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£1 million investment to underpin continued growth at Nationwide

Leading fenestration partner to the social housing and new build sectors, Nationwide Windows Ltd, announces a further £1 million investment in automation at its door and window manufacturing facility in Rugby.

The company recently reported it is now manufacturing and installing an impressive 60 products an hour – that’s 1 product every minute of every working day. But these results are no surprise because the company has enjoyed double digit growth (13 per cent) year on year, every year since 2009.

John Whalley, MD of Nationwide Windows & Doors, comments:

“Production levels have been at an all-time high at our 126,000 ft2 manufacturing facility in Rugby. We’ve experienced growth across all product ranges including our core PVC-U windows and doors, composite doors and insulated glass units.


“In addition, specialist products like aluminium windows and doors, patios, vertical sliders and bi-folds are also seeing hikes in demand. To continue to deliver this growth, it is imperative that we keep investing in our business. This latest round of investment is focussed on further automating production processes with a spend of around £1m on three new machines.


“Last month saw the installation of a state-of-the-art four headed Urban sash line with automated corner cleaning and conveyor that feeds each sash to the working benches. This will double productivity while ensuring continued accuracy and consistency. Next month sees a Schirmer cutting and machining centre for PVC-U, followed by an Emmegi Phantomatic 4 axis aluminium CNC machine.


“Aluminium is a key area for the next stage of our strategic expansion, especially in the education and commercial sectors. This new machine will add a further 20 per cent production capacity. The further automation of our core lines will not only augment output in those areas, but create additional capacity to focus on more specialist products.


“The market today demands a more complex and varied product offering, so this investment is essential in order to keep up with output, drive quality and importantly, control price to future-proof our strong relationships with our customers.


“It’s important to invest for short term needs, but it’s equally important to recognise the rate at which the industry can evolve. We want to be prepared for the future, and so it is crucial to have foresight, particularly when it comes to investing in machinery. This investment not only addresses our needs for now but ensures we are looking ahead to the future.”