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7th October 2021
 


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Alutech Fabricator Celebrates Annual Growth With New Factory

 

Gary Fletcher, one of the directors at Seasonmaster in Aldershot, first introduced Alutech’s BF73 aluminium system for bifolding doors to his product offer in July last year. One year on, in what has been a difficult time for some, the company has grown to now fabricating 25 Alutech bifolds a month. This prompted Gary to purchase a new factory in July this year, dedicated to his Alutech bifold production, which he says is already running out of room! Gary is also looking to recruit new fabricators to join his growing team.

Seasonmaster is a family business south of London, established in 1985 and specialises in aluminium secondary glazing, which is some of the slimmest on the market. Gary identified an opportunity to tap into the booming aluminium bifold market and was recommended Alutech as a potential systems supplier.

 
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Timber Specialists Open Second Manufacturing Workshop

 

The Sash Window Workshop has announced that due to the continued success of the business, they have now opened a second large, purpose designed workshop in Bracknell, Berkshire.

The new workshop, which is located next door to their existing purpose-built workshop, will allow The Sash Window Workshop to expand their manufacturing capabilities, helping them to meet growing demand for their traditional timber windows and doors.

As part of the expansion, the company have also implemented a new streamlined painting process, using a CEFLA paint line.  After reviewing different specialist technologies and running successful trials at the CEFLA Lab, The Sash Window Workshop decided to place an order for the new paint line.

 
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Climate Change And New Building Regulations Drive Specifications For Specialist Glass

 

An increase in demand for specialist glazing signals how the building design industry is responding to the climate crisis, according to new research from Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, part of the NSG Group.

The glass giant’s research of 142 building design professionals found that 61% of specifiers have seen a spike in demand for solar control glass. This comes as the industry awaits new building regulations, which two-thirds (66%) of specifiers attributed the increase in demand to.

Aside from regulations driving demand, 62% stated that they believe climate change is driving the growing need for specialist glazing to keep buildings the correct temperature and reduce their carbon footprint,

 
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A Smart Recruitment For Kubu

 

Kubu and Avantis Hardware have just appointed Alastair Wheeler as their new national key accounts manager, bringing with him considerable experience and expertise within the hardware sector over the last 30 years.

This new role will involve the development of existing customers and also the introduction of new ones.  With the new window sensor, it’s a pivotal time for the Kubu brand as it looks to embrace the considerable opportunities in the smart home market.

Alastair Wheeler commented: ‘Having Known Mark Bromley, the CEO of Avantis Hardware and Kubu, for over 20 years now I’m thrilled to be joining the business at this stage of evolution.

 
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Euralite Sees Euramax Take Leap Into Aluminium

 

Utilising a just-in-time approach to manufacturing PVCu products for the leisure and modular construction markets –  fast-growing Barnsley fabricator Euramax Solutions is applying that expertise to aluminium.

With the launch of its new Euralite brand, the company is introducing a range of cladding and decking products that combines all the benefits of aluminium with the sought-after aesthetics of timber.

Suitable for commercial, construction and residential applications, the corrosion, stain and scratch-resistant products come in a comprehensive array of authentic wood effect finishes.

 
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Window Ware Receives Four G21 Nominations

 

Hardware distributor Window Ware has rounded off a fantastic last 18 months with an incredible four nominations at this year’s G-Awards.

The Bedford-based company has been shortlisted for the ‘COVID-19 Business Hero, Best Component Supplier and Best Customer Care Initiative, while their Credit Control Manager, Sharon Fowler, is also a finalist for Unsung hero.

The success doesn’t stop with Window Ware, as Arran Isle Ltd is up for Best Training & Development Initiative with their Horizon Development Programme, for which Window Ware’s MD Sam Nuckey was the programme leader.

 
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Double R Nominated For Best Glass Company Finalist

 

Double R Glass & Roofing Systems Ltd has announced that it has been selected as a finalist for Best Glass Company at the industry’s coveted G-Awards.

“Balancing customer needs with supply relationships and your own productivity and profitability is never easy,” says Ian Sims, Managing Director of Double R, “but in the last 18 months we have continued to deliver new initiatives to customers, achieved some of our best sales results in the company’s history, and doubled productivity.

“Throughout our entire 21-year history, we have unequivocally put our customers first and this hasn’t faltered through the additional challenges we’ve faced in the last 18 months.

 
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Mercury Makes The Shortlist In Three NFA 2021 Categories

 

Specialist aluminium and PVC-U trade fabricator Mercury have been named as finalists in three categories at the 2021 National Fenestration Awards.  The categories include Bifold Door Manufacturer, Fabricator/Manufacturer and Vertical Sliding Window Company.   Steve Cross, Director of Mercury, said: “Everyone at Mercury is delighted to have been shortlisted in three categories. These nominations celebrate the hard work and efforts of our talented internal teams along with the continued support of our voting customers and supply partners.

