John Fredericks Plastics has supported its move into aluminium fabrication by signing a sole supplier deal with Reynaers Aluminium.
The partnership comes after a year of discussions between the two companies and substantial investment by John Fredericks in a new dedicated factory and recruitment of staff.
Managing director Mark Dicconson, of John Fredericks Plastics, said: “We’ve been around for 52 years and, although we did historically manufacture aluminium, we switched to PVC. Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen our customer’s interest in aluminium grow substantially, partly as a result of the many ‘Grand Design’ type TV programmes that highlight the use of it in residential projects.
“Reynaers has a well-respected brand reputation in the industry and the products that we were specifically interested in – bi-fold and patio door systems – provide a contemporary finish that also has great thermal and energy efficiency ratings.
“Over the past year, we found a second factory site about a mile from our PVC factory, and recruited staff with a background in aluminium manufacturing, and invested in top quality state of the art machinery. We’ve also installed the ReynaPro software so we’re able to start production straight away.
Fredericks will initially be fabricating Reynaers Concept Patio 130 Lift and Slide patio door system and Concept Folding 68 Bifold Door with plans to begin window production soon.
Reynaers head of trade and retail sales Terry Ledwith, who has been coordinating the partnership discussions and supporting John Fredericks throughout the onboarding process, said: “The cost and availability of resin is having a significant impact on the price of PVC and closing the price-gap between PVC and aluminium.
“John Fredericks is a well-established supplier and has an excellent reputation for supplying high quality products through a national network of installers with a strong commitment to customer service.”
The signing comes soon after the fabricator signed a five-year supply deal with Veka for its Halo PVC-U system http://www.the-glazine.com/?p=5310.