History

Located at Grâce-Hollogne, near Liège, Alto Services, founded in 1987, is a specialist manufacturer of PVC window frames. To further its business and to meet aggressive competition, the company built a new factory in 2002, housing a new extremely high-throughput production line. Optimising its productivity has enabled the company to increase its production of frames and enhance its versatility. Thanks to this modernisation strategy, the company today produces 120 frames per day, or double the level which it had reached when production reached saturation point during the years 2000 to 2002. Following these changes, the company now targets the professional market (consisting of joiners and procurement contracts). Given that the company now deals with almost no private customers, this means less on-site work, enabling us to concentrate more fully on manufacturing.

Alto in summary:

Company founded in 1987. New factory: October 2002
Located at: Grâce-Hollogne (Liège)
Annual turnover: 7.7 million euros (310 million)

Growth in turnover (total), in euros:

  • 1997 : 2.130.000
  • 1998 : 4.605.000
  • 1999 : 4.205.000
  • 2000 : 4.969.000
  • 2001 : 5.154.000
  • 2002 : 5.144.000
  • 2003 : 5.351.000
  • 2004 : 5.664.000
  • 2005 : 6.000.000
  • 2006 : 6.900.000
  • 2007 : 7.700.000

Breakdown of turnover by customer category:

Joiners: 80%
Procurement contracts: 20%

Growth in number of units produced:

  • 1987: 10 window frames and 2 doors per day
  • 1995: 30 window frames and 4 doors per day
  • 1998: 45 window frames and 7 doors per day
  • 2000: 60 window frames and 9 doors per day
  • 2002: 80 window frames and 11 doors per day
  • 2004: 90 window frames and 15 doors per day
  • 2005: 100 window frames and 15 doors per day
  • 2006: 110 window frames and 20 doors per day
  • 2007: 120 window frames and 25 doors per day
  • 2008: 125 window frames and 25 doors per day

Area: around 7,000 m2 in total

  • workshop: 4,000 m2
  • stock: 400 m2
  • offices: 1,800 m2
  • showroom: 800 m2

Plant:

  • 1 machine shop
  • 2 welding lines equipped with four-head machines
  • 2 deburring lines
  • 1 automated assembly line for fittings.
  • Vehicle fleet: 1 lorry, 2 vans, 7 cars.

Staff

15 administrative and 25 production staff