Leading Birmingham window and door manufacturer Shelforce is having to increase capacity for its fully compliant Fireshel 30-minute fire, smoke and security resistant door.
By the beginning of September its Erdington factory has been geared up for producing 200 doors a week to cope with rising demand.
After launching the Fireshel into the market in 2020, Shelforce was manufacturing 70 fire doors a week from a standing start, with an increase in capacity to produce 130 doors a week at the start of this year.
Howard Trotter, Business Manager at Shelforce, said: “It doesn’t seem that long ago when we had to hit 130 doors a week, and the demand for our Fireshel has just continued to rise. We are getting busier and busier and have had to create more full-time jobs as a result.
“We recently welcomed a couple of competitors to come and have a look around our factory to see our employment model and the way we do things, and in the end one asked us if we could make the doors for them. We also have five tower blocks in the city to get stuck into from this month onwards, for both fire doors and windows.”
Those include 6,000 fire doors for energy and regeneration specialists EQUANS and 2,500 for Fortem, which provides specialist property solutions.
Shelforce leads the way in inclusivity when it comes to training and employment opportunities in the glazing industry, with 75% of its workforce disabled, and Howard added: “We have a packed last quarter of 2022 and are looking forward to helping to deliver important refurbishment projects within Birmingham.”
The Fireshel is the perfect solution for local authorities who need fully EN tested 3rd Party Accredited, replacement Fire Door sets that are compliant with the latest 2020 MHCLG Annex A recommendations. All Fireshel fire doors have been fire and smoke tested from both the inside and outside and PAS 024 Security tested.
Shelforce specialises in providing high-quality PVCu and aluminium products to local authority building projects. To find out more, call Shelforce on 0121 603 5262 or visit www.shelforce.com.