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2nd November 2017
 
Healthy Quarterly Figures For Joinery Undermined By Long-Term Question Marks Over Skills And Construction Growth
 

The BWF’s Joinery State of Trade Survey Q3 2017 has indicated that the medium term prospects of the joinery industry remain sound, but growing concerns over skill, raw materials and the implications of Brexit are fostering long-term uncertainty.

BWF Policy and Communications Executive Matt Mahony commented on the state of the joinery industry:

“Labour shortages and raw materials costs continue bite but sales growth is still expected, at least in the medium term, with order books holding up well and more than half of firms operating at over four fifths of their capacity.

 
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‘Business As Usual’ At UK’s Leading Aluminium Specialist Following MBO
 

A management buyout (MBO) has recently taken place at Gloucester-based CDW Systems – a specialist manufacturer and supplier of aluminium windows and doors.

The existing senior management team of Richard Smith, Angela Phillips, Jeremy Phillips, Allan Little, Martin Rowe and Mike Davis have formed a new holding company, East Manor Group which will manage its three operating companies which includes CDW Systems Ltd, Clearway Doors & Windows Ltd and Designex Cabinets Ltd.

 
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SWISSPACER Symposium Reveals Smart Solutions Are The Future For Window And Façade Industry
 

Digitalisation and the ‘Internet of Things’ is rapidly gaining in importance, becoming the touchstone for the future viability of many companies in the window and façade building industry. What radical changes are already happening? That was the subject for several experts’ discussions at SWISSPACER’s fenestra-vision: smart windows, façades and innovative materials.

With the Symposium in its third year, SWISSPACER invited leading industry experts to Salzburg including window and façades builders, window systems companies, planners and scientists to discuss the looming changes to the industry. All agreed that digitalisation is inevitable.

 
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R and M Windows Joins The Bluesky Certified Installer Scheme

 

Bracknell based R and M Windows and Conservatories Ltd has joined the Bluesky Certified Installer scheme for both windows and doors, and conservatories. The family-orientated business has been installing windows, doors and conservatories for more than 30 years.

The scheme, run by Bluesky Certification, is the latest addition for installers looking to differentiate themselves from competitors. Managing Director at Blue Sky Certification Simon Beer has years of experience delivering schemes for installation companies. Simon says: “I wanted to create something that gave companies a real advantage by signing up to the scheme. We keep ahead of the market and that means we keep scheme members ahead too.”

 
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Double R Difference Published In Customer Charter

 

It’s one thing for companies to promise their customers quality products and good service, but it’s quite another to make these promises in writing, to all customers. Double R Glass & Roofing Systems has done just this with the publication of its customer charter.

“Customer charters may not be a new idea, but they have an important part to play in building relationships with customers that will last the distance,” says Ian Sims, Managing Director of Double R. “Relationships and service are buzz words that our industry uses a lot, but what customers really appreciate is knowing where they stand.

 
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London Fire Stations Achieve BREEAM Excellence With Pilkington Glass

 

London Fire Brigade has completed a PFI project to renovate and update nine fire stations across the city with new state-of-the-art facilities that deliver excellent energy performance – thanks in part to glazing from Pilkington United Kingdom Limited.

Under a £51.5m PFI project, the consortium Blue 3 worked with architect BDP to design the stations, to provide the quality and flexibility of accommodation needed to support a 21st century fire service.

 
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Double Award Nomination For Vista At The NFAs 2017

 

Merseyside-based composite door specialists Vista are celebrating two nominations at The National Fenestration Awards 2017. The company is looking to retain their Composite and Panel Door Supplier award, whilst Vista’s Business Development Manager Ian Smith is nominated for Social Networker of the Year.

“We are really pleased to be nominated for Composite and Panelled Door Supplier of the Year – an award we proudly won last year,” comments Ian. “It’s great to see our hard work and the dedication of our team recognised by our industry peers. We are fully committed to improving the business and our products to give our customers everything they need to succeed.”

 
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Thermoseal Group Pushes Its Highest Performance Warm Edge Spacer For Export

 

Thermoseal Group, is due to showcase its Thermobar and Thermoflex spacer systems at two exhibitions in the Far East in November 2017.

You can see Thermoseal Group representatives at Fenestration BAU hosted at Shanghai New International Expo Centre on 7-10 November on stand N2.011 with its Global Partner and Chinese distributor, Lisec. Following this exhibition, representatives will be at Glasstech Asia, Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre in Singapore on 22-24 November on stand H03.

