11th December 2018 VIEW ONLINE
Weekly Email News for the Glass, Glazing & Fenestration Industries

SPECTUS fabricator Mercury Glazing manufactured and supplied 204 windows for the refurbishment of Cliff House, an iconic former hotel in Felixstowe.
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Optima windows from PROFILE 22 were chosen for the construction of 18 houses, 38 flats and two retail units as part of a £50m regeneration scheme in Maidstone, Kent, by Housing association Golding Homes.
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More than 700 frames of DECEUNINCK 2500 chamfered windows have been installed in a development of luxury apartments in Alexandra Wharf in Southampton.
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APEER has invested £750,000 in a second, larger toughening line to stay ahead of demand for its Lumi and Lumi2 windows and doors, which it says has trebled in the last year alone.
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TUFFX has expanded its Knowsley manufacturing facility, adding 20,000sq ft unit to its existing 55,000ft2 factory.
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is approaching the 20th anniversary of the UK’s first composite doors with the completion of the £850,000 first phase of a major infrastructure investment at its
Barnsley HQ.
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FORCE 8 has added a new composite door, Geneva, to its two-tone contemporary collection.
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ULTRAFRAME has partnered with Total Support Training by supplying two Ultrasky lanterns for training pods at the trainer’s Milton Keynes unit.
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A new fenestration training provider has been launched as ‘the UK’s only GQA approved centre offering a full suite of products in a controlled environment’.
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Intenet / I.T.

MRA MARKETING has launched a new website dedicated to its research division, MRA Research.
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INFINITY software for fabricators and installers has been launched with features including dedicated sales and marketing apps and lead capture tools.
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EXTRUDASEAL has agreed a year-long deal with South West rugby club, Blandford RFC which sees the gasket and seal manufacturer as a principal shirt sponsor for the first XV for the 2018/19 season.
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The Sinidex lock from Caldwell has gained PAS24-accreditation on Liniar profiles, Eurocell Logic, Modus and Modus Flush systems, Deceuninck’s 2500 and 2800 systems and Kommerling Gold.
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Fire Safety

ISO CHEMIE Iso-Top Winframer thermal insulating and load bearing bracket system for the installation of windows has achieved E30 fire rating.
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Year-to-date sales at REAL ALUMINIUM have grown by nearly 45% to a three-year peak, the company has announced.
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Worthing-based NEWVIEW WINDOWS has recorded a 38% increase in turnover on 2016-2017 and gained 43% year on year since April 2018.
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ROSEVIEW is on course for a record-breaking 2018-2019 with sales now 15% ahead of last year with rising demand for its Rose Collection from both trade and commercial sectors.
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Worthing-based NEWVIEW has been awarded two UKAS accreditations, for ISO9001:2015 for Quality Management and ISO14001:2015 for Environmental Management.
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GUARDIAN GLASS EUROPE has launched an online Product Selector that allows glass processors, architects, designers and cladders to find the most suitable Guardian Glass product for their project.
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An early present

There cannot be many examples in this or any other industry where an entire multi million pound manufacturing sector is brought to a complete halt and then left on hold for nearly six months. So there will be very many people looking forward to a more relaxing Christmas now that the all-industry moratorium of fire doors has been lifted.

The early present is to the credit of the Association of Composite Door Manufacturers and the government department which have worked in harmony under the spectre of so many fatalities at the disaster which led to the specification of many products being found wanting.
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Elsewhere, we hear this week of what must be any innovator of brand-holder’s worst nightmare, when a fake product is sold as the real thing, with all the subsequent damage to the reputation of the original, not to mention the disappointment of one or more householders. Read more

And finally, it remains only to remind readers and contributors that next week will be the last issue before out two-week Christmas break.

Until then, we hope you enjoy this week’s issue.

Chris Church


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This Week's News

Fire doors back on sale after post-Grenfell moratorium lifted

The Association of Composite Door Manufacturers today announced that it has reached agreement with the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government to allow the sale of fire doors to resume in the UK following a voluntary moratorium by the industry.

