONSERVATORIES INVESTS FOR THE FUTURETHANKSTO HAFFNER


K2 Conservatories, one of the UK’s largest suppliers of advanced, fully sculptured conservatory systems, has just invested in a SBA4 cutting and machining centre from Haffner GB Ltd. The investment means that the company has doubled output speed and can now fabricate 1600 frames in an 8 hour shift, something that will give the company the ability to expand significantly.


As with any major investment, it was important that the K2 team chose carefully. The need for a machining centre to increase productivity and accuracy and provide a safer working environment became clear two years ago.


The team spent a great deal of time comparing costs and product benefits from the various manufacturers.


‘The SBA4 offered more functionality than its competitors because up to 13 tools can be used, something that gives more scope for product fabrication.’


At the end of that process it was clear that Haffner’s machine provided the best solution. As Anne-Marie Busch, K2’s Marketing Manager explains, “The SBA4 offered more functionality than its competitors because up to 13 tools can be used, something that gives more scope for product fabrication.”


A member of the production team also had experience of working with Haffner so could offer firsthand feedback on the exemplary service the company provides.


Once the decision had been made, Haffner


worked closely with K2 Conservatories to ensure installation of the SBA4 went smoothly. The process took eight days, including commissioning and as Anne-Marie reports, “It caused very little disruption and no major issues were brought up.”


So now it’s installed, what does the K2 team think of the new investment? Anne- Marie says, “The production team has been impressed by the reduction in noise that it’s brought: it’s made the machining area a much more comfortable place to work.”


She adds, “It also feels much better engineered than its UK competitor.”


Making a big investment is a big decision to make, especially in this economic climate. But as K2 Conservatories is finding out, investment is vital if you want to add value to your business and drive it forward.


Haffner


T » 01785 814032 www.haffnergb.com


K2 Conservatories T » 01254 683 000 www.k2conservatories.co.uk


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