28th November 2017
 
Profine Expands Pirmasens Site For KÖMMERLING Growth
 

profine Group has significantly expanded its production facilities in Pirmasens, Germany for the continued growth of the KÖMMERLING brand in key markets, including the UK.

The international manufacturer of PVCu profiles for windows and doors, has recently purchased a 750,000 square foot site from the city administration in Pirmasens to support future growth. The area is located on the opposite side of the federal road B10, in the immediate vicinity of the existing profine factory premises, which already boasts 2.6million square feet of space.

 
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Promac Launches New Service Agreement Plan
 

Promac Group has continued its investment in customer service and machinery sales aftercare with the launch of its new Service Agreement Plan.

Officially launched this month, the new aftersales package allows fabricators to tap into special discounts on consumables, spread the cost of servicing and maintenance and to call in priority repairs on in-warranty machinery.

 
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New Yale Conexis L1 Smart Lock Now Available From VBH
 

VBH (GB has added the new Yale Conexis L1 Smart Lock to its range of innovative hardware. With Yale’s prominent TV advertising campaign across ITV, Sky and Channel 4, the Smart Lock opens up new selling opportunities for fabricators and installers, and locksmiths for retrofit installations.

Yale Conexis L1 Smart Lock is a keyless product, operated via a key card, key tag, phone tag or a secure smartphone app, ‘Bluetooth Twist & Go’.

 
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Budget Boost Heralds Council Building Boom

 

Most of the headlines about the Autumn budget have focussed on the Chancellor’s stamp duty cuts. The threshold has been raised to £300,000, supposedly to help first-time buyers and families who are desperate to move to bigger properties. Chris Coxon, Head of Marketing at Eurocell, considers the announcements.

The jury is definitely out on whether the stamp duty break will have its intended effect.

 
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Could This Be The Boldest Statement For 2018?

 

A forward-thinking fabricator is set to roll out record-breaking lead times that it believes have never been seen before in the industry.

From February 2018, the TWR Group will be able to give installers dual-coloured bi-folding doors within fifteen working days.

The group’s Managing Director Terry Richardson says that the super-fast lead times will not only apply to standard grey, black and white but for any RAL colour and combination.

 
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Nxt-gen From Distinction Doors Adds Value To Consort’s Offering

 

Trade fabricator Consort Ltd has recently signed a new partnership with Distinction Doors and now manufactures the new nxt-gen composite door. Consort launched the nxt-gen door to their customers in October and the decision to switch suppliers was met with universal approval, says the company.

Jeff Dunn, Sales and Marketing Director of Consort, explains: “The decision to switch to Distinction and Nxt-gen was made for numerous reasons.

 
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Consumer Survey Gives Installers Insight Into Consumer Spending Plans

 

A recent consumer survey carried out by lead generation business Leads2trade has given an insight into consumer spending patterns going forward.

Leads2Trade contact thousands of consumers each month when qualifying sales leads and has used this opportunity to ask consumers about their home improvement plans.

 
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Atlas Gets Behind The Installers Of Tomorrow

 

Atlas Glazed Roof Solutions is helping to tackle the industry’s shortage of skilled labour and inspire young talent into a career in fenestration. Under its commitment to support industry progression, the company has donated two full-sized glazed roof lanterns, which will be used to provide apprentices with essential practical training at two top fenestration learning centres.

 
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Universal Trade Frames Becomes Excellence As Standard Member

 

Spectus trade fabricator Universal Trade Frames has recently announced it has joined Spectus’ Excellence as Standard membership programme. Brian Kruger, Universal’s Managing Director, said: “Excellence as Standard is just the kind of ambitious, proactive, high quality membership programme we’d expect from a brand such as Spectus. It advocates excellence at every stage of a project and aims to set the benchmark for the home improvement and construction industries. It’s a commitment we share and we’re proud to be part of the scheme.”

 
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“We’ve Got You Covered”

 

With the rise in popularity for feature-rich orangery roof solutions and solid-roof conservatory extensions trade fabricator Modplan has witnessed a dramatic upturn in sales of their LEKA roofing collection.

