31st May 2016
 
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.

REHAU GENEO tilt and turn windows and French doors and the brand new AGILA Passivhaus entrance door were all fabricated by Passivhaus specialists GRM Innovations for the pilot development in Sarisbury Green, Fareham.

 
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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, as the vote to stay or go from the EU now just under a month away.

Construction giants such as Amey, Bouygues & Skanska have long, established presences in the UK but have their central headquarter operations located in other EU countries.

 
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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. Investment is very much the name of the game for other areas of the business too, with a new injection moulding machine recently installed to further improve efficiencies in cassette production.

 
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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.

With over 30 years’ experience working in the glass industry, Richard will complement the existing skills within the technical dpeartment at the GGF. In addition to his experience at upstream manufacturing plants, glass processing operations and most recently as a glass consultant,

 
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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, in the fenestration sector, few stronger than Sheffield-based Ford Windows. The company continues to go from strength to strength,

 
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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.

Vision is primarily aimed at the key players in the future of the built environment – from award-winning architects and innovative contractors to cutting edge product manufacturers and academic giants.

 
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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.

Director, Steve Bramhill explains: “We received a lot of enquires over the course of the three days at the FIT Show, and our new brochures were flying off the shelves.

 
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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. However not deterred by this attention Climatec continue to live by their mantra that competition really does prompt them into raising the bar even higher.

 
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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.

The introduction of the ODL TriSYS glazing cassettes is yet another product development from Endurance® Doors, alongside the recently introduced Avocet 3-Star ATK anti-bump cylinder and the clever

 
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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. Darren joins AAC to expand the scope and reach of its offering throughout the UK architectural aluminium market.

 
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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

Firmly focused on its range of vintage-look uPVC sash windows, the Rose Collection, the new site is packed with detailed information on the Charisma Rose, the Heritage Rose, and the Ultimate Rose,

 
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‘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.

To sign-up all you have to do is visit the official McDonald’s Fantasy ’16 official UEFA Euro 2016 fantasy league at http://eurofantasy.uefa.com register a team and then add the code 07022NNL when prompted.This will enter you in the Emplas League, only open to the window and door industry and the main public league.

 
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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.  Always intended to be a one-time occasion, a dinner was held in Birmingham to raise money for Zoe’s Place

 
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Home Security Sense In Discussion With Insurers

Home Security Sense has confirmed that it’s in discussion with a number of national insurers on the introduction of discounted home premiums, if doors and windows are accredited to a Secured by Design (SBD) standard.

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New Act Key To Opening Lift And Slide Doors For Self-Build

New government legislation will open the door to more self-build projects and help to develop a closer working relationship between homeowners, architects and manufacturers. That’s the message from AGB Hardware, manufacturer of the Imago Lift & Slide Door system.

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Window Ware – A Rare Gem!

Window Ware internal sales staff undergo customer service training as a matter of routine. It is one of many things the company is proud of, and offering exceptional customer service is at the heart of everything they do, across all departments. 

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FIT Show 2017: 71% Of Floorspace Booked – And A Year To Go

With The FIT Show 2016 still warm and fresh in the collective memory of the window, door and conservatory industry, thoughts now swing to the future and FIT Show 2017, especially as it moves to a brand new home at the NEC.

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The VEKA UK Group Celebrates 30 Years In The UK – Three Decades Of Quality And Innovation

PVC-U systems supplier The VEKA UK Group is marking its 30th year of manufacturing in the UK with a host of celebrations.

VEKA began manufacturing in Burnley in 1986, with just four extrusion lines.

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New Chief Technology Officer at Bohle AG

The Supervisory Board of Bohle AG has appointed Dr. Thorsten Böllinghaus as a new member of the Board of Directors. In addition to Arne Klöfkorn, who has been responsible for the sales and marketing operations of the company since 2008 in his role as Chief Operating Officer (COO),

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Internet

FIT Show 2016: A Real Social Event

FIT Show 2016 might be over but after taking a closer look at the social media statistics associated with the build up to the UK’s window, door and conservatory trade show, it’s clear that the industry is now fully engaged with Twitter and other social media outlets.

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Safedoors Door Selector Builds Doors – And Sales!

80% of orders are now received through Safedoors new Door Selector design and pricing engine.

The Safedoors Door Selector feature that appears on the company’s website has become an instant success with its trade customers, ,

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Apps

The Ultraframe Experience – Making You ‘Appy

Within 24 hours of launching the new Ultraframe Sales App, over 250 retailers have downloaded it according to Adam Wilde, digital marketing manager at Ultraframe.  Previewed at FIT show and launched last week, the new App offers the ultimate retail experience for the customer enabling

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Events

Legendary: The Everglade Customer Conference 2016

Few fabricators in the UK could pack a room of customers on a Friday afternoon, but in its 36th year Everglade Windows did exactly that. The 10th annual conference, Become a Legendary Business on 20 May, had a record number of guests.

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’QUALICOAT and QUALIDECO World Congress Held In London’

The Millennium Hotel in London played host to one of the main fenestration events of the year, the world congress of QUALICOAT and QUALIDECO – 17th & 18th May 2016. The event also marked the 30th and 20th anniversaries respectively, of both organisations.

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Skydive Cements Partnership

The strength of the relationship between Business Micros and Sliders UK was perfectly illustrated when Ian Longbottom, Sliders UK’s Chairman arranged for Nick Bailey from Business Micros’ installation team to tick a giant challenge off his bucket list and complete a skydive from 15,000 feet.

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Sponsorship

Industry ‘Rucks’ In In Support Of Indian Rugby

Sliders UK has donated funding to the Atlas Foundation to finance a pioneering schools programme, which promotes educational achievement in schools through rugby.

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