Vista Panels says it has secured an additional 8,000ft2 unit to assist with ‘future-proofing the businesses supply chain process’, mitigating raw material sourcing issues that have been observed during the Coronavirus pandemic and Brexit.
The award-winning composite door manufacturer moved quickly to lease the unit on the same site as its current state-of-the-art factory on the Wirral.
Composite door sales grew exponentially in the second half of 2020 and it quickly impacted the supply chain. But with the backing of Eurocell Group, Vista maintains that it is in a strong position to cope with market difficulties.
Ian Smith, Vista’s business development manager, said: “Being able to quickly lease a unit – shortly after returning from Lockdown One – close to our current facility at short notice, provided us with an opportunity to increase stock holding and support our customers’ requirements.
“We already hold a large stock of door slabs, hardware and profile but with the problems our ports experienced, we knew we had to do something quickly.”
Having the resources to invest during such unstable times will hold Vista, who last year celebrated its 25th year in manufacturing, in good stead as the flow of goods into the UK now it’s not part of the EU is still in its early days.
“The unexpected surge in sales after lockdown took us all by surprise but we have now taken steps to mitigate anything 2021 might throw at us,” continued Ian.
“We have also been working closely with our suppliers, who we know are doing everything they can, to make sure we can keep our production line at its increased capacity.
“We don’t usually have to consider what happens at UK ports when we factor in our deliveries so last year was a real learning curve, so expanding our capacity for storage is, we feel, a prudent move.”
Despite the unprecedented nature of 2020, Vista, manufacturers of the high-spec XtremeDoor, saw a 30% up take on sales in the last two quarters and the company is now working hard to sustain workable lead times.
And Ian added: “While I think we might be a little way off getting doors out in five working days again, we have everything in place to provide our customers with the best lead times we can.”
“And with the whole market experiencing the same problems, only those in strong financial positions will be able to adapt quick enough to still be here to celebrate another 25 years of trading.”