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9th January 2024

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Mila Launches New Evolution Door Hinge With Quick-Fit Magnetic Techology


Mila’s popular Evolution high security hinge has ‘evolved’ for composite doors, with a new version featuring game-changing, magnetic, quick-fit technology for the first time.

The new Evolution hinge for composite doors incorporates high strength magnets in the sash part and the lid which means the fabricator simply has to locate the hinge lid over guide fins on the inside edge of the sash part and bring the magnets together to secure it firmly in place. There is no drilling or screwing required and no need for a jig. There’s even no need to fit end caps because the lid has a clever all-in-one design, negating the need for separate hinge caps or covers.


Epwin Window Systems Launches New Ultra-Slim Vertical Sliding Sash Meeting Rail


Epwin Window Systems has launched the latest enhancement to its best-selling PVC-U Vertical Sliding Sash Window System. The new ultra-slim Vertical Sliding Sash meeting rail is just 37mm deep, faithfully replicating the appearance of traditional sash windows and adding even more heritage authenticity to the well-regarded system.

Phil Parry, technical director at Epwin Window Systems, said: “The PVC-U Vertical Sliding Sash Window System has always been the window of choice for conservation areas, listed buildings and period properties. The new ultra-slim meeting rail enhances these credentials even further.”


65,000 And Counting: Affordable Windows Reaches Timberlook Milestone


Manufacturers of the Timberlook window and door range, Affordable Window Systems, has reached a uniquely significant milestone in its Blackpool factory by fabricating its 65,000th Timberlook window.

Launched by Affordable Windows just six years ago, Timberlook has quickly become one of the company’s flagship brands, demonstrating the enduring popularity of uPVC flush sash windows.

The range has been designed with painstaking attention to detail, replicating the aesthetics of heritage timber frames featured nationwide in historic and rural areas. Modern requirements are easily catered for with low U-values and Timberwelded joints.


Rocal Endurance Holdings Acquires Aluminium Fabricator BDC Aluminium


Rocal Endurance Holdings, known for its expertise in manufacturing composite doors, door panels, and specialist plastic extrusions, has solidified its market presence through the strategic acquisition of BDC Aluminium. The transaction, conducted for an undisclosed sum, marks a significant milestone in Rocal Endurance’s growth trajectory.

Founded in 2008 and headquartered in Witham, Essex, BDC Aluminium has carved a niche as a fabricator of premium aluminium windows and doors catering to both domestic and commercial markets, predominantly in the South of England.


Perfect Package Deals


Hardware manufacturer, VBH, is making things easy for its customers by offering related products as bundled packages, giving customers the benefits of buying from one specialist source.

Bi-fold door lock components have long been supplied in this way and the company is now turning its attention to aluminium and PVCu outward opening casement window hardware packages.

VBH encourages customers to use ‘package deals’ as they can provide better value for money and save the ‘hassle’ of sourcing hardware for the same window from two or more suppliers.


FIT Show Becomes A Glazpartner


Glazpart has announced that FIT Show has joined the Glazpartners initiative to further strengthen the relationship between the two companies.

The Glazpartners initiative is designed to promote the value of customer relationships in the fenestration industry and this latest partnership will bring greater collaboration and joint promotion for both FIT Show and Glazpart with multiple branding, PR and social media opportunities.

FIT Show is the UK’s number one exhibition dedicated to showcasing the window, door, hardware and flat glass industry.


The Beauty Of Automation


Before we used Business Pilot, we were very manually driven. I’d say we were working hard rather than working smart.

We have great people working here at Progress, but people can forget and have bad days. The challenge for any double glazing company is its communication, and for the most part this would consist of phone calls: What stage is this job at?; When will the survey be?; What time is the rep coming around?; Who is the rep?; etc.

Managing that process using a manual system was almost unmanageable, because of the time and resources it took. And, of course, there was the impact on the customer experience.


The BMBI, A Measure Of Sales To Builders And Trades, Expands To 92% Market Coverage


2023 rounded off with a significant relaunch of the Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) report, now featuring builders’ merchants sales data to builders and trades people covering 92 percent of GB national sales, up from just over 80%.

