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COMPOSITE DOORS YORKSHIRE PUSHES THE BOUNDARIES


Composite Doors Yorkshire recently achieved an industry first when it manufactured and installed a solid wood core composite door with a shaped top. Now the company has pushed the boundaries of what is possible with this material even further, by producing and installing a bespoke, round-topped composite door.


Under normal circumstances a customer with this shape of door entrance would not be able to have a composite door, as until now, it has not been possible to shape the door slab because of the nature of the material - solid hardwood timber core encapsulated within a highly durable plastic edge banding and two thermo-plastic door skins.


MD Richard Pogson told Clearview:


“Because Composite Doors Yorkshire has extensive knowledge of the composite door industry, and can manufacture on-site, we


have invested a great deal of time in finding a way to offer customers a truly bespoke service, whilst giving them the most secure and aesthetically pleasing door available on


the market. We know that a composite door is a big investment for homeowners, so we wanted to be able to offer them the very best to fit whatever door surround they have.”


Installing a composite door can be


extremely beneficial for a number of reasons, not least security and energy efficiency. A 48mm thick solid timber core, pick-resistant multi-point locking systems - the Astral S - and reinforced door frames ensure the strongest and most secure option available in a residential door.


To view the video of the first installation of a round-topped composite door visit:


http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=oZbJZb_m_ mI&feature=channel&list=UL


www.compositedoorsyorkshire.co.uk Tel: 01484 544571


SMALLER MANUFACTURERS REPORT DETERIORATING BUSINESS CONDITIONS


Output has fallen among the UK’s small and medium-sized manufacturers, and sentiment has deteriorated, the CBI says.


In the CBI’s latest quarterly SME Trends


Survey, which had 359 respondents, 23% of manufacturers reported output volumes had increased in the three months to July, and 28% said they had fallen. Te resulting balance of -5% is the first fall since October 2009 (-14%). However, firms expect output to be broadly flat in the coming quarter (+2%). Export orders fell slightly in the quarter to July (-4%), while domestic orders were flat (+2%). Both export and domestic orders are expected to fall over the coming three months (balances of -12% and -5% respectively).


Alongside the deterioration in activity, optimism about the general business situation fell back (-13%), following a sharp improvement in the previous quarter.


Furthermore, investment intentions for the next 12 months also softened. Respondents plan to lower capital expenditure in the year ahead compared with the past twelve months, with investment intentions for plant and machinery (-13%) at their weakest in three years (-19% in July 2009), although only slightly below their long-run average (-9%).


‘Production has fallen’


Lucy Armstrong, Chair of the CBI’s SME Council, said: “Challenging domestic conditions, continuing uncertainty over the Eurozone, and a broader loss of momentum in global growth, are clearly taking their toll on the UK’s smaller manufacturers.


“Production has fallen over the last three months and sentiment has deteriorated, while growth in demand has stalled, with little improvement expected in the coming quarter.


“Nonetheless, smaller manufacturers have stuck by their plans to take on more staff – an increase in numbers employed is perhaps one of the few bright spots in an otherwise muted picture.”


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