4 May 2017
 
Merseyside Window Fabricator Qualplas Celebrates Milestone Birthday
 

Qualplas, the St Helens-based PVC-U window fabricator and long-standing customer of The VEKA UK Group celebrates three decades of business this year. The milestone will be marked with a wide range of activities and customer giveaways throughout the year.

Since the very beginning, Qualplas has been dedicated to providing top quality products and unbeatable customer service to all of its trade, retail and commercial clients. This commitment was cemented when the young company chose The VEKA UK Group as its number one supplier of PVC-U profile just one year into trading, before later also joining Network VEKA, which has quality craftsmanship and customer satisfaction at its core.

 
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Vista’s Leading Composite Door Withstands Xtreme Attacks
 

XtremeDoor, the composite door by Merseyside fabricator Vista, has successfully thwarted two separate break-in attempts in the space of a few weeks.

XtremeDoors installed at a new-build property in Southampton and a Eurocell depot in Camberley, fought off burglars with crowbars, wheelie bins used as battering rams and even a car.

 
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£3 Billion: The Real Cost Of Winning Work
 

Research conducted by MarketingWorks and Reading University uncovered the real cost of the bidding process in the construction industry as almost £3 billion.

myConsole, recently announced as the procurement partner for Digital Construction Week, will be holding a webinar to show the industry how they can use digitalisation to dramatically reduce these costs.

The research discovered that the bid cost works out to 0.57% of the project value (Appendix A).

 
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Profile 22’S Optima Effortlessly Provides 20th Century Style For A 1930S

 

Profile 22 installer Max Glass has recently completed an impressive installation of Optima windows and patio doors in a 1930s home in Leeds. Stephen Hobson, Max Glass’s Director, says: “Our customer lived in a 1930s home and they wanted to maintain its period looks. The brief we had from them was that the new windows and the leading needed to replicate the original designs so they would not look like replacement windows.”

 
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Insight Data MD Receives Institute Of Directors Nomination

 

Andrew Scott, managing director of Insight Data, has been shortlisted for “Director of the Year” in the 2017 IoD Awards.

The Institute of Directors is the UK’s leading organisation for professional leaders and business best-practice, with 30,000 members. The IoD awards are among the most prestigious and sought-after business accolades in Great Britain, and the vetting process is rigorous.

 
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Get To Paddling & Pedalling At FIT Show 2017

 

Later this year a team of 12 ladies from the fenestration industry will be taking up the Paddle2Pedal Challenge. Proudly sponsored by Epwin Group, the first ever GM Fundraising all-female event will see the team canoe 100 miles of the River Wye, abseiling the rock face at Symonds Yat, before cycling 120 miles to Oswestry to meet some of the children and families from Hope House Children’s Hospice – the very people they are fundraising for. In total, they will cover 220 miles of roads and rivers with some tough challenges along the way.

Supporting the team on their journey that takes place August 20th are GM Fundraising cycling challenge veterans, Gary Morton and Alan Sadler, as well as Canoe expert Mark Bache from Epwin Group.

 
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Unique Window Systems Trusts SWISSPACER For Energy Performance

 

Unique Window Systems, a Leicester-based PVC-U and aluminium window manufacturer, fabricator and installer, uses SWISSPACER to sell top energy performance products to their customers. With the increased demand for energy efficiency in PVC-U and aluminium windows, its important Unique offers market-leading U-values across its entire range.

Joint MD Sunil Patel explains: “Whether customers are buying aluminium or PVC-U windows, they are more interested than ever in the energy efficiency of our products.

 
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Rembrand Signs Up To Bring Composite Wood To Scotland

 

Scottish construction supplies specialist Rembrand Timber Ltd has become a distributor for Composite Wood Company™, with big plans to bring the benefits of the fast-growing Composite Wood range to landscapers and home improvement installers.

Sales of Composite Wood decking, fencing, balustrades and garden rooms have exploded during the past year. With over 13,000 likes on its Facebook page, Composite Wood Company has proven the huge market potential and is building a national distribution network to cater to this rapid growth.

