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26th May 2015 VIEW ONLINE
Weekly Email News for the Glass, Glazing & Fenestration Industries
Jobs

New Business Development Advisor. Sash UK operates one of the largest and most advanced windows and doors manufacturing facilities in the UK.
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Kestrel Aluminium Systems Ltd is currently seeking a motivated individual to join the technical and product development department.
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People

Jonathan Hicks is the new Head of Sales for REHAU’s Northern region, based at the company’s Manchester sales office.
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Fabrication machine supplier Emmegi (UK) has appointed Craig Smith as Spare Parts Advisor based at its Coventry headquarters.
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PVC-u and aluminium fabricator ASTRASEAL has promoted long-standing employee Colin Stanley to operations director.
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Machinery

Back painted glass is now a major product in the glass processing sector, and yet many people still see spray painting as something of a ‘dark art,’according to REGALEAD.
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Haffner has commissioned a three minute video that explains the main benefits of the SMR-4 welder in action.
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Exhibitions

Scottish roofline installer Centiam Home Improvements partnered with KESTREL to showcase its products and services at The Ideal Home Show Scotland earlier this week.
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The Eco Technology Show is returning for 2015 at the American express Stadium, Brighton, on June 11 and 12.
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VEKA RECYCLING aims to show users of PVC-U recyclate that it is possible to buy consistently high quality product, from a reliable source.
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G15 Awards

Business Micros has just been announced as one of the main sponsors for this year’s G-15 Awards, which take place at the London Hilton Park Lane on 27 November.
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Events

The Earl of Wessex officially opened Distinction Doors’ paint plant in Barnsley.
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Video Feature

Video interview with Clare O’Hara the newly appointed managing director of the Epwin Window Systems Division
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Glass

Saint-Gobain Glass has launched SGG Timeless for shower panels and bath screens with longer lasting clarity and easy cleaning.
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Bioclean Aqua conservatory roof glass from SAINT-GOBAIN GLASS now has improved solar control with the launch of Bioclean Aqua Lower Solar Factor (LSF).
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Internet / I.T.

Two members of the PURPLEX MARKETING digital team, Jennifer Hearn and Edward Billett, have completed the Google Adwords programme and exams, strengthening the teams existing Google Partner status.
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Internet lead supplier LEADS2TRADE has prepared for Google ‘mobilegeddon’ with a major overhaul of its website to ensure members of its Trusted Local Suppliers scheme remain unaffected.
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HURST PLASTICS has unveiled ‘Hurst Live’, said to be its most advanced and accessible online personalised trade portal ever.
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More than 3,000 homeowners are month are turning to the ULTRAFRAME ‘product selector’ function on its consumer website, just a year after the launch of the facility.
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Profile Systems Company DECEUNINCK has accommodated the latest Google algorithm change thanks to an ongoing partnership with digital specialist The Consultancy.
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Awards/Standards

Burntwood School, a renewal project by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris  incorporating ALUK systems has received the 2015 RIBA London Award for architecture excellence.
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TUFFX PROCESSED GLASS has been shortlisted as Manufacturer of the Year in the Liverpool Echo’s Regional Business Awards 2015.
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All six winners of the Passivhaus Component Award 2015 used SWISSPACER in their windows,the company has announced.
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Brochures

Selling triple glazing is the theme of the latest SWISSPACER customer promotion video featuring Mark Pearce, Managing Director of Hampshire-based multiple award winning KJM Windows.
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BARRIER COMPONENTS has launched its new brochure showcasing its range of glass fitting options for Commercial and Residential installations offering solutions for both internal and external specification.
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PVC-U window and door fabricator CRYSTAL DIRECT has released its new corporate brochure.
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Legislation

Small business and sole traders with low volumes of domestic window and door work have been offered a simple and easy route to Building Regulations compliance with the launch of Pay As You Go by FENSA.
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The BFRC has issued a reminder to licence holders that suppliers of their sealed units have a legal obligation to comply with BS EN 1279 Glass in Buildings: Insulating Glass Units.
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ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION (ADR) is a valuable way to solve customer complaints without the trouble – and publicity – of a court battle.
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Products

Hardware specialist VBH now stocks Glazpart’s Packers for Professionals (P4P) range of plastic accessories for the glazing industry.
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Trade fabricator MODPLAN has added the Warmcore Folding Sliding Door to its portfolio.
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North of England PVC building and insulated glazing products supplier MAGDEN is hoping to boost delivery times by adding two ‘toolbox-style’ vans to its fleet.
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Architectural aluminium systems from KAWNEER feature on Trinity Leeds, rated as the UK’s fifth top retail location.
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Nu-Era Doors has set up as a specialist trade fabricator of the DECEUNINCK Slide & Swing New Wave Door following its successful launch at the FIT Show.
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NATIONAL PLASTICS, the UK’s largest independent trade counter network now stocks a comprehensive ranges of internal cladding throughout its 31 outlets.
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COMAR ARCHITECTURAL ALUMINIUM SYSTEMS has incorporated technology from its Comar 9P.i frame system to create Comar 5P.i and is now launching the 5P.i Advanced Casement and Tilt/Turn window system.
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Fabricator Focus

