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4th November 2021
 


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Made For Trade Further Expansion Leads To Commercial Director Acquisition

 

Made for Trade are looking forward to big steps forward in 2022 as they continue to build on the success of the multi award winning Korniche Lantern with the ramping up in production of their new Korniche Aluminium Bifolding Doors.

Another bumper growth year has led to the appointment of Industry stalwart Andy Jones as Commercial Director at Made for Trade, a move which adds some new perspective on the business’s strategy as it continues rapidly expanding out of the SME arena and becomes a larger enterprise.

Andy’s industry knowledge and established business relationships will be a fantastic asset to MFT’s growing sales department and his broad experience of glazing products gives some new insight into product development strategy.

 
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Part L Round Table – Available To Download Now

 

AluK’s Part L Round Table, held at its London Design Studio on 5 October, was the latest in a series of initiatives by the aluminium systems company to try to increase awareness of the changes on their way to the Building Regs.

Recorded as a podcast, which is available to download now via www.alukgb.com/learning/fhs or the usual podcast outlets, it covered everything from whether the changes coming to Part L have been communicated well enough, to the design and manufacturing implications, and of course the likely costs.

The round table panel comprised: Sioned Roberts and Dale Pegler from AluK, Gareth Allen from Saint Gobain, Craig Bryant from Maco, Ryan Johnson from Emplas, Kevin Jones from the GGF, John Miles from Assent Building Control and Mark Taylor from architects Allies and Morrison.

 
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Distinction Doors Receives Council Recognition For Investment

 

Distinction Doors has welcomed Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture to its Tankersley site in Barnsley in recognition of its ability to embrace automation to increase business productivity.

With the assistance of Enterprising Barnsley, the business support arm of Barnsley Council, Distinction Doors has benefited from Lean factory planning and manufacturing process improvement support to develop its facility to work efficiently as possible, increase profit margins and create over 40 new jobs within the last three years.

Speaking at the visit, Cllr Cheetham said: “We’re delighted to see the investment that Distinction Doors have made into their facility. What they have managed to achieve is fantastic for them but fantastic for the borough as they’ve created so many jobs for people.

 
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DoorCo Reveals Brand Evolution

 

DoorCo MD Dan Sullivan unveils the brand evolution the company has recently undergone: “Over the last decade DoorCo has grown to become a serious player in the UK composite door market. When a company goes through such exponential growth, you would expect it look different. DoorCo may be bigger, but it is also better than ever before. We strongly believe this is because the foundations of our business have remained consistent: the fundamental beliefs and behaviours set out back at the beginning, still underpin everything we do today.

“A big change this year has been the creation of our house of brands, developed to give individual identities to our products under the DoorCo umbrella.  Creating these separate brands gives them personality so they stand out from the crowd and appeal to customers with different tastes and requirements.

 
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“We’ve Never Been Let Down”: Why Building Product Solutions Work With Edgetech

 

A leading South Yorkshire IGU manufacturer has begun buying from warm-edge pioneers Edgetech – motivated in part by the company’s intuitive new e-commerce platform.

Founded in 2009 amid a deep recession, Rotherham’s Building Product Solutions overcame the economic crisis to become a highly respected presence in the IG sector, noted for its commitment to innovation and consistent quality.

The company has won loyal customers around the region with its strong work ethic, quick turn-around times and excellent service – and it was its desire to continuously improve that led it to enquire with Edgetech.

 
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Evonet Helps Ramage Windows Increase Output Efficiently

 

When lead times on PVC-U frames were at their peak in 2020, one of the responses from fabricators who were buying in even a portion of their output was to increase their own manufacturing volumes.

For Newcastle upon Tyne based Ramage Trade Windows, which doubled its output from 130 to 270 windows per week during the pandemic, that process was made considerably easier thanks to its investment in Business Micros EvoNET software, claims the company.

Ramage Trade Windows had previously bought in around half of its volumes but when it started to suffer significant supply shortages, took the decision to invest in new machinery and new software so that it could reduce its reliance on other fabricators and deliver increased certainty to its trade, retail and new build customers.

 
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Gowercroft Managing Director Is Appointed Vice President Of The British Woodworking Federation

 


Andrew Madge, Managing Director of high-end timber window and door manufacturer, Gowercroft Joinery, has been appointed Vice President and Honorary Treasurer of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF).

As one of the leading trade associations for the woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry in the UK, the BWF provides a positive voice for the sector, influencing government policy and regulations and championing standards.

The appointment of Andrew comes three years after he joined the Board as an executive member, where he has been instrumental in raising the profile of the woodworking sector as a whole and highlighting how it can support the construction industry through the Covid pandemic in a safe and sustainable way.

