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Profine Makes Strategic Onward Sale

 

Following on from the acquisition of essential assets from the administrators of Aperture Trading Ltd, which includes the Evolve, Legend and WarmCore brands, profine Group have sold the finished window and door manufacturing facilities to Solar Norvik Ltd & Solar Calibre Doors Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

Solar Norvik Ltd and Solar Calibre Ltd are newly formed companies by the same owner / management team behind the well-established Solar Windows Ltd and Interframe (SW) Ltd businesses, which are highly regarded and successful in the commercial and trade sectors respectively.

 
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GGF To Deliver Even More COVID-19 Support

 

respectively, and having published over 55 related articles, the GGF is now aiming to provide even more support to continue helping the industry get through the COVID-19 crisis.

John Agnew, Managing Director states, “Our first priority will always be to help our Members, but in this current situation, it is in everyone’s interests for the GGF to also help the entire industry recover. We’ll continue to provide free guidance and information to all companies in the industry, but for Members, we will be putting together some additional activities to provide even more support. It is important the industry’s supply chain starts functioning and for companies to work together.

 
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REHAU UK To Resume Manufacturing At Its Blaenau Site

 

REHAU UK has confirmed that it has begun a phased return to work at its Blaenau Ffestiniog windows profile manufacturing site.

The facility ceased production on 26th March as a result of the UK Government’s lockdown, with only essential employees, such as security, on the site. In the initial stages, the return-to-work will involve a reduced number of employees on site to meet the current customer demand. At the same time as ensuring the continuation of social distancing measures and maximum employee safety.

Martin Hitchin, Chief Executive of REHAU UK Ltd, commented: “The first tranche of employees returned to work on Monday 1st June.

 
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CORGI Fenestration Publishes Further Free COVID-19 Support Documents

 

CORGI Fenestration has added to its suite of support documents for Covid-19 with the introduction of a completed example of a COVID-19 Risk Assessment (For Installers Working in Domestic Properties) form and produced new guidance for those carrying out remedial works. They are free and available to all as downloadable documents on the CORGI Fenestration website – www.corgifenestration.co.uk/trade/installer-service-2/

The COVID-19 Risk Assessment (For Installers Working in Domestic Properties) example covers the measures that should to be considered by companies to protect themselves and their customers whilst working in occupied dwellings. Companies can adopt the example and customise it to reflect their identified risks.

 
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The Window Company (Contracts) Is Safe And Ready

 

Award winning commercial installer, The Window Company (Contracts), has produced its own online video reassuring customers that it is safe and ready to get back to work (https://youtu.be/KgBXdtJ_XD8).

The video, filmed at the company’s Chelmsford HQ, shows the team stocking up with all the necessary PPE and operating in line with the social distancing guidelines.

Chairman David Thornton said: “As our customers would expect, we are following all the general advice from the government on working on sites and in people’s homes, as well as the more detailed advice from the GGF specifically around window and door installation.

 
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How A Truly Marketing-Focused Business Can Make A Difference

 

Sue Davenport, Group Marketing Director at Liniar, explores the true meaning of marketing.

At the time of writing, I’m sitting in my makeshift office (the dining room) where I’ve been based for the last few weeks, thanks to the worldwide COVID19 pandemic.

After closing our main facilities in order to protect our workforce, we continued to work from home – focusing on internal communication and trying to help our customers as their operations also ground to a halt, along with most others in our industry.

 
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Window Ware Welcomes Axim Aluminium Door Hardware

 

Window Ware has added Axim hardware to their extensive range.

Over the last three decades, Axim has risen to become one of the most respected hardware brands in European glazing, gracing commercial aluminium doors all around the world.

Now, Window Ware customers can benefit from products including EN 1154-compliant concealed overhead transom closers, secure flush bolts, fail-safe or fail-secure site configurable electric door releases, and BS EN 1125-compliant panic exit devices.

 
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Morley Glass & Glazing Showcases Sustainability Credentials In New Brochure

 

Post-consumer glass recycling, a green funding initiative, and making use of waste products through upcycling are some of the measures featured in a new sustainability brochure from Morley Glass & Glazing.

The sealed unit manufacturer that specialises in integral blinds has created the new brochure and new sustainability area of its website to illustrate its credentials and also help demonstrate to other manufacturers how they too could become more sustainable and support their local communities.

 
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Lockdown Accelerates Launch Of Professional Design Service

 

High-end retail fabricator Conservatory Outlet Ltd has continued its commitment to customer excellence by revealing an innovative new digital design package to support its customers’ lockdown sales efforts.

The state-of-the-art software, dubbed the Professional Design Service, was due to be officially unveiled to the Conservatory Outlet Network of retail installers in late Spring 2020, but the extraordinary circumstances presented by the COVID-19 pandemic prompted priority final programming and testing to allow for an accelerated launch.

