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4th February 2020
 
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Bi-Folding Doors To See Post-Brexit Bounce In 2020?

 

A new report into the prospects for bi-folding doors through to 2023, paints a picture of growth within an increasingly complex market.

While forecasting headline increases, the Bi-fold Doors Market Report – UK 2020 to 2023 from AMA Research, suggests significant shifts in prices and sector reach, defined by a series of drivers.

These extend from a growing pressure on price-point in trade supply and potential challenges from other product areas, to consumer confidence post-Brexit, and its impact on home improvement and new build sectors

 
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Ground-Breaking Thermocill Could Save Householders Hundreds Of Pounds, Says Inventor

 

Scientists’ findings show that a simple yet ground-breaking device could save householders hundreds of pounds a year on their heating bills – and reduce the UK’s carbon emissions.

Environment experts at the University of Salford put Thermocill, which is made entirely from recycled plastic, through exhaustive tests in their Energy House thermal comfort laboratory, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

 
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New Chairman For QUALICOAT

 

Angus Mackie, managing director of Vertik-Al and group managing director of the Allumette Group, succeeds Alan Maginnis as chairman of QUALICOAT (UK & Ireland), effective from 1 January 2020.

Managing director of powder coating specialist, Vertik-Al, Angus Mackie said “It is an honour to be elected chairman of QUALICOAT (UK & Ireland), a quality label which has been at the forefront of raising the standards of powder coating since 1986.

“I would like to pay tribute to my predecessor Alan Maginnis of Sprint Coatings for his sterling work over the past six years,

 
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Woodworking Apprenticeship Was The Right Route For Talented Designer

 

As a highly-talented product design student at school, Indira Esser-Dunbar faced a major decision: study at a top university or take an apprenticeship related to the woodworking and joinery industry where she wanted to forge a career, and develop her skills on the job.

Fast forward to 2019 and Indira had completed her Level 3 NVQ diploma in Architectural Joinery, an apprenticeship run through the Building Crafts College, a British Woodworking Federation (BWF) member, the same year she was announced as a finalist in the BWF Awards’ Apprentice of the Year category.

 
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GM Fundraising Celebrates 25 Years

 

2020 is a big year for industry fundraiser GM Fundraising because it sees the 25th anniversary of the organisation. Gary Morton, founder of GM Fundraising, said: “When we started GM Fundraising 25 years ago we had no idea what it would become. There’s a huge thank you due to everyone who’s supported us over the years, whether it’s by taking part in one of our challenges, donating sponsorship money or providing their time and expertise. Together, we’ve raised an incredible amount for Hope House Children’s Hospices, which is the most important achievement.”

 
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New Force 8 Door Brochure

 

The new 2020 Composite Door Brochure from Force 8 is filled with new innovations, some of which are exclusive to Force 8. The new door brochure has solutions for every aspect of domestic door systems, from traditional to contemporary. Whether you are looking for a stable door or a unique arched door, the new Force 8 brochure has the product you are looking for, says the company.

The brochure demonstrates Force 8’s commitment to the trade market, it includes a choice of 30 door styles, two finishes, 29 colours, three glazing frame choices and a completely new decorative glass range with 25 glass options.

 
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Guardian Glass Float, Coated And Laminated Glass Products Attain Bronze Level Cradle To Cradle Certification In Europe

 

Guardian Glass Europe has attained Bronze level Cradle to Cradle certification for three of its product families – float, coated and laminated glass – manufactured at eight of its European plants.

The Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Products Standard is a globally-recognised methodology used to constantly evaluate the sustainable attributes of products, and a tool for the glass industry’s response to the circular economy challenge.

 
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Leads 2 Trade Hits Three Quarter Of A Million Sales Leads Milestone

 

Leads 2 Trade has hit the 750,000 of double qualified sales leads milestone – meaning that it has supplied three quarters of a million leads in just 14 years.

It strengthens the Stockport-based company’s position as the UK’s leading provider of double qualified sales leads in the home improvement industry.

Co-founder and Director Andy Royle said: “To have supplied three quarters of a million double qualified sales leads for companies in the home improvement industry since 2006 is a huge achievement.

