Made For Trade Further Expansion Leads To Commercial Director Acquisition

by | Nov 3, 2021 | People

Image Above: Bradley Gaunt, Andy Jones and Chris Wann

Made for Trade are looking forward to big steps forward in 2022 as they continue to build on the success of the multi award winning Korniche Lantern with the ramping up in production of their new Korniche Aluminium Bifolding Doors.

Another bumper growth year has led to the appointment of Industry stalwart Andy Jones as Commercial Director at Made for Trade, a move which adds some new perspective on the business’s strategy as it continues rapidly expanding out of the SME arena and becomes a larger enterprise.

Andy’s industry knowledge and established business relationships will be a fantastic asset to MFT’s growing sales department and his broad experience of glazing products gives some new insight into product development strategy.

Andy joins Made for Trade following an exceptional 18 months for the business and during a period where market demands have created challenges for many in the industry. Despite some bumps in the labour and supply chain MFT have so far managed to negotiate the issues effectively and despite some increased lead times and associated customer service workload, despite this MFT have managed to keep delivering on promise dates and increased their manufacturing resource by 15% creating and filling around 35 new jobs. 

“We are pleased to announce Andy has joined the team at Made for Trade, his industry knowledge is second to none and he’s been bringing some great new ideas and opportunities to the table. His experience will help to support the current Directors in areas such as market research, evaluation of areas for strategic growth or diversification and of course we are keen to capitalise on his network of industry contacts to acquire new customers”

Andy Jones commented on his appointment “I am really looking forward to working alongside Brad, Chris and the wider MFT team. I have known MFT and its directors for many years and have always admired their attention to detail in product design and engineering. Their award-winning products have placed them in a unique position moving forward, they are already the UK’s largest manufacturer of aluminium Lantern roofs and Bi-folding doors and I look forward to increasing this position over the coming months and years and taking the Korniche brand to the next level. Under Brad and Chris’s management MFT have established themselves as the number one trade supplier for these products and I intend to use my knowledge and industry contacts gained over the last 35 years to enhance this position further as MFT seeks to move to the next stage of their already impressive growth plans. The market has changed hugely over the past 35 years especially in the past 18 months and its no longer the survival of the fittest but more the survival of the most agile and MFT have agility in abundance, I have visited 100’s if not 1000’s of manufacturing companies all over the world in my previous roles and I can honestly say that I have rarely come across a business which invests so much in research and development, process control, training and continuous improvement as MFT do”.

Alongside Andy, Made for Trade has recently made some other senior position appointments with experienced Head of Finance David Jones joining Made for Trade from a family run manufacturing business that has experienced the kind of stratospheric growth MFT are maintaining. Sufri Weithers has also joined the team as Sales Manager. Sufri brings with him many years of service and account management experience to support MFT’s ever expanding customer base.

For more information on Made for Trade’s innovative products www.madefortrade.co

For support with our Korniche products contact our marketing team at marketing@madefortrade.co take a look at the new Korniche website to see how the Korniche brand now delivers product and brand impact to homeowners, assisting in sales support and potential leads for our trade customers: www.korniche.co.uk

 

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