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2nd November 2023
 


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Safestyle UK PLC In Administration

 

John Agnew, managing director of The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF), has issued the following statement upon receiving confirmation at 14.00hrs on Monday 30th October, that Safestyle UK PLC has formally entered administration:

“The Glass and Glazing Federation regrets the loss of any company operating in the glass and glazing sector and especially one that occupies such a prominent position within the sector. Safestyle is headquartered in Bradford,

 
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Five Reasons To Re-Think Aluminium

 

Greg Beachim, sales manager at First Degree Systems, explains recent developments that deliver advantages for window fabricators. Here, he gives five reasons why expanding your choice of materials means you should rethink your choice of software.

The window and door market is being driven by high-value products, which makes aluminium a serious contender for a genuine second profile source for fabricators.

 
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Comp Door And RLM Windows, Doors & Conservatories Announce Partnership

 

Staffordshire composite door manufacturer Comp Door has announced a strategic partnership with Newcastle-based RLM Windows and Doors, which began around 6 months ago. This collaboration marks a significant step in their mission to provide the North East with high quality doors and windows.

RLM Windows and Doors, a family-run business with over a decade of experience, has solidified its partnership by incorporating Comp Door products into their showroom, displaying a range of products that align with Comp Door’s vision of providing value,

 
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Increasing Manager Awareness of Recruitment-Focused Marketing Amid Skills Shortage

 

By Natasha Erskine, marketing director, UK Doors Online

Throughout the last 30 years, there has been a steady but notable decline in the manufacturing sector’s contribution to the UK economy, with the current shortage of nearly 74,000 factory staff costing around £6.5 billion. None of this is news, obviously; this topic has dominated our industry for quite some time. However, I have noticed one glaring omission in the conversations regarding how this shortage can be solved: marketing.

 
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80 Million Windows Need To Be Replaced Across The UK, Says GGF

 

80 million home windows need to be replaced if the UK hopes to meet the government’s net zero targets, says the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF).

That is just one of the alarming statistics revealed in a report, ‘A Window of Opportunity’, jointly published by the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) and British Glass. This is the most extensive report in the Glazing industry to date, publishing results from extensive research on heat loss in homes and the contribution that modern windows can make to keeping people’s homes warm.

 
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New Designer Range Aluminium Brochure From Listers

 

Listers has launched its Designer Range Aluminium brochure, designed to help its customers sell its Sheerline aluminium product range to homeowners.

“We’ve seen that homeowners are moving more towards high-value products, such as aluminium, and we’re trying to support our customers to access that part of the market,” Roy Frost, managing director, said.

Listers became the launch partner for Sheerline when it added the Sheerline Prestige Window to their product range,

 
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Rise In Aluminium Fabricators Shows Material Is In Ascendancy

 

Pioneering the industry’s latest trends and developments, Jeremy Phillips, group chairman of CDW Systems, highlights the increasing popularity of aluminum as a building material. This insight comes as the ‘State of the Industry’ report from specialist data provider Insight Data indicates the growing number of aluminum fabricators in the market.

As specialists in aluminium fabrication, we have witnessed first-hand the rapid rise of aluminium and Insight Data’s most recent ‘State of the Industry’ report showing the number of aluminium fabricators increasing is no surprise.

 
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Deceuninck Launches Sustainability Lead Generation Toolkit

 

Deceuninck has launched a new sustainability lead generation toolkit designed to help Deceuninck customers win business by capitalising on its and their own sustainability story.

Deceuninck has established a lead on sustainability based on its’ commitment to the Science Based Targets (SBTi) programme, with a headline pledge to cut the CO2 emissions from its own operations (Scope 1&2) by 60% by 2030 from a 2021 baseline.  Cutting emissions by 21% last year puts Deceuninck, which last year won the G-Award Sustainability Initiative category, already ahead of target, says the company.

 
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Glazpart Appoints New Finance Director

 

Glazpart has announced the appointment of Andy Denness as finance director, taking responsibility for the senior financial management of the Glazpart Group.

A qualified chartered accountant, Andy has over 25 years post qualification experience in several industries including logistics, food production equipment and communications. His experience stretches from management accountancy to financial controller and finance directorships for SMEs and Blue-Chip companies.

 
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JDUK Door Systems Supports The Launch Of The Avanti Smart App

 

JDUK Door Systems, supplier of Avanti automation, has announced its support for the groundbreaking Avanti smart app, revolutionising garage door automation for homeowners and installers. This new addition to the Avanti range allows users to operate and even view their garage doors remotely from their connected devices.

Avanti automation has long been the trusted choice for those seeking reliable and convenient garage door solutions, says the company. With its extensive range of features and settings,

 
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Sheerline Installation of the Month Competition Open for Entries

 

Sheerline has launched a new Installation of the Month competition to provide an opportunity for installers to showcase the quality of their work. It is designed to be easy to enter to encourage businesses of all sizes to get involved, and get some free PR.

