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4th August 2020
 
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Clarification On Green Homes Grant Is Here; Now Let’s Get The Window And Door Market Moving Again

 

Clarification has finally been achieved on the Government’s Green Homes Grant Scheme today – providing the green light for the window and door market to get back moving again.

Government has confirmed that ‘primary’ measures for the grant will include insulation and carbon heat measures. Households will need to install at least one of these before they’re able to use the voucher on ‘secondary’ measures, which include windows and doors.

Homeowners will be able to replace single glazing with double or triple/secondary glazing, as well as upgrading to energy efficient doors.

 
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High Demand To End Of The Year But Tougher Start To 2021 – Industry Roundtable

 

The industry will continue to see high levels of demand through to the end of the year but should brace itself for tougher trading conditions at the start of 2021, according to commentators.

Held at the end of last month, panellists on a COVID-19 Emplas Roundtable, said that the boom seen in retail and new build had far exceeded their expectations.

While there was an expectation that high levels of demand would continue through to the end of this year, members of the forum warned of tougher trading conditions at the start of 2021.

 
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New Heritage Handles From Mila

 

Mila has launched its own range of Heritage espag handles, combining elegant styling with intelligent design and security features.

Available in both Monkey Tail and Pear Drop designs and in both left and right-handed options, the new handles are the perfect option for homeowners who want a traditionally styled sculptured, chamfered or flush sash window. They even come with a range of fully suited peg stays and faux butt hinges to complete the overall look.

The new Heritage handles were designed in-house by Mila’s experienced team, so combine lots of fabricator and installer-friendly features which make them easy to fit as well as easy to sell.

 
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“…We All Need To Work Together With Honesty And Integrity” – A Letter To The Media

 

We are clearly in unprecedented times. However, the glass and glazing industry appears to be facing untold challenges when it comes to the supply of products. By that, I mean PVC and aluminium extrusions, hardware, reinforcement, glass and other ancillaries.

Anyone in the industry claiming otherwise simply isn’t telling the truth and headline claims by companies being x% up on last year don’t help the matter either. It’s a disruptive market with companies throughout the supply chain facing the operational challenges to deliver the work-in-progress, along with satisfying the unprecedented new consumer demand.

 
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Glazerite Announces New MD And Restructure As Part Of Long-Term Plans For Growth

 

Leading trade fabricator, The Glazerite UK Group Ltd, has announced a board-level restructure as part of its ambitious plans for growth.  The move includes the appointment of Robert Brearley as Group Managing Director, with former Group MD Jason Thompson taking on the newly created position of Chief Executive Officer. It follows Group Chairman John Hewitt’s decision to take a step back from the business to focus more time on his recently founded suicide prevention charity, We Mind & Kelly Matters, in memory of his late daughter.

Jason Thompson says: “Glazerite has gone from strength to strength since John and I founded the business 20 years ago.

 
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A Hub Of Support From Epwin Window Systems

 

Epwin Window Systems’ marketing portal, Brand Hub 360, offers a comprehensive range of marketing assets to support its growing customer base. The range of marketing tools has recently been extended to help further support fabricators and installers and now includes a new range of corporate clothing, product posters and window vinyls.

Gerald Allen, Marketing Manager of Epwin Window Systems explains: “Our easy to use Brand Hub 360 gives our customers direct access to a vast range of high-quality marketing materials that covers all marketing touchpoints.

 
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Double-Glazing Pricing App Available To Installers For Free

 

The company behind a ‘revolutionary’ double glazing pricing app is giving all installers a free two-month trial of the software.

As installers look to kickstart business after the Covid-19 lockdown, Virtape, a sister company of Leads 2 Trade, has decided to provide the trial of its Double Glazing App to help.

It allows prospective customers to download the app from the installers website onto their smartphone, use it to measure their windows and doors and select the colours and styles they want,

 
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Obituary – Keith Vast

 

It is with great sadness that profine UK announces the passing away of Keith Vast at his home on Wednesday 29th July, following a prolonged period of ill health.

In April 2020, Keith retired from profine UK, yet he was largely responsible for the design and development of the KÖMMERLING 70 window and door system, which today remains a class leader in terms of performance, quality and design. Keith’s career with the business extended beyond 20 years in the technical department and he was very well respected by customers, suppliers and colleagues alike.

 
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Norseal Is A Cut Above

 

Door seal specialist Norseal says it has become the first company in Europe to develop a custom-made drop seal cutting machine. The machine will cut any drop seal to the exact size required, ready for next day delivery, without damaging it, and so keeping the fire, smoke and acoustic integrity of the door intact. Every door seal cut to size by Norseal with its new equipment comes with a one million cycle guarantee.