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Installer fined £5,000 for fake ‘Bygone’ claim

Masterframe has revealed today how a company was fined £5,000 for falsely claiming to be using its Bygone Collection windows and doors – the third time the fabricator has had to defend its brand integrity in this way.

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Lords set to debate
off-site report to tackle housing crisis

The House of Lords will tomorrow (Dec12) debate the Science and Technology Committee’s report “Off-site manufacture for construction: building for change.”

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Six syscos sign to VinylPlus label

Six systems houses serving the UK market – Deceuninck, Epwin, Internorm, Rehau, Schüco and Veka – have now taken up the VinylPlus Product Label in 2018 with two others undergoing the audit process to join them, the organisation has announced.

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New DHF push-button guide includes perimeter and fire doors

The Door & Hardware Federation has released a new Best Practice Guide for the locks and building hardware industry covering the British Standard for Mechanically Operated Push-Button Locksets (BS 8607:2014 + A1:2016). The Standard sets out the requirements and test methods for durability, strength and also functionality.

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Cliff House, an iconic former hotel in Felixstowe.
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From: Alan Burgess, Timberweld

The industry has a mixed record of respecting intellectual property (IP). We’ve probably all seen cases of copying (ranging from accidental infringement to blatant copying and theft) of innovations, product design and brands.

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John Weir, a veteran of the Glass & Glazing Federation who was instrumental in developing its earliest technical standards, has died, aged 79 after a long illness.
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UNIQUE WINDOW SYSTEMS has continued investment in its manufacturing facility with the purchase of a second Graf SL4FF.
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G 18 Awards

DECEUNINCK has won the G18 ‘Product of the Year’ award with Linktrusion technology, the second year running the company has scooped the top prize for product innovation at the
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AluFoldDirect picked up two G-Awards – Fabricator of the Year and Training and Development Initiative of the Year.
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DOUBLE R GLASS & ROOFING SYSTEMS was named Glass Company of the Year at the G18 Awards and managing director Ian Sims said: ““We couldn’t be prouder of the entire team.
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EPWIN WINDOW SYSTEMS has won the Sustainability Initiative of the Year at the G18 Awards for being one of the first companies to achieve the VinylPlus Product Label certification.
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PILKINGTON UNITED KINGDOM has won at the G18 Awards for its installation at the £90 million 6 St Andrew Square project, Edinburgh.
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VBH (GB), manufacturer of the greenteQ suited hardware range and supplier of a large selection of third-party products, has won the G18 ‘Component Supplier of the Year’.
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The Window Company (Contracts) has been named the G-Awards Installer of the Year for the third time in five years.
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Virtuoso Doors picked up the winning trophy for ‘Promotional Campaign of the Year’ at the G18 Awards, topping off what it says has been the best year ever in its 37-year history.
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CMS WINDOW SYSTEMS has been named a finalist in the 2019 Construction News Specialists Awards.
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The rising stars of the door and window hardware industry were celebrated at the 39th annual Guild of Architectural Ironmongers’ (GAI) Education Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London.
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Tiled roof system manufacturer SUPALITE welcomed customers from across the country to its annual fabricator conference.
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Q-railing will showcase two new product launches, its Easy Alu, a railing with lightweight aluminium posts, and the Easy Glass Prime all-glass balustrade.
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The EPWIN WINDOW SYSTEMS Advent Calendar event is back for 2018, with a prize to be won every day by one draw entrant chosen at random.
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THE GLAZERITE UK GROUP annual charity Race Evening at the Wolverhampton Racecourse this year raised nearly £600 for The Lewis Foundation.
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The entire workforce at ULTRAFRAME have created a fund-raising calendar to buy a special wheelchair for a colleague who became paralysed from the waist down after a paragliding accident earlier this year.
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Conservatory Outlet has added a third installer member in as many months with the addition of Swindon-based, £4million turnover TWC Home Improvements to its UK network of retail partners.
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The GGF has paid tribute to Dr Bernard Lowe one of its longest serving members and greatest technical contributors, who is retiring after 58 years in the industry.
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