17th October 2017 VIEW ONLINE
Weekly Email News for the Glass, Glazing & Fenestration Industries

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BUSINESS MICROS has seen four new recruits joining the team at the Newton Le Willows sales and installation office.
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The TWR GROUP is claiming a UK industry first after investing in a Modula lift and storage system more commonly found in applications such as healthcare, oil and gas, and automotive.
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Window, door and curtain walling designer, fabricator and installer CMS WINDOW SYSTEMS has commissioned and installed two new Stuga ZX5 PVC cutting & prepping machining centres..
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G 17 Awards

It’s that time of year again. The shortlist of G17 finalists is out and 64 companies and individuals are all bursting to tell us about their achievement and holding their breath until the Awards evening.

So, from now until the event, on Friday 17 November at the London Hilton on Park Lane, we will publish our Hall Of Fame of the finalists on a page of their own.

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The first in a series of VIRTUOSO customer experience days brought installers together to view the company’s range of composite and PVCu panels at its 80,000-square foot Co Durham site.
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CORNWALL GLASS has hosted its annual golf day with customers and industry partners at Truro Golf Club.
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More than 12,000 visitors attended Interplas, the plastics industry show on 26th to 28th September at the NEC. Among them was building products extruder EUROSEAL.
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Brochures / Video

ROCAL GROUP, the company behind the Endurance Doors brand, has launched a 40-page ‘Impressions brochure’ for its panelled doors in response, the company says, to another manufacturer pulling out of the sector.
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SWISH has launched a new suite of marketing literature including a trade product guide, a retail brochure and retail-focused POS material.
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The TROJAN GROUP has commissioned a 90-second video that demonstrates the anti-fishing properties the TS008 Unicorn Letterplate which it launched earlier this year.
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RESIDENCE COLLECTION has completed a new brochure and suite of marketing materials for its flush sash window Residence 7.
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Internet / I.T.

MORLEY GLASS & GLAZING has this month unveiled its new and updated website.
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The GGF has recognised two of its stalwarts, former GGF President and interim Chief Executive Brian Baker and Standards Committee Chairman Brian Waldron.
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ATLAS GLAZED ROOF SOLUTIONS is celebrating its best month ever for sales of its lantern roofs, rooflights and Skyroom mock orangery system.
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YALE has joined the Made in Britain initiative, which champions British manufacturing by encouraging and developing the supply chain of UK made goods.
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Queen’s Award-winning window restrictor supplier JACKLOC has gained approval for another year by the authorities in Abu Dhabi.
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CENSOLUTIONS has attained CORGI Fenestration Audit Centre status.
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TRUFRAME has gained certification to ISO 9001:2015 through BSI, a UKAS accredited certification body.
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Hurst Plastics has unveiled a unique composite entrance door to mark the end of the its home city Hull’s role as ‘UK City of Culture 2017’.
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Window and door hardware supplier CALDWELL has teamed up with GM Fundraising, choosing the charity as the sole beneficiary for its future donations.
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CONSERVATORY OUTLET has officially launched its new Envisage flush casement window to its exclusive Network of retail partners.
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SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS has added a new overswing reversible window option to its PURe range of low U-value aluminium window and doors.
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SPECTUS has launched the fully mechanically jointed option of its vertical slider that was first previewed at the FIT Show.
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PROFILE 22 has reacted to recent reports on the growth of PVC-U system multi-sourcing by saying most of the fabricators that have switched to its Optima system.
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KENRICK has launched Nemesis a new bi-directional twin cam espagnolette window locking system specifically for aluminium profiles.
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SOLIDOR is adding the Winkhaus AV3 autolock, a new automatic multi-point locking system, to its security hardware options, which already include the Ultion locking system, and the Lock Lock door handle.
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Fabricator Focus

CLEARVIEW GLAZIERS has become the latest company to start manufacturing the Optima system from Profile 22 and has also joined Excellence as Standard, the Epwin Group’s member programme.
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Cambridgeshire installer Surefit East Anglia has become the latest member of the ASTRASEAL COMMERCIAL INSTALLER NETWORK.
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POLYFRAME has launched into its second major investment programme since becoming part of the Customade Group.
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replaced 153 windows and four doors with Sapa alternatives as well as installing an area of curtain walling as part of a £1.4million renovation of a UK construction company near to the fabricator’s own base in High Wycombe.
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PRESS GLASS has begun production and supply of 140,000 sq ft of façade insulated units for 125 Greenwich Street located in Lower Manhattan.
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Windows, doors and a lantern roof by REAL ALUMINIUM were chosen by Bristol-based installer Panoramic Ltd to complete five three-storey townhouses on the edge of Bath with an asking price of over £1 million each.
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HAZLEMERE COMMERCIAL has completed another education sector refurbishment with the renovation of John Mason School in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.
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A new extension to premises for Kent-based charity Last Chance Animal Rescue includes 13 patio doors from PATIOMASTER SOUTH EAST.
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APEER is now offering Yale’s Conexis keyless smartphone-operated door lock as an option across the full range of its composite residential doors.
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TVPS has announced the launch of a new brand, VPS247 and website including a garage door building tool that enables consumers to create a door and receive an instant quote.
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SHEPLEY has added further design options to its Visage Composite Door Collection, most recently with new satin glass styles including traditional, contemporary and modern designs.
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Windows and doors by GOWERCROFT JOINERY feature in 6a architect’s Photography Studio for Juergen Teller, which has been shortlisted for the 2017 Stirling Prize.
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MRA MARKETING, already holder of 13 Construction Marketing Awards, has been shortlisted for 13 more in this year’s event.
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Four divisions of the CUSTOMADE GROUP have been named finalists in the National Fenestration Awards.
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English football referee Graham Poll is to host the British Woodworking Federation’s Annual Dinner and Awards on November 24.
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Construction companies, contractors and suppliers interested in working on Cardiff University’s £300m INNOVATION CAMPUS are being invited to ‘meet the bidders’ at a half-day event in Cardiff Business School’s Postgraduate Teaching Centre on 16 November.
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COASTAL GROUP says it has made rust and leaking oil associated with ball bearing hinges a thing of the past with the launch of the new blu HQ and HY hinges.
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Trade Counters

