[ENGLISH] Door and window joinery products from Poland - 2015
WINDOWS FROM POLAND: WELL AND FAST
The interest in windows and doors from Poland has grown for several years. What is the reason why there are more and more consumers wishing to buy them across Europe? Good quality? Low price? Perhaps short lead times?
Most likely all these factors are important since windows and doors from Poland are made according to high European workmanship standards, at the same time maintaining the price level appealing to every dealer. The fact that they can be delivered from Poland already after 1-2 weeks of placing the order is also of great significance. No-one in Europe makes windows as well and as fast as the Poles.
Technology. Modern single-frame windows started to be manufactured in Poland in early 1990s when German suppliers of manufacturing machines and materials began soliciting Polish consumers. The Polish window and door industry adopted the modern technologies and materials rather quickly and became one of the biggest outlets. The initially growing construction market in Poland absorbed nearly all quantities of windows and doors based on European technology and Polish production. On Poland’s accession to the European Union in 2004, windows manufactured in Poland were more and more boldly offered on other national markets in the EU and their functionality became increasingly more advanced season by season.
Quality. The initial successes of single-frame windows on the Polish market involved a far higher quality in comparison with earlier designs of insulating glass units or dual windows. Small Polish production plants, built mostly from scratch, grew quite quickly, gained experience and improved manufacturing processes. They invested in state-of-the-art, primarily German or Italian process lines. The modern lines were accompanied by introduction of more and more advanced manufacturing and quality management processes. The generally adopted system in Polish factories is ISO-9001, which permits quality control from collection of materials and raw materials for manufacturing, to workplace control, to monitoring and response to warranty claims. Today each major window and door joinery manufacturer in Poland has the ISO-9001 system in place, and regular control tests in notified research bodies allow it to responsibly declare the performance of products and mark them with CE mark.
Capacity. The improvement of manufacturing processes and the continual upgrade of machinery resources led to gradual enhancement of manufacturing line capacity in Polish factories. Extensive automation, coupled with still lower employee costs and attractive supply prices resulted in the stabilisation of manufacturing costs at the lowest level in Europe. Lower costs enabled offering more competitive prices, which, in turn, increased the quantity of orders and as a consequence resulted in a greater manufacturing scale. The greater scale imposed successive upgrades of manufacturing lines, which led to the continually growing capacity. Thanks to that there are such production plants in Poland that are able to manufacture several thousand windows in a day and the order lead time from placing the order to delivering to the customer can be below 7 days.
Flexibility. Continual upgrade of manufacturing lines in window factories, implementation of own profile veneering lines, bending stations or own insulating glass unit production – all these contributed to a great manufacturing flexibility. Owing to that, processing “unusual” orders is not a problem in Polish factories today and has a negligible impact on the capacity and as a consequence on costs. Obviously, the situation varies from manufacturer to manufacturer, is different in plastic frame processing than in wood frame processing, but generally it can be stated that there is no window or door shape which cannot be realised in a Polish production plant, provided that it follows the geometry. Price. Automation of manufacturing processes, permanent quality control, increase in capacity and production scale allowed Poles to achieve the lowest manufacturing costs in Europe. This, in turn, enabled a great flexibility in shaping the price policy. However, it should be admitted that not all Polish manufacturers could shape this policy in a skilful manner, in line with the market. After the initial indulgence in export successes based on the low price policy, the majority of exporters fortunately adjusted their calculations, and conferred the issue of retail prices to distributors – their sales representatives on a given national market. It is the distributors that shape the retail prices in practice, adjusting them to the current market situation.
The popularity of Polish windows and doors among dealers in whole Europe does not arise from a particular liking for the country by the Vistula, but from specific benefits from their sales on national markets. Polish products are not worse than their English or Scandinavian counterparts in any aspect. On the contrary, they surpass them with better functionality, a broader range of colours and shapes, flexibility in selection of auxiliaries. They have all that dealers appreciate most: guaranteed product quality, guaranteed fast delivery, attractive price and efficient warranty service. And those who have already traded in Polish windows and doors commonly state that no-one makes windows as well, as cheaply and as fast as the Poles today. And if you don’t believe – you have to try.