Emplas has reported growth of 20% this year on the same time last year, despite tougher trading conditions.
The fabricator said that while conditions had become more challenging as the year progressed, it continued to perform as expected, against the Award Winning Window and Door Fabricator’s target growth forecasts.
This included recording significant growth in sales of foils, which it said now account for more than a quarter of all products it supplied.
Emplas also said that installers had responded positively to its switch to Optima, including the launch of its flush casement earlier this year. Emplas has also seen exponential growth in it’s Secured by Design / PAS24 Composite door offering and similar levels of growth in Inline Patio Door sales following the success of their Patiomaster Anglia operation.
Ryan Johnson, Managing Director, said: “Things are tougher. Continuing uncertainty over Brexit and the general election have created some challenges in retail but overall, we have continued to perform to expectation, something that’s been achieved on the strength of our customers’ individual growth.”
Emplas switched to Profile 22’s new Optima system in July last year, expanding its ex-stock colour range at the beginning of this year.
This cuts lead times and reduces costs, with foiled Cream, Anthracite Grey, Anthracite Grey on White, Black Brown, and Black Brown on White are now available as ex-stock standard colours.
“The impact that foils are having on the market is clear, so being able to offer highly popular colours on short-lead times has been a key driver of growth for us and our customers”, added Johnson.
This growth has also been underpinned by an ambitious investment programme. Emplas is currently close to the completion of a major extension of its operational hub which will expand its current 50,000 sq ft capacity to almost 70,000 sq ft by the autumn.
Adding around a third again to Emplas’ manufacturing facility, the new development will house new lines, loading bays and offices.
Johnson added: “We’re taking the long view. We see investment as critically important to our longer-term growth. It allows us to bring better products and deliver a higher quality of service to our customers but also to do it more efficiently.
“This is important in allowing us to offset increased costs and overheads in our own operational model without passing them onto our customers.
“We believe that this infrastructure plus our extensive product offer puts us and our customers in a position of strength as we move forward.”