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    ‘Time to start thinking again about lead generation, security of supply and adaptation’

    From: Ryan Johnson, managing director, Emplas That England went out of a major tournament last month on penalties, although agonising to watch, at the very least represented some sort of return to ‘normal’. There is a...

    ‘A ticking time-bomb for aluminium fabricators’

    From: Nigel Headford, director, Deceuninck Aluminium Manufacturers of aluminium windows and doors could find all or part of their product offer falls short of proposed changes to building regulations - effectively locking them out of...

    Supply issues: ‘We’ve seen nothing yet’

    From: Russell Yates, managing director, AluFold Direct The Bank of England has just raised its estimate for UK GDP growth in 2021 to 7.25% - up from the 5% it forecast in February. Further easing...

    ‘A year of challenge, surprise and determination’

    From: Stuart Judge, president, Steel Window Association 2020 was certainly the year of challenge, surprise and determination as the primary markets for Steel Window Association members initially came to a very abrupt halt. This engendered a lot...

    Frustration at slow progress four years after Grenfell

    From: Michael Skelding, General Secretary, DHF It has been four years since the Grenfell Tower fire, which claimed 72 lives.  The inquiry is continuing, and the English building regulations are still largely unchanged.  Many in...

    “They’re price rises, not surcharges – get used to it”

    From: Paul Sullivan, CEO, Anglo European GroupWith additional comment by Richard Evans of Davro Steel We hear from all around the industry of price rises in a broad range of commodities, including steel, aluminium and...

    “The difference between doing as little as you can get away with or doing...

    From: Nick Dutton, CEO, Brisant Secure I’m writing to congratulate Giovanni Laporta for Smart Ready’s milestone win in its trademark dispute with Yale. Brisant has seen many of our initiatives blatantly copied. While we normally just...

    Supporting Men’s Health Week

    From: Yogesh Gopal, Director, Everglade Windows According to the Men’s Health Forum, an organisation which is dedicated to improving the health of men, one in five men die before the age of 65. To mark...

    Trickle vents: ‘More of a headache than any other industry issue’

    From: Paul Kennington, Technical Director, Veka plc As consultations around the Government’s new Future Buildings Standard close, Paul applauds plans to make homes more energy efficient but questions whether the vexed issue of ventilation has...

    Shortage of skilled engineers – ‘Think outside the pool’

    From: Wayne Hunter, Operations Manager, Emmegi (UK) I’ve just seen the fairly chastening statistic from Building Our Skills of more than 1100 installer vacancies being advertised on UK job sites at the end of the...