Ever since 1992, Sapphire has aimed to minimise site work by maximising offsite production. This provides not only more controlled, traceable processes and better quality products, but also makes the balcony installations much more straight forward with less coordination of trades and a speedier installation.
Sapphire balconies are made predominately in two UK assembly plants, specifically laid out to suit the workflow of balcony production. These processes are key in giving each of these locations the capacity to produce several thousand balconies a year. All welding is done in accordance with weld procedures as necessary under BS EN 1090 and are covered by CE marking Certificates of Conformity.
Our balcony production facilities work closely with third party (3PL) logistics specialists, who collect and store balconies in line with site programs. This flexibility can enable clients to get a much faster flow of balconies to site than making balconies Just In Time (JIT) for their install. We understand LEAN processes and seek to drive these into our production and design processes.
With Sapphire’s Glide-On Cassette balconies we’ve been able to rapidly install over 30 balconies in a day, multiple times. With offsite balcony production it enables any production constraints to impact the flow as the peaks and troughs are smoothed by holding the complete assembled balconies ready to be delivered as the installation or site program dictates.