 
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25 Not Out For Vista

 

A leading composite door manufacturer and PVCu panel supplier is celebrating its 25th birthday this year.

Vista has been supplying fabricators across the UK and Europe since 1995 and, thanks to continued investment, its quality as a supplier has stood the test of time.

The Wirral-based company is one of the longest standing infill panel manufacturers and came to the fore in the composite door market with the XtremeDoor,

 
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Award-Winning Apprentice Helps Middlesbrough Firm Plug The Skills Gap

 

Since he decided to undertake a woodworking apprenticeship, Bailey Donkin of Middlesbrough-based firm ERW Joinery, has won a national industry award and developed the skills and expertise that have set him on his way to a long and successful career in the woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry.

His employer, ERW Joinery, has a structured apprenticeship programme and plans to significantly increase the number of apprentices it employs in 2020. The business believes that such an approach is the best way of tackling the skills shortage faced by the industry.

 
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Bon Accord Takes On A Trio Of New Products

 

Composite door manufacturer Apeer is enjoying success in the north of the United Kingdom as new and existing installer partners across Scotland broaden their product ranges.

The company has developed a particularly exceptional relationship with Aberdeen based Bon Accord Glass over recent years, who have recently added three new products to their showroom. Commercial Manager Bryan Kinghorn explained the reason for expanding their Apeer offering:

 
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High Praise For Kestrel

 

Peter Bennett, owner of Northwich-based Home Installations, has been a Kestrel customer for 23 years and ranks them as ‘superb’.

With a 20-year career in the business, before launching Home Installations in 1995, Peter’s expertise means he expects the best products are installed in the properties he renovates.

“The whole feeling of the Kestrel company, the support, customer service, wide range of products and basically everything about them is just superb,” he said.

 
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Continued Growth At Leka Systems

 

Conservatory roof innovators, Leka Systems have reported a 30% year on year sales growth for its roofing products. This upturn is driven by continued demand for the company’s Leka Warm Roof, Leka Orangery roof and the new LEKA xi Conservatory Base System. Rhys Hoddinott, Director of Leka Systems, said: “The demand for our Leka roofs has been superb as more fabricators and installers see for themselves the benefits these products can deliver.”

The company says the LEKA Warm Roof delivers super thermal efficiency thanks to the unique GRP construction, which results in U values from 0.12W/m²K.

 
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TuffX: Adorning The Countryside With Custom Built Orangery

 

When it comes to bespoke projects, TuffX is always pleased to be the front runner in supplying the very best in quality toughened glass. Most recently, the Knowsley based manufacturer teamed up with Herefordshire’s Atrium Conservatories to create an elegant, custom built orangery at a residential property on the Welsh border.

The project required 18 panels measuring 19.92m2 to form a gentle hipped roof, sitting aloft an African Sapele hardwood structure. The glass panels were fitted complete with roof lantern on one side; quality manufacture one of the key reasons for TuffX’s involvement. Situated next to a rookery,

 
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Edgetech’s Super Spacer Brings Sustainability To One Of The World’s Tallest Wooden Buildings

 

Edgetech’s Super Spacer has helped make one of the world’s tallest wooden buildings a beacon of energy efficiency.

HoHo Wien, located in Vienna’s 22nd district, is a modern marvel of timber and state-of-the art technology.

The 82-metre, 24-storey structure was the vision of architects Rudiger Lainer + Partner, and designed to offer a visually distinctive and outstandingly sustainable space for hotels, restaurants, offices, apartments and more.

 
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CMS Delivers Full Glazing Package For New £78M Forth Valley College Campus

 

CMS Window Systems has played a key role in the creation of Scotland’s newest further education campus with the manufacture and installation of high performance aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling for the new £78m Forth Valley College in Falkirk.

The company was tasked by main contractor Balfour Beatty to deliver the complete glazing package in a contract valued at circa £3m, which took 21 months to complete. The new Falkirk campus, designed by Reiach & Hall and Keppie Architects,

 
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Trade News

Leads 2 Trade Boss Hails ‘Significant Impact’ Of Cloudglaze Acquisition

Leads 2 Trade has hailed a major acquisition from the end of 2018 a success – after just one year.

