23rd May 2017 VIEW ONLINE
Weekly Email News for the Glass, Glazing & Fenestration Industries

Katrina Stone is the latest Customer Service Advisor to join Rehau trade fabricator EUROGLAZE.
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Essex-based independent glass manufacturer VILLAGE GLASS has invested £4million in new automation and toughening systems from Hegla
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MIGHTON PRODUCTS has enlisted former BBC Young Carpenter of the Year Tibby Singh to test its newly-launched scribing machine, The Scribe-It.
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FIT Show

Thousands of industry people are already flocking into the opening of the FIT Show today (May 23) so here for a final showing is a summary of news of exhibitors in the weeks leading up to the event. SEE here

EPWIN WINDOW SYSTEMS unveiled a tranche of new products and initiatives at the start of the FIT Show, headed by the official launch of the group’s new Excellence as Standard programme.
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WINDOWMAKER is marking its return to the FIT Show (Stand C65) after four years with the latest release of Version 2 of its ‘Windowmaker Measure’ tablet and smartphone app.
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IBG provider QANW is launching new membership packages and a new members’ area to coincide with this appearance at the Fit Show (Stand G45).
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BARRIER COMPONENTS is returning to the FIT Show (Stand G48) with the focus on its expanded balustrade offer, now including a new Juliet balcony system.
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Staff at West Bromwich-based hardware supplier KENRICK are celebrating 230 years since the company was founded.
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has sent windows half way round the world to support a project for orphaned or abandoned children in Kenya.
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Network Veka has revealed further details of its major rebranding including the change of the organisation’s name to Independent Network and a new logo incorporating the Veka diamond along with the new name and the initials I.N.
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Trade Counters

COMPOSITE WOOD COMPANY is claiming its biggest ever distribution deal with an agreement for Eurocell to put its timber alternative decking, fencing and balustrade into all of its 170 trade counters.
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NATIONAL PLASTICS has announced it is supplying Namgrass artificial grass throughout its trade counter network.
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Door & Hardware Federation has appointed Mike Lee as a full-time trainer in a new post created as a result of the unprecedented uptake of the federation’s training courses, with more than 1200 individuals having now completed its Safety Diploma scheme.
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MIGHTON PRODUCTS has achieved PAS24 and Secured by Design accreditation for a range of its vertical sliding sash hardware products for timber windows.
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The Wood Window Alliance has completed a feasibility study for a typical wooden window frame against the Materials Health elements of the ‘C2C’ Cradle to Cradle Certified standard.
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CDW SYSTEMS has upgraded its quality management system, ISO 9001:2015 following a revision made by BSI for its ISO 9001:2008.
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CMS WINDOW SYSTEMS has been appointed by North Lanarkshire Council for its window and door replacement framework with a contract, worth at least £7m.
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Hueck UK has added a new aluminium system, Lambda SA (silent air), a modular soundproofing system based on its Lambda 090 window system that is said can reduce noise pollution by up to 39dB, even when a window sash is open in the tilted position.
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Fleetwood-based EXPRESS TRADE FRAMES has added a run-through horn option for its Veka top-swung casement windows.
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Deceuninck is to introduce a new grey substrate product in the summer.
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Fabricator Focus

Buckinghamshire-based HAZLEMERE COMMERCIAL has expanded its aluminium offering to include the complete AluK range.
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Quickslide says its new Trade Partners support scheme has ‘comfortably exceeded all expectations’ with more than 40 customers signing up in its first 30 days.
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TRUFRAME has assembled an expanded Board of Directors following the fabricator’s announcement of a £3.2million capital expenditure programme.
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A new £16million-sales window group claiming to be the first in Scotland to manufacture, timber, aluminium, PVCu and glass products for trade and commercial customers was announced this week.
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DOUBLE R GLASS & ROOFING SYSTEMS has announced the expansion of its Decorative and Specialist IGU Centre with the addition of a 2,500sq ft manufacturing facility.
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EXPRESS TRADE FRAMES the first fabricator of Exlabesa’s new Xlafold aluminium bifold door system, has completed its first installation, for EFL League One football team Fleetwood Town FC.
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A conservatory refurbishment in Houghton on the Hill, Leicester, has become he first ever installation of Smartglass Dynamic wireless, self-tinting glass technology from CLAYTON GLASS.
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The commercial department at FRAMEXPRESS was contracted to supply white windows and doors with astragal bars in the Optima S system.
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Architectural aluminium glazing systems by KAWNEER were specified for a landmark office building in the Edinburgh New Town Conservation Area.
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The £27.5m Oastler Building, opened by The Duke of York last month as part of University of Huddersfield, incorporates SGG Cool-Lite SKN 165 II solar control glass in its curved frontage and a 3.5m cantilever, helping it to gain a BREEAM Outstanding rating.
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The creation of a new corporate headquarters and customer interface facility for York based insurance company Hiscox has seen systems from WICONA used to help achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating.
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Architectural aluminium glazing by KAWNEER was chosen by Halliday Meecham Architects for the £65 million new flagship Spire Hospital in Manchester.
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CARL F GROUPCO has announced that the FUHR 881 multitronic lock, used in its SmartSecure electronic door locking and smart access control solutions, has achieved Secured by Design accreditation.
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AÏR has added the Ultion cylinder lock as standard to its bi-fold and lift & slide doors.
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VBH has unveiled the Alpha 2-Star security door handle set as the latest addition to its greenteQ range.
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TRUFRAME has announced a £3.2m capital investment programme at its Melton Mowbray manufacturing facility.
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RENOLIT has been named Supplier of the Year by The Veka UK Group.
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Swansea-based aluminium fabricator/installer
AB Glass
, has reported a record financial year, with profit margin up by 112% on sales up 10%.
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Fantastic FIT

