Where we have come from and where we are going
The business was formed by Mark Munns (now CEO) in 2009. He recognised that there was a requirement within the industry (Light Gauge Steel Frame) and space for another player. Initially the company operated by buying and selling the basic materials that were manufactured by a fabricator in the North of the UK – essentially operating as a value added merchant that provided the materials with design, delivery and technical support. This proved to be very successful to the point that in 2013 Mark made the decision that it was time to move away from buying and selling section and become a manufacturing based business. To do this Mark teamed with Phil Dufty (Ops Director) to procure install, commission and subsequently manufacture and supply cold rolled sections (LGSF). At this point Frameclad elevates itself from a merchant to a manufacturer – a real step up in terms of operations and activity.
The transformation of Frameclad from a merchant to a manufacturer was very successful and when the growth of the business truly began – a dedicated sales team was assembled to drive production through the facility (based in Dudley). It quickly became apparent that the current capacity and simplicity of offer was being overtaken by demand. The requirements from the market and the success of the newly formed sales team meant that a second roll forming machine – more capable of making framing components was invested in. The machinery (a Howick machine – custom made in New Zealand) arrived and provided capacity / speed and a level of complexity and sophistication of product that placed Frameclad at a distinct advantage.
Very quickly Frameclad recognised and seized the opportunity to commence the manufacture of pre-made framing packs that can either be supplied loose or assembled at the now extended facilities on the site in Dudley.
The nature of panel production is such that it is far better served by a production line type set up, and as a consequence of this plus ever increasing sales volumes and requirements, Frameclad have now invested in two further manufacturing facilities ( 0ver 50,000 sq ft), where the framing and the roll forming from the Howick machines has been consolidated. Further floor beam machinery and a panel boarding operation have also been added to compliment and enhance the offering.
As a forward looking company, Frameclad have now set in place a process to develop the manufacturing elements of their business further with the addition of specialist framing machinery and the order of further machinery from Howick – to be clear the cost of a new roll forming machine is significant so is not a decision that the company would take lightly.
Recent investments in additional space / capacity and by continually investing in a very select and targeted workforce both internally and out in the sales world means that the potential for growth of the business is excellent.
The work force that produce the materials that Frameclad supply is a key part of the whole picture. Frameclad recognise that there is a reliance upon the company to do the best it can to provide for the work force and their family groups. A lot of thought has gone into how we can do this and we are proud to say that a long term commitment to provide pay to the Real Living Wage has been made and will be rolled out throughout the work force. Please take time to review the Real Living Wage web site and what it stands for. We believe that Frameclad are the first SFS manufacturer to adopt this fabulous initiative and would encourage others to do the same.
“There were 4.2 million children living in poverty in the UK in 2018-19. That's 30 per cent of children or nine in a classroom of 30. Work does not provide a guaranteed route out of poverty in the UK. 72 per cent of children growing up in poverty live in a household where at least one person works.”
Child poverty action group
The statement above was taken from the Child Poverty Action Group website. Marcus Rashford’s campaign has brought to light the food poverty in this country that many were unaware of. The power of being in the public eye and social media has been so powerful to address this appalling situation.
We will continue to invest in the training and development of all of our employees.