Synseal’s entry into the niche sector of arched tops and curved frame manufacture may have been an unexpected move by the company but just 6 months on the division is trading profitably and growing steadily, says the company’s Chief Executive David Leng.
The specialist bending division, managed by Jonathan Cunliffe, one of the UK’s most experienced exponents of arched and curved frame manufacture, is producing more than 400 frames a week for Synseal fabricators and also frame manufacturers using other profiles. The goal is to grow this figure substantially in 2013.
The division, located at the K2 operational base in Lancashire, continues what Synseal set out to achieve with its Evolve vertical sliding sash fabrication service. David Leng explained: “We support our fabricator customers by fully manufacturing low volume niche products – such as vertical sliders and now curved and arched frames, and speciality windows such as gable ends – so they can focus their production on regular high volume products, such as standard casements and doors. This allows their factories to run at peak efficiency.”
Glass unit production has grown exponentially as a result of the bending operation: “We are the only company that has specialist arched and curved frame and IGU production under one roof, with the natural efficiencies that this provides,” David explained. “IGU’s for the arched frames are manufactured concurrently from the same data. This obviously ensures that everything is optimised, reducing complexity, cost and lead times for our customers.”