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9th May 2024
 


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Sternfenster Invests In New High-Speed Glass Line

 

Sternfenster has installed its new Forel high-speed automatic glass line, promising increased output, greater accuracy, and will future-proof the trade fabricator for an expected increase in demand for triple glazing, according to the company.

“It’s a very clever piece of machinery,” Einars Kalva, glass production manager, said. “It constantly monitors the glass production, and it will tell you immediately if the glass is the wrong size, or if you have put the glass coating the wrong way round.

 
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The Business Pilot Barometer

 

Are the brakes being applied?

Neil Cooper-Smith, Senior Analyst, Business Pilot:

The figures for April support what most people are experiencing: volume is down. But they also give an indication of what is to come, which isn’t negative – if you are prepared.

At a headline level, average sales are down 10.1% in April, when compared to March 2024, to 55.8, and average leads are down 2.1% to 115.9.

This fall in volume affects those businesses that are geared predominantly to service that part of the market,

 
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Open Up A World Of Possibilities With Quick-Glide

 

Quickslide’s Quick-Glide is a revolutionary new slim stack and slide door system that has more glass, less frame and can be slid to open however you want, explains managing director Ben Weber

Quickslide’s newest door offering, aptly named Quick Glide, has been creatively designed to offer homeowners a fully flexible slide and stack door with a multitude of possible configurations. This flexibility is created by multiple independently sliding panels which can be configured to suit any preference or stacked entirely to create a full span, unobstructed opening. What’s more its slim sightlines – more glass,

 
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Sliding Venetian Integral Blinds Offer Magnetic Appeal

 

Ease of installation and popularity with homeowners due to a simple, reliable and cordless operating mechanism mean the SV & SV+ integral blind systems continue to account for the majority of Uni-Blinds sales.  These two Venetian integral blind systems, which are both operated using a patented magnetic slider positioned to the side of the window, accounted for around 80% of all Uni-Blinds sales in 2023 according to data from Morley Glass.

Both manufactured using ScreenLine integral blind systems from Italian company Pellini S.p.A., these systems have always offered the easiest installation of the five control systems available from Morley Glass,

 
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Elevate Care Home Security with SmartSecure Solutions, Says Carl F Groupco

 

Hardware specialist Carl F Groupco is highlighting the practical advantages of its SmartSecure solutions, especially its suitability for care home and assisted living installations. With a focus on safety and convenience, the electromechanical door locking systems offer the  security solutions needed for these specialised environments, according to the company.

John Mitchell, technical manager at Carl F Groupco, said: “Our SmartSecure range brings huge value to care home providers, retirement villages, assisted living environments and more. The products provide the practical functionality that’s vital in these settings, and it’s clear that the market understands this.

 
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Permadoor Launches New Brand Identity

 

Permadoor, manufacturers of fire and security composite doors, has just launched its new brand identity.

Steve Jones, managing director of Permadoor, said: “Our new branding gives us a fresh new look and reinforces our status as a name you can trust.”

The new branding is part of a wider investment strategy designed to support Permadoor’s position as one of the UK’s biggest suppliers of composite doors to the social housing and New Build markets.

 
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Capitalising on the Climate

 

With summer around the corner, many homeowners’ attentions are turning to their garden, which opens up a big market for balustrading, according to Paul Miller, national sales manager at Bohle. 

Diversifying their offering is key to installer’s success in difficult sales climates, believes Bohle’s national sales manager, Paul Miller, as traditional window businesses explore ways that they can extend their market reach.

“At Bohle, we pride ourselves on the choice that we provide installers that offers them new, profitable opportunities,

 
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Sheerline Maintains High Levels Of Customer Satisfaction

 

Sheerline has revealed how vertical integration, internal communications, and a focus on providing an agile service have enabled it to achieve an OTIF (on time, in full) of 99.1% in February, followed by 99% in March – helping maintain high levels of customer satisfaction.

While benchmarking OTIF to assess performance is not uncommon for manufacturers, