Weekly Email News for the Glass,
Glazing & Fenestration Industries
4th October 2011
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Jotika - Future Architectural (FA) Glass, a commercial glass processor, has invested in a custom built factory based in Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, incorporating British and European technology, including:...
Solidor has lowered the U-values on its composite doors, giving them anticipated better ratings within the new Door Energy Rating scheme (DERs).
Leading foam tapes manufacturer ISO-Chemie has improved the movement capacity of its specialist timber frame sealing tape.
Workwear provider, Alexandra, is helping construction firms prepare for winter with the launch of its new product range, including items from Snickers, Black Rock and Helly Hansen.
The number of aluminium fabricators using First Degree Systems’ (FDS) newly launched manufacturing and business management software programme has sharply increased over the last month according to sales and marketing director Alan Bark.
Siegenia-Aubi - Hardware distributor King Solutions has added over 100 KFV products to service the strong demand for the brand.
Business Micros (Aluminium) has launched a new update for its LogiKal software system.
The KBE System 88, which was launched by Kömmerling in July, has now received the PassivHaus certification.
Investing in products such as plastic thermal reinforcements can cut down on fabrication costs, increase profit, and still exceed the criteria set down by the revised building regulations, claims Synseal.
GableCraft has added WHS Halo System 10 to its portfolio.
The Signature Network, the consumer marketing scheme created by Chelmsford-based trade fabricator Pioneer Trading, has got off to an impressive start with more than fourteen installers passing the strict quality criteria required to join in its first two months....
Crystal Direct recently delivered two conservatories to Foulbec, near Le Havre in France.
Over 40 tenants and members of the board of housing association Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) attended the official launch of window and door specialist Nationwide’s Bangor manufacturing facility.
Adams Rite, part of Assa Abloy Security Solutions, has supplied its Sentinel 6 security package to the new Sandyford Community Fire Station.
Synseal windows have been installed in a development in the North West, by LDG Group, one of the region’s largest window companies.
When Rehau was tasked with installing a complete cable management system for Bolton’s new multi-million pound Sixth Form College, they came to Universal Arches for some expertise in shaping the PVCU sections.
Synseal fabricator and installer, DDG Windows, recently completed a school project a week ahead of schedule, providing pupils with an energy efficient and comfortable learning environment in time for the new term.
Adams Rite’s high security Sentinel 6 package has been used to secure innovative office spaces in the heart of Manchester.
The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Wales is ‘delighted’ with the Welsh Government’s decision to make construction a priority sector.
Mike Gaillard, joint managing director of CENSolutions celebrated his 60th birthday by raising in excess of £1,200 for completing a charity abseil.
Rehau has launched an improved version of its Authorised Partners website.
Trada Technology, on behalf of Trada, has developed a mobile app for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices, to be launched at Timber Expo 2011.
Mid Kent Windows, the Tenterden-based fabricator and installer, has recently taken delivery of a recycling compactor from Landfill Alternatives for its cardboard and polythene packaging waste.
Rehau has given its backing to the GGF and Fensa in their warnings to members not to jump the gun on the Green Deal.
AGC Glass Europe has claimed to have become the first glass maker to obtain the ‘Cradle to Cradle’ eco-certification, achieving the silver level for its float glass and magnetron-coated glass products.
Condemn or congratulate?
Door-Stop is the first company in the UK to manufacture and install (with the help of Alternative Windows) an energy rated door, which Nick Dutton, Door-Stop’s MD, puts down to customer service, rather than opportunism.
Furthermore, for those companies who doubt Nick Dutton’s veracity, the news comes with the BFRC’s full support. Composite door manufacturer Door-Stop was the first company to register with the BFRC’s Door Energy Ratings Scheme and has supplied the first installed energy rated door too,” BFRC director Giles Willson said. “The BFRC fully supports Door-Stop’s achievement and hopes to announce many more registrations and door ratings shortly.”
However, there is a general feeling that this accolade was won unfairly, that somehow there was collusion between Door-Stop and BFRC to give the composite door supplier a head start. In fact, this week the chairman of the Association of Composite Door Manufacturers, Ben Penson, emailed me to say that while he welcomes DERs, “the launch of the scheme has been marred by opportunism by one supplier and, in turn, a rather soft approach by BFRC in dealing with it, commercially disadvantaging those companies that have taken a responsible approach”.
