During turbulent trading conditions, we all need a reliable supplier who doesn’t compromise on quality. Michael Hewitt, Sales Director of AT Precision, shares the many benefits the company can offer fabricators…
In a trading climate plagued by supply chain issues, labour shortages, material supply and price increases on an almost weekly basis, it’s every business’s objective to reduce costs while maintaining high quality.
Aluminium fabricators are of course no different, and are therefore most likely to buy all their profile and hardware from one source – after all, this is probably the quickest and most efficient way to go about things.
But is it the best value for money?
Not according to Michael Hewitt, Sales Director of AT Precision.
With a state-of-the-art, 18,000 square foot factory based at their premises in Durham, AT Precision manufactures aluminium bi-fold hardware, supplying to fabricators across the country.
Because the company manufactures all their products in-house, they are able to offer them at a significantly lower price compared to systems companies.
“When fabricators come directly to us for their hardware needs, they’re avoiding the high prices offered by systems companies, essentially cutting out the middle man and saving themselves thousands of pounds a year,” says Michael.
“We’ve looked at the numbers, and have worked out that an aluminium fabricator making 10 bi-folds per week could save up to £100 per bi-fold by coming directly to AT Precision for their hardware – that’s £1,000 a week, or £200K over four years.”
But saving money isn’t the only benefit aluminium fabricators can enjoy – all businesses look for ways to save, and with AT Precision, this doesn’t mean having to sacrifice on quality.
The company uses state-of-the-art machinery to produce the Everglide range of hardware, which includes bi-folding door rollers, top guides, pull handles, hinges, cleats and shootbolt handles, all of which are made from cast aluminium and are compatible with major systems.
AT Precision also manufactures the Everseal range of gaskets, which like their hardware, offers high-quality performance, is compatible with all aluminium systems on the market, and because it’s manufactured in-house, comes at a much more affordable price compared to systems companies, saving fabricators even more money.
This year, AT Precision further expanded its product portfolio with a range of plastic ancillaries, including injection-moulded cill end caps and adapter caps, both available in black and anthracite grey.
In addition, the company also recently invested £60K in a new high-quality range of espagnolette window handles designed to offer a modern look coupled with excellent quality and security.
Michael continues: “By adding these two new ranges to our portfolio, we’re giving aluminium fabricators an entire Everglide system – everything they need to manufacture a bi-fold door, bar the actual profile and glass.”
A supplier you can trust
Quick turnaround times is yet another benefit AT Precision offers its customers.
While the industry is still very much battling the effects of the pandemic, window and door hardware is generally in short supply.
But thanks to careful planning, AT Precision has managed to defuse any supply chain challenges by having at least three months’ worth of stock sat in their warehouse, enabling them to offer fabricators a reliable service.
In addition, AT Precision also promises next day delivery on orders made before 1pm, and free delivery on orders within the UK over £250.
Michael concludes: “During this unprecedented time, fabricators are increasingly looking for reliable suppliers who will not only deliver quality products, but will deliver them on time and at an affordable price.
“At AT Precision, we’ve carefully planned ahead and found a way to deliver all these benefits, ensuring our valued customers across the UK always have the best quality products on offer, enabling them to get ahead of what is a very tough competition.”