22nd July 2014 VIEW ONLINE
 
Weekly Email News for the Glass, Glazing & Fenestration Industries
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PVCu MACHINE FIELD SERVICE ENGINEER
Wegoma Machinery Sales Ltd is part of the Flamstead Holdings group of companies. Based in Derby, the group includes Tarpey Harris Ltd as well as Derby Telegraph Company of the Year 2014 HL Plastics Ltd.
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Area Sales Manager
Locations: Two posts available covering the South East and the Midlands
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Installation Manager / Surveyor
Due to expansion, we require an experienced Installations Manager / Surveyor to join our team based from our Leeds / Bradford depot.
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People

Simon Ayers has joined TrustMark, the Government-endorsed quality mark for reputable tradesmen, as its new Chief Executive,
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Rehau fabricator, Sun Trade has recently strengthened its presence across the UK with the appointments of Ian Wiltshire as the new Area Sales Representative
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Leeds-based HWL Windows Group, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of windows and doors to the trade,
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As David Holland, Managing Director of trade fabricator 1st Class Window Systems,
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Hardware supplier, the Trojan Group, has just announced the appointment of Graham Pearce as its new Business Development Director.
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profine UK have just appointed Andrew Charlesworth as technical service manager (Central), joining John Berry and Keith Vast in the team,
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Danny Hague has joined Calibre Window Systems as National Sales Manager, promoting its new profile range to fabricators and installers across the UK.
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FIT Show

Martin Devlin, Operations Manager at Fairdeal Windows in Kent, was the lucky winner of the Rehau FIT show competition,
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This year’s FIT Show proved a success for exhibitor Winkhaus UK, with the company’s on-stand competition going down a storm with visitors.
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The FIT Show 2014 proved to be a resounding success for Wellingborough-based fabricator Glazerite,
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Mila has announced that it will be returning to the FIT show in 2016. The hardware specialist was one of the launch partners of the event in 2013 and has confirmed that it has once again booked a stand for the show in April 2016.
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Kömmerling trade fabricator, Flair Plastic Products, had a distinctly World Cup theme to their astro-turf laid stand at the FIT Show,
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They dined, they drank, they laughed, they cheered, they raced for kicks and gambled for charity ...all in all, everyone had a really great time at the FIT Show Gala Dinner
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Exhibitions

Kommerling UK will be sharing Stand C22, Hall 17, with its German parent company at the forthcoming Glasstec exhibition, taking place 21-24th October in Dusseldorf.
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As a string of influential housebuilders and construction businesses report strong trading figures for the first half of 2014, the Build Show
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In a surprise move, the British Board of Agrément (BBA) has signed up to exhibit at Timber Expo 2014. Held at the NEC on the 7th and 8th of October,
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Giving visitors access to high quality business support and training opportunities, the Build Show is pleased to announce that the National Federation of Builders (NFB) has joined as a partner for the exhibition.
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ISO-Chemie is the latest exhibitor to announce its attendance to the Build Show taking place at the Birmingham NEC next April.
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Showcasing its high quality PVC window and door profile systems, The Veka UK Group is the latest exhibitor to join the ranks at the inaugural Build Show,
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As preparations for the Build Show, the first contractor-focused trade exhibition in more than five years, gather momentum, Glenigan
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The glass industry’s Italian trade show Vitrum will take place 6 - 9 October 2015 at the Fiera Milano exhibition complex in Rho.
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Once again glasstec will live up to its role as the leading international trade fair for the glass industry in 2014.
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Events

London's newest best known glass artifact recently played host to Members of the GGF London Region and Federation staff.
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On 15 October 2014 the British Safety Council will be hosting its annual conference at the America Square Conference Centre,
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The British Safety Council is holding a half-day conference in Aberdeen on the morning of Thursday 18 September 2014
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G14 Awards

The GGF has once again agreed to be a main sponsor of G14 Awards which will take place at London Hilton on Park Lane, on Friday 21st November.
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It is well known that winning an industry award can bring a number of benefits to the company, yet Awards are sometimes still seen as a drain on resources in terms of the time and effort it takes to submit a quality entry.
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The Veka UK Group is proud to once again be a main sponsor for this year's G Awards.
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As part of its 25 year anniversary celebrations five-time G Award winner, Edgetech UK, has announced its continued sponsorship of the awards in 2014
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ERA, the fabricators’ first choice hardware partner has announced its headline sponsorship of the G14 Awards later this year.
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Swisspacer is sponsoring the G-14 Awards. The UK and Ireland’s No.1 warm edge spacer bar will be the latest headline sponsor at the G-Awards in London on Friday 21st November
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Mila has just announced that it has become a headline sponsor of this year’s G-14 Awards,
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Glass

