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6th June 2024

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Sky’s the Limit for Sheerline and Titan’s S1 Roof Lantern Partnership


Sheerline has named Titan Aluminium as one of the top suppliers of its award-winning S1 Roof Lantern. With over 30-years’ experience, the Hampshire-based company specialises in the manufacture of rooflights.

Titan wanted a roof lantern that would complement their existing range while also ensuring it offered comparable benefits in terms of the overall look and style, thermal efficiency, security, and quality, and selected the S1 system.

of the appeal of Sheerline’s roof lantern is the fact the in-house design team developed the product from the ground up.


UAP Ltd Launches Campaign For Armasmart Anti-Viral Hardware


Door and window hardware manufacturer UAP Ltd has announced the launch of its Armasmart anti-viral hardware through its newly-established division Armadillo Metal Coatings Ltd.

The Armasmart hardware coating is the first on the market to eliminate 99.98% of viruses, including COVID-19.  This is achieved through a patent-pending coating technology that prevents harmful bacteria from accumulating on stainless steel surfaces, claims the company.

Armadillo Metal Coatings Ltd will work with – and across – various environments,


Fire Door Online Ordering Available For Hurst Customers


Hurst Doors’ comprehensive range of third-party accredited composite fire doors is now conveniently available to order through Hurst Live, its dedicated customer portal, which allows customers to quote and place orders, and access full technical support.

Whether managing a smaller project that requires just a few doors or overseeing large-scale developments such as social housing projects, Hurst Live is designed to streamline and simplify the ordering process.

Hurst Live allows customers to specify the exact requirements of their fire door projects, place orders efficiently,


Freefoam In Top 9% Of Companies Rated For Sustainability By EcoVadis


Freefoam Building Products Ltd was recently assessed by EcoVadis, a recognised sustainability rating platform. Freefoam has not only retained the Silver medal, its sustainable business practices have been rated as better than 91% of companies assessed across the world in 2024.

EcoVadis is an evidence-based assessment that audits a company’s sustainability management system. It rates the maturity of your policies, commitments, actions, reporting and certifications across four key themes (Environment, Ethics, Labor and Human Rights, and Sustainable Procurement).


An Extraordinary hup!date


The hup! building system from Ultraframe is an ideal choice for quickly and easily transforming outdated conservatories into modern, energy efficient extensions in a matter of days. The flexibility of the system means that walls windows and doors can be placed anywhere in the new design to transform the space from a typical conservatory with dwarf walls, into a stunning new room with plenty of wall space and lots of light thanks to the many glazing choices for the roof. Not only this but hup! is so light that the existing conservatory base can be reused, saving further time – and money – for the homeowner, according to the company.

Fortress Windows and Conservatories of Chester are huge advocates of the hup! system and one of the projects they have used it for recently was a conservatory transformation on The Wirral.


Future Strength


Cyncly’s sales manager Greg Beachim explains how a rebrand is much more than just changing the letterhead.

When the Cyncly brand was created in September 2022, it created a global software powerhouse with 2,300+ employees and 70,000+ customers across 100+ countries.

The Window Designer suite of window design processing software now forms part of that global brand, and we’ll eventually drop the First Degree Systems name altogether.


Stellar Aluminium Helps Give Iconic Windmill A Transformative Makeover


Stellar aluminium windows and doors have been installed in a 285 year old windmill near Llanerchymedd as part of a transformative upgrade. Melin Gallt-y-Benddu has been an iconic part of Anglesey’s landscape for nearly three centuries. However, in recent years, the windmill, which was completed in 1738, was in danger of becoming a ruin.

Its third-generation owner and his wife wanted to restore the building and to achieve this, the couple enlisted the help of local architectural technologist Adrian Williamson of WM Design & Architecture and P&C Building Contractors Ltd.


Yale Stable Door Lock Provides Seamless Security For SWC Trade Frames


A leading manufacturer of premium PVCu and aluminium windows and doors, SWC Trade Frames’ relationship with Yale goes back over two decades and it has long been an advocate of Yale’s products.

The company’s Stable Collection combines the traditional charm of stable doors with modern materials to create a unique option for homeowners seeking a reliable and stylish entryway solution.

Fitted as standard, the Yale Stable Door Lock provides the doors with a latch facility for ease of use and incorporates two independent 45mm backset securing locks that secure the top and bottom leafs.


Epwin Window Systems Introduces 360º Showroom


Epwin Window Systems has introduced a new sales and marketing tool: an immersive 360º showroom tour that showcases its comprehensive product range.

Gerald Allen, head of marketing at Epwin Window Systems, said: “By leveraging the power of 3D technology, we now offer an immersive experience that allows our customers and prospects to explore everything our products have to offer.”

The tour is accessible on the Epwin Window Systems website and its online digital portal, Connect. It’s a 3D digital twin of the company’s new showroom at its headquarters in Telford, Shropshire.


Roseview Backs Team Seasoar In 3,000 Mile Rowing Challenge


ERA is encouraging door manufacturers and fSash window manufacturer Roseview Windows is backing Team Seasoar in their quest to row across the Atlantic Ocean.

