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9th July 2024

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Rehau And Yale Launch New SensCheck Door Lock


Leading PVCu window manufacturer Rehau and world-leading hardware brand Yale have continued their ongoing partnership with the launch of the Yale SensCheck door sensor coupled together with the existing unique Lockmaster 21 Multipoint Door Lock.

A solution unique to Rehau, the Lockmaster 21 Multipoint Door Lock can be integrated into the polymer provider’s profiles and has been modified with different hook positions to suit a wide range of door sizes.


Apeer Introduces 10 Year Anti-Bow And Paint Guarantees


Apeer has launched a brace of new product guarantees, initiatives that Apeer says underline its status as the industry’s leading manufacturer of high-quality composite doors while delivering ultimate peace of mind for its customers and end users.

The introduction of a new 10-year anti-bow guarantee means that Apeer’s customers can now sell the brand’s extensive range of doors with even greater confidence that they will not suffer from the kind of costly remedial issues that are said by Apeer to be typically associated with some other composites on the market.


Playing To Win


Mike Parczuk, Sternfenster’s MD, explains why Tik Tok, Gareth Southgate and prisons could ultimately hold Great Britain back after Labour’s recent landslide victory on July 4.

Liz Truss losing her South West Norfolk seat was the highlight of the recent general election for me. As for everything else? I’m not so sure. It will soon be politics as usual, and unfortunately that doesn’t benefit us as a country.

There are three main reasons why.


Stuga’s Danny Jones Expands His Role Into Scotland


As part of machinery manufacturer, Stuga Machinery’s continuous improvement programme, the company is now offering direct sales and service to Scottish customers, on both Stuga and Stürtz machines.

Integral to this change, Danny Jones, Stürtz business manager at Stuga Machinery, is now covering Scotland as well as the North of England.

“We are really pleased to have Danny heading up our sales and service in Scotland,” says Ed Williams, managing director at Stuga Machinery.


Merchants’ April Sales Up +3.9% But Down -11.0% Like-For-Like


The latest Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) report, published in June, shows builders’ merchants’ value sales were up +3.9% in April compared to the same month a year ago. Volume sales increased +4.7% and prices eased -0.8%. However, with three additional trading days this year, like-for-like value sales were down -11.0%.

Year-on-year, eight of the twelve categories outperformed Total Merchants, with Workwear & Safetywear (+28.9%), Miscellaneous (+15.0%), Decorating (+14.1%) and Plumbing Heating & Electrical (+13.2%) in the lead. The three largest categories – Heavy Building Materials (+1.4%), Timber & Joinery Products (+1.4%) and Landscaping (+3.2%) – all grew more slowly.


Schüco Makes Sustainable Switch With HVO Fuel Initiative


Schüco has announced its latest environmental initiative: converting its entire fleet of diesel-powered haulage vehicles to operate on sustainably sourced Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO) fuel.

The company anticipates that this move will save over 380 tonnes of carbon emissions in the next 12 months alone, based on its average mileage.

As part of the transition, Schüco has installed an HVO tank with a capacity of 19,000 litres at its Milton Keynes site, home to its UK warehouse, 


Genius Marks 5th Anniversary With £2M Machinery Investment


Kӧmmerling trade fabricator Genius PVC Trade Frames is celebrating its fifth year in business with a £2m machinery investment.

Established in 2019 by industry veterans David Eagle and Peter Dyson, Genius has quickly established a reputation for excellence among the trade.

Having reached their 5th anniversary, the senior team at Genius are now looking to set their sights on the future; the company has recently invested in an eight-headed welder and cleaning line.


Rehau Commits To Customer Service Offering With New Showroom Investments


Rehau has revealed a revamp of its windows and doors showroom at the London Building Centre, allowing customers to get a hands-on look at the company’s full range of windows solutions.

As well as this, a host of Rehau’s UK sites have had brand new showrooms installed, continuing the company’s commitment to investing in providing customers with the best possible service. The company’s Ross-on-Wye headquarters, Blaenau Ffestiniog factory,


Continuous Innovation From PST


Production Software Technology (PST), a leader in cutting-edge software solutions, has announced the louvre as the latest addition to its ever-expanding model range across their vsHome software. According to PST, this new model demonstrates PST’s continuous commitment to innovation and improvement, ensuring its users always have access to the most advanced tools in the industry.

At PST, progress is said to be viewed as a never-ending journey, with the team constantly working to push the boundaries of what the software can achieve.


New Sponsor Announced For The G24 Awards


The organisers of the G-Awards are pleased to confirm a new main event sponsor for the G24 Awards. The Presentation and Gala Dinner will take place on Friday 29 November 2024 at the London Hilton Park Lane.

Quanex, the parent company of Liniar and Edgetech, have decided to support the G Awards this year, as the organisers continue the call for entries across the fourteen categories.

After a record-breaking number of entries last year, the glass and glazing industry will be invited to enter their innovative products,


Victorian Sliders Relaunch Installation Of The Month Competition


Victorian Sliders have announced the relaunch of their popular Installation of the Month competition.

The business is inviting its ‘valued installers’ to submit high-quality photographs that showcase their latest ECOSlide installations.

Entries will be judged on their craftsmanship, attention to detail, and overall visual appeal.




Leading industry PR and marketing agency, VAST PR, has appointed Kate Ashley-Norman as a director of the business to drive forward growth and expand the support and services the company can offer its client base.

Despite being early rivals when Kate ran her previous agency The Bath Plug & Tap Publicity Company, VAST founder Paul Godwin and Kate both approach PR and marketing from the same point of view – that a deep-seated knowledge of a company, its personalities, its driving forces and its values,


Collaboration Achieves Stunning Results


Midlands installer Maxiglaze achieved stunning results on a recent job that used R9 doors supplied by Stedek.