 
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Major Refurbishment Of Day Care Centre Completed

 

Drighlingon based manufacturer, Kingfisher uPVC Windows and Doors Ltd has recently completed a £91,000 refurbishment of an adults with learning and disabilities day care centre in Leeds.

The project that included the removal and replacement of more than 47 windows and 15 door sets, as well as curtain walling, was carried out using the Senior Aluminium System powder coated in a moderate, light grey.

 
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Building Facades: Smoking Joints

 

Andy Swift, national sales manager for ISO-CHEMIE, considers the effective sealing of building façades, which can prove to be difficult if failure, particularly in the form of water leakage, is to be avoided.

While a building façade should offer some degree of eye-catching appeal, its main purpose is to provide weather protection, and a safe and comfortable interior. If this is to be achieved and long-term performance and durability assured, the materials used in their construction need to be carefully designed, planned and installed.

 
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Sternfenster: Guiding The Way For Better Business Strength
 

Sternfenster’s continual improvement policy has laid the foundation for the support that they offer their Approved Installers. This has been shown by the latest addition to the marketing resources that they can now offer their customers.

Sternfenster is now offering 8 professional standard videos that have been specially designed to showcase certain products in an engaging and impressive way. These marketing tools are available at £300 + VAT, promising a value that greatly surpasses their generous price tag.

 
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VEKA UK-Sponsored Dog Team Rounds Up Vegas Visitors
 

The VEKA UK Group is well known for offering support to a diverse range of causes, from local schools and sports clubs, to its annual chosen charities.

The Burnley-based PVC-U systems supplier was barking up the right tree when it sponsored Production Planner Yvonne Gray's Flyball team 'WOW Wonderdogs'. The team has gone from strength to strength over recent years with the company's backing, and recently held a successful seminar with global guest stars.

 
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Final FIT Show IOTY Accolade Goes To Üni_Slide
 

That’s all folks! Monthly entries for the FIT Show’s popular Installation of the Year competition have now closed. Highlighting some of the best commercial and domestic door, window, orangery and conservatory installation projects in the business, the final winner of the competition, taking home the title for April, is Üni_Slide Panoramic Sliding Doors.

Winning the IOTY accolade for its White Oaks contemporary family home installation in Plymouth, Üni_Slide partnered with Barc Architects who designed the crisp,

 
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FIT Show Fitter Compettion To Win A Makita Radio Every Day
 

There’s a top of the range Makita onsite radio to be won every day at the FIT Show on The Window Company (Contracts)’ stand (M33).

The award winning commercial installer is inviting fitters who think they’ve got what it takes to work with the industry’s very best, to enter a prize draw on the stand to win the perfect addition to their onsite toolkit.

 
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BM Aluminium Celebrates 10 Years With European Football Giveaway
 

To help celebrate its 10th anniversary, software specialist Business Micros Aluminium is giving away a football themed break on stand G30 at FIT.

As the exclusive UK supplier of Orgadata’s LogiKal software system, BM Aluminium is making the most of Orgadata’s German heritage and giving away a trip to a Bayern Munich home match next season, with flights, match tickets and hotels all included.

 
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Get Social At FIT Show With Free Social Media Guide
 

FIT Show exhibitors and visitors can get social with a free guide from Balls2 Marketing, the PR and marketing specialist for the glazing industry.

Client Strategy Director Sarah Ball is the social media expert for the glazing industry and her talks were the best attended single seminars at both the FIT Show 2014 and 2016.

This year, Sarah was chosen to present to more than 120 industry peers at the FIT Show Exhibitor Day at the NEC in February, showing them how to make their stand a destination for visitors, using social media.

 
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Trade News

Want to join the party? Deceuninck Linktrusion™ Technology Is The Next Generation Fenestration Solution

LinktrusionTM from Deceuninck is changing the way the market specifies fenestration, thanks to a trademarked manufacturing process and material content that results in the best of both worlds: top performance thermal efficiency

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Profile 22 Announces Strong Start To The Year

Profile 22 has announced a strong start to 2017. Paul Lindsay, Sales Director for Profile 22, commented: “We know what a big decision it is to move profile partner and the number of new sign ups we’ve had so far this year is evidence of just how much Profile 22 has to offer.”

