6th February 2018 VIEW ONLINE
Weekly Email News for the Glass, Glazing & Fenestration Industries

GLAZERITE GROUP has appointed Lauren Edwards as Digital Marketing Coordinator.
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VBH (GB) is adding to its sales team with the appointment of Matt Edney as Area Sales Manager for the South East, and Wayne Hewlett as External Technical Sales Support.
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THE PARKSIDE GROUP has announced a new management structure that will see Sales Director Richard Reeve exclusively looking after the group’s Axim Architectural Hardware division.
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Composite door manufacturer Phoenix Doors has promoted Anthony Bill to a new technical role as Technical Liaison Team Leader.
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HAFFNER MURAT is offering fabricators easy access to manufacturing heritage products with the launch of a machinery package available from as little as £189 a week on finance.
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Eurotech is launching a suction plate cover said to eliminate marking by suction cups on glass handling machinery.
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FIT Show

FIT Show organisers have announced a partnership with global events organiser Angus Montgomery Ltd, adding that the day-to-day running of the event will not be affected by the move.
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Fire Safety

ALUPROF and PYROGUARD, have unveiled a new, non-insulated, slimline fire-resistant glazing system, said to be a first for the UK market.
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PROMAT UK manufacturer of fire-resistant glazing and thermal and acoustic insulation, has moved up to the latest ‘2015’ editions of the ISO 9001 quality management and ISO 14001 environmental management system standards.
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AGC GLASS EUROPE has introduced Stratobel Colour, a new range of coloured laminated glass products.
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Another innovation has been introduced to glasstec in this, its 25th outing with the launch of the Start-up Zone.
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SMART ARCHITECTURAL ALUMINIUM will be returning to Ecobuild, showcasing its new, high quality Designer Door and Orangery Roof systems.
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Designers and architects will be targeted at Ecobuild 2018 by foam tape producer
ISO-CHEMIE with its display of airtightness and sealing solutions (stand E30).
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Fensterbau 2018

EUROTECH will be presenting some of its products at the Fensterbau Frontale trade fair in Nuremberg.
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SWISSPACER will be exhibiting on Stand 214, Hall 7a at Fensterbau Frontale, Nuremberg, this March.
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PROMAC GROUP will have four supply partners showcasing their products in PVC-U, aluminium and glass technologies at this year’s Fensterbau.
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KOMMERLING UK will be alongside its parent company, Kömmerling Chemische Fabrik GmbH, in Hall 7, Stand 7-118 at this year's Fensterbau, focusing on its products for the bonding of IGUs.
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The construction industry and The Chartered Institute of Marketing are launching the CIM Foundation Certificate in Marketing for Construction.
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A Perry & Co (Hinges) is launching its new door furniture range, Horizon, created from solid forged brass components.
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316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel door and window hardware supplier BLU has launched a range of showroom display boards.
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The Residence Collection is launching a new start-up package that it says will enable fabricators to begin manufacturing its three window and door systems for as little as £18,000.
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SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS has added an aluminium window, the thermally-broken Ali VU to its product range.
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EUROCELL has introduced a self-contained composite wood Garden Room via its UK depot network.
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VBH has added the Link Vent Mk2 trickle vent from Glazpart to its range of hardware.
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Entec Design Services Ltd has undertaken the complete building envelope of a new 83-bed Premier Inn in Middlesbrough, using EXLABESA ECW 50 curtain walling system.
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TREMCO ILLBRUCK has contributed to a new-build project that has been named RIBA’s House of the Year 2017.
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Steel-look windows by KAWNEER helped in a £17 million project to rescue a partly-derelict former technical college in Enfield, North London.
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Converted fishermen’s cottages on a series of remote islands off Jersey have been upgraded with REHAU PVC-U windows by local installer Alan Gicquel.
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VEKA GROUP has been shortlisted for three accolades in the Red Rose Awards, hosted by Lancashire Business View.
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EVERGLADE WINDOWS has won three West London Business Awards.
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ALUFOLDDIRECT has been named a triple finalist in the Red Rose Business Awards.
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SOLIDOR is aiming to ‘reward trade partners who have created an outstanding sales environment’ with a new Showroom of the Month initiative.
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Long-standing Halo fabricator MASTERFRAME was named ‘Timber Alternative Window Company 2017’ in the National Fenestration Awards.
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Brisant Secure has donated £5,000 to GM Fundraising to celebrate the Lock Lock door security handle surpassing an unprecedented 5,000 hour salt spray test.
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PROFINE UK and its Kömmerling brand have reported an increase in profile sales for 2017.
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Staffordshire-based architectural hardware supplier Washington And Riley has joined the BLUESKY CERTIFICATION UKAS accredited Fire Door Installer Scheme.
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MIGHTON has this year launched separate catalogues for its core ranges, including a main hardware catalogue and another for its Mighty Machines.
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Offsite Construction