STEVENSWOOD TRADE CENTRES is offering a free upgrade to Brisant Secure’s Lock Lock security handle on all Solidor composite doors sold until the end of November.
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One door closes…

No one needs to be told of the dramatic rise of the composite door to the detriment of its PVC-U panel forerunner, so this week’s strategic move by Phoenix is, on the face of it, good news for all concerned. For the company itself, it has grown with the panel door in its heyday and has now had the courage to cut the umbilical and embrace the next generation. It’s clearly good news for Hurst, nominated as heir to its panel customer base, but it must also be welcome to all others still in panels because while the market is shrinking, there will always be a market, so the exit of one player will add some welcome equilibrium for the rest. Read Story

Elsewhere, the extended family of Conservatory Outlet is growing again, in volume if not in name, as Andrew Glover’s West Yorkshire Windows business is growing by acquisition in the East Midlands. Read Story

And the issue of the too-slim spacer bar continues with another spirited response from Colin Torley, including a suggestion for the manufacturers. As ever, all further contributions are welcome; we wait with interest. Read Letter

Until then, we hope you enjoy this week’s issue.

Chris Church


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This Week's News

Phoenix pulls out of door panels – ‘comp doors are the future’

Phoenix Doors is to cease production of PVC-U door panels next month in the light of ‘challenging’ sales that have seen production drop from 1,500 panels a week to 800 or less in recent times.

The company is now focussing its efforts and production capacity at its 50,000sqft Huntingdon site on GRP composite doors, including its Meridian and newly launched Sovereign range, and has directly recommended all its panel customers to Hurst Plastics.

Sales Director Haydon Statham (pictured) said in a statement today: “Losing panel manufacture will free up the space, time and manpower in our bigger factory to concentrate on rising demand for our composite doors, which we introduced in 2008.

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Glover’s West Yorkshire buys Trent Valley

Andrew Glover’s West Yorkshire Windows, one of the biggest Conservatory Outlet customers, today announced the acquisition of the retail business of Trent Valley Home Improvements Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

West Yorkshire recently bought two showrooms in Nottingham and Chesterfield, trading under the Conservatory Outlet banner. Trent Valley has units in Nottingham and Derby. The company will now merge the two neighbouring units and run all three remaining with the Trent Valley brand. Trent Valley’s architectural operation will remain under the existing ownership as Trent Valley Architectural Limited.

Andrew Glover said : “The ‘Trent Valley Windows & Door Co’ brand has been successfully trading in the Nottingham area for over 25 years. With an excellent reputation and strong customer base, we found a lot of synergies between the businesses, making it an extremely viable means of growing our business into the Midlands.

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Boing Boing
bounces into ali

CentralRPL, the PVC-U fabricator purchased by Gary Morton’s Boing Boing Group two years ago, has announced the formation of CentralASL as a sister company fabricating aluminium.

Gary Morton explained: “Aluminium was one of the main products we wanted to be able to supply our customers directly.  Our strategy is all about finding products and services for our customers, rather than customers for our products and services. It is vital that we ensure our customers who want aluminium can access the same expertise and service they rely on from the PVC-U team at CentralRPL.

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Pre-anodising to be examined for ali coating

The Qualicoat organisation has set up a working group to look into pre-anodisation as an alternative preparation for aluminium powder-coating in the light of the imminent ban on the use of chromium in pre-treatment.

More than half of the Qualicoat licensed plants are now chrome free, says the organisation, while others are getting ready for the switch.

Pre-anodising, sometimes called flash-anodising, has been used for a number of years on the continent for the ‘Seaside Class’ of powder coating under the Qualicoat Standard, but the organisation says the benefits could be extended to regular projects where a more robust finish is required, specifically where cut edges are going to be exposed.

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We Have Email

From: Colin Torley,
Sales and Operations Director,
Saveheat Group

In response to the statement issued by Steve Rice, GGF Director of Technical Affairs.

It is good that the GGF have come out and responded to my letter regarding the use of low sightline IGU’s that basically do not comply with the Construction Product Regulations (CPR) and therefore make it illegal to manufacture and sell these units.

For me the opening statement just about says it all. “The GGF has addressed the issue from a technical and GGF policy perspective” so that’s it then? We have addressed it so it can go back in its box. I hope that isn’t the case and that this is only the start of their drive to stop this practice happening.

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