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9th April 2019
 
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The Joinery Network Invests In Testing For Windows And Doors

 

“Joiners need easy access to PAS24 security certification for timber windows and doors to comply with Document Q of Building Regulations,” says O T Dare Joinery Consultant, Owen Dare, and one of the founder directors at The Joinery Network, newly launched to support joinery companies.

“The Joinery Network booked two weeks at the testing house for an initial batch of products to cover BS 6375: 1 for weathertightness and thermal performance, PAS 24 and Approved Document Q for security,

 
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Mighton And Mila Partner Up To Supply Avia Apple HomeKit Smart Lock To Window And Door Industry

 

Mighton Products, which launched its new Apple HomeKit-based multipoint Avia smart lock at the high tech Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this year, is to make the product available to the UK window and door home improvement market through leading hardware distributor Mila. Mila and Mighton will be exhibiting together at the FIT Show on a stand dedicated exclusively to this exciting new product (H30).

 
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VBH To Launch 11 New Products At FIT

 

VBH (GB) will be showcasing an impressive 11 new solutions for bi-fold and patio doors, windows and entrance doors on its stand Q20 at the FIT Show

Among the new products are two additions to the Aspire patio handle suite. The Bi-Fold Intermediate Handle is designed to operate locks on the intermediate locking points of a bi-fold door, with the 43mm fixing centres matching most intermediate locks.

 
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Freefoam Facts And Fitting At Your Finger Tips

 

Freefoam says its products are designed and manufactured to be easy to fit. However, as any building product supplier or home improvement installer will tell you, every project is different. Following customer feedback and online requests Freefoam Building Products has launched a brand new online feature – Technical Frequently Asked Questions.

Louise Sanderson, Freefoam UK Marketing Manager explains about how the idea developed: “As our product range has increased and

 
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Adare Manor Takes Top Prize In Architectural Ironmongery Awards

 

An 18th century manor house in Ireland has been announced as the global ‘winner of winners’ in the biennial Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards, organised by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

The Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort is a luxury hotel in Limerick that was recently renovated and extended to add more guestrooms and facilities including a ballroom, spa, golf club and function suite.

 
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Tradesmith’s #SayNoToNoise Video Tackles Noise Pollution

 

Tradesmith, the Hailsham based trade fabricator, offers three levels of Bluesky-certified acoustic rated windows from Deceuninck, VEKA Halo & Warmcore to combat the growing problem of noise pollution.

With the expansion of Heathrow airport’s third runway, public awareness of noise pollution is rising because it’s going to affect huge numbers of homeowners across a large part of London and the South. Finding a solution to unwanted noise is crucial to convincing the

 
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Ian Duckworth Joins Thermoseal Group As Midlands Area Sales Manager

 

Bringing over 30 years of experience working in the Glass and Glazing industry, both in manufacturing and sales roles, Ian Duckworth has joined Thermoseal Group as its Midlands Area Sales Manager covering the Midlands, Wales and South East.

Ian started his career within the glass industry in 1988 working in an insulated glass (IG) manufacturing role.

 
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Completely Customised Software From BM Aluminium

 

Since it was established six years ago, Farnborough based Complete Aluminium has grown rapidly to become one of the UK’s leading fabricators in AluK.

It has built a reputation for quality products, fast lead times and competitive prices and has assembled a highly skilled team who are continually looking to improve the business’ performance still further.

 
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Deceuninck Congratulates Connaught On 25 Years

 

Deceuninck says it is pleased to congratulate Bournemouth-based Connaught Windows on its 25 year anniversary. Connaught is a family business which has gone from strength to strength since it started as a trade fabricator in 1994. Connaught’s relationship with Deceuninck – exclusive systems supplier since 2006 – has been, according to Business Manager Natalie Witczak: “More like a partnership than supplier/customer”.

 
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School Leavers Take Part In Hand Picked Academies To Boost Chance Of FES Apprenticeships
 

Teenagers from across Forth Valley aiming to kick start their careers as apprentices took part in a top employability course run by building services company FES in conjunction with Hand Picked from CR Smith.

The thirty-four school leavers from Alva Academy, Stirling High School, Bannockburn High, Lornshill Academy and Wallace High School attended two Hand Picked Academies, each held over three days at

 
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BWM Showroom Showcases LEKA Roofs From Modplan
 

South Wales fabricator and installer BWM has just opened a showroom at its Pontypridd headquarters. The showroom features BWM’s extensive range but one of the highlights, says the company, is the section devoted to LEKA roofs from Modplan.

BWM buys in LEKA roofs from fellow South Wales company Modplan. Victoria Moreton at BWM, said: “LEKA roofs are proving popular in the replacement roof market and we’re seeing more and more customers

 
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Marketing Made Easy
 

Ultraframe has launched a new Marketing Support brochure, detailing the extensive range of marketing tools that are available to its customers.

Covering everything from bespoke websites, and ready-to-go-campaigns, through to bespoke retail brochures, point of sale materials and installer apps, the new brochure summarises the whole package in one easy-to-navigate document.

 
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Stonebridge Launch New Armor-Coat® Finish Products
 

Handforged architectural ironmongery expert Stonebridge says it is enhancing its high-quality range with the launch of two new all-weather finishes that have been certified the best in the industry.

The new Armor-Coat® flat black and satin steel finishes have been independently tested and certified to the full BS EN 1670:2007 Grade 5, the highest possible standard.

