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2nd May 2024

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Thermoseal Group Invests In New Recycling Plant


Thermoseal Group has invested in a new recycling plant that will reduce the amount of manufacturing waste going to landfill, according to the company.

Situated at the company’s Wigan factory, the recycling plant can handle all lengths of Thermobar warm edge, turning them back into pellets that can be reused in the manufacturing process.

“We have always been able to recycle the core material of Thermobar – polypropylene – but if it had the barrier tape attached, it would have to go to landfill,” sales director Mark Hickox said.


Value Sales In The First Two Months Were -3.4% Down On Jan-Feb 2023.Volume Was -5.5% With Prices Up +2.2%


The latest Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) report, published in April, shows builders’ merchants’ value sales were down -4.7% in February compared to the same month a year ago. Volume sales dropped -7.5%, while prices increased +3.1%. With an extra trading day this year, like-for-like sales were down -9.2%.

Year-on-year, eight of the twelve categories sold more than February 2023 with Workwear & Safetywear (+18.3%) the leading category. Miscellaneous (+10.2%) and Decorating (+6.2%) also did better than merchants overall. But two of the largest categories – Timber & Joinery Products (-6.4%) and Heavy Building Materials (-7.9%)


Introducing The Blu Range Of Black Handles


Coastal Group has announced the launch of its latest line of premium black pull handles. Designed to blend design with functionality, this collection presents manufacturers with an opportunity to enhance their product offerings and satisfy the increasing demand for sophisticated architectural hardware solutions, says the company.

Each handle is meticulously constructed using 316 marine grade stainless steel, ensuring durability and longevity even in the most demanding environments. Employing a cutting-edge coat system akin to that used in the automotive industry, featuring a base paint and lacquer layer,


+Quadra Redefines Emmegi’s Iconic 20-Axis Modular CNC


+Quadra is the next generation of Emmegi’s iconic 20-axis modular Quadra CNC, which can cut, drill and machine all in one single operation. 

Designed to deliver even more volume, bigger capacity and faster speeds, it represents a significant leap from the L0, L1, L2 and L3 versions of the original Quadra, which have long set the standard for precision engineering in aluminium and are installed at many of the UK’s leading fabricators.

Emmegi states that the new +Quadra with its 360° rotary based milling,


Affordable Windows Launches Timberlook Installer Packs


Affordable Window Systems has launched a new Installer Pack which will be made available free of charge to installers of the heritage uPVC brand Timberlook.

The packs are designed to provide new and existing installers with everything they need to promote and install Timberlook flush sash windows and doors.

As well as a practical dummy sash removal tool, the packs include branded Timberlook apparel such as a hoodie, t-shirt, cap and beanie hat, allowing installers to showcase their affiliation with the Timberlook brand.


Green Is The Ticket For High Profile Work, Says Glass Express Midlands


Proving your sustainability credentials has become key in the commercial sector, Glass Express Midlands has announced, and a failure to do so can see you losing out on lucrative contracts.

“Being able to prove that you are actively reducing your carbon footprint has become a key process when being awarded major contracts,” Glass Express Midlands’ managing director Arun Photay said.

“What’s more, architects and specifiers want to see active measures, not schemes where the results cannot be properly verified, such as carbon offsetting.”


Sovereign Group: “We Know We Can Rely On Carl F Groupco.”


The Sovereign Group is one of independent hardware supplier Carl F Groupco’s longest-standing customers of over 44 years.

David Fitton, operations director at the Sovereign Group says: “Carl F Groupco is one of our top and most valued suppliers. Communication is key in our business and the standard of communication and commitment from Carl F Groupco is exemplary. They offer us bespoke solutions to hardware purchases, complemented by excellent technical support and customer service.  We know we can rely on Carl F Groupco.”

Sovereign is loyal to the Roto hardware that Carl F Groupco supplies, in particular the Roto FRH UNI reversible window hinge system,


New Sales Director at AluK


Kevin Bonnar is the latest appointment at AluK, joining the aluminium systems company as sales director.

With an impressive track record at Velfac supplying high end modular windows and doors into house builders and main contractors, Kevin brings valuable commercial experience and an exciting new dimension to the AluK board.

