Lorraine Snell

Lorraine Snell
Group Administration Director

5th October 2016

NEW GROUP Administration Director

A message from Baden Sonley, Group Chairman.

We are thrilled to announce the promotion of Lorraine Snell to Group Administration Director for Hallmark Group Products Ltd. Lorraine has been with the company 15 years and successfully held a number of positions within the business.

Lorraine brings a wealth of experience to The Hallmark Group and we are excited about her new role at the company.

Please join us in welcoming Lorraine to The Board of Directors and congratulating her on the promotion.

Clearview

Gary Maddock-Greene
Group Marketing Manager

8th July 2015

CREATING a Successful Future

By Stephanie Wright | Editor at Clearview Group Limited

With a success story spanning two decades, Hallmark Panels celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Today, Hallmark Group Products manufactures PVCu and Aluminium Doors and panels, GRP Composite Doors, Architectural mouldings, bespoke fascia and Trespa panels and more recently, Toughened Glass services. Clearview joins Group Marketing and Digital Manager, Gary Maddock-Greene, who tells how the business owes the success of the last 20 years to its determination to grow and develop its products.

A by-product of sister company Laminated Supplies, its owners decided to form Hallmark Panels in 1995 after successfully developing a range of PVCu and aluminium panels. The new range of aluminium panels had a major impact allowing aluminium fabricators to offer a wide range of residential doors. Laminated Supplies already had an established market providing a comprehensive range of bonded sandwich panels in a variety of materials to Local Authorities and other commercial sectors.

With the continuing growth of its entrance door panel range, the off-spring company quickly outgrew its manufacturing facilities and in 1995, invested in new manufacturing facilities in Hull. Gary picks up the story and explains: “Hallmark Panels quickly developed in the early stages, growing its range of entrance door products further to incorporate a range of GRP composite doors products. Fortrace Limited, The Hallmark Group Products' GRP division, was already manufacturing architectural mouldings and contributed to enable Hallmark Panels to manufacture its own range of GRP doors. The GRP launch took the business to a new dimension and we led the way working with sister company Fortrace to develop our composite range further.

“Up until this point, our sale channel was very much focused on providing customers our door panels fabricated in to a frame structure which was outsourced. This inevitably increased our customer’s lead-time and as demand grew we took the decision to make further investment to produce a complete doorset of our own.

“We partnered with The Veka UK Group, utilising its Halo Rustique and Eclipse 70mm profile sections to produce our very own exclusive range of GRP composite doorsets for the market place. This move enabled us to reduce the lead-time for our customer drastically, and put us back into the marketplace as a serious entrance door contender.

“Development of our ranges intensified as we grew, and our door designs and styles changed to accommodate the ever changing demands of the consumer. Partnering with The Veka UK Group gave us confidence in our supply chain enabling us to competently provide our customers with further advancing ranges.” Gary adds.

Further investment was made in the years to follow to support the company’s growth including a major investment in Toughened Glass Solutions Limited, a glass toughening and sealed unit manufacturing company and the the introduction of a fleet of new delivery vehicles to ensure safe and on-time delivery and the introduction of a new telesales department; enabling Hallmark Panels to keep in close contact to its customers, sharing with them the introduction of new products, product and services changes.

Gary explains: “With the growing demand for our products we had to develop our infrastructure and grew internally with demand. Looking back it is hard to believe how we managed with the small number of resource we had. We now employ over 130 full time staff and distribute approximately 4,000 products a week manufactured across our 90,000 sq/ft site.

“We primarily operate in and around the UK, Ireland and continental Europe, delivering to our customers on one of our fifteen delivery vehicles, providing customer with lead-times acceptable to their needs.” Gary adds.

2015 is a landmark year for Hallmark and celebrates the passion and desire the business has for the industry. Continuing to supply its grass roots products to its ever expanding customer base, through its dedicated, experienced and growing team of professionals.

Clearview for one, wish Gary and the Team at Hallmark a successful 20th anniversary celebration and good luck for the future.

Halo VEKA

18th June 2015

HALO Puts Hallmark in the frame.

2015 marks the 20th year in business for leading Humberside-based composite door manufacturer, Hallmark Panels. The company, which specialises in the manufacture of PVC-U and aluminium decorative infill panels, composite doors and architectural mouldings is a long-standing client of The VEKA UK Group, using renowned Halo profile systems for the outer-frame of its extensive and varied range of doors.

Hallmark Panels has manufactured infill panels for the window industry for more than 25 years and is one of the pioneers of composite door manufacturing with over 20 years’ experience. The company is considered to be at the forefront of design and innovation, leading the way in both modern and traditional product design offerings.

Group Marketing & Digital Manager, Gary Maddock-Greene comments: “During my time at Hallmark, I have seen numerous innovative products developed and delivered to market. Our wide range of products – including GRP Architectural products, twin-rebated composite doors and bespoke panel manufacturing at our group company, Laminated Supplies – often takes new customers by surprise. By investing in 5 state-of-the-art CNC machines over the last 10 years we have been able to reduce internal manufacturing costs and time to market, enabling Hallmark to become more competitive without compromise on quality or service.”

Hallmark uses both traditionally sculptured and contemporary-looking bevelled profiles from the Halo portfolio, further maximising the potential for personalisation in its door designs.

Gary continues: “When deciding on a PVC-U profile manufacturer to work with, Halo’s dominant market position was a major contributing factor. As one of the UK’s leading composite door manufacturers, we needed an established, competent supplier that could demonstrate a commitment to continued product development and supply. Through the distinctive aesthetics of Halo’s Rustique and Eclipse 70mm profiles, we are able to cater to a wide and varied market.”

