Garnalex launches training workshops ready for system launch
Roger Hartshorn’s Garnalex venture into aluminium window and door systems is gearing up to start production and has announced its first fabricator and installer ‘Ambassador’ Workshops in December ready for the launch of its ‘new generation’ products soon after.
Marketing and sales manager Eilidh Hudson explained that the systems are significantly different from anything before so fabricators will need to be trained to use the special tools and software that are required.
“The fabricators and installers are a key part of the launch, but they will not be able to fabricate them in the way they’ve been used to, which is why we’re running these workshops,” she added.
“The windows and doors are designed to be easier, faster and all-round better than any aluminium systems they’ve seen before, but fabricators will need to use different tools to fabricate them, and fabricators and installers will need to be trained in them and in our bespoke Garnalex software.”
Garnalex has so far invested £9million in its 100,000sq ft Derbyshire factory with the capacity to extrude 4million tonnes of aluminium an hour. It will begin extruding for trade customers next month before starting production of its own systems ready for official launch early next year. When that happens, it will be one of only two or three UK-owned systems companies extruding its own aluminium and the only one that makes its own plastic components that go with the systems.
On the workshops, Eilidh added: “Attendees will also hear about the thinking behind the factory, which has been designed to be many times more efficient than extrusion factories they’ll have seen. Tool or die changes, for example, are six-times faster than world-class best-practice manufacturing ‘SMED’ (Single Minute Exchange of Dies) aspires to, because less factory downtime means more extruded profile in stock and shorter lead times.
Place on the Ambassador Workshops can be booked by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org