AluK celebrated its 25th anniversary in the UK in style at the FIT Show – with a party, a birthday cake and a £10,000 competition.
The 1990s themed party, with an appropriately retro playlist, gave visitors to the stand on late night Tuesday the opportunity to share their memories of AluK over the years and to toast its exciting future.
A specially commissioned video charted the history of the company – from the point when it was founded in 1994 on the Elvicta Trading Estate in Crickhowell in South Wales, to its current status as a £40m plus turnover business with a huge, market leading product range serving the residential, trade and commercial sectors.
As well as celebrating AluK’s evolution from its early days as Beaufort Secure Design to Blyweert Beaufort in 2009 and then AluK (GB) in 2012, the video focused on the company’s unerring ability to deliver industry firsts. For example, way back in 1994, it was the first aluminium company in the UK have a window system with a PVC groove in the sash using a PU thermal break and, in 2019, it was still the first to deliver a window system with pre-inserted gaskets.
In between, AluK was also first to develop a double beaded aluminium window to remove the need for dummy vents on internally glazed windows in 2002, first to achieve a WER A rating for a double glazed aluminium window in 2007, and first to achieve PAS24 on a bi-fold door way back in 2010.
As he cut the birthday cake, AluK’s Managing Director Russell Yates thanked every single AluK customer for their support over the years and said: “Time and again, we’ve shown our ability to innovate and our commitment to keep on investing in the business so that we continue to lead the way in everything from service and quality, to training and customer support.
“As we showcase the new AluK C70S window and the new Luminia SL119LM slim slider at FIT, we’re marking the start of another exciting chapter in our history and looking forward to strengthening the partnerships with our customers which are so integral to our success.”
The £10,000 prize draw competition gave one lucky installer the chance to win their first order of AluK products up to that value. The winner, chosen at random at the end of the show, was Richard Barrett from Charterhouse Windows.