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21st April 2015 VIEW ONLINE
Weekly Email News for the Glass, Glazing & Fenestration Industries
Jobs

Technical Advisor and Specification Manager

Sobinco, the Belgian-based manufacturer of high-quality hardware specifically for aluminium windows and doors and its UK agent Titon, wish to recruit a Technical Advisor and Specification Manager.
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People

THE PROMAC GROUP has promoted home grown talent Jennie Owen to the role of PR and Marketing Coordinator.
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YALE DOOR AND WINDOW SOLUTIONS has welcomed Carly Baker as its new Marketing Manager.
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Andy Laird has been appointed to the newly created role of National Sales Manager for Birmingham based EXTRUDASEAL
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Gerry Banthorpe co-owner and company director of Profile 22 fabricator BBH Ltd has retired after more than two decades at the helm.
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The Promac Group, has appointed Keith Jones, well-respected throughout the industry as a specialist in lean six sigma, to the role of Business Development Director.
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Exhibitions

Vision, said to be: ‘The only UK event focused purely on architects, specifiers and their clients’, is set to launch on June 2 and 3 at London Olympia, alongside the London Festival of Architecture.
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BM TRADA will be highlighting the benefits of effective passive fire protection through a range of interactive exhibits, simulations videos and live demonstrations and free seminars at this year’s Firex International at London Excel 16-18 June.
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Events

The British Safety Council has announced that the Mount Anvil Centre of Excellence will be sponsoring the 2015 International Safety Awards Gala Dinner.
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Fit Show

There will be mud flying at the FIT Show 2016 when Edgetech UK puts its newly-launched TruShield easy-clean glazing treatment to the test.
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Glass

MORLEY GLASS & GLAZING has seen sales for its Uni-Blinds integral blinds increase by 23% since adding warm edge spacer bars as standard last year.
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Marketing

Recent figures from Network Veka’s Marketing Portal have further demonstrated that this online system is a welcome element of the organisation's offering.
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ATLAS GLAZED ROOF SOLUTIONS has launched an extensive showroom and marketing support package.
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PURPLEX MARKETING, the specialist window industry marketing agency, has expanded its creative division to included full in-house photography.
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Installers generated £65m worth of business as a direct result of leads from LEADS2TRADE in 2014, the home improvement lead generation firm announced this week.
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Internet / I.T.

EMPLAS has launched its new online Composite Door Designer, combining 24/7 ordering with a powerful new retail sales tool, as part of its continuing push into the composite door market.
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Training

Window Manufacturing Consultant Bob Scott has developed a series of Window & Door Production Management Workshops, through his company AnT Training.
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Birmingham-based fabricator FRAMEXPRESS has further strengthened customer relations with a series of customer service training days for all staff, in conjunction with the Professional Development Training Company.
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Brochures/Videos

SWISSPACER has released another ‘explainer’ video, ‘What is Warm Edge?’ telling homeowners everything they need to know about the energy and money saving benefits of warm edge and Swisspacer.
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LINIAR has launched its brand new, full colour, 94-page Specification Guide to acclaim from customers, architects and specifiers alike.
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Results

Business Micros is reporting half year sales figures up 40% on the same period last year.
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Deceuninck UK’s 2015 first quarter sales are up 17% year-on-year and the company is continuing to invest in new ranges and in-stock lines to support further growth throughout the year.
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Edgetech UK reports 22.8% sales growth in its last financial year and Managing Director Andy Jones says first quarter sales indicate another record year to come.
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Aluminium fabricator CDW SYSTEMS ended its financial year in record breaking fashion, with 19% growth compared to the previous year.
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BIM

The Government continues to be driving the industry’s adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) according to this year’s NBS National BIM Survey.
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BIM objects have been created for all Guardian products in Europe, the company has announced.
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JELD-WEN and BIMobject have announced a framework agreement applicable for all the window and door provider’s region’s worldwide.
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Products