The team are taking part in The World’s Toughest Row, which starts in the San Sebastian de la Gomera in the Canary Islands on 12th December. It will then take at least 30 days to row the 3,000 miles across the Atlantic to the finishing line in Antigua. Throughout the challenge the team of four will row for 24 hours a day, with each team member rowing for two hours and sleeping for two hours in rotation.


Conservatory Outlet & Sam Allen Celebrate at the West Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards


Conservatory Outlet, manufacturer of windows, doors and living spaces, was again recognised at the West Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards as Sam Allen walked away with a special award for his work as an Intermediate level apprentice.

Founded by the Yorkshire Evening Post, the West Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards celebrates individuals and businesses in the region that excel at delivering and supporting vocational education through work.


5 Star Windows & Conservatories Celebrate a Hat-trick of Victories


Conservatory Outlet welcomed premium retailers from around the United Kingdom to the picturesque Cheshire countryside for its annual Network Golf Day.

The event, now in its eleventh year, is one of the most respected and longest-running competitions of its kind in the sector.

Held at the renowned championship course at the Portal Golf & Spa Resort just outside of Tarporley, the tournament saw entrants vie for team and individual prizes.


Trade News

The Business Pilot Barometer

By Neil Cooper-Smith, Senior Analyst, Business Pilot

At a headline level, the average number of sales made by retail companies has fallen for the second consecutive month – down 1.8% to 54.8 in May 2024 when compared to April 2024.


Two-Thirds Of Architects Now Calculate Environmental Impact

More architects are using digital tools to calculate the environmental impact of building projects than ever before, according to NBS, a leading  UK specification platform.

Results from its latest Digital Construction Report,


Sheerline X Costal Partnership Goes From Strength To Strength

A year on from its debut at FIT Show 2023, Sheerline says the Sheerline x Coastal Group partnership is going from strength to strength as it offers consumers even greater choice in terms of the hardware options available to leverage their quality aluminium windows and doors.


Trade News

Neighbourhood Watch Research Finds Burglary Is One Of UK’s Most Feared Crimes

ERA is encouraging door manufacturers and fabricators to share home security advice with customers, after research by Neighbourhood Watch found that burglary is one of the most feared crimes across the country.


First-Hand Installer Experience Is At The Core Of Its Success, Says Glideline

Understanding the issues, frustrations and costly inaccuracies encountered by installers at ground level is what underpins aluminium manufacturer Glideline’s success in a competitive market.  Managing director, David Pickering, gained invaluable insight into the intricacies of installation at the outset of his career,


Product News

Freefoam’s New Range of PVC Window Accessories

Freefoam Building Products has announced the launch of its newest line of PVC window accessories. A spokesperson said this investment will significantly enhance the company’s window trim offering and give Freefoam customers a comprehensive suite of trims to service the window installation market.


Integral Blinds Provide A Practical, Stylish Upgrade For Garden Rooms

Incorporating Uni-Blinds integral blinds into the windows and doors of garden rooms is an easy way to provide the all-important shading and privacy required in these stand-alone buildings in a sleek, stylish and low maintenance way, according to Morley Glass & Glazing.


Window Ventilation A Breeze, Says Senior

Meeting the individual ventilation requirements of different buildings can be a challenge, which is why aluminium fenestration solutions manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems has developed a range of specialist products including a Louvre Guard system and automatic opening ventilation (AOV) aluminium windows.



Senior Level Promotion At Mila

Julie Holmes has been promoted to sales director at Mila, after a successful three years as head of sales. She will continue to lead Mila’s internal and external sales teams and develop sales with new and existing customers, as well as identifying new opportunities.


Deceuninck Aluminium Appoints Alex Holbrook as New Sales Manager

Deceuninck Aluminium has strengthened its team with the appointment of Alex Holbrook.

Joining the aluminium systems specialist, Alex brings with him extensive experience in the window and door sector.



Making The Right Choices

As Glazpartners continues to gather momentum throughout the supply chain, the latest Glazpartner, CWG Choices, one of the largest manufacturer and supplier of windows and doors to the UK trade, demonstrates why it is imperative to partner with the right component suppliers to ensure their window and door ranges...


Always Moving Forward

Cornwall Group acquired Birmingham-based Forward Glass in December 2023, and developed a strategy to model the business on Bristol-based Mackenzie Glass, which the company acquired from Pilkington Glass six years to the day previously.


Training & Development

Building Our Skills Hails Training Success For Eighteen-Year-Old Apprentice

Eighteen-year-old Oliver Wells may only have been in the fenestration industry for a couple of years, but already he has been awarded a Distinction upon passing the Apprenticeship Standard in Fenestration Installation Level 2. ‘Ollie’ – as he is known to friends and colleagues


Glass & Glazing

The Modern Elegance Of Glass Tees Off

In the contemporary design landscape, glass has become a favoured material for its ability to zone areas, control crowds, and partition spaces without obstructing views. This is particularly evident in commercial and public settings where maintaining an open and airy ambience is crucial.



Emplas To Partner With FENSA, The FIT Show And The GGF As Glass Conference Major Sponsor

Emplas has stepped up as a main sponsor of the Glass Conference, the new annual education and networking platform for the window and door and glass industries.

Launched as a partnership between the Glass &Glazing Federation (GGF),


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