His immediate focus is on building strong relationships with AluK’s customers and he is already out and about talking to them about how AluK can continue to support them...


Knowledge On Tap


Cornwall Group’s Chair Mark Mitchell, and HR and marketing apprentice Maisie Simpson discuss why apprentices are a sound investment.

Cornwall Group is into the second decade of what they refer to as their ‘apprenticeship journey’. Across all group companies (Mackenzie Glass, Cornwall Manufacturing, commercial glazing and retail arm Cornwall Glass & Glazing, and Forward Glass), and all sites, apprentices play an important role in the growth of the company, and represents its investment in the future.

“Back in the 1980s, we embraced what would have been called the YTS scheme,” Cornwall Chair Mark Mitchell says.


DGCOS Launches Second Mental Health Survey


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In 2022, the Double Glazing & Conservatory Ombudsman Scheme (DGCOS) carried out a mental health survey across the industry to understand the impact that daily challenges were having on both employers and employees. With Mental Health Awareness Week falling in May this year, the organisation is running a second survey and invites participants on an anonymous basis.

Faisal Hussain, DGCOS chief executive, explains, “I am still shocked at the conversation I had with an installer in 2022 in which he told me he had simply had enough of the pressures of the industry.


Why Quality Manufacturing Matters More Than Ever


By sales director Michael Hewitt

In today’s competitive landscape, where speed and cost often dominate decision-making,  hardware supplier AT Precision stands firm in its belief that precision manufacturing is the cornerstone of long-term success. 

While some manufacturers prioritise short-term gains, at AT Precision, we understand the true value of precision-crafted components, something which has set us apart in years gone by.


Dekko Appoints New Residence Collection Sales Manager


Trade fabricator Dekko Window Systems has announced the appointment of a new Residence Collection sales manager. 

Austin O’Carroll brings over 20 years of experience in sales, customer service, and product marketing to the role, where he will oversee the continued success of the popular Residence Collection brand within Dekko’s offering.

He comments: “Today’s consumers are looking for high-quality, beautiful, and functional products, and that’s exactly what they get with The Residence Collection. 


Euroglaze Offers Fire Rated Windows From Stock


Euroglaze is reminding installers who need 30-minute PVC-U fire windows in a hurry, that they can once again order the two most popular sizes (600mm x 1000mm and 1000mm x 1000mm) from stock, and receive delivery nationwide in just five working days.

The Barnsley based fabricator says demand has risen this year for applications in fire escapes, entrance halls and integral garages.

On small and large scale contracts where just one or two fire rated windows are needed for protected areas, Euroglaze’s service means installers can call off the windows they need as and when,


Siegenia Hosts Technical Training Day For Key Partner


Long-term Siegenia distributor, Carl F Groupco, visited their Coventry office for product training and sales targeting discussions.

Three members of staff from one of Siegenia’s largest and longest-serving distribution partners, Carl F Groupco, took part in valuable refresher and new product training in March.

Led by Siegenia’s technical manager, Joe Ward, and assisted by members of technical and sales staff, Carl F Groupco management and sales colleagues were given a crash course on the German hardware company’s...


‘Summit’s’ Coming


Framexpress’ internal sales coordinator, Alyson Westbrook, has joined the team set to climb Mount Kilimanjaro later this year, in aid of raising all important funds for charity.

The expedition, set to take place in September 2024, will see a team of glazing industry professionals take on the climb of their lives, and Alyson is joining the 10-day adventure to scale Kilimanjaro’s 5,895 metre height. 

As well as raising money for Kelly’s Heroes – the charity that raises vital awareness and funds to provide support to those suffering from mental health illnesses


Trade News

Eurocell Opens Wembley Branch To Kick Start Next Phase Of Network Growth

Eurocell has opened the doors to a new branch and trade counter in Wembley, which marks the start of its new 5 year growth strategy.

Eurocell Wembley is part of a network of more than 210 from the home improvement specialist in the UK,


Made To Measure by Force 8

Specifying an arched frame can be daunting, especially when it comes to determining the radius measurements. A single incorrect dimension in the wrong place could lead to a costly mistake, resulting in an arched frame that doesn’t fit—a nightmare for installers.


