High Levels of Interest Generated at FIT Show 2019

In May, ExtrudaSeal exhibited at the FIT Show event for the third time, showcasing our extensive range of gaskets and ancillaries for the windows and doors sector. The FIT Show is the only UK event of its kind and 2019 show was the biggest yet, with more than 300 leading brands involved, exhibiting across three halls.

From the time the doors opened on the 21st of May, to the final moments of the show on the 23rd of May, it was clear to us that installers and fabricators attending the event were there to do business. As a result, we received high levels of interest in our catalogue of products, with event delegates recognising the many benefits of direct gasket and weather seal supply in terms of performance and cost reduction.

Whilst exhibiting at FIT Show 2019 provided the chance to make many valuable new contacts, it also presented the opportunity to strengthen existing relationships. Paul James, ExtrudaSeal Sales Director said:

“What was very positive was that visitors included those who we had been talking to for a little while but who came and met us at FIT with a genuine desire to do business.”

The high levels of interest in ExtrudaSeal’s products for aluminium window and door systems was certainly an accurate representation of the continuing growth in this sector.

“Aluminium is buoyant and that was reflected in the demand that we saw at this year’s show.”

ExtrudaSeal manufacture gaskets for a wealth of systems, including some of the most popular aluminium profiling systems (Smarts, ALUK, Senior, Metaltech, Ikon and more). In the last 12 months alone, we manufactured more than 20,000km of aluminium door gaskets at our premises in Birmingham.

As with any growing industry, there have certainly been teething problems for aluminium windows and doors fabricators and installers. We have in turn developed innovative products and solutions to address common reasons for gasket failure, not only allowing our customers to increase their efficiency and cut down call-backs but providing the opportunity for them to upsell their product offer. With these benefits available, it’s hard to argue against buying gaskets directly, rather than as part of a package deal with aluminium systems.

“The opportunities to upsell your product offer, purely on the strength of your gasket, whether that’s colour-matched or low sightline, makes the case to buy direct speak for itself.” Paul concluded.

Following another successful year at the FIT Show, we look forward to exhibiting our latest innovations next year.

For more information on ExtrudaSeal’s extensive range of gaskets and ancillaries for the aluminium window and doors sector, read more here or call +44 (0)121 356 8733.

Find ExtrudaSeal at Fit Show 2019

FIT show

On 21-23rd May, ExtrudaSeal will be exhibiting at Fit Show 2019. Following great success in previous years, we will again be demonstrating a combination of our new products and our extensive back catalogue of gaskets and extrusions.

At the last two Fit Show events, we showcased a number of innovative new products, including:

  • AeroSeal – a revolutionary, through-colour gasket for aluminium bi-fold doors, offering the ability to co-extrude with a rigid foot, meaning that the gasket cannot be over-stretched or subject to shrinkage.
  • ‘Fit-And-Forget’ – responding to demand from fabricators and installers, our team designed a ‘fit-and-forget’ threshold gasket for use with a wide range of aluminium systems. This gasket provides a fully secure fix and improved compression and weather sealing as a result of a pioneering semi-rigid box foot, helping to prevent call backs.
  • Sealfast – our U-channel gasket, designed to seal steel windows and doors without gasket grooves. It features a robust adhesive strip so that it can be used directly on a glazing bead. This gasket provides improve resistance to air permeability and wind load, preventing rain and drafts from infiltrating below the glazed IGU.

At Fit Show 2019, we are looking forward to displaying our new flush e-gasket and wedge.

Flush E-gasket and cutting down call-backs

We launched our new flush low-line e-gasket and wedge for aluminium bi-folding and inline sliding door systems last year. This gasket is designed to maximise glass area, providing a flush finish that lines up with the putty-line, rather than up to 5mm of the glass. This helps to create new symmetry in low sightline doors and provides a much more aesthetically pleasing finish.

To make glazing a simpler process, our flush e-gasket also features a tear-away strip that reduces the depth of the gasket by 1mm. This design helps by accommodating variances in the depth of IGUs. The new system also makes glazing simpler by accommodating depth variations of IGU’s, using a ground-breaking ‘tear-away’ strip, reducing its depth by 1mm.

By looking at the smaller details of gasket design, we ensure that our products reduce future call-backs for fabricators and installers, as well as making our products stand out from the competition at the point of sale.

Paul James, ExtrudaSeal Sales Manager, said “What we do with all of the gaskets we produce is to drill down into the detail to improve the performance of the product from the point and manufacture and installation, and to enhance the aesthetic and deliver those small points of differentiation at a point of retail.

“The point is that if you are getting call backs because of gaskets, or your trade customers are on the phone because it’s difficult to fit, there are always things that can be done to refine and improve upon the design.

“We don’t start that process from the standpoint of the system, but from the way the product is being manufactured, fitted or used and how that can be optimised throughout the supply chain, and ultimately, for the end user.”

When designing our new flush low-line e-gasket and wedge for bi-folding and inline sliding doors, it was with the smaller details of gasket in mind that we were able to develop a better performing solution.

ExtrudaSeal will be showcasing the Flush e-gasket and our industry leading range of gaskets and seals on Stand G1, Fit Show, on the 21-23rd May 2019 at the NEC, Birmingham.

For further information on how ExtrudaSeal can help to cut thousands of pounds from fabrication and installation costs, browse extrudaseal.com or give us a call on +44 (0)121 356 8733.