The UK’s leading composite door supplier, Distinction Doors, is set to open a new 198m2 paint plant later this year. Distinction’s Marketing Manager, Chantel Roach, said, “We have a policy of continuous investment in our business and the paint plant is part of that. Bringing our painting in-house will give a wealth of benefits for our customers because it will enable us to improve quality, lead times and cost in this area. We will also be able to work with our customers to develop bespoke colours for their portfolio. Crucially, it will also mean that the colour warranty on our doors will come from us, as the door and cassette provider, rather than a third party.”
The £185,000 paint plant is located at Distinction’s Tankersley headquarters in South Yorkshire and has been equipped with state-of-the-art equipment to give quality and efficiency benefits. This includes a gas catalytic drying system with infrared panels and control system that will speed up the drying process without damaging the product. It is also equipped with a breathing air unit that operates at minus 40 degree dew point, which will ensure that all contaminants are removed from both the spray gun and breathing equipment before use, improving finished quality as well as health and safety procedures. Capacity is likely to be in the region of 500 doors per week, helping Distinction to continue to meet and exceed demand for its market-leading doors.
The plant will also help Distinction Doors to increase its commitment to the environment. It includes a heat recovery system that uses the waste heat generated by the site’s compressors to create a thermostatically controlled environment in the paint booth, preparation area and offices above.
Distinction Doors has grown from a standing start to a company with an annual turnover of nearly £40 million in just ten years. This is thanks to an outstanding product in the form of the Nan Ya GRP composite door slab and a commitment to delivering above and beyond customer expectations, as the opening of the new paint plant demonstrates. It’s hardly surprising that it’s the UK’s market leader.