2nd June 2016
 
Door Hardware Professionals Better Served In The North
 

A new branch of the Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) has been set up to support door hardware professionals in the northernmost regions of England.

The North and Borders Branch encompasses the area previously covered by the North East Branch and spans all the way over to the West Coast and the borders. Meetings are held in Carlisle.

Simon Sutton, national sales manager of Lorient UK, is branch chairman. He says: “The IAI branches provide quality CPD through a structured programme of presentations, and a platform for local architectural ironmongers to voice their opinions.

 
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The VEKA UK Group Unveils The NEW M70 System
 

The Matrix 70 Window System from VEKA has been a leader in the industry for decades, with its classic good looks and impressive technical performance.

Now, thanks to ongoing investment in the supplier’s PVC-U systems, a new, even more energy-efficient M70 system has been launched with five chambers within the profile, along with its predecessor’s tried and tested steel reinforcements.

MD Dave Jones said: “The VEKA UK Group constantly strives to update and improve our product range to ensure it is constantly evolving. We know that to maintain our position as the industry leader,

 
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Deceuninck’s Slider24: Industry First For Security
 

Deceuninck’s innovative Slider24 patio door has achieved an industry first for security. It is the only sliding patio door on the market that meets PAS 24 requirements for two, three and four panes.

Slider24’s PAS 24 accreditation for enhanced security means that two, three and four pane configurations all are compliant with Document Q. According to Deceuninck, Slider24 is #BestInClass and outstanding across the board, leading in weather performance and energy efficiency too. It achieves 450Pa in water permeability, 1200Pa in wind rating, and an A+ Door Set Energy Rating (DSER).

 
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Never Before Seen Innovation Gets Thumbs Up From UK Market
 

A never before seen innovation has generated high interest from UK manufacturers following its ground-breaking debut to the market.

Hardware experts Caldwell UK Ltd unveiled its FoldUp window – a first for the industry – at the FIT Show 2016, where it drew admiration from the crowds and the seal of approval from manufacturers.

The FoldUp window combines high-performance operation with traditional appearance. It looks identical to a vertical sliding sash window but operates similarly to the concertina mechanism on a bifold; and has a weight capacity of up to 70kg.

 
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New Sales Office Manager At Mila
 

Mila has appointed Sarah Parker as Sales Office Manager to lead its 14 strong internal sales team.

With several years of industry experience in a similar role, Sarah brings a considerable amount of technical and commercial expertise to Mila.  She is focused on ensuring that her team has unrivalled, up to date product knowledge so that they can offer the very best advice to customers on the phone when they are placing orders.

Sarah is also playing a key role in Mila’s ongoing programme to deliver the ‘perfect order’, optimising the efficiency of the ordering process,

 
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Restructuring At The Top For The Window Company (Contracts)
 

Award winning commercial window installer The Window Company (Contracts) has announced a restructuring of its senior management team.

Founder and Managing Director David Thornton has moved up to become Chairman, and Projects Director Rob Petre has been promoted to Managing Director.

The other members of the senior management team – Martin Thornton, Rachel Petre, Katie Thornton and Sheila Thornton have also all been made Directors and shareholders of the company.

 
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Mila’s MD Urges The Industry To Back The Border To Border Bike Ride
 

Mila’s Managing Director Richard Gyde will set off on the Border to Border charity bike ride with the GM Fundraising team next month and is appealing for the whole industry to dig deep to support their fundraising efforts

He said:  “Starting at the Canadian border and cycling all the way down to the Mexican border, this is being billed as the Toughest Ride yet and, having taken part in four of these charity bike rides in the past, I can certainly vouch for that.

“We’ll each be riding 60 or 70 miles a day for eleven days in 40º temperatures, and tackling 96,000ft of climbing,

 
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An Aluminium Systems House With British Credentials And European Recognition
 

Exlabesa is an aluminium systems house that has impeccable British credentials and experience – and the reassurance of a brand that’s recognised and trusted throughout Europe.

Headquartered in Doncaster, Exlabesa is the new name for Kaye Building Systems, an aluminium systems house with a reputation for delivering exceptional quality. Derek Hodgson, General Manager of Exlabesa, says: “We’ve always manufactured Exlabesa’s profiles and we’re proud to offer a brand that’s one of the most widely recognised on the European market. At the same time, we’re based in the UK and understand the UK market and what it needs, so we’re a really safe pair of hands for anyone looking for an aluminium extrusion partner.”

 
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Construction Sector Needs To Address Modern Slavery In Its Supply Chain
 

The findings of the Global Slavery Index released yesterday are shocking and put the onus on all of us to take positive action against the evils of modern slavery now affecting 48 million people worldwide.

While the report cites the number of people affected in the UK at a relatively low 13k, the figure doesn’t reflect the complex supply chains of most sectors, none more so than the construction sector.