Naturally, this is something that Nick denies. “While our competitors have been busy writing letters complaining about our achievement, we – and BFRC and BM Trada – have committed considerable time and effort into being able to offer our customers the benefit of energy rated doors,” Nick said. “Some may consider this opportunistic. We consider it customer service.”
Personally, I find it very hard to give weight to the idea of collusion. Yes, it would have been wise for the BFRC not to start talk about companies getting their doors energy rated before it was physically possible. However, Door-Stop’s current position has more to do with the company having already done much of the groundwork with BM Trada, and then eagerly following the process through until its natural conclusion. For that, Door-Stop can only be congratulated.
Finally, this week we announce the finalists of the G11 Awards [Read Story Here]. Good luck!
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Technoform Glass Insulation (TGI) has implemented the next stage of its growth strategy and appointed Andrew Jenner as product manager at its UK headquarters.
Veka has appointed a new director to its board; Shane Gray will fulfil a newly created role as director of product management.
Barnsley based Adria Glass now benefits from the Smartfill machinery on offer from Inagas.
Italian manufacturer Belfortglass has appointed The Glass Machinery Company as sole UK distributor for its range of products.
GED Integrated Solutions’ latest addition to their family of i-3 Technologies – the Automated Tri-Lite Assembly System (Atlas) – has won the coveted ‘Best in Show’ Award as voted by attendees at the recent GlassBuild exhibition (12-14 September) in Atlanta.
Glass Systems was the first insulated glass manufacturer to automate production of Swisspacer V units, by investing in a Lisec BSV 45 ANK bender.
Quickslide has installed a third Schirmer machining centre as part of the company’s ongoing strategy to boost capacity.
Securistyle claims to have become the first hardware company in the UK window industry to achieve BM Trada Q-Mark certification for ‘Hardware for use in General and Enhanced Security Fenestration Products’.
Certass has applied to join the UKAS pilot scheme covering accreditation for the certification of installers and advisors of the Green Deal framework.
The Double Glazing and Conservatory and Ombudsman Scheme (DGCOS) is helping its members with PR support in their local and regional media.
National trade fabricator TWR Trade Frames has expanded its product range and launched a new marketing support package for installers.
According to Insight Data, the number of IGU (sealed unit) manufacturers in the UK has dropped in the last year, with some companies choosing to close their IGU production lines and buy-in units.
Workplace equipment supplier Slingsby has released its latest edition of ‘Work-It’ which is a combination of a catalogue and magazine that contains customer case studies, advice articles and also showcases seasonal products.
Synseal is updating its retail marketing brochures, and is asking window and conservatory customers for help with providing the photography.
Kestrel has awarded the first Q-Card to Ultegra Services for achieving the GQA Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Domestic Fascia, Soffit and Bargeboard Installation (QCF).
Assa Abloy has reported success for its purpose-built training academy, since opening its doors over six months ago.
Network Veka has updated its Surveying and Installation Manual, a key part of the training programme offered to new members.
Kestrel has launched its Q Card installer training programme, designed to give installers formal training in fitting roofline products, legislation affecting the products they sell, and more specifically the benefits of installing products from the Kestrel range.
for upcoming exhibitions in the UK and the rest of the world
Hegla will be exhibiting at the Vitrum exhibition in Milan in October 2011.
Technoform Glass Insulation (TGI) will be showcasing the TGI-Spacer Bar at the forthcoming Vitrum exhibition in Milan on October 26th to the 29th.
Nationwide, to promote sustainable solutions on behalf of the window and door industry, will be the official fenestration partner at Sustainable Communities 2011: Local Growth, Local Futures Conference and Exhibition in London on 2nd November.
RegaLead, the market leader in decorative products for the flat glass industry, plans a strong presence at the International Trade Fair Vitrum, to be held in Milan from the 26th to the 29th October 2011.
The Bystronic glass group is exhibiting at Vitrum 2011 in Milan.
Vitrum - Milan will be the venue for the 17th biennial International trade fair for machinery, equipment and systems for the processing of flat and hollow glass; glass and finished products for the industry from 26 to 29 October 2011.