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12th February 2019 VIEW ONLINE
Weekly Email News for the Glass, Glazing & Fenestration Industries
Products

New from SCHUECO UK is the AWS 75 PD.SI Panorama window, designed for the construction of ribbon windows and as an insert in a Schueco mullion/transom façade system such as the FWS 35 PD.
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SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS has launched the PURe Commercial Door system, said to be its largest, strongest and most flexible aluminium door system to date.
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THE MILWOOD GROUP has kicked off the new year by officially launching its Heston range of three awning systems.
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Fabricator Focus

Integral blind manufacturer HITECH BLINDS has moved to a new 8,000 sq ft facility, giving it increased capacity as well as the space for manufacture of its new aluminium rooflight blind system.
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Birmingham-based aluminium fabricator FUSION WINDOWS AND DOORS has been acquired by the investments division of Key Land Capital for an undisclosed sum.
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CDW SYSTEMS has extended its range with the addition of the CS 77 flush residential door system from Reynaers.
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Projects

TECHNAL fenestration systems including MX curtain walling were used in the Business School and Growth Hub’s new flagship building on the University of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls Campus.
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Kawneer was chosen by Barber Casanovas Ruffles Architects as the preferred aluminium curtain walling system supplier for a £15 million building on St John’s Innovation Park in Cambridge.
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The Glazerite UK Group has helped Glass Northampton to create a like-for-like replacement for a ‘beautiful but very oldand decaying’ single-glazed conservatory in the village of Long Buckby.
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When the British Small Animal Veterinary Association decided to expand its Gloucester headquarters, the contractor on the project Lancer Scott advised on the installation of REHAU Geneo Alu Top windows.
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A walk-on glass floor from TUFFX has added to the natural light to a chapel conversion in the Norfolk village of Brockdish.
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Training

Excellence as Standard, the EPWIN WINDOW SYSTEMS membership programme, has partnered with industry training initiative Pro-Fitter.
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MACKENZIE GLASS, set up as an independent glass merchanting business with the acquisition of Pilkington’s Bristol operation from NSG at the end of 2017, has recruited three new apprentices to its team.
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Certification

Swansea-based
AB GLASS
has achieved smoke ventilation certification, making it one of only a few firms in Wales qualified to manufacture En12101-2 certified smoke vents
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PVC-U fabricator SHELFORCE has achieved ISO 45001 certification, the new international standard of occupational health and safety which has replaced the OHSAS 18001.
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Hardware

YALE has launched the Verso, a fully reversible window hinge with what it calls easy close functionality.
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Roto’s tilt & turn window system, comprising the modular NT face fix hardware and the Designo fully concealed hinge option, has been added to the window and door fittings range from CARL F GROUPCO.
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Organisations

CONSERVATORY OUTLET has added a ‘much sought-after location’ as well as a new member with the signing of Highlands-based ERG Scotland Ltd to its network of retailers.
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The Door & Hardware Federation has introduced tougher procedures for companies applying to join including an ‘affiliate member’ status for all recruits before being granted full membership and use of the organisation’s logo.
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Fire Safety

A cap-less fire rated curtain wall system has been completed on a refurbishment development in Manchester in what Aluprof believes is a first for the industry.
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Colourful future

The rest of the world may be reflecting the grey days of February with gloomy forecasts of stagnation and worse around the industry but two companies at the top of its supply chain have each brought rays of sunshine to this week’s news, and if there is a theme that at least partially links the two it is colour.

First, Epwin tells of very significant expansion plans, not only in the number of extrusion lines but more specifically a 30% increase in foiling capacity Read more. Then, albeit from the rather shorter term perspective of a month’s figures, Deceuninck, the acknowledged leader in the promotion of coloured frames, tells us of a very healthy start to the year.
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Elsewhere, the house market has also started the year with a bang as over 52,000 homes went on the market last month – every one of them waiting for a potential buyer with a likely eye on home improvement. Read more

And finally, TrustMark is teaming up with the scam-watchers with the aim of further tightening the noose on the blight of this industry as well as many others. Read more

We hope you enjoy this issue.

Chris Church
Editor

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This Week's News

Epwin steps up to
24 more lines

Epwin Window Systems is on the way to increasing extrusion capacity by over 40% and foiling capacity by 30% with the addition of 24 new extrusion lines as well as new lamination lines at its Telford HQ.

Divisional Managing Director Clare O’Hara, at Epwin Window Systems, said: “Work to install an additional 24 extrusion lines is nearing completion. The investment more than doubles our number of extrusion lines and takes the total number to 41.

 “As demand for our growing product range increases, this investment in our extrusion facilities will enable us to continue to offer outstanding quality with impressive lead times into the future.”

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‘Strong start’ for Deceuninck

Deceuninck reports a strong start to 2019 with January sales up 12% year-on-year, following a record 2018 which finished 21% up on the previous year.

