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“LouvoLite is a company wholly
Company History engaged in the design,
manufacture and distribution of
A brief look back at where Louvolite started out and how window blind systems and fabrics”.
it came to be the international manufacturer it is today. R.C Allsopp, chairman and founder.
1969 1970s 1980s Today
Founded in 1969 by Chairman With a desire to meet the From the early 1980s the Louvolite is now recognised as
Reg Allsopp, Louvolite’s original growing demand for its products, company moved from being one of the few truly global
business was the manufacture Louvolite developed a wide simply a supplier of blinds to window blind fabric and
of vertical louvre blinds that it range of in-house resources becoming a fully fledged component suppliers. It provides
sold into the domestic which started with the weaving manufacturer and distributor of high levels of service, quality and
marketplace through third party and then the coating of fabrics. window blind systems and integrity in addition to unique
retailers. The company’s Sales grew quickly and so the fabrics. This included the and varied programmes for
transition to component and company began to design and development of manufacturing window blind manufacturers. Its
fabric manufacture and manufacture component parts and assembly processes backed quest for innovation has not
subsequent growth stemmed and made its first move into up with marketing material to wavered, which allows its
from the success seen in those injection moulding. assist customers in promoting worldwide customer base to
early years. The company now their products. This aptitude for benefit by being offered unique
supplies over 100 countries innovation backed by investment selling propositions for their own
worldwide. has led to significant growth in individual markets. Louvolite’s
the market and the company. vertically integrated
manufacturing operations and
head office facility covers almost
a quarter of a million sq ft.
Louvolite supplies fabrics, components and manufacturing
equipment to over 100 countries worldwide.
In 1973 Louvolite started In 1986 Louvolite’s commitment Most recently in 2002, Louvolite
exploring the export market, to worldwide trade took a major relocated its South East Asia Louvolite Australia
supplying customers in Australia, step towards consolidation when depot to New South Wales
New Zealand, South Africa and it opened a depot in Singapore to Australia. It is through these
the Middle East. service Australia and South East operations and the support of
Asia. The improvement in the export division in the United
Following these initial successes, European supply lines also Kingdom that Louvolite supplies
the company began to raise its assisted Louvolite in extending its goods to its global customer
international profile through a its boundaries of supply well base.
programme of activities such as beyond its immediate EEC
exhibiting at trade fairs and neighbours. In the early 1990s,
leading international exhibitions, Louvolite opened a wholesale
which have been attended distribution depot in Ontario,
regularly since 1975. This created Canada to service its growing
inroads to new markets, including customer base within the North
Europe and Asia. American continent.
Worldwide distribution is channelled through
depots in the UK, Canada and Australia.
Style, Function & Performance
Louvolite’s wide range of fabrics has been developed to match
the changing demands of the home and business environment.
Louvolite products are used to Louvolite recognises that repeatability of manufacturing
manufacture window shades products not only have to look excellence is achieved
which enhance the decor in any fabulous, they also have to consistently. Many of Louvolite’s
home or office. In addition to perform to exacting standards. products now feature the
their fabulous visual impact, Every facet of any proposed new appropriate intellectual property
IN NI N
many Louvolite products provide fabric or component product is protection to ensure peace of
significant additional benefits thoroughly examined and mind for both the company and
that are not always immediately rigorously tested to ensure that its customers. Louvolite’s
apparent. Many Louvolite fabrics it adds value to the overall customers are secure in the
provide exceptional performance programme and satisfies market knowledge that Louvolite
that is proven to reduce solar requirements. guarantees quality by design.
gain and thermal loss.
From its early days of vertical
The unique Louvolite Perfect Fit blind manufacture, Louvolite
programmes allow window shades products now span the whole
to be fitted to modern windows arena of window furnishing
without the need for drilling or products and the company
screwing into the window or provides full training to its
surrounding plasterwork. customers to ensure that
Style and function combined beautifully with Louvolite Perfect Fit
In Tune with Excellence
Vertical integration ensures that Louvolite retains complete
control from initial developments to product launch.
