7th November 2017
 
Conservatory Installed Values Up By 9% – Palmer
 

New findings from Palmer Market Research reveal that the total installed value of the UK conservatory market jumped by 9% to £1.05bn last year – the highest level since 2009.

According to the Market for Domestic Conservatories 2017 average installed prices also rose by 12%. The rate of fall in volume also slowed to 1.4% compared to 6% last year.

“Although the market appears to be in long-term decline, the conservatories that are being installed are larger and more

 
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Record Year For BM Aluminium As Market Resurgence Continues
 

The continuing resurgence of aluminium is proving to be very good news for BM Aluminium, the exclusive UK supplier of Orgadata’s specialist LogiKal software solution.

The company, based in Tewkesbury, has seen a 13% increase in turnover this year and an 11% increase in customer numbers. To keep pace with that, it has increased staff numbers by 20% and moved into new, larger offices.

 
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AluK Launches Luminia Select Partner Scheme
 

AluK has launched its first ever Select Partner scheme, creating a network of like-minded fabricators who will play a key role in helping to drive and support the next stage in AluK’s planned strategic expansion.

These are businesses who AluK feels have the same ethos, values and drive for shared growth in the aluminium market. They will be given exclusive access to the brand new Luminia premium product range from AluK for the trade and residential market,

 
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WarmCore SV Achieves PAS 24:2016

 

Synseal Group’s slimline WarmCore window range now comes with the latest PAS 24 accreditation and is available in both bar length and fully manufactured alongside the wider WarmCore range.

The WarmCore SV (slim vent) window has successfully been tested to meet the requirements of PAS 24:2016. This enhanced security standard means that the product also meets the requirements of Approved Document Q and Secured by Design.

 
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Mercury Glazing To Manufacture Spectus’ Mechanically Jointed Vertical Slider

 

Mercury Glazing Supplies Ltd has just announced it will be the first fabricator to manufacture the new mechanically jointed variation from November. Chris Reeks, Mercury’s Sales and Marketing Director, said: “We are thrilled to be the first fabricator to manufacture the Spectus’ mechanically jointed option and know it will add value to our established VS offer.”

Chris praises the authenticity of the new option. “The Spectus VS is already renowned as being the VS that planners will wave through

 
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Universal Trade Frames’ Flush Casement False Vent Passes PAS 24 Security Test.

 

Universal Trade Frames’ Flush Casement Window has achieved the PAS 24:2016 accreditation and has passed Parts 1 and 2 of BS 6375 which cover weathertightness and operation and strength. What’s more, not only did the standard window pass the tests, the versions with night vent locking and dummy vents achieved the same results as well.

Universal Trade Frames’ Managing Director Brian Kruger said: “The false sash is typically the weakest part of a flush casement when it

 
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Spectus Window Systems Adds Two-Part Cill To Its Product Offer

 

Spectus Window Systems has recently introduced the new universal two-part cill to its product portfolio. The two-part cill means that window cills are now installed in a simple two step process. Firstly, the cill receiver is fitted during the construction process and secondly the cill nose is clipped on upon project completion.

Carmen Velilla, Spectus’ Brand Manager commented: “The two-part cill is a product that demonstrates how such a small change can make such a big difference.

 
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Halsall Glass Move Forward

 

Over the last 12 months, Halsall Glass has been evolving and growing, with a relocation to a larger 20,000 sq ft facility last year and there has also been substantial investment in a laminating oven with 4 beds 3500mm x 1980mm and upgrading its in-house painting facility. The final piece in the jigsaw was the installation of a toughing plant, complete with its own generator.

 
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Atlas Winners Raise The Bar

 

As the Atlas Installation of the Month competition draws towards the end of its third year, the latest round of winners has raised the bar with some incredible designs.

The competition has attracted hundreds of entries this year as Atlas installers jockey for their chance to win the prized Installation of the Year title. With just one winning place left this year,

 
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Industrial Services Group Is Impressed By nxt-gen’s Quality

 

Commercial fabricator and installer Industrial Services Group is one of the many businesses to start manufacturing Distinction Doors’ nxt-gen composite door. And ISG’s General Manager Peter Keeley comments: “We’re impressed by the quality and aesthetics of nxt-gen. Plus because the fabrication programme is shorter, it is quicker to fabricate.”

