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3rd November 2020
 
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Response To A Second National Lockdown For England By Ryan Johnson, Managing Director, Emplas

 

It is clearly not something any of us want but a second national lockdown for England wasn’t unexpected, to the point that it was perhaps, inevitable.

If you’re reading this in Manchester, Liverpool, large parts of the North East, the Central belts of Scotland, Northern Ireland (and at least for the next few days) Wales, very little has changed at all.

 
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Balcony Trend Grows In Year Of Lockdown With More Products Released

 

More developers are placing balconies at the centre of future projects as lockdown has placed further emphasis on the need for homes that maximise space and daylight, according to window manufacturer REHAU.

Responding to this increase in demand for such design-led specification products, REHAU has unveiled a new Juliet balcony, SKYFORCE, to bolster its total solutions window portfolio.

 
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Pearl Windows And Yale Collaborate On The New Signature Collection Of Composite Doors

 

Yale and Pearl Windows Systems, one of the UK’s leading and fastest growing fabricators, have worked together to deliver the Signature ‘Lakes’ composite doors collection.

Fitted with a full suite of security hardware from Yale, the collection really combines stunning aesthetics with home security expertise.

Applications include the Yale AutoEngage lock, Platinum 3 star

 
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Garnalex Supports Profine In Challenging Times

 

profine Extrusions UK, the systems company behind WarmCore, recently switched to source its aluminium profiles from Garnalex, the UK-based aluminium extrusions company. profine had been experiencing prolonged supply chain problems from China, but within just a few weeks Garnalex had eliminated the problem and delivered the product.

Mateusz Prudlo, Purchasing Manager of profine, comments: “The recent support from Garnalex has meant we can continue to maintain

 
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Fireside Chat No. 3: Supply Chain Complexities

 

Freefoam has announced the release of the latest ‘Fireside Chat’ video, discussing the complexities and challenges of the supply chain for manufacturers.

In this third video Colin St John, Commercial Director, gives an overview of the supply chain, highlights how a huge range of variables impact the ability to control the process and suggests ways to improve.

 
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Added International Expertise Brought To Guild Leadership

 

Kaz Spiewakowski and Timothy Perry have been appointed to the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers’ (GAI) executive committee.

Kaz Spiewakowski, managing director at GEZE UK, has been appointed as treasurer. Kaz joined the architectural ironmongery industry in 2007 and was managing director of Exidor for almost six years before moving to his current role at GEZE UK.

 
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Capitalise On Six Million UK Homes, Says Victorian Sliders

 

Britain’s aging housing stock means many of our homes were built in sash windows’ nineteenth-century heyday. That means there are huge opportunities for installers who can help homeowners return their properties to their former glory, argues Victorian Sliders Group Managing Director Andy Jones.

 
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Remote Selling With Framepoint® Keeps Kestrel Busy

 

Kestrel Home Improvements says the Framepoint® sales and quoting app helped the company ‘embrace’ remote selling, and kept the order books full since. “It’s proved very successful,” says Mark Ramsey, Managing Director. “We sold 12 jobs over lockdown and 30 jobs immediately afterwards, all using Framepoint®. Our order books have been full ever since – it paid for itself with the first job.”

 
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Rooms With A View

 

Combining the aesthetic appeal of traditional steel windows with the high-performance benefits of a modern aluminium system, Ali VU from Senior Architectural Systems has been specified for a new residential development in Liverpool.

Designed by John McCall Architects, the five-storey Lister Gardens apartment scheme in Crosby has been inspired by the art deco style of the area’s architecture and in particular, the former Royal British

 
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Ai-Sun – A Smart App To Control Your Blinds

 

Italian company Sunbell has introduced a new feature for controlling its blinds. Utilising a mobile app called Ai-Sun, it allows for the remote operation of blinds via a mobile phone or tablet. The Ai-Sun app connects through an improved internet enabled central control box, allowing for the easy programming and operation of blinds as required, says the company. The system may also be retrofitted to existing Suncen installations by upgrading to a new type of box with an

 
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A Fade To Slate Grey For Endurance

 

As the demand for product development and innovation continues in the composite door sector, Endurance Doors has launched a new grained Slate Grey finish, expanding their door slab colours and finishes to twenty, inside and out.

An Endurance Door is one that’s made to order, so there are no generic door blanks, but a carefully made solid and secure composite door, packed with unique product features and detailed manufacturing

 
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Marketing Made Simple With Adminbase Campaigns

 

Installers using the AdminBase business management system from Ab Initio can now take advantage of the Campaigns marketing tool, a fully integrated feature that is designed to ensure marketing activity is quicker, easier and more successful.

