UNION delivers benefits to UK’s leading door manufacturer

UNION, part of the global leader in door opening solutions, ASSA ABLOY, has set up a dedicated stock management and logistics service to supply thousands of hinges into leading door manufacturer Leaderflush Shapland.

A specialist in supplying doors to refurbishment and new build projects in the public sector, especially schools and hospitals, Leaderflush Shapland is the UK’s largest performance door and doorset manufacturer. It has made substantial investment in manufacturing technology, product development and customer relationship programmes to ensure that all its customers receive the highest possible levels of service and product from manufacture through to installation.

The company is already supplied by other divisions in ASSA ABLOY’s global group of companies and UNION has been selected as the sole supplier of hinges - primarily the standard J603, which, thanks to its durable design, comes with a 25-year guarantee and is self-lubricating to minimise maintenance costs and wear and tear in hard-working commercial environments. UNION is also providing 2C2 mortise lock cases.

One of the key features of the contract is UNION’s ability to maintain a substantial stock for Leaderflush Shapland’s manufacturing operations in Europe and in China, as Adam Brand, account manager at UNION, explains:

 “Leaderflush Shapland is a very project specific customer. This means that each order is different and that we need to have the flexibility to deliver its requirements without delay, so that it, in turn, can ensure timely delivery and installation of its products into building projects.

“Leaderflush Shapland has reached its market leading position thanks to the high quality of its products. Our commitment to quality in our products and our service-led approach to this contract means we can make a valuable contribution to this success.”

Richard Bertram from Leaderflush Shapland, added: “UNION has quickly established itself as a key partner, offering both the products and the service levels we require to fulfil our demanding requirements. Quality and reliability are critical to the service we provide and UNION has demonstrated it can meet our exacting standards, even at peak times.”