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Orders pick up after downturn

Glazing firm to take on staff after factory move

AlbannArchitectural glazing company Albann has invested half a million pounds in buying bigger premises to support its growth.

The company, which has seen an 18% average increase in the value of contracts this year, has taken a unit at the Heatherhouse Industrial Estate, Irvine.

The new premises have also allowed Albann to recruit two office-based trainees with a further two appointments planned. The business is looking to hire four production staff.

Over the year to 31 March, turnover has risen by 23%, through an uplift in contracts in the public and private sectors. The company’s customers include main contractors and development companies constructing schools, council buildings, health centres, car showrooms, and office blocks.

A number of contracts that were put on hold during the downturn have started to move ahead.

Aamir Mohammed, business development director, said: “The market’s appetite for construction projects has picked up over the last year and, as a business, moving to premises that would enable the company to manage this uplift more efficiently which was essential for Albann securing more of the increasing number of contracts in the market.

“We now have a larger fabrication area that allows us to work on more projects at any one time, as well as helps us control stock levels better and so managing our cost base more efficiently on a greater production platform as a result.”

Alan McLaren, relationship manager at Bank of Scotland which provided support for the company, said: “It is great to see a business like Albann going from strength to strength and supporting the local jobs market in and around the Irvine area.”

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