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2nd July 2019
 
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‘California Dreaming’: HiTech Blinds Agrees Multi-Million US Deal

 

Specialist IGU manufacturer HiTech Blinds has agreed a multi-million-dollar deal with one of the US’ largest window and door manufacturers.

Announced at the FIT Show, the deal will see HiTech supply its ultra slim 15.5mm integral blind in 21.5mm units, as part of its as yet unnamed US partner’s strategy to target the 52million window a year, US retrofit market.

Nigel Greening, owner HiTech Blinds said: “This is a very significant deal, giving us reach into an enormous market with an exclusive supply agreement for our proven 15.5mm slim line blind.

 
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aluplast Commits To Multi-Million Pound Investment Programme

 

aluplast has announced a multi-million-pound investment programme more than doubling capacity within its extrusion and warehousing operations in Europe.

This builds on its existing 60,000m2 state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, with the development of a new 13-hectare site in Poland.

In addition, aluplast is also in doubling capacity at its headquarters in Karlsruhe, further increasing the German system’s house’s European and global manufacturing capability.

 
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Emplas Are Kubu Official Launch Partners

 

Emplas is offering the Kubu Smart Lock from Avantis on all entrance doors as standard, as an official launch partner.

The Kubu lock is fitted to doors and connected to the Kubu App and Home Hub so that homeowners can check on the lock status of their door. Kubu also features a WiFi perimeter feature, so when homeowners leave their property and their phone automatically disconnects from the home WiFi to 4G, Kubu will send them a notification to tell them if they have left their door unlocked

 
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Garnalex Gathers Top Team To Innovate And Grow Fast In Aluminium

 

Garner Aluminium Extrusions (Garnalex) is an innovative new aluminium systems company that’s reinventing the way aluminium windows and doors are fabricated, installed and sold. Garnalex aims to transform every aspect of the customer experience. The new venture from industry legend Roger Hartshorn is a team effort though.

“Aluminium is a great material,” explains Roger, “but residential window systems haven’t always lived up to the material. So, we’re on a journey to transform fabricators’ and installers’ experience of buying aluminium systems and aluminium windows, and make it easier and better to fabricate, install and sell.

 
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Retro-Fix Posts A Must For Replacements Says Prefix

 

The replacement conservatory roof sector is booming, but installers must consider installing the Retro-Fix posts from Prefix Systems, given the potential catastrophic events of a structural failure. With tired polycarbonate glazed roofs being replaced with glass or solid, tiled roofs, the additional load bearing must be assessed.

There’s a duty of care to consumers and so the sales, survey and installation process must consider the implications of a heavier roof. To put this into perspective, new glass roofs are typically four times heavier than a polycarbonate roof and the latest tiled roofs are at least double the weight of a glass roof, says Prefix.

 
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The PiGs Party Hits London

 

After a rocking Tuesday night at the FiT Show, June saw PiGs descend on the capital once again for yet another fabulous industry get-together, with many new faces among the familiar ones at a packed Warwick bar.

“It was lovely to see lots of first time PiGgies join us in London,” said Sarah Ball from Balls2 Marketing, organisers of the industry’s premier networking event. “PiGs is very much inclusive and welcoming to everyone in the glazing community, and the newcomers looked to be having a great time along with our regulars.

 
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Optima Chamfered Windows Help Transform 1960S Building Into Stylish Modern Housing

 

Over 1,000 Profile 22 Optima Chamfered Windows have been used in the transformation of a disused 1960s office building into 184 studio, one and two bed ultra-high quality apartments aimed at young homeowners in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire.

Sim Chem House, a six storey office block had been built in the 1960s but had been empty for many years and fallen into disrepair. It was purchased by developers Inspired Homes for redevelopment into housing.

 
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Ultion Smart Has Homeowner Security At Its Heart

 

Brisant Secure has a long track record as a security company, that creates locks and handles which keep people safe.  In Brisant’s development of Ultion SMART, homeowner security was at the top of the wish list.

Ultion SMART has been developed in collaboration with Salto Systems.  Their tried and tested Danalock technology used with Brisant’s most secure lock and handle, creates a new customer focussed Smart lock.

