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2nd April 2019
 
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Maven Capital Partners Leads MBO Of CMS Window Systems

 

Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”), one of the UK’s most active private equity houses, has led the management buyout (“MBO”) of CMS Window Systems (“CMS” or “the Company”), a leading end-to-end provider of premium window and door solutions, and one of Scotland’s fastest growing manufacturing businesses. The transaction includes the largest equity cheque written by Maven as well as debt funding from Clydesdale Bank led by its Corporate and Structured Finance team, and additional equity from the Scottish Investment Bank. Exiting investors include mid-market private equity firm, LDC.

 
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The Kardashians, Judge Judy And Fireman Sam: FENSA Enlists A Little Help For Its Members

 

FENSA has announced further details of the extensive ‘All the Proof You Need’ TV campaign it launched in early March. The campaign is designed to make homeowners aware of the importance of obtaining a FENSA certificate to ensure their windows and doors are compliant as well as emphasising the importance of appointing a FENSA Approved installer to fit them.

The advertisement, which will run until the end of 2019, will be shown across the UK on a range of carefully targeted TV channels that will provide more than 190 million ‘impacts’, the figure that refers to the number of unique viewings of the advertisement.

 
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Mackenzie Glass Sees 30% Increase In Demand For Cut-To-Size Laminate

 

Mackenzie Glass’ has reported a 30% jump in demand for cut to size laminate.

Reporting the year-on-year growth in laminate sales, Mark Herbert, Joint Managing Director, Mackenzie Glass, said demand has been driven by new regulatory requirements under PAS24, as well as the increased specification of larger IGUs.

He said: “Taking standard domestic installations first, the requirements introduced under Part Q and through PAS24 in new build have increased demand for laminate in IGU manufacture.

 
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Panoramic Overhauls The Tilt And Turn With The Aluminium ‘Hidden Sash’

 

Panoramic Group is gaining recognition for its innovative approach to designing and manufacturing windows and doors and, in some cases, taking what amounts to a completely fresh approach to a product. Such is the case with the company’s ALU 70 ‘Hidden Sash’ tilt and turn window which, despite offering some exciting innovations, remains surprisingly competitive in its pricing.

Marketed under the Alumen brand, externally the ALU 70 appears to be a slim, fixed light frame, offering excellent sight lines and maximising the glass area. However, the hidden sash feature, through ingenious design, allows all full tilt and turn functions with hardware

 
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aluplast Reports Continuing Growth

 

aluplast has reported the continuing growth of its UK business, announcing sustained increase in sales last year, driven by a series of new product launches.

This includes the unveiling of the German systems house’s Flush Casement, new Inline Smart-Slide Patio Door and Woodec, the company’s next generation timber-like textured PVC-U foil.

Ian Cocken, Director of Sales and Marketing, aluplast, said: “The new products which we launched in 2018, are the product of a global-leading research and innovation programme.

 
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DOORCO Delivers With The Personal Touch

 

You can create the best products in the world with the easiest, streamlined order systems, but if you can’t get the products to customers when you said you would, then it all falls down. That’s why composite door manufacturer DOORCO has made delivery a prime focus, with the creation of its new Transport Department.

With over 20 years’ experience in transport and distribution, Sally Holdcroft, DOORCO’s newly promoted Transport Manager comments: “I’ve been with DOORCO for over two years working across all areas of the business and building up a transport plan for implementation

 
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New Distributor Deal For Dortech Prompts Trade Counter Launch

 

Glazing supplies specialist Dortech Direct has secured three new distributor agreements in a move which has prompted the launch of a dedicated trade counter in West Yorkshire.

The online retail brand – part of the £9m Dortech architectural glazing and maintenance group – has sold building supplies via its ecommerce shop, since 2012.

But having recently reconfigured the firm’s 24,000sqft site, to break down departmental barriers, promote company-wide knowledge transfer and strengthen the company culture, managing director

 
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CDW Systems Extends SAPA Offering With The Crown Sliding Folding Door

 

CDW Systems has once again extended their range of high-specification glazing products with the introduction of the Sapa Crown Sliding Folding Door.

