28th October 2014 VIEW ONLINE
 
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People

Stewart Milne Timber Systems, the UK’s leading timber frame manufacturer and designer of build systems, has announced the appointment of a new manufacturing director, as the company continues to grow.
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Fast-growing PVC building and insulated glazing products distributor Magden has added to its top team.
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Glazerite Windows Ltd has boosted its workforce by nearly 25% in 2014 to stay ahead of growing demand for its expanding product range.
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As Edgetech UK, a Quanex Company, adds four new products for IGU manufacturers, window fabricators and installers,
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The team at Padiham Glass Ltd has grown substantially over the last few months and their most recent appointment is highly qualified, brings a wealth of knowledge and over 20 years of experience.
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Sarah Hitchings has joined Window Widgets as Business Development Manager. Her appointment follows a period of already significant growth and with a new extrusion line just installed and another to follow next year, capacity will be tripled.
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Vice President of Vitrum since 2012, Aldo Faccenda takes the reins of Vitrum, confidently moving it forward along the path toward the 19th international trade show,
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Strategic change in the hardware landscape looks set to follow Stewart Lamb’s recent appointment to Managing Director of VITA Hardware Ltd.
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Liverpool-based PVC-U and aluminium fabricator Total Glass has further expanded and strengthened its team with the appointments of Andy Nabokow and Emma Cunningham in response to continuing growth across all its business areas.
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Never mind Alan Sugar and the return of BBC’s The Apprentice - glazing systems designer and manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems has taken on an apprentice of its own,
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Increasing opportunities in the bifold door market has seen online lead generator and installer support company Leads2trade appoint Sandra Jones as Business Development Manager.
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Exhibitions

Sunsquare’s ‘skylight spectacle’ at Grand Designs Live Birmingham 2014 certainly proved to be a success. The company’s biggest Grand Designs stand yet drew in thousands of prospective clients looking for quality rooflights.
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As G13 Promotional Campaign of the Year – Retail winner and G14 finalist in the same category, it comes as no surprise that composite door supplier, Solidor,
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Events

Reynaers first ever R-Cuisine networking event proved to be a resounding success recently when over 20 professionals from the building industry attended.
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G14 Awards

Eclectic Systems has followed up their previous years’ as finalists and has been shortlisted for the G14 Award for Promotional Campaign of the Year – Retail,
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For the second year in a row, leading UK warm edge spacer bar and insulated glass component manufacturer, Thermoseal Group has again been selected as finalists for Component Supplier of the Year in the G14 Awards.
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Quickslide has been shortlisted as finalist in the G14 awards for best Training and Development Initiative with a submission that was personally signed by every member of the workforce.
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LivinROOF, the replacement roof system from Ultraframe has been shortlisted in the New Product of the Year category in this year’s G Awards
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Scottish comedian, Kevin Bridges, whom Billy Connolly has dubbed as ‘brilliant’ will host the G14 Awards Presentation at the London Hilton on Park Lane, London, on Friday 21 November.
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For the second year running, The Window Company (Contracts), which specialises in window and door installations for clients and contractors across the public sector,
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Merseyside based Vista, creators of the high performance composite door XtremeDoor
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SWISSPACER, the leading warm edge spacer bar has reached the G-14 Awards finals, shortlisted for the Promotional Campaign of the Year – Trade category
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Emplas has been short-listed as a finalist in three different categories at this year’s G-Awards including the prestigious Fabricator of the Year category.
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Synseal has been shortlisted as a finalist in two categories for the upcoming G14 Awards,
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Mila is celebrating after its Triple Care Technical Support service was shortlisted in the Customer Care Initiative category at the G-14 awards.
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Provider of aluminium windows and doors Reynaers at Home has gained recognition for a provocative advertising campaign.
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Lister Trade Frames have hit a new industry milestone; 2014 has seen them achieve 10 consecutive years being nominated as finalists in the G-Awards.
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Universal Arches has been nominated as a finalist in the G14 Awards for Commercial Project of the Year, in an impressive joint entry with Dempsey Dyer for the refurbishment of a Victorian Mill in Leicester,
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Solidor has followed up their G13 Award for Promotional Campaign of the Year – Retail as a finalist in the same category at the G14 Awards
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ERA, the cornerstone of the UK hardware industry has been shortlisted in the ‘Component Supplier of the Year’ category in the G Awards.
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Systems supplier The VEKA UK Group has been shortlisted for a fantastic FOUR G Awards ahead of the Presentation Evening and Gala Dinner to be held at the end of November.
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Machinery

