12th December 2017 VIEW ONLINE
Weekly Email News for the Glass, Glazing & Fenestration Industries

Helen Hewitt has joined the British Woodworking Federation to take on the role of Membership Director and Lead for the WOOD WINDOW ALLIANCE.
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Former CARL F GROUPCO Regional Sales Manager John King has returned to the company with his appointment as National Sales Manager.
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Window, door and curtain walling designer, manufacturer and installer, CMS Window Systems, has appointed David Ritchie to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer.
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Kestrel has appointed Leigh Jagger as customer services manager.
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VBH (GB) has promoted Sales Director Simon Monks to Managing Director while current MD Peter Rowlands moves to the newly created position of Business Development Director.
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Mark Jones has been announced as the new Managing Director of County Durham based bespoke glass and solar PV manufacturer
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BALCONETTE has appointed Peter Mulligan as Commercial Sales Director.
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NEWVIEW HOMES has appointed Gary Ward as Project Manager.
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MIGHTON PRODUCTS has appointed David Lambert as its new Warehouse Manager.
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Emplas has taken receipt of a second SCHIRMER machining and cutting centre delivered as part of the G-Award winning fabricator’s continuous investment programme.
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The arrival of 18m jumbo sheets at a Saint Gobain factory recently was no dilemma for the HEGLA team with its Galactic Plus float glass cutting machinery.
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EMMEGI (UK) has been chosen as the machinery partner for AluK’s newly opened training Academy at its Chepstow headquarters.
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G 17 Awards

The G 17 Awards are gone but definitely not forgotten as more winners than ever are giving their trophies pride of place in boardrooms and showrooms around the country, so once again, we are happy to dedicate a page to recall the event as well as the awards from each winner’s perspectives.

FIT Show

Traditional timber sash manufacturer CARDINAL WINDOWS has signed up to the 2019 FIT Show.
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SOLIDOR has told this week of how burglars failed to breach one customer’s home despite an attack with a house brick that was violent enough to wake neighbours four doors away.
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ERA has launched its Total Security Guarantee, covering a complete package of PAS 24 window and door hardware.
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Qualitere Windows is the latest installation company to fit BRISANT SECURE Lock Lock security handles as standard.
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ISO-CHEMIE is celebrating two of its Iso-Top Winframer thermal insulating and load bearing bracket systems and its Iso Bloco One multi-purpose joint sealing tape receiving certification.
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Northamptonshire-based aluminium window, door and roof producer ALUMEN ran its first ever Open House event across four days in November.
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The UK Pavilion at Fensterbau Frontale is set to more than double in 2018, according to the Glass & Glazing Federation.
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Brochures / Video

BLU, manufacturer of 316 Marine Grade stainless steel door and window hardware, has launched its blu book Edition B.04 featuring over 60 products from its range.
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FRAMEXPRESS has released a new corporate ‘informercial’ for customers to use when introducing the range to prospective customers.
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VISTA PANELS has re-designed the XtremeDoor brochure to focus on XtremeDoor’s best-selling styles and colours.
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The GGF Group has today announced the appointment of Billy Quinn to the newly created role of Managing Director of its commercial arm.
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SMART ARCHITECTURAL ALUMINIUM has announced the launch of its new Designer Door entrance door range, including the Modern, Traditional, Cottage and Vintage collections.
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Kömmerling is preparing to launch its new System 76 PVCu window and door system with dedicated casement, flush casement and fully reversible profiles, hybrid options, lift and slide doors and a patio door option with soft-close technology.
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EUROCELL is claiming smoother, easier ‘one touch’ operation to its Aspect bi-fold door system with the introduction of a new, improved double-bogie roller system.
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Fabricator Focus

TRUFRAME reports that sales of its flush sash window have now reached 25% of all of its window production.
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PREFIX SYSTEMS has partnered with Saveheat Group, which includes Merlin Network, for the supply of its Warmroof system for installations in Scotland.
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Romford-based GLAZEFIX is the latest fabricator to sign up with Eurocell.
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The Square Chapel, adjacent to Halifax’s Piece Hall, has undergone redevelopment including an extended performing arts centre with a foyer, designed by architect Evans Vettori.
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When architectural practice Scott Brownrigg designed a new building at the headquarters of FTSE 100-listed wealth management business St James’s Place, it wanted to give the building ‘a suitably impressive centrepiece.
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EUROCELL Modus flush sash casement window in Anthracite Grey were chosen over originally specified timber and aluminium frames for the development of the Grade II-listed former Barnes Hospital, Cheadle.
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DUDLEY’S ALUMINIUM has won a £1million contract to support the construction of a new student accommodation building in Cardiff's
Capital Quarter.
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MERCURY GLAZING SUPPLIES has added the new Smart Designer Door to its portfolio.
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CONSERVATORY OUTLET is now taking orders for its charity desktop calendar featuring staff and directors ‘in some stunning locations and ridiculous fancy dress’.
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Fire Safety

The Door & Hardware Federation is calling for a change in Building Regulations to enforce the use of complete doorsets in fire compartmentation in multi-occupancy buildings.
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Internet / I.T.