TuffX Processed Glass has been at the forefront of high performance, solar control, self-cleaning roof glass design for over 10 years,
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Double celebrations were held at Westcountry Glass in Saltash, Cornwall. Westcountry Glass,
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Inagas, suppliers of gas filling machinery and testing equipment,
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Machinery

Machine construction company LiSEC will be introducing a new product series at glasstec. Called 'base' it includes lines and stand-alone machines for the 'emerging markets',
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Marketing

Solidor continue to innovate in the composite door sector and their latest Solidor Cloud software solution is one of their most exciting marketing and operational developments to date,
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Building products manufacturer Kestrel is boosting the marketing support it offers registered installers. 
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Sponsoring Wellingborough Golf Club’s PGA (Midlands) competition for the ninth year in a row, July saw Glazerite Windows Limited take part once again in a successful golf day enjoyed by all.
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Products

In August this year, aluminium systems specialist, Schueco UK Ltd, is further augmenting its range of glazed,
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A new approach to the rapid and effective installation of windows is provided by ISO-TOP WINFRAMER thermal insulating and load bearing bracket system now available from ISO-Chemie.
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Imago Lift & Slide, the slimmest timber frame lift and slide door hardware system in the market is now available from AGB.
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One of the UK’s leading composite door manufacturers has switched to TGI®-Spacer M to improve the thermal performance of its products.
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The Geocel Trade Mate range contains some of the most popular and trusted sealants for professional tradesmen. Now the range has been given a makeover,
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KAT has launched its new Ultra-Slim 2 pane aluminium patio door.
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Inferior imitations of RENOLITs world-leading exterior foils are appearing in the UK market.
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AluK (GB) has launched a new residential aluminium windows and doors collection, featuring a complete range of traditional and modern windows,
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Fabricator Focus

Over the past few months Deceuninck has been asking long-standing and new customers ‘Why Deceuninck?’
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Force 8 is to be one of the few companies who will be supplying the new Imagine BiFolding door, the latest innovation from Veka.
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This year marked the 30-year partnership with Dempsey Dyer and Deceuninck. The two companies celebrated with a Champagne Reception hosted by Deceuninck at the FiT Show.
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MWD Trade Windows & Doors has recently completed the construction of a new production facility in Cheddar, totalling up to 20,000 sq. ft.
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Award-winning Network Veka member, Rugby Double Glazing is continuing to make good use of the organisation's branding to attract and reassure customers.
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Trade fabricator Bison Frames is no stranger to the latest developments in window technology having enjoyed the success of its Genesis Vertical Slider.
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Cutting Edge UPVC Frames & Roofs has become the first fabricator in the UK to manufacture the new Deceuninck New Wave Slide and Swing Door,
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Chelmsford based trade fabricator Pioneer Trading is once again bucking trends as its export sales of conservatories climb to a record high.
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Hot on the heels of its first Windowcenter opening in Mildenhall just 6 months ago, Tradelink,
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Rehau fabricator UK Window Systems is investing in a new Rotox CNC corner, transom and cross weld cleaning machine for its new 30,000 sq ft factory in Stoke.
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Emplas has reported a 20 per cent jump in sales of inline-sliding doors this calendar year on the back of increased volume of foiled product sales.
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Leading Network Veka fabricator Modplan has just launched its new Vertex Veranda conservatory roof system.
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Emplas has announced ambitious plans to redefine industry expectations of service and support with a major announcement early next month [August].
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Projects

Fabrica is a new ‘Grade A’ office development located in New Islington, an area of significant regeneration in the heart of Manchester. The Aluprof
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Choice and performance once again proved the winning formula for window, door and conservatory fabricator, frameXpress Ltd on a recent refurbishment project on the Hertfordshire border.
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The Kalwall® diffused daylighting system has been specified for a new teaching building at Harper Adams University designed by Michael Hyde architects.
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With an estimated 30 million people living near the UK coastline, installers will be pleased to know that XtremeDoor, the high performance composite door from Vista,
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Construction

Figures released on the 15 July by construction intelligence providers Glenigan forecast a 7.4% increase in project starts during 2014, as rising private sector investment and improved consumer confidence underpin further industry growth.
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Skills shortages in the building industry are affecting the economic recovery, according to a recent survey from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
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Awards/Standards

Origin Global manufacturer of aluminium bi-folding doors and windows has been shortlisted for The Growth Business of the Year for the 2014 National Business Awards.
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Jack Aluminium Systems launches its new pivot hinge TD68 Mag Lock Door by achieving the PAS 24 security standard.
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On the 1st of June 2014, the Government introduced the Minimum Technical Competencies (MTC) programme with all Competent Person Schemes. Now installers of windows and doors are required to demonstrate that they meet the legal requirements and display the necessary skills to offer a top notch service to their customers.
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In July 2013, the Construction Products Regulation (CPR) fully replaced the Construction Products Directive (CPD)  - making it compulsory for all glass construction products (including architectural and insulating glass units)
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Door-Stop has been welcomed into the Association of Composite Door Manufacturers (ACDM).
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BRE has been shortlisted for the Sustainable Business of the Year award in the prestigious National Business Awards 2014.
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Brochures / Video

