PFM 21 7 Oct 2018 - Page 18



NEWS
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Union Industries Drives Energy Efficiency
Forward for Plaxton
U
nion Industries is continuing
to
drive
environmental
efficiency at Plaxton with the
installation of two new Ramdoors at
its Scarborough site.
Plaxton, which became a subsidiary of
internationally-recognised Alexander
Dennis Limited (ADL) in 2007, is a
world-leading
bus
and
coach
manufacturer that produces a range of
single and double decker vehicles,
including the luxury Plaxton Panorama
and the contemporary Plaxton Elite.
The experienced team of engineers at
Plaxton is using the latest industry
knowledge to manufacture energyefficient vehicles using a wide range of
low and zero emission technologies,
which will cater for those regions in the
UK that are striving to meet Government
emissions targets, as well as those who
are environmentally-conscious.
As part of Plaxton’s efforts to enhance
energy efficiency within its own
business, the company invested in
Union Industries’ high-speed Ramdoors
to enable a reduction in heat loss in the
production area. The large external
doors are opened and closed often as
materials are frequently moved to the
production line, so the high speed
element of the Ramdoors with their
average opening speed of 1.0m/s will
reduce heat loss in the building, saving
utility costs and maintaining working
conditions for employees.
Being located along the East Coast,
weather extremes including high winds
were another factor to be taken into
consideration. Often referred to as the
‘Big Daddy’ of high-speed doors, Plaxton
already has experience of Union
Industries’ Ramdoor and know it has
been specially designed to achieve a
Class 5 wind resistance capacity and
these latest doors installed included four
heavy-duty travelling windbars.
The Ramdoor also comes with standard
features including a 'Crash-Out' facility,
counterweight assisted opening and
heavy-duty Ramhide door blade.
Plaxton decided to purchase Union
Industries Ramdoors again, as they
needed a reliable and robust solution for
its new rapid roller doors, supported by
excellent service, to replace its existing
installations, which did not provide the
necessary durability to support the high
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volume of traffic moving in and out of the
building. In addition, the free-entry into
the company’s Lifetime Warranty
scheme provides Plaxton with the added
reassurance of continued service and
maintenance to ensure continuity of their
operations.
Leeds-based Union Industries is a
leading manufacturer of industrial high
speed doors in the UK, offering awardwinning industrial doors and curtains to
sectors
including
manufacturing,
pharmaceutical, retail, and food and
drink.
Walter
Schneider,
Maintenance
Manager at Plaxton, said: “Plaxton has
been producing high-quality vehicles for
customers across the globe for over a
century. While it is fundamental that we
invest in reliable and long-lasting
equipment to maintain productivity, we
also
wanted
to
consider
the
environmental impact of the company.
“We have received a fantastic service
from Union Industries with our previous
doors and decided to repeat our order
knowing that we would be provided with
a high-quality product and excellent after
care.”
Alan Hirst, Sales Director at Union
Industries, said: “Plaxton, like many of
our other customers, recognised the
environmental and economic benefits
that our high speed doors can deliver for
a business and its workforce, resulting
in a repeat order. Union Industries’
Ramdoor is well-recognised for its robust
construction, so it’s no surprise that a
wide range of companies choose this
door for a long-term solution.”
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