Sunderland-based VEKA Approved Fabricator, NE&C WINDOWS AND DOORS is this year celebrating a decade in business as well as its first year in a brand new, centralised factory.
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Soccer veterans Jimmy Greenhoff and Terry Conroy helped LISTER TRADE FRAMES to launch its new Designer Range niche brand aimed at architects and new build.
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G14 Fabricator of the Year POLYFRAME GROUP has taken delivery of a new Stuga ZX4 sawing and machining centre.
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Yet another fabricator-installer has shut down its factory and turned to GLAZERITE WINDOWS LTD as supplier.
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Projects

Windows from the SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS Hybrid range were chosen to feature in the UK Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015.
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Visitors to the £4 million visitor centre at the site where the remains of Richard III were discovered will be shielded from the elements by PILKINGTON Planar structural glazing.
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A compact Central London conservatory for FRAMEXPRESS shows how advanced materials can be used to combine light and space with all year round temperature control.
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An unconventional lantern roof on a Grade 2 Listed townhouse has secured CRYSTAL CLEAR BRISTOL as the first ever winner in the Atlas Installation of the Month competition
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A sixties-built London high rise has had a major fire safety upgrade with the help of steel and aluminium glazing company WRIGHTSTYLE.
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Two of the newest Hungry Horse restaurants to open in Scotland feature REHAU PVC-U windows fabricated and installed by Glasgow based commercial specialists PWS Scotland.
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Derbyshire Liniar fabricator GLAZEDALE came to the rescue when BBC’s DIY SOS – The Big Build’ called for help refurbish a house with a specially adapted space to support a severely disabled child.
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Thermal control, self-cleaning TUFFX Ambi Sunshade Blue glass was featured on a triple roofed orangery extension that double the size of a prestigious private house in Washington.
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A range of products from SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS and installed by CS Aluminium Windows Ltd has helped to give a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM Rating to a purpose built Primary Care Resource Centre.
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Architectural aluminium systems by KAWNEER have created what is believed to be Wales’s first twin-skin façade.
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Doors

GLAZERITE WINDOWS LTD will next week launch the Veka Duo contemporary door, bringing its total offering to three separate composite door ranges.
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REHAU has added two new profiles to its range for composite doors. Customers now have a new 62mm profile suitable for use with a 44mm door slab and a new transom for fabricating a fixed light above, as well as an existing 72mm outer frame profile.
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PHOENIX DOORS has unveiled ‘Meridian,’ its new 70mm rebated composite door range with A-rated thermal-efficiency, triple weatherseals and 50mm triple-glazing for weather, energy and acoustic performance.
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Door and panel manufacturer GBW has celebrated manufacturing its 100,000th foiled door panel and thanks to the use of the CoolSkin product from 3D LAMINATES.
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Marketing

Profile 22 is celebrating passing a thousand clicks in just over six months via the online ads in its Fabricator in Focus trade campaign and says the dedicated web page is now the highest ranked page on the system supplier’s entire website.
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DECEUNINCK has redesigned its vehicle liveries to promote its ‘Beautiful homes start here’ marketing campaign.
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Charities

Staff from The Veka UK Group will be taking to two wheels in June to raise funds for the company's nominated charity, The Encephalitis Society.
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Things that go bump

The curse of lock bumping/snapping has raised its head again with police warning of a spate of related burglaries around Sutton Coldfield. We all thought the industry had the problem on the ropes when anti-bumping/snapping locks were introduced but Steve Stewart, a Director of Brisant Secure says in a letter that burglars have learned the weak points of most anti-snap cylinders; he even says there are only two that hold Sold Secure Diamond status from the Master Locksmiths Association. Read the letter in full, including a link to the press report, here.

More on crime and a new survey reveals that most composite door people put security at the top of their list of features to promote to customers – they even seem to say it’s more important than pitching comp’ against PVC-U! Read story here.

Crimes of another kind in Yorkshire, where HMRC has caught up with two more tax-evading window salesmen and has repeated its pledge in The Glazine of March 31 that its criminal investigation taskforce still has the glazing industry on its radar and could be homing in on any region of the UK next.

And, to end on a much lighter note, the people at Edgetech are bursting with ‘wellness’ with an initiative that’s making it a ‘healthy and happy place to work.’ read story here

We can’t promise a feeling of ‘wellness’ from this week’s issue but we hope it will make everyone a little more well-informed.

