Picture above: Ian Short, Managing Director
Morley Glass & Glazing has achieved a 35% increase in production of its sealed units with integral blinds inside compared to pre-lockdown manufacturing levels.
Last week the £18m turnover company manufactured 3400 integral blinds compared to a weekly average of 2500 which was typically produced prior to lockdown.
Managing Director Ian Short said: “We were closed for six weeks, as directed by the Government, but since our return to work in mid-May, demand has been higher than ever. At first, we thought it was everybody playing catch-up and fulfilling existing orders; and we were expecting orders to drop. But demand has increased and there is no sign of it abating.
“We suspect that as many people have been working from home or have been spending more time at home on furlough, they have been reviewing their properties and deciding to invest in home improvements including the installation of new doors and windows – many with integral blinds inside. The fact that most people will not be able to take holidays abroad this summer, also means there may be more cash for home improvements and creating more suitable, longer-term home working and home entertainment environments.
“This is great news for the industry and long may it last. Everyone is adapting to new ways of working, observing social distancing and implementing new measures that give consumers confidence that they can safely improve their homes during the COVID-19 period.”
Morley Glass & Glazing manufactures Uni-Blind sealed units with ScreenLine integral blinds inside. The blinds are available with a choice of five operating systems including manual, cordless, solar controlled and fully automated. Slimline blinds for composite doors and vertical sliding sash windows are also available. Morley has recently launched fire-rated Uni-Blinds in a partnership with fire glass manufacturer Pyroguard. And most recently the company has invested in an app that allows users to operate the electric blinds from their smartphone or tablet. Morley Glass & Glazing also holds £1m of ScreenLine spare parts and accessories in stock for order from its website with next day delivery.
All orders placed for Uni-Blinds sealed units by 11am every Friday are delivered in just 10 days. Delivery is free to mainland UK addresses.
For more information visit www.morleyglass.co.uk.