21st June 2016 VIEW ONLINE
Weekly Email News for the Glass, Glazing & Fenestration Industries

Hardware supplier CALDWELL UK LTD has announced the appointment of David Walker as its new Managing Director.
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Commercial IGU manufacturer DUAL SEAL GLASS has promoted Richard Morris and Nigel Meredith to become joint managing directors following the retirement of Geoff Hancock, who was MD for ten years.
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The Glass Machinery Company has announced the appointment of Chris Wright to its engineering team, taking the total of full time engineers to four.
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When Maitland Conservatory Roofs moved premises, it continued its relationship with KOMBIMATEC by investing in a DGS536 Electronic Double Mitre Saw for its new factory.
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The GGF will once again join key players of the glass industry exhibiting at Glasstec Dusseldorf, 20-23 September in (Hall 11/stand #D72).
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G 16 Awards

Multi-award winning Polyframe has announced that it is sponsoring the Champagne reception at the G16 Awards.
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FIT Show

Aluminium looks set to make its mark on FIT Show 2017 with a number of major players already signed up with 11 months still to go.
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The COMPOSITE WOOD COMPANY says it signed up ‘a significant number’ of home improvement companies at FIT Show
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Two DEMPSEY DYER employees have completed the formidable 42 Peaks Challenge, raising over £2,000 for Brain Tumour Research in the process.
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ROOF MAKER, manufacturer of skylights, roof windows and bifold doors, has donated over £20,000, at the annual ‘Kids Out’ Question of Sport fundraising event.
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Midlands fabricator Finesse Windows has won a Customer Satisfaction Award from FairTrades after more than 2,000 homeowners gave the company almost ten out of ten in online testimonials.
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Midlands-based powder coater CMK (Treatments) Limited has been accepted as a member of Qualicoat UK & Ireland.
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A new branch of the Institute of Architectural Ironmongers has been set up to support door hardware professionals in the northernmost regions of England.
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Home security manufacturer ERA has partnered with with Neighbourhood Watch in a five year sponsorship agreement.
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Bristol based fabricator THE WINDOW OUTLET has partnered with lock supplier Ultion.
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Fenestration designer and manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems has pledged significant investment in its manufacturing facilities in response to demand for its PURe doors and windows.
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Devon-based Deceuninck fabricator PATIOS SOUTH WEST LTD has seen sales grow 25% using its latest email campaign with Deceuninck’s MyBrand tailored marketing support.
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Valuable advice on how to meet the new security requirements within the English Building Regulations has been published by the Door & Hardware Federation.
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SYNSEAL GROUP has announced that its Celsius Elite and Celsius One performance glass products have undergone a formula improvement to offer increased protection against solar heat build-up, as well as reducing glare within a conservatory.
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TUFFX has responded to forecast growth with an expansion of its delivery area fleet to the South West of England.
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The glazing industry still sees glass processing as a sector distinct fromIGU manufacture, according to a new snap poll by glass processing consumables, tooling and machinery manufacturer BOHLE.
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CLAYTON GLASS has launched of Smartglass Ultra 86 solar control conservatory glass and with a G Value of 0.14.
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GUARDIAN has introduced Guardian Sun in the UK and Ireland, a coated glass for conservatory walls with solar control and thermal insulation.
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WINDOW WAREHOUSE has launched Indupanel Designer Aluminium Doors, in four different types, Natura, Innova, AV Plus and Avant.
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Rich red, racing green and French navy have been added by ENDURANCE DOORS to its existing door frame colours, along with a new bespoke foiling service.
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Notts-based fabricator FUTURE PRODUCTS LTD has begun fabricating the new Ali Fold doors from Senior Architectural Systems, which are available as folding sliding, single swing and double swing styles.
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THE TROJAN GROUP has introduced the new Athena door hinge.
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A new range of key locking Monkey Tail and Pear Drop Handles, Pegs and Stays are now available from ancillaries and hardware supplier WINDOW WIDGETS.
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Wellingborough-based ASTRASEAL has extended its natural light offering by supplying Eurocell’s Skypod range of skylights.
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Trade fabricator NOVASEAL has introduced Slim 60, a lantern roof designed to allow more glass area by reducing the size of the ridges and connections.
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More than 20 fabricators have now signed up to Synseal’s WARMCORE window which was launched at the FIT Show.
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Fabricator Focus

