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19th September 2017
 
 

Challenge And Opportunity: The Window Door And Conservatory Sectors To 2021 – Palmer

 

Palmer Market Research’s new report into the performance and prospects of the UK window and door industry, warns of significant headwinds, with a slowdown in the housing market and uncertainty surrounding Brexit, contributing to market contraction.

Published this month, Palmer’s new market research report, The Window, Door and Conservatory Markets in Housing in Great Britain, accounts that the industry performed above forecast in 2016.

 
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TWR Set To Open Another New Factory

 

In what marks another major investment, one of the UK’s fastest growing fabricators has opened its third factory.

The TWR Group’s acquisition of its new 17,000-sq. ft. factory comes only one year after the company opened its 25,000-sq. ft. premises in Peterlee.

 
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National Glass Group Welcomes Latest Member

 

National Glass Group (NGG) has once again expanded its membership, now to six companies, with the introduction of Nova Group, based in Cheshire. Nova Group Limited, with a turnover of over £12 million pounds and founded in 1971, is an established IGU manufacturer in the North West.

 
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Epwin Launches Frontier Range Of Composite Door Leaves

 

October 2017 will see the launch of Frontier, Epwin Window Systems’ new range of composite door leaves. Gerald Allen, Epwin Window Systems’ Marketing Manager, comments: “The composite door market is growing and Frontier will help our customers make the most of the opportunities available.”

 
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REHAU’S Most Secure Sliding Doors – Guaranteed!

 

REHAU’s AGILA sliding door system is now available with ERA’s enhanced Total Security Guarantee, giving homeowners a lifetime of peace of mind that they have chosen the most secure patio doors on the market.

REHAU uses bespoke security hardware from ERA for its AGILA sliding doors to meet the requirements of PAS24,

 
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Dear Gerald,

 

It takes a disaster, major loss of life or destruction to property to get Britain to focus on fire. So, fire regulations have only improved significantly after serious fires, starting with the great fire of London in 1666.

After the Grenfell Tower fire, people will remember external cladding as the culprit because the search narrowed rapidly to focus on a single

 
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Letter To The Editor – The Beginning Of The End Or A New Dawn?

 

The industry could be forgiven for reacting with a sense of unease about the recent surge of change in company ownership and brand leaders, acquisitions and closures. Someone even commented last week that it feels like we’re poised on the edge of a cliff reminiscent of 2007, the start of a big meltdown. However, today’s market is nothing like ten years ago and – albeit tentative – green shoots of economic

 
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Incarnation Puts Secondary Glazing First

 

Sales of secondary glazing (SDG) are said to have “gone through the roof” for Buckinghamshire based fabricators Incarnation Window Systems. The Olney firm is now producing 100 SDG units a week, with that number likely to accelerate with more investments in staff and infrastructure in the months ahead.

 
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SMARTGLASS Announce #Fridayflyer Initiative

 

SMARTGLASS® have just launched a #FridayFlyer initiative, which promises a free upgrade to a pre-midday delivery on a Friday.

This new initiative is part of a promotion that will last until 20th October for orders, with the last delivery on 27th October, 2017 just before British Summer Time concludes.

 
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Total Security Presents Opportunity For Fabrication Market According To ERA

 

Offering ‘total home security’ is now a very real opportunity for fabricators in the UK according to hardware supplier ERA. Just this year alone ERA has developed no less than 14 new innovations designed to deliver ‘total home security’ and is urging retailers to think about how it can deliver value-added security with the installation of its range of ‘plug and play’ wireless alarm systems.

 
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Balanced Installation With Optima From Profile 22

 

Profile 22 says Optima is fast developing a reputation for offering the best of everything. Record numbers of fabricators are choosing to switch to it and it’s fast becoming the commercial system of choice too. Gerald Allen, Marketing Manager at Profile 22, says that one of biggest reasons for its success is its range of ancillaries, which is one of the broadest on the market.

 
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LGA Responds To Government Announcement On Housing Need

 

Responding to last week’s DCLG announcement on the consultation for assessing housing need, Cllr Martin Tett, the LGA’s Housing spokesman, said;

“Councils know that the only way to tackle our housing crisis is to build more homes, and the right types of homes needed for our communities. Councils already approve nine in 10 planning permissions, but are often frustrated when approved homes aren’t built quickly enough.

 
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New Look Website For Freefoam

 

Freefoam Building Products has just given its website in the UK a completely new and dynamic look. The new site has users at the heart of every page, and reflects Freefoam’s confidence in its product range, company credentials and well established brands.

Access to information online has led to the continual fragmentation of traditional business and consumer markets.

 
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South Cheshire Glass Uses Spectus Elite 70 Frames To Create Characterful Showpiece Home

 

Trade and retail installer South Cheshire Glass recently had the opportunity to demonstrate its quality and expertise in a charming property near Nantwich in Cheshire.

Graham Saunders, South Cheshire’s General Manager, takes up the story: “Our customers had a delightful property but they wanted to replace the windows and doors to take the a

 
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Optima Is Made For The Market Now

 

It’s said that customer feedback is the best way to gauge a product’s success. And feedback about Profile 22’s Optima system is demonstrating the impact it’s having on the market.