 
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Kenrick Develops Bespoke Shootbolt For Garrard Windows
 

Kenrick has created a bespoke multipoint window locking system for Garrard Windows – one of the UK’s largest trade fabricators.

Developed in response to growing homeowner demand for enhanced security products, the new locking system incorporates a unique heavy-duty shootbolt, which is twice as thick as a standard shootbolt.

 
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FENSA Installation Of The Year 2017 Finalists Announced
 

FENSA has announced the finalists for the FENSA Installation of the Year Award 2017. The FENSA Installation of the Year Award covers 78% of the replacement glazing market and is based entirely on direct customer feedback. (*Source: DCLG)

The finalists for the FENSA Installation of the Year Awards 2017 are (alphabetical order):

 
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Morley Glass Shortlisted For IGU Manufacturer Of The Year Award
 

Morley Glass and Glazing is in the running to be crowned IGU Manufacturer of the Year at the annual National Fenestration Awards.

The business is up against seven other companies in the category, which is sponsored by Edgetech (UK) Ltd. Competition is strong but Morley feels confident thanks to its commitment to customer service, 10 -day lead time for sealed units with integral blinds inside, and 30% year-on-year growth.

 
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Allan Brothers Promises Strong Margins And Kerb Appeal
 

Allan Brothers is encouraging fabricators and installers, who want to differentiate themselves and offer retail buyers a new kind of kerb appeal, to take a look at its range of timber exterior doors.

With Scotdoor, Allan Brothers successfully debunks the many myths which surround the durability of timber exterior doors, and gives fabricators and installers the opportunity to add a stand out product

 
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Profile 22 Publishes New Specification Guide
 

Profile 22 has just published a comprehensive new specification guide. The 74 page publication explains the brand’s range of profiles and hardware in detail and provides an overview of the services it provides to architects and specifiers alike. Gerald Allen, Epwin Window Systems’ Marketing Manager, said: “Our specification guide has been designed to enable architects and specifiers to access all the information they could need to specify the right solution.”

 
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Elumatec Assist With Polar’s Expedition To Growth
 

Polar NE has become the latest firm to purchase a state-of-the-art CNC from elumatec.

Founded in 1983, Polar has gradually risen to become one of the UK’s premier commercial specialists, serving clients from Southampton to Aberdeen.

Using quality systems from Kawneer and Comar, the Middlesborough fabricator has contributed to hundreds of refurbishment and new-build

 
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Aluminium Supplier Sees Its Products Selected For Large-Scale Southwark Development
 

Aluminium systems manufacturer, Hueck has supplied its products to a large-scale, mixed-use development in Elephant and Castle.

The development, named Elephant One, is situated in a prime location: close to the Elephant and Castle tube station and next to Elephant Park, offering convenient links to the city centre and great surroundings.

 
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Solidor Raises Support For Macmillan Hospice
 

Macmillan hospice in Staffordshire. Solidor asked its customers to pledge £1 for every door purchased in September and promised to match their donations.

Voluntary donations make up 75% of the £12m needed this year alone to maintain the services of the hospice. Established in 1973, the Douglas Macmillan Hospice is a 28-bed care facility for people facing incurable cancer, servicing primarily the North Staffordshire area.

 
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Trade News

Healthy Quarterly Figures For Joinery Undermined By Long-Term Question Marks Over Skills And Construction Growth

The BWF’s Joinery State of Trade Survey Q3 2017 has indicated that the medium term prospects of the joinery industry remain sound, but growing concerns over skill, raw materials and the implications of Brexit are fostering long-term uncertainty.

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Business As Usual’ At UK’s Leading Aluminium Specialist Following MBO

A management buyout (MBO) has recently taken place at Gloucester-based CDW Systems – a specialist manufacturer and supplier of aluminium windows and doors.

