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4th April 2019
 
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Carl F Groupco’s Record Roto Results

 

Record results for Roto products have been announced by Carl F Groupco. The hardware distributor reports that March 2019 was its best ever monthly sales for the range, with an 87% increase compared to March 2018. Figures over the last financial year are also extremely positive with sales of Roto products up by 90%.

Carl F Groupco attributes the success to a number of factors: the company credits the quality and innovation of the products and the skills of its sales team. Additionally, product ranges have increased including the Roto TSL Espagnolette with full Roto Twin-Cam Security Lock for casement and reversible windows.

 
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Pro-Fitter Proving To Be The Solution The Industry Needs

 

Since its launch last year, Pro-Fitter, the official UK training provider of window, door and conservatory products, has seen incredible take up of its offering. Lou Leka, Pro-Fitter’s Director, said: “Since our launch last November, over 100 candidates have taken a variety of courses. We launched Pro-Fitter to help address the industry skills gap and these figures show we’re achieving what we set out to do. We’re delighted and proud.”

Pro-Fitter is a fully GQA-accredited and recognised training centre. It provides hands-on and classroom-based training in a variety of products, including removal, replacement and finishing touches.

 
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Smart Commitment to Responsible Sourcing Recognised

 

Smart Architectural Aluminium has been awarded a continuation of its BES 6001 V3.1 certification, the Standard for Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products. As a result of the recent audit, the company’s certification has moved up from a ‘Good’ classification to ‘Very Good’, representing the highest rating for any UK systems company.

Commenting on the award, Smart’s Managing Director, Eddie Robinson, said: “With public authorities, specifiers and architects all increasingly focusing on sustainable development, we believe the achievement of this standard is an important demonstration of our commitment to responsible sourcing and sustainable construction.

 
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GRM Windows Launches New Metre-Long Sash Multi-Folding Door

 

GRM Windows, which is celebrating 40 years in business in 2019, has helped to develop a new range of multi-folding doors using REHAU profiles to go to market this year.

The new door, which has a metre-long sash, rather than the standard 900mm, is the result of a special collaboration between GRM and Ciilock and delivers better sightlines, higher quality weather-proofing and more robust security.

The doors are available in GRM’s standard range of 20+ foil laminated colours, utilizing specialist paint products and comes with the company’s ten-year warranty.

 
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ERC Testing Supports Emergency Services

 

ERC Testing, the Leigh based test house providing testing services to companies within the flat glass, window and door industries, recently welcomed members of the Greater Manchester Police Force and the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service to the Laboratory, to provide assistance with their Method of Entry Training.

Mike Hackett, Laboratory Manager at ERC Testing explains: “Working with door hardware on a daily basis, trying to force and manipulate it in order to put it through testing procedures, gives us in-depth knowledge of its strengths and weaknesses.

 
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Real Aluminium Makes A Real Difference With New Software Solution

 

REAL Aluminium has teamed up with industry software developer First Degree Systems to design, develop and build a new online quoting and ordering system, which will allow installers to quote and order REAL products anytime and anywhere when they are online.

The launch of this new software means that REAL Aluminium customers can take control of their quoting and ordering and save valuable time, increase productivity and get what they need 24/7.

 
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The Saveheat Group Chooses Specialists CENSolutions For Complete Certification

 

The Saveheat Group is a name synonymous with quality. Boasting a wealth of experience in Aluminium, Timber, PVC-U and glazing, the Group’s four fenestration focussed companies are all committed to excellent products and services. When the Group was looking for a certification provider, they wanted fenestration specialists, which is why they chose to partner with CENSolutions, the consultancy and test facility for the window, door and glazing industries.

 
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Yale Sponsors Smart Home Week 2019

 

Yale has announced that it is joining a host of major brands in sponsorship of Smart Home Week 2019 – an initiative showcasing the best in smart home technology.

Taking place between 20th-26th May, Smart Home Week will use live events and social media broadcasts to spread the benefits of smart home technology. Crucially, the programme of events will assist those in the domestic security sector to learn how to maximise on the growing industry.

 
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Special Evening For The GGF

 

It was a memorable and enjoyable occasion as the good and the great of the industry attended the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) President’s Reception on the 26th March at Blackfriars in London.

GGF Members from over 20 different sectors were joined by GGF senior management and guests from the fields of politics, IT, media and related trade bodies, to enjoy an evening of networking and presentations from John Agnew GGF President and Kevin Buckley, GGF Group Chief Executive.

 
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Kestrel ‘App-Date’ Boosts Customer Service
 

It’s ‘appy’ days for the BDMs at Kestrel with the roofline brand turning to technology to drive customer service.

The Kestrel app has been updated so that BDMs can add customer notes when meeting with distributors, saving administration time end ensuring comments are followed up swiftly.

“The update to the app will help the team work more efficiently,” Kestrel sales and marketing director Owen Thorogood explained.

 
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Leads2Trade’s Personal Approach To Lead Quality Is Helping Customers To Cash In
 

Since launching in 2006, lead generation company Leads2Trade has always placed its emphasis not just on lead volume but, more importantly, lead quality.

The Stockport-based business generates 5-6,000 leads per week for companies operating in the home improvement market. These leads are then double qualified by Leads2trade’s in-house call centre.

 
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BWM’s New Showroom Tees Off!
 

