Aluminium & Plastics Systems (APS) is celebrating 20 years in business and during those two decades we’ve survived a global recession and are now meeting the uncertainties of Brexit head on. CEO Gary McNeill is one of the founding directors and we sat down with Gary to go over some of the highlights and biggest challenges. COVID Clearly, the focus for the last 12 months has been adapting to the unprecedented change in customer needs. What that’s meant is providing a product range unlike anything we’ve offered in the past. “Since the pandemic hit, we’ve sold a lot more home improvement products like aluminium lift and slide doors, decking, PVC showers and flooring; many of which we haven’t sold before,” he said. Listening to our customers It’s this kind of adaptability in the market that has allowed APS to navigate its way through a challenging couple of decades in the construction industry. “The key has been keeping up with the latest trends in the industry,” McNeill said. “New products or new colours become popular at any given time and it’s a matter of recognising those, keeping on top of them and working closely with (or sometimes finding new) suppliers to […]
Back to Work On Monday 11th May, I returned to my job in the office. We’ve been given the green light to reopen the business with a skeleton staff given our status within the construction industry. It’s a very different atmosphere to the environment I left back in March. Very strict rules are in place to ensure social distancing and currently there are only three of us are working in the open plan sales office, where we would normally have up to 12 staff. We now have rigid rules in place around customers placing orders for collection and unfortunately, they cannot enter the trade counter. There is a one-way system around the corridors and lots of yellow and black tape, new signage and Perspex between desks. The canteens are now furnished with small ‘tables for one’. It has been extremely busy, especially on Monday and I get the feeling that many smaller businesses are extremely grateful that we are open again as they struggle to keep the wolf from the door in these unique times. Next week we hope to see more of our aluminium and PVCU fabricators back at work in NI and in southern Ireland as construction sites […]
We are facing unprecedented times and as such we are only able to make plans for a few days at a time. As the situation evolves regarding the spread of COVID-19 and we receive government advice we are reacting and adapting accordingly. So with this in mind we wish to clarify our immediate plans. We are currently following government advice on hygiene for companies that remain in operation. Employees have been informed of the importance of social distancing and increasing hygiene practices and enhanced cleaning within our offices. We trust that any customers and visitors to our offices, trade counter and warehouses, will adhere to this, making use of the numerous hand sanitisers available upon entry. All staff are aware of the importance of self-isolating for the recommended time periods if they display symptoms associated with COVID-19 or have been in contact with anyone who also shows symptoms. In regard to our business, at this point in time we intend to remain fully operational. Collections and deliveries of orders placed between now and Friday 27th March (the date of our year end stock take) will continue. We intend to close for the full Easter week, commencing 13th April until 17th […]
A very warm welcome to Philip Osbourne (right) who is our new Technical Sales Manager. He is pictured here with Architectural Sales Director Alan Denver. Philip will work alongside the rest of the Architectural team to strengthen APS’ all-Ireland sales. We wish Philip all the very best and hope he enjoys his new role with us!
A big thank you to everyone who took the time to call at the APS product launch/coffee morning on Friday 28th February to hear all about our latest product developments. It was a very informal morning when everyone was invited to call for a chat and some refreshments. We hope that you found the time well spent and informative. Whether you are the architect specifying our systems, the fabricator, the builder, or indeed one of our suppliers, it was great to see you and the event was a great success.
At the end of January 2020 we all got together to mark the retirement of Wilson Adams who had been employed at APS for over 15 years in the architectural accessories warehouse where he was rather an expert. We will miss him around the company and his many stories but know that he will call in to see us. The company directors presented him with a motorbike as a parting gift which left him speechless for the first time! We wish Wilson many happy years of retirement while making the most of his new found freedom with his new wheels on the highways and byways of Northern Ireland.
APS continues to sponsor architectural students in conjunction with Ulster University. Pictured at the recent Architectural Technology End of Year Show 2019 is our Contracts Manager Kenny Faulkner presenting the “APS Award for Design Creativity 2018/2019” to Catriona Slane with a £200 cheque. We wish Catriona and all the class of 2019 the very best in their new careers.