Sliders UK has committed to a six-figure spend on the expansion of its fleet, increasing flexibility within its delivery schedule and improving service to its customers.
The door specialist took receipt of two new 18-tonne lorries and one 7.5-tonne wagon at the end of last year .
Powered by Euro 6 low emission engines, all three have been specified with a slightly higher trailer to accommodate more and larger products, while they also feature a full enclosure tail lift, making handling and unloading at site easier.
The addition of the 7.5 tonne truck brings increased flexibility to Sliders UK’s fleet and with it, improved capability to deliver to sites with restricted access and weight limits.
Steve Mines, Sales Director, Sliders UK, said: “Spending my fair share of time on the M6, I personally take my hat off to our dispatch and transport teams for what they do day in and day out. We and they know how important that delivery is and the lengths they go to is incredible.
“The expansion of our fleet gives us a little bit more capacity and more flexibility as we continue to grow, allowing us to plan more efficiently and deliver a continually improving service to our customers.”
The three new addiitons bring Sliders UK’s national distribution fleet to 15 vehicles. This includes 12 tachograph and three light goods vehicles.
The door specialist, reported sustained growth throughout 2018. This included record year-on-year growth of as much as 45%, driven by demand for aluminium and growth in sales of composite doors.
This coincided with major investment in its infrastructure and manufacturing capability. This includes the launch of a new night shift, boosting production capacity on aluminium bi-folding, French and sliding door lines, plus its composite door line by 60%.
Sliders UK also launched a new in-house spray painting facility in the autumn, increasing flexibility of finish and shortening lead times on special order composite door colours.
“We’ve been very conscious of the requirement to build capacity into our operation ahead of time in order to guarantee product quality and service”, said Mines. “This has included investment in our lines to increase manufacturing capacity but equally as importantly in our fleet maintain our OTIF”, he concluded.
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