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23rd January 2018 VIEW ONLINE
Weekly Email News for the Glass, Glazing & Fenestration Industries
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FENSTER FABRICATIONS is celebrating the return of a senior member of staff after four years.
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Buckinghamshire-based ROSEVIEW has appointed Emma Gibbins as a Sales Administrator.
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Simon Clarke has been confirmed as the new General Manager of GLOBAL GLASS, part of the Synseal Group overseeing daily operations at its four UK based sites.
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David Leng, who stepped down as Synseal CEO last year, was recently announced as Group Chief Executive of Customade Group.
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Former Quickslide sales & marketing director Tom Swallow has been appointed Managing Director of WELGLAZE.
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Machinery

Haffner Murat has announced the launch of its new AL-220/70 Aluminium Machining Centre.
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Mercury Glazing Supplies has invested in two new machines from HAFFNER MURAT.
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Wellingborough-based Astraseal has started the New Year by extending its machining capability.
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FIT Show

EDGETECH has become one of the first major brands to sign up to Visit Glass, the new section of FIT Show 2019.
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The FIT Show may be in its rest year but the Installation of the Year competition is back for 2018 following its launch last year.
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Fire Safety

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection’s Passive Fire Protection Awards has awarded Hannah Mansell, Technical Manager of the BRITISH WOODWORKING FEDERATION.
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Internet / I.T.

THE RESIDENCE COLLECTION has unveiled a new consumer website that has already realised an increase in unique visitors up 48% year on year.
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Glass

PILKINGTON United Kingdom Limited, has passed 10 million square metres of its self-cleaning glass product Pilkington Activ.
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Exhibitions

Independent
hardware distributor
WINDOW WARE
will be exhibiting at Fensterbau 2018, joining other British brands in the UK Pavilion hosted by the GGF.
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Designers and architects will be targeted at Ecobuild 2018 by foam tape producer
ISO-CHEMIE with its display of airtightness and sealing solutions (stand E30).
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Jackloc is celebrating its 15th year in business by making its debut at this year’s Fensterbau Frontale.
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Buckinghamshire-based sash window fabricator Roseview is taking its offerings to Europe for the first time this year.
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PROFINE GROUP, with its KBE Kömmerling and Trocal brands, says it will be the largest exhibitor at Fensterbau Frontale 2018 in Nuremburg, Germany from March 21st-24th.
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Edgetech capped off a year of international exhibition appearances by showcasing at India’s biggest fenestration event.
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Investments

Customade Group is investing £250,000 in a new factory to increase window production by its REAL ALUMINIUM subsidiary
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Sponsorship

WOW Wonderdogs, a VEKA-sponsored Flyball Club, is celebrating ending the year when they they swept the board at the British Championships!
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Fabricator Focus

Long-standing Profile 22 fabricator FRAMEXPRESS has become an Excellence as Standard member.
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Projects

The AA201 unitised or off-site manufactured curtain walling from KAWNEER with curved corners and feature bands clads the first to tenth floors of the Grade A office building.
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K2 ALUMINIUM SYSTEMS, has completed a redevelopment project involving 125 windows as part of a multi-million pound transformation programme on Piece Mill.
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Developers building a block of apartments in an exposed location on the Isle of Man chose Eurologik doors and windows from EUROCELL.
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‘The Opus’ in Dubai, designed by Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, said to ‘push physical and technological boundaries to achieve its extraordinary melting ice-cube shape’.
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BENNETT ARCHITECTURAL ALUMINIUM was appointed by Vinci Construction to provide a full vertical envelope façade system constructed from Kawneer’s AA110
curtain wall.
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Awards

SCHUECO UK says innovations and improvements have been introduced for the 2018 Schueco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation competition.
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The three latest ATLAS Installation of the Month competition winners are QKS Home Improvements, Thames Valley Windows and John Knight Glass
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Charities

