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Daniel Baker

Origin bounce back


Door and  window manufacturer Origin says that it has adapted quickly to the new COVID-19 regulations, bouncing back from lockdown to ensure it is business as usual for its partners. The company claims that in July 2020, it received 30% more orders than in the same time frame the previous year.


Daniel Baker, Origin’s new managing director, says: “COVID-19 was obviously an incredibly difficult time for most businesses, with those operating in the manufacturing industry particularly feeling the pressures of lockdown. Thankfully, we have come out the other side and business is strong. This is in part due to our ability to adapt and innovate quickly, us being able to confidently offer a reliable service to customers new and old, as well as the demand being driven as consumers are wanting a change after spending so long in their homes over lockdown. To have 30% more orders than from July 2019 is remarkable given the circumstances.


"Origin’s ability to react and to change quickly has allowed it to steal a march on the rest of the market in terms of lead times and consistently of being able to deliver on time and in full. It has been well documented that Origin’s ‘Your Lead Time, Not Ours’ promise changed the way in which the manufacture of bespoke products was viewed. The company has triumphed again, this time, with the speed at which it was able to bring its lead times back down to normal after lockdown, whilst the rest of the industry struggles to compete.


“We have had to adapt the way in which we run on a day to day basis, incorporating all of the necessary social distancing and quarantine rules. We started out relatively slowly, with longer lead times than we are used to, but through innovative thinking and introducing different shift patterns in the factory, we have been able to bring the lead times across all of our products back in line with what we and our partners are used to. It has been a big challenge to overcome, but one we have tackled head on.”


In July the Origin reports that its factory manufactured enough doors to cover five kilometres when fully pushed open. To put that into perspective, that is the same distance as fifteen and a half Eiffel Towers, or doors stretching 60% of the way up Everest, in just one month.


Daniel Baker says: “In the current economic climate, no business can afford to lose money unnecessarily, so we take our part in the business success of our Partners incredibly seriously. Our Partners are vital to us as a business, so we support them wherever we can, providing them with the necessary tools for success, and us being able to deliver makes their offering a lot more competitive.”












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