With most UK businesses not lasting more than five years, to hit a milestone of twenty-five is a huge achievement.
One industry stalwart that has done just this – and is set to be a quarter of a century old in February – is Gloucester based aluminium specialist CDW Systems.
The achievement of reaching twenty-five years of trading follows a record end to 2016 which saw group turnover increase by 19% and hit £10m for the first time in its history.
Formed in 1992 CDW has always been passionate about championing the use of aluminium in building.
Whilst it has consistently seen success in the commercial market, the fabricator has witnessed the rise and fall of residential aluminium windows – following the PVCu boom in the 1980s – and its recent revival in the domestic market.
In response to this, CDW has partnered with leading aluminium systems companies to launch new products that help installers differentiate themselves in this competitive market.
Coinciding with its 25 years in business, CDW has launched Reynaers aluminium lift and slide patio doors sets, aimed at the high-end of the residential door market.
Along with new products, 2017 will bring several changes to the business and its operations.
Planning is underway to expand CDW’s Gloucester-based factory to accommodate increasing demand for its fabricated products.
Previous Managing Director Jerry Webb is now Group Chairman; and Mike Davis, who has been employed at CDW for 11 years, where he joined as Sales Administration Manager, has become Managing Director.
Mike comments: “Moving forwards we are taking a positive approach to business. Although there have been whispers of trouble ahead for the construction industry, we have seen an increase in orders from our customers for products for both commercial and residential projects.
“We’ve been doing this for 25 years, throughout two recessions, and we’re still going strong. I am confident for both ourselves and our customers going into 2017 and anticipate this will be our best year yet.”