 
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Securing The Supply Chain

 

With the boom in replacement door and window sales across the industry, it has never been more important to work with companies who can offer a robust and secure supply chain. This is the view of Chris Pell, general manager at Total Hardware, who commented: “The measures we’ve taken to protect our customers from the supply chain disruption that’s affecting the entire industry are making us an appealing choice of hardware supplier.”

He continued: “As a result, we’ve seen astonishing sales growth in recent months, with some of our product lines increasing by over 100% year-on-year as we continue to support our customers with the rapid rise in window and door hardware demand.”

As Chris says, Total Hardware has taken a number of steps to support its customers during this unprecedented surge in demand.

 
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Fentrade Reflects On Reasons For Growth 

 

It’s been an impressive year of growth for aluminium trade fabricator Fentrade. Overall, turnover is up 40% year-on-year, with several areas of the business seeing triple figure growth. Chris Reeks, Director of Fentrade, commented: “We are delighted to be seeing this growth, which is partly due to existing customers placing bigger order volumes with us and new customers joining us.”

Reflecting on why customers choose Fentrade, Chris comments: “We’re always keen to deliver above and beyond for our customers. When we ask them what they value about our service, they tell us it’s our hands on approach and attention to detail that makes the difference.”

 
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Aluk Joins The G-21 Sponsors Line-Up

 

AluK has become the latest big industry name to give its backing to this year’s G-Awards, joining the list of main event sponsors ahead of the big night on 26 November.

Marketing Director Sioned Roberts says that, since face to face industry events restarted in September, it has been obvious that there’s a real desire for people to get back together again and reconnect.

She says: “The G-Awards is always a celebration and I think this year it will be even more special. It won’t just be about the companies you are shortlisted or who win the awards, although they will be centre stage obviously, it will also be about celebrating together what the whole industry has achieved in 2021.

 
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Jobs Vacancies

Site Support Engineer

Ultraframe is a leading supplier of offsite manufactured construction products based in Clitheroe.

Excellent technical support is a key part of our offering and we are looking to recruit a Site Support Engineer to assist with the ongoing training & development of customers on our extensive product range.

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Trade News
 

Employees At FORCE 8 Stay 100% Ahead Of The Curve

Over the years Force 8 has grown and adapted to the current market trends with their profile bending and unique range of composite doors. They are now taking a giant leap forward by radically changing the company structure into an employee-owned company.

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#Unitedfront Letter Shows Professionalism And Clarity

Dear Gerald

I felt compelled to write to you after reading the United Front open letter from nineteen fenestration companies. I’d like to congratulate them on their approach to the current ‘unprecedented and unrelenting challenges’ that we as an industry have faced since March 2020.a

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Trade News

As The Skills Crisis Worsens, Automation’s Time Is Now

Edgetech managing director Chris Alderson argues that, for IGU manufacturers, automation is the only long-term solution to the ongoing skills crisis.

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Getting A Handle On Deliveries

It’s been a tough time lately for the industry, which is why online builders’ merchants Door Superstore, part of the CMO Group, is helping its trade customers get back on track with free delivery and next day delivery options available on a wide range of doors and hardware.

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Online Magazine


Product News

Garden Room Opportunities From Making Your Space

Backed by former Polyframe director Martyn Buckley, Making Your Space is the garden room partner for the trade thanks to a dedicated manufacturing facility and product range that’s been designed with the adoption of the latest off-site construction techniques, says the company.

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Internet

Victorian Sliders Showcases Brand New Trade Website

A new website is the latest investment from sash window specialists Victorian Sliders.
The new site has been designed to clearly communicate the benefits of the company’s market-leading ECOSlide window, and provide a one-stop shop for new clients, queries and product information.

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DoorCo Goes Live With New Website

Composite door supplier DoorCo has revealed its brand-new website that has been fully redesigned in an engaging and modernised manner to bring the company’s online presence in line with their enhanced product and service offering,

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The Consultancy Delivers Again For DoorCo

The Consultancy has delivered once again for DoorCo, with a brand-new website which supports the composite door specialist’s new branding, new product launches and revised market positioning.

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Brochures

Brisant Launch Home Truths Book

Brisant-Secure has launched a new publication “The Book of Home Truths” which helps locksmiths and door installers explain to homeowners why Ultion will ensure their doors stay locked.

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Awards

British Woodworking Federation 2021 Awards Shortlist Revealed

This year’s shortlist for the prestigious British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Awards has been revealed.
This will be the 13th year of the BWF Awards, which celebrate outstanding achievement, skills, and talent from across the UK woodworking and joinery sector.

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On Site

Let There Be Light

When a homeowner in Ruislip wanted to maximise daylight in a property with a flat-roofed ground-floor extension, TuffX’s Infinity fixed rooflight provided installers HomeWorks Windows with the easy-to-fit solution.

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