The MD of a specialist bi-fold fabricator says that continued investment has put it on track to reach its ambitious manufacturing goals and keep on breaking records.
Terry Richardson established TWR Bifolds two years ago after spotting an opportunity in the premium residential and commercial door market.
His aim was to help installers take advantage of this lucrative emerging market through supplying quality aluminium bi-fold doors and offering a world class service.
Terry’s business formula proved popular with installers and TWR Bifolds quickly grew from a standing start to manufacturing 35 bi-fold aluminium doors per week.
Terry anticipates this figure to increase with the opening of TWR’s second factory, which is a result of significant growth across the business.
The new 25,000 sq ft factory in Peterlee, County Durham, is where TWR will exclusively manufacture bi-fold doors and it is set to be one of the biggest dedicated bi-fold door manufacturing plants in the UK.
TWR has invested hundreds of thousands of pounds in new machinery for the production of aluminium bi-folds, which has been ordered and delivered ahead of the opening of the new site this summer.
Terry comments: “Our customers have ultimately benefitted from the flourishing bi-fold door market – resulting in year on year growth of orders for TWR – and we see no signs of this market slowing down.
“The new factory will increase capacity hugely and ensure we can satisfy increasing demand without compromising quality or the speed of our lead times.”
This year TWR launched its new premium fast-track service, which has been dubbed the fastest bi-fold turnaround the industry has seen.
The service has allowed installers to achieve a three working day turnaround on any standard RAL colour aluminium bi-fold door – with a six-day lead time being offered on its dual-colour aluminium bi-fold doors – subject to an order form being completed by the installer and a deposit paid.
“The goal is to hit 50 bi-fold doors per week by 2017,” says Terry. “I know it’s something we can achieve and right now the focus is on becoming leaner and more efficient to ensure we’re fully prepared for high volume manufacturing.”