For Heidi Sachs, Modplan’s Managing Director this upturn comes as little surprise. She explains: “Recent industry feedback confirmed a trend we all instinctively knew to be happening.

 
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Everglade Windows Named Double Finalist in West London Business Awards 2018

 

Everglade Windows, the number one fabricator in London has been named a double finalist in the West London Business Awards 2018, making the shortlist in both the Manufacturing and Engineering Company and SME of the Year categories for the second year running.

Yogesh Gopal, Managing Director at Everglade Windows said: “It’s a fantastic achievement for the Everglade team to be recognised by our West London Business peers again this year.

 
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A Robot Named Balotelli And A Message From New York – Hardware Giant In Good Shape For 2018
 

One of the industry’s most famous hardware brands is planning to think big in 2018 as it prepares itself for a ‘brave new world’.

2017 has been a whirlwind year for the company, seeing the launch of a robotic bi-folding door testing rig (nicknamed Balotelli for its unpredictability during development), the launch of new products and continued growth.

 
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Optima, What Your Customers Want
 

PVCu is still number one when it comes to installers’ businesses. That’s why Yorkshire manufacturer, Kingfisher Windows, offers the Optima window range, the next generation of PVCu windows.

“Optima is not just another white window,” says Deborah Beeley, Sales and Marketing Manager at Kingfisher Windows. “With its superior look and performance, it’s what homeowners want.

 
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Origin Wins Recognition At Prestigious EEF Future Manufacturing Awards
 

Origin, a British manufacturer of bespoke aluminium bi-fold and residential doors and windows, has won The Business Growth Award at this year’s prestigious EEF Future Manufacturing Awards - South East.

With British manufacturing going from strength to strength, Origin was able to fend off some stiff competition, impressing the judges with its dynamic business expansion through a consistent growth strategy.

 
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Mighton’s Coatings Get Seal Of Approval From Mixed Media Artist
 

Independent cabinet-maker-turned-artist Rob Bishop recently tested out the Mighton Ankerstuy coatings range for some new artwork pieces, and was more than impressed with the results.

Created at his Hertfordshire-based workshop, Rob’s unique style of artwork is formed using a method that combines digital art with wood work and painting.

 
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Senior’s Sleek Finish Adds Style To Royal Enfield’s New R&D Facility
 

As one of the world’s oldest and most famous motorcycle manufacturers, Royal Enfield is known for creating modern classics and the company’s cool and contemporary style has inspired the design of a striking new technology centre in Leicestershire, which features a range of aluminium glazing solutions from Senior Architectural Systems.

Designed by LE1 Architects, the highly glazed façade of the impressive two storey research and development facility has been created by leading fabricator and installer Unique Window Systems Ltd for main contractor Stepnell.

 
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Paddle2Pedal Final Fund Announced
 

GM Fundraising said it is “absolutely delighted” to announce the final Paddle2Pedal fundraising total of £108,494. The total was announced at the prestigious G Awards on Friday 17th November, where those from the team in attendance were invited onto the stage to hear the announcement.

The inaugural “Girls Only” event, which was completed over 7 days in August this year by 12 ladies from the fenestration industry, saw them canoe 100 miles of the River Wye, abseil 135ft down Symonds Yat and cycle 120 miles to Hope House in Oswestry.

 
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Brisant Shortlisted For 3 Construction Marketing Awards
 

Brisant Secure has been shortlisted for three Construction Marketing Awards (CMA). The premium hardware company, whose products include the TS 007 3 star cylinder lock Ultion and the new TS 007 2* security handle Lock Lock, has been nominated for Best Use of Website, Best Digital Campaign and Best Use of Direct Marketing.

A key element of Brisant’s success has been its use of www.ultion-lock.co.uk to attract homeowner traffic and then generate leads for composite door installers and locksmiths.

 
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Trade News

ER Certification Ltd Achieves Corgi Fenestration Audit Centre Accreditation

ER Certification Ltd has won recognition for its commitment to trust, reliability, expertise and quality by attaining CORGI Fenestration registration. CORGI Fenestration has been established to acknowledge the best in glazing company management, customer service, qualifications, the best qualified staff and their continuing professional development.