 
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Residence Delivery Fleet Grows To Match Sales Of R9 And R7 Windows

 

It’s ‘grow-grow’ for Residence Collection as the premium windows system company expands its fleet with a brand new 18 tonne lorry for Residence 7 (R7). In smart black the new livery joins the fleet’s five Residence 9 (R9) lorries.

With now six lorries and new dedicated drivers, Residence Collection has improved delivery times and the end-to-end care taken with packaging, transport and delivery.

 
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Scottish Group Saveheat Joins Insight Data

 

With the formation of four well-established Scottish brands into one all-encompassing group, the brand-new Saveheat Group Ltd. has partnered with Insight Data to continue their ambitious growth plans, as they look to reach new customers across the UK.

Formed by renowned industry figures Alex Gray and Colin Torley, the Saveheat Group is comprised of the Merlin Network, Saveheat Glass and both Blairs Timber and Aluminium to create the first company in Scotland to manufacture the four fundamental fenestration materials.

 
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Kevin Taylor Joins Bowater By Birtley
 

Kevin Taylor has joined the management team at Bowater by Birtley to further improve the customer experience from order placement to receipt of product. Joining as Operations Manager, Kevin has a long history in the window and door industry having worked his way up from the factory floor to various management positions in operations, production and is perhaps most well-known for his position as Warmseal MD for 9 years.

Graeme Miller of Bowater by Birtley says: “Kevin brings a wealth of experience to Bowater by Birtley and will fulfil a critical role at this stage of our development.

 
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New Recruit At Business Micros Programming Centre
 

Matthew McGhie is the newest recruit at Business Micros’ programming and support centre in Penpont, Dumfriesshire. He has joined the industry’s favourite software specialist as a programmer.

With demand increasing all the time for bespoke versions of Business Micros’ software in particular, the company is continuing to invest in the resources it needs to keep pace with that.

Matthew is highly qualified for his new role, with a degree in computer games technology from the University of Abertay and extensive experience in developing apps.

 
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Aluminium Bifold Doors, Ready In Just 2 Weeks From Frame Fast UK
 

Award winning manufacturer Frame Fast UK, now offers aluminium bifold doors in just two weeks.

“Installers are ordering more and more bifold doors,” says Nigel Leivers, Director at Frame Fast UK. “Whether it’s for a conservatory, an extension or a commercial project, we know they need them fast. We have made from ordering to site, quick and easy. With fast quote turnaround, including an online bifold door designer, to reliable processing of orders, it only takes from two weeks to get a bifold door from Frame Fast.”

 
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Senior Gives Chester Students Rooms With A View
 

A new student accommodation scheme in Chester is making the most of its picturesque canalside location thanks to an attractive glazing package from Senior Architectural Systems.

Taking inspiration from its location next to Chester’s famous Shropshire Union Canal, The Towpath development offers modern student accommodation facilities across two four-storey and one three-storey blocks.

 
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Outlet Let Out
 

The Conservatory Outlet Network celebrated the year’s outstanding achievements at a network away weekend in the stunning city of Edinburgh.

Over 80 Conservatory Outlet Network members stormed the surprise venue of Edinburgh Castle for the highlight event of the weekend and took over the unique venue for a ‘right royal affair’. Complete with an exclusive performance from the fully suited and booted Stockbridge Pipe Band in the heart of the castle, another truly fantastic year was celebrated in the highest possible style.

 
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Another Glorious PIGS Turnout
 

Even the miserable weather couldn’t stop the hoard of PIGS descending on Pitcher and Piano at Brindley Place in Birmingham on Thursday 19 October 2017. It was the fourth and final PIGS of the year and they came in their droves to enjoy the final PIGS17 event in style.

PIGS Organiser, Sarah Ball, says “Birmingham is always our busiest event, but I think this year we drew in more PIGs than ever! We reckon there may have been up to 200 people! It was a really busy evening and it was great to see PIGS, old and new join us for our last event of the year.

 
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Trade News

The Benefits Of Triple Glazing Are Overlooked By Most Homeowners, Says Director

Despite its popularity in mainland Europe, triple glazing is still not on the radar for many UK homeowners.
This is the view of the Managing Director of Improveasy – a company that offers customers financial solutions to fund home improvements through its approved installers.

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Everglade Windows Named In Top 0.4% of UK Fenestration Industry

Everglade Windows’ position as one of the top 75 fabricators/installers in a recent industry report confirms that they are the perfect supplier for installers in London & the South East.
With 37 years of window and door manufacturing experience and award-winning customer service,

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Solidor Group Hits A Record: 100 Days Of 100% OTIF

The Solidor Group has invested two years’ hard work into turning its manufacturing and operations into a finely-tuned service engine. This is paying off for the door manufacturer – which includes the brands Solidor, Residor and Nicedor - having achieved a new industry benchmark of 100% OTIF (orders delivered On Time, In Full) for 100 days in a row from this July, on a five-day turnaround.