 
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Leka Systems Launches Consumer Brochure

 

Leka Systems has launched a new 36-page consumer brochure. Rhys Hoddinott, Managing Director of Leka Systems, said: “Our consumer brochure has been designed to support installers’ marketing activity and help them close more sales by showcasing the quality Leka roofing systems have to offer the consumer.”

The brochure uses high quality lifestyle imagery to full effect throughout, showing just how much a Leka rood product can enhance homeowners’ lifestyles.

 
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Certass TA Shortlisted for 3 Trade Association Forum Awards

 

Certass Trade Association, the glazing industry’s largest trade body, has been shortlisted for three prestigious Trade Association Forum (TAF) awards. The news comes as Certass TA launches its new Business Essentials package for members.

Jon Vanstone, Chair at Certass Trade Association, says: “We’re thrilled to be shortlisted for three TAF awards. It’s fantastic to have the achievements of the Certass Trade Association recognised just one year after our launch.”

 
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SmartSecure’s Innovative Residential Solution 

 

Trombé has successfully completed a SmartSecure installation at a high-end residential property. The specialists in the design and installation of modern, structurally glazed buildings and extensions chose Carl F Groupco’s new generation electronic locking solution to meet a brief to provide secure rear access to the home via a glass garden room.

Easy operation using a fob and keypad met the home owner’s requirements for controlled access to the property. SmartSecure’s manual and electronic options also appealed to Trombé’s client as these provide an override solution. Additionally, the discreet nature of SmartSecure also impressed the property owner.

 
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Emplas Joins Forces With Insight Data
 

Emplas has become the latest industry-leading brand to partner with Insight Data.
The Wellingborough-based fabricator, which last year celebrated its 40th year in business, will now be taking advantage of Insight Data’s prospect data and market intelligence. In particular, the Emplas team will be using Insight’s Salestracker platform to access the UK fenestration database, providing live information on uPVC and aluminium fabricators and installers across the UK.

Jade Greenhow, Operations Director at Insight Data comments: “We are absolutely thrilled to partner with the fantastic team at Emplas. Over its 40 years in business, Emplas has firmly established itself as one of the UK’s most respected fabricators, and it’s a real coup for us to be chosen as their data partner.

 
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Kevin Schofield To Host GGF Members’ Day
 

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has announced that Kevin Schofield, editor of Politics Home, will host and present at the GGF’s Annual Members’ Day Conference on 26thSeptember at Hilton Olympia, London.

Kevin is a renowned political journalist having worked in the national press for over a decade for Scottish news titles, The Herald and The Scotsman and for five years as Chief Political Correspondent for The Sun. Kevin also regularly features as a guest on Sky News’ Press Preview programme.

 
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1000… And Counting
 

The 1000th Moat home has received new windows, installed by The Window Company (Contracts) since the commercial specialist was appointed to the window and door replacement framework at the start of last year.

The lucky residents in the landmark 1000th property were delighted to receive flowers and chocolates to mark the occasion, telling The Window Company (Contracts): “We cannot thank you enough for the way we have been treated. Yours is a very considerate company with very pleasant employees.”

 
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FIREX Proves Huge Success For GGF
 

The recent FIREX International exhibition proved a great success for the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF), as the glass industry’s leading trade body was inundated with enquiries on fire resistant glazing.

The GGF had its biggest ever platform at this year’s FIREX with a 30m² stand that included three full size product exhibits showing the various stages of the fire-resistant glazing process, as well as glass performance before and after the effects of smoke and fire. It certainly was an attention grabber with constant visitors to the stand from local councils, emergency services, training, health and safety companies, construction companies, media, architects, specifiers and building managers.

 
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Stoke-On-Trent Window Company Raises £1,665 For The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice
 

A Staffordshire window company has raised £1,665 for a children’s hospice after staff completed a gruelling Three Peaks Challenge.

Office Manager Nicola Green and Commercial Supervisor Sam Plant from Target Windows, based in Stoke-on-Trent, climbed the highest peaks of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon in 24 hours for The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice on Friday, June 21.

Director Guy Basnett, who climbed Ben Nevis with Nicola and Sam, said: “We have recently completed a large installation at The Donna Louise and we were asked by one of the trustees to take part in the Three Peaks Challenge!