Tamworth-based Maxiglaze has won a reputation for friendly, no-pressure sales, expert advice and an uncompromising commitment to quality.

Combined with products from suppliers like Stedek, it’s allowed their business to thrive in recent years.


CDW Systems Introduces Innovative Technal Curtain Wall System To Range


Specialist aluminium fabricator CDW Systems has added Technal’s Tental curtain wall system to its product range.

The move marks a significant upgrade from the previously offered Technal Elegance 52 system, providing customers with a more advanced, high-end solution for their glazing needs.

CDW says the Tental curtain walling system is a high-performance, thermally-broken solution with slim sightlines and exceptional thermal performance...


Stuga’s Gareth Green Joins The PiGs Kilimanjaro Team


Gareth Green, technical director at UK machinery company Stuga Machinery has signed up for the PiGs Charity of the Year Challenge to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for Kelly’s Heroes.

With not long to go until the team leaves on 12 September 2024, Gareth is the fourteenth person from the glazing industry and joins a committed team of climbers. He’s no newcomer to the industry, he worked alongside his father who first set up Stuga in 1986 – in fact Gareth is the ‘ga’ in Stuga, with his brother Stuart making up the first three letters.


SafeGuard Glass And Glazing Goes Posh, Announcing Two-Year Sponsorship Deal With Peterborough United FC


SafeGuard Glass and Glazing is match-fit for the season ahead, scoring a two-year sponsorship deal and becoming an Official Club Partner at Peterborough United FC.

The glazing business, based in Peterborough is known nationally as a manufacturer of high-performance insulated glass units for use in windows, doors and rooflights. The company also has a growing installations division, SGi, offering a full range of glazing services to both domestic and commercial clients alongside dealing with main contractors.


Trade News

Thermoseal Group Sold To Fenzi In Landmark Deal

Thermoseal Group has been acquired by Fenzi Group Spa (Fenzi), a Milan-based chemical company specialising in glass processing solutions, in a deal that marks a significant milestone for both companies, and promises to open up new opportunities for customers of both companies.


The Business Pilot Barometer

By Neil Cooper-Smith, Senior Analyst, Business Pilot

This month’s Business Pilot Barometer was published just days before a General Election, which puts it in a unique position: we have never seen how such an event affects window retail trading figures.


Window Supply Company Welcomes Sir Keir Starmer To HQ

Window Supply Company (WSC) was pleased to welcome Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer, Leader of the Scottish Labour Party Mr Anas Sarwar, and Labour Party candidate for Bathgate and Linlithgow Kirsteen Sullivan to HQ.


Trade News

Driving Change Towards a Greener Future

DoorCo is advancing efficiency, health, and safety in their manufacturing facility through its new partnership with Jungheinrich, a renowned industrial truck manufacturer. This collaboration represents DoorCo’s commitment to operational performance through the adoption of electric forklifts.


Reynaers Is Officially ‘A’ Good Place To Work

Reynaers Aluminium has been rated ‘A’ good place to work following a staff survey.

The report, part of the company’s ‘Together for Better’ strategy to support employee satisfaction, saw the UK company gain its highest levels of validation for workplace practices


Product News

ERA Launches New ERA Protect Smart Universal Handle

ERA, a leading UK manufacturer of fenestration and home security solutions, has launched its new ERA Protect Smart Universal Handle, offering a smart security solution for lift-to-lock multi-point locks, commonly found on PVCu or composite doors.



Deceuninck Appoints Darren Woodcock as General Manager

Darren Woodcock has been appointed as the new general manager of Deceuninck’s UK operation.

Heading up the business with immediate effect [1/7/24] he picks up the reigns from Rob McGlennon,


Strand Hardware Appoints New Finance Manager

Working for Strand Hardware truly adds up for Moninder Shergill who recently joined the company  as its new finance manager.

Moninder will manage the daily bookkeeping operations for Strand, complete essential monthly tasks such as payroll and the preparation of management accounts,



Growing In Tandem

Windowplus are celebrating their 40th year of continuous trading as a family business. We talk to manager John Tierney about how partnering with aluplast has aided their longevity and success.

Windowplus is a manufacturer of quality PVC-U windows and doors,


Could Poor Customer Service Cost You Your Business?

What does good customer service look like, and why is it important? Business leaders from across the glass and glazing industry came together for a joint Business Pilot and VBH-hosted roundtable discussion to find out. We report.



Interactive 3D House Is Centrepiece Of New Website By Saint-Gobain Glass

An interactive 3D render of a stunning home is the centrepiece of a new website launched by Saint-Gobain Glass. The new website www.saint-gobain-glass.co.uk combines the existing Tech Hub, Glassolutions and Saint-Gobain Glass websites into one seamless, user-friendly experience.



Stellar Aluminium Chosen For High-End Barn Conversions

Stellar Aluminium windows and doors from Epwin Window Systems were selected for the high-end conversion of two barns in High Roding in Essex. The products were precision-manufactured by Prestige Aluminium Essex Ltd and meticulously installed by local installer V. Fullalove Installations Ltd.Stellar Aluminium was selected for the project by the developer...


Edgetech Technology Takes Centre Stage At Cutting-Edge Berkeley Campus

Edgetech spacer technology has helped create a functional and high-performance façade at Berkeley City College’s new Milvia Street Campus,

Architects at Ratcliff sought to create a welcoming and open environment, maximising natural daylight for energy efficiency.



CPD Architects’ Seminar Facilitates Airtightness In Construction Understanding

Architects can take advantage of a CPD initiative from tape sealant specialist ISO Chemie, which explains airtightness in construction sealing joints and the options for its improvement.

The seminar, which has been designed to advance architectural knowledge and facilitate...


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