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7th September 2020
 


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Controversial Agenda Announced For The Glazing Summit

 

Some of the most controversial industry issues are set to be tackled at this year’s Glazing Summit, after organisers announced the topics that will be under the spotlight by its panel of expert speakers.

The event, the biggest one-day conference in the glazing calendar, takes place on Thursday, October 21st at Edgbaston Stadium and Conference Centre, Birmingham, and more than 300 leaders from across the industry are set to attend.

 
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GGF Forms New Aluminium Group

 

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has announced the formation of the new GGF Aluminium Group for companies operating in the aluminium sector.

The idea for the new group was founded in the GGF’s Technical Team, who identified a gap in the current GGF technical group infrastructure and in the industry generally.

David Borland, GGF Senior Technical Officer explained “Part of the responsibilities of the Technical Department is to continually review the service we provide to Members and most importantly recognise gaps in that service.

 
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The Business Pilot Barometer

 

The Business Pilot Barometer offers a monthly analysis of the key trends defining window and door retail. It draws on real industry data collated by Business Pilot, the cloud-based business management tool.

To find out more see www.businesspilot.co.uk/barometer

Have window and door sales been the same across material types?
By Neil Cooper-Smith, Senior Analyst, Business Pilot

 
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Frame Fast Launch Elite ‘Five Star’ Range Of Glazing

 

Frame Fast has launched Elite, hailed by the company as ‘the five star range of windows, doors, conservatory roofs and glass, for installers looking to impress customers’.

Nigel Leivers, Director at Frame Fast, says: “The industry has experienced heavy demand over the past year, as the prolonged time people have spent in their homes made them think about what they can change to make their lives better.

 
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Open Letter: Have Homeowners Fixed Everything Yet?

 

I’m going to start by saying that things still look pretty good. Our customers are busy (probably if we’re honest, still a little too busy), and the housing market remains strong, with house price growth, according to the Nationwide, up 2.1% and 11% annually.

That’s important because we know confidence and activity in the housing market drives investment in home improvement.

 
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AluK Fenestration Solutions Transform The Quadrangle In Cheltenham

 

The Quadrangle building in the historic heart of Cheltenham, once a 1970s landmark, has been completely transformed into a contemporary mixed-use commercial development featuring exclusively AluK window, door and curtain walling systems.

Designed by AWW Architects from their Bristol studio and completed by Beard Construction, it now features an inner courtyard, ground floor retail space, four storeys of open plan workspace and the town’s first rooftop restaurant.

 
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HWL Introduces Sheerline Prestige Aluminium Range

 

HWL Trade Frames has introduced the new Sheerline Prestige aluminium range from Garnalex, bolstering its existing portfolio of premium, PVC-U heritage and flush products.

The specialist trade fabricator will be offering its customers the complete Sheerline Prestige range of windows and doors and is now taking orders for its much anticipated bi-fold option.

Graham Howatson, Director, HWL Trade Frames, commented: “Sheerline is an outstanding system, it’s going to have a big impact on the market. That’s due to its design, its choice of finishes but also because it is highly innovative.

 
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Nationwide Windows Launch Ground-Breaking Trainee Installer Scheme

 

Nationwide Windows has launched a ground-breaking independent pilot programme to tackle the desperate need for skilled operatives in the glazing industry. Initially taking place in Nottingham, the scheme is expected to be rolled out nationally, helping to fill a long-recognised skills gap and providing valuable career opportunities.

The programme has been structured to provide people with a blended approach, including classroom education alongside both offsite and onsite training.

 
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£150,000 Investment Gets Pennine’s New Sales Academy On Its Way

 

One of the North East’s leading home improvement specialists has invested more than £150,000 into a new training academy for its staff.

Pennine Home Improvements, which operates showrooms in Durham and Newcastle, is looking to build on a record year that brought in £10m of orders by taking a different approach to selling.

The launch of the Pennine Way Sales Academy is a new way of dealing with customers and will look to create employees that are focused on listening and having conversations that deliver real value to the homeowner.

 
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Bostik Is New BMBI Expert For Adhesives & Sealants

 

Bostik, a leading global adhesive specialist in construction, consumer and industrial markets, joined the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) Expert Panel in August. Marketing Director Mathew Whitehouse speaks for the adhesives & sealant market.

With annual sales of €2 billion, Bostik is one of the largest adhesives and sealant companies in the world with a product range designed to meet the highest standards of quality and innovation. Mathew has three decades of experience in the adhesives industry and has been the UK Marketing Director for Bostik since 2017.

 
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Software Investment At AT Precision

 

Delivering excellent customer service relies on careful pre-planning and organisation behind the scenes, which is why aluminium bi-fold hardware supplier AT Precision has invested in a new open source ERP software to help streamline its services.

The cloud-based business management software includes tools for CRM, e-commerce, billing, accounting, manufacturing, project management and warehouse management, and has been tailored by the company’s own programmers to meet its specific needs.

 
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Yale Rises To The Challenge At International Awards

 

Yale has been awarded the prestigious Red Dot Award: Brand & Communication Design 2021.

The Brand & Communication Design Award is focused on excellent quality of design and creativity. Judged and assessed by 24 international judges, entries to the award are comprehensively evaluated, looking at the creative idea, the form, and the communicative effect of every entry.

Yale’s detailed entry impressed the judges with its creative and innovative transformation of the Yale brand.

 
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Kall Kwik Add Experienced Technical Director To Team

 

Danny Jones has joined Kall Kwik as their new Technical Director. Combining his wealth of experience alongside Chris Bailey, the company believe they have a level of industry expertise that ‘can’t be matched’ in the UK.

Having been in the industry for more than 20 years, Danny has spent his career as an engineer at some of the leading glazing industry companies, including Promac and Polyframe, before starting his own company, D J Machinery.