Eliminating the need to rely on third party software, Campaigns enables installation companies to select the leads and customer data

 
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VEKA Recycling Makes Key Appointments As HQ Build Nears Completion

 

As construction of the company’s new purpose-built Wellingborough headquarters site nears completion, VEKA Recycling Ltd has made two key appointments in preparation for the firm becoming fully operational early in 2021.

Alex Hamilton takes the reins as Head of Sales & Marketing for VEKA Recycling, joining from the waste management industry in which he helped organisations to utilise innovative technology solutions

 
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Aluprof Upgrades Window Performance

 

Aluminium has the benefit of being lightweight, strong, resistant to corrosion and easy to form into complex shapes, so perfect for production into windows and doors. Over the decades, as thermal insulation of our building infrastructure has increased through regulation, we have seen resin thermal breaks move to ‘roll-in’ polyamide strips amongst other developments.

Aluprof was the first systems company in the world to incorporate ‘aerogel’, a material with exceptional thermal insulation,

 
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The 7th Schüco Excellence Awards Are Right Around The Corner

 

The seventh annual Schüco Excellence Awards take place on Wednesday 11 November, and for the first time ever the awards event will be online. Starting at 3pm, the awards will be presented in real time, with viewers able to watch the awards being hand delivered to winners on their doorsteps as they discover they’ve won.

With the Awards going virtual, there will also be an all new category – the Viewers’ Choice award. All of this year’s viewers will be able to

 
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Deceuninck Is Finalist In Two Construction Marketing Awards

 

Deceuninck has been shortlisted for two Construction Marketing Awards (CMA’s) for 2020 – Strategic Planning and Management & Best Big Budget Campaign. Deceuninck’s sustained campaigning for colour has more than doubled Deceuninck’s sales in the last five years as colour has risen from 30% to near 70% of sales.

Deceuninck worked closely with MRA Marketing on this campaign, based on MRA’s research that shows the premium home improvement

 
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Job Vacancies

Experienced Aluminium Window & Door Fabricator - Arkay Windows

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Trade News
 

Frustration For Installers In Supply Chain Crisis

While supply issues right across the market are obviously having a serious impact on fabricators, lead times and operational efficiencies, in most cases it is installers, operating at the sharp end of the industry, who are actually bearing the brunt.

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AluK Launches C70S Window System

October 2020 sees the official launch of AluK’s brand new, beautifully engineered C70S 70mm window – the big brother to its iconic 58BW window system.

The C70S has all the clean lines, slim sightlines and advanced functionality

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Insight Data Report Suggests How The Industry May Be Surviving Through Coronavirus Pandemic

In December last year, Insight Data published a review of 2019 for the PVC-U fabrication industry. 190 of the top fabricators across the UK were telephoned and asked questions about their business and the wider industry. Here Jade Greenhow, Insight Data Operations Director,

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Product News

Antimicrobial Glass Ready For Launch After Obtaining Third Party Verification

A new coated glass product designed by the NSG Group to help reduce the transmission of microbes via surfaces in shared spaces and public transport, is ready for launch after its antimicrobial properties were verified through independent third-party testing.

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People

Window Supply Company Appoints Greg Hall As Finance Director

West Lothian based window and door manufacturer Window Supply Company (WSC) bolsters position in the UK fenestration market with the appointment of Greg Hall as Finance Director. Joining the company at their headquarters in Livingston,

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Machinery

CMS Facades Reaps Dividends From Emmegi Quadra Investment

CMS Facades’ investment in an Emmegi Quadra L2 fully automatic cutting and machining centre in November 2018 doubled its aluminium capacity almost overnight. Two years on, the company says the payback on the machine is coming from the number of large-scale projects it is now winning.

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Training & Development

65 Evander Apprentices Successfully Complete Industry-Specific Qualifications Thanks To MRG Services

Sixty-five apprentices at Evander, one of the UK’s leading providers of responsive, pre-planned and emergency home services, have just successfully completed their Level 2 and 3 programmes in Fenestration

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On-Site

Spectus Windows Deliver For New Waterfront Development In Edinburgh

Approved Spectus fabricator Sidey has recently manufactured and installed over 200 flush tilt and turn windows for a low-rise, contemporary new apartment block in Edinburgh. The block forms part of Places for People’s Waterfront 3 development

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Awards

Freefoam Shortlisted For Three Construction Marketing Awards

Freefoam is a finalist in three of this year’s prestigious Construction Marketing Awards (CMAs) for its successful #HelpingCustomersGrow campaign.

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