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7th March 2019
 
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REHAU Launches Rio Flush Fit Windows
 

REHAU has unveiled its latest design of uPVC windows, the Rio Flush Fit Window – its most realistic alternative to traditional timber windows.

The REHAU Rio Flush Fit window is designed to create a sleek, flush finish, with windows that blend in with the exterior structure. It offers a realistic timber look and feel with all the benefits of uPVC, no matter what style of property, says the company.

According to REHAU, the new Rio Flush Fit design is simple to manufacture and fit as it utilises REHAU’s existing TOTAL70 system profiles. Equally, it also boasts severe weather performance credentials along with PAS24 security.

 
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Epwin Window Systems Announces Investment In New 300,000 Square Foot Warehouse And Distribution Centre In Telford
 

Epwin Window Systems, has just announced investment in a new 300,000 square foot distribution centre in Telford, Shropshire. Clare O’Hara, Managing Director at Epwin Window Systems, said: “We are making a significant investment in a brand new, state-of-the-art warehouse and distribution centre which will open in Telford by the end of the year.”

Clare continued: “We are committed to investing for the future and delivering exceptional products and service to the UK market as demand continues to grow. The new warehouse and distribution centre will help us to do that.”

 
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MyGlazing.com Hits One Million

 

The GGF’s consumer advice website MyGlazing.com has hit a landmark one million page views in just over three years since was set up.

MyGlazing.com was set up in 2016 to help homeowners make a more informed choice when selecting windows, doors and conservatories.

Since then, the site has seen remarkable growth with over 600,000 users exploring products and advice from 24 sectors within the glass and glazing industry.

James Lee, GGF Director of External Affairs, who started the site, commented, “MyGlazing.com has been an incredible journey.

 
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Profitable Business Growth With Aluminium

 

Deliver Everything Aluminium with absolute certainty for profitable business growth – that’s what AluFoldDirect installers have been doing to take advantage of the buoyant domestic aluminium market.

Craig Miller, Managing Director at AluFoldDirect explains: “Over the last four years, we have watched as so many of our customers have grown their installation businesses profitably by taking their piece of the aluminium market.

“Through talking with customers, we knew that some of them saw taking the step from fitting uPVC to aluminium glazing as a challenge.

 
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Howells Patent Glazing Launches New Roof Vent System

 

Howells Patent Glazing is pleased to announce the launch of its new roof vent system. Designed to integrate with the company’s patent glazing bars, the vent is also compatible with other systems. For complete flexibility, it can be accommodated into any application with overhead glazing, both single and double glazed. The vent attains the best achievable results when independently tested (Wintech) for air permeability, water tightness and wind resistance.

With a five-year warranty, the new vent system comprises electrically operated opening ventilators connected to an open/close switch or digital control panel with rain sensor and thermostat.

 
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Firex 2019 – GGF Set For Europe’s Biggest Exhibition For Fire Safety

 

The GGF is looking forward to FIREX International (18-20 June 2019) at London Excel and is exhibiting on stand number FX715.

At the Europe’s largest show for fire safety, the GGF will be display live before and after exhibits showing how glass reacts under heat and fire conditions, video demonstrations showing fire resistant glazing in operation and there’s also a special fire safety presentation by Adrian Blaydon, GGF Technical Officer, in the seminar area. But what else can visitors to this important trade show expect.

 
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Be Inspired With ‘Everything Central’ At FIT

 

With the FIT Show fast approaching, it’s no surprise that The Boing Boing Group has its show plans all sewn up with ‘Everything Central’. The fast-growing Midlands based fabricator is at the show with two companies from under the Boing Boing umbrella; CentralRPL and CentralASL – and both companies have a host of products and new initiatives set to inspire customers.

Amy Jansen, Projects and Marketing Manager for the Boing Boing Group explains: “Our first FIT show is providing us with the perfect platform from which to showcase the very latest offerings from both our PVC-U and Aluminium businesses.

 
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Reynaers To Reveal Product Updates At Annual Innovation Days

 

Aluminium systems supplier Reynaers is to host a series of Innovation Days on 13 and 14 March at the company’s Knowledge Centre in Birmingham.

