21st February 2017 VIEW ONLINE
Weekly Email News for the Glass, Glazing & Fenestration Industries

PVC Fabrication Factory Manager,
West Midlands.

CWG Choices Limited, a leading window, door and conservatory manufacturer has the following opportunity at the Aldridge site.
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PHOENIX DOORS, part of Masco UK Window Group, has appointed Jason Donnelly as Customer Service Office Manager, while Will Reader has rejoined the company in a new proactive client-facing role as Customer Experience Manager.
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DISTINCTION DOORS has appointed David Amos as a Non-Executive Director.
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Charly Venn has joined the award-winning marketing team at MILA to head up its digital activity.
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Nottingham-based STORMCLAD has appointed Steve Spooner to the new role of Operations Manager.
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Darren Cunliffe has joined ULTRAFRAME as Head of Customer Services.
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VICTORIAN SLIDERS has promoted Tracey Ervine to a newly-created role of Customer Care Manager.
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YALE DOOR AND WINDOW SOLUTIONS has welcomed Brett Evans as its new Technical Director for Door Hardware.
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Online visitor registration for the 5th edition of glasspex India and glasspro India trade fairs is now open.
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QUALICOAT UK & IRELAND is to exhibit at this years 'Surface World Live' at the NEC on March 22nd and 23rd.
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Italian-based AGB celebrates 70 years of manufacturing window, door and curtain hardware systems this year.
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FIT Show

Foam sealant tapes for improved window installation and insulation performance will be showcased on the ISO-CHEMIE stand (L30) at the FIT Show.
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ELUMATEC is introducing a range of PVC-U machining products, due for UK debut, at May’s FIT Show.
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Atlas Roof Solutions Approved Installer QKS HOME IMPROVEMENT has followed its National Installation of the Year award and National Houzz Service award by winning January’s FIT Show Installation of the Year competition.
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More than 65 REAL ALUMINIUM installation firms say their aluminium sales increased by an average of 281% after switching to Customade’s REAL Aluminium range and attending a one day customer workshop.
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VELUX is offering its customers in the UK and Ireland £35 of rewards, redeemable at retailers including M&S, Argos, Pizza Express, Thomas Cook, Ticketmaster and Currys PC World.
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Internet / I.T.

ALUPLAST has launched a new retail window and door configurator.
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Composite door manufacturer ENDURANCE DOORS has received a record number of trade enquiries over the last five months.
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MORLEY GLASS & GLAZING is reporting a 30% increase in order volume for its Uni Blinds sealed units.
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The commercial arm of windows and conservatories company CR SMITH has reported a rise in both turnover and gross profits for the year ending 29 February 2016.
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COTSWOLD ARCHITECTURAL PRODUCTS saw its export sales continue to increase during 2016.
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The new improved hard copy catalogue from UPVC Maintenance Supplies is now available.
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REGALEAD has launched new marketing materials for customers of ColorSpray, its coatings division.
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Hardware supplier CARL F GROUPCO is featuring over 7,000 product lines in its new 248 page catalogue, said to be its biggest to date.
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TRUSTMARK, the Government-endorsed ‘find a tradesperson’ scheme, is supporting FareShare Southern Central in its aim to fight hunger and tackle waste .
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SEH BAC has announced the West Cliff Theatre in Clacton-on-Sea as the winning community building to receive its competition prize of £10,000 worth of windows and doors.
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EVERGLADE WINDOWS has achieved certification with Bluesky for the manufacture of windows and doorsets to PAS 24.
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MILA has made it easier for customers to choose the right product for any application with a new set of design icons to show what is included in every guarantee.
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AZTEC WINDOWS has introduced a bespoke decorative peg stay option for the Halo FlushSash system.
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COMAR ARCHITECTURAL ALUMINIUM SYSTEMS has launched the Comar 10 window range.
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EXLABESA has launched the Xlafold bifolding door.
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VBH has added a new range of stainless steel door hardware to its greenteQ range, branded ‘Coastline’.
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ULTRAFRAME has unveiled its new Cornice range, including the original ‘classic’ Cornice and the addition of a contemporary ‘flat’ Cornice available as 1, 2 and 3 tiers.
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Fabricator Focus

Wellingborough-based ASTRASEAL is looking for ‘experienced, proactive’ installers capable of servicing projects ranging from £50k - £500k to become part of its new Approved Commercial Installer Network.
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Four sliding PATIOMASTER doors have been specified as part of a large-scale renovation project on a cottage property in Cumbria.
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BLACK MILLWORK has supplied a range of its windows and external doors to an extensive refurbishment project in Foxton Mews, Richmond Hill.
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Architectural aluminium systems from TECHNAL have been installed at Nine Bond Court in Leeds.
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KESTREL ALUMINIUM SYSTEMS products by fabricator 5 Star Windows were specified for all the glazing requirements for a refurbishment at residential care home in Stoke-on-Trent.
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Northampton-based MG Window Systems is already quoting for two neighbours after completing an installation of Halo flush sash windows from THE GLAZERITE UK GROUP.
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Curtain walling,
window and door fabricator and installer GLASSOLUTIONS has completed an extensive project for Kier Construction as part of the latest transformational development on east London’s Greenwich Peninsula.
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Buckinghamshire-based HAZLEMERE has completed the £2.5m renovation of Merton Civic Centre for the London Borough.
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A bespoke private house in Cheshire with windows by D&M WINDOWS shows how the classical styling of the Vertical Slider can be as much at home in a new-build setting.
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Composite doors now account for half the entrance door market with a further 22% growth in sales expected through to 2020.
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THE TROJAN GROUP has extended its heavy-duty Athena Door Hinge range to include a version suitable for composite doors.
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AGC GLASS EUROPE has introduced a series of apps that enable users to access information and offer a more efficient and streamlined service via their smartphone or tablet.
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RAVENSBY GLASS of Dundee is now producing toughened laminate glass in-house after investing in a Pujol 100 50 x 28 laminator.
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THE SAFETY LETTERBOX COMPANY is offering free samples of its Flaplock FL01.
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The Angel Ventlock child safety window restrictor from Mighton Products has won a Readers’ Choice Award in an annual poll in US trade journal Door and Window Market (DWM).
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WINLOCK SECURITY has introduced the Trimas 3 Star anti-drill, anti-snap, anti-plug pull, anti-pick and anti-bump Cylinder.
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By the end of the year Cardiff-based fabricator DUDLEY’S ALUMINIUM will have installed the majority of the aluminium façade, glazing and entrance doors at the new BBC Cymru Wales Headquarters at Central Square Cardiff.
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Trade Counters