Trade fabricator Goldstar Trade Frames has recently invested in two pieces of automation machinery that has enabled it to become one of the most efficient manufacturers in the business.
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Livingston based Veka fabricator Stevenswood Ltd have recently taken delivery of a Stuga ZX4 sawing & machining center.
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Glass

The Ambience range from TuffX has achieved impressive figures this year with month on month growth throughout 2014 as the conservatory sector has gathered momentum.
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Following Synseal’s acquisition of the business and assets of Prospect Inc. Ltd trading as Systems Glass to create Global Glass Wigan, it has become the latest company to switch to TruPlas rigid spacer bar manufactured by Edgetech
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Architectural float glass is a world away from the days of blown or machine drawn plate glass. The float glass process produces a pristine finish which can be slightly reflective in appearance. Guardian Clarity is a magnetron sputtered,
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‘Smart Glass’, the unique new product in switchable glass technology, can switch between clear to frost with the touch of a button. Intelligent Glass, the glass division of ProDisplay Ltd, is the manufacturer of high-performance sealed units with smart glass – all with SWISSPACER inside.
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Bringing a new depth to the design potential of tinted glass and offering the most intense grey tint on the market but with all the same creative processing options of a high quality clear float glass is PARSOL ULTRA GREY from Saint Gobain.
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M5 Glass Centre has extended their comprehensive portfolio of products, by adding Fire Rated Insulating Glass Units to their range.
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Inagas is delighted to announce that it has extended its partnership with T&I Sealed units, with the supply of a Smartfill 2 machine.
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Brochures & Video

Leading UKAS accredited testing specialist Wintech Engineering Limited has recently launched a new brochure to allow people to see behind the scenes of its all-encompassing testing facility in Telford.
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Charities

Rugby-based Hafele UK raised over £1,000 this month for the Warwickshire Air Ambulance and Make a Wish Foundation, after staff members completed the gruelling 10km Reaper Challenge in Coventry this month.
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It isn’t every day someone has the opportunity to mark two great causes in one event but that is what a team of window industry leaders did with the GM Fundraising Poppy Ride.
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Mark Ormrod, the world famous former Royal Marine that became the first British triple amputee in the Afghanistan conflict, has congratulated GM Fundraising and Dekko Window Systems for their recent fundraising efforts.
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GM Fundraising is delighted to announce the launch of its first ever Christmas cards, designed by the children of Hope House Children’s Hospices, in order to raise funds directly for them.
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Products

IronmongeryDirect, online and mail order supplier of ironmongery products to the trade, has announced that it is bucking the sector’s inflationary trend,
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“One day all windows will be installed this way,” predicts Alan Fielder, Director of Sales and Marketing at the recent launch of TruFit by Edgetech UK, a Quanex company.
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Sealco’s bi-fold door manufacturing pack cuts manufacturing time for joiners. The pack includes a Router Cutter and Hinge Jig to make it faster and more cost-effective to produce high quality timber bi-folding doors.
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Door-Stop has added three more colours to its range, offering even more choice to customers.
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Building on its reputation for adding value to glazing Edgetech UK, a Quanex company, launched an exciting range of products for the manufacture and installation of value added windows at its 25th anniversary celebrations
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The Trojan Group has recently launched its Patriot Plus High Security Door Hinge. Part of a series of products designed to help fabricators and installers with the cash flow in their business,
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Tradelink, has announce the latest development on its stable door.
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SafeChoice has launched its new ‘Toolbox’, a Lead Management System aimed at helping its Partners to manage and respond to consumer enquiries more quickly and effectively.
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Häfele UK has refreshed its range of architectural ironmongery, to ensure it is offering merchants, distributors and trade professionals high quality products at the best possible price.
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SafeChoice has launched its new ‘Toolbox’, a Lead Management System aimed at helping its Partners to manage and respond to consumer enquiries more quickly and effectively.
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Häfele UK has refreshed its range of architectural ironmongery, to ensure it is offering merchants, distributors and trade professionals high quality products at the best possible price.
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Fabricator Focus