The voting closes on November 4th at 9 pm, and the winners are announced live at the dual winners’ event being held on November 6th at Doncaster Racecourse.  This new event will also recognise the winners of the 2020 campaign that was disrupted by the pandemic.

 
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Rapierstar Fastener Guidance Help To Gives Liniar Fabricators An Edge

 

Liniar PVC-U window and door manufacturers can achieve the highest levels of quality and reliable long term performance in every finished product by following the latest fastener guidance from Rapierstar, claims the company.

The window and door industry’s specialist fastener supplier has published three Recommended Fixings Manuals (RFMs) which provide detailed guidance on which fasteners to use in all aspects of Liniar window and door assembly, including its popular bi-fold doors. All three are available to download free of charge in the Info Point on their website.

One comprehensive RFM provides fastener guidance for the manufacture of the majority of Liniar windows – casements, flush sashes, fully reversible and tilt and turns – plus French doors/windows and bay windows.

 
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Regalead Films For Doctor Who Fan

 

In its approaching four decades of business RegaLead has supplied its eponymous decorative glass products around the world to 1,000s of businesses and seen some incredible designs created but nothing as unusual as the full scale 3-Dimensional Davros design created by lifelong Doctor Who fan, Toby Bateson.

Davros, the infamous Dalek leader, has seen multiple incarnations across the last 50 years on screen but nothing quite as creative or as unique as Toby’s “stained glass” creation which is regularly seen hovering around the streets of Blackpool.

The year-long project saw Toby build the device from scratch and is complete with a steel frame, wheels, a control panel as well as an anti-gravity device to make it look as if he is hovering.

 
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Trade News
 

GGF Introduces “Evolve – A Framework For Better Business”

At its annual Members’ Day, the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) launched a member-wide consultation on “Evolve – a framework for better business”.

Presented by James MacPherson, GGF Health, Safety and Environment Manager,

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Freefoam, Hero’s Of Zero

As many manufacturing plants strive towards operating in a more sustainable way to help reduce waste and manage valuable resources, Freefoam Building Products has announced a significant milestone on their journey.

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Trade News

Swainstons Agree Three-Year Partnership Agreement With Profile 22

Domestic, trade and commercial fabricator Swainstons has agreed a new three-year partnership extension with Epwin Window Systems’ brand Profile 22. The agreement will see Swainstons celebrate 25 years as a Profile 22 fabricator.

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AB Glass Celebrates 30 Years Of Making A Difference

A Welsh company that has worked on many of Wales’ most iconic buildings is celebrating a key anniversary by giving to and helping charities – rather than holding a physical celebration.

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Product News

New Composite Colours From Endurance

Endurance Doors have extended their range of colours and finishes for their solid timber core composite doors to 19, with the introduction of Brilliant Blue and Sage.

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Wendland Launches New Square Lantern

Wendland has launched a new square Lantern design. The square Lantern, which is available in PVCu from 1st October and in aluminium from early 2022, is available in sizes from 500m square, up to 4000mm square.

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Those In The Know Choose TuffX

Aluminium and uPVC specialists Framex prides itself on offering customers some of the highest quality products in the market. So when a homeowner came to them asking for three bespoke rooflights, Framex chose safety glass specialists TuffX to fulfil the brief.

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People

New Board Appointment At Window Widgets

Window Widgets have promoted Heather Edwards to the newly created role of supply chain director, sitting alongside the current four owner-directors of the Gloucester-based business.

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Glass & Glazing

NSG Group And Cohda Collaborate To Create Futuristic Electrical Glass Applications

The NSG Group, owner of Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, has collaborated with product design studio Cohda to create new futuristic glass applications that deliver power to devices without the need for wires.

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Brochures

ODL Europe Launches New Composite Door Brochure

ODL Europe has published a new composite door brochure to support their growing customer base. Ian Glenister, ODL Europe’s Technical Sales Manager, said: “Our new brochure showcases our complete composite door collection,

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Internet

The Consultancy Delivers For SWC Trade Frames

SWC Trade Frames, based in Scarborough, has become the latest composite door specialist to choose The Consultancy’s Tranquility quoting and ordering software, which gives trade customers the option to design products,

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Events

Exlabesa Architecture UK Sign Up To sponsor Glazing Summit 2021

Doncaster-based Exlabesa Architecture UK has signed up to support the much-anticipated 2021 Glazing Summit. The event will see business leaders from across fenestration converge on Birmingham’s Edgbaston Stadium in October.

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Charity

GM Fundraising’s GMF Cup 2021 Golfing Competition Tees Up Over £40,000 For Hope House Children’s Hospices

GM Fundraising has confirmed that its GMF Cup 2021 golfing competition has raised £41,033.74 for Hope House Children’s Hospices. The Ryder-Cup style event took place 14-16 September in Quinta do Lago,

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