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8th February 2024

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Epwin Window Systems Launches Stellar Aluminium Inline Sliding Door


Epwin Window Systems has just launched the latest addition to its Stellar Aluminium range, the new Stellar Aluminium Inline Sliding Door.

Phil Parry, technical director at Epwin Window Systems, said: “The Stellar Inline Sliding Door continues Stellar’s track record of products that set new standards across the industry and redefines product excellence at every level.”

It has a slim aluminium profile and a slimline interlock of just 35mm. Each sash can be up to 1675mm wide, so there are fewer sashes and wider glazed expanses.


Dynamic Hardware Introduces The Patent-Pending Dynamic 3D Door Hinge


Dynamic Hardware has just launched the patent-pending Dynamic 3D Door Hinge for PVC-U door profiles.

Dynamic Hardware’s CEO Tony Chadwick said: “The Dynamic 3D Door Hinge showcases the product design strength that is the hallmark of our range.”

The Dynamic 3D Door Hinge is part of Dynamic Hardware’s Premium Door Hardware Collection and features a patent-pending ‘anti-lift’ security feature with a 2.5mm steel sash plate that gives enhanced product performance and security, claims the company.


Red Herring?


Thermoseal’s sales director Mark Hickox argues that the Future Homes and Buildings Standards were an opportunity missed, but are they just a red herring?

On December 13, 2023, the government finally opened the consultation on the Future Homes and Buildings Standards, which will run until March 6. At the heart is a significant shift away from a ‘fabric first’ approach to improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions, and towards mechanical services, such as heat pumps.

To say this was a missed opportunity would be an understatement. We know from the work we’ve done with our IGU manufacturing customers that many had prepared their operations for an expected increase in demand for triple glazing.


Sheerline’s Range Helps D & I Windows Achieve Sustainable Business Growth


D & I Windows has been announced as one of the latest companies to add Sheerline’s premium aluminium range to its’ product offering. The Barnsley-based fabricator and manufacturer pivoted from UPVC to aluminium because of rising costs and increased competition post-pandemic.

Since deciding to fabricate Sheerline’s whole-house aluminium systems, D & I has gone from strength to strength, even launching a new company called Radius Aluminium, which is dedicated to supporting trade customers.


CAB Reviews The Year Ahead


With construction output expected to decrease by 2.1% in 2024, according the latest report from the Construction Products Association, how will aluminium fenestration fare in the year ahead?

It is fair to say that 2024 will be a challenge for some, but for many it will be business as usual and the companies who remain nimble and can change quickly to capitalise on new technology and opportunities will be the winners. The recession in our industry, forecast by some at the beginning of 2023, did not materialise but there were some noticeable business failures that we can all learn from.


Fast Forward To The Future


If you want to make a stunning impression on clients, customers and visitors to your commercial office space, sometimes only glass will do.

TuffX supplied 89 panels – a total of 145m2 – of 21.5mm EVA toughened and laminated safety glass for a substantial glass stairway in a business premises in the South East of England. The glass was chosen for both its quality aesthetic as well as to provide enhanced safety, with the Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) interlayer ensuring robust bonding for greater impact resistance and structural strength, says the company.


Whitesales Strengthens Specification Team


As Whitesales further strengthens its position in the specification sector, with several of the company’s biggest ever rooflight supply and installation contracts set to start on site in 2024, Lee Greer has been announced as the new dedicated national sales manager for specification and business development.

Lee joined Whitesales as a regional sales manager in 2023 from one of the other big name rooflight manufacturers and, since then, has played a key role in Whitesales’ ongoing success.

He says that clients, specifiers and contractors are increasingly appreciating the added value that the Whitesales distinct service offering brings to the commercial sector:


Debar Joins Department For Business And Trade’s Sustainability Trade Mission


Bi-fold hardware manufacturer Debar has been chosen to be a part of a sustainable trade mission developed by the Department of Business and Trade.

Following a rigorous application process, Debar was successfully selected to join an innovative group involving just 32 other companies from the North of England. Known as the Northern Powerhouse, this group is made up of experienced and forward-thinking businesses from Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield, Hull and Newcastle to help create a thriving economy within these cities and the surrounding areas.


The Window Store’s Annual Conference Celebrates A Successful Year For The Business


The Window Store held its Annual Managers’ Conference in Southampton on 17th January. Karl Lodwick, general m,anager at the company, said: “Our Annual Managers’ Conference is an opportunity to reflect on our successes, look ahead to the future and thank the team for all their hard work. It was an upbeat day with lots of energy in the room.”

2023 was a busy year for the business. It marked the rollout of a fresh new corporate branding across all branches. This included revamping the interiors and exteriors of all depots, new business signage, and a modern new fleet of vehicles. A comprehensive suite of new sales and marketing collateral was also launched.


Sliders UK Turns To Kolorseal For Colour Coating Services


Aluminium and composite door manufacturer Sliders UK, has returned to colour coating specialist Kolorseal Ltd for its bespoke window and door colouring needs.