 
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Mila Says It’s Good To Talk

 

As the return to work gathers pace, Mila’s National Sales Manager, Julie Holmes, is appealing to fabricators to talk to their suppliers as much as they can so that they can deliver the kind of support which will make the biggest difference.

She says: “Mila has been phoning and emailing customers regularly to find out exactly what they need from us in terms of stock, lead times, deliveries and sales and marketing support to help them through the crisis.

 
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Modern Metallics: New Hardwearing Finishes

 

Specifiers can now choose from a sleek range of hardware finishes to complement their designs without compromising on quality.

Resista® is a durable finish created by HOPPE to withstand frequent use associated with commercial buildings without losing its distinct appearance.

Developed with current interior design trends in mind, natural brass-coloured, copper-coloured, black and anthracite finishes have been added to the range.

 
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Another Welcome Move By The Chancellor, But Productivity Could Be Impacted Through The New Flexible Furlough Scheme

 

The Chancellor’s announcements on the Job Retention Scheme are welcomed and more generous than anticipated, but the flexible furlough could lead to higher Government costs and hit productivity, say leading tax and advisory firm Blick Rothenberg.

Nimesh Shah, a partner at the firm said: “To take advantage of the flexible furlough scheme, businesses will need to furlough employees they want to include by 10 June so that they are eligible under

 
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VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2020 #CIRCULARVINYL Goes ‘Virtual’ On October 15th

 

Due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID19) pandemic and concerns about health and safety, VinylPlus® has decided to host the VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2020 online. This single day ‘virtual’ event will be held on October 15th, 2020.

Featuring expert speakers, quality speeches, interactive debates and live polling sessions, #VSF2020 will explore the theme #CIRCULARVINYL with participants now able to attend from anywhere in the world.

 
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GGF Gets Government Confirmation On Showrooms Re-Opening

In the last few weeks the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has received numerous queries regarding whether or not Showrooms can be re-opened following the Government’s Guidance on working in people’s homes was released on 11th May.

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Government Should Top-Up Statutory Sick Pay For Returning Employees

Employees that travel abroad to visit relatives and who have to quarantine on their return should be given statutory sick pay, say leading tax and advisory firm Blick Rothenberg.

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Emmegi (UK) Strengthens Engineering Team Ready For Restart

Emmegi (UK) is reassuring customers that its engineering team is back in action, ready to help them get their manufacturing operations up and running again.

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Shelforce Launches Compliant Fireshel Fire Doors

Shelforce has launched the new Fireshel 30-minute fire resistant door – and the specialist Local Authority window and door manufacturer already has several hundred orders in the pipe-line.

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Epwin Window Systems Launches New Colour Offering

Epwin Window Systems has launched its new colour offering across its PVC-U system brands. Clare O’Hara, Managing Director of Epwin Window Systems, said: “Our new colour offering has been designed to deliver what our customers need

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Surface Protection Set To Be Launched By MACO

April 2020 was set to see MACO exhibit at the world’s biggest window and door exhibition, Fensterbau Frontale in Nuremberg. Fensterbau Frontale is a hive of innovations and product launches from across the industry and MACO was set to be showing and launching a range

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Dekko Colour Sales Skyrocket With Deceuninck

Trade fabricator Dekko says demand for colour has skyrocketed, growing from 20% of sales to over 55% in the past 5-6 years.

According to Dekko, a shift in consumer preferences and spending

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Fentrade Delivers For Specialists Haverfordwest Showroom

Award-winning trade fabricator, Fentrade Aluminium recently manufactured and supplied a commercial shopfront system with high-security doors for the refurbishment of a specialist mobility aid showroom in Haverfordwest, Wales.

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People

Industry Veteran Kevin Warner Becomes exlabesa Sales Director

Aluminium company exlabesa Building Systems are welcoming one of UK fenestration’s most experienced sales professionals to their senior team.

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Glass & Glazing

VetroScreen: New COVID-19 Screen System From Bohle

Bohle has launched a highly flexible dedicated COVID-19 cough and sneeze-guard desk mounted office screen system.

Available either as a clamped or free-standing option, VetroScreen, has been developed by the glass

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Brochures

Senior’s Residential Brochures Are Ready To View

Face to face sales meetings may be on hold for the time being but you can still inspire your potential customers with online versions of Senior Architectural Systems’ latest residential aluminium door and window brochures.

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Awards

HS Trade Wins Award For Its Residence Factory

HS Trade has recently won in the Build 2020 Home and Garden Awards, as best independent window and door manufacturer – East Midlands, which is represented by its new Made By Sedgebrook brand.

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