Managing director Rob McGlennon said: “Despite the political chaos and constant reports of economic uncertainty triggered by Brexit negotiations it’s not all doom and gloom. The commercial market is strong, and we are strong in commercial. The Deloitte Real Estate Crane Survey, for example, monitors construction activity in Belfast, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester, as well as Dublin. In 2018 each city saw a sustained or increased level of development across a range of sectors including offices, residential, hotels, retail, education and student housing.

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Debut Fabricators’ Forum a success, says BFRC

The British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC) has declared its inaugural Fabricators’ Forum a success after delegates from many sectors gathered at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre, Reading, to debate issues affecting the glazing industry including the main theme of energy efficiency.

The organisation reports: “The event saw companies share views, knowledge and concerns of issues around legislation, regulation, training, testing and certification and industry data. Five key speakers led the debates with expert presentations, each of which were followed by discussions with questions and views from the audience.

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TrustMark’s a ‘Scambassador’

TrustMark, the Government Endorsed Quality Scheme for tradespeople, has joined the ‘Friends Against Scams’ campaign to protect and prevent vulnerable people falling victim to scams.

The National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams team welcomed TrustMark’s Chief Executive Officer, Simon Ayers, as a ‘Scambassador’ to help them to protect everyone from scams and the damage they cause.   Together with the organisation, Simon will encourage all TrustMark employees, Scheme Operators and Registered Firms to become 'friends' and empower them and their wider communities to ‘Take a Stand Against Scams’.

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House sellers see
new-year boom

Hopeful house sellers hit the new year running, with nearly two thirds more homes put on the market last month than December – far more than the expected post-Christmas bounce.

Figures from the latest Housesimple Property Supply Index saw 52,207 homes enter the market as against 31,825 (64%), with an even bigger shift in London from 12,709 to 21,677 ((70.6%).

In other UK hotspots, listings more than trebled in Hasings, and almost doubled in Southend and Torquay, while the biggest increase was Bromley, rising by 270.6%.

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Business School and Growth Hub’s new flagship building on the University of Gloucestershire’s Oxstalls Campus.
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Jobs

After yet another year of record sales, Business Micros is actively looking to recruit an IT Installation Technician(s) to join our team.
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People

DORTECH MAINTENANCE has appointed Jack Butters as director of strategic development.
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Exlabesa Building Systems has appointed Nick Baxendale as National Sales Manager.
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MASTERFRAME has announced that Ramon Rabett is returning to the role of to Technical and Compliance Director.
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VELUX has announced the appointment of Mick Schou Rasmussen as managing director of Velux Company Ltd, its UK and Ireland division, to lead its roof window business from its UK headquarters in Glenrothes.
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MILA has expanded its marketing team with the appointment of Laura Chapman as a digital design and marketing executive.
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Obituary

Friends and colleagues at Siegenia have paid tribute to Amit Mistry, who died unexpectedly last month. 
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Machinery

EUROTECH is adding a new order picking system to its product range.
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FIT Show

EPWIN WINDOW SYSTEMS says it has begun the countdown to launch ‘something brand new and exciting on its stand at the FIT Show.
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EXTRUDASEAL will make its third appearance at the FIT Show, profiling products including gaskets for systems including Smart, ALUK, Metaltech, Senior and Ikon.
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DEKKO WINDOW SYSTEMS will be returning to FIT this year, on stand Q10.
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Timberweld is the main sponsor of FIT Show TV, which is now open for submissions.
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2019 will see a FIT Show debut by WEST PORT which will be bringing a selection of British-made timber windows and doors to the event, on Stand K68.
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Events

PiGS has greeted the incoming Chinese Year of the Pig with the news that the glazing industry’s networking group is returning to Manchester on March 7 with over 100 already signed up for the event.
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Exhibitions

Incarnation Window Systems is bringing its secondary glazing products to next month’s Homebuilding and Renovating Show at the NEC, Birmingham.
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SMART ARCHITECTURAL ALUMINIUM is to showcase a range of products and systems at this year’s Futurebuild exhibition, Stand B30.
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Security

Tiger Locks has used ULTION locks to secured 59 doors on an estate in West Yorkshire in nine days after a spate of burglaries in the area.
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KENRICK has expanded its cylinder range with a new 3 star high-security cylinder.
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Trade Counters

EUROCELL has opened its latest branch, in Ellesmere Port, which will soon be officially launched by local builder and former Big Brother winner Craig Phillips.
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Awards

The Lock Lock security handle, part of the Sweet range from BRISANT SECURE has won a Good Design Award for 2018 in the Safety and Security category.
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Recycling

EUROCELL has been named as the national winner of the sustainability category at the Future Manufacturing Awards.
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Eurocell has reacted angrily to a supposed window scrappage scheme operator that the system supplier says is using its own assets, quotes and other material on its website.
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Contracts

DUDLEY’S ALUMINIUM has begun work on new student accommodation on the site of Exeter’s former bus and coach station.
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