With a long-established reputation for excellent service and reliability, Kestrel Aluminium Systems is a well-regarded supplier to the fenestration industry. The privately owned company supplies a wide range of aluminium profiles and accessories for the fabrication of shopfronts, commercial doors, curtain walling, windows and glazed roofs. The company’s largest supplier of extruded aluminium products is Sapa Profiles, with whom its relationship has strengthened over time as Kestrel’s core business has developed and its needs have changed. Today, Sapa supplies Kestrel with approximately 500 tonnes of aluminium each year.
Kestrel originally started as a simple distributor of shopfront systems in 1989. Supplying commercial products to fabricators in the fenestration industry is now – as it was then – at the heart of the company’s activities. However, the business has since developed considerably to include a range of complex, domestic products. All Kestrel’s products, including their Commercial Door System, Folding Sliding Door, Curtain Walling and Shopfront System utilise aluminium extrusions from Sapa Profiles. Intrinsically strong, aluminium is a lightweight and versatile material – perfect for all window, door and framing system applications.
In the early days of trading, Kestrel was looking for an extruder with real experience and expertise. After discovering Sapa, the company has since benefitted significantly from the skills of the aluminium supplier’s design and technical department, which consistently offers expert advice in the design of new profiles. Sapa’s early involvement during the design stages always ensures optimum design and extrusion of products to make the path to market as smooth and efficient as possible. Collaborating closely with Kestrel over the years, Sapa has subsequently supported its growth with innovative products into new markets.
Commenting on their relationship with Sapa, Kestrel Aluminium Systems Managing Director Steven Shute said “We have worked with Sapa for many years and their knowledge of the material has been invaluable to the growth of Kestrel and the development of our product range. The technical capability within Sapa’s design team is second to none and they are always willing to offer input and advice on product development.”
Managing Director of Sapa Profiles UK, Yann Beck comments “Kestrel Aluminium Systems is a valued Sapa customer. We appreciate the importance of the role we play in Kestrel’s business as their main supplier of aluminium profiles and as such have developed a strong relationship – to ensure a smooth process from product design through to completion.”