DGB has been provided with the following statement regarding the future of Duraflex extrusions in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

UK Windows and Doors Group – Duraflex Tewkesbury

UK Windows and Doors Group, a market leading manufacturer of uPVC window and door systems has announced that it intends to consult with employees on the proposed closure of its Duraflex extrusion business in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire.

Duraflex has faced continuous challenges over the past few years which include the soaring costs of raw materials and energy and despite the best efforts of management to keep the business fully operational, it has come to a point where it is considered no longer financially viable to continue manufacturing at the site. The Company has therefore concluded, after considering all possible options, it is likely that the Tewkesbury site will close and has started the formal consultation process with all affected employees.

Other sites within the UK Windows and Doors Group Limited remain unaffected by this change.

Duraflex and UK Windows and Doors Group will be working closely with employees, customers, and suppliers throughout the consultation period to ensure the best possible outcome for all parties.

Matthew Scoffield, Chief Executive Officer, UK Windows and Doors Group, said: “After exhausting all options, we have regrettably reached the point where we must consult with employees regarding the closure of the Duraflex site in Tewkesbury. The challenges in recent years mean the site is no longer financially viable, despite our best attempts. This action, though extremely difficult, is necessary to support the longterm future and create a more stable financial position for the wider Group. We will begin consulting with employees and will do everything we can to minimise the impact on them as far as practicable.”

This announcement comes against a backdrop of rising energy costs, raw material costs, wages and labour costs, as well as a slowdown in demand within the fenestration sector. The company also recently ceased supplying national installers Safestyle UK.

Duraflex was established in 1953 and originally produced aluminium products. 70 years on and the company is now being sought to be wound down in order to save the bigger group that it has been merged into.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

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