Sales have surpassed £1 million for air, the high performance lift & slide and bi-fold doors manufactured exclusively by Everglade Windows, in less than nine months since its launch.
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NW Rooftech, the trade conservatory roof manufacturer, has just announced a new addition to its solid roof range.
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Window Warehouse Limited’s new Imagine Bi-fold Door offers installers so many options it’s probably the most versatile bi-fold ever.
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Avocet Hardware has praised Glazerite Windows for its decision to fit its ABS snap secure lock as standard on all of its Secured by Design (SBD) accredited doors.
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Network VEKA is delighted that the UKAS-accredited Assure Competent Persons Scheme has doubled in size over the last year.
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Specialist commercial window installer The Window Company (Contracts) is proudly promoting the strength of its supply chain after its main Rehau frame supplier was shortlisted
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Kömmerling have recently added Coventry-based Armour Windows to their expanding UK network of window and door manufacturers,
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A weekend full of laughter, business networking and recognition was delivered by Yorkshire-based Conservatory Outlet for its dealer network at De Vere Belton Woods, in Lincolnshire.
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Glazerite Windows Limited has already signed up its first 50 customers to The VEKA UK Group's Approved Installer scheme.
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Projects

Cladding manufacturer Carea has supplied over 3,000m2 of its Acantha cladding to The College Merthyr Tydfil – a £33 million state-of-the-art building which marks the beginning of a new chapter in the educational history of South Wales.
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Installer Cheadle Glass had no problem finding a colour match to win the contract for a large luxury apartment block in Wilmslow, Cheshire.
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Dozens of windows and doors at an award winning Passivhaus new build project have been air tight sealed using advanced foil sealant tape technology from ISO-Chemie.
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Since their inception in 1998, Telford based trade and commercial fabricator FrameXpress Limited has shown the window industry exactly why they are “Ahead of the Game.”
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The success of Synseal’s Orangery Collection keeps on growing, with installations taking place throughout the UK.
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A variety of concepts including Kalwall® translucent wall cladding helped The Design Prototyping and Testing Centre (DPTC)
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Two beautifully designed £1.2 million family homes in the South Hertfordshire village of Cuffley were recently finished using a variety of products from the frameXpress range.
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Friction-stay manufacturer and hardware supplier Cotswold Architectural products has played its part in re-defining the commercial office landscape in India,
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Doors

The largest composite door component supplier in the UK, Distinction Doors, chose to use SFS intec’s Dynamic 2D hinge for use on its new 70mm twin rebate composite door development programme.
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Composite Door CNC fabricators can now make seven popular door styles from just one door blank with the latest innovation from DoorCo - the 6/4 Combi.
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Distinction Doors, the UK’s largest supplier of GRP composite doors has just announced that sales of its fire doors are up 25% year on year.
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Construction

A drop in "do-it-yourself" activity among home owners could lead to a rise in rogue builders, warns the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
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Nearly a third of UK home owners are looking to carry out work on their home in the next three years, with up to £6 billion in projected works planned annually, according to a new study from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
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UK house builders are turning to timber frame in order to meet increasing demand for new homes as the economic recovery takes hold, according to Stewart Milne Timber Systems.
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House building is leading the growth in the SME construction sector but the industry has a long way to go to recover to pre-recession levels, according to the latest research from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).
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Awards/Standards

Kent-based VEKA Recycling, a leading UK-based PVC recycler, has achieved EuCertPlast accreditation,
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Spectus Window Systems has been awarded Police Preferred Specification status across its Elite 63 and Elite 70 ranges,
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Everglade Windows, has made it a hat trick of prestigious award nominations as a finalist for the Construction Marketing Awards and The West London Business Awards.
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Tens of thousands of hours of development paid off last week when Centor Integrated Doors beat off six other door manufacturers to scoop the ‘Best Glazed Doors’ category,
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Glazing and construction marketing agency Balls2 Marketing's Senior Communications Manager Gemma Bradley has been named as a finalist for Emerging Talent
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The latest in the BREEAM family of sustainability rating schemes was launched last week at the property trade show, MIPIM, in London. BREEAM Refurbishment and Fit-Out 2014 has been developed by BRE Global to assess and improve the sustainability of UK building refurbishment and fit-out projects. 
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Internet

With the launch of its new-look website Swish Building Products has made browsing easier and more rewarding for its visitors. Using the latest in responsive design technology
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The Promac Group has launched a new look, easy to use website with a brand new Online Shop providing customers with 24/7
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JMS Windows, based in Washington in Tyne & Weir, fabricates and installs Deceuninck windows.
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IT

Windowmaker has recently secured the business to supply software and associated services to Fenesta (www. fenesta. com ) ,
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The super lightweight tiled roofing systems are becoming ever more popular with homeowners, and to help installers really capitalise on this trend, Windowlink has added a new feature to their market leading design,
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Apeer’s design and order software system for retailers now features a direct-to-factory order link.
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Marketing

A brand new marketing service has recently been launched by industry specialists and it’s already helping installers generate their own low-cost, high-quality consumer leads.
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A leading South Wales home improvement company is expanding and rebranding as it marks two decades in business. Securahome, which specialises in doors, windows,
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Glasstec does not disappoint

Well, it was as expected. Glasstec, I am reliably informed was an overwhelming success and once more proved itself to be the go-to international trade show for the glass and glazing industry. With over 1200 exhibitors from around the world and over 43,000 trade visitors over five days, the event lived up to all expectations. You can read an early review of glasstec, and the reactions of some of the exhibitors here.