The only requirements are to submit photos or videos each month of projects that use Sheerline products, either via email or on social media. Entrants are also encouraged to follow and tag Sheerline for increased post visibility.

 
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Bedfordshire Windows Invests In New Machinery

 

To offer customers a bigger range of products and faster turnaround times, Bedfordshire Windows, has invested in two new machines, a Wegoma WSA-4-LVE vertical welding machine and an Avantek Supercut 6 Quad welding machine.

“As we have grown, we wanted to add capacity to stay ahead of demand,” says Gary Walker, joint managing director of Bedfordshire Windows. “We took time to choose the best combination of machinery to increase both automation as well as adding timber-look joints to create traditional style windows.

 
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JDUK Extends Colour Offer Through To The End Of 2023

 

After a very warm reception, West Yorkshire-based specialist door systems supplier JDUK has announced the extension of their colour offer on their range of Pro Plus sectional garage doors to January 2024. Providing homeowners with aesthetic control to ensure their ideal designs come to life, the colour offer entitles customers the choice of any colour from the Classic RAL palette, for the same price as white.

JDUK Door Systems is dedicated to offering its customers total design control. Now available until January 2024, the colour offer enables homeowners to personalise their Pro Plus garage doors...

 
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Vista Celebrates New County Collection Range

 

Composite door manufacturer Vista Panels has announced the success of its new County Collection, the latest addition to its XtremeDoor brand of composite doors.

The bespoke range, born from a collaborative effort with glazing suppliers, introduces a heritage-inspired line of door cassettes.

The County Collection incorporates XtremeDoor’s signature features, such as a robust five-hook lock, a triple-seal outer frame,

 
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Renson UK Achieves ISO 9001 Certification

 

Following a stringent auditing process, ventilation louvre specialist Renson UK has achieved ISO 9001 certification.

Martin Daniels, Renson UK’s national sales manager, comments: “Over the past year, we’ve implemented internal re-structuring in order to drive business growth and to ensure better customer service, as well as price adjustments in order to be more compatible with the wider louvre and ventilation product market.

 
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June To August Builders Merchant Volumes Up +5.3% On Previous 3 Months

 

The latest Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) report shows builders’ merchants’ value sales were down -3.3% in the month of August compared to the same month in 2022, with volume falling -10.5% and prices up +8.0%. But value sales in the last three months, June to August, were +3.3% higher than March to May 2023 with volumes up +5.3% and prices down -2.0%.

Eight of the twelve categories sold more this August than in August 2022 with Renewables & Water Saving (+37.6%) continuing to dominate the field.

 
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Debar Passes ISO9001:2015 Renewal

 

Bi-fold hardware manufacture, Debar, has announced it has successfully re-obtained the ISO9001:2015 certification for its commitment to  service across the industry.

Designed to ensure companies can consistently provide quality products and services that not only meet stringent regulatory requirements but also fulfil customer needs, ISO9001:2015 is an international standard that involves an incredibly intensive auditing process.

 
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Alunet Systems Welcomes Martin Reynolds for the South and Scotland

 

Alunet Systems has announced the addition of Martin Reynolds as the new business development manager for the South of England and Scotland. With nearly two decades of sales and leadership experience, Martin brings a wealth of knowledge and an unwavering passion for driving success to the Alunet team.

Martin’s professional journey began in the fenestration industry three years ago when he joined Eurocell PLC. Throughout his career, which spans over 16 years, he has held various sales and sales manager roles, honing his skills and expertise in the field.

 
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Renson UK’s Louvres Help Revive Bristol’s Richmond Building To Its Former Glory

 

Ventilation louvre specialist Renson UK has contributed to the regeneration of Bristol’s Richmond Building, helping return the iconic structure to its important role as the city’s university’s student union in the affluent Clifton suburb.

Built in 1965, the Richmond Building was built to meet the recreational and social needs of an expanding student population living away from home – but over the last 50 years, following a series of ad-hoc changes to the interior, had become cluttered and inflexible.

 
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A Successful Day At The Races For VBH

 

Hardware manufacturer, VBH, had a successful day at Doncaster races on Saturday 28th October for the National Fenestration Awards presentation event.

Members of the VBH team from various departments enjoyed champagne upon arrival, followed by a sumptuous three-course lunch and a full race card. Those who had a flutter report mixed success.

 
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Trade News

Edgetech Roundtable Finds Sector Ready For Triple Glazed Future

‘The UK glass sector is ready for a large-scale shift to triple glazing, and thinks it’s the right move for fenestration, wider construction, and society as a whole.’

That was the key message to emerge from Edgetech’s Triple Glazing Question roundtable debate,

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Everest Unveils New Window And Door System With 0.80 U-Value

Everest, the renowned home improvement brand with over five decades of experience, has unveiled a pioneering addition to its product line – an innovative uPVC window and door system that’s been created in collaboration with systems company, Veka.