Garnalex Named One Of The Top Ten Fastest Growing Companies In The UK

Garnalex is celebrating after the company was named the ninth fastest growing company in the UK according to the ORESA Growth Index 2024. The coveted index champions innovation, economic growth, and the inspirational business leaders behind the featured companies.


Anglo Unveils ‘The UK’s Most Advanced’ Steel Roll-Forming Line

Steel reinforcement and profile roll-forming specialist Anglo, has invested more than £1million in what the company claims is the UK’s most advanced roll-forming line. 

Delivered as part of a multi-million-pound investment programme,


Dekko Partners With Saint-Gobain To Launch On-Site Glass Recycling Unit

Trade fabricator Dekko Window Systems has announced a new partnership with Saint-Gobain to install an on-site glass recycling unit at their Lancashire headquarters. 

The new initiative will enable Dekko to collect and recycle old and unwanted glass units from customers,


Product News

Hurst Opens New Opportunities With New Panel Styles

Hurst has launched the new Monaco One PVC-U door panel style, which offers a contemporary composite style aesthetic, creating more opportunities for installers to sell aspirational doors to homeowners.

“Our panel range is still highly popular,” sales director Mark Atkinson said.


Brisant’s Lock Is First To Pass The New Security Test

Following a successful test on 25th April, Brisant-Secure says its patented ALPS lock technology is the first to pass the 2024 security test update introduced in January.  This update will be used for 3* euro cylinder locks by Secured by Design, PAS24 and Sold Secure Diamond.


Aluplast’s New Flush Window

Aluplast has unveiled its new mechanically joined flush window, which promises to open-up new opportunities for fabricators and installers who are looking to capitalise on the trend for authentic timber window replacements.

The unique mechanical join is the result of a significant period of product development,


Flat’s In Fashion: What’s The Next Big Thing In Rooflights?

Interest online, customer enquiries and sales at daylighting specialist Whitesales all point to the fact that it’s flat rooflights which are currently setting the trend in the rooflights market. The company has even put a catwalk built entirely of flat rooflights at the centre of its new ‘Flat’s in Fashion’ marketing campaign...


Endurance Doors Shines Spotlight On Finishing Touches

Endurance Doors is highlighting its impressive ability to delight homeowners across the UK with unique and highly customisable composite doors.

To complement its extensive portfolio of over 85 door styles, which can be produced in 19 different colours,


Universal Trade Frames Adds New Ultra-Slim VS Meeting Rail

Universal Trade Frames has added a new ultra-slim meeting rail option to its Spectus vertical sliding sash window, adding additional period detailing to its offer. 

Available fully Kitemarked and certified to PAS24, the Spectus vertical sliding sash window has an established reputation...



Are We Turning A Corner?

By Ryan Johnson, Group Managing Director, Emplas

The start of this year has delivered exactly what we expected it to – a relatively lack lustre market in the face of still high, if falling inflation, and a stuttering new build sector.


The Forecast Is Improving

By Russell Yates, Managing Director, AluK

There’s no escaping the fact that it’s been a difficult start to the year for many. Economic conditions are tough – we’re told that the UK was technically in a recession in January; but almost worse than that is the fact that weather conditions have been so tough as well.



UK Doors Online Returns To Haffner For Its Latest Machinery Needs

Specialist door manufacturer UK Doors Online has invested in new machinery from Haffner to support its continued business growth.

The new machinery includes a FMC 120 CNC machining centre, marking the company’s second investment in a FOM Industrie machining centre from Haffner.



Windowlink Launches New Website

With Windowlink’s new website, it’s easier than ever for fabricators and installers to find out more about the company’s software, says the company.

On the newly designed site, customers can quickly and easily find the right plan for them, picking from your number of devices and desired contract length.



Korniche: “Join Us At The Homebuilding & Renovating Shows In London And Harrogate”

Made for Trade (MFT) and its Korniche brand says it’s gearing up to boost the business prospects of its trade partners at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows in September and November 2024. Industry professionals from across the country can attend shows in both Harrogate and London


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