Launched in 2015 as a brand of the Builders Merchants Federation (BMF), BMBI uses data from GfK’s Builders Merchants Panel.  The panel captures generalist builders’ merchants’ sales throughout Great Britain to builders and trades people who are directly involved in repairing, maintaining, and improving Britain’s 27.7 million homes. The recent addition to the panel of Huws Gray, JT Dove and CMO Stores,


Epwin Window Systems Publishes Guide To Future Homes Consultation


Epwin Window Systems has published a guide to the Future Homes Consultation document to help customers navigate the detail of the proposal. Phil Parry, technical director at Epwin Window Systems, commented: “Our guide explains the proposal and the relevant factors of the report so our customers can fully understand the detail and implications.”

The eagerly awaited release of the consultation on the Future Homes Standard has delivered some unexpected developments for the industry including the decision to retain the current notional values, keeping them at 1.2 W/(m²K) for windows and 1.0 W/(m²K) for doors. Phil said: “Whilst the proposal to retain the current thermal efficiency requirements has attracted the headlines, now is not the time to be complacent.


Whitesales Rooflights Installed In Grade II* Listed Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery


Whitesales has replaced the original timber rooflights in the Grade II* listed Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery with new bespoke aluminium rooflights, ready for the reopening of museum during 2024.

Built in 1885, the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery has long housed treasures from the likes of Edward Burne-Jones, William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti and has an unrivalled 2,000 piece Pre-Raphaelite collection. However, it closed in November 2022 for essential maintenance which has included electrical work, upgrading of the heating, lift replacement and roof repairs.

The new rooflights were a key element in the roof repairs, so the challenge for Whitesales was to supply and install high performance,


Is Anthracite Grey The New ‘Black’?


Freefoam Building Products announce the recent introduction of Anthracite Grey to their growing range of PVC Cladding products.

So is Anthracite Grey the new ‘Black’ . . . it’s certainly up there as one of the front runners to replace tired old timber cladding or white PVC cladding, says Freefoam.

Anthracite Grey is now available across the full Fortex cladding range featuring three different styles of board. The Weatherboard style is a feather edge product designed to give a clean ‘New England’ look, the Double Shiplap range features a wide board giving quick coverage over large areas,


Putting You In Control


Diversification is the perfect way to create new opportunities, argues Bohle’s Managing Director Dave Broxton. We report.

During 2023, Bohle celebrated 100 years in business. The secret to this success, says managing director Dave Broxton, is its ability to constantly adjust to the needs of the market.

“Cutting prices is the first step many companies take to win customers or hold on to them,” he says. “And, as part of a strategic campaign, this can probably work to your advantage.

“But the chances are if you have to compete on price,


Pure Vista Announces Glass Supply & Delivery to Cornwall & Devon


Glass railing systems provider, Pure Vista, is now offering a local glass delivery service for Cornwall and parts of Devon. From headquarters in Bodmin, Pure Vista has invested in a driver and vehicle to access remote and difficult locations.

Supplying glass with 10mm – 33mm thickness – and with ‘competitive pricing and quick supply’, says the company.

“We are happy to be extending our services to include glass supply and delivery. Many of our local customers are working on remote sites around Cornwall and Devon and glass delivery can be a struggle.


DoorCo Celebrates Business Awards Success


Macclesfield-based DoorCo is delighted to kick start the year off with the announcement of two team related wins at the North Cheshire Business Awards: Gold in the Health & Wellbeing category, and Silver in the Team of the Year.

Marketing manager, Ellie Pool, says: “We’re so delighted to have achieved success in the both the categories we entered at the local North Cheshire Business Awards, which took place at the end of last year. Throughout 2023 our focus has been on building strength within the business in order to better support our customers, through investing in our infrastructure and team. So, achieving Silver in Team of the Year and Gold in Health & Wellbeing is the perfect result.


Trade News

The Business Pilot Barometer

By Neil Cooper-Smith, Senior Analyst, Business Pilot

2023 was, most would agree, a tough year for trading, especially as we emerged from a significant boom following Covid, and straight into inflationary pressures brought about predominantly by global forces outside of our control.


Framexpress Invest £300,000 In New Machinery

Framexpress has recently invested over £300,000 in new machinery.  Housed in its 50,000 sq. ft. Telford manufacturing facility, the new Urban SV 500 Corner Cleaner, Urban AKS1860/4 Verti Quad Welder and Urban AKS 5550 Inline Welder are helping meet the increasing demand for Framexpress products, following its record-breaking year of business.


