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Weekly Email News for the Glass, Glazing & Fenestration Industries

AGC GLASS has appointed Ifty Saeed to the new position of International Buildings Projects Manager.
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BROUHA MARKETING has welcomed Mike Bygrave, previously Marketing Manager at Roseview Windows, to its team.
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Aluminium systems house EXLABESA has appointed Ripley Foster as its National Specification Manager.
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Leon Friend has been appointed Managing Director of the UK arm of Eduard Hueck GmbH & Co. KG.
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Thomas Polonyi has been unveiled as the new Managing Director of Eduard Hueck GmbH & Co. KG in Lüdenscheid.
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A façade designer and engineer with some stunning projects to his name has been appointed by Kawneer.
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FRAMEXPRESS has continued its expansion programme with the installation of a new Rotox high speed sash line said to be the only the fifth of its kind.
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STERNFENSTER has continued its investment programme with the purchase of the FOM LMT65 aluminium machining and cutting centre for its £3.6 million, purpose built and aluminium manufacturing facility launched at the beginning of this year.
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BOHLE has launched a new lightweight UV Hand Lamp aimed at cutting bonding times.
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FIT Show

FIT Show review
If anything can rival the scale and success of the FIT Show 2017, it’s the enthusiasm of so many exhibitors to tell everyone about it. So, now and for the next few weeks, we have created a page to link to reports of individual companies and some of their news and views from the show, building up each week as more of the reports come in Just click here for the full story.


Homeowners and trade clients in Stafford can now view the impressive range of Reynaers at Home’s architectural glazing products at the new £100,000 state-of-
the-art showroom for Rohaus.
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Jackloc®, the Queen’s Award-winning window and door restrictor specialists were special guests at a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace to celebrate 100 years of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).
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NBS and the CPA have together launched a new survey to understand construction product manufacturers’ views on BIM.
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Brochures / Video

Fabricators who want to see just what makes Business Micros’ EvoNET software the most popular business management tool in the industry can see it in action in a brand new 3-minute video.
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Gardner Denver has released a new compressor guide, showing how window fabricators can improve reliability, efficiency and quality by switching to rotary vane technology.
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Aluminium manufacturing and installation company AB Glass has been awarded a contract by Kier Construction to complete works for discount retailer Trago Mills.
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Kestrel says its new Product Overview brochure has its widest ever range of Anthracite Grey fascias, soffits, window and roofline trims.
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QUICKSLIDE has switched to Fab&Fix Hardex hardware from ERA for its vertical sliders.
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In late 2016 Yorkshire fabricator, Dempsey Dyer launched the Deceuninck Heritage Flush Sash window available with welded transoms, mullions and frames.
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Always at the forefront of gas filling technology to make sealed unit manufacturers’ lives easier, Inagas is pleased to announce the latest addition to its impressive array of machines, the SmartSpeed range.
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Smart Architectural Aluminium has launched Visofold 6000, a high-quality, high-performance sliding/folding door which offers a number of opening options for great flexibility.
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Fabricator Focus

