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9th July 2019
 
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Finesse Celebrates 20 Years Of Style And Success

 

The Finesse range of genuine solid pewter cabinet and door hardware is celebrating its 20thanniversary of being ‘Handmade in the UK’ this year as the award-winning brand continues to go from strength to strength.

During that time, Finesse has established an enviable reputation for style and quality, with industry leaders and designers in the UK and across the globe regularly choosing their products. Customers range from handmade kitchen designers and manufacturers, bespoke joinery companies, architects, builders and architectural showrooms, from small companies to multi-nationals.

 
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Yale ‘Locked’ In For Glazing Summit Return

 

Yale will be sponsoring the new Technical Stage at this year’s Glazing Summit.

The one-day conference is being held on Thursday, September 12th at Edgbaston Stadium and Conference Centre, Birmingham.

After a successful debut last year, this year’s Glazing Summit will again be packed with industry insight, advice and discussion on the biggest issues that matter.

 
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Natural Looking Matt Finish

 

Matt surfaces are in vogue, and not just in interior design or the automotive sector. There is also widespread demand around the house for surfaces that are pleasant to the touch – the attractive, the more fashionable. With its new finish for exterior films, RENOLIT is now raising the bar for window profiles, door panels and facades. The surface specialists from Worms have combined the deep, dynamic wood texture VLF with a transparent PVDF layer, creating an extremely natural look.

 
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Cubelock Window Restrictors Added To Window Ware Range

 

Window Ware has increased its specialist product offering with a selection of Cubelock window restrictors.

“We understand the importance of supplying quality hardware to our customers to help them achieve optimum results, meet regulations and keep their customers happy,” says Richard Bryant, Commercial Director for Window Ware.

“That’s why we cherry-pick the very best products and these window restrictors from Cubelock fit perfectly with that philosophy.”

 
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Bowater Receive High Praise For New Online Door Designer

 

Bowater by Birtley have received praise from existing customers since the launch of their new online door designer.

Split into two applications, the website version allows homeowners to design their own front door in an easy to follow step by step process.  They can then upload a picture of their home to visualise their design.  In addition to this they can also enter their postcode to find their nearest retailer and installer.

The second application allows retailers to produce immediate quotes for their customers, allowing them to provide a seamless efficient service.

 
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Swiftly Forward For ISO-CHEMIE With New Head Of Operations

 

Andy Swift has been appointed as head of UK and Republic of Ireland operations for window and door sealants and air tightness specialist, ISO-CHEMIE.

Heading up a national team, Andy Swift, who brings more than 20 years’ experience in the window and conservatory manufacturing industries to the role, will continue to oversee strong growth and expansion.

 
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George Clarke Launches Revamped DGCOS At FiT Show 2019

 

DGCOS’ stand proved to be a hub of excitement at the FiT Show as the consumer protection organisation unveiled their new brand ambassador, George Clarke.

The celebrity architect and TV presenter was on hand to launch a new installer offering from DGCOS, as well as the organisation’s partnership with SureBuy, a new consumer-facing brand that provides homeowners with protection across the whole spectrum of home improvements.

 
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Glazerite Grows Fleet To Go Further

 

The Glazerite UK Group Ltd has made a £150,000 investment into the expansion of its delivery vehicle fleet, with the addition of two new 18-tonne, custom built lorries. The move will further strengthen the VEKA fabricator’s ability to deliver to customers on time, in full, all over the UK.

Ian Lloyd, Glazerite’s Operations Director, explains the reasons behind the investment. He says: “The new lorries complement our existing 16-strong fleet of 7.5 tonne delivery vehicles, and will allow us to improve on our distance and overnight capabilities.

 
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New Commercial Director At Hodgson Sealants

 

Hodgson Sealants have just appointed Gary Thomas as their new commercial director, to oversee all sales and marketing activity for the UK based sealant specialist.

With over 30 years’ experience in the sealants and adhesive industries, Gary brings with him considerable expertise at managerial and board level with the likes of Dow Corning and Geocel. This new position at Hodgson Sealants will enable him to add significant value to the sales and marketing functions and in helping the future strategy and direction of the overall business.

 
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Edgetech Orders Easier Than Ever Thanks To New E-Commerce System

 

An intuitive new online ordering system is set to make it easier than ever to buy from Edgetech.

Unveiled for the first time at May’s FIT Show, the platform allows IGU manufacturers to quickly and simply pick a product, input quantities, finalise an order and arrange deliveries with the click of a mouse.

The system will even remember a user’s last purchases, making repeat orders a breeze, says Edgetech.  

 
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Show Successes For BGB 

 

The week of the FiT Show proved to be highly successful and particularly busy for BetweenGlassBlinds™. The integral shading and privacy glass specialists attracted flocks of visitors to their stand at the NEC – as well as their stand at the Design In Mental Health Show at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena!

“Both stands attracted a great deal of footfall, with the Vistamatic® Clarity displays attracting particular interest,” says Mark Nash, Director at BetweenGlassBlinds. “There was a lot of smart technology on show at FiT and Clarity fitted in perfectly with the theme. Its innovative design and operation sparked a lot of conversations.”

 
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New Responsive Website For The Experts In Glass
 

Leading experts in glass, Glass Technology Services, has unveiled a brand-new responsive website – completing its rebranding process and continuing a programme of strategic investments throughout the growing business.