BRE is current developing a new standard – the Ethical Labour Standard – which will provide organisations with a framework to verify their systems and processes in relation to the Modern Slavery Act and continuously improve their ethical labour sourcing practices We have 120+ organisations who are helping us shape the standard and trial its use. 

 
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London Calling all PIGS!
 

The second People in Glazing Society (PIGS) event of 2016 is being hosted at Canal 125 in London’s King’s Cross on 7 July.

“The Manchester event in March was a great success,” says PIGS organiser Sarah Ball from Balls2 Marketing. “We’ve already got a long list of sponsors who have signed up to support all three PIGS 2016 events and as usual, all the money goes behind the bar to start the PIGS party.”

PIGS is a great opportunity for everyone from the glazing industry to get together for a great night of casual networking.

 
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Credit And Financial Information Pivotal In Forming Sales Strategy At Astraseal
 

Astraseal, who are in the second year of their partnership with Insight Data, have revealed how Insight’s cloud-based CRM system, Salestracker, has helped them to improve productivity by forming comprehensive sales strategies.

Zac Nedimovic, Sales and Marketing Manager at Astraseal commented; “The systems numerous features have been pivotal with the credit and financial information taking centre stage.”

Astraseal specialise in manufacturing PVC-u and aluminium windows, doors and conservatories.

 
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Kestrel Manager Tees Off For Cancer Charity

 

Kestrel business development manager for Scotland and Ireland John Gunn will be teeing off for a golfing marathon this month to raise money for Macmillan.

John will be joined by friends Mark Taylor and Alan Granger for the 27-mile challenge, which will include 72 holes at the Carrick Golf Club at Cameron House Hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond.

The event, on June 19, will see around 2,000 teams across the UK take part in the Longest Day Golf Challenge to raise money for the cancer charity.

 
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Trade News

As Brexit Looms EU Based Construction Giants Bid For UK Construction Projects Worth £9 Billion

Seven of the ten biggest construction companies working in the UK who have their headquarters elsewhere in the EU have placed bids on future construction projects worth more than a combined £9 billion according to industry analysts Barbour ABI,

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Investment Is The Name Of The Game For ODL Europe

It’s been a busy six months for supplier of added value building products for the home, ODL Europe. Mere weeks after launching its Built in Blind, the company gained EN 1279 Parts 2/3/6, through its investment in Insulated Glass Unit production equipment, allowing lead times of just 10 days.

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Fast Ford Gears Up For Exciting Future

Competition is intense and margins are tight but there is still room at the top as shown by Ford Windows, the Sheffield-based fabricator and installer.

When it comes to mass production and success in the mass market, there are few names stronger than the Ford Motor Company – and similarly,

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Product News

First For Ideas – First To Market – First Call Us!

In a competitive industry it is inevitable that when you’re the first to introduce a product to market, others will be quick to follow. Essex based fabricators Climatec Windows often find themselves with the competition snapping at their heels, after providing something new and innovative for their customers.

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Endurance Move To ODL Plugless Cassettes

As part of their ongoing product development programme, Endurance® Doors have now switched to the proven, plugless ODL Tri-SYS glazing cassettes, in response to customer demand for their solid and secure timber composite doors.

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People

GGF Appoints New Technical Officer

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Kells as Technical Officer joining the current GGF Technical team.

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Customer Service Specialist Joins AAC

Leading powder coater makes key executive hire.

AAC today announced that Darren Scantlebury-Watson has joined its board as Customer Services Director. Darren brings with him a wealth of experience, having spent ten years specialising in change management within the powder coating sector.

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On-Site

REHAU Passivhaus Products Chosen For Innovative Social Housing Project

REHAU’s expertise in the Passivhaus sector has been perfectly demonstrated with an installation of windows and doors in one of the UK’s first Passivhaus certified social housing projects.

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Internet

New Website Provides Another Outlet For Roseview’s Sash Window Passion

Roseview Windows are marking a triumphant first half of 2016 with the launch of their brand new trade website www.roseview.co.uk

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Marketing

‘Goals Win Games’: Emplas Launches Euros Fantasy Football League

Emplas has issued a challenge to the trade to test its footballing acumen as it launches its UEFA Euro 2016 Fantasy Football League.

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Exhibitions

Apeer To Bring Lumi To Vision

Apeer has announced that it is to exhibit at Vision London (stand 60) on 7-8 June at Olympia London, continuing a run of exhibitions this year that have included the FIT Show, Grand Designs Live, and Plan2Build.

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FIT Show

A Hit At FIT For Wintech Testing & Certification

Wintech Testing & Certification has returned from a successful FIT Show which saw a high number of visitors to their stand, eager to discover for themselves the kinds of tests on offer at the company’s extensive Telford facility

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Charity

20 Years Of GM Fundraising

April was a busy month for GM Fundraising, with record funds raised at the FIT Show and preparations for the Border2Border Cycling Challenge in full swing. It was little different 20 years ago, as the end of April saw the 20th anniversary of the first ever GM Fundraising event.

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