 
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Extrudaseal Supports Decision To Postpone FIT Show

 

Gaskets and seals manufacturer Extrudaseal says it fully supports the rescheduling of FIT Show to May 2022.

“We were looking forward to exhibiting at FIT Show in September, but we fully support the decision to postpone,” says Chris Byers, Managing Director at Extrudaseal.

“The safety of everyone in our industry is so important and so returning to FIT once it’s more likely to have increased visitor numbers is something we are in full support of.

 
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Rapierstar Hosts Warm-Up For GM Fundraising’s GMF Cup Golf Challengers

 

Window and door fastener specialist Rapierstar has helped golfers who are set to compete in GM Fundraising’s upcoming GMF Cup to prepare for the challenge by hosting a practice day at the prestigious Astbury Golf Club in South Cheshire.

Following the success of a previous similar event back in 2018, the Rapierstar team wanted to make a special contribution to GM Fundraising’s efforts during this Covid-affected year by arranging a day for GMF Cup competitors to finally get together and reach their A game in time for the big forthcoming event in Portugal.

 
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Yale Door And Window Solutions Appoints Digital Marketing Executive

 

Jermaine recently joined the team at the Willenhall office and brings a wealth of knowledge and skills, including several years of digital marketing experience. Previous roles include marketing manager for a leading UK packaging distributor and marketing executive at the UK’s largest independent delivery network.

Jermaine will be responsible for Yale’s digital marketing requirements, and he will primarily focus on the company’s website and social media developments.

 
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Trade News
 

BGF Invests £14 Million In Manufacturer Of uPVC Sash Windows, Victorian Sliders

Capital investor BGF has announced a £14 million investment in Victorian Sliders, the South Wales based fully integrated specialist manufacturer of uPVC sash windows.

Victorian Sliders’ end-to-end production facilities, from recycling of raw materials through to extrusion and fabrication, provides it with an excellent position in the growing home renovation market.

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A New PVCu Window And Door Factory Opens In Worthing

It’s been a busy year at Newview – one of the South’s longest established glazing installers – we’ve taken the bold step of opening the South’s first PVCu window and door factory in a generation, right in the centre of Worthing. Called Newframe, it will not only supply Newview’s own needs of several hundred windows and doors a week, but will also be supplying Tradesmen and Builders throughout the region.

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10 Year Partnership Delivers Benefits For Customers

“In terms of product quality and overall efficiency, it’s impossible to overestimate the competitive advantage that you can get from having the right machinery set up in your factory.” That’s the view of Yogesh Gopal, Managing Director of London-based Everglade Windows, which has just marked 10 years in partnership with Emmegi (UK) by investing in a brand-new Comet X4 fully soundproofed 4-axis CNC machining centre.

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QANW Receive Positive Member Feedback

Insurance provider Quality Assured National Warranties (QANW) has received an 89 percent member satisfaction rating for overall customer service. The results, which came from a survey sent out to all their members, received nearly 600 responses.

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Trade News

Securing The Relationship Between The Ironmongery And Interiors Sector

Skills, best practice and innovation are among the top priorities identified in a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by two of the UK’s largest trade bodies in the architectural ironmongery and interiors sectors.

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GGF Annual Report Reflects Resilience And Flexibility

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has released its Annual Report 2021 reporting on the activity and performance of the Federation for the year ending 31st December 2020.

The report reflects the great resilience of the GGF and its Membership in the face of unprecedented challenges, caused by the pandemic and compounded by the UK officially leaving the European Union.

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Central Window Systems Welcomes Local MP Nicola Richards

Full solution fabricator Central Window Systems was recently paid a visit by Conservative MP for West Bromwich East, Nicola Richards, kickstarting a renewed commitment to creating employment and growing the local economy.

As an MP, Nicola is working on a project to create and sustain employment opportunities as we build back better following the pandemic, and as a significant employer in the West Bromwich area, Central caught her attention.

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Online Magazine

Product News

Total Hardware Highlights Coloured Hardware Trends

Nationwide hardware supplier Total Hardware has reported that it is seeing strong demand for its Anthracite Grey and Tungsten coloured hardware. Chris Pell, General Manager at Total Hardware, commented: “Coloured profiles have been an important trend for a while across the industry, especially in the post-lockdown boom in the domestic sector. It’s interesting to see how this is translating into hardware trends and we are pleased to be able to fulfil the demand.”

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People

Richard Jackson Appointed As Freefoam UK Sales Director

Freefoam Building Products, a leading manufacturer of a wide range of innovative products for the building industry in Ireland, the UK and Mainland Europe are delighted to announce the appointment of Richard Jackson to the new post of UK Sales Director.

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Brisant Appoints Head Of Sales And Customer Service

Brisant Secure has appointed a new Head of Sales and Customer Service.  Carrie Young brings with her 21 years of experience in customer service across a variety of different sectors. Since joining Brisant, she has introduced new systems and ways of working to provide the best and most efficient service for customers. Carrie is responsible for a team of 11 people and is part of the senior management team.

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Internet

Tradeglaze (Lincoln) Ltd Launches New Website

Tradeglaze, a Lincoln-based fabricator of windows, doors, conservatories and curtain walling, has recently announced the launch of its new website, www.tradeglaze.co.uk. The local manufacturer of PVCu and Aluminium frames has been operating since 1995 supplying quality, energy efficient double glazing products to trade and commercial projects in Lincolnshire and the neighbouring counties.

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On-Site

Kawneer Systems Supply A Quintet Of Criteria At Greenwich

Architectural glazing systems by UK manufacturer Kawneer were specified for a primarily residential building at the heart of the redevelopment of London’s Greenwich Square for their aesthetic, acoustic, thermal, fire-resistant and sustainability credentials.

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