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18th July 2017 VIEW ONLINE
Weekly Email News for the Glass, Glazing & Fenestration Industries
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Obituary

The GGF has paid tribute to Rick Caen of R.E.C. Glazing who died on 16 June 2017 after a long battle with cancer.
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People

VELUX has announced that Pedro Poole Derqui, 52, has been appointed Managing Director to head up its UK operations.
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Machinery

The Comet T6HP four axis machining centre which was one of the features on the EMMEGI (UK) stand at the FIT Show, has been chosen by Classic Building Solutions of Cork and is now up and running at the company’s 11,000sq ft Kilumney factory.
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G 17 Awards

THERMOSEAL GROUP is sponsoring the G17 Awards Champagne Reception for the eighth year in succession, this year hosted at the London Hilton on Park Lane Hotel on 17 November.
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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.

Events

VIPS, dignitaries and guests gathered this week to join EDGETECH in celebrating ten years of UK manufacturing – along with the surprise unveiling of a new £1million logistics and operating centre.
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EVERGLADE reports another successful annual Customer Conference where customers and prospects gathered to hear about the latest trends in glazing.
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MORLEY GLASS & GLAZING was host to a delegation from ScreenLine integral blind systems manufacturer, Pellini SpA, in an international knowledge-sharing initiative.
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Spectus has helped MERCURY GLAZING SUPPLIES to mark its 15th year by presenting company owners Steve Cross and Martin Halford with a commemorative plaque.
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The British Safety Council will hold its Annual Conference ‘Health and Safety: preparing for the future’ on Wednesday, 4 October at The King’s Fund, London.
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The PROFILES 2017 conference, will take place on 19-20 September 2017 at the Maritim Hotel in Cologne, Germany.
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Brochures / Video

PREFIX SYSTEMS has launched a new 56-page product directory with information on glazed and solid roofs, aluminium systems, Urbanroom, Opus Hybrid systems, related ancillaries and new generation products for outdoor living.
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ATLAS GLAZED ROOF SOLUTIONS says it is now fabricating at least 50 of its flat rooflights a week.
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Training

The Vocational College has become the first assessment centre to become registered as a CORGI Fenestration audit centre.
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APEER has launched a Leadership Development Programme for all of its Production Team Leaders to keep the manufacturer ahead of recent growth.
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Ayrshire-based Independent Network member ANDREW WRIGHT WINDOWS has put 18 fabricators through their Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs), in a year that also sees the company celebrate 80 years of trading.
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Some 150 REAL ALUMINIUM installers attended a one day customer workshop at Customade Group’s headquarters in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire.
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Charities

UPVC Maintenance Supplies has celebrated 25 years in business with an open day to raise funds for our two chosen charities – Leeds Rhinos Foundation and Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
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CMS WINDOW SYSTEMS has helped Glasgow’s Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice nearer to its goal of creating a new £21million palliative care and support facility with a donation of over £30,000.
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GM Fundraising has declared this year’s annual Golf Day the most successful yet, raising nearly £15,000 for Hope House Children’s Hospices.
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Security

SOLIDOR says it is the first to launch the new Lock Lock security handle from Brisant Secure on its composite doors.
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Products

EPWIN WINDOW SYSTEMS has introduced a universal two-part cill, where the cill nose can be added post-installation, so reducing the risk of damage.
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Consumer brand SWISH has made its ten most popular colours available from stock and also announced that there will be no minimum order quantity on its non-stock colours.
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BOHLE has announced the launch of its new EasyMount Vario balustrade system for use across domestic and commercial applications.
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SAPA is responding to increasing demand for 60mm curtain wall systems with the launch of the Technal MY.
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Projects

ASTRASEAL COMMERCIAL has completed the latest Waterfront phase of Berkeley Homes Royal Arsenal Riverside development in Woolwich.
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GUARDIAN GLASS supplied five different products from its SunGuard range of solar control glass in the building of the headquarters of the BNL-BNP Paribas Group building in Rome.
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Around 8,000m2 of AGC Stopray Vision 50 solar control coated glass was used throughout the fully glazed façade of 101 Embankment, a new steel and glass 10-storey building.
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The frameless Lumi system from APEER has been used in a renovation project for the home of Jason Peters, Director of Dublin-based installer Harvest Energy.
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Awards

Not every fabricator can claim to stand alongside Rolls Royce, Toyota and Bombardier but that is what Frame Fast has done.
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VEKA GROUP has been voted 'Employer of the Year' in this year's Burnley Business Awards as well as gaining a further three nominations.
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CMS Window Systems, designer, manufacturer and installer of windows, doors and curtain walling, has been included in the Top 1000 ‘Companies to Inspire Britain’ 2017 report.
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Glass

PILKINGTON Sunplus BIPV, energy-generating glass by NSG Group and Solaria Corporation has been accredited by the IEC, passing IEC61215 and IEC61730 certification standards.
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Doors

VIRTUOSO has unveiled Virtu-Al, said to be the UK’s first non-woodgrain composite door aimed to look and feel like aluminium.
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Marketing