THERMOSEAL GROUP, which earlier this year purchased the stock and assets of DecraLed and its associated products, has relaunched the website for the product ranges with an interim site.
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PRESS GLASS SA this week announced plans to build a 12th factory, a 20,000m2 unit on a 6 hectare site in Nowogard, Poland.
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Finishing and repair firm PLASTIC SURGEON is claiming an industry first by creating a specially-tailored NVQ in surface repair.
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KENRICK is crediting new business in Easter Europe for contributing to booming sales for two of its
top-selling products.
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Window and door restrictor supplier JACKLOC has been named a finalist in the Tomorrow’s Health & Safety Awards 2018.
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MORLEY GLASS & GLAZING and its MD Ian Short have ended 2017 with a third award after being named as the UK’s best IGU manufacture in the fifth annual National Fenestration Awards.
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London’s Tower Bridge, with an 11metre glass floor giving spectacular views of the Thames and the city beyond, has been pronounced winner of the GGF’s Window with a View competition.
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MRA MARKETING celebrated a record five award wins at the Construction Marketing Awards in London last week
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Safe and secure

We might all feel a little safer in our homes to hear not only of falling burglary statistics but also figures pointing to what a difference a little investment in more secure items such as handles and locks can make. Read Story

Coincidentally, there’s also a cautionary tale about one family who were spared from a terrifying attack after would-be burglars didn’t bother with lock or handle but went straight for the glass. Read Story

Elsewhere, a letter on another aspect of home safety – fire containment – responds to last week’s plea for regulation on whole doorsets with the view that third party certification could tackle the problem without the need for further legislation.
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Also, we hear that equity release, potentially one of the most obvious strategies for mortgage-free householders to fund home improvements, is at record levels, which may bring a little Christmas cheer to a few domestic installers. Read Story

And speaking of Christmas, just a reminder that next week’s issue will be the last before our two-week break for the holidays.

Until, then, do enjoy this week’s issue.

Chris Church


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This Week's News

Burglary stats show
doors and locks still vulnerable – Dutton

Home burglary figures have hit a record low in England and Wales with statistics more and more highlighting the gap between ‘basic’ and ‘enhanced’ security of windows and doors, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics.

Two thirds of all break-ins (66%) were at homes with ‘no or less than basic’ security in the year to March 2017 as against less than a third (30%) with ‘enhanced security’ such as window locks and door double deadlocks while those figures are virtually reversed with 63% of homes that had not suffered burglaries.

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Solidor gains 9001:2015

The Solidor Group has become one of the first in the industry to be awarded the ISO 9001:2015 certification for Quality Management, well ahead of the September deadline, when the original 2008 standard becomes obsolete.

The new standard replaces the 2008 version, which Solidor already held, and is more stringent, focusing not just on quality control but also business best practice, including senior management’s vision, strategy and execution, according to Group CEO Gareth Mobley: “This isn’t just about what happens on the factory floor. To achieve the new standard, we had to demonstrate buy-in throughout the company and show how the systems we use are of real benefit to our customers.

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Woodworkers’ awards

An 18 year-old apprentice’s window sample that led to a six-figure Mayfair contract, a grand Edwardian house restoration and the creation of an FD30 grade fire door were among the highlights in this year’s British Woodworking Federation awards ceremony at London’s Drapers’ Hall.

Oliver Walker, 18 years old, of Gowercroft Joinery in Derbyshire, was named Apprentice of the Year for his work on a bespoke window sample for a property in Mayfair which led to an order for windows and doors totalling over six figures.

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Equity release still booming

The number of homeowners taking out an equity release plan reached record levels for the second consecutive month according to the new figures out this week, with one provider blaming a lack of good news for pensioners in the autumn budget.

The report, from Responsible Equity Release, also shows the the average amount per homeowner reached an all-time high of £85,946 up from £70,851 in October.

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From: Nick Dutton, Brisant-Secure

The latest crime statistics from the ‘Crime Survey for England and Wales’ and police-recorded crime have been released by the Office of National Statistics. It’s better news for homeowners with a record low of 650,000 incidents of domestic burglary in the survey year ending March 2017.

It’s better news for the industry too, as enhanced security measures are helping to prevent burglars from breaking-in, and deterring them from trying in the first place. Those with enhanced security measures are less likely to be victims, and less likely to be broken into in the event of an attack.

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From: Simon Beer, Managing Director,
Bluesky Certification

’m writing in response to the article from The Door & Hardware Federation published in The Glazine last week, calling for a change in Building Regulations to enforce the use of complete doorsets in fire compartmentation in multi-occupancy buildings. Although I welcome their push on third party certification, we don’t need to wait for the legislation to change.

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A new building at the headquarters of FTSE 100-listed wealth management business St James’s Place.

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