Behind the Scenes: Factory Visit

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Recently Graham and I visited the supplier who manufactures our popular Butterfly Range of garden furniture. The main purpose of the visit was to source new aluminium products based on customer feedback. Here's a brief pictorial view of the visit.

The factory complex is huge. We met our host in the garden courtyard, then walked past several buildings to reach the first showroom.

While Graham explained what he was looking for, I wandered around with the camera. Here's a selection of photos.

Aluminium furniture showroom Attractive outdoor bar

I found some old favourites scattered amongst the display items. I also discovered some hidden gems.

Aluminium coffee table patterns Aluminium coffee table rectangular Aluminium coffee table rectangular

We found a few different options for the back of our popular Banksia bench range.

Tucked away in the corner Behind a stunning sofa setting Harder to see this one

While I made a list of all the items I'd like to buy, Graham focussed in on a couple of products to complement his current wholesale range, in particular the arbour seat and a single seat version of our Banksia bench.

Arbour and chair

It was amazing to walk around the factory and see the manufacturing process unfold from the aluminium bars to individual seats, backs, arms and legs, to powder-coated pieces to packaged boxes. It certainly gave me confidence that the factory would be able to fill our orders quickly and professionally.

Raw material Aluminium parts Stack of parts

As for that bar I spotted that would look great at our place next summer - well, I'm still working on Graham.

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Author: Kathy Creaner

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