West Port Timber Windows & Doors, based in Maryport, has won a national woodworking award for its fire door manufacturing project which focused on improving customer value by reducing waste.

The customer-centric manufacturer was awarded the British Woodworking Federation (BWF)’s Process Efficiency Award, sponsored by the W20 Exhibition & the FIT Show. The BWF Awards celebrate the best of the best in UK woodworking, recognising technical innovation, design, process efficiencies, health & safety and the rising stars of the industry.

By reducing waste throughout its fire door manufacturing processes West Port Timber Windows & Doors were able to significantly improve efficiency across several key areas. A faster turn-around time to meet customer demand was key to this project.

Helen Hewitt, Chief Executive of the BWF said:

“By taking a customer-oriented approach to processes, West Port Timber Windows & Doors have succeeded in maximising value for money, quality and speed of delivery – making it truly worthy of this prestigious award. Allowing the company to meet the rising demand for fire doors, its comprehensive waste eliminating strategy truly impressed the BWF Awards judging panel.

“The quality of the entries we received this year was exceptional, with each individual and company epitomising the talent, creativity and professionalism of our industry. Our sector makes a significant contribution to the UK’s construction and manufacturing industries, and it’s fantastic to come together at the BWF Awards to champion the outstanding talent and achievement that make our industry so successful.”

Sean Parnaby, Managing Director at West Port Timber Windows & Doors said, “The beginning of last year saw us make a fresh start, with a new philosophy, investment and team. Since taking over West Port in the last 18 months, we’ve changed the whole process on the factory floor and reinvented certain aspects, putting a quarter of a million pounds investment into the fire door department, which is going well.

“We like to see improvement every day, standing still means you’re going backward, and we have an ethos to work hard. We’re out here to make a change, particularly on fire doors which are prominent in the news, by making sure that people get fire doors that function and perform as they’re meant to. We’ve got one of the strongest management teams in the industry and we’re in a very strong position to grow.”

The prize was presented at a celebratory awards evening held at the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London. A full list of the winners at this year’s BWF Awards can be found at: https://www.bwf.org.uk/awards2019/