Friday, 24 August 2012

Showerlux UK ceases trading

Shower surround manufacturer Showerlux UK has ceased trading in the UK, as of August 23, 2012, making 16 members of staff redundant.
Tim Corfield of Griffin & King, based in Walsall, has been appointed to call meetings of members and creditors, with a view to putting the company into liquidation.
Its major shareholder, a Swiss company, has not expanded its support in view of the company's ongoing losses and further outlook of the market, claims a statement made by Griffin & King.
The company had been trading in the UK for 38 years, with its head office in Coventry. It entered the market in 1973, primarily manufacturing shower doors. However its range grew to encompass enclosures, trays, shower valves and shower accessories and at its height it manufactured in the UK and employed 160 people.
Showerlux UK has had its share of setbacks, including a fire in a component factory. And in a bid to cut costs of manufacturing, the company also had an upheaval of production, moving selected ranges made in Coventry, to plants in Thailand.
The company was left with 16 core staff to import products for wholesalers and retail outlets, dealing with distribution, sales and administration.
Its most recent launch was Legacy, a lower-cost range of shower enclosures, which was a first for the mid-market to high-end manufacturer. And it had upgraded its mid-priced Glide range with more premium components, such as thicker glass.
Managing director of Showerlux UK, Bob Bowler had left a voicemail on the company’s switchboard stating: “Showerlux UK has ceased trading on the 23rd of August 2012. Unfortunately there are no staff available to answer your calls.”
However, he commented in a press statement, released today: "This is a sad day for the company, it's staff, it's customers and it's suppliers". He continued: "I am sure that the Group are exploring ways and means to provide an after-sales service for our customers in the UK".
Tim Corfield from Griffin & King stated it was too early to say what the outcome will be, as regards creditors but will be looking for offers for the company's available assets. 
Showerlux UK is owned by Swiss-based DuschelouGroup, which operates in 50 countries, with six production sites in Europe and 20 marketing organisations globally. It employs around 2,000 people around the world.

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