Spectus fabricator, BWM of South Wales has recently opened a stunning retail showroom at it premises in Pontypridd. The consumer-focused showroom perfectly showcases the company’s range of home improvement products including Spectus’ casement windows, vertical sliding windows and French doors.

The new showroom was officially opened by Golfer, Ian Woosnam on 1 March 2019. Victoria Moreton of BWM said: “Our showroom displays our extensive range of high-quality products.

 
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CMS Delivers Glazing On A Grand Scale For Prestigious Edinburgh Residences
 

A comprehensive package of aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling by CMS Window Systems, which includes ultra-contemporary 3m x 3m lift and slide doors, has enabled CALA Homes to deliver on its vision to create one Edinburgh’s most prestigious developments in years.

Situated in the grounds of the famous Donaldson’s estate, one of the Scottish capital’s best-known landmarks, The Crescent is a stunning new build development of 84 luxury residences designed by the

 
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Glass Door Hardware Wins Innovation Award
 

A minimalist hardware system for glass doors has taken top prize at the biennial Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards, organised by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The TECTUS glass hardware system, created by Simonswerk, has been designed to maximise the light coming through glazed panels by swapping large hinges and handles for more discreet finishes.
Typically, door hardware installed on to glass doors use bulky patch fittings which can impact on the final finish.

 
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Atlas Salutes Installation Of The Year Winners
 

Honouring the very best in glazed roof design and installation, the Atlas Installation of the Year Awards have become an industry highlight. And as Atlas announces the winners of this year’s contest, sales director Gareth Thomas says the entries this year have been in a league of their own.

“It’s been another incredible year for the awards and our installers have raised the bar once again with some truly outstanding installations,” says Gareth.

 
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Maven Capital Partners Leads MBO Of CMS Window System

Maven Capital Partners (“Maven”), one of the UK’s most active private equity houses, has led the management buyout (“MBO”) of CMS Window Systems (“CMS” or “the Company”), a leading end-to-end provider of premium window and door solutions,

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The Kardashians, Judge Judy And Fireman Sam: FENSA Enlists A Little Help For Its Members

FENSA has announced further details of the extensive ‘All the Proof You Need’ TV campaign it launched in early March. The campaign is designed to make homeowners aware of the importance of obtaining

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aluplast Reports Continuing Growth

aluplast has reported the continuing growth of its UK business, announcing sustained increase in sales last year, driven by a series of new product launches.

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DOORCO Delivers With The Personal Touch

You can create the best products in the world with the easiest, streamlined order systems, but if you can’t get the products to customers when you said you would, then it all falls down. That’s why composite door manufacturer DOORCO has made

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New Distributor Deal For Dortech Prompts Trade Counter Launch

Glazing supplies specialist Dortech Direct has secured three new distributor agreements in a move which has prompted the launch of a dedicated trade counter in West Yorkshire.

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Frame Fast Invests In Further Automation For Composite Doors Production

A rise in demand for composite door fabrication has lead East Midlands manufacturer Frame Fast UK to invest in the latest wrapping technology.

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Glass & Glazing

Mackenzie Glass Sees 30% Increase In Demand For Cut-To-Size Laminate

Mackenzie Glass’ has reported a 30% jump in demand for cut to size laminate.

Reporting the year-on-year growth in laminate sales, Mark Herbert,

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Aluminium

Panoramic Overhauls The Tilt And Turn With The Aluminium ‘Hidden Sash’

Panoramic Group is gaining recognition for its innovative approach to designing and manufacturing windows and doors and, in some cases, taking what amounts to a completely fresh approach to a product.

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CDW Systems Extends SAPA Offering With The Crown Sliding Folding Door

CDW Systems has once again extended their range of high-specification glazing products with the introduction of the Sapa Crown Sliding Folding Door.

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On-Site

Spectus Vertical Sliders Help Revamp Stunning 1866 Residence

54 Spectus white vertical sliding windows with through horn detailing, including 14 arched vertical sliders, have been installed in a prestigious refurbishment project at Foxhill

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The Window Company (Contracts) Impresses At Hatcham College

When The Window Company (Contracts) completed phase one of the window and door replacement project at Hatcham College, the school’s Business Manager Mary Williams, was impressed with the

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AluK Shows Its Strength With Faceted On Plan Curtain Walling Solution

A faceted on plan curtain wall completed in AluK’s SL52 system is the centrepiece of the two storey community hub known as The Curve in the newly opened Bryn Gaer Place housing development.

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Internet

Deceuninck Tops Google Search For Flush Sash And Heritage Windows

Deceuninck now tops organic Google searches for heritage windows. Search engines are dynamic, so absolute rankings change frequently, but Deceuninck ranks top for ‘flush sash windows’ and appears on the

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Brochures

Spring In To The New Freefoam Catalogue

Freefoam has announced the Spring edition of their Product Catalogue. With an updated look and new products, the guide provides customers and users with the complete guide to the full range of Freefoam products including PVC-U

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Fabricator Support From Cubelock

Any fabricator manufacturing windows for public buildings including health care facilities and private multiple occupancy buildings, such as student accommodation, can get extra technical and test information with

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Charity

Adrian Lewis Takes On The GM Fundraising Challenge

When a space became available on the upcoming ‘From Russia With Hope’ cycling challenge, taking place in June this year, GM Fundraising turned to the fenestration media for help in recruiting someone to take up the challenge.

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