Phoenix Doors, part of MASCO UK Window Group, has increased its composite door and PVC door panel production capacity with a move to much larger premises in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.
Formerly occupied by Lola Cars International Ltd, the racing car engineering company, the new 75,000 sq ft site brings all Phoenix Doors’ manufacturing operations under one roof.
“Our new HQ gives us plenty of space, enabling us to further improve our production efficiency and expand our customer offering,” says Haydon Statham, Sales Director.
“With the Group’s backing, we have invested significantly in new personnel, plant and equipment that will help to take the business to new levels of growth and – just as importantly- to deliver the service our customers both expect and deserve.”
With extra space came the opportunity to examine their manufacturing requirements, says Haydon. Investment included a new beam saw and a doubling up of machinery. This has created more flexible production capacity with at least two machines, sometimes four machines, creating a fast response to market changes and seasonal upswings in demand.
As with any major factory move, there have been some ‘testing times’, according to Haydon. “The move took place, but it was not without its challenges due to various logistical issues and some that were outside our control. So I would ask our customers to bear with us during this period of transition.”
A second spray booth has been added in response to the growing trend for coloured doors. Catering for any specified RAL colour, this facility should help to reduce lead times and increase colour personalisation options across all Phoenix Doors’ composite door ranges. An added advantage of this investment is the ability to ‘spray to stock’; further enhancing the choices for customers and with faster lead times.
Haydon continues: “At Phoenix, much of our glass is toughened in-house. Incorporating our glass toughening plant in the same building brings this facility closer to where the doors are manufactured and glazing units installed in the finished doors.”
The new building also houses a purpose-built showroom showcasing the latest additions to the Phoenix Doors range.
“Throughout 2017, we’re broadening our whole product portfolio with new locks, fresh door styles and glass designs throughout our County Collection composite door and Meridian double-rebated composite door ranges,” explains Haydon.
Allied to this will be the introduction of a new range of Heritage-style hardware for these doors. New dedicated brochures showcasing all these additional design styles and glazing options will be available for these ranges over the coming months. Visitors will also be able to view the new products and brochures on the MASCO UKWG stand at the FIT Show in May.
Haydon adds: “How we deliver our products is also under review. As our move has brought us nine miles closer to the A14, we hope to factor in more deliveries per vehicle in our current 14-strong fleet and improved efficiency. We’re looking forward to another busy year!”