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New White Paper Provides A Guide To Calculating Embodied Carbon

Reynaers Aluminium UK has released a white paper providing an in-depth guide to calculating the levels of embodied carbon in aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling systems.

This new report considers at what stage embodied carbon should be measured and provides...

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Trade News

Concern Over Future Demand

By Phil Slinger – CAB CEO

The Construction Products Association Autumn forecasts reports states that construction output remains on forecast to fall by 6.8% during 2023. The two largest construction sectors contributing to this fall is private new housing and private house repair (r&mi),

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Why Force 8 Specialise In Just Veka And Halo Profiles

For the past three decades, Force 8 have been in the specialist profile bending sector and have built a reputation that is, arguably, second to none. Throughout that time, they have dedicated their efforts to just two primary profile selections, namely, Veka and Halo. The focus on the Veka profile has stemmed from its versatility,

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Collaboration Is Key To Innovation

Collaboration is key to the development of the glass and glazing industry in the next decade, because closer integration of products and services will help drive innovation, improve efficiency and create a better user experience.

This is one of the key findings of a roundtable debate hosted by Business Pilot and VBH in October,

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Trade News

Deceuninck Ready For Future Homes

With consultation on the Future Homes Standard expected to be launched imminently, Deceuninck has said that it is confident it will meet future requirements.

Homes make up around 14% of all of the UK’s emissions. With a commitment to cut total UK emissions by 80% relative to 1990 levels by 2050 under the Climate Change Act (2008)...

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Qualicoat UK & Ireland Celebrates 25 Year Anniversary

By Angus Mackie – Qualicoat Chair

In 1986 several national associations, encompassing powder coaters of architectural profiles, formed the Qualicoat organisation. Their goal was to raise and standardise the quality of powder coating across Europe, laying down rules applying to their industry.

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NBP’s Delivery Service Keeps Problem Vans Off The Road

Northern Building Plastics says its ‘class-leading delivery service has never been more beneficial’.

Figures released by Direct Line business insurance last month confirmed there are nearly 4.5 million vans on British roads, a record high since data started being collected in 1994 and representing a 37 percent increase in the last decade.

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Product News

Weather-Beating Tilt & Turn Hardware From VBH

Hardware specialist, VBH, has reported a surge in the popularity of the ArTech tilt & turn system from respected Italian hardware manufacturer, AGB.

VBH advise that ArTech is treated with Activeage ‘Hi-Protection’ coating that enables the hardware to withstand over 2000 hours of testing in a neutral salt spray environment, says the company.

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Everglade Windows’ New Product Range Continues To Grow With aïr 900 Bi-Fold Door

Everglade Windows has added the aïr 900 Bi-fold Door to its already-impressive product range, offering its trade customers one of the slimmest bi-fold doors on the market, says the company.

In response to growing homeowner demands for natural light and a seamless connection to outdoor spaces,

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AT Precision Introduces Recycled Thermal Reinforcement Bars To Product Portfolio

Hardware supplier AT Precision has introduced Recycled Thermal Reinforcement (RTR) bars to its product portfolio.

Made from 100% recycled uPVC, the RTR bars add strength and increased thermal performance to windows, are quick and easy to install, and boast a minimum lifespan of 35 years, says the company.

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People

New Group Role For Emmegi (UK)’S Business Manager

Giulia Furgeri, very familiar to customers as the business manager at Emmegi (UK), is leaving the day to day running of the business to take up a new Group HR role with parent company Voilap in Italy.

Giulia will continue to support Emmegi (UK) and the other global sales hubs from an HR perspective,

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FIT Show

DoorCo Returns To FIT

Composite door supplier, DoorCo has announced it will be back at FIT Show 2025, confirming they will be occupying stand H80 in Hall 9 and sponsoring the event, once again.

“The DoorCo team will be back at FIT 25, bigger and better than ever before”, says marketing manager, Ellie Pool. “After the success of our last event in 2022,

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Awards

Unique Enjoys Further Award Success

Unique Window Systems, the fabricator of aluminium and PVCu windows, doors and curtain walling, has added to its already impressive list of industry and business accolades.

The company, which works with trade installers on a supply only basis and with large commercial clients looking for a complete supply and fit service,

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The Residence Collection Shortlisted For Best Windows In The Build It Awards 2023

Premium window and door designer, The Residence Collection, has been shortlisted for Best Windows in the Build It Awards 2023.
For more than ten years, the Build It Awards have stood as one of the most prestigious recognitions in the self-build industry. The annual accolade is dedicated to honouring all aspects of self-build and renovation,

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Warwick North West Named ‘Employer Of The Year’ In Merseyside Independent Business Awards

uPVC and aluminium trade fabricator Warwick North West has been awarded the ‘Employer of the Year’ accolade at this year’s Merseyside Independent Business Awards.

Now in its 10th year, the awards scheme celebrates independent businesses and their owners, as well as those who support them,

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