Posts Tagged ‘Recession’

W M Shutters in Administration

January 16, 2013 7 comments

W M Shutters based in Telford have this week appointed administrators.  The company had already previously down sized their premises and had teamed up with Nice to create the OpeNice roller garage door in a bid to boost sales.  It is no doubt a very tough time for this industry at present and with the roller garage door market being so crowded there was always going to be casualties.


The Garage Door Industry Picks Up

It would seem that after an incredibly tough recession and a brutal winter that took their toll on both manufacturers and installers alike that the garage door industry is getting back on its feet.  Speaking to people at Garador, Novoferm and SWS things have definitely picked up for these suppliers.  Garador are working nights, Novoferm are running out of stock and SWS can’t produce the doors fast enough.  Some of this increase in demand can no doubt be linked to the demise of BRP Group however the does seem to be a big increase in garage door sales in general, in our own company at the moment we’re busier than we’ve ever been.  The good weather always seems to have an impact on sales, once people start getting out in their gardens and looking at doing the outside jobs things always seem to pick up.

Hope all you businesses are picking up nicely and that this fantastic weather continues!

BRP In Administration

March 25, 2010 24 comments

BRP Group have today gone in to administration and once again staff and suppliers will be worried for their jobs and money owed.  The troubled garage door manufacturer must again try to find a buyer to be able to keep its doors open.  I’m sure to anyone working within the garage door industry this will not come as a shock.  Speaking to people within the industry the general consensus is that many installers will only now buy from the group as a last resort or when new doors have to be matched to existing ones.

Whether BRP have a buyer yet or not I do not know but if/when the company is bought surely this time it needs someone with the financial muscle and business savvy to make the necessary changes.

Who would you like to see buy BRP?  Or do you think the company is just too badly tainted to carry on?

Are there too many roller garage doors?

October 24, 2009 1 comment

Is the roller garage door market really that lucrative that all the major manufacturers along with a whole host of other smaller manufacturers can make a good profit out of it?  Obviously the reason for so many of these doors cropping up is the relative ease of manufacturing.  A few of the major manufacturers have tried to make their products unique with features such as the sliding axle from Novoferm or the Hormann gear drive system.  They all still however look identical from the outside.  Industrial door manufacturer Doco are the latest to join the domestic insulated roller door party which is going to be tough in todays economic climate.  It will be interesting to see who is still around once the economy recovers.

Cardale Sold

August 21, 2009 4 comments

Cardale has been bought by BRP Group (Building Related Products).   Involved in the newly formed BRP Group is Nick Sibley former owner of Cardale.  This is fantastic news for anyone working for Cardale Group Limited/Bowburn/BRP.  400 jobs saved which if you listen to the news and how fast unemployment is rising it’s a massive achievement and how great it is that we’re still going to have a huge percentage of the garage doors sold in the UK made here.

What Now?

I really hope that the next thing we’re all going to here from the Cardale/Henderson reps is that there is going to be a big injection of money into the business to be spent on bringing the products up to the same level of quality and ease of fitting as their German competitors.  Will we hear that?  I doubt it.  I think what is more likely is that the company will just try and hold on until the big building companies start building again.  If this is the case then surely BRP have just prolonged the inevitable.  I hope I’m wrong.

Will you still buy from Cardale while they’re in administration?

July 24, 2009 2 comments

Since Cardale went into administration I’ve been wondering how people are reacting within the industry. How worried are people? Will you still buy doors from the Cardale Group Limited with the company in its current state? Obviously the main concern for Cardale customers is the warranties and if Cardale goes bust us being left to pick up the bill for their warranty issues. On the other hand if you do like Cardale doors are you trying to support them as much as possible through this difficult time?

It would also be interesting to know if Cardale did go bust and the huge range that they have was no longer available, how big do you think the impact of this would be on the industry?

Cardale In Administration

July 16, 2009 12 comments

On 14/07/09 RSM Bentley Jennison were appointed Administrators over the principal operating companies of the Cardale Group Limited.

I doubt this will come as a shock to many people.  I for one was dubious about how long they would last when they started closing for lunch.

It seems that over the past few years Cardale just haven’t been able to get it right.  Although their marketing is great, the products aren’t.  When you compare them against the likes of Hormann and Novoferm they’re just not as good.  This would be ok if the price was rock bottom and they were marketing themselves as a budget door, but they’re not.  Also most fitters prefer to fit the German doors so tend to push them.  The only great product they did have, the Carteck door, they over priced then stopped importing  due to low sales figures.  Then they bought Henderson, another company with great marketing but poor doors.

No doubt Cardale will be bought as the company is just too big to fold but what then?  Will there be a massive injection of cash to overhaul the outdated retractable gear or the over complicated canopy gear?  By the way has anybody had the pleasure or replacing cables on a recent Caradle canopy?

Cardale should not be allowed to fold if not for any other reason than the redundancies, but if it is going to carry on then it needs huge changes in the business.  It needs to be transformed the way Hormann transformed Garador.