CMS Window Systems invested £500,000 (~US$645,000) in next generation fabrication machinery at its factory in Castlecary, Scotland, more than doubling its production capacity for aluminum windows, doors, and curtain walling. The investment has also increased workforce at the site.
The investment project includes the commissioning of a state-of-the-art Emmegi Quadra L2 18-axis CNC machining centre for milling, drilling, and cutting aluminum profiles — the first of its kind in Scotland. With its automatic magazine and push feed system for profile lengths of up to 7.5m, this technology complements CMS’s existing factory set-up extremely well by providing greater speed and throughput in the factory as it automates some tasks that would previously have required manual handling. The company is now equipped to deliver aluminum windows, doors and curtain walling for the most diverse range of projects, including to the largest sizes possible in line with the latest trend for maximum natural light.
This latest investment is part of the company’s long-term growth strategy to deliver the highest quality products in the most competitive lead times. In order to stay ahead of the curve as customer volumes increase, the company has utilized new technology and automation to provide high quality products while maintaining a safe, sustainable working environment.
“Our latest investment in our aluminum division will help us strengthen our position at the forefront of the market, and provide solutions for a greater range of commercial, public sector, and residential projects,” said David Ritchie, CEO of CMS Window Systems. “For example, one of our first customers to benefit is the developer of a luxury residential scheme in Edinburgh, for which we have been appointed to manufacture a number of 3 m x 3 m aluminum sliding doors. The Quadra L2 accommodates these with ease thanks to its ability to handle greater profile sizes.”
In addition to new machinery, the investment program also funded an expansion to its on-site installation teams and allows for changes to the management and supervisory structure within the aluminum factory. These personnel developments are important to help ensure products are manufactured and installed to a consistently high standard in as safe and efficient a way as possible.
“We have excellent capacity right across our business thanks to our long term production planning, with our aluminum division expansion coming on the back of the opening of our new doors factory in Kirkcaldy, [Scotland], which is already producing 150 door sets every week,” said Ritchie. “The market for high quality windows, doors, and curtain walling remains strong and we look forward to growing further as a result of our latest investment.”