Changing system supplier can be a daunting challenge and industry statistics showing that less than 6% of fabricators change each year suggests the risks of delays and disruption stop many businesses from even considering it.
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Devon-based FENSTER FABRICATIONS has contributed to a multiple award-winning architectural project in Plymouth.
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An award-winning new whisky distillery makes use of architectural aluminium glazing systems by Kawneer.
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Flush fitting casement windows REHAU have been specified for the new Beaufort Park development in Hendon, North West London.
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Proteus HR cladding in elZinc Rainbow Gold has been used to create an eye-catching aesthetic on two new student residences at The University of East Anglia (UEA).
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SafeGuard, supplier of glass related products and services across the UK, is delighted to be confirmed as glass supplier for the second phase of refurbishment work being carried out on the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
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In answer to a daylight, ventilation and health and safety conundrum, the design team for a new 21st century academy in Sheffield has used Technal’s aluminium systems to create an innovative, multipurpose architectural highlight
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The team behind WarmCore technology at Synseal Group have won an award for innovation in advanced manufacturing in the Made in the Midlands Awards.
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The Glenrothes-based company VELUX® has won ‘marketing team of the year’ at the Marketing Society Star Awards held in Glasgow on Thursday 8 June.
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PRESS GLASS has further extended its acoustic glass offer with seven new acoustic glass units with the Rw index of 40, 41, 43, 45, 46 and 47 decibels (dB).
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Vista has collaborated with flood prevention specialist StormMeister to help the owners of dozens of homes devastated by the 2015 Boxing Day floods when five inches of rain fell in a single day.
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In the past eighteen months, Distinction Doors has invested over £750,000 in its production facilities at its 86,000 square feet headquarters in South Yorkshire.
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Following the recent General Election, the GGF is well prepared to adapt its strategies and activities whatever form the Government takes and regardless of any policy and personnel changes in Government departments.
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A time to reflect

The tragic fire which dominates the headlines this week may or may not have any direct bearing on the window and door industry, as at this moment the emphasis is distinctly on cladding, but as with all such disasters, it will give the whole construction community cause to reflect on what could be done to prevent the next such incident, as endorsed by both a letter from Hannah Mansell Read Letter and a statement from the GGF this week. Read Story

Meanwhile, we also hear of a further acquisition by Stevenswood, giving it a few more stores but, more importantly, establishing it in another quarter of the UK Read Story.
Also further news from the GGF that is responding to growing interest from syscos by giving them their own group.
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Amid such a contrast of news, we hope there is something for everyone in this week’s issue.

Chris Church


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This Week's News

Stevenswood heads west with Sameday seven

Fast-growing trade counter group Stevenswood yesterday (June 19) announced the acquisition of Sameday Holdings Ltd, not only adding seven more outlets to its existing chain of 30 but also placing it firmly in the south west of England.

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GGF launches
sysco group

The GGF has created a new body specifically for systems houses in response to increasing membership among such companies.

The GGF Systems House Group will be chaired by Gareth Jones, Marketing & Technical Director, Window Solutions, Rehau, who also takes a seat on the GGF board as part of the role.

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New president and
team at GAI

David Stacey, product sales director for UK and Ireland at dormakaba, has been appointed as the new president of the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers along with a new team of executive officers.

Originally trained as a civil engineer, he has more than 20 years’ experience in the sales and marketing of construction products, working in the UK, Middle East, Australia and Hong Kong.

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Diners dig deep
for Macmillan

Guests at this year’s FIT Show Gala Dinner raised £15,233.57 following a heartfelt appeal for donations to Macmillan Nurses by Gary Morton, well known for his own charity work through GM Fundraising.

With a call for donations traditionally being made to raise funds for a cause close to the hearts of people connected with the window and door industry, this year Macmillan Nurses was chosen by Leon Day, former owner and managing director of Universal Arches, who sadly lost his partner Jo to cancer earlier this year.

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Mike Hill is new Brisant SD

Brisant Secure has appointed Mike Hill to the newly created role of Sales Director. Mike, who has over 30 years’ experience in the door and window industry, comes from Fullex Locks Ltd, and was previously Archibald Kenrick & Sons, Basta Parsons, Newman Tonks plc and VBH.

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GGF offers support after tower tragedy

The GGF has set up a specialist group to offer free technical advice and information from its pool of fire safety experts in glass and glazing and has committed to support the investigation into the Grenfell Tower tragedy announced by Theresa May today.

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We Have Email

From: Hannah Mansell
chair of the Passive Fire Protection Forum,
trustee of the Children’s Burns Trust and spokesperson for the BWF’s Fire Door Safety Week campaign

We have a right to be very angry at the news about Grenfell Tower. I regularly sit in meetings with fire safety professionals, and their fury and frustration at the inaction of local councils and social landlords is palpable.

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