Norseal has developed the new cutting machine as part of its ongoing commitment to offer the best customer service proposition in the business.

 
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Signature Windows Goes Premium With Dekko Window Systems

 

Signature Windows has joined forces with trade fabricator Dekko Window Systems.

The Teignmouth-based installer has become the latest firm to offer Dekko’s premium product lines including the seamless Infinity uPVC collection and the high-end Räum aluminium range. With the help of Dekko, Signature Windows also offers customers the complete Residence Collection and the Solidor range of composite doors.

To showcase such a comprehensive range, Signature Windows has opened a ‘stunning’ new showroom in the coastal town.

 
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RoSPA Health And Safety Award For The Window Company (Contracts)

 

Commercial installer, The Window Company (Contracts), is celebrating after landing a coveted RoSPA 2020 Health and Safety Award.

This was the first time the Chelmsford based business had entered RoSPA’s internationally recognised programme, and the team were thrilled to receive a Silver Award first time out.

The Award recognises The Window Company (Contracts)’ success in keeping staff and customers safe, with the assessors commenting on the ‘excellent monitoring and reviewing procedures’,

 
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Apprenticeships Key To Sustainable Growth – Emplas

 

Emplas has committed to the appointment of eight new apprenticeships before the end of this year as part of its sustainable growth strategy.

The new posts, which include a mix of fabrication and customer services roles, are being created as part of the new Apprenticeships Standard, launched in August.

A member of the programme’s ‘Trailblazer’ scheme and delivered in partnership with industry and training providers, each post is built around a dedicated training programme specific to the job,

 
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State Of The Art Hospital Benefits From P C Henderson’s Sirocco System

 

Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, has been specified for a state of the art hospital build in Breda, Holland.

Covering 128,000 square metres, the new ultra-modern Amphia Hospital was officially opened in November 2019. The design brief focused on creating a new world of medical care – aiming for increased one to one patient contact, shorter waiting times, the highest level of health care and a peaceful and comfortable environment.

 
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Winkhaus Achieves ‘Double First’ With Fire And Security SBD Q Dual Accredited Doorsets

Winkhaus has become the first long-standing Secured by Design (SBD) member company to hold the latest Dual Certification compliance for both Q Mark Fire BS EN 1634 and PAS24

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Endurance Declare Price Freeze For Composites

Endurance Doors have declared that there will be no price rises for the remainder of 2020, so that Installer Partners can effectively cost their solid and secure composite doors, without the additional worry and threat of a price increase.

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Sign Windows: Move To Deceuninck Has ‘Transformed’ Business

Trade and retail fabricator Sign Windows says its business has been ‘transformed’ since moving to Deceuninck. Following a management buy-out in 2019 the Leicester fabricator set ambitious growth plans and switched to Deceuninck

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CICV Forum Issues New Range Of Health And Safety Guidance To Help Construction Industry Continue Careful Return

As Scotland’s building sector continues its recovery, the Construction Industry Coronavirus (CICV) Forum has issued a raft of new health and safety guidance to help steer workers through the phased return.

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West Midlands Family Business Celebrates Three-Year Anniversary

Staffordshire-based handrail and balustrade specialists SMART Balustrades is celebrating reaching three years in business and a strong pipeline of work – despite the current economic climate.

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Product News

Quickslide Mechanical VS Passes Gruelling PAS24 Test

Quickslide’s new Legacy VS window, in its mechanically jointed form, has passed a series of gruelling test procedures to achieve a pass for the PAS24:2016 security performance standard.

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How Extrudaseal Worked With A Customer To Develop The New Premium Range

Extrudaseal has developed its new Premium product range with integrated fibre technology for anti-stretch performance to help a customer.

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People

REHAU Strengthens Sales Team

As its UK operations gather momentum again, REHAU’s Windows Solutions Division continues to invest in its team with the hiring of Hannah Smith as a Sales Promoter.

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New Role For Jason At Profine

After two and a half years at profine UK as area manager for the south of the UK, Jason Scrivens has been appointed as national fabricated sales manager, following the successful purchase of essential assets from Aperture Group in May, 2020.

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CMS Trade Strengthens Team With Experienced New General Manager

Fast-growing trade window and door fabricator CMS Trade has strengthened its team with the appointment of Jim Walker as its new general manager.

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Aluminium

Senior’s Innovative Curtain Walling Is On The Rise

With many oversees supply chains being disrupted by the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, UK-based fenestration solutions manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems is ready to hit the ground running as the construction industry continues its cautious return.

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Awards

Shuttercraft Nominated For Major Franchising Award

Shuttercraft has been shortlisted in the Business Transformation category at the bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards, to be held at the Vox, Birmingham, on November 30.

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