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Safestyle’s manufacturing boom

Safestyle UK sees manufacturing boom2012 has seen the whole Safestyle business hitting the ground running from the outset, with every sales record being broken, and broken again repeatedly. That also means we are manufacturing more windows and doors than ever, not to mention French doors, Sliding Patio doors, and composite doors. We have even expanded the Safestyle range further by adding A-rated Sliding Sash windows and Bi-folding concertina sliding doors. At the last count, we were installing our double glazing in over 1000 homes per week. Needless to say we’ve had the best possible start to the year and we are looking forward to stepping up even higher as the year goes on - we certainly plan to!

On the Technical and Quality side, the changeover project from 62mm profile over to the new 70mm Diamond Suite has not been a stroll in the park. Following months of extensive work trialing and tooling our equipment, the profile change took place mid-January and has been a resounding success. Safestyle Operations would like to thank everyone in installations and services for their assistance and hope disruption was minimal through the changeover period. The feedback from installations is well received and acted upon, so please keep it coming. All the hard work put in by everyone at the Safestyle Manufacturing site finally paid off and they should be proud of what we achieved whilst maintaining production levels. That said, we are continuing to improve our new systems while acting on feedback and any issues.

As you can imagine, January was an extremely busy but rewarding time for Safestyle’s Engineering department, not only with supporting the profile changeover to a 70mm suite and the modification of most of the PVC factory machinery, but also the change to Pilkington energiKare™ glass. We have enjoyed excellent support throughout this period from the profile and machinery manufacturers, which has been much appreciated.

Straight from these projects we move to the next one, this time in the glass factory where we installed a new glass arrissing machine in February. This completes the re-layout of the whole cutting, arrissing and furnace area of our in-house toughening department.

There are many more projects to follow this year which will all assist in manufacturing the increased order volumes coming Safestyle’s way, efficiently and cost effectively. The construction of a purpose-built compressor house with the installation of a more powerful, yet much improved energy efficient compressor, is also nearing its completion.

On the recruitment side, Safestyle’s apprenticeship scheme has seen another amazing response. After receiving over 100 applications and spending hours interviewing, Safestyle Manufacturing has found another five very keen young individuals to employ as apprentices. The chosen candidates started with us at the beginning of January 2012 and will be working towards a Certificate in Fabrication of Glass Supporting Structures & Glazing whilst also gaining hands-on working experience in the window manufacturing world. We are also please to report more new recruits joining our IT and QC departments.

Some charity news too, now, on the Christmas Raffle Prize Draw which took place just before Christmas - we would like to congratulate all those lucky winners and thank our suppliers for their generosity in providing prizes, and all those who purchased tickets. We raised over £2,370 for our four charities: Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, NSPCC, RSPCA and Cancer Research UK - so a very big THANK YOU to everyone!

Finally, check out our latest videos on the Safestyle YouTube channel, if you haven’t already!

2 March 2012

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