 
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West-End Supports Sterling Windows Showroom Revamp
 

Bristol’s West-End Windows is helping a loyal and long-standing customer kit out its showroom.

The company has been supplying aluminium windows and doors to the region’s installers for over 40 years – and for much of that time, Sterling Windows has been using their products to delight the homeowners of Weston-super-Mare.

 
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Edgetech Goes The Extra Mile To Support Senior Glass Systems
 

British IGU manufacturer Senior Glass Systems has praised Edgetech’s commitment to going the extra mile for its customers.

The Scarborough firm uses Edgetech’s highest performance Super Spacer product, T-Spacer, to offer what it describes as exceptional product quality, outstanding thermal efficiency and speedy lead times to commercial customers nationwide.

 
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Business Micros Puts Its Team Into The Spotlight
 

Business Micros is continuing its 40 year celebrations with a focus on the staff behind the scenes who have been responsible for so much of its success over the years.

One of the most familiar voices for customers is Louise Anderson who has been in charge of admin at the company’s Newton Le Willows sales and installation centre for more than 10 years.

 
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Kestrel Installer Of The Year Title Boosts Business
 

As Kestrel launches its 2019 Approved Installer of the Year competition, a past winner has shared how winning the title helped boost profits.

Worthing-based PBM Exteriors was named Kestrel Approved Installer of the Year in 2017 and director Paul Milligan explained that it helped them reach record number of enquiries.

 
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Carl F Groupco’s Record Roto Results

Record results for Roto products have been announced by Carl F Groupco. The hardware distributor reports that March 2019 was its best ever monthly sales for the range, with an 87% increase compared to March 2018. Figures over the last financial year are also extremely positive with sales of Roto products up by 90%.

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Smart Commitment to Responsible Sourcing Recognised

Smart Architectural Aluminium has been awarded a continuation of its BES 6001 V3.1 certification, the Standard for Responsible Sourcing of Construction Products. As a result of the recent audit, the company’s certification has moved up from a ‘Good’ classification to ‘Very Good’, representing the highest rating for any UK systems company.

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ERC Testing Supports Emergency Services

ERC Testing, the Leigh based test house providing testing services to companies within the flat glass, window and door industries, recently welcomed members of the Greater Manchester Police Force and the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service to the Laboratory, to provide assistance with their Method of Entry Training.

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The Saveheat Group Chooses Specialists CENSolutions For Complete Certification

The Saveheat Group is a name synonymous with quality. Boasting a wealth of experience in Aluminium, Timber, PVC-U and glazing, the Group’s four fenestration focussed companies are all committed to excellent products and services.

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Yale Sponsors Smart Home Week 2019

Yale has announced that it is joining a host of major brands in sponsorship of Smart Home Week 2019 – an initiative showcasing the best in smart home technology.

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Leads2Trade’s Personal Approach To Lead Quality Is Helping Customers To Cash In

Since launching in 2006, lead generation company Leads2Trade has always placed its emphasis not just on lead volume but, more importantly, lead quality.

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BWM’s New Showroom Tees Off!

Spectus fabricator, BWM of South Wales has recently opened a stunning retail showroom at it premises in Pontypridd. The consumer-focused showroom perfectly showcases the company’s range of home improvement products including Spectus’ casement windows, vertical sliding windows and French doors.

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Product News

GRM Windows Launches New Metre-Long Sash Multi-Folding Door

GRM Windows, which is celebrating 40 years in business in 2019, has helped to develop a new range of multi-folding doors using REHAU profiles to go to market this year.

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Software

Real Aluminium Makes A Real Difference With New Software Solution

REAL Aluminium has teamed up with industry software developer First Degree Systems to design, develop and build a new online quoting and ordering system, which will allow installers to quote and order REAL products anytime and anywhere when they are online.

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Kestrel ‘App-Date’ Boosts Customer Service

It’s ‘appy’ days for the BDMs at Kestrel with the roofline brand turning to technology to drive customer service.

The Kestrel app has been updated so that BDMs can add customer notes when meeting with distributors,

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Training & Development

Pro-Fitter Proving To Be The Solution The Industry Needs

Since its launch last year, Pro-Fitter, the official UK training provider of window, door and conservatory products, has seen incredible take up of its offering. Lou Leka, Pro-Fitter’s Director, said: “Since our launch last November, over 100 candidates have taken a variety of courses.

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On-Site

CMS Delivers Glazing On A Grand Scale For Prestigious Edinburgh Residences

A comprehensive package of aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling by CMS Window Systems, which includes ultra-contemporary 3m x 3m lift and slide doors, has enabled CALA Homes to deliver on its vision to create one Edinburgh’s most prestigious developments in years.

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Events

Special Evening For The GGF

It was a memorable and enjoyable occasion as the good and the great of the industry attended the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) President’s Reception on the 26th March at Blackfriars in London.

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Awards

Glass Door Hardware Wins Innovation Award

A minimalist hardware system for glass doors has taken top prize at the biennial Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards, organised by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

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Atlas Salutes Installation Of The Year Winners

Honouring the very best in glazed roof design and installation, the Atlas Installation of the Year Awards have become an industry highlight. And as Atlas announces the winners of this year’s contest, sales director Gareth Thomas says the entries this year have been in a league of their own.

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