SYNSEAL GROUP is offering a price match on like-for-like quotes on its A+ rated Evolve VS range.
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RESIDOR is marking the launch of its new, enhanced range, with a promotion throughout the remainder of July.
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TRUFRAME is encouraging small and medium fabricators to start buying-in with an advertising campaign spoofing the ‘Are You Beach Body Ready’ advertising on outdoor sites across the UK.
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Organisations

The GGF has formed a new Government Advisory Panel (GAP) that will be part of the GGF’s Political Strategy Committee, in the wake of the Grenfell fire tragedy as well as recent terror attacks in London and Manchester.
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Investments

Window and door hardware supplier COASTAL GROUP has completed what it says is the biggest investment in its history.
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Door panel and composite door manufacturer HURST PLASTICS has bought 15 new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans as part of a £500,000 investment programme into company vehicles.
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Contracts

Dudley’s has completed a contract, in excess of £550,000, to install the aluminium façade and key structural fixtures, including curtain walling, windows and doors at new £25m Islwyn High School, Caerphilly.
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Hueck has supplied its products for a project known as East London’s ‘Mini Manhattan’.
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Results

ENDURANCE DOORS reports sales up nearly 45% in the first half of 2017 in addition to the 40% growth the solid composite door manufacturer saw in 2016.
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CDW SYSTEMS reports group turnover has increase by 19% in the last fiscal year, taking it over the £10m mark for the first time.
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On your marks

We have not one countdown but two to mark this week’s issue. First, the industry’s 12 toughest females have just a month left to practice before embarking on the Paddle2Pedal event aiming to raise over £50,000 for Hope House Children’s Hospice with GM Fundraising. Read Story

…And almost as noble a quest is the search for the best of the best in our industry in the G17 Awards, where the closing date for nominations is now less than two weeks away.

Elsewhere, one manufacturer is looking to China with yet another industry acquisition (Read Story) while another is looking nearer home for a sympathetic ear on insurance tax increases (Read Story) and another took guests by surprise when it punctuated an anniversary celebration with news of a new £1million operations centre.

To all the paddlers, pedallers, acquirers, investors and of course, all you trophy hopefuls, we hope you enjoy this week’s issue.

Chris Church
Editor

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This Week's News

Roto buys Union Ltd
of China

Roto Frank AG has announced the acquisition of Union Ltd, a family-owned Chinese manufacturer of components and semi-finished parts for window and door hardware, in a move that the group describes as ‘supporting free trade instead of isolation’.

The group has assured other Union customers, including possible competitors of Roto, that Union will remain ‘a reliable partner’ for them as an independent business, rather than an integrated part of the group.

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Burgess resigns as
GGF President

Alan Burgess has stepped down as President of the GGF with immediate effect, saying “It is with real regret that I feel unable to continue in this role and to step down prematurely.”

He had been President since February, succeeding Chief Executive Brian Baker, who had stepped in following the resignation of Andrew Glover exactly a year ago, citing pressure of time in the light of structural changes at the Federation.

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Affordable homes lead new-build upturn

Over 30% more new affordable homes were registered with the NHBC in the second quarter of 2017 over last year, accounting almost entirely for an overall sector increase of 11%.

Figures from the organisation show 44,963 new homes in total were registered in Q2 against 40,641 in the same period last year but, out of these, the affordable sector grew 32%, from 9,426 to 12,402. At the same time, private sector registrations – though a much bigger number – put on 4% from 31,215 to 32,561.

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G17s – the clock is ticking

If you are ready to stand up and be judged against the best of the best in the industry …but still haven’t entered the G17 Awards, then you’d better get moving.

Whether it’s an amazing product …an incredible initiative …a captivating campaign …or you know someone who deserves to be crowned Unsung Hero, there’s less than a fortnight to our end of July deadline for entries.

Nominations are already coming in thick and fast and
there are some strong contenders as ever, so don’t delay,
click here and get ready for your moment of glory.

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Get set for P2P

Twelve fenestration females are limbering up for the last few weeks training before they start the Paddle2Pedal Challenge to try to raise over £50,000 for Hope House Children’s Hospice.

The first ever all-female GM Fundraising event will see the team canoe 100 miles of the River Wye, abseil the rock face at Symonds Yat, then cycle 120 miles to Oswestry.

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Minister hears tax and Brexit concerns

Industry minister Claire Perry MP was told of industry concerns over insurance tax increases and the possible consequences of Brexit on raw materials during a visit to glazing systems supplier Wrightstyle.

The Devizes MP, who is Minister for Climate Change & Industry in the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Department, was visiting the locally-based company in response to issues it had raised over recent ‘considerable’ increases in Insurance Tax Premium and their impact on overheads.

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Three help Titchmarsh to transform lives

Millions of TV viewers are due to see how three fabricators have helped transform the lives of four deserving families with the help of Alan Titchmarsh and ITV’s Love your Home and Garden.

Torquay based Fenster Fabrications provided one of its aluminium sliding doors to a family in one episode
Dekko Window Systems donated one of its Räum aluminium bi-fold doors to a project in Banbury, Oxfordshire, that will feature in an episode screened late August.

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PHOTO FEATURE



The headquarters of the BNL-BNP Paribas Group
in Rome.
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