Graeme Bailey, MD of Business Micros, has been welcomed back to the GM FUNDRAISING team as a volunteer fundraiser.
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Hospital stays are hard for children at the best of times, let alone at Christmas, says EUROCELL.
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A bespoke designed door created by
HURST PLASTICS
, featuring an image of the Humber Bridge to celebrate Hull’s year as ‘UK City of Culture, has sold for £500 in aid of Dove House Hospice.
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Doors

Distinct trends are emerging among patio door customers, including a clear leaning toward coloured frames and four-pane construction, according to PATIOMASTER SOUTH EAST.
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SOLIDOR is launching a new Network Development Programme for 2018 beginning with an upgrade of the Installer Search Engine.
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VIRTUOSO DOORS has started the New Year with a re-launch including a new identity and formally adopting the Virtuoso name.
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Results

Solid roof supplier
LEKA SYSTEMS has reported a doubling of order volume in 2017 and has announced that it is to add a third system to its portfolio in March this year.
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Environment

‘Meeting Societal Needs’ is the theme for the sixth VinylPlus Sustainability Forum, in Madrid, Spain on May 16th and 17th.
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Security

BRISANT SECURE is introducting of a new next day keyed alike service for its cylinders including the Ultion product.
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Solidor has chosen the dedicated WINKHAUS Stable Door Lock that has helped the product to become the first stable door to achieve a Secured by Design licence.
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Secondary Glazing

Secondary glazing company INCARNATION reports seeing growing interest in its top-end Deluxe product and says it has taken on several new employees in response to demand.
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Grey economy

It has long been quipped that ski stands for “spending the kids’ inheritance” as more and more pensioners realise they are not too old to fritter away a few quid on life’s pleasures. And we have already reported a couple of times recently how the phenomenon of equity release – raising cash on the back of a mortgage-free house – is giving a growing number of them even more money to spend in their own lifetime. Now, this week, we hear not only that equity release is at a record high but also that the biggest slice of a potential £3billion a year cake – perhaps as much as 64%, some say – is destined for home improvements. Read Story

Elsewhere, as the ripples from the Carillion disaster continue to spread, the GGF’s Phil Pluck is warning that it may not be the last major player to hit the rocks. However, the Federation of Master Builders is seeing a silver lining for the many employees fearing for their jobs in the fact that their skills may be much in demand elsewhere. Read Letter

Also, for anyone envious of Deceuninck’s very colourful sales figures, MD Ron McGlennon, he shares his thoughts on the haves and have-nots and how its colour offering plays a part in seeking the aspirational customer. Read Letter

However colourful you see your future, we hope you enjoy this week’s issue.

Chris Church
Editor

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This Week's News

GGF warns government
to learn from Carillion collapse

The GGF has criticised the Government for its ‘knee-jerk compromise’ of rescue packages to selected companies in the wake of the Carillion collapse, saying it offers no assurance to its member companies and does not allow them to plan for long-term stability.

The full text of his letter can be seen here.

Equity release hits
record high

More households than ever are taking out equity release loans – over 10,000 in the last quarter alone – pushing the 2017 total sum borrowed past £3billion for the first time ever.

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Record high skills shortages, says FMB

A hint of possible good news for anyone losing their job through the Carillion collapse came today (Tuesday Jan 23) from the Federation of Master Builders which says a ‘record high’ of skills shortages means they may not be too long finding new jobs.

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From: Phil Pluck,
Chief Executive, GGF Group

As the assessment of the true damage continues following the collapse of Carillion, it does raise some fundamental issues in terms of protecting both smaller companies caught up in the collapsing supply chains and the jobs that may be lost as a result.

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From: Rob McGlennon,
Managing Director, Deceuninck UK

As we get back into the new business year, it’s time to get out our crystal balls. Economists have already made their predictions which have come with a handful of health warnings.

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From: David Thornton, Chairman,
The Window Company (Contracts)

Since the demise of Carillion, I’ve had several phone calls from colleagues in the industry asking if The Window Company (Contracts), as a specialist commercial installer, was exposed to any losses.

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PHOTO FEATURE



‘The Opus’ in Dubai, designed by Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, said to ‘push physical and technological boundaries to achieve its extraordinary melting ice-cube shape’.
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