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R and M Windows Joins The Bluesky Certified Installer Scheme

Bracknell based R and M Windows and Conservatories Ltd has joined the Bluesky Certified Installer scheme for both windows and doors, and conservatories. The family-orientated business has been installing windows, doors and conservatories for more than 30 years.

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Double R Difference Published In Customer Charter

It’s one thing for companies to promise their customers quality products and good service, but it’s quite another to make these promises in writing, to all customers. Double R Glass & Roofing Systems has done just this with the publication of its customer charter.

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Residence Delivery Fleet Grows To Match Sales Of R9 And R7 Windows

It’s ‘grow-grow’ for Residence Collection as the premium windows system company expands its fleet with a brand new 18 tonne lorry for Residence 7 (R7). In smart black the new livery joins the fleet’s five Residence 9 (R9) lorries.

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Product News

Aluminium Bifold Doors, Ready In Just 2 Weeks From Frame Fast UK

Award winning manufacturer Frame Fast UK, now offers aluminium bifold doors in just two weeks.

“Installers are ordering more and more bifold doors,” says Nigel Leivers, Director at Frame Fast UK.

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People

Kevin Taylor Joins Bowater By Birtley

Kevin Taylor has joined the management team at Bowater by Birtley to further improve the customer experience from order placement to receipt of product. Joining as Operations Manager, Kevin has a long history in the window and door industry having worked his way up from the factory floor to various management positions in operations,

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New Recruit At Business Micros Programming Centre

Matthew McGhie is the newest recruit at Business Micros’ programming and support centre in Penpont, Dumfriesshire. He has joined the industry’s favourite software specialist as a programmer.

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On-Site

London Fire Stations Achieve BREEAM Excellence With Pilkington Glass

London Fire Brigade has completed a PFI project to renovate and update nine fire stations across the city with new state-of-the-art facilities that deliver excellent energy performance – thanks in part to glazing from Pilkington United Kingdom Limited.

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Senior Gives Chester Students Rooms With A View

A new student accommodation scheme in Chester is making the most of its picturesque canalside location thanks to an attractive glazing package from Senior Architectural Systems.

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Awards

Double Award Nomination For Vista At The NFAs 2017

Merseyside-based composite door specialists Vista are celebrating two nominations at The National Fenestration Awards 2017. The company is looking to retain their Composite and Panel Door Supplier award, whilst Vista’s Business Development Manager Ian Smith is nominated for Social Networker of the Year.

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Marketing

Scottish Group Saveheat Joins Insight Data

With the formation of four well-established Scottish brands into one all-encompassing group, the brand-new Saveheat Group Ltd. has partnered with Insight Data to continue their ambitious growth plans, as they look to reach new customers across the UK.

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Exhibitions

Thermoseal Group Pushes Its Highest Performance Warm Edge Spacer For Export

Thermoseal Group, is due to showcase its Thermobar and Thermoflex spacer systems at two exhibitions in the Far East in November 2017.

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Events

SWISSPACER Symposium Reveals Smart Solutions Are The Future For Window And Façade Industry

Digitalisation and the ‘Internet of Things’ is rapidly gaining in importance, becoming the touchstone for the future viability of many companies in the window and façade building industry. What radical changes are already happening?

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Outlet Let Out

The Conservatory Outlet Network celebrated the year’s outstanding achievements at a network away weekend in the stunning city of Edinburgh.

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Another Glorious PIGS Turnout

Even the miserable weather couldn’t stop the hoard of PIGS descending on Pitcher and Piano at Brindley Place in Birmingham on Thursday 19 October 2017. It was the fourth and final PIGS of the year and they came in their droves to enjoy the final PIGS17 event in style.

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G17 Awards

The G-Awards judges have revealed the names of the finalists in this year’s event.

64 companies and individuals will compete for the 12 coveted trophies at the gala awards event in November.
Event organiser Tony Higgin said:  “We’ve not only seen an excellent number of entries but the quality and range of the finalists themselves has been exceptional this year.”
The winners will be announced at the G17 Gala Dinner and Awards event on Friday November 17 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

To read more about some of this year’s lucky finalists, click below

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