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ECOBuilder-Specifiers Journal spring2018

W.HOWARD INTRODUCES

W.HOWARD INTRODUCES COMMERCIAL FLEXIBILITY WITH NEW PRODUCTION LINE Leading supplier of MDF profiles, The W.Howard Group, has made a substantial investment into its Kildare site, with the introduction of a MAKOR production line. The replacement of a single pass line introduces significant commercial flexibility to its operation in Ireland with a potential increase of around 80% available to the group capacity. As the first investment at the site since 2012 and since the Group acquired the operation in 2016, Kildare forms a key part of its business strategy for 2018 and beyond. The W.Howard Group manufactures skirtings, architraves, window boards, door linings and bespoke products supplies quality products to builders merchants and specialist trade manufacturers. With one of the largest core ranges in Europe, it sells over 200 profiles and sizes. From its sites in Manchester, Powys and Kildare, the Group produces one of the largest ranges available to both the public and the builders’ merchants markets - including primed, veneered, foil wrapped and fully finished profiles as well as its exclusive KOTA finish. Similar to its Manchester operation, the Kildare plant specialises in primed product whilst KOTA offers a unique product with significant opportunity for growth. Speaking about the investment and renovation of existing equipment for this project, W.Howard’s managing director Graham Williams said: “This investment demonstrates our commitment to the development of the business and the expansion of our range for the market. Strategically, the Kildare operation allows us to explore opportunities in both ROI and NI, as well as providing a genuine platform for European trading which is ever more important given the fluidity surrounding Brexit negotiations.” With four sites across the UK and Ireland in Kildare, Manchester, London and Powys, the Group is recognised in the market for its professional, expert services and products. Please visit http://www.whoward.eu to find out more.

W. Howard is the leading manufacturer and distributor of MDF profiles – skirting, architrave, window board, door lining and door casing. Our range of over 200 items available from stock, delivered in no more than 5 working days is the largest in Europe with bespoke products available within 7 working days. W. Howard supplies exclusively to Builders’ Merchants and Specialist Trade Manufacturers. From our sites in Manchester, Powys and Kildare, our range of MDF profiles are available in Primed, Veneered, Wrapped and our exclusive KOTA finish. We can also provide a bespoke service whether it be a unique profile, a particular finish or custom machining enabling you to save time on site. Take a look at our website or get in touch for a brochure. whoward.eu +44 (0)1942 881 900 sales@whoward.co.uk

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