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5th March 2019
 
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Synseal Group Acquired by Aperture Trading Ltd
 

Aperture Trading Ltd announces it has successfully completed an agreement to purchase the majority of Synseal Group’s trade and assets from administration for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition will safeguard more than 1000 jobs, secure supply to 1200 customers and allow the business to focus time and investment on areas which can be grown and create new value.

Benefitting from significant levels of new investment into the venture, Aperture has been established by Synseal’s former majority shareholder together with the Chairman, and with the backing of the senior management team, including CEO Matthew Mycock and Group Sales & Marketing Director Andy Jones.

 
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Windowlink Look To Make Selling Windows Easier With Kestrel
 

Glazing industry software developer, Windowlink has launched a new online business manager for everyone who sells windows. Designed in collaboration with window companies, Kestrel has been created to make managing leads, workloads and customer relationships simple as well as giving companies a great business analysis tool, says the company.

“Every window company could do with an extra pair of hands to help out with admin and managing workloads, and that’s exactly what Kestrel does,” explains Mark Dudley, Managing Director at Windowlink.

 
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Poll Reveals Composite Door Bowing Call Backs Continue To Erode Installer Margin

 

A new poll by door specialist Sliders UK has found that composite door call backs are among the key challenges facing installers.

The study completed at the end of last year, asked retailers what they saw as the biggest challenges facing their businesses going into 2019.

It found that retention of skilled labour, cited by 86% of respondents and reliability of supply (81%), were listed as threats to their business in the coming year.

 
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Bohle Expands Industry Training Programme With UV Bonding Month

 

Bohle will host a series of free-to-attend UV bonding training days as part of its campaign to support industry up-skilling.

Running on every Wednesday throughout April, the one-day training course has been designed to provide an introduction to UV bonding for complete beginners, in addition to more advanced modules for those with UV bonding experience already under their belt.

 
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Tingdene Homes Chooses Mila’s New Hero Range

 

It was the competitive price of Mila’s HERO window and door handles which triggered the initial enquiry from park homes specialist Tingdene Homes, but it was the product quality and service back up which persuaded the team to make the eventual switch to HERO from their previous hardware supplier.

Tingdene is one of the leading park home and holiday lodge manufacturers in the UK, producing classic and contemporary homes for residential parks,

 
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ODL Europe Launches New 6 Panel Combi Composite Door Slab

 

ODL Europe has just announced the launch of its new Capstone 6 Panel Combi Door slab. Its construction means fabricators can fabricate seven different door designs from a single door slab. Nathan Barr, Managing Director of ODL Europe, said: “With the Capstone 6 Panel Combi Door fabricators can keep stock levels much lower, freeing up warehouse space and easing procurement.”

ODL Europe’s new Capstone 6 Panel Combi Door has a midrail with the woodgrain pattern running through it from top to bottom.

 
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Montgomery Appoints MD to New Design And Build Division

 

Global events company, Montgomery has announced the launch of a brand new Design and Build division, appointing FIT Show event director Nickie West to head it up.

West will spearhead a portfolio which includes FIT Show, W Exhibition and Montgomery’s 50% of Surface Design Show. Part of her remit as Managing Director will be to grow the business through expansion and acquisition, increasing Montgomery’s offering within the home improvement, built environment and materials sectors.

 
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Life On The Road With REHAU’s Sam Tynan

 

In 2017 REHAU welcomed Sam Tynan to the team in a specially created role that would see him take to the road and foster new relationships with many trade counter and domestic installation businesses across the country. As the trade sales support representative at REHAU, he handles both large and small trade counters and offers support to customers wherever necessary. Although holding a first-class degree in Product Design Engineering paired with previous experience in software sales, having no history in the windows industry made Sam’s first year at REHAU a learning curve, but one that has reaped rewards and he has thoroughly enjoyed the challenge.

 
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Kawneer Glazing Systems Help Do The Maths For The University Of Warwick

 

The complete range of architectural glazing systems from leading UK manufacturer Kawneer feature on a flagship building for the University of Warwick.

Kawneer’s AA®100 curtain walling, AA®541 windows, AA®720 doors and AA®100 slope glazing have been used on the Mathematical Sciences Building on the university’s main central campus on the outskirts of Coventry.

