Published On: Fri, Mar 1st, 2019

Sliders UK reports sustained growth on the back of recent investments

Sliders UK has reported sustained growth recording record year-on-year growth of as much as 45%, driven by demand for aluminium and growth in sales of composite doors. According to the door specialist the average weekly increase in sales for the year to date has been around the 33% mark, also recording a number of record highs, with weekly year-on-year growth in excess of 45%. “To have achieved average year-on-year growth of 33% so far in 2018 is a significant achievement in what remains a competitive and challenging market,” says Steve Mines, Sales and Marketing Director, Sliders UK. “That doesn’t mean we have always hit growth targets each and every week, and there have certainly been one or two weeks where, as Sales Director I’ve been biting my nails looking for those late Friday afternoon orders. But averaged out over the year, we’re on a very positive growth trajectory, with our aluminium portfolio and composite door ranges driving sustained and increased sales.”

Growth coincides with major investment by Sliders UK in its infrastructure and manufacturing capability. This includes the launch of a new night shift, boosting production capacity on aluminium bi-folding, french and sliding door lines, plus its composite door line by 60%. The specialist door manufacturer has also launched a new in-house spray painting facility, increasing flexibility of finish and shortening lead times on special order composite door colours. The purpose-built facility, gives Sliders UK the flexibility to offer composite doors in any RAL colour. These are sprayed in high performance and environmentally friendly, solvent-free water-based paints and come with a full 10-year guarantee.

“The demand we have seen for our new composite door offer has been exceptional,” said Mines. “It’s Part Q approved, including PAS24 cut-through testing, while we have underwritten it with some of the most stringent performance guarantees. This includes a 3mm bowing tolerance, compared to 6mm and even 8mm tolerances on other composites. “With our in-house spray painting capability and rapid turnaround on special colour orders, it’s a very competitive offer, which is delivering commercial advantage to our customers. “Alongside the Ultimate Evolution bi-fold, and AluK bi-fold and inline sliding door, which give us a strong presence in aluminium, in addition to our PVC-U bi-fold and inline sliding ranges from Duraflex and Eurocell, we’re able to bring a very flexible product and service offer to market.”