Colin Torley, Sales and Marketing Director for The VEKA UK Group adds: “We’re proud that Halo profile plays such an important part in the winning blend of materials and techniques that Hallmark Panels has developed over the years.

“The company demonstrates a truly proactive approach to its work, constantly looking for ways to improve and streamline its manufacturing processes, minimise its environmental impact and pass the savings onto clients. Values like these align perfectly with what we do at The VEKA UK Group and we look forward to continuing our work together with Hallmark. Here’s to another 20 years’ success!”

Hallmark Group Products companies, Hallmark Panels, Laminated Supplies and Fortrace have now been joined by Toughened Glass Solutions Ltd., adding a fast and efficient supply of shaped, toughened glass services to the group and high quality sealed units to the trade.

The company’s recent purchase of a TRUMPF laser cutting machine coincides with the launch of new aluminium door and panel collections and, with an expanded range of 30-minute fire doors hitting the market, Hallmark is set to continue its impressive programme of product innovations throughout its 20th anniversary year.

Glass News - June 2015

Easter Delivery Dates

24th April 2015

CHOICE Is the key.

Leading Hull based PVCu Panel, Composite and Aluminium Door manufacturer Hallmark Panels has this week launched it's new and eagerly awaited PVCu Panels brochure, featuring 10 exciting modern and traditional collections of door panels for fabricators and installers across the UK and Europe.

The high quality, 24 page brochure features hundreds of new and revised door panel designs with a selection of white shade skin options available to match fabricator profiles. 14 heat reflective, COOLSKIN colour options are also showcased plus a selection of 5 different woodgrain finishes all complimented by a vibrant range of glass and glazing designs, door furniture and security reinforcing features.

Group Marketing Manager, Gary Maddock-Greene says,

Our new literature has been designed to support our trade partners enabling them to offer a comprehensive range of affordable, quality door panel products to their customers.
The key here is choice. Our panel collections are offering choice in design and affordability across all styles, tastes and features making Hallmark the obvious supply choice for PVC Door Panel and associated products.

The new PVC Panels Brochure compliments the highly successful Elite Modern Composite Door and Architect Aluminium Door Collection Brochures published in 2014. For more information on how Hallmark can help with your marketing needs, or to order any of our marketing brochures or product samples, please contact our customer sales and service team on 01482 703 222 or email us at enquiries@hallmarkpanels.com

Easter Delivery Dates

17th March 2015

EASTER Load and delivery dates.

Easter is early this year with chocolate egg hunting starting in just over a weeks time!

We have just published our Easter loading and delivery run times for our customers. You can view the calendar by following this link below:

View the Easter 2015 Loading and Run Times.

New Hallmark Website

March 2015

SHINY New website for Hallmark Panels.

This year we are celebrating 20 Years of manufacturing excellence and what better way to continue the celebrations than with a shiny new website?

Lots of exciting new features to follow, including a composite door builder and ordering service and a personal trade customer login area for our valued trade partners.

Existing trade customers will be contacted in the following weeks with details of how to access their online trade account details, which will also allow them to access Hallmark's new Online Door Builder service.

We welcome all comments on the new website so that we can continue to develop and improve our service to customers. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any comments you may have.

Trumpf Laser Cutting

January 2015

INVESTMENT in laser technology.

The Group has continued to invest heavily in new technology so as to streamline its UK manufacturing operations, increasing it's productivity and design capabilities.

At the start of 2015 Hallmark Panels invested in its new Trumph Laser Cutting machine to correspond with the launch of the new Aluminium Door and Panel Collections.

The laser’s primary role will be to cut the increased range of stainless steel door trims.

The CAD-CAM capabilities will allow the machine operators to program the steel sheet cutting to be as cost effective and environmentally friendly as possible. All benefits that are passed to trade partners in cost savings and product excellence.

More Door Issue 1

January 2015

CELEBRATING 20 Years

2015 is a landmark year for us at Hallmark as we celebrate 20 years of product and service delivery excellence.

Hallmark today leads the way in PVCu Door Panel and Aluminium and GRP Composite door design and innovation.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank our customers for their continued support and we’ll be announcing new and exciting developments as we go through 2015. Watch this space!

Download our latest News & Updates Magazine here

Social Housing Doors

February 2015

DOORS to meet social housing demands

Hallmark Panels have established a range of composite door products specified to meet the needs of social, new build and refurbishment housing scheme suppliers across the country.

Pressure to control and reduce property maintenance costs has resulted in increasing requirements on the part of local authorities and housing developers to realise the benefits of quality, high performance composite doors.

The range of door designs made available to our contractor customers have been taken from our highly popular Elite 44mm Door Collection to ensure a quality, cost effective PAS 23/24 compliant door product that will enable them to meet their supply needs with minimum fuss and production lead time.

Toughened Glass Solutions

2014

PROFESSIONALS in toughened glass & sealed unit manufacture.

Hallmark Group Products companies Hallmark Panels, Laminated Supplies and Fortrace have now been joined by Toughened Glass Solutions Ltd., adding a fast and efficient supply of shaped toughened glass services to the group and high quality sealed units to the trade.

Toughened Glass and Sealed Unit manufacturing is our business. You can count on our experience and attention to detail when it comes to specifying glass for your individual needs. We are professionals in glass, specialists in service.

Hallmark is set to continue its impressive programme of product innovations throughout its 20th anniversary year in 2015."

You can contact TGS on +44 (0)1482 441 699 or visit the website at www.toughened-glass-solutions.com