More figures for you to digest this week, this time in the shape of the latest Barbour ABI Economic & Construction Market Review, which reveal that the total value of new contracts awarded in September increased by 5.8 per cent from the month before, with values 11.7 per cent higher than September 2013. You can read the full story here. A more detailed look at the education sector is also available here, as well as details of HMRC’s look at commercial property transactions here.

Recognition of Edgetech’s Triple Glazing debate is forthcoming as it has been shortlisted for the Best Use of Events and Live Marketing category in the Construction Marketing Awards 2014. They join several other companies from the glass and glazing sector who have been selected as finalists. I wish them all the best of luck.

And the best of luck too, to all of the G 14 Awards finalists, who will be assembling at the Park Lane Hilton in precisely three weeks 2 days and 22 hours from now. If you haven’t reserved you place, then I suggest you do so now!

I hope you enjoy this week’s issue.

Please send all your news stories to news@the-glazine.com or should you wish to contact me directly
tony@the-glazine.com


Tony Higgin
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Why do insulated glass unit manufacturers still not clean the glass and remove all sucker marks etc before they temper any glass which is to be assembled into an IG unit?

See attached photos of a recent example where sucker marks to the outer face one of the unit have been tempered into the glass and only surface removal polishing will remove them.

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This Week's News

Optimism is the byword at glasstec

With 1,217 exhibitors and 43,000 trade visitors glasstec once again proved to the industry that it is the biggest glass and glazing trade fair in the world

Specialists from the fields of mechanical engineering, glass manufacturing, -processing and -finishing, crafts, architecture/construction as well as glazing/façades and the solar sector attended and over 96% of the visitors give the show an positive overall rating. They also rated their visit in terms of achieving their goals at the trade fair just as high. Here 40% of visitors came to the event with specific intentions to invest.

The proportion of attendees from middle and top management again improved. Over three quarters of the visitors were from these levels. The proportion of the visitors coming to Düsseldorf from abroad reached about 60% and this figure continues to be unmatched in the sector internationally.

“I am delighted that there were positive signs at glasstec 2014 in the field of mechanical engineering and the glass industry. The German skilled glazier’s trade is currently doing extremely well. Our ranges at glasstec in the Crafts Center with its new glass processing and finishing arena and the participation stations in the also new area Handwerk LIVE went down very well. Together with the established themes Autoglass Arena and glass art we offer a unique programme for all segments of the skilled trades and we are very pleased with the way the trade fair went,” remarked Martin Gutmann, President of glasstec 2014 and Federal Guilds Master.

“What is most important for us as organisers of glasstec is that our customers are satisfied because this is the basis for positive and sustainable growth for the event for the benefit of all involved. We once again fulfilled this goal in 2014 and have therefore again confirmed the role of glasstec as the world’s most important international meeting point with a clear barometer effect for the entire sector,” summed up

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Construction Marketing Awards recognises TGQ as Best Event Finalist

One of the largest events in the glazing industry’s calendar in 2014 has received its third award nomination of the year. Triple Glazing Question (TGQ), an initiative led by Edgetech UK, a Quanex company, has been named as a finalist for Best Use of Events and Live Marketing in the prestigious Construction Marketing Awards 2014.

The shortlisted TGQ event brought together the entire window industry to discuss triple glazing. Over 30 companies and industry influencers supported the initiative as stakeholders, speakers and experts and it attracted unprecedented levels of interest with over 600 registered attendees. TGQ dominated the pages of the trade press with the debate about triple glazing for more than six months.

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Construction Contracts Awarded At Highest Level Since January

The level of construction contracts awarded increased in September to the value of £5.6 billion - the highest since January, figures released last week reveal.

Barbour ABI, which is a chosen provider of construction data to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Government, has published its latest Economic & Construction Market Review revealing that the total value of new contracts awarded in September increased by 5.8 per cent from the month before, with values 11.7 per cent higher than September 2013.
Unlike recent months, where residential construction has dominated the proportion of new contracts awarded, there was more of an even split across key sectors in September. Residential accounted for 24 per cent, closely followed by infrastructure (23 per cent), commercial & retail (22 per cent) and education (14 per cent).