NATIONAL PLASTICS has expanded its product portfolio to include aluminium bifold doors.
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Screwfix has opened its 500th UK store, at Lumina Park, Enfield, north London.
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Aluminium systems company ALUK (UK) LIMITED has joined Qualicoat UK & Ireland., the company is set to become one of the largest systems companies in the UK.
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Then there were five

Not too many years ago, most of the top PVC-U systems companies were trying to dissuade fabricators from dual sourcing. In fact, some still are but, it has to be said, with limited success.

Now, with the latest move by ever-growing Polyframe – in future to be known as the Customade Group – we see a repertoire of no fewer than five main systems on offer, not to mention a handful of aluminium brands and of course doors.

In the bigger picture, we see not one phenomenon here but three, along with the ongoing evolution of the super-fabricator and the more recent but equally significant blurring of the old battle-lines between PVC and aluminium.

All this leads to the question of where next for the group. We reported at an earlier stage in its growth that another major acquisition was rumoured to be on the cards. Some may think it was Customade but, then again, others seem to think there’s still more to come.

Meanwhile, we hope you enjoy this week’s issue.

Chris Church


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This Week's News

Polyframe hits £100million with Customade merger

The Polyframe Group has announced its biggest expansion move to date with the acquisition and merger with the £35million Customade Group, taking the combined sales to over £100million, virtually double the figure when Polyframe was acquired by MBO just seven months ago.

The move also gives the Group, to be known as Customade, a significant presence in aluminium windows, conservatory roof products and composite doors as well as the Veka, Halo, Rehau, Eurocell and Duraflex PVC-U systems, and nearly 900 employees at ten sites across the UK.

After the Polyframe MBO last July it went on to acquire the WB Group composite entry door business, based in Birtley then entered an exchange deal, giving its 11 trade counter sites in return for Stevenswood’s 50,000sq ft factory in Livingston.

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Phil Pluck is new
GGF Chief

The Glass and Glazing Federation has announced the appointment of Phil Pluck as its new Chief Executive.

Phil, currently the Managing Director and Commercial Director for the Royal Town Planning Institute, has also worked with and advised on operational and commercial strategy for a number of other membership bodies as well as holding commercial directorships in the charity, private and government sectors.

He said of his appointment: “It is a very real privilege to be joining the GGF as the next CEO. It is clear from my discussions with the Board that they wish to see the Federation grow its influence across the sector and with government. Being part of the GGF at this time to both support its current success and to take it to the next stage of its growth is very exciting. It is clear that GGF has a great team and Board supporting its Members and I look forward to working with all to achieve the GGF’s ambitions.”

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Strong start for house building …and more
to come

Housebuilders have signalled a bullish start to the year with January’s contract values almost doubled year on year, with much of the growth coming from the private sector, according to the latest figures from industry analysts Barbour ABI.

Housing figures increased sharply with construction contract value reaching £2.7billion, an 83 per cent increase on January 2016, and contributing to strong overall construction contract value of £6billion.

Private housing dominated in January, with 91 per cent of the total construction contract value compared to just 66 per cent a year ago.

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Business rate rise feared
– survey

Business Rate Revaluation in England and Wales as well as wage inflation and the effect of weak Sterling on raw materials prices are highlighted as the main concerns in the latest State of the Trade Survey by the British Woodworking Federation.

A fifth of all those surveyed expected to rate to rise while almost a third (32%) expected an increase of 5% or more.

Policy & Communications Executive Matt Mahony said: “We were concerned to find that almost a third of respondents indicated an incoming business rates increase of over 5 percent. The high street may have been a major focus of the ‘business rates revolt’, but further cost rises for our industry are unpalatable. There are undoubtedly companies that will benefit from the changes, but on balance our industry looks to be getting a bad deal from the revaluations – this is especially galling as we have long campaigned for low energy manufacturers to be incentivised and it makes no sense to include plant and machinery in rateable value when trying to drive investment and job creation.”

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From: Dan Sullivan,
MD, Doorco

I read with interest the latest findings from Palmer and his forecasts for the continued growth of composite doors through to 2020 when he says they’ll represent two thirds of the market. It’s obviously great news for the industry – remember just a few years ago at the height of recession when our sector was staring down the barrel of a gun?

Growth markets present their own challenges and suppliers have the responsibility to ensure that they’ve invested strategically and in advance of market demand to ensure that downstream customers get the service, products, quality and innovation they need to meet the growth. This is precisely what Doorco has been doing over the last 3 years, achieving a total investment close on to £5million in the UK and Korea. Indeed, the original decision to establish our own production facility in Korea - which has capacity for >900 doors per day - is now bearing fruit thanks to the fact it’s completely independent. The brand has no controlling suppliers/investors dictating UK policy, meaning that all elements of the business are decided by Doorco only.

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A large-scale renovation project on a cottage property in Cumbria.
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