Leeds-based Union Industries, the leading manufacturer of industrial high speed doors, has installed two Bulldoors at York Mailing to help maintain temperatures in its printing hall.

Alan Hirst, Sales Director at Union Industries, and Mike Stephenson, No1 Printer at York Mailing.

North Yorkshire-based York Mailing provides time-sensitive promotional materials, such as flyers, brochures and catalogues, to a large customer base, including some of the UK’s major retailers.

York Mailing required a reliable and robust door solution for its 28,000 sq ft building, which was created from a former aircraft hangar, to reduce heat loss caused by regular vehicle traffic in and out of the building.

With the openings to the printing hall in constant use, leading to the potential of external conditions and temperatures affecting the ambient environment of the building, a solution was required to control heat loss, but not impact on productivity and site traffic.

Union Industries’ Bulldoor improves working conditions by controlling temperature. The door is designed for large, high use internal openings as well as average-sized external openings. With a reputation for its reliability, the Bulldoor is widely used in various industries, including retail, pharmaceutical and manufacturing businesses. Its opening speed of 1.6m/s and numerous activation options, including induction loop, radar motion sensor and radio control, makes it ideal for openings experiencing regular vehicle and personnel traffic.

Stephen Marshall, Works Director at York Mailing, said: “A colleague had seen another Union Industries door in action and recommended we consider them for our printing hall. The Bulldoors have proven to be an effective solution, and one made even better by the service and assistance we have received from Union Industries.”

“Operating such a large facility can make maintaining a consistent temperature a challenge and can impact on our operating costs as we try to create a comfortable working environment. However, the Bulldoors play a major part in helping to maintain the environmental conditions in the printing hall.”

Alan Hirst, Union Industries’ Sales Director, said: “Controlling energy costs is a major consideration for customers with heated facilities and where frequent access is a necessity in and out of the building. Our Bulldoors are a proven solution through their robust manufacture, speed of operation and reliability and help companies, like our Yorkshire neighbour York Mailing, overcome heat loss challenges.”

Leeds-based Union Industries manufactures a range of industrial products, including its market-leading range of Industrial High Speed Doors that are commonly regarded as the best in industry.

These fast-acting doors, from the Bulldoor range, are installed in distribution centres, warehouses, factories and storage facilities to improve logistics and save heat loss for companies across the UK and Europe including Tesco, Cummins, ASDA, TRW, Lidl, Jaguar Land Rover and Bidvest Foodservice.

From its origins as a tarpaulin maker and repairer, Union Industries has evolved to become a specialised bespoke manufacturer of advanced heavy-duty textile products for both Civil and Military applications. The subsequent development of the company’s engineering capabilities led on to the creation of the current range of High Speed Industrial Doors, including the unique Eiger Freezer Door.

Other successful product developments using Union’s core skills include Industrial Curtain Systems and Fabric Enclosures, which are used in factories to prevent heat loss, and to help contain dust & toxins in order to stop cross contamination.

Union Industries is an Employee Owned company.

In 2014 its founders, Paul and Isobel Schofield, took the decision to safeguard the future of the company and ensure it remains an active manufacturing company in Leeds, by selling their majority share to the Union Industries Employee Ownership Trust.

Under Union Industries’ Employee Ownership scheme, every employee at Union Industries was awarded an equal share of the business; new starters who joined after the sale are also given shares after 12 months of employment. Although the company has always boasted a committed workforce, becoming Employee Owned has further empowered its team; everyone now also has an added financial incentive as a result of a tax-free bonus.


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