Universal Aluminium has announced a planned restructure of the business, to develop future growth and commercial focus as a systems house.
Following an ongoing review of the market conditions in the construction sector, Universal will be focusing on the core business of providing innovative, industry-leading aluminium systems and plan to close the fabrication part of the UK operation across the Architectural Division of the business. Existing fabricated product customers will be offered fabrication capacity with one of Universal’s regional fabrication partners. In-house fabrication will continue within the Signs Division, to meet growing demand in the UK during 2012.
This will enable Universal to develop their growing market share as a systems house, and drive the company into new sectors, as Universal’s Managing Director Peter Cawley comments:
“We’ve been seen as our customers’ competitor for some time, in the architectural sector. This has limited our commercial growth, despite the fact we have one of the largest range of aluminium systems in Europe and a stable client base, founded on word-of-mouth repeat business and a solid reputation.”
“We will, of course, continue to support exiting fabrication customers, and will work with a range of partners regionally across the UK, for the architectural fabrication part of our business. We’ll be providing training and support to these commercial partners, to ensure our standards are met and exceeded on all architectural construction projects.”
The restructure comes as part of a wider growth strategy, in which Universal’s parent company Muskita PLC has seen a number of product launches in the aluminium construction sector this year. The Universal restructure sits within this, as Peter adds:
“The planned restructure of Universal enables our architectural fabrication partners in the UK to respond quickly and with flexibility, alongside support from our Bristol UK headquarters, and the Muskita global network of distribution that we have access to.”
“Our architectural clients will see no change in service—in fact, we’ll be able to pass on cost-saving benefits to them, and will also be introducing a range of new products, fully compliant with the proposed 2013 Dec L requirements, onto the market during the remainder of 2012, further cementing our position as a leading systems house in the aluminium construction sector.”