Built with a responsive layout, the new website ensures a consistent cross-device user experience, as well as improved navigation and enquiry processes – making it easier than ever for visitors to access the information they need and contact the experts for technical support.

 
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Shortwood United Is Inspired By The Bundesliga!
 

When KÖMMERLING’s area sales manager, Jason Scrivens, was appointed the manager of semi-professional football club Shortwood United, he decided to take a little inspiration from the Bundesliga.

KÖMMERLING are the main sponsor for the Bundesliga team 1. FSV Mainz 05, who have just finished the season in a highly respectable 12th place and so football is a major talking point within the business across the globe.

 
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Window Ware Invests In The Future With New Apprentice
 

Hardware distributors Window Ware have strengthened their team with a new apprentice.

Stella Napoli has joined the Bedfordshire specialists as their new Customer Service Apprentice. In her role, Stella will be helping the customer-facing departments to maintain their award-winning service. She’ll be working four days a week in the office and gaining valuable practical experience. Then for the remaining one day a week, Stella will continue her training and development.

 
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Kestrel’s Gunn Aims High With Charity Fund Raiser
 

Kestrel regional sales director John Gunn is teeing up a charity golf day to raise funds for ‘My Name’s Doddie Foundation’.

The charity, headed by Scottish Rugby legend Doddie Weir OBE, raises awareness and funds research into Motor Neuron Disease.

Doddie, who earned 61 caps for Scotland, was diagnosed with the incurable disease in 2017.

 
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Sidey’s Support For Social Enterprise Charity
 

Scottish fenestration company, Sidey, has built a well-earned reputation as a passionate champion of the environment, especially when it comes to community projects.

One such project that Sidey is supporting is LAMH Recycle Ltd, a social enterprise scheme in Motherwell that provides training, volunteering and work opportunities for people facing barriers to employment.

 
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Prefix’s New Showroom Opening Is A Big Success

The opening of the new flagship showroom at Prefix Systems proved to be a huge success, as the industry media and customers all enjoyed the event and experienced a wide range of perfectly presented products and systems on display.

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VBH And Fentrade – Working Together To Deliver The Best

VBH has enjoyed a successful partnership with aluminium fabricator Fentrade Limited since it started in 2018. Founding Director Chris Reeks set up Fentrade to supply customers with superb products, excellent service and reliable deliveries.

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Get Your Coat With Senior

Senior Architectural Systems is making it easier than ever for trade contractors to take advantage of the growing trend for coloured and textured aluminium profiles thanks to its state-of-the-art in-house powder coating facility and technical support services.

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Modplan Customers Love Timberweld®

Modplan is helping its installer customers sell more and break into higher-end markets by adopting Timberweld® technology. The fabricator of windows,

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BJ Waller Are Timber Experts For The Joinery Industry

BJ Waller is the architectural ironmonger of choice for joiners, backed by its involvement in The Joinery Network, exclusive trade partnerships and dedicated service, claims the company.

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Everglade Windows: As Seen On TV

Everglade Windows were revisited by BBC News recently to follow up on how, despite uncertain times, they’ve grown into London’s No. 1 fabricator.

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Building A Reputation

Self-building and home renovation have never been more popular. The relaxed planning laws on larger extensions and infill properties have fuelled this growth and the National Home Building and Renovation Centre is the UK’s top destination for people looking for products and advice.

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Newview Homes Seals Heathrow Deal As Runway Three Takes Off

It’s Britain’s biggest infrastructure project, with the potential to transform the area’s economic prospects.
Heathrow’s Runway Three will cost £14bn over almost a decade, creating an estimated 77,000 local jobs

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Product News

Panoramic Group Launches New Floating Integral Blind System

Panoramic Group has launched its new Floating Integral Blind system, a highly innovative new product that allows users to manoeuvre the blinds from both the top and the bottom of the unit, providing a much more precise level of adjustment than any other offering on the market, at a much lower price point and with super-fast lead times.

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Howells Launches New Glass Rafter Rooflight

Howells Patent Glazing is pleased to announce the launch of its new glass rafter rooflight, Ultraline which was unveiled at FIT Show 2019. Designed to maximise daylight, Ultraline allows for larger expanses of glass. Each joint is supported by a glass rafter, or fin, which reinforces the structure without breaking the sightline.

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Above Us Only Sky

The Ultrasky roof from Ultraframe has been used to create a stunning contemporary orangery extension in an installation by Vale Conservatories.
The extension which features a curved cornice and is finished in anthracite grey, has been added onto a new build property on a top-end development.

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Marketing

Super Trade Support

Framexpress, the 4-hour quotes, 48-hour window fabricator, has teamed up with Distinction Doors to offer extra trade support for customers, with a great composite door deal. It’s part of the ongoing sales and marketing support package that Framexpress offers to customers.

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Events

Edgetech Set Sights On Glazing Summit

After a successful FIT Show, Edgetech are now gearing up for the next big date in the glass and glazing calendar – the 2019 Glazing Summit.
One of the world’s leading warm-edge spacer manufacturer was the first big-name sponsor to come on board for this year’s event.

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Charity

Madness Tops The Bill At Glazerite’s Annual Race Night

Leading VEKA fabricator, the Glazerite UK Group Ltd, hosted their annual charity Race Night on Friday 21st June, held for the first time at the prestigious Newmarket Racecourse.

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