Richard Gyde, Mila’s Managing Director, said: “As always, this was a very competitive negotiation up against two of the hardware sectors other big names so I’m obviously delighted that Mila has come out on top again. After so many years, it’s a fantastic testament to our ability to keep on getting better and better.”
Safestyle UK’s Operations Director Mark Scaife added: “We expect a lot from our suppliers and Mila have consistently demonstrated that they can live up to that. They share our constant drive for excellence and deserve their position as one of our key partners.”
As well as being one of the largest fabricators in the UK, Safestyle is also one of the industry’s most progressive, setting the most rigorous standards for suppliers on everything from reducing packaging to demonstrating compliance with the Ethical Trading Initiative and Modern Day Slavery Act. Mila continues to meet all of these requirements, on top of achieving guaranteed On Time In Full performance metrics of more than 99%.
As part of the preferred hardware supplier negotiations, the team from Safestyle visited Mila’s China office in order to audit Mila’s manufacturing partners. They saw for themselves the scale of the quality control operation both at Mila and at the individual factories, and witnessed the company’s dual sourcing policy in action.
Mila will continue to supply Safestyle UK with the vast majority of its window and door hardware requirements, including the new Supa stainless steel contemporary pull bars for Safestyle’s composite door range. Also part of the package are ProSecure door handles, ProStyle letterboxes, and both ProLinea espag and TBT window handles. Some of these are bespoke versions of products, developed by Mila specifically to suit Safestyle’s fabrication processes.
In signing the supply agreement, Safestyle will benefit from a favourable transparent pricing structure, which includes pre-agreed bands linked directly to currency fluctuations and commodity prices. They will also continue to receive regular advanced briefings from Mila’s technical team on upcoming changes to hardware standards and regulations which affect their market.
Richard Gyde added: “The Safestyle agreement obviously benefits both parties. It gives Safestyle guaranteed continuity of supply and improved certainty on pricing and it pushes us towards incremental product and performance improvements which are good for the whole business and in turn, I believe, for other customers as well.”