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9th February 2016 VIEW ONLINE
Weekly Email News for the Glass, Glazing & Fenestration Industries
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Jobs

Sealed Unit Sales Executive
– Nicholls and Clarke Glass Ltd

An opportunity has arisen within one of the largest independent Sealed Unit Manufacturers, Glass Merchants and Processors in UK.
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Synseal Extrusions Limited
Fabricated Products Sales Manager – North.
Fabricated Products Sales Manager – South.
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Sales/Marketing Manager
Due to the forthcoming retirement of one of the Partners, a rare opportunity has arisen to join a well-established manufacturer and installer of windows, doors and conservatories.
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People

EPWIN GROUP has welcomed ex-Mul-T-Lock Managing Director Robert Hartill as Business Improvement Director.
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Liniar has appointed Terry Grant to its sales team. Terry joins from Eurocell where he spent 16 years, most recently as Regional Manager.
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Eurocell has announced that Chief Executive Patrick Bateman (63) will retire from the company at the end of June and will be succeeded by Mark Kelly, currently Chief Executive of Grafton
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Dr Shamir Ghumra has been appointed as Associate Director; Head of Responsible Sourcing in the Centre for Sustainable Products at BRE.
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Machinery

Haffner Murat has launched a new website.
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The first volume production line for TruShield glass protection system from EDGETECH UK is now up and running at Wellingborough-based glass unit manufacturer Double R Glass & Roofing Systems.
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Wegoma Machinery Sales has changed its name to Avantek Machinery Ltd and also become an official Urban dealer and spares stockist.
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DOUBLE R GLASS & ROOFING SYSTEMS has invested in what is said to be the world’s fastest vertical Super Spacer Automatic Hot Melt IGU line.
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A new Mecal CNC machining centre and a Tronzadoras semi-automatic saw, both from ADDISON SAWS, are set to double the production capabilities at Dutemänn UK Ltd’s new manufacturing centre in Northfleet, Kent.
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Exhibitions

GQA QUALIFICATIONS is the latest and final company to sign up as co-exhibitor at the UK Pavilion hosted by GGF at Fensterbau Frontale 2016 in Nuremberg 16-19 March.
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Events

The first ever Installation of the Year from Atlas Glazed Roof Solutions was won by Orangery Solutions for an orangery on a period red brick property in Hawkhurst, Kent.
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EMPLAS will showcase the latest in product innovation plus new, unique customer support initiatives at ‘The Opportunities Conference’ on Tuesday 8th March.
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FIT Show

BOHLE will be inviting the industry to get hands on with its sliding door, balustrade, glass handling and new scratch removal systems, at this year’s FIT Show.
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The FIT Show 2016 promises to be the biggest yet, with more than 175 suppliers taking part, including 35 newcomers to the event.
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REHAU is set to reveal details of a new brand name and logo - Agila – along with marketing and customer service initiatives at the FIT Show.
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REHAU has backed the FIT Show organisers’ decision to relocate to the NEC in 2017 by confirming its attendance more than a year in advance.
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SOLIDOR will have two stands where it will be presenting additions to its range at this year’s FIT Show.
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Charities

Trade fabricator Warwick North West was a main sponsor for a charity abseil held at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral.
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Staff at CMS WINDOW SYSTEMS have raised more than £6500 by donating part of their wages every week during November to Beatson Cancer Charity.
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Internet / I.T.

Hardware designer and manufacturer Caldwell UK has launched its new website.
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Swish Window & Door Systems has introduced a new online Marketing Portal following the launch of a range of updated marketing materials.
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Awards

The VEKA UK GROUP has gained a national business award for ‘new operating practices to boost productivity and business performance’ for the construction of its on-site mixing plant.
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Regulations

Tough new guidelines for punishing companies for health & safety offences in England and Wales – potentially with much higher fines or even prison – have been welcomed by the British Safety Council as ‘long overdue’.
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Products

A new Frameless Glass Juliet balcony from BALCONETTE. uses literally just one sheet of glass, to create a minimalist balcony guarding solution.
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Fabricator Focus

Award winning Trent Valley Window and Door Co have become the latest installation company to partner with TRUFRAME.
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Northern Ireland based Apeer received a visit from the NI Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment minister Jonathan Bell.
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Swish fabricator
SEAL-LITE GROUP has reached the end of an
18-month period of investment with
£300,000 spent.
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Veka trade fabricator MODPLAN has held a series of ‘open house’ days at the company’s headquarters in Abercarn, Gwent.
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QUICKSLIDE has trebled the capacity of its in-house painting facility, as well as improving the product quality and versatility.
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Glazerite, the UK’s biggest Veka fabricator, has acquired the entire share capital of Trade Frame Holdings Limited, owner of Peterborough-based Halo fabricator City Beads Ltd.
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Projects

Steel and aluminium glazing supplier WRIGHTSTYLE has helped to complete Lidl’s first new concept shop in Northern Ireland, Banbridge, Co Down.
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The façades of four buildings at Velocity Village – one of the largest mixed-use developments in Yorkshire – have been entirely replaced using 14,000m2 of curtain walling from WICONA.
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Aluminium façade systems from TECHNAL have been specified for a third project at Chelsea Football Club’s Training Academy Campus at Cobham in Surrey.
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What is said to be the most significant PassivHaus project completed to date within the UK social housing sector has been constructed on the Isle of Wight.
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Devon based fabricator Interframe has for the first time manufactured parallel hinged sliding windows using only Rehau total70c chamfered profile.
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Bellerive FCJ Catholic College in Sefton, Liverpool, has been given a new lease of life with 94 bespoke PVC-U vertical sliders by GLAZERITE.
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Glass