 
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Sekura Window Centre Signs Up To Aluplast Lift-And-Slide
 

North east trade specialist, Sekura Window Centre, has signed up to become the latest fabricator to manufacture aluplast’s innovative Lift-and-Slide patio door.

Ultra-thermally efficient, it’s been designed to deliver u-values as low as 0.65 W/m2K, meeting Passive Haus equivalent standards.

Available in aluskin, aluplast’s click-and-fix external aluminium cladding system, Sekura Managing Director, Alan Hall,

 
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VBH And Nordic Aluminium – A Winning Partnership!
 

Nordic Aluminium, a trade manufacturer of bespoke aluminium windows and doors in Leeds, is the latest fabricator to become a ‘Q-secure approved’ manufacturer. This latest development means the company can now pass on the benefits of VBH’s multi-brand security guarantee to its customers.

Nordic has been a VBH customer for two years and is impressed with VBH’s products and the service. Graham Howatson, Nordic’s Operations Director, comments:

 
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Let’s Make Composites, Says Entrance
 

With the FIT Show just a matter of weeks away, Entrance Composite Door Solutions, which is part of AMK Hardware Ltd, is embarking on a campaign aimed at fabricators who want to enter the market for manufacturing composite doors, with a unique product and service proposition on stand P50.

Entrance have become widely respected for their range of door solutions for fabricators with a unique offering of a prepped slab, glazing option and hardware package or any combination of the three.

 
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Freefoam’s Product Range And Service Underpin Relationship With Mac Home Improvements

 

Established in 1998 and installing PVC-UE roofline across South Wales, leading roofline specialist Mac Home Improvements, provides professional installation of fascias, soffits, guttering and cladding. The company has used Freefoam exclusively since 2007.

Catherine Bressington, Director of Mac Home Improvements, says: “We use Freefoam’s full range of fascias, soffits, guttering and cladding – there’s no-one else we’d rather use.

 
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Apeer Expands Popular Isolate Fire Door Range

 

Following the successful launch of its new FD30 Isolate composite fire door, Apeer has announced that it is adding two more options to the range, a solid T&G style and a glazed version, both independently tested on both sides to BS EN 1634-1:2014.

Apeer’s marketing manager, Linda Tomb, commented: “With the recent focus on fire door safety, we have worked extremely hard to ensure that all the doors in the new Isolate range exceed the latest, more rigorous industry standards.

 
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Top Customer Service Award For HOPPE (UK) BDM

 

Outstanding customer service in the door hardware industry was celebrated at this year’s Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) Awards.

The Paul Lewis Customer Service Award was won by Karen Nelson, business development manager at HOPPE (UK). Karen was nominated for the award by one of HOPPE (UK)’s customers, Gary Cooper, the hardware project manager at Conduit Construction Network (CCN).

 
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Stunning £11M Transformation Of Edwardian Mill Into Luxury Apartments In Leeds

 

A former Edwardian mill in Leeds has been sensitively restored and turned into a stunning development of luxury apartments by Leeds based ALPHA Aluminium.

Each of the 89 spacious flats at Horsforth Mill, bursting with character and craftsmanship, have received a unique new look thanks to Jack Aluminium Systems.

The £11m project used the JCW curtain walling system to create cutting-edge style without losing the building’s local heritage.

 
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Stoke-On-Trent Window Company Secures Over £250K In Commercial Contracts

 

A Staffordshire window company has secured over £250k of commercial contracts in just two months.

Target Windows, based in Stoke-on-Trent, said the work will include five new build sites for Birmingham City Council, totalling over £80k.

Director Guy Basnett said: “We are working closely with the main contractor to fit our windows and doors on several sites across Birmingham where the council is building affordable homes.

 
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Quickslide Bolsters Sales Team

 

Quickslide has announced the addition of four new sales team members, which the manufacturer says will further improve the service and support it offers to its trade partners.

Trevor Copley, who brings with him previous experience of working within the window fabrication industry, joins as an Order Processor, while Tracy Wilson – who previously worked at Quickslide in the customer services department – returns to the fold as a Sales Account Manager.

