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27 January, 2023

The scale and efficiency of the manufacturing operation at AluFold Direct means we are now in a position to offer outsourcing services to other fabricators who don’t want the hassle or overheads associated with making their own aluminium frames.

Thanks to our dedicated, high-speed lines for windows, bi-folds and sliders, we can deliver the kind of results previously only possible in PVC-U. Our top-of-the-range cutting and machining centres and fully automated four-head crimpers allow us to quickly and repeatedly create precision outputs.

The whole operation is geared to volume and is a world away from the ‘cottage industry’ type set-ups which still account for a surprising proportion of aluminium production in the UK.

Several big-name fabricators have already signed up and are enjoying the benefits of having a reliable source of high-quality aluminium frames and rooflights.

Managing Director Russell Yates says: “We never reveal the names of the fabricators who use our manufacturing services, but it is mostly PVC-U specialists who have aluminium as part of their product offering. They have looked at the market in 2023, analysed their costs, and judged that they can actually improve their margins right across the board by concentrating on PVC-U and leaving all their aluminium production to us.

“Our efficiency and the volumes we are turning out mean we can usually fabricate and supply to them at comparable or even lower costs than if they were manufacturing themselves, while they are also saving on overheads and stockholding.

“We also currently have fabricators who are just outsourcing a portion of their output to us to cope with peaks in demand, and we obviously work with them to quote according to volumes. The size of our factory and the investments we’ve made in automation since I joined in 2020 means we have plenty of scalable capacity still available to take on even fairly high-volume third-party supply, and there is no compromise on quality, efficiency or lead times for any of our customers.”

The AluFold Direct service means products are packaged unbranded and delivered in unmarked vans so that fabricators can supply to their customers without any indication that they are being outsourced.

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To talk to us about confidential outsourcing, call 01706 260700.