Louvolite adds flexibility to comprehensive, in-house The company’s printing and Louvolite’s engineering division All raw materials are subjected to
quality and innovation to create resources become invaluable. manufacturing capabilities uses state of the art CAD rigorous tests and examinations
a winning formula which their enables it to send new concepts equipment and in-house rapid prior to being selected for use in
customers know they can rely Louvolite’s design teams are into the market place rapidly. prototyping facilities to fine tune the manufacture of Louvolite
on. Louvolite are in tune with constantly developing new This enables it to stay one step the designs for component products. Injection moulding
market demands. This means concepts. This keeps them at the ahead of trends by introducing performance and part tools used in the production of
products in the UK.
they are always active in leading edge of window blind new designs into the heart of manufacture. Louvolite component parts are
developing new products yet design. They assess the market the demand. designed in-house.
flexible enough to be reactive in by working closely with their Only high quality prime grade
their response to immediate customers as well as keeping a thermoplastic engineering Louvolite’s engineers and
requirements. diligent eye on contemporary materials are used in the qualified external resources
fashion developments manufacture of Louvolite combine to ensure high
Louvolite achieves this formula worldwide. component parts. Similarly, the standards are maintained.
by careful control throughout yarns and textiles selected for Louvolite has developed blind
every stage of product After approval, Louvolite’s use in the manufacture of fabric assembly procedures and
development and manufacture, designs can be turned into for Louvolite conform to the appropriate equipment to enable
which is where their reality without any great delay. highest standards. its customers to assemble blinds
efficiently and effectively.
82,000 sq.ft of UK storage facilities
Louvolite manufactures its own
components In-house textile design team Fabric testing
Investing in your future
Ongoing product development to keep a step
ahead of the competition.
Save money with energy saving fabrics View fabric pattern books online
It has been established that solar and optical performance optimum performance to reduce Louvolite’s Virtual Pattern Books online. Consumers can pre-select success. The company will
energy used in buildings testing is carried out to thermal loss through windows are at the very forefront of product and fabric preferences ensure that this process is
accounts for almost 40 % of all European standards and this and doors. technology. Recognising that the to discuss with their blind ongoing and that it will continue
energy consumed. It is information helps building Internet is the largest and supplier at the time of the survey to endeavour to exceed the
recognised that the world cannot service engineers establish The calculation methods used fastest growing shop window in visit. expectations of its customers.
continue to be careless with which fabric type to use as part for Total Solar Energy the world, Louvolite has
energy use and must learn to be of building management Transmittance (gtot) of complex transferred its full fabric range Marketing initiatives such as the
more efficient with our use of systems. glazing systems employing online and in a format identical Virtual Book and website
resources. shading devices was determined to its original presentation development programme are just
Louvolite has further extended utilising criteria and methods books. a part of Louvolite’s high quality
Louvolite pioneered the the testing of its fabrics to detailed in European Standards customer support and consumer
introduction of meaningful and include data on thermal EN13363-1, EN 13363-2 and The opportunities that the education programme.
accurate solar and optical efficiency. This information EN 14501. Figures show that Louvolite’s Virtual Books present
performance data to enable its provides Louvolite customers energy savings of up to 15% can to its customers are tremendous. Louvolite’s ability to create
customers to advise on the most with the facility to identify be achieved each year which can Remote consumers can be products and programmes that
suitable solution to window fabrics which, inconjunction with result in a significant fuel cost directed to blind makers’ website help advance the industry is
shading challenges. Louvolite glazing systems, can provide the reduction of up to £133 a year. to view product collections recognised as a key fact in its
* Figures based on a 3 bed single glazed
Potential home energy savings
using Louvolite fabrics
% savings per year
11 (£110) Pattern books can be viewed online
10 (£95) giving our customers easy access to all
Louvolite pattern books.
ER3 ER2 ER1
The window on the left has ER1 energy saving window blinds installed.
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