In line with its commitment to constantly improve customer support, streamline production, further reduce lead times and add more product choice for its trade customers, Lincoln-based Sternfenster has invested over £4million this year.
A substantial part of the investment was directed at a brand new, dedicated aluminium window and door factory, due to open in November. The plant is a response to the booming demand for aluminium products, and will house state-of-the-art production lines and a powder-coating facility acquired by the fabricator earlier this year. When completed, the factory will provide an additional 25,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space on top of the existing 80,000 sq. ft., as well 11,000 sq. ft. of ultra-modern office space.
“One of our main objectives this year has been to lay the foundations for future growth,” explained Sternfenster MD, Mike Parczuk. “We’ve made major investments to both expand and streamline our operations, including bringing services like powder-coating for aluminium in-house to cut costs and deliver quicker lead times to our trade customers.”
So far, 2016 has seen a significant expansion in the company’s already extensive product portfolio. StyleLine FS, the latest addition to the company’s premium uPVC StyleLine range, is a game-changing product that allows installers to earn considerably more on every flush sash job. “It costs a fraction of the trade price installers are used to paying for a product of this kind,” said Mike. “What’s more, it is also a very attractive flush sash window, with unique features that have a strong appeal to the end-user – so very easy to sell,” added Mike.
To further enable trade customers to take advantage of the lucrative timber effect market, Sternfenster has also introduced the Residence Collection, and now offers R7 and R8 alongside its well-established R9 portfolio. The fabricator has also strengthened its patio door offering with Deceuninck’s Slider24.
Products aside, Sternfenster is investing in future-proofing all aspects of the business. Mike said: “We’ve been in this business for over 40 years, we think long-term and focus on the big picture, rather than maximising short-term gains.
“We constantly seek to adapt and improve. One of our latest investments, for example, has seen the installation of a solar energy system which is now providing us with 10% of our annual electricity consumption. This is part of our ongoing efforts to reduce our business’ carbon footprint and goes hand in hand with our efforts to expand operations, add more product choice and improve customer service,” added Mike.