 
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Deceuninck Reports Strongest Financial Performance In A Decade

Deceuninck, one of the world’s leading PVC-U window and door systems companies, has released its 2018 annual report, announcing the highest financial performance in a decade. A difficult market in Turkey was balanced by strong growth in North America and emerging markets.

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Senior Increases Capacity As The Trade ‘Ask For Ali’

Senior Architectural Systems has plenty in store for its trade customers after making some big improvements across its UK manufacturing and distribution centres.

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Sentry Doors Partners With Cairngorm Capital To Accelerate Growth Strategy

Sentry Doors Holdings Limited (Sentry Doors) is pleased to announce that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Cairngorm Capital Partners LLP (Cairngorm Capital), to accelerate its growth and consolidate its position as the industry leader in the timber fire and security door-set market.

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Fastener Focus Offers Complete Supply Chain Assurance For Stevenswood Customers

Trade customers of Stevenswood are benefiting from assured fastener quality in both the manufacture and installation of windows and doors thanks to a total supply chain partnership with Rapierstar.

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Capstone Composite Doors From ODL Europe Open Up More Opportunities For Excel Door Supplies

Specialist supplier of bespoke composite doors, Excel Door Supplies, has recently switched to manufacturing Capstone composite doors from ODL Europe. Steven Panesar, Managing Director of Excel,

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Product News

Dekko To Add New Stunning Door To ‘Home Of Flush’ Range

Dekko Window Systems is set to add a stunning new Flush Door to its ever-growing ‘Home of Flush’ range.
The new Flush Door combines beautiful style with outstanding performance and has been designed to replicate traditional timber and aluminium.

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Profile 22’S Flush Tilt And Turn Windows Provide The Solution For The Strand

Profile 22’s Flush Tilt and Turn windows were chosen for new residential and retail blocks and a community facility hub in Kirkholt, Rochdale. The Strand in Rochdale is a partnership between Rochdale Borough Council and Rochdale Boroughwide Housing.

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Window Ware Offers Panic Exit Hardware For Every Emergency Door Permutation

With aim of helping fabricators simplify ordering and streamline stock-holding, award-winning hardware distributor Window Ware has launched a brand-new panic bar system.

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So What Differentiates A QUALICOAT Applicator?

When specifying powder coating for any architectural project, the applicator needs to be aware of the standards they need to work to. As a minimum this should be quoted at BS EN 12206-1:2004,

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People

SupaLite Appoints Wes Clarkson As New Commercial Manager

With demand for their systems at an all-time high, SupaLite, the respected tiled roof manufacturer has strengthened their team with a high-profile, new appointment.

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Videos

From Factory To The Home: The Freefoam Supply Chain

Freefoam, a leading manufacturer of fascia, soffit, gutter and cladding products for the building industry in UK, Ireland and Mainland Europe are delighted to launch a new short video to showcase their supply chain and the support it gives to all within it.

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Internet

New High-End Dekko Website Goes LIVE

Dekko Window Systems, one of the country’s leading and most trusted fabricators, has launched a brand-new, high-end website, www.dekkowindows.com.
It showcases their complete range of window and door products, including Räum, the high-end aluminium range;

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Marketing

Insight Data Launches New Builders Merchants Database

Insight Data, the industry’s respected data specialists have strengthened their extensive prospect database for the glazing and construction industries with the launch of their brand-new Builders Merchants database.

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Brochures

Hurst Rolls Out New Marketing Support Package

Hurst Doors is helping its growing network of customers to increase sales with the launch of a comprehensive new marketing support package.

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On-Site

CMS Provides Complete Glazing Solution For Eye-Catching New Warrington Car Park

High performance curtain walling by CMS Window Systems, plus a complementary package of doors and windows, have provided a total glazing solution for an eye-catching new £18.5m multi-storey car park (MSCP) in the heart of Warrington’s Bridge Street Quarter redevelopment.

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The Window Company (Contracts) Shows Off Bespoke Skills

A contract to replace timber box sash windows in the heart of London’s Soho conservation area gave award winning* commercial installer The Window Company (Contracts) the opportunity to show off the bespoke nature of its business.

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Premier Glass Matches Premiership Play

Glass manufacturer TuffX demonstrated how they too are at the top of their game after smartening up the offices at Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club with brand new internal high-spec balustrades.

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