Take A Listen: Mental Health & Wellbeing Podcast Series From DGCOS & NHIC

The Double Glazing and Conservatory Ombudsman Scheme (DGCOS) recently teamed up with the National Home Improvement Council (NHIC) along with medical experts, frontline charity workers and DGCOS representatives to share first hand insight and knowledge about the industry’s current mental health and wellbeing challenges.


Everglade Windows Invests In New Machinery

Everglade Windows has recently invested in the Emmegi Quadra L2. This machinery promises increased production efficiencies without compromising on product quality, says the company.

The machine, which has the capability to mill,


Product News

Sheerline Launches Reverse Butt Joint for the Aluminium Market

Sheerline has announced the launch of its latest product, a Reverse Butt Joint for the Prestige window system.

Based on Sheerline’s tried and tested corner cleat, a new patented, precision-machined,



Comp Door Announces Pierre Mifsud’s Promotion to Managing Director

Composite door manufacturer Comp Door has announced the promotion of Pierre Mifsud to the position of managing director. As a co-founder of the company, Pierre's journey with Comp Door began in 2021, and he has played a pivotal role in its growth and success, claims the company.


Glazpart Confirms New Company Accountant

Glazpart is pleased to confirm the appointment of Tamás Bareith as company accountant taking responsibility for the financial management of the Glazpart Group.

Tamás has 10 years’ experience in the food production equipment and transport sectors,


Jack Aluminium Systems Welcomes New Technical Support Engineer

Jack Aluminium Systems has welcomed David Alexander as its new technical support engineer, helping the aluminium specialist provide even better products and services to its customers.

With a career in the technical field spanning over two decades, David brings a wealth of experience to the technical department,



The Key To Sustainability

Never has it more important to choose your suppliers with care, believes Dave Broxton, MD at Bohle. We report.

Consolidation was a key theme for 2023, as changing trends and reduced cash flow caused some companies – both big and small – to cease trading.



Rehau Launches New Window Hardware and Accessories Webshop

Rehau is set to launch a new Webshop to provide fenestration professionals with requested window accessory products.

Developed to help facilitate access to system accessories and other in-demand items such as trickle vents and trims upon request,



Marketing Support That Makes An Impression In 2024, Says Coastal Group

As we enter a new year it’s only natural to look ahead to what’s in store for your business over the next 12 months. Maybe you’re looking to grow, employ more people, or branch into new markets.

Whatever your business strategy, Coastal Group has developed a set of marketing tools that could help.



Morley Glass Named Finalist In Made In Yorkshire 2024 Awards

The post-consumer glass recycling initiative developed by Morley Glass in conjunction with Saint-Gobain Glass has been shortlisted for another award.

The company has been named a finalist in the ‘Sustainable Ethical Manufacturer Award’ category of the Made in Yorkshire 2024 Awards.


Reynaers Aluminium Wins At Construction Marketing Awards

Reynaers Aluminium UK has been named as the winner of the ‘Best Use of Press and Public Relations’ at the Construction Marketing Awards 2023.

With the support of marketing and PR agency, Lesniak Swann,



Sternfenster celebrates its’ 50th anniversary

2024 marks Sternfenster’s 50th year in business, and the Lincoln-based fabricator is planning a host of celebrations throughout the year to mark the occasion.

“We are going to be celebrating this anniversary in style,” Mike Parczuk, Sternfenster’s managing director, explained.



Fentrade’s Aluminium Windows And Doors Delivers Contemporary Appeal

Fentrade’s aluminum windows and doors were used in a home renovation project in Torquay.   The domestic project was carried out by retail and commercial installer Southern Design Windows and marked their initial collaboration with Fentrade since selecting them as their fabrication partner for this venture.



Ecofit Turns Dens Park Orange And Black As Sales Soar

Dundee’s Ecofit Windows & Doors has turned a corner of the traditionally blue Dens Park orange and black.

The Tayside company has recently signed a sponsorship agreement with Scottish Premier League side Dundee FC that will see Ecofit’s distinctive orange and black branding pitch side at Dens Park.


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