Over the past forty years, Smart Architectural Aluminium has grown to become the UK’s leading supplier of aluminium systems, building a reputation both for the quality of our products and for our product innovation, design and technical expertise.
We are a member of the internationally renowned Corialis Group, which has a turnover in excess of £475 million and employs over 2,400 people worldwide.
Established in 1984 and with headquarters in Lokeren, Belgium, the group consists of a number of aluminium systems companies with hubs in the United Kingdom, France, Poland and Portugal, with additional facilities in China, South Africa and La Reunion.
Although each Corialis Group company operates independently within its own country, we are all able to draw on the Group’s wealth of shared technical expertise and experience, as well as its significant product development resources.
In that time, we have grown rapidly and invested heavily in our plant, machinery and people to ensure we provide the very best products, service and support.
All our systems are manufactured from start to perfect finish at our purpose-built 60,000m² plant in the South West of England. The most modern and efficient of its kind in the UK, the plant is home to our four state-of-the-art aluminium extrusion presses, four dedicated paint lines and finishing facilities. This means we have complete control of the whole process, ensuring every profile we manufacture meets our exacting quality and performance standards.
Our market leading technical support team works closely with fabricators and specifiers to deliver the right solution for each individual project, making sure that we provide systems that that fully meet aesthetic performance and construction requirements.
Successful growth over 40 years has enabled Smart to become the UK’s leading supplier of architectural aluminium systems.
Formed in 1977, Smart was initially established to supply high-quality windows and doors for the residential market. Over the next 40 plus years, we have grown beyond all recognition and are now the leading supplier of aluminium systems in the UK, supplying both the residential and commercial markets with an extensive range of high-performance systems.
During those 40 plus years our standards and ethos have remained unchanged; with an unwavering commitment to quality and value and to meeting the evolving needs of our customers.
Going back to the 1970s, after initially manufacturing complete systems, we soon moved to also supply extruded aluminium profiles to window fabricators and installers, and by 1982, we made the decision to focus exclusively on supplying and supporting our rapidly expanding network of trade customers, while continuing to expand our portfolio of windows, doors and framing systems.
By the turn of the century we had become a member of the internationally renowned Corialis Group, a family of aluminium systems companies which has a significant investment in manufacturing companies in France, China, Poland and the United Kingdom.
2005 was a landmark year in our development, marked by the move to a brand new, purpose-built site which housed our main offices, warehouse and distribution base. In the subsequent years we have continued to invest in the site, marked by six expansion phases which have seen the installation of four modern aluminium extrusion presses, vertical and horizontal powder coat paint lines, a comprehensive finishing facility and a manufacturing unit for our Designer Doors range.
Today, we now have a 60,000m² fully vertically integrated manufacturing facility and continue to invest in our plant, people and premises, adding products, processes and services as required. As the only UK manufacturer with this end-to end capability, we are able to fully monitor, measure and control quality at every stage of the production process, from the design of a system and the specification of raw materials, right through to the despatch of each individual order.
Over the years, we have come to both appreciate and rely on the service we receive from Smart. The quality of the extrusions we receive is always of the highest standard, but it’s the quality of the service and support that really sets Smart apart. Working together, our teams communicate regularly to make sure that all our requirements are met, from product design right through to delivery.
I have worked with the Smart team for over 13 years and am always impressed with their commitment to go the extra mile. We have a great working relationship with Smart and the team works tirelessly to meet our needs – which from time to time can be quite demanding! Flexibility, reliability and great communications are the hallmarks of the service we consistently receive.