NORDIC ALUMINIUM, the Leeds based trade fabricator, is bringing WarmCore bi-folding doors and windows from the Synseal Group into its aluminium offering.
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Essex fabricator PIONEER TRADING has installed a new Elumatec SBZ122/53 machining centre in response to increasing demand for aluminium doors and windows.
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Liniar fabricator TRUFRAME has upgraded its hardware range with a free upgrade to Yale friction stays and a new suited range from Mila, along with the promise of extended warranties.
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Long-established Cornish installer Truro Windows has become one of the latest to offer RÄUM INFINITY uPVC windows and doors from trade fabricator Dekko Window Systems.
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ALUPLAST has agreed an exclusive supply agreement with Local Home Solutions for the ecotech Ideal 70.
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Trade fabricator PIONEER TRADING has added the Deceuninck PVC-U profile alongside its existing Synseal offering.
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KESTREL ALUMINIUM SYSTEMS and Yorkshire based fabricator Glass Living UK Ltd, manufactured and install all the glazing for a bespoke house in Yorkshire.
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GLASSOLUTIONS has given a new multi-occupancy office block at a Thames Valley business park a sustainable edge.
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Toughened safety glass manufacturer TUFFX has supplied and delivered 15m² of 10mm clear toughened safety glass to a contemporary home on the Welsh Borders.
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D R SERVICES has completed a project at The Fetal Medical Centre at King’s College Hospital in Denmark Hill.
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Just 1,000 years since the cornerstone of Strasbourg Cathedral was laid, a large part of its stained glass artwork that was missing since 1683 has been refurbished and replaced by digitally printed glass.
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Aluminium façade systems from TECHNAL have been specified for a new visitor centre and gateway to the Bournemouth seafront that forms part of a £4 million redevelopment programme.
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Commercial fabricator THE SOVEREIGN GROUP has been judged Highly Commended under the category of ‘Most Outstanding Business of the Year’ in the ‘Pendle Business Awards’.
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Sash window fabricator Roseview is launching its own Installation of the Month competition to recognise the best work of its installers.
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Health & Safety

BOHLE will mark its support for UK Health and Safety week, June 20th to 24th, by giving away a pair of Veribor blue line pump-activated suction lifters worth over £260.
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The British Safety Council has launched two new first aid qualifications for workplace personnel.
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Hot on the heels of the launch of revolutionary, fabricator DEKKO WINDOW SYSTEMS has released a new video promoting its Räum Infinity range.
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Multi-channel retailer SCREWFIX has released the latest copy of its catalogue.
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Family run NEWVIEW WINDOWS & CONSERVATORIES has posted record trading figures with turnover up 32% to £4.2million over the past year.
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“Lack of clarity, continuous testing and third-party accreditation, could mean thousands of PAS24:2012 accredited doors fitted in the UK fall short of
Part Q.”

Ali up

At the risk of sounding repetitive after last week’s observations on the aluminium sector, we now see further confirmation that the metal is showing its mettle once again. First comes a report of not only three new fabricators entering the sector but no fewer 30 other companies expanding their aluminium offering with additional systems … two of which are reported this week (Read here and here). Then FIT Show organisers tell us that the ali crowd will be going large when the event makes its NEC debut next year Read Story. Plus of course, there’s a sizeable new member for the Qualicoat organisation. Read Story.

And finally, for anyone a bit nervous about offering a 20-year guarantee on their windows, the 1,000 year-old Strasbourg Cathedral has a massive new, digitally-printed one that Saint-Gobain says will last 1,000 years more Read Story. – though they don’t actually say whether that guarantee includes parts and labour.

Do enjoy this week’s issue.