The aluminium bi-folding door is a highly-versatile, high-performance solution which has been designed to suit both residential and commercial settings. Available in multiple configurations with up to seven panes, the Crown Sliding Folding Door features a unique shootbolt and ‘D’ Handle with continuous hinges.

 
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Spring In To The New Freefoam Catalogue

 

Freefoam has announced the Spring edition of their Product Catalogue. With an updated look and new products, the guide provides customers and users with the complete guide to the full range of Freefoam products including PVC-U and PVC-UE fascia, soffit, rainwater systems, exterior cladding, interior panelling and flooring.

With over 2000 product items, a clear and concise catalogue is essential for Freefoam stockists to promote the range.

 
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Spectus Vertical Sliders Help Revamp Stunning 1866 Residence
 

54 Spectus white vertical sliding windows with through horn detailing, including 14 arched vertical sliders, have been installed in a prestigious refurbishment project at Foxhill House, Chester.

Foxhill House is a substantial Italianate house originally built for the Archdeacon of Chester. It is set in 70 acres of Cheshire woodland, which incorporates an arboretum containing several species of rare plants and trees. In the 1960s Foxhill House became a diocesan retreat and conference centre and it will mark 50 years as Chester Diocesan Retreat House in July 2019.

 
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Deceuninck Tops Google Search For Flush Sash And Heritage Windows
 

Deceuninck now tops organic Google searches for heritage windows. Search engines are dynamic, so absolute rankings change frequently, but Deceuninck ranks top for ‘flush sash windows’ and appears on the first page for people looking for ‘heritage windows’.

Deceuninck says sales of its Heritage Flush Window have skyrocketed since its launch, and now account for over 22% of total Deceuninck sales. Part of the Heritage Window Collection, the Flush Window combines beautiful, heritage-style looks with top energy,

 
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The Window Company (Contracts) Impresses At Hatcham College
 

When The Window Company (Contracts) completed phase one of the window and door replacement project at Hatcham College, the school’s Business Manager Mary Williams, was impressed with the company’s whole approach. She said: “We knew that we could trust everyone on the team and, with one project manager responsible for everything on site, they were very easy to work with. Nothing was too much trouble and we would definitely work with them again.”

 
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Frame Fast Invests In Further Automation For Composite Doors Production
 

A rise in demand for composite door fabrication has lead East Midlands manufacturer Frame Fast UK to invest in the latest wrapping technology.

The investment in the Rotoplat DW machine was made to help factory automation as part of Frame Fast’s commitment to providing high quality composite doors with a professional appearance.

 
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AluK Shows Its Strength With Faceted On Plan Curtain Walling Solution
 

A faceted on plan curtain wall completed in AluK’s SL52 system is the centrepiece of the two storey community hub known as The Curve in the newly opened Bryn Gaer Place housing development.

AluK’s technical team worked closely with their commercial fabrication partners Vellacine to design the curtain walling for the project in Newport, which also required an external canopy to be attached to the system.

 
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Fabricator Support From Cubelock
 

Any fabricator manufacturing windows for public buildings including health care facilities and private multiple occupancy buildings, such as student accommodation, can get extra technical and test information with Cubelock window restrictors from Newstar Door Controls.

“We know that fabricators often need extra test data and information when manufacturing windows for commercial buildings,” says Toby Staff, Managing Director at Newstar Door Controls.

 
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Adrian Lewis Takes On The GM Fundraising Challenge
 

When a space became available on the upcoming ‘From Russia With Hope’ cycling challenge, taking place in June this year, GM Fundraising turned to the fenestration media for help in recruiting someone to take up the challenge. As a result, Adrian Lewis, Owner & Managing Director of Frames Conservatories Direct in Bury St Edmunds has stepped forward to take up the challenge.

“We are delighted to welcome Adrian to the team,” says Gary Morton, founder of GM Fundraising.

 
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Arrival Of 170 Tonne Machine Signals Fresh Investment In Derbyshire

A state-of-the-art aluminium extrusion press ordered by Garner Aluminium Extrusions, trading as Garnalex, has been making its way down the M1 motorway with a police escort.