 
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Pilkington United Kingdom Limited Invests £3 Million In New Machinery To Increase Structural Glazing Capacity

Customade Group Trading Limited (“Customade”) has acquired the manufacturing assets of Worcester-based GBW Panels Ltd from administrators Leonard Curtis.

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Customade Group Invests In Door Growth

Customade Group Trading Limited (“Customade”) has acquired the manufacturing assets of Worcester-based GBW Panels Ltd from administrators Leonard Curtis. The manufacture of GBW panels will be moved to Customade’s Virtuoso Doors division,

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CMS Trade’s Free Recycling Service Helps Installers Save Money And The Environment

Window and door installers in Scotland can now take advantage of a free recycling service for their old, post-use windows and doors, which are removed as part of replacement projects, when buying their new products from CMS Trade.

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Polyframe Sets Standard With New £6.5K Security Guarantee

Polyframe has been busy following up enquiries for its homeowner guarantee following a successful launch at the FIT Show. Backed by household brand Yale, the ‘Polyframe Protection Promise’ is the best homeowner security guarantee,

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Leads2Trade On The Lookout For Conservatory Installers As Lead Gen Reaches All-Time High

One of the country’s leading provider of double qualified sales leads for companies in the home improvement industry is on the lookout for more conservatory installers.

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Upgrades To Reynaers’ Hi-Finity Range Offer Greater Choice To Architects And Homeowners

Reynaers, supplier of sustainable aluminium solutions, is announcing a series of new options for its Hi-Finity range of patio doors, including a manual lock and a double-wheel carriage. Hi-Finity patio doors are the epitome of modern design, claims the company.

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Distinction’s Fine Stock Makes For Fine Service

Senior staff at Barnsley’s Distinction Doors run a tight ship when it comes to controlling their stockholding, and it would appear that they are sailing in the right direction.

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Window Ware Confirms Aluminium Commitment With CAB Membership

Window Ware, the award-winning hardware distributor, has strengthened its position in the aluminium market by becoming a member of the Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB).

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“Residence Excellence Is King!” Says Castle Windows

One of the West Midlands’ leading installers has become the latest quality-focused firm to endorse Stedek’s Residence Excellence.

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Product News

Authentic Sash Windows Meet Top Thermal Specifications With SWISSPACER

Masterframe is a specialist fabricator of heritage-style PVC-U sash windows, producing the most authentic sash windows on the market for the last 31 years. For the last 10 years, Masterframe has used SWISSPACER warm edge spacer bars inside its sealed units.

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PreVENTing Heat Build Up With Style And Performance

Ultraframe has announced the launch of its new slimline roof vent. Not only does the new roof vent offer a striking contemporary look, the new design is also thermally broken and has been engineered for long lasting performance.

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Machinery

Efficiency Gains Of Up To 240%: The FOM ADIR C

Offering efficiency gains of more than 240% compared to traditional prepping and routing of bar length profiles, Promac Group argues the FOM ADIR can pay for itself within only a few months of installation.

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Training & Development

CDW Systems Partner With Prosale To Offer Automatic Door Training To Installers

CDW Systems, the Gloucester-based trade and commercial fabricator, has joined forces with automatic door specialists Prosale to offer installer customers training around automated doors.

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Brochures

Excellence In Ironmongery Showcased In GAI Yearbook

A new publication containing the latest door hardware advice for architects and specifiers and showcasing best practice internationally has been launched by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI).

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On-Site

Kawneer Helps Wales Get Creative

Architectural glazing systems UK manufacturer Kawneer played a key role in a new state-of-the-art building which is at the heart of Wales’ creative and digital future.

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FiT Show

Dekko, Listers And GJB Flush With Success At The FIT Show 2019

Expert teams from Dekko Window Systems, Listers Central and GJB all welcomed visitors to the ‘Home of Flush’ as they showcased their comprehensive flush offering at The FIT Show 2019.

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Charity

Supalite’s Super Nina Helps Raise Over £3,900 For Local Charity

Nina Colquhoun, Finance Director at tiled roof manufacturer SupaLite, has helped to raise an incredible £3,971 for the charity Cash for Kids.

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