SEALCO began the design process for its new Endurance range of window and door handles by talking to fabricators and joiners.
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SYNSEAL’s popular Evolve VS has a new deep bottom rail design option to give greater authenticity for heritage and conservation project applications.
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Sunbell, designer and manufacturer of integral blinds, has introduced a new 20mm cavity spacer bar solution for traditional 28mm glazed units, created exclusively for the UK market.
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“Bi-folds are out of date!” – so says DECEUNINCK Sales Director Rob McGlennon,launching the company’s new Slide & Swing New Wave door.
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TRUFRAME is offering what it believes is the PVC-U flush sash window to gain the Secured by Design accreditation.
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National home improvement group Zenith Home, part of the Entu Group, has chosen the SWISSPACER warm edge spacer bar for all of its 500 A-Rated windows a week it installs across the UK.
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Fabricator Focus

PIONEER TRADING has regained the certification for its green management practices after a year of environmental milestones and energy saving and recycling initiatives.
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The Window Outlet has partnered with CENSOLUTIONS for support with CE Marking compliance.
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H JARVIS of Redcar, Cleveland has become the first Eurocell fabricator to gain Secured by Design on the new Modus profile system.
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HWL WINDOWS GROUP has secured an agreement with The Stable Company, a specialist in modular timber buildings, to supply its PVC-u windows and aluminium bi-folding doors
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Yorkshire-based fabricator QUICKSLIDE is offering Synseal’s new WarmCore Folding Sliding Door System as the ideal balance between the linear rigidity and strength offered by aluminium profiles.
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PVC-U building products manufacturer and stockist GAP has announced the opening of two more depots, this month, in Southend-on-Sea and Edinburgh, bringing its UK network to 35, and says there is more expansion yet to come.
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Projects

Window and curtain walling solutions from SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS’ Hybrid range have proved to be just the ticket for use on a new Park & Ride scheme in York.
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TITON SF Sound Attenuator vents have been fitted in over 300 properties constructed by Gleeson Homes in Huyton, Liverpool and Plymouth Grove, Manchester.
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REHAU’s flush fitting Nordic Design Plus window system has already been specified and installed in contemporary projects like Crest Nicholson’s Centenary Quay development in Southampton.
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Key elements from the glazing systems portfolio of architectural aluminium supplier KAWNEER feature on the new-build and refurbishment aspects of a secondary school’s £29million redevelopment.
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First impressions matter, so when Brian Newbon designed a new solid wood front door, he wanted a locking device that would complement its style and enhance levels of security.
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Britain’s only purpose-built market for over 30 years has been constructed with aluminium façade systems from TECHNAL.
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GLAZERITE customer Grosvenor Windows is already building a healthy bank of quotes after completing its first installation in the innovative Residence 9 flush sash system.
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Doors

Trade fabricator Modplan has added the Veka Duo composite door to its product range.
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DOOR-STOP composite doors are now available with the Yale Lockmaster, a multi-point lock that has been designed, developed and tested in the UK to deliver the highest levels of performance.
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DISTINCTION DOORS is claiming an industry marketing first with Explore Colour, a brochure of woodgrain skin swatches of all the colours of its GRP composite door range.
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DOORCO’s announcement earlier this year that it was holding prices until at least the end of 2015 and also improving its products across the range has resulted in an immediate and substantial increase in sales.
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APEER has launched a major push for Spring with a new collection of contemporary doors along with an updated Diamond range.
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Charities

The glazing industry’s national five aside football competition, GM FOOTBALL FIVES is already enjoying fast take up and the organisation says a number of sponsorship opportunities will be announced very soon.
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The VEKA UK GROUP has named the Encephalitis Society as its chosen charity for 2015.
Gabriela Hammond, Head of Human Resources said: “This is a cause that's close to our hearts so The Veka UK Group is dedicating a full year's support to the society.
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STERNFENSTER National Sales Manager Steve Lane joined over 200 scooter fans to bring an Easter treat for children at three very special units.
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Awards/Standards

Composite door manufacturer VISTA has named Ford Windows the March winner of its XtremeDoor competition.
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On your marks…

As the country prepares to go to the polls to choose the next ruling party (or coalition), preparation to choose the next set of G Awards winners, is taking place. The organisers are excited to announce that all of the headline sponsors for the G15 scheme are now in place, and other sponsorship opportunities being snapped up well ahead of schedule. The G Awards web site is also nearing completion for this year, and will soon be ready to accept entries. So watch this space.