Michael Dall, lead economist at Barbour ABI, commented: “Today’s figures will give a huge boost to the construction industry, particularly those in the education sector, which is celebrating its highest level of new contracts awarded in two years.

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SWISSPACER launches new warm edge spacer bar

SWISSPACER has launched a new warm edge spacer bar at Glasstec 2014. SWISSPACER Advance is the best value mid-range warm edge spacer bar on the market, giving excellent performance at affordable prices, the company claim.

SWISSPACER Advance has a High Tech Gas Barrier, which stops moisture getting in and insulating gas getting out of the sealed unit, guaranteeing the durability of the insulating glass unit.

Advance can be used ‘out of the box’ with cut and corner keys and on existing machinery. For large-scale sealed unit makers, SWISSPACER offers high-performance automated benders and welders with very short cycle times for increased productivity. Because of its strong, rigid structure, SWISSPACER Advance is ideal for triple glazing. Its strength and stability also guarantees clean sightlines in the triple glazed unit.

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GGF Writes to Chancellor Ahead of Autumn Statement

The GGF has written in response to Chancellor George Osborne’s request for views on areas to include in his Autumn Statement.



In the letter, the GGF highlighted its concerns over three key issues affecting the glass and glazing industry including;

• The lack of Government led incentives for homeowners to install energy efficient windows following the ineffectiveness and slow uptake of the Green Deal and ECO (Energy Company's Obligation).

• The inequality of VAT rates affecting energy efficient glazing. Most energy saving products enjoy a 5% rate of VAT yet energy efficient glass and glazing products have a 20% rate of VAT.

• The red tape that is slowing down growth in the conservatory sector since the Government transferred ownership of private sewers and lateral drains to water and sewerage companies in England and Wales. If a proposed conservatory or extension extends over or near a sewer then the house owner must apply to the relevant water company for a build-over agreement causing delays and costing companies money.

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Senior invests in sustainability

Glazing systems designer and manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems is making a host of sustainability improvements at its South Yorkshire base to reduce the firm’s fossil fuel consumption and the amount of waste it sends to landfill.

Senior has been granted planning permission from Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council to build a plantroom at its Denaby base, which will house a biomass boiler, buffer tanks and a chipper unit.

Packaging waste and 100 tonnes of waste timber created each year from the company’s operations will be chipped and combusted in the unit, which is expected to be fully operational at the start of next year.

Senior’s 48,000 sq ft warehouse will be heated by the energy created, and the firm is expected to make back £30,000 per year on this investment under the Government’s Feed-In Tariffs scheme.

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Commercial property transactions on the increase

HMRC's latest figures show that commercial property transactions have continued apace since the institution of the Finance Act 2012 in April this year. If you're interested in the figures, the following comments from Mark Tighe, Managing Director of Catax Solutions may be of use: 

Mark Tighe, Managing Director, capital allowances specialist, Catax Solutions, commented:

“The latest figures show robust business in commercial property transactions since the implementation of the Finance Act 2012 in April with sales figures up almost 5%* on the same period last year.

“Whilst numbers have levelled off slightly in September, this is likely to be seasonally related as businesses focus on productivity in the lead up to Christmas. Alarmingly, the continued lack of awareness of the potential for capital allowances relief remains the same. So far we’re tracking a loss of over £160m for this six-month period.**

“Our own experiences in this area remain consistent; property owners are still missing out on the potential for sizeable tax rebates, rebates which could be lost in perpetuity if they’re unclaimed at the point of sale.

“If you’re in the process of buying a commercial property, check your entitlement to capital allowances relief because you could be a due a sizeable return from the taxman, providing your business with the best possible start to 2015, especially ahead of the self-assessment deadline in January. ”

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Education Construction Contracts At Highest Level In Two Years

Figures released last week reveal that the value of education construction contracts awarded in September reached its highest level in two years.

Barbour ABI, which is a chosen provider of construction data to the Office for National Statistics (ONS) and the Government, has published its latest Economic & Construction Market Review revealing that the value of education construction contracts totalled more than £811 million in September, a 62.5 per cent increase on the same month last year and 8.5 per cent higher than August.

The report also shows that the sector accounted for 14 per cent of the total value of all construction contracts UK-wide, with nearly a quarter (22 per cent) of these awarded in the North West.

Michael Dall, lead economist at Barbour ABI, commented: “Construction in the education sector is booming at the moment, boosted by a number of Priority School Building projects valued at £10 million individually.

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