Ryan Johnson, Managing Director of Emplas says: “Profile 22 and Epwin have taken the feedback from fabricators and installers and

 
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Celebrations At Thermoseal Group For Honoured Queen’s Award Presentation

 

The Queen’s Award for Enterprise: International Trade 2017 has now been presented to Thermoseal Group by Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, Mr Warren J Smith KStJ JP at an event hosted at the Group’s Manufacturing and Distribution Site, which also houses the Group’s expanding Technical Centre.

 
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Slenderline Offers A Touch Of Glass With Brand-New Website

 

With a clear strategy to take their business to the next level, specialists in heritage sealed units Slenderline Glass have stepped up their online presence with the launch of their brand-new website www.slenderlineglass.com.

The new website showcases their full range of advanced slimline sealed units for all heritage and sash windows,

 
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Morley Gets Creative In The Name Of Charity

 

Morley Glass & Glazing is well-known for its commitment to sponsoring local clubs and societies, helping organise charity events and raising money for good causes. Now, the business has been able to combine all of these with a unique approach to how it recycles the waste products of its production process.

 
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Trade News

Listers Are Back In Business With Roy Frost At The Helm

The 150,000 sq ft manufacturing facility in Stoke-on-Trent, of leading trade fabricator, Lister Trade Frames, has been acquired by well-known industry figure Roy Frost and his group GJB Holdings. Backed by North West-based entrepreneur Alan Rothwell,

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And It’s Goodnight From Him…

There have been some incredible partnerships in the world that are synonymous with success and longevity. Ferguson and United, Lennon and McCartney, Keegan and Toshack. But as with every good thing, there has to be an end, the passing on of the baton and this month our industry is going to be

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Vista To Double Spraying Capacity With Brand-New Paint Line

Award-winning panel and composite door supplier Vista is preparing for the next stage in its powerful investment ethos with the addition of another paint line at their state-of-the-art factory in the coming months.

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Market Leading Products Contributing To Growth

Two recently evolved products at Caldwell are helping to drive sales says a Director at the company.

The fenestration hardware specialist launched the re-engineered products

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New Lumi Pod Makes A Statement In Scottish Showroom

A striking new Lumi pod design has been installed at one of Scotland’s largest showrooms, owned by well-established fabricator and installer Andrew Wright Windows.

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Calling All Installers – Leads2trade On Membership Drive Following Record Lead Volumes

A lead generation firm is on a mission to recruit new members following unprecedented demand for its services.

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Product News

Yale Supports Fire Door Safety Week

Yale has pledged its support for Fire Door Safety week, an initiative designed to raise awareness of the critical role of fire doors and aims to minimise casualties caused by fire.

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7 Out Of 10 Consumers Can’t Be Wrong

Swish says 7 out of 10 consumers recognise the Swish brand. And Gerald Allen, Swish’s Brand Manager, says: “Brand recognition like this is a fantastic advantage, as Swish fabricators and installers know. They also know that Swish is a brand that deserves its reputation.”

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Phoenix Doors Launches New ‘Sovereign’ Composite Door Range

Phoenix Doors, part of the Masco UK Window Group, has rebranded its Continental and County composite door ranges under the ‘Sovereign’ brand in response to evolving trends in the marketplace.

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Prefix Expand Verandah Offering With Any RAL

Part of their Outdoor Living Collection, the Verandah from Prefix Systems is now available in any RAL colour, offering consumers a completely bespoke solution in terms of design and finish.

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Jack’s TruEnergy Window Is An Instant Hit For Arcalu Architectural Aluminium

Commercial aluminium fabricator Arcalu Architectural Aluminium says that the new TruEnergy Window system from Jack Aluminium has been an “instant hit.”

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Quality Combines To Create The New BLU™ CP80 Cylinder Pull

Innovative hardware manufacturer bluTM has combined two of its most popular products – the SE38 security escutcheon and the CP50 cylinder pull – to create the new CP80 – a stunning Euro Profile Inside Cylinder Pull.

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Training & Development

Free Online Training On Fire Doors Launched For The Door Industry

Following the Grenfell Tower tragedy and in support of this year’s Fire Door Safety Week (25 September – 1 October 2017), a new free online training tool has been launched

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G17 Awards

The G-Awards judges have revealed the names of the finalists in this year’s event.

64 companies and individuals will compete for the 12 coveted trophies at the gala awards event in November.
Event organiser Tony Higgin said:  “We’ve not only seen an excellent number of entries but the quality and range of the finalists themselves has been exceptional this year.”
The winners will be announced at the G17 Gala Dinner and Awards event on Friday November 17 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.
To read more about some of this year’s lucky finalists, click below

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Awards

Supalite Fabricators Awarded For Astounding Sales Growth

Supalite, the premium manufacturer and supplier of solid roof tiled systems, held its 3rd Annual Fabricator Conference in September and awarded three of its fabricators

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Events

Supporters Get Fired Up For Fire Door Safety Campaign

Support for this year’s Fire Door Safety Week campaign continues to grow as fire safety tops the agenda for many in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy.

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Glasgow PIGS Done. Now For BirmingHAM

The first PIGS North of the border proved to be a PIG success with our industry colleagues in Scotland. After a suggestion from Colin Torley that a PIGS event could prove popular in Glasgow,

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Charity

Prince’s Return To ‘Veterans Village’ Prompts Fresh Calls For Ex-Servicemen Support In The Industry

Panel and composite door supplier Vista has joined calls from a leading veterans charity for more employment opportunities and support from the fenestration industry for ex-servicemen and women.

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