Smart has, over the past 40 years, grown to become the UK's leading aluminium systems company. Formed in 1977 to capitalise on the increasing demands of both homeowners and specifiers, Smart quickly became the leader in its field.
After two years fabricating and installing its window and door systems, the company recognised the potential of supplying materials to other window manufacturers and by 1982 had become so successful that it ceased selling direct and concentrated supplying exclusively to fabricators. The current Smart product range is extensive and arguably the largest of any aluminium systems company. The range contains systems designed to exceed the demands of the architectural, commercial, public, new build and retail markets.
Since its formation Smart has continually responded to market demands, developing new designs in response to the needs of the domestic market and, more recently, the commercial sector. Many of their recent developments have been revolutionary; not only reacting to the market but taking a proactive lead in developing the next generation of systems. This focus on design ensures that Smart and our customers are always ahead of the market.
Smart has a unique pedigree and in 1999 became a member of the internationally renowned Corialis Group, which has a turnover in excess of £250million and employs 1300 people worldwide. Established in 1984 with its headquarters in Lokeren, Belgium, the Corialis Group is a family of aluminium systems companies that has significant investment in firms located in France, China, Poland and the United Kingdom.
In 2005 the company relocated into the brand new 15,000 squre metre premises. The new buiding includes their main offices, stock warehouse and nationwide distribution.
In 2008 the company underwent a major re-branding as Smart Architectural Aluminium as part of a major campaign to increase awareness within the commercial specification market. The campaign featured widely in renowned architectural journals such as RIBA Journal and Building Magazine. Smart continues to build on this success of the re-brand through offering a wide range of online support for architects and specifiers.
In 2010, Smart opened their state-of-the-art aluminium extrusion and powder coating plant at Yatton. The development included two modern extrusion presses and a horizontal powder coat plant with chromate free pre-treatment. Smart placed environmental principles at the heart of their development plans, and in 2011 were the first aluminium extruder in the UK to attain the internationally recognised ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems accreditation.
In 2014 Smart undertook further development of their site with the construction of an additional 15,000 square metre extension to their manufacturing facilities. This new extension, which represents the third phase of expansion in just seven years, will see the installation their third extrusion press and a second paint line which will add around fifty percent to overall manufacturing capacity.
To keep pace with expect growth, Smart announced in the summer of 2015 their plans for a fourth phase of expansion. This new development is a key element of Smart’s continuing growth plans and will allow the company to continue to meet the increasing demand for our aluminium extrusions across the UK.
Whilst being able to draw upon international expertise Smarts remain committed to becoming the UK’s number one systems company, and continually leading the market in terms of profile development and design.
Smart Architectural Aluminium is a member of the Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB), the CWCT and in 1992 became a BSI Registered Company. The company is committed to ensuring that every aspect of its activities is conducted in accordance with sound environmental practices.