Aimed at residential fabricators, glass and glazing trade professionals (13 March) and commercial fabricators (14 March), the sessions will provide attendees with information on the latest Reynaers product updates and innovations. This includes:

• The MasterLine window and door suite

• The SL 68 window system

 
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New Website For Framexpress

 

Framexpress, the 4-hour quotes, 48-hour windows fabricator, has launched a new website to help window installers make the best product choices for their domestic and commercial projects.

Mark Westbrook, Director at Framexpress says: “The new website has been created to make it really easy for installers to get the most up-to-date product information, easily download sales support and also get in touch for a 4-hour quote.

“The new site has been themed around the trade service promise of 4-hour quotes, 48-hour windows from Framexpress. The fabricator also offers windows and doors in a range of 10 colour foils in just five days and is Patiomaster Dealer for the West Midlands.

 
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Flair Windows Chooses SWISSPACER for ULTIMATE Thermal Efficiency
 

Flair Windows is a manufacturer and installer of high-performance windows and doors from its 40,000 sq. ft factory in Sutton Coldfield. The company fabricates a choice of systems including Kömmerling, Smart and Selecta. Regardless of the product, Flair insists on SWISSPACER ULTIMATE inside its sealed units for the best energy efficiency.

Ryan Lugg, Company Director at Flair Windows, explains: “Homeowners have become a lot more aware that the most energy efficient windows help cut heating bills and make homes more comfortable.

 
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GGF Looks Forward To The President’s Reception
 

Following the recent announcement of the date and venue for this year’s President’s Reception, GGF President John Agnew and Kevin Buckley, GGF Group Chief Executive are both looking forward to what promises to be a memorable and enjoyable occasion

With just over three weeks until the big event, John Agnew commented, “I look forward to meeting my fellow Members for what promises be a great occasion for the Federation.”

Kevin Buckley added, “This will the first time I have attended the GGF President’s Reception and I very much look forward to sharing time with our members and to presenting the GGF’s vision for the immediate and long term future.”

 
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Saint-Gobain Building Glass Celebrates Third Win Your Windows Back Competition Winner
 

A couple from County Durham have had a fantastic start to 2019 as they became the third winners of the Win Your Windows Back competition from Saint-Gobain Building Glass, winning over £3,000 to cover the cost of their new Planitherm windows.

Saint-Gobain Building Glass is currently running its quarterly Win Your Windows Back competition, where entrants have the chance to win up to £10,000 towards the cost of new high-performance windows, to mark the launch of its revitalised Planitherm Network.

Derek and Carolyn Winter from Seaham in County Durham live in a listed building; built in 1745 with an adjoining cottage built 10 years ago.

 
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VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2019: Accelerating Innovation
 

‘Accelerating Innovation’ is the theme of the seventh VinylPlus Sustainability Forum which will explore key drivers of innovation that support the PVC industry’s targets within the circular economy when representatives from the entire value chain meet in Prague, Czech Republic on May 9th and 10th 2019.

Organised by VinylPlus®, the Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development by the European PVC industry, the 2019 Forum will focus on the role innovation can play in the sector’s ability to deliver future economic, social and environmental sustainability.

 
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Ultion Generates 160K Week Facebook Views

 

Ultion’s Facebook post from the 15th February, 2019 achieved over 160,000 Facebook views. Homeowners from across the UK watched the video showing how Ultion can withstand attacks from blowtorches.

Burglars using blowtorches as a means to force entry into properties, gained widespread national coverage in February in The Mirror, Sun and Daily Mail. With reported crime on the rise and police numbers dwindling, stories like this are become increasingly common.

This latest video clearly shows that Ultion is proven to withstand attacks from blowtorches. Ultion’s molybdenum core will withstand a staggering 2,623 degrees Celsius, so even if the handle is destroyed in the heat, Ultion stays firmly locked.

 
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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Product News

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.

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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.”

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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

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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.

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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.

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People

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

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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,

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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.

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Glass & Glazing

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

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Software

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,

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On-Site

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.

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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.

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FIT Show

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,

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Awards

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,

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