AGC has introduced Stratobel Strong, a new laminated safety glass offering strength combined with a neutral appearance.
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Glass processors could increase capacity, save thousands and extend the life of machinery and tooling and cut the costs associated with cooling and machinery cleaning by almost 10%.
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Doors

Distinction Doors has celebrated the 10,000th composite door leaving its in-house paint plant.
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Security

CWG Choices customers can now upgrade to the Brisant Ultion lock on all its doors.
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VITA Hardware has added Fullex Locks’ XL Multipoint lock to its range of hardware options.
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Solar

A new roof-integrated solar PV solution has helped a renewable energy installation company to meet both the aesthetic and power performance needs of a large residential property project in the North East.
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Organisations

The Glass and Glazing Federation is continuing to raise concerns over the Government’s decision to moves responsibility for fire and rescue to the Home Office.
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The GGF has replied angrily to comments on a social media site about the Federation and its members.
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Brochures/Video

SYNSEAL has unveiled its new WarmCore homeowner brochre, saying it’s the most expensively-produced sales brochure since the launch of Global conservatory roof.
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Advice on specifying window and unitised curtain wall systems is contained in two new brochures from architectural aluminium systems supplier KAWNEER.
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TRUFRAME has launched a 76 page brochure supporting its new composite door range using the Endurance door slab.
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Standards

A new system to help timber window and door manufacturers meet Part Q compliance has been launched by external timber door and window hardware specialist the COASTAL GROUP.
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Out in the cold

Question 1: Which of the following products do or do not attract only 5% VAT because of their valuable contribution to energy saving in the home: solar panels, wind and water turbines, heat pumps, wall, floor, ceiling and loft insulation, pipe and boiler lagging, draught stripping, central heating and hot water system controls, biomass boilers, windows, doors?

Question 2: Why?
This being a windows and doors publication, you don’t need three guesses to work out which of those products are very visibly absent from HMG’s very generous energy-saving VAT breaks – and for that matter why the GGF has put five years’ effort so far into persuading the Government to bring these house-warming products in from the cold.

But you may be rather more mystified as to why the Government has drawn the line where it has – and then stuck to that line so doggedly.

We can’t expect HMG to give the break because of the bonus it could bring to the industry but we really can hope someone will sit down and do the sums about the contribution the industry is making towards reducing this country’s energy consumption.

And we hope you find this week’s issue none too taxing.

Chris Church
Editor

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This Week's News

GGF renews fight for glazing VAT cut

The GGF has again called on the Government to reduce VAT to 5% for energy-saving windows and doors.

The plea follows six weeks of consultation with members and other trade bodies in response to HMRC’s Consultation paper ‘Changes to the Reduced Rate of VAT on Energy Saving Materials’.

Such a move would not only bring windows and doors in line with a whole list of products on the existing 5% list, says the organisation, but could also boost the entire sector by up to 20% after years of decline, according to members’ estimates.

The Federation also urged the Government to bring its reduced rates in line with a European Directive which permits member countries to reduce rates for ‘provision, construction, renovation and alteration of housing as part of a social policy’.

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FIT set to be busiest yet

The FIT Show 2016 is set to be the busiest yet with pre-registration running at more than double the same period before the last show, say organisers.

Figures are also way ahead of the Award winning launch show that took place in 2013, and nearly 30% more users are accessing The FIT Show website compared with the corresponding period, with an exceptionally low bounce rate (the number of visitors that leave a site without interacting with it) of just 2.29%.

The FIT Show’s Matthew Glover said: “The reasons for such exceptional figures can be manifold. The obvious factors of a record number of exhibitors coupled with hundreds of new products and services expected to be revealed for the first time are an obvious pull. And of course a positive outlook in the market is also contributing.”

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User-friendly Building Regs – can you help?

Industry professionals are being invited to take part in a survey to help the Department for Communities and Local Government to make the use of Building Regulations Approved Documents ‘a more user friendly experience’.

“There are more than two million free downloads of Building Regulations Approved Documents each year so clearly they provide a valuable service,” according to NBS Research, which has been commissioned to carry out the survey.

“With this in mind, DCLG is seeking feedback from as many architects, engineers, contractors, designers, manufacturers, consultants, self-builders, building control officers and approved inspectors as possible.”
DCLG wants to explore how two Approved Documents in particular are being used, namely Part B, which covers Fire Safety and Part M which concerns Access to and Use of Buildings.

NBS continues: “The survey is focussed not on the content of the Approved Documents and the technical guidance they provide but instead on the current style and format of the documents, and how easy they are to use.”

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Westcountry puts £5million into four-fold growth plan

Westcountry Glass is making the biggest investment in its 37-year history, with a move to a 40,000sq ft factory housing new toughening and CNC lines.

The £5million move not only represents a four-fold expansion in premises for Westcountry, part of the Cornwall Glass Group, but will also give it a greater reach with deliveries along the M5 and M4 corridors, as well as enabling it to offer bigger units and a wider product range.

Principal supplier Saint-Gobain Glass is backing the move with technical support as well as ongoing product training, and it the processor is using several of SGG’s glasses in the refurbishment of the Plymouth factory itself.

Westcountry Glass completed the move at the end of last year from its 10,000 sq. ft. Saltash factory to the new unit in Plymouth. The toughening plant at the centre of the expansion plan is able to produce glass up to 2850mm x 4200mm as well as using advanced technology to give more uniform and consistent heating.

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GGF announces FIT Show seminar programme

The GGF Group has announced its programme of FIT Show seminars, including seven different topics covering nine presentation slots over the three days of the FIT Show.

Giles Willson, GGF Managing Director said: “It’s a particularly strong line up of speakers at this year’s FIT Show seminars covering a broad range of subjects. We are once again happy to present at the UK industry’s largest trade show.”

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Lidl’s first new concept shop in Northern Ireland.
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