Ventrolla’s new Double Glazing brochure gives a comprehensive insight into the range of solutions available to replace cold,
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Door-Stop has seen take-up of its new ‘Brochure Builder’ tool take off since its launch at the FIT show in June. It makes producing a tailored brochure simple,
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A string of exciting new designs has prompted Hurst Plastics to unveil its biggest and brightest composite door brochure ever.
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Training

Joinery manufacturing and woodworking businesses have seized the opportunity for places on a new business development and mentoring programme from the British Woodworking Federation (BWF).
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Charities

Wayne Rogerson, Joint Managing Director of CENSolutions supplier of certification for the window, door and glazing industries,
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As if she's not busy enough in her new role as Installer Scheme National Sales Manager, Amy Grundy of The Veka UK Group
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As the sun shone over Telford Hotel and Golf Resort, the 12th GM Fundraising golf day got into full swing.
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Network Veka member The Window Outlet has welcomed visitors to an open day that featured six-Times World Snooker Champion Steve Davis.
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Certified Installer Network launched

The formation of a new network of installers is one of the stories that feature in this week’s issue of The Glazine. The first UK-wide Certified Installer Network (CIN) scheme has been launched in the UK with over 60 retail installers signing up at the launch conference. The CIN, brainchild of Dave Barrett, managing director of Suffolk based A&B glass Group, which incorporates John Fredericks Plastics Limited of Huddersfield, is a UK-wide network of installers who have agreed to a charter of excellence, providing consumers with peace of mind and reassurance that the choice they have made is based on proven quality in products and installation, backed by a guarantee. You can read more here.

We also have an update on Green Deal as we are told the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has seen more than £43million worth of vouchers issued in the first six weeks, and well over £50m applied for. Read more here

The HMRC inform us that UK property sales in June hit their joint highest monthly total since the financial crisis began, figures show, but sales among young adults are low. There were 109,580 sales in June, the same as in November last year, and the highest since the end of 2007. The story is here

More footage from the FIT Show this week, as Joe Hague, Group Managing Director of Promac Window Machinery talks to me about their latest machinery offering from the Italian manufacturers Graf Synergy here.

I hope you enjoy this week’s issue.

Please send all your news stories to news@the-glazine.com or should you wish to contact me directly
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Tony Higgin
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I am writing to you because I am absolutely shocked to see two other companies have experienced the same trouble with BSI that we’ve been having for well over a year!

In our case, we asked for a copy of our EN1279 test report and have been given various excuses as to why we haven’t had it yet. We have been told they needed to check the report did indeed belong to us, but on another occasion we were told that the person that dealt with us in the first instance has now left the company, and on another occasion still we were told we would have to pay £350 or more depending on the effort required to supply us with a copy of our report!

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This Week's News

First Certified Installer Network (CIN) launched in the UK

The first UK-wide Certified Installer Network (CIN) scheme has been launched in the UK with over 60 retail installers signing up at the launch conference on Wednesday 9th July 2014. The CIN, brainchild of Dave Barrett, managing director of Suffolk based A&B glass Group, which incorporates John Fredericks Plastics Limited of Huddersfield, is a UK-wide network of installers who have agreed to a charter of excellence, providing consumers with peace of mind and reassurance that the choice they have made is based on proven quality in products and installation, backed by a guarantee.

Dave explains his eureka moment "I was thinking of what we could do to give our retail installer network a real edge in the market. We have always been innovative and supremely quality conscious when it comes to product, but we needed something that could wrap our product offer and expertise into a unique proposition giving the end customer reassurance and a real guarantee of quality. Franchises, dealerships and marketing clubs have all been done before, the CIN most certainly isn't any of those things, our unique charter, which all CIN members have to sign up to is genuine, puts the consumer at the centre of our proposition and by doing so, we will be providing our network with a huge differentiator."

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FIT Show Review


UK house sales in June highest since 2007

UK property sales in June hit their joint highest monthly total since the financial crisis began, figures show, but sales among young adults are low. There were 109,580 sales in June, the same as in November last year, and the highest since the end of 2007, HM Revenue and Customs' data shows.

This gives a further indication of a recovery in the housing market spurred, in part, by government schemes.

But estate agents say very few buyers are aged under 30.

A report by the National Association of Estate Agents (NAEA) said that 3% of those buying property in June were aged between 18 and 30 - the lowest it has ever recorded.

