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3rd August 2020
 


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Anticipation Builds For Glazing Summit 2021

 

As restrictions ease and the UK returns to live events, anticipation is building for the Glazing Summit – the conference that tackles the key issues facing the glass and glazing industry.

Andrew Scott, founder of the Glazing Summit comments: “Our industry is facing some of its toughest challenges ever, from supply-chain issues and labour shortages to spiralling costs and looming legislation. People are exhausted with it. Industry leaders need to come together and find solutions.”

The Glazing Summit takes place on 21st October 2021 at Edgbaston Stadium and Conference Centre, Birmingham. It brings together forward-thinking fabricators, installers and component suppliers to discuss the biggest issues and share ideas and solutions.

 
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The Business Pilot Barometer

 

The Business Pilot Barometer offers a monthly analysis of the key trends defining window and door retail. It draws on real industry data collated by Business Pilot, the cloud-based business management tool developed by installers for installers.

To find out more see www.businesspilot.co.uk/barometer

Consumer demand still high but cooling of the housing market

By Neil Cooper-Smith, Senior Analyst, Business Pilot

Year-on-year house prices were 10.5% higher this July than the same time last year – they were, however, slightly down on the 17-year high seen in June, which suggests that the pairing-back of the Stamp Duty holiday, has let a little heat out of the market.

 
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“When I Grow Up, I’d Like To Design Door And Window Systems” – Was The Statement No Child Ever Said To Their Careers Advisor.

 

Engineering is a broad term and sticking your neck out you could say it’s a career that young people usually get involved in from an early fascination with vehicles. Bikes, cars, planes, trains and the plethora of parts and systems that make them work. Whether right or wrong about the primary drivers one thing is certain Brunel didn’t lie awake at night dreaming of windows and doors.

Despite this it is a very real fact that everything around us in the world has been designed and engineered somewhere along the line. All the products you see in the pages of this magazine are only in existence because someone out there thought of them, then had the opportunity to commit those thoughts to paper and finally someone else financed them to manufacture.

 
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Stellar Sustainability Credentials

 

With the government’s 2050 net zero target, sustainability is a critical issue across our industry. Phil Parry, Business Development Director at Epwin Window Systems, has been discussing the sustainability credentials of the Stellar aluminium window and door system and how the multi award-winning system gives their customers a head-start. He comments: “If the UK is going to meet our net zero ambitions, everyone has to play their part. This was at the forefront of our thinking as we developed Stellar.”

As an aluminium system, Stellar immediately has plenty of sustainability advantages. Phil says: “Aluminium is infinitely recyclable without loss of quality and it’s estimated that nearly 75% of all aluminium ever produced is still in use today. (1)  Recycling and reusing aluminium saves up to 95% of the energy required for primary

 
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Homeowners’ Eco-Focus Requires Energy-Efficient Solutions

 

With a new survey revealing that UK homeowners wish to make their homes eco-friendlier; window professionals should look to offer more energy-efficient frames to meet the trend, says an industry expert.

According to online marketplace Rated People’s Home Improvement Trends Report, 57% of UK residents wanted to be more environmentally friendly in 2021 and beyond. This includes adopting all manner of sustainable behaviours, from recycling more, eating less meat, to making homes more sustainable and energy-efficient.

The analysis (1) of more than 500,000 jobs set out to uncover home renovation trends for the future. Alongside these findings around sustainability, it also discovered that energy-saving home

 
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RegaLead Adds New Manchester Worker Bee Design To Etched Glass Range

 

Decorative glass component suppliers RegaLead have added a new design to their Etched Glass range, inspired by the Manchester Worker Bee. The repeat pattern design features the iconic bee symbol which has become a significant emblem associated with the city of Manchester, but its popularity has expanded across the country to become the hot new trend in home improvement and other sectors.

“We think the Manchester Worker Bee design will be a huge hit,” says Guy Hubble, Joint Managing Director of RegaLead.

“It’s a symbol which we are seeing everywhere at the moment, from fashion to interior design, which is why we wanted to add it into .

 
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Swisspacer Reports Threefold Growth In Sales Of Popular Georgian Bar

 

Swisspacer has seen sales of its Georgian bar spacer bar increase exponentially over the past year. Sales are up over 300% in Q1 2021 compared with the same period in 2020.

The surge in home improvements is driving demand across many product sectors, including high-performance heritage-style windows. Swisspacer’s Georgian bar claims to offer outstanding energy efficiency as well as enhancing the appearance of this popular style of window that replicates the look of traditional timber windows.

Perfect for premium-looking flush sashes and vertical sliders, Swisspacer’s full suite of Georgian bars consists of 13 different sizes, including the most recently introduced 12x18mm and 16x18mm models, aimed at the most popular sized windows in the UK and Irish markets.

 
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Epwin Window Systems Gears Up For The GMF 100 Cycling Challenge

 

Epwin Window Systems’ six-man team is undertaking final preparations before taking part in GM Fundraising’s GMF 100 cycling challenge on Sunday 8th August.  The charity event will raise vital funds for Hope House Children’s hospices, which provides palliative care for children with life-limiting conditions and support for their families.

Between them, the team members will cycle 100 miles, starting and finishing from Epwin Window Systems’ headquarters in Telford, Shropshire.

The Epwin Window Systems team will be lining up alongside 85 other riders from twelve industry companies who will all be taking on the team challenge from their respective head offices.

 
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Mercury Launches New Website

 

Specialist fabricator, Mercury Glazing Ltd has just launched its new website. The new improved site has been designed to showcase their comprehensive range of durable PVC-U and aluminium window and doors, suitable for both commercial and residential properties.

