Apeer Completes Latest Phase Of Factory And Production Investment

Apeer has ramped up door and window output via investment in its production facilities. 

A new 20,000sq.ft factory extension, combined with further upgrades in the Apper's door and window production facilities, have been completed.

Apeer makes top of the range composite entrance doors and Lumi windows and doors along with other models of doors including fire doorsets.

The investment completes the latest phase of the company’s five-year investment and development plan begun in 2017.

Occupying a 7.2 acre site the company’s head office and production facilities now total 140,000sq.ft with all services now fully self-contained, including the production of door blanks through to completed door sets for Apeer residential doors; fabrication of all Lumi windows, sliding and entrance doors; and all of the company’s glass requirements.


 “Completion of the production investments has further implications for the company. Our focus is now very much on marketing, with some exceptional support programmes being developed to provide high quality leads for Apeer and Lumi retail partners.”

– Asa McGillian 

MD, Apeer

Coronavirus closure

Like many companies, Apeer closed for the duration of the coronavirus crisis. Prior to this Apeer had seen a steady growth in line with the company’s plans. The new facilities further increase output capacity and provide greater flexibility to suit market conditions and demand.

The factory extension has allowed re-planning of production in more efficient flowlines with all services under one roof, including advanced glass processing that now allows for complex shapes to be cut and the exceptional sheet sizes increasingly required for Lumi doors and windows, to be sourced in-house.



A new CNC precision waterjet cutting machine has been installed to make the unusually complex cuts required for Lumi windows and doors, whilst the Northglass AG-series Forced Convection furnace installed 18 months ago, allows toughened glass production in sheet sizes up to 5x2.8m.


Core press

The second paint line installed for Apeer composite doors is now supplemented by a second insulating core press used for the production of the company’s GRP-faced composite door panels, which combined will allow more than 1,000 two colour doors to be manufactured each week, entirely in house.


Significant increases in output

The completion of the new extension fulfils many of the company’s plans for growth according to Apeer's McGillian: “The additional space does far more than simply allow new machines to be installed. We have now been able to re-plan our whole facility to create more logical production flowlines and logical sequences, all of which will give us significant increases in output as well as flexibility, something that remains crucial especially until Brexit is finally settled.


True Brits

McGillian continues: “Our glass processing facility is now highly capable and flexible and allows us to cope in-house with the increasingly large Lumi doors being ordered, as well as the demands for Apeer composite doors, for which we also produce decorative glass units in our own studio.

"In fact, I believe that Apeer doors have a greater UK sourced content than the majority of composite door brands sold in Britain and Ireland. We are proud of that of cours, and also that our video-based quality control system is now more intensive than ever and showing an exceptionally low rejection rate. Our right-first-time rate of 98% is excellent.”

Picture: Apeer has ramped up door and window output via investment in its production facilities. 


Article written by Cathryn Ellis
16th April 2020


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