7th April 2020 VIEW ONLINE
Weekly Email News for the Glass, Glazing & Fenestration Industries

GEOCEL has launched The Works Pro sealant/adhesive and The Works Pro X high-grab adhesive.
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REHAU has unveiled a deep bottom rail as the latest addition to its Rio flush fit system.
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Fabricator Focus

Trade fabricator Modplan has given its stock of personal protective equipment (PPE) to its local doctors’ surgery after the factory and paint plant temporarily closed down during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Aluminium trade fabricator FENTRADE is to start manufacturing the Optio 58BW Flush window from AluK when the industry emerges from the current shut-down.
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Coventry-based Profile 22 fabricator WINDOWS PLUS is fitting infection control doors and privacy screens in Warwick Hospital where NHS staff are caring for Covid-19 patients.
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Two types of curtain walling, three types of doors, windows and brise soleil, making up the complete portfolio of KAWNEER glazing systems, will be installed by approved subcontractor AB GLASS at St Sidwell’s Point in Devon.
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CDW SYSTEMS has partnered with commercial installer Hazlemere Commercial to help transform Colchester’s historic Dutch Quarter with more 300 Smart VS 600 vertical sliding windows.
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Aluminium windows
and doors from Gloucestershire-based COTSWOLD WINDOWS have helped transform a derelict barn into Tower Barn, a visitor centre, retail area and bar alongside the Broadway Tower landmark.
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APEER found the opportunity to show its Lumi window and door system in both traditional and contemporary surroundings and in new-build and retrofit all on one site when it undertook a contemporary extension to a traditional Hertfordshire home.
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Andrew Scott, founder of Purplex Marketing, Insight Data and the Glazing Summit, is to host a webinar ‘Marketing in Uncertain Times’ on Wednesday April 15 aimed at guiding business owners and marketing teams during the current crisis.
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PREFIX SYSTEMS has launched #100%Warm, a campaign aimed to ‘help communicate to the trade and consumers the fact that its Warmroof has been designed and engineered throughout to be a true ‘warm roof’.
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The total value of construction contract awards last month was £6.5 billion based on a three-month rolling average, according to the latest figures from Barbour ABI, up 16.9% on January and also 19.9% higher than February 2019.
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WARREN SERVICES is the latest architectural powder coat applicator to join Qualicoat UK & Ireland.
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Take cover

Amid all the widespread closures at all levels of the industry this week, it is fair to assume that the sharp end of the retrofit sector is being hit the worst with installers large and small hardly daring to step withing two metres of any customer’s front door. But however little work is being quoted at the moment, it still comes as a blow to hear that the GGF is closing its deposit indemnity fund to new business as of the start of this month. It also shouts a very clear message about how insecure the future must be any installers who are still able to find work, let along carry it out when they have found it. Read more

There is not much more comfort for all SMEs in the industry with a survey from the FMB this week highlighting widespread problems suffered by its members trying to tap into the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme. Read more

And finally, it looks like the phoney trade show visitors’ list scammers are at it again, this time targeting the would-be FIT 2020 audience. Read more

We may have little in the way of good news for anyone this week but we hope at least we have given you something to help you to navigate through the bad.

Chris Church


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This Week's News

GGF shuts deposit fund in face of Covid crisis

The GGF has today announced that is closing its Deposit Indemnity Fund to new business ‘due to the uncertain and unprecedented market conditions caused by the Covid-19 crisis’.

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‘Tackle blockages in virus loan scheme’ – FMB

The Federation of Master Builders is urging the Chancellor to tackle blockages in the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS).

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FIT issues alert over
Covid scam emails

FIT Show organisers are investigating a series of scam emails claiming to link the cancelled 2020 event with Coronavirus fears and offering heavily discounted lists of show attendees as ‘compensation’.

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Research shows the
real cost of wrong hardware choices

Some types of buildings can incur up to 19% of their total maintenance budget on architectural ironmongery despite the initial spend being proportionately far less, according to new research published by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongery.

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Safety Council goes ‘Live Online’ for home learning

The British Safety Council has developed a series of Live Online courses to help remote workers continue their health, safety and environmental training and learning as more and more turn to home working during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Timber window and door manufacturer GOWERCROFT JOINERY has appointed Joe Grimley to head up its new commercial division as Commercial Sales Manager.
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QUICKSLIDE is continuing its £2m staged investment programme with the installation of a Schirmer CNC cutting and prepping centre at its Brighouse, West Yorkshire factory.
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The Door & Hardware Federation has launched a new technical briefing, ‘Guidance on CE Marking, Third Party Testing, Assessment and Certification’ in collaboration with The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers.
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CUSTOMADE GROUP has signed what it says is the widest ranging Secured by Design agreement ever, with now 31 of its aluminium and PVCu windows and door systems recently achieving an SBD licence.
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Fire Safety

Hardware supplier WINKHAUS has expanded its testing services to now include the latest BS EN 1634-part 3 smoke control test for door and shutter assemblies.
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Health & Safety

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work has announced a new video ‘Napo in …work at height’.
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Internet / I.T.

The planned launch of a new double-glazing smartphone pricing app, Double Glazing App by VIRTAPE has been brought forward as a result of the current crisis and the company says it will waive the monthly licence fee for the app for the duration of the Covid-19 outbreak.
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has produced its first
ever online 3D product configurator for garden rooms, for its client Composite Garden Buildings.
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Aperture Trading, the collapsed former Synseal buyout vehicle, is to be broken up and offered for sale in parts after administrators announced that no buyer could be found for the group in its entirety.
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Hydro, owner of the Technal and Sapa architectural aluminium systems has announced that the merger of the two brands is now complete and all the products in the UK will now come under the Technal brand.
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FRAMEXPRESS has pledged to donate 5% of its 2020 profits to the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal as well as offering 10% discount on any window and door products ordered by installers for NHS workers’ homes for the rest of the year.
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