Visitors can view the scale and depth of Mercury’s product range by viewing the website’s comprehensive video content demonstrating the key benefits of their products. Steve Cross, co-founder and Director at Gloucester-based Mercury, said: “We’ve invested in developing a website that delivers what our customers need. It is both modern and comprehensive and our trade customers can easily obtain the information they require.

 
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Senior’s Stirling Effort

 

Aluminium fenestration solutions from Senior Architectural Systems have helped shape the new state of the art sports centre at the University of Stirling, with the eye-catching building featuring the manufacturer’s high-performance doors, windows and curtain walling.

Designed by Faulkner Browns architects and built by Morrison Construction, the new build facility has been constructed over three levels to complement the existing landscape and maximise the links with the established national swimming and tennis centres which are located on the same site.

A key feature of the new sports centre is the extensive use of glazing which sees Senior’s thermally-enhanced SF52 curtain wall integrated

 
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Bohle Fittings Integral To Design And Installation Process At Stowmarket Glass Company

 

Stowmarket Glass Company has completed a bespoke, frameless shower installation at a residential property in Diss, Norfolk, using Bilbao Premium HD shower fittings from glass consumables specialist, Bohle.

The installation incorporated 8mm toughened glass, which was cut and processed in house at Stowmarket, and finished using Bohle’s Duplocoll adhesive tape to perfectly seal the gap between glass and tiles.

Offering a near invisible sealing solution, Duplocoll is a specially formulated adhesive tape that offers significant time and cost savings compared to traditional silicone. Suitable for a range of materials, including glass, ceramic and aluminium, once applied, it chemically bonds to the surface to prevent water ingress and mould.

 
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Trade News
 

Ultraframe Expands Site And Workforce As New Opportunities Beckon

Ultraframe has announced plans to expand its workforce and cited “exciting new opportunities” as the driver, along with the post-lockdown boom that shows no signs of slowing down. The Clitheroe based company is also expanding its operations, with the addition of a 60,000 sq ft facility close by to its 350,000 sq ft Ribble Valley HQ.

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Product News

Jack Aluminium TD68 Profile Chosen For Aliwoods Garden Rooms

Proving its complete versatility, Jack Aluminium’s TD68 system has been used to create a stunning range of new garden rooms by Aliwoods, the sister company of long-standing fabricator IDF Aluminium.

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Kenrick Joins Master Locksmiths Association

Hardware supplier Kenrick has joined the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) – the UK’s largest and longest-established locksmith trade association. The West-Bromwich based firm’s TS007 3-star high security cylinder has now been tested and approved by the MLA to combat lock snapping.

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‘Outstanding Response’ To Smart-Slide Patio Door

Costello Windows has praised aluplast’s class-leading Smart-Slide system as ‘the best PVC patio door it has ever fitted’.

The Limerick based firm, which has been manufacturing and supplying to customers on the west coast of Ireland for over 40 years,

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Sales Growth For The Tried And Trusted TriSYS™ Glazing Cassette From ODL Europe

ODL Europe has reported continued sales growth for its tried and trusted TriSYS™ glazing cassette.  Nathan Barr, Managing Director of ODL Europe, explains: “TriSYS™ is packed with innovative features that make assembly quick and easy while still delivering outstanding quality to our customers.

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High-Performing Liteleader Roof Windows From Novolux

Following a hugely successful first quarter, polycarbonate sheet supplier Novolux has improved its extensive product portfolio with the addition of Liteleader roof windows.

Made by roof window and skylight manufacturer VKR Holding, the high-quality roofing solution meets

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A SOLid Choice For Conservatory Roofs

Dodworth based SOL Conservatory Roofs has announced the launch of their brand new solid roof system, SOLid. Thermally efficient and fitter friendly, it’s a perfect choice for installers looking to maximise their offering to homeowners and be part of this ever-growing roof trend.

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Online Magazine

People

Yale Appoints Sales Manager

Yale Door and Window Solutions has strengthened its team with the appointment of Dale Smith as Sales Manager.

Dale joins the business with a wealth of knowledge and experience gained within the industry. Based in the Midlands, his new role will see him handle the strategic and day-to-day

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Bohle Brings Olympic Spirit Back To Manchester

Bohle has appointed Paralympic Gold Medallist cyclist, Mark Colbourne MBE, as Area Sales Manager for the South.

Joining Bohle this month, and covering southern England and Wales, Mark has had a distinguished sporting career picking up his first medals in the

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Training & Development

Epwin Window Systems Widens Commercial Training Opportunities

Epwin Window Systems has launched additional new training courses to support fabricators who are members of its Approved Commercial Manufacturers scheme. Katie Allman, Commercial Marketing Manager at Epwin Window Systems, commented: “ACM members have access to

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Videos

New Homes Feature Freefoam Fortex Embossed Cladding

Freefoam are delighted to release a new case study featuring Fortex embossed Double Shiplap  PVC cladding on four new homes in Stourbridge.  Built by Worcester based house builders 11:11 Property the four large detached houses are built with an attractive mixture of brick,

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FIT Show

Haffner Supports FIT Show Rescheduling

Following the rescheduling of the FIT Show to May 2022, industry machinery specialist Haffner has said it’s in full support of the decision. Dave Thomas, Managing Director at Haffner, said: “We’re obviously disappointed the event has been postponed.

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Difficult Decision, But The Right One, Says Smart Ready’s Giovanni Laporta

After recently bowing out from FIT 2021, making the difficult decision to announce September was too early for the show to be put on responsibly, Giovanni Laporta, inventor and innovator of Smart Ready has praised the conviction

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On-Site

Secondary Glazing Noise Reduction Delights Radio Broadcaster

“I just cannot believe how quiet it is” exclaimed a radio broadcaster to his wife after secondary glazing manufactured and supplied by Granada Glazing was installed throughout their period Buxton property to improve thermal efficiency and reduce external noise.

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