During the course of September 2016, shaped and arched frame specialist, Universal Arches, experienced a record order intake of 350 frames in just three days, with sales calendar year to date up an impressive 11%.
With many industry commentators assessing the implications of any post-Brexit fears, this impressive statistic from Universal Arches is another indicator that the industry is quickly recovering from the headache of the referendum. For many fabricators, 350 frames in three days is par for the course, but the very fact that Universal Arches carefully manufactures each frame by hand, much like the timber joinery market, these numbers are quite staggering.
With a tight and robust ISO 9001:2008 system in place and a diligent recruitment and training plan, orders are still being fulfilled with typical accuracy and expertise, all within the 7-10 day published lead time. With over 20 years’ experience in the shaped frame sector, Universal Arches are well versed in coping with the demands for growth and 2017 will see further investment for the shaped and arched frame specialist.
Leon Day, managing director of Universal Arches commented: ‘350 frames is an incredible statistic when you consider that we manufacture each frame by hand on benches, by skilled personnel. But what’s arguably more impressive is the way in which we can cope with such demand, as we look to build the business further.
He continues: ‘I believe the shaped frame sector is in a good position at present, as we’ve still a large number of first generation timber products that are yet to be replaced. In effect, we’re considerably behind on the product life cycle than the market for typical square frames and so the medium term prospects for us are very good.’