Chris Church


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This Week's News

Fabricators going for
more aluminium

Three new aluminium fabricators set up in three months and 30 existing ones taking on an additional aluminium system in the same time – those are among the findings from research by Insight Data on the state of the aluminium market.

Jade Greenhow, operations manager at Insight Data said the three new fabricators showed that systems companies are becoming more active in developing their fabricator base, but added: “It’s the number of companies taking on additional systems that is truly remarkable.”

The increase spans the residential, light commercial and architectural glazing markets. Fabricators are offering trade and residential customers a wider choice of products and specifications, while systems companies are becoming more active in having their products specified by architects, presenting commercial and architectural glazing contractors with new opportunities.

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GGF launches 22 Data Sheet updates

The Glass and Glazing Federation has relaunched 22 technical Data Sheets to keep members and the industry up to date with the correct technical information and latest guidance.

The full list with associated details can be seen in full here.

AGC partners with Kinestral for ‘active’ glass development

The AGC Group, the world's largest glass manufacturer, and Kinestral Technologies, a US developer of active glass, have formed a strategic partnership to produce active glass capable of fast-switching between clear and dark mode.

AGC says the choice of Kinestral Technologies as its partner is based on: “the unrivalled technological advantages of the solution: excellent optical quality of the glass and neutral colour, fast and uniform switching speed along with all intermediate modes possible between clear and dark.”

The partnership is also financial, industrial and commercial; AGC will acquire a financial stake, while the two partners will collaborate in building a large-scale production plant and combining their marketing networks, thus exploiting their geographical complementarity.

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Partners sought for ‘impermeable’ sliding
door system

Roto is launching its ‘typhoon-tested’ Patio Inowa sliding door and window hardware system into the UK and is seeking partner companies to incorporate the ‘impermeable’ system into their products.

The move was announced at a press presentation last week where Mike Piqeur, General Manager, Western Europe, showed how the mechanism enables an entire sash to be moved inwards to create an unbroken weather seal.

“This has proved to be very popular where it is available in other countries,” he told The Glazine, “We are talking to some large UK companies about using the system in patio doors and windows and we also want to speak to some big housebuilders about the potential for them.”

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Sword and Globe
safety awards

The British Safety Council has launched its 2016 Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour awards, designed to recognise health, safety and environmental management excellence worldwide.

To be awarded a Sword of Honour or Globe of Honour, an organisation must be able to demonstrate to an independent adjudication panel that it has a proven track record and a culture of best practice for excellence in health and safety or environmental management that runs throughout the business – from the shop floor to the boardroom. The Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour are an important part of the British Safety Council’s drive to recognise and celebrate exemplary health, safety and environmental management in the workplace.

Mike Robinson, Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, said: “The Sword of Honour and Globe of Honour awards shine a light on businesses which are at the forefront of achieving safe, healthy and sustainable workplaces and business practices. The awards celebrate their efforts and encourage other organisations worldwide to follow their lead.”

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Peter Dyer,
Managing Director,
Dempsey Dyer

We all know that colour has exploded in popularity over the last few years, with a bigger selection of finishing options than ever before. For consumers, that’s great – it means more choice, and the ability to match products to a specific project or property. But is it possible that as an industry we’ve become too prejudiced against traditional white finishes, and too fixated on colour?

We hear a lot about the benefits of colour, of which there are many. But very rarely do we hear anything about the potential pitfalls. Colour for colour’s sake can produce some unpleasant results. We’ve all seen houses with eye-wateringly garish doors and windows that clash with their surroundings – and personally, I believe that one unexpected effect of the colour revolution will be a renewed appreciation of traditional white.

In order to work, colour has to be used extremely sensitively. Strong colours can only be used in certain contexts and look in-keeping. The beauty of white lies in its versatility – the attribute that lies at the roots of its widespread use for so many years. It perfectly suits older, traditional-style properties, it suits contemporary-style new-builds, it can fit with practically any property or project, and, given that the majority of homeowners still opt for white windows, blends perfectly into any residential area.

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