Chris Church
Editor

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This Week's News

Two more tax-dodging window salesmen sentenced after HMRC taskforce swoop

HM Revenue & Customs has repeated its warning that its criminal investigation taskforce still has the window industry ‘on its radar’ after two more Safestyle salesmen were sentenced by a Crown Court for concealing six-figure earnings from the taxman.

The two cases originated from the same HMRC sting, in North East England, as a previous conviction (The Glazine, March 31) but a spokesperson said that the same task force may turn its attention back on the window industry in any other region.

Leeds Crown Court heard how self-employed Wesley Roetteis, 33, and Ashfaq Hussain, 40 had hidden earnings of more than half a million pounds from HMRC. Each had signed agreements with Safestyle UK stating they would take care of their own tax affairs. Instead, the pair failed to register as self-employed, submit any tax returns or pay tax and National Insurance contributions.

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Javid takes up the cause of late payment to small businesses

The Government’s new Business Secretary Sajid Javid has stepped in to defend small businesses against the ‘outrageous bullying’ of late payment by powerful large companies.

His comments received a ‘cautious welcome’ from the Federation of Master builders after he pledged to bring forward legislation to tackle the problem in the Queen’s Speech at tomorrow’s opening of Parliament.

Speaking last week, Javid said the practice of late payment was an ‘outrage. He repeated his party’s manifesto promise to set up a Small Business Conciliation Service to help small firms to settle their problems with big corporations and continued: “Now, we are going to widen the powers of representative bodies to act on behalf of their members to challenge grossly unfair payment terms.”

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Comp door suppliers vote security as top selling point

Security has come out top composite door suppliers’ priorities in marketing a door’s benefits in a survey by hardware supplier Winkhaus and Insight Data.

Some 36% said they chose to invest in better security solutions, against 24% who put price first, 20% favouring innovations and only 4% emphasising ‘green’ credentials. Perhaps most surprisingly however, the supplier says only 12% put priority on pitching composite against PVC-U, even though aesthetics plays a major role in the homeowners’ decision.

Winkhaus Commercial Director Justin Harris said: “These results show that customers will value a door by its capacity to deliver on all fronts, and security is definitely leading the way.

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Spacer workers get a warm feeling with award-winning wellness

When the people at Edgetech UK are not making their Super Spacers, they are enjoying free fruit, cookery demos, health checks and even help to give up smoking. It’s all part of the company’s wellness programme and now the initiative has earned the company one of the highest ratings of the National Workplace Wellbeing Charter.

Over four fifths of staff say they feel they have benefited and more than half actually saw medical health improvements, according to HR Manager Suzanne Shelbourne.

“Looking out for the wellbeing of team members is a positive step for everyone,” she said. “People feel more engaged, which leads to lower staff turnover rates and absence rates have reduced to less than one percent.”

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BFRC offers first-ever licence discounts

BFRC is offering a 15% discount on fabricator System House Simplified Energy Licences (SELs) and authorized installer status for the rest of 2015.  This is the first promotional discount package that BFRC has offered and is open to all non-registered fabricators and installers.

For fabricators this means that SELs will cost £350 throughout 2015. An entire window product range can be rated through BFRC for the whole of the rest of the year with a Simplified Energy Licence (SEL) covering all product variations and all components, says the organisation.

Installers can be approved by BFRC for just £85 for the rest of the year and will be listed as an approved installer on the new BFRC website.

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GM Football Fives kicks off with £35,000 cheque handover

GM Football Fives, the glazing industry’s charity five-a-side football competition has been hailed as a massive success after the inaugural event which took place at Birmingham City Football Club earlier this month, Alan Sadler, Managing Director of Profix and GM Fundraising team member said:

“We’d like to thank everybody who helped make the inaugural GM Football Fives such a great success, in particular the 128 players – with a notable mention to Malene Svendsen from ERA who played fantastically, both alongside and against all the male competitors as the only female player.

Congratulations to Travis Perkins, who emerged as champions on the day, and a great effort from MB Frames/Oakley Green Conservatories for reaching second place, and Glazerite – the most senior team on the day – for achieving third place, an accolade only slightly overtaken by their victory in the evening’s dance-off against Quickslide.

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WE HAVE EMAIL

Dear Tony, Having kicked off and grown rapidly to epidemic proportions in West Yorkshire, lock snapping has spread across the country.

A recent article in the Sutton Coldfield Observer shows that it is now gathering momentum in Birmingham. It reports of a police warning for the public to be ‘extra vigilant’ following a series of lock snapping attacks in the suburb of Erdington over the course of one weekend. You’ll find the full report here: http://bit.ly/1KhWN7u. The article clearly assumes homeowners in Erdington are familiar with lock snapping as a quick and easy way of breaking and entering.

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