If there were any nerves in the lead-up to this, the biggest-ever FIT Show at its new NEC home, those fears were allayed as soon as the doors were opened at 10am today, with visitors and exhibitors alike showing all signs of another record event.

The Glazine’s publisher Tony Higgin, who was there at
‘curtain-up’ reports a vibrant start to the show with a strong footfall of visitors among a fantastic array of stands.

Stop Press: Organisers say that by 1pm today – just three hours after opening – the count of visitors had already exceeded the number on the entire first day last year. And Paul Godwin added: “That is really great news especially as Tuesday last year was bigger than the Wednesday, and the whole event was up 45% on the show before.”

Sounds like it might be worth dropping in. See you there maybe.

Chris Church


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This Week's News

Flamstead Group sells Vintage Windows to MD

The Flamstead Group, owner of HL Plastics, with its Liniar brand, and Avantek Machinery, has announced the sale of its Vintage Windows business to its Managing Director Alan Cooke in a move said by Group CEO Roger Hartshorn to be in line with its strategy of not competing with its own customers.

Vintage, based in Riddings, Derbyshire, will continue as a stand-alone Liniar fabricator and will, according to a statement: “continue to supply Liniar’s customers where required directly on identical commercial terms.”

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Brian Baker steps
down at GGF

The GGF this week announced the retirement of Brian Baker, most recently its interim Chief Executive but with connections to the Federation since 1983.

At one point Brian was a regular contributor to over 25 GGF Specialist Technical Groups, Committees, Technical Working Parties and Regions (as Chairman and vice-chair) and as a Board director. In 2014, Brian was elected GGF President and after his two year tenure, he then returned as interim President in the latter half of 2016.

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Worcesters’s worst in single-glazing league

Worcester has been highlighted as way behind the rest of the country in the replacement window league in a new survey showing that more than 40% of homes in the city still have single glazing.

Aberystwyth comes second with just a quarter, followed by Wrexham, Oxford and notably London at over 8%, while in Sheffield comes top of the table with fewer than 3% of homeowners saying they are not yet living with double or triple glazing.

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Industry ‘making progress’ – VinylPlus

The PVC industry is making real progress towards sustainability and a positive contribution to the circular economy through a united industry approach, delegates heard at the 5th VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

The forum attracted more than 170 stakeholders from 30 countries representing academia, government bodies, the UN, the European Commission, specifiers, designers, architects and all sectors of the PVC industry.

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New safety guide now includes installers

The GGF has published an updated version of its health & safety guide, including, for the first time, advice to installers as well as the flat glass manufacturing sector.

The new guide, ‘Employee Safety in the Glass & Glazing Industry’ also takes account of recent changes in Health and Safety legislation and emphasises the need for all those involved in the industry to identify, assess and manage risks, working together as a team.

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From: Gareth Mobley,
CEO, Solidor & Residor

Homeowner surveys tell us that security is extremely important. More specifically, 85% of homeowners put security first when buying a new door. That’s worth remembering because national crime figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) reveal that 74% of burglaries enter by the door.

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From James Lister,
Director, Anglo European

Are companies taking a risk by switching from steel reinforcement to thermal inserts? Most system companies and fabricators test windows to the size dictated by the regulations. But those aren’t the sizes that get installed in UK homes.

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