Alex Murphy, managing director at Sliders-UK, had evaluated and instigated in-house spraying at the company’s Preston based facility when demand for the range increased substantially.

In a bid to control all aspects of output and further build resilience into the operations, there was a belief that colour spraying internally would prove more cost effective and efficient.


Facade Platform Design to Reduce Carbon


By Wojciech Brożyna – MD Aluprof UK

Platform Design, better known in the construction industry as ‘A Platform approach to Design for Manufacture and Assembly’ or ‘P-DfMA’. It is a specific subset of DfMA, which is the general term for using prefabrication and automation applied project by project basis. P-DfMA is a solution that is designed to be used more programmatically across a range of projects or assets. So, what is ‘P-DfMA’ and how does it help to reduce construction costs and reduce carbon? In this short article, we aim to explain the basis of this innovative approach to construction and suggest how it could revolutionise our future construction requirements.

Initiated by the UK Government in 2017 in their drive to cut costs for new buildings, such as schools, hospitals, offices and social housing,


Look To The Future This Aluminium Day!


On Wednesday 13th March Aluminium Day will return and this year, host Senior Architectural Systems is showcasing the different ways companies are encouraging young people to consider a career working with aluminium, and the various job roles available.

Now in its fifth year, Aluminium Day is Senior’s dedicated annual social media event that celebrates the versatility of aluminium and encourages those from across the manufacturing, engineering and wider construction sectors to come together to share their news and views. This year’s event aims to support a wider conversation about where the skills gaps are and identify the new generation of ‘Aluminium Aces’ – the students,


Trade News

Second Silver Score For Mila’s SupaSecure

Mila says fabricators now have even more choice when it comes to offering the ultimate in high security stainless steel door hardware.

The Mila SupaSecure TS007 two star escutcheon has achieved the same Silver grading in the Master Locksmith’s Sold Secure...


The Window Store Unveils New Expanded Poole Branch

Following continued business growth, The Window Store has announced the relocation of its new expanded branch in Poole, Dorset. The relocated Poole depot, which was originally a shared facility with Epwin Group trade counter business National Plastics,


VBH Joins Secured By Design

VBH has announced that it has joined Secured by Design (SBD).

SBD is owned by Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (Police CPI), part of the UK Police Service. Its aim is ‘design out crime’ through a number of prevention and reduction initiatives across the UK.


Trade News

November Builders Merchant Sales Slide -5.7% As Volumes Drop -12.1% Year-On-Year

The latest Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) report shows builders’ merchants’ value sales were down -5.7% in November 2023 compared to the same month in 2022, with volume sales falling -12.1% and prices increasing +7.2%.


Window Ware And Express Trade Frames Celebrate Successful 25-Year Partnership

UK fenestration hardware provider, Window Ware, is celebrating with longstanding customer, Express Trade Frames, as their successful supply partnership reaches a quarter-century milestone.

The Bedfordshire-based hardware specialist has been a supplier of choice for Express Trade Frames...


Product News

New Smaller Packs For Glazpart’s Premium Finish Link Vents

Glazpart has announced that its Link Vent premium finish ranges are now available in handy packs of either 10 canopies or internal vents to help companies only buy the stock they need and add more value, both in terms of revenue and kerb appeal for homeowners.



The Business Pilot Barometer

Increase in leads and sales defies expectations

By Neil Cooper-Smith, Senior Analyst, Business Pilot

Both leads and sales rebounded in January, heralding a positive start to 2024 despite the wider market appearing sluggish.


Selling The Savings

With the latest Ofgem price cap increase coming into force, and inflation defying the odds by rising once again, the importance of selling energy efficiency and sustainability has never been greater, according to Deceuninck UK MD Rob McGlennon.

The price of wholesale gas continues to rise:



Carl F Groupco Limited appoints Chief Executive Officer

The Board of Carl F Groupco has announced the appointment of Owen Coop as Chief Executive Officer.

A statement from chairman Geoff Gahan stated: “Since 2019, with Owen as Finance Director of Carl F Groupco, his extensive experience,


Rob Axe Appointed General Manager for Warringtonfire’s High Wycombe Laboratory

Warringtonfire has appointed Rob Axe as general manager of its fire testing laboratory in High Wycombe.

Rob, who began his career as a technical officer at the High Wycombe laboratory, most recently held the role of technical manager for Warringtonfire


Training & Development

Glazerite’s Apprentices Take Centre Stage

Apprenticeships are back in the spotlight for National Apprenticeship Week 2024 (5th -11th February), with the Glazerite UK Group using the opportunity to celebrate the hard work, dedication and success of its past and present apprentices.

Glazerite’s group managing director, Rob Brearley,



aluplast Returns To Fensterbau In March With The New Neo Taking Centre Stage

aluplast will showcase its expanded product range including a series of new energy efficient innovations developed specifically for the UK at Fensterbau Frontale this year.

Held in Nuremberg, Germany, on March 19-22,


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