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Carl F Groupco & FUHR Mark 55 Year Partnership

A 55 year partnership is celebrated by hardware distributor Carl F Groupco and renowned German lock manufacturer, FUHR. The company, then Groupco, was the original distributor of FUHR products in the UK and, after significant growth, Carl F Groupco is now FUHR’s largest single customer worldwide.

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Real Aluminium Shows Off Extended Range In New Showroom

REAL Aluminium is investing once again for its growing network of customers with the opening of a new showroom. The new 88m2 showroom in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, is the first of its kind to be totally dedicated to the entire REAL Aluminium range of products – one of the widest collections in the industry.

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Product News

Eurocell Raises The Bar With Lower Threshold

As a part of its drive to continuously improve its systems, Eurocell – one of the UK’s leading manufacturer, distributor and recycler of PVC-U window, door, conservatory and roofline products – has introduced a new PVC-U low threshold for its Eurologik 70mm chamfered and ovolo doors that offers users an alternative to aluminium that will cut energy bills and improve comfort.

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Distinction - Leading By Example

According to Distinction Doors, the composite door supplier has over 50% of the market share and confirms its position as the market leader. Chantel Roach, Sales and Marketing Director at Distinction Doors, comments:

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People

Jake’s Journey from Apprentice to Supervisor

When Jake Hodgkinson started as an apprentice at Bennett Architectural in June 2015, he didn’t expect to 18 months later be a Supervisor of the Manufacturing team.

Jake’s role as a Fabricator is a vital cog in the Bennetts machine as he has a hands-on role once projects are passed to his team to begin.

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On-Site

The Window Company (Contracts) Shows The Benefits Of Not Cutting Corners

The Window Company (Contracts) Ltd has always prided itself on the fact that it never cuts corners on site, and its latest recruit Tom Millar has demonstrated that in probably the best way possible.

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CMS Provides Quality Student Housing Solution At Glasgow’s Elgin Place

High performance windows, doors and curtain walling by CMS Window Systems have played a key role in enabling Church Lukas architects and main contractor GRAHAM Construction to deliver an eye-catching new 330-unit student accommodation building in the heart of Glasgow.

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Exhibitions

Window Manufacturers Looking To Put Quality First Visit AluWood

The UK government has announced a £5 billion boost for housebuilding across Britain, providing window manufacturers with more opportunities for the new build side of their businesses.

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Videos

Behind The Scenes At Conservatory Outlet

Wakefield based fabricator, Conservatory Outlet has released a short promotional video revealing a behind the scenes look at how the Yorkshire plant manufactures some of the most innovative high-quality windows, doors and living spaces on the market.

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Awards

Promat SYSTEMGLAS® Timber Shortlisted For Prestigious BWF Award

An innovative system from Promat UK, which provides a multi-pane glazed timber screen with a 60 minute fire resistance rating for integrity and insulation (EI), has been named as a finalist in the 2017 British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Awards.

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Brisant Secure Nominated For Best Hardware Company In NFAs

Brisant Secure has been nominated for Best Hardware Company in the National Fenestration Awards. The company has seen the hugely successful launch of Ultion, its flagship lock which has taken cylinder door locks to a whole new level. Ultion comes with Sold Secure Diamond,

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Sponsorship

Morley Boxes Clever With Latest Sponsorship Pledge

Morley Glass & Glazing is getting into the ring with a new sponsorship opportunity, with the integral blind manufacturer pledging its support to up and coming boxer, Terry Broadbent, as he attempts to make a name for himself in the world of professional boxing.

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Events

Glazerite Racegoers Raise Cancer Gift Cash

Customers have applauded Glazerite for another spectacular Race Day where racegoers helped to raise over £550 for a charity devoted to giving gift bags to cancer patients.

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G17 Awards

The G-Awards judges have revealed the names of the finalists in this year’s event.

64 companies and individuals will compete for the 12 coveted trophies at the gala awards event in November.
Event organiser Tony Higgin said:  “We’ve not only seen an excellent number of entries but the quality and range of the finalists themselves has been exceptional this year.”
The winners will be announced at the G17 Gala Dinner and Awards event on Friday November 17 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

To read more about some of this year’s lucky finalists, click below

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