Innovative glazing business Internorm by Scotia has experienced incredible growth since opening their first Scottish showroom in Cooperage Way Business Village in April, and expects to see astounding sales of over £1 million in their first year.
A division of Scotia Double Glazing, Internorm by Scotia are unique in Scotland by providing Internorm’s triple glazed uPVC composite windows and doors in a range of colours with exclusive aluminium cladding for additional protection.
Scotia are the only Commercial and Architectural glazing manufacturer with a base in Clackmannanshire and currently have 170 staff in Scotland and a turnover of £16 million. Scotia supply new windows and doors to residential and commercial customers alike including Taylor Wimpey, Barrat, Bett Homes and Miller Homes.
Based in Austria, Internorm are Europe’s largest Glazing Manufacturer. Once a customer decides on what they want, all products are made to measure, designed, built and manufactured in their Austrian factory before being shipped over to Scotland.
Led by Technical Sales Manager Mark McLean, also of Alloa, Internorm by Scotia launched in October 2016 when Mark joined the business and was immediately tasked with raising awareness and creating a showroom to do justice to their award-winning products.
He believes it is essential that customers see the products to fully appreciate the quality of finish and technological advances that they offer and so needed to find a befitting central Scotland location that would meet their highest standards.
Mark explains, “I needed to find a large property that we could fit out with offices, a meeting room and a double storey sized display of windows. Due to the unmatched quality of our products, people will travel to see them, so I looked around central Scotland for a base that was 45-60 minutes from the major cities and within 30 minute of arterial routes”
“It was initially a struggle to find somewhere to lease as the units I viewed were either astronomically priced, the wrong size or needed too much work. When I discovered Ceteris and this unit in Cooperage Way Business Village all that changed. I called them on Monday, viewed the property, discussed my plans and we signed the lease on Friday!”
Angela Ogilvie, Operations Director of Ceteris, takes up the story, “When Mark approached us to ask about our property in Cooperage Way Business Village, we could not have imagined the transformation from the blank canvass unit we provided to the state of the art showroom they now have. Their windows and doors are truly unique, we are delighted that Internorm by Scotia have chosen Alloa as their Scottish HQ and look forward to watching them grow in the future.”
Internorm by Scotia have an ambitious 3 year plan of growth for their Alloa Showroom and predict growing to a team of 4 by 2019. Indeed, they are already halfway there after Ryan Wernicki joined in April to help Mark with the busy demands of the business.
This demand is partly due to the fact that Internorm are recognised for their extensive and innovative product range. They offer 4 main products, all offering triple glazed uPVC in a range of colours with aluminium cladding.
- Entrance doors
- Bi-fold door
- Large format lift and slide door
Their unique windows can be supplied with smart phone controlled blinds already within the glazing ensuring no dust collects on them and that they never need cleaned! The durability and size of their products means that they even have a sliding door in their showroom weighing in at a hefty one tonne. However, safety is paramount at Internorm by Scotia and so the door cleverly slows downs as it closes shut.
However the greatest innovation must be their doors which utilise fingerprint recognition in order to open. That’s right, who needs to carry a keychain about when you just have to softly press your fingerprint to an electronic receiver (James Bond-style) in order to open your front door!
Internorm by Scotia have settled well into their new location and have already used local suppliers such as Forth Paving, Beatson’s and Marshalls when fitting out their new premises. To Mark, this is important,” I think that in our industry it is key to make contact with and work with local businesses as you never know when they, or one of their customers, may be looking for a product like ours. Similarly, it means that we can utilise their skill for our customers.”
Internorm by Scotia’s main markets are architects, large bespoke construction projects and the general building industry. Mark describes many of their customers as building “Grand Designs” type projects. Indeed, Internorm products have already appeared on Grand Designs when renowned architect Richard Hawkes built a fabulous eco-house for his young family.
As Internorm have been manufacturing windows for 80 years and Scotia for nearly 30 years, their shared experience will ensure that their new windows and doors will be supplied, installed and maintained at the absolute level expected for this high quality product.
Internorm by Scotia will be exhibiting their innovative and stylish products at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston October 21-22.