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Shepley In The Top 100

Solid sales growth in high-quality PVCu products and composite doors, has placed Shepley Windows in the top 100 fabricators/installers in the industry, reinforcing its position as a leading PVCu fabricator.

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Fire Resistant Glass Specialist Promat UK Completes Major New Factory Programme

Promat UK, one of the country’s leading manufacturers of fire, thermal and acoustic solutions, has completed its multi-million pound development programme to create a new headquarters and manufacturing plant in Lancashire.

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A Smart Space To Sample Yale Smart Living

Yale’s Smart Living range has grown from strength to strength and to reflect this, a recent revamp and extension in the Yale offices has taken place to create a Smart Living showcase suite.

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‘Aluprof Expand London Office’

As the demand for Aluprof systems and solutions continues to grow the company has recently appointed Przemyslaw Federowski as Facade Engineer in their London office. The new post at the London office follows the recent appointment of two new Project Consultants at the company in August.

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Product News

The Swish Flush Casement Window Offers Stylish Versatility

The Swish Flush Casement Window offers quintessentially British style. It has the trademark aesthetics of the traditional nineteenth century window, but as Gerald Allen, Swish’s Marketing Manager points out, it isn’t only period homes that benefit from its charming aesthetics.

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Smartlink – The Clever Way To Build A Bay

Smartlink, the new aluminium bay and coupler system is the smarter way to build a bay says its manufacturer Anglo European. It’s compatible with all PVCu window systems and offers a ten-year warranty.

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People

Epwin Window Systems’ Katrina Earl appointed to National Sales Manager

National Sales Manager, Fenestration Division. In her new role, Katrina will report directly to Paul Lindsay, Sales Director and will be responsible for the development of sales within the Fenestration Division working across both Epwin Window Systems and the soon to be launched, Epwin Glass business.

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On-Site

ADM Windows Uses Spectus Flush Casement Windows To Recreate Traditional Aesthetics In A Farmhouse

Sheffield’s ADM Windows has just given a stone farmhouse in Maltby, South Yorkshire, a new lease of life by installing 17 Spectus Flush Casement windows and one bay window.

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Training & Develpment

Excellence As Standard’s NVQ Support Helps Boost Skills

One of the biggest concerns in the industry at the moment is the impending skills gap. It’s a concern Epwin Window Systems is acutely aware of, but Sharn Samra, the company’s Marketing Director, says it is taking steps to tackle the issue.

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G17 Awards

More Winners Than Ever At Gala G17 Awards

What a night it was at the G17 Awards with more trophies than ever to celebrate even more world-class products, people and initiatives when the industry gathered at the London Hilton on Park Lane to recognise the very best achievements throughout the year.

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Mila Wins Component Supplier Of The Year At The G-17s

Mila was named the Component Supplier of the Year at the G-17 Awards, in recognition of its outstanding work in tackling the industry wide issue of hardware corrosion, and its decision to deliver a new programme of Smart Hardware, Simple Guarantees to customers.

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Deceuninck Heritage Flush Sash Wins New Product Of The Year

Deceuninck’s Heritage Flush Sash, which forms part of the company’s Heritage Window Collection, has won the prestigious category of New Product of the Year at this year’s G-Awards.

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Global Glass Named Glass Company Of The Year

Global Glass, the specialist IGU division of Synseal Group, has been named Glass Company of the Year at the G17 Awards

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G17 Victory For Real Aluminium

It was a victorious evening for REAL Aluminium when it clinched the winning trophy for ‘Promotional Campaign of the Year – Trade’ at the G17 Awards.

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Awards

VBH Nominated For Best Hardware Company

VBH has been nominated for Best Hardware Company in the National Fenestration Awards (NFAs). Established in the UK for over 35 years, VBH is a leading distributor of window and door hardware products. It supplies well known hardware brands such as Yale, Maco and Roto as well as its own branded suite, greenteQ.

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Charity

Conservatory Outlet Ltd Get Creative For Cancer Research UK

Staff at uPVC fabricator Conservatory Outlet Ltd have gathered together in their finest fancy dress to create a charity fundraising calendar in aid of Cancer Research UK.

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