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Patiomaster’s Appeal Continues To Grow

PatioMaster’s appeal is continuing to grow amongst fabricators, installers and homeowners and for Carmen Velilla, PatioMaster’s Brand Manager, there are several good reasons for this. “We’re the market leaders because by specialising in manufacturing patio doors we’re recognised as the experts.

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Edgetech UK Celebrates A Decade Of Manufacturing

Spacer bar manufacturer Edgetech is celebrating a decade of manufacturing at its UK headquarters in Coventry.

Launched in 2007 after a £2.5m investment, the site became one of the UK’s first dedicated warm edge technology manufacturing facility,

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Tradesmith Achieves Certification With Bluesky

Tradesmith has achieved certification with Bluesky for the manufacture of windows and doorsets to BS7412 and PAS 24, to meet Secured by Design requirements.

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UK Manufacturing Predicted To Rise With The ‘Northern Powerhouse

A series of proposed infrastructure projects surrounding the Northern Powerhouse initiative could open fresh opportunities for manufacturers of building products in the UK.

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Enviroglaze Celebrates Rapid Growth As It Marks 3rd Year In Business

PVC-U specialist and The Glazerite UK Group Ltd customer, EnviroGlaze SW Ltd is celebrating its third anniversary after opening its doors in 2014 with just one employee.

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Product News

Mila Adds Xpert Tools To Its Product Line Up

Fabricators and installers can now buy a huge selection of specialist fenestration tools direct from Mila, after the hardware specialist added the popular Xpert Tools range to its product line up.

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A& B Joinery Opt For Quest Hardware For All Ironmongery And Woodworking Consumables

A&B Joinery have been established since 1985 and specialise in bespoke joinery timber projects for anything from new builds to old cottages and heritage buildings. A&B Joinery make custom made timber doors, windows, stair cases and furniture.

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Machinery


Lyten Find Efficency And Speed With Kombimatec’s 1HDX Cross Welder

With 26 years in the window and door fabrication business it’s fair to say that East Lothian-based Lyten knows quality when it sees it.

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Internet

Mercury Glazing Launch Their New Website

Mercury Glazing Supplies Ltd has just launched its new website, www.mercuryglazing.co.uk. The new improved site has been designed to showcase their range of niche products for the trade which include PVC-u and timber Vertical Sliders,

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Events

May Day May Day! Network VEKA Members’ Weekend On Its Way

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for so get ready to dust off your contacts book, shine your shoes and make some room in the trophy cabinet. This year’s Network VEKA Members’ Weekend takes place on Saturday 6th May 2017 at the Chesford Grange Hotel, Warwick.

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Awards

International Mark Of Quality For Iso-Chemie’s Tape

European foam tape manufacturer ISO-CHEMIE has won an international quality award for its sealing tape ISO-BLOCO 600.

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FIT Show

Is Your Trade Counter Ready for Stevenswood?

Stevenswood will be exhibiting at FIT Show 2017 and celebrating Big Tuesday in style with a 20th birthday party.

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Easi-Dec To Exhibit At FIT Show 2017

Easi-Dec,the working at height safety specialist, will be exhibiting at the FIT Show at the NEC in Birmingham from 23rd–25th May 2017, where it will showcase its range of safe access solutions on stand A14.

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Origin To Fuel Installer Business Growth At FIT Show 2017

Fabricators and installers can improve profitability and grow their businesses by visiting the Origin stand at this year’s FiT Show. The British manufacturer of bi-fold and residential

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Emmegi (UK) Giveaway At FIT Show

Emmegi (UK) are offering a great incentive to customers who place an order for one of their popular Atla Coop Itaca Solution crimping machines at the FIT Show. They are giving away a free TKE259 sealant applicator worth £3000 with every Itaca Solution crimper ordered on the stand (K10).

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Aluk’s Big FIT Show Quiz Now Open For Entries

Think you know a thing or two about fenestration, construction or the FIT Show?

AluK’s Experts in Aluminium are challenging visitors, exhibitors,

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