Published On: Mon, Nov 19th, 2018

Sliders UK launches new in-house composite door spray-painting facility

Sliders UK has launched a new in-house spray painting facility, increasing flexibility of finish and shortening lead times on special order composite door colours. Now fully operational, the new purpose-built facility, gives Sliders UK the flexibility 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. Steve Mines, Sales Director, Sliders UK, said that bringing painting in-house gave it control of the complete manufacturing process. He said: “If you’re sending work outside you’re reliant on your suppliers and where your job sits in the queue. In bringing spray painting in-house we gain far greater control, reduce transit and can offer greatly improved lead times to our customers. We can literally do anything they want, so we’re also introducing far more flexibility into our composite door offer.”

Sliders UK launched its new PAS24 and Part Q approved ‘intelligent timber’ Ultimate Composite Door early this year. Among the UK’s most secure doors, it’s manufactured using a new leaf which features 15mm thick LVL timber inserts. Intelligently encased inside a foam core and durable GRP skin, these provide additional core strength without impacting on thermal efficiency. This combination means that it not only achieves u-values of as low as 1.0Wm2K, but has also been independently tested to PAS24:2016 – including cut-through testing. Security is further enhanced through Capstone’s patented three-stage glazing cassette system, which supports easy replacement of glass but maximises security. The use of timber inserts means that the Ultimate Composite Door is also supplied with an industry-leading maximum bowing tolerance of just 3mm. It’s also available with a choice of Eurocell or Duraflex framing options which are available as standard in white and woodgrain foils but can also be colour-matched to the door. Mines continued: “40% of the doors that we supply are now custom-colour. That’s something that we only expect to increase. We see the flexibility to supply any colour on shorter lead times as a key commercial advantage to our customers.”

The investment made by Sliders UK in its new painting facility follows the 10,000 ft2 extension of its factory, which was completed at the end of 2016. Sliders UK is also in the process of building a new powder-coating facility, which is scheduled for completion at the beginning of the autumn. “Things are very competitive out there and while we need the right products, we also need to offer our customers a corresponding level of service. Shorter lead times and increased reliability in composite door supply is something which we expect to strike a chord with our customers and in turn, theirs.” For further info email: