Saveheat Group targets growth in the PVCu sector and invests £1M into its manufacturing facilities
In 2018 The Saveheat Group become the first company in Scotland to manufacture, timber, aluminium, PVCu and glass products for trade installers, commercial and construction industries.
This was as a result of Merlin Network (Scotland) being consolidated into the group along with the formation of Blairs Aluminium Systems in 2015. The group also comprises Saveheat Glass and Blairs Timber Windows.
Blairs Windows is to introduce a new PVCu production line, improving the company’s competitiveness and supplement the existing range of quality timber window and external door sets. All products will be manufactured in its 120,000 sq ft unit in Greenock. This latest round of investment marks a further development of the historic Blairs brand – founded in 1913.
PVCu will be new to the manufacturing facilities in Greenock but will increase overall group capacity when combined with the long standing PVCu production facilities of Merlin Network at Dalgety Bay, Fife.
“PVCu will be new at Greenock but the group has a wealth of experience to draw on. We already supply PVCu to business in the West of Scotland and further afield and this investment is just the next logical step. We have big plans for the group”, said Alex Grey Managing Director.
Merlin Network’s expertise is in the window and conservatory sectors, while Blairs Aluminium Systems offers a full range of aluminium glazing systems. Saveheat Glass is a leading manufacturer of insulating glass units, whereas Blairs Timber Windows has traditionally provided high quality bespoke windows and external doorsets.
A large portion of the £1M investment will be in machinery. This will be supplied through a collaboration with The Saw Centre and Stuga. New ZX3 and ZX5 machining centres have been ordered along with state-of-the-art automated machinery.
Colin Torley, Group Sales and Operations Director commented, “2018 was a fantastic year for our 4 companies and with Merlin Network returning record performances for the last 2 years we felt that we needed to expend the PVCu side further. Investment and expansion is also planned for the Timber, Aluminium and Glazing companies later in 2019 including a new plant for timber. We are also looking forward to the launch of a number of new and exciting products throughout the year”.
The group plans for the new production facility to be up and manufacturing in April 2019. Already employing 150 staff across its manufacturing locations in the Central belt of Scotland, this expansion will provide up to 20 new job opportunities for the area.
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