Martin Thurley’s New Year Message

Martin Thurley

2019 will usher in another year of innovative technology from our Design and Development department, dedication to our employees and customers, further investment and a long list of industry-leading products in both of our companies – and I’m excited to be part of the future.

While long-time CEO Roger Hartshorn has stepped away from the company, I’ve been at the helm for approximately 2 years now, and it’s very much business as usual. I’m committed to keeping the flat structure, and ‘family feel’ that the Group is famous for. Supporting me in this vision is our committed senior management team, which was handpicked by Roger; and the same team that has already brought us groundbreaking products, like ModLok™ technology, Alumina and the new Elevate roof – as well as the Supercut machining and cutting centre.

We’ve had, and continue to benefit from the highest investment in innovation, plant and equipment from our parent company Quanex, that I’ve ever seen in a company I’ve been a part of. Because of this, 2019 will see the largest number of product launches in Liniar’s history; a testament to our desire to set the bar high for industry-leading, cutting-edge ideas and products.

People have always been at the forefront of our business, from our dedication and safety records to excellent customer service and the fresh ideas brought in by our apprentices. For the year ahead, we’re furthering our focus on attracting young people to the fenestration industry by recruiting three additional apprenticeship placements. These will join the 24 apprentices who’ve come before them, two of which are currently part of our management team. We’re big believers in the recently-launched Building Our Skills initiative and hope other businesses in the industry get involved.

On top of innovation and people, we’re still devoted to reducing our carbon footprint and protecting the environment. We pledge not only to remain a ZERO operational wastage facility but will continue to add to our 100% recycled product line.

With the FIT Show rapidly approaching, we’re looking forward to welcoming our customers, installers and fabricators to our stand. Make sure you pay us a visit – we can’t wait to show you all what we’ve been working on!

I’d also like to wish everyone in the industry a prosperous and Happy New Year.

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