Offsite construction currently accounts for less than 10% of total construction output, but is on an upward trajectory, say organisers of Explore Offsite Housing, to be held at Ecobuild, NEC, on 10 & 11 April 2018.
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BENNETT ARCHITECTURAL will undertake its biggest DfMA (Design for Manufacture and Assembly) project to date, for the £350m New Grange Hospital in Cwmbran, South Wales.
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Cardiff-based DUDLEY’S ALUMINIUM has secured a £4million contract to support the development on the latest Central Square project later this year with Rightacres and main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine.
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GLASSOLUTIONS was commissioned to provide a mullion-only curtain wall system for the £80.11 million construction of the new V&A Museum of Design, Dundee.
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The scheme
of things

It has often been muttered that window installers only need such a big van so they can fit all their logos on the back. And it’s little wonder with such a proliferation of spurious badges leaving the consumer to guess at best which ones mean anything more than an annual cheque to a virtual address.

So what are we to make of the appearance of yet another logo? Firstly of course, Corgi is adamant that its new scheme is not for badge collectors and secondly, not all those symbols are shallow and meaningless, far from it. Corgi entered the fenestration sector with a ready-made consumer identity so has a head-start in the recognition stakes and the initial signs from its launch information suggest a very serious attempt at earning it – not to mention a very public rating system that will make sure participants live up to it. Read Story

Beyond all of that however is the inescapable fact that, with the combination of the web-savvy shopper and the growth of sincere consumer assurance schemes, there are fewer and fewer places for the substandard operators to hide, so the appearance of any new scheme can only be a good thing.

We hope you enjoy this week’s issue.

Chris Church


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This Week's News

Corgi Installer Scheme targets 250,000 sites in
five years

Corgi Fenestration has today (Feb 6) unveiled its own Installer Scheme with a single fee for notifications across windows, doors, conservatories and other extensions, including self-certification of replacement windows and doors, no need for an IBG, and a TripAdvisor-style rating system for all installations.

CEO Chris Mayne told The Glazine that the organisation is aiming to be covering 250,000 installations a year by year five.

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New £8m recycling
plant unveiled

Veka Recycling has revealed plans for an £8million PVC-U recycling plant in the UK, which will see the group’s combined capacity exceed 100,000 tonnes a year and enable it to fully process old PVC-U windows and factory off-cuts into reusable polymer for the first time in the UK.

The plant, on a 5.5 acre site in Wellingborough, Northants, is expected to be fully operational next spring and will be in addition to its existing site in Kent, which currently generates part-processed material for finishing in Germany.

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Installers seeing
growth – survey

More than 40% of UK window and door installers have seen an increase in the number of domestic projects they completed last year and nearly two thirds have seen an upturn in sales leads, according to a survey by finance provider Improveasy in association with Insight Data.

Improveasy managing director Austin Barcley added that the findings also show other emerging trends: “Our network of installer partners often see finance packages being used to support the installation of new windows and doors and there is a growing trend for combining different materials on a single property.

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Five miles – in 180 years!

Era this week topped off 180 years of history with a move to a new 135,000sq ft HQ, factory and warehouse in Wolverhampton where CEO Darren Waters gave visitors a hint of the next innovation the company is bringing to market.

The unit was officially opened by David Huse OBE, Chairman of Neighbourhood Watch, who said: “I was thrilled to be invited to open the fantastic new facility.

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From: Colin Torley,
Sales And Operations Director,
Saveheat Group

I read with interest Dame Judith Hackitt’s interim report on the review of the building regulations, in particular the references to them “not being fit for purpose” and “confusing rules and a lack of enforcement leaving them open to abuse.” This is equally true of the Construction Product Regulations (CPR) which form part of the overall picture.

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A £4million contract to support the development on the latest Central Square project .
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