A shutter tilt rod is the mechanism used in a shutter panel for opening and closing the louvres.
It’s either visible on the front of the shutter or hidden to the back of the panel.
A split tilt rod is generally associated with the hidden tilt rod. Instead of one rod connecting all of the louvres together, the rod is split, at whatever point you wish, allowing a section of louvres to open and close independently of the remaining louvres.
Recently we’ve had a lot of inquiries from customers looking for shutters supplied in 3-4 weeks rather than waiting for Chinese imported shutters.
It appears the lead time for Chinese shutters is currently averaging around 11 weeks, which is an incredibly long time to wait to have something fitted in your home, even if it is custom-made.
I suspect this is an attempt by the shutter factories in China to reduce their production or shipping costs as wages and other inputs increase. Instead of shipping express in 30 days to Europe, it can be cheaper to ship 45 days, with the ocean vessel calling to a lot more ports en route.
On the factory floor, less workers are employed or overtime is reduced in order to keep costs down, and this inevitably increases lead times.
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, the saying goes.
I’m attending the International Window Coverings Expo and it’s a fairly tame affair so not much to disclose in terms of high jinks! That’ll be later, after dark!
There aren’t many new innovations on the shutter side of things. A stackable shutter was about the height of it and I’m not sure if that’s going to catch on. Too plastic for me, huge amount of engineering and parts and too much to go wrong with it. I’ll see if I can post a video of it in action but I’ve added a picture below for now.
Attending these shows is more about making contacts and meeting people you deal with but never got to meet or haven’t met for many years.
And of course there’s the chance you’ll see some fantastic new and innovative products.
As for the stackable plastic shutter, that will definitely be staying in Vegas.
Over the past number of months, we’ve noticed an increasing number of businesses in the interiors and small joinery sector who are interested in getting into plantation shutter manufacturing here.
And articles like this one indicate why!
Shutters Made In China??
The vast majority of shutters sold in the UK and Ireland are imported from China, however factory wages are rising rapidly as workers in the coastal cities especially, demand more remuneration for their efforts.
If you’d like to know more about how to get started in the rapidly expanding shutter market, and have the advantage of offering your customers custom-made shutters in weeks rather than months, please do contact me and I’ll be happy to talk to you.
Well don’t despair as we have replacement louvers available, cut to the exact length you need, drilled on both ends for the louver pins and stapled in the front if you have a tilt rod for opening and closing the louvers or drilled for a hidden tilt rod if that’s what you have.
These can be bought in our online store in 64mm and 89mm elliptical and in pure white and silk white.
Here’s a picture of a batch we sent off to a customer in London last week.
If you have any queries or need any help, don’t hesitate to contact me.