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DOORS&WINDOWS CONSERVATORY OUTLET CONGRATULATES DOOR-STOP AS


35,000TH PREPPED SLAB ROLLS OFF THE LINE


The 35,000th prepped slab for composite doors has rolled off the production line at Door-Stop’s factory in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire. Since launching in 2008, Door-Stop has also supplied nearly 200,000 door-sets.


Door-Stop customer of two years Matthew


Glover, MD of Conservatory Outlet congratulates Door-Stop. MD Nick Dutton, and says: “We expect to see further growth in composite doors driven by the new Door Energy Ratings scheme (DERs), their long life, attractive appearance, and the Green Deal which recognises the cost effectiveness of insulated front doors in lowering carbon.”


Door-Stop has its own in-house slab


manufacturing facility, so supply of finished product isn’t solely dependent on the availability of imported slabs. Nick Dutton


comments: “Recent industry slab shortages have been attributed to all sorts of reasons; even ships lost at sea. Because we make so much of what we sell, Door-Stop customers are unaffected by these sorts of shortages. We are ideally positioned to take up any slack in the industry.”


The market for composite doors is one of the fastest growing sectors in an otherwise shrinking UK window and door industry. According to the latest Palmer report, composite doors increased by 30% in 2010 while PVC-U fell 22%. This growth is predicted to continue.


Nick Dutton goes on to say: “We see


great growth in the prepped slab market - especially when Door-Stop fabricators can have the benefit of being able to buy a door set in 3 days as well as manufacturing their


Nick Dutton hands over 35,000th prepped slab to Matt Glover of Conservatory Outlet.


own from prepped slabs.


Visit www.door-stop.co.uk to order doors in under a minute or call 01623 446336.


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PRIMA WINDOWS BECOMES SECOND REHAU FABRICATORTO END DUAL SOURCING


Prima Windows in Hartlepool has become the second REHAU fabricator in recent months to switch away from dual sourcing and to return to single sourcing in REHAU.


The trade, retail and commercial fabricator


was responding to demand from several customers for a second system to target the cheaper end of the market when it began dual sourcing in the Spring of 2011, but says that the response from these same customers once the system came on line was almost wholly negative.


Managing Director Jason Lee says: “The second system was more competitively priced than REHAU but it simply didn’t live up to our expectations in terms of quality or durability. Just as importantly though, our customers’ experience was equally disappointing.”


“Crucially, our trade installers in particular found the other system more difficult and time consuming to install than REHAU and they were very quick to revert to ordering in REHAU once they had tried an alternative.”


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Prima Windows, which manufactures around 250 frames per week for customers across the North East of England, is now supplying exclusively in REHAU S706 and REHAU Edge 70mm profiles once again and says it is focusing in its sales and marketing on the quality and fitter friendly features of the REHAU profile which its customers so clearly value.


Jason Lee adds: “Prima Windows has been a REHAU fabricator since the business was


established more than 10 years ago and we have come to realise that the quality of the product and the REHAU brand are integral to what we stand for.


“We are now working closely with REHAU’s sales team and in particular our area sales manager Hormoz Nouri to identify new sales opportunities and to communicate the strength of our long standing partnership.”


Prima Windows’ experience mirrors that of Gateshead based Heritage Trade Frames which also reversed its decision to dual source during 2011 when it realised that having two systems was causing delays and disruption in its factory as well as compromising its identity and reputation as a REHAU fabricator.


Prima Windows has just launched a new website to support its promotional campaign at www.primawindows.co.uk.


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