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Double G-Award Sponsors

Profile bending market leader, Universal Arches, has teamed up with timber and PVCu fabricator, Dempsey Dyer, as co-sponsors of the G 14 Awards trophies to be presented at the G14 Awards Presentation and Gala Dinner at the end of November.

The two companies have a close working relationship and are currently working on the UK’s largest commercial contract for shaped window frames on a mill refurbishment project at Abbey Mills, Leicester. While Universal Arches have helped re-define the shaped PVCu building profiles market in recent years, Dempsey Dyer have continued to innovate in the development of their own Beaumont window range and in their existing timber range of windows and doors.

The G14 Awards is seen very much as the industry ‘Oscars’ and this joint sponsorship of the trophies at the event will not only support what is great about the glazing industry, but will provide further marketing opportunities for both companies.

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Construction Activity Falls In June Despite Long-Term Growth

Figures released today last week reveal that the total value of new construction contracts fell in June, but the industry should remain optimistic about its long-term future, say construction intelligence suppliers Barbour ABI.

Barbour ABI, which supplies construction data to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), Cabinet Office and Treasury, has published its latest Economic & Construction Market Review, which shows that the total value of all new construction contracts awarded in June totalled £5.2 billion, a marginal decrease of 0.7 per cent compared to May.

However, construction levels were 10.5 per cent higher when compared with June last year, which is further evidence of the improving performance of the industry in the long term.

Michael Dall, lead economist at Barbour ABI, commented: “While this is only the second month this year in which month-on-month values have fallen, we’re still not seeing the same high rates of growth as we did towards the end of 2013. This is an indication that the growth we’ve become used to over the last twelve months is beginning to plateau.

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Green Deal Home Improvement Fund Reaches £50 Million Milestone In Six Weeks

An impressive public and industry response to the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund has seen more than £43million worth of vouchers issued in the first six weeks, and well over £50m applied for.

12,200 applications have been received and 7,925 households in England and Wales have received vouchers under the scheme, which offers people money back for making energy saving improvements to their home.  We expect to have reached £50m in vouchers issued within the next couple of days.

With scheme design and rates guaranteed for the first £50 million, the Department of Energy and Climate Change is today announcing changes to the Green Deal Home Improvement Fund, to ensure as many people as possible can benefit from the most effective energy saving measures while funds last.

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Synseal Acquires Systems Glass

Synseal has acquired the business and assets of Prospect Inc. Ltd, trading as Systems Glass.

Located at Challenge Way in Wigan with good access to both the M6 and M58 motorways, Systems Glass supplies quality products to a well-established regional customer base which include insulated glass units for window frame and roof applications as well as quantities of single sheet toughened glass.

Operations comprise a 50,000 square foot production facility, tried and tested manufacturing equipment and highly experienced and skilled staff. The existing capacity of 9,000 IGUs per week will be increased through additional Synseal investment to fully maximise the potential of the spacious site.

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Vietnam manufacturing facility expansion on track

The Trojan Group has released details of the expansion of its manufacturing facility in Vietnam. The purpose-built additional 20,000 square metres of manufacturing space is on course to be operational by late 2014. Tony Chadwick, Trojan Group’s Managing Director, said, “The need to open a new manufacturing facility is a clear indication of the success of the Trojan brand and the increasing demand for our products.”

Tony is clear about his reasons for expanding the company’s Vietnam operation. “It is vital to us that we keep manufacturing in-house so we can maintain our patented product confidentiality and stringent quality standards. By expanding our operations in Vietnam, we can make the most of the value of the pound over there, helping to protect our customers’ businesses from rising prices and market forces so they can keep control over their costs.”

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Partnership 
To Improve Access To Reputable Installers

Landlords looking to carry out home improvements and repairs on their rental properties can now search with confidence for reputable and expert tradespeople through a new partnership announced today between TrustMark, the Government-endorsed quality mark for tradesmen and Endsleigh, an independent intermediary specialising in the provision of insurance and financial products
 
The initiative will also boost access for TrustMark-registered glaziers and window installers to the lucrative home repair, maintenance and improvement (RMI) market in the private rented sector, estimated by Endsleigh to be worth about £1.25 billion a year.
 
A survey by Endsleigh of nearly 1,500 landlords found it is not uncommon for a landlord to spend up to £1,000 in repair and maintenance in a year. Landlords without letting agents were more than twice as likely to pay out extra cash for big jobs costing between £1,000 and £2,000.
 
The new partnership will encourage Endsleigh’s landlord and letting agent customers to use TrustMark’s 14,500 registered firms, giving them greater confidence that the work will be carried out by high quality trusted professionals working to government-endorsed standards. 
 
Recent trends illustrate that many landlords have busy day jobs, without prior property management experience, and often have to rely on reliable local experts in the industry to help.
 
Marcus Latchford, Endsleigh’s Lettings and Landlords Manager, said:

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