Leads 2 Trade completed the acquisition of glazing industry sales-lead aggregator CloudGlaze, which included online brands ‘Double Glazing on the Web’

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Manufacturing Improvements Set To Throw Down The Gauntlet To The Door Market In 2020

Having joined DOORCO in Autumn last year, Mark Towers, Senior Production and Technical Manager describes how he has been working to further streamline and strengthen the production heart of the business, ready for the launch of some leading-edge new products in the next few months.

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Quickslide Partners With Morley Glass To Enhance Product Offering

Window and door manufacturer Quickslide has made the decision to put the ethos of ‘home grown’ at the heart of a new investment this year, as they announce a new partnership with local blinds supplier Morley Glass. The move will be of major interest to customers,

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Spacer Bars, Document L, Energy Efficiency And Triple Glazing

Thermoseal Group, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and supplier of spacer bars for insulated glass (IG) sealed unit production, gives an insight into the spacer bar market and predicted future trends.
Spacer bars, used primarily to space the panes of glass in double, triple and even quadruple glazing,

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Armstrong Has #Comealong To Kommerling

Armstrong Industries is the latest PVCu window and door manufacturer that has decided to #ComeAlong to KÖMMERLING, having changed from another systems company, with whom they had been an established customer for 23 years.

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Endurance Accolades For Installers And Showrooms Across The UK

Endurance Doors celebrated a strong end to 2019 with their Installer of the Month and Showroom of the Month awards presented to a number of their installation partners, who enjoy the merits of a solid core composite door that’s packed with technical features.

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Shelforce Boosts Manufacturing Efficiency And Quality Assurance With Rapierstar

Fastener specialist Rapierstar is providing extensive support to window and door manufacturer Shelforce to streamline fastener usage and ensure its workforce is fully supported to achieve the highest quality finished products.

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Product News

New AGB ArTech Tilt & Turn System From VBH

Hardware specialist VBH (GB) has added a new tilt & turn system from Italian hardware manufacturer, AGB, to its extensive range of third-party branded products. ArTech gear is protected by the Activeage finish that exceeds 2,000 hours neutral salt spray testing to EN ISO 9227, making it ideal for coastal regions and areas with higher levels of pollution.

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Room Comfort Has Never Been So Smart

At FENSTERBAU 2020, the SIEGENIA GROUP will be using domestic and business area exhibits to show that room comfort has never been so smart. In Hall 4, Stand 215, across approximately 1,000 square meters of stand space, the company will create living spaces that offer added value through intelligent solutions.

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Aluminium

’Architectural Anodising Explained’

We live in an architectural aluminium world which is predominantly powder coated in a multitude of colours which offers warranties for colour and gloss retention over an extensive lifetime. Anodising, on the other hand, has all but disappeared apart from it appearing on a few prestigious projects. So what is anodising and why is it proving popular again?

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Machinery

First Tekna 743 Vacuum Clamping Machining Centre Installed In Ireland

Limerick based Curran Aluminium is one of Ireland’s leading fabricators of windows, doors, structural glazing and façade systems. Operating in Ireland’s thriving commercial construction market, it has recognised that there are huge benefits to be gained in both quality and efficiency from being in control

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Events

CAB To Support Glazing Summit For Third Year Running

The Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB) will partner with the Glazing Summit for the third year running.

The Glazing Summit takes place on Thursday, October 8 at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham and CAB has been supporting the event from the beginning.

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Training & Development

Senior Launches New Training Academy

As even the most experienced of fabricators can benefit from brushing up on their practical skills and product knowledge, Senior Architectural Systems is inviting its customers to put training in focus for 2020.

Senior offers training support in the fabrication and installation of its full range of aluminium fenestration

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Charity

Bumper Year Of Fundraising For Window Ware Team In 2019

The team at Window Ware, the award-winning hardware distributor once again showcased their community spirit with a fantastic year of fundraising in 2019.
Throughout the year, colleagues, customers and suppliers all dug deep to raise vital funds for chosen charity

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