The week’s issue also features news of  the launch of a new product from Schueco which they claim “offers architects a new level of dynamic design freedom.” Called the Parametric Façade System the sustainable building envelope specialist go on to say that for the first time ever, geometrically complicated 3D façades can be designed as straightforward system solutions whose cost can be calculated with the certainty of a series product. You can read all about it here

Following on from the recent announcement of the appointment of Clare O’Hara as MD of the Epwin Group Window Systems, The Glazine made the journey to Telford to interview Ms O’Hara on camera this week. Her views and observations make compelling viewing, which you will able to see here in next week’s issue.

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
Publisher

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This Week's News

Schueco offers simplified 3D façades with launch of Parametric system

Schueco UK has unveiled its Parametric Façade System, said to offer architects unprecedented versatility in designing and costing 3D façades with the potential of 0.5 U-Value.

The company says the new system means that: “For the first time ever, geometrically complicated 3D façades can be designed as straightforward system solutions whose cost can be calculated with the certainty of a series product.

“Surface elements can be transparent or opaque. Sunlight and shading, guided views and daylight optimisation can all be employed as active design factors. The system can also accommodate BIPV panels for solar energy generation.”

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Second survey reveals more naivety over rogue traders

More homeowners judge a tradesman by politeness, promptness – and even whether they take off their shoes – than by references from former customers, according to a new survey by the HomeOwners’ Alliance and TrustMark.

The new figures also show that nearly half would check whether someone is listed in a ‘doorstep directory’ even though these are more often nothing more than paid-for adverts.

These findings come only three weeks after a TrustMark/Age UK survey (The Glazine, Mar 31) revealed that nearly a quarter of older people did not know how to find the right tradesman and only one in 50 based their choice on having the right qualifications.

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Nu Stock joins Magden in Amicus acquisition

Amicus Building Products, the holding company of PVC building and insulated glazing products distributor Magden, has doubled the network of branches around Northern Britain – and added an online sales facility – with the acquisition of Nu Stock Ltd.

Amicus Managing Director Nick Friend said: “Nu Stock branches will significantly add to our geographical reach. The acquisition instantly enhances the service and products we can offer and means existing customers of both Magden and Nu Stock will benefit from a wider network of branches as well as having the ability to order supplies online.”

Nu Stock has six branches in Stockton-on- Tees, Hull, Barnsley, Paisley, Washington and Darlington.

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Construction people like Tories – but don’t rate political parties!

The Conservatives have take a strong lead in a poll of construction people – but an even bigger majority have given a vote of no confidence to all the key parties.

The message comes from a survey by UK construction week which shows 54% think the Conservatives would be best for the industry but 71% feel the needs of the industry have been ignored by all the key parties. 

On the choice of parties, the results place Labour at 30%, while the Green Party has pushed ahead of the Liberal Democrats, coming in at 6 and 4% respectively. 

UKIP managed to claim four per cent of the vote, with SNP and Plaid Cymru jointly accounting for the remaining 2%.

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“When the sun shines, it’s like being outside”


A large care home dayroom with limited potential for conventional windows is now flooded with light via a six metre glazed geodesic dome from Solardome.

Architect Tim Worsfold had the challenge of bringing natural light into the middle of the 106sqm dayroom that was being converted from an enclosed courtyard at the Brindaavan Care Home, Mid Glamorgan. He explained: “The owner wanted to bring together the dayrooms but, being enclosed, it needed more natural light into the middle of the area.”

Geodesic dome specialist Solardome Industries was chosen to provide the dome in the centre of a flat roof and now, as the architect explained: “When the sun shines, it’s like being outside. Combined with the actuators for venting and underfloor heating and the residents are in the perfect constant environment.”

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PHOTO FEATURE

Park & Ride scheme, York.
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