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It’s Ten Years And Counting For ER Certification

Fenestration certification specialist ER Certification is celebrating turning ten. Established in 2009, specifically to operate as an Independent Agency (IA) for the British Ratings Fenestration Council (BFRC),

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Dear Gerald,

Are you glazing your heritage units correctly?

As someone with over 30 years of experience manufacturing sealed units, I can’t think of another time where the heritage sector has been so firmly in the industry spotlight. Whether it’s best practice,

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Product News

Panoramic Launches Trade-Only U-PVC Version Of Its Swing And Slide Patio Door

As part of its rapidly growing range of innovative window and door products, Panoramic has now added a U-PVC version of its popular ‘swing and slide’ door. Offering an alternative to the ubiquitous bi-fold, the Panoramic swing and slide is selling in

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Studying The Importance Of Window Restrictors For Landlords

When you think of student life many clichés may come to mind, such as drinking copious amounts of alcohol, stealing traffic cones and watching Countdown.

While these may be unfair to most young academics, clichés have to

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Supalite Offers The Best Of Both With New Sky Vista Hybrid Roof System

SupaLite has extended their revolutionary range with the addition of Sky Vista, their highly-anticipated hybrid roof system.

The new Sky Vista roof system combines SupaLite’s renowned

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Machinery

More Haffner Murat Machines Installed At Just Trade Windows

The team at Just Trade Windows have been so delighted with the quality and reliability of Haffner Murat machinery that the company has invested in a further three new machines.

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FIT Show

Soft Tech To Demo Latest V6 Software Including New Online V6 Module At FIT Show

This year, Soft Tech are making a FIT Show debut at stand F23 in the Council for Aluminium in Building Pavilion, and made the following comments:

Visitors to our stand will experience how our industry specific software,

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See Perfect Timberweld® Corners At FIT

Fabricators and installers can see just how authentic the Timberweld® timber butt-joint effect looks at this year’s FIT show. Three stunning sash windows from Masterframe, and four beautiful casement flush sash windows from Timberweld licensees will be on display on stand I40, Hall 6.

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Marketing Village Lands At The FIT SHOW

The Marketing Village is the latest addition to The FIT Show exhibitor line-up. This exciting new initiative brings together everything business owners and marketing professionals need to know about marketing under one roof over three days.

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Seal The Deal At The FIT Show With DOWSIL™

Visitors to the Sherwin Williams – stand at this year’s FIT Show will be able to see live demonstrations of a new, fast cure, 1:1 mix ratio structural and weatherseal sealant, DOWSIL™ 121 Structural Glazing Sealant. Also featured display is DOWSIL™ 3363 Insulating Glass Sealant,

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On-Site

Optima Casement Windows From Profile 22 At The Heart Of A Major Renovation Project

Profile 22’s Optima Casement Windows were a central part of a £1.3 million renovation project at Woldgate School and Sixth Form College in Pocklington near York

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Kawneer Curtain Walling And Windows Used On The UK’s First Proton Beam Therapy Centre

Architectural glazing systems from UK manufacturer Kawneer feature on a pioneering healthcare building with so many strings to its bow it is difficult to know where to start.

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Top Marks For K2 And Glazerite Student Installation

One of the North West’s leading aluminium and uPVC installers, K2 Aluminium Systems, and VEKA fabricator, The Glazerite UK Group Ltd have worked together on a commercial project aimed at rejuvenating an area of Liverpool.

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Sponsorship

profine Becomes Record Main Sponsor Of 1. FSV Mainz 05

profine Group, with its KÖMMERLING brand have already been a sponsorship partner for five years of Bundesliga football club 1. FSV Mainz 05 and since 2015 as the shirt sponsor of the team. Now they have extended this commitment for another four years until 2023.

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Events

PiGs Party In Manchester

Kicking off the year in STY-le, PiGs hit a new high in Manchester on Thursday 7 March 2019 at The Castlefield Rooms.

Sarah Ball, Organiser of PiGs says: “What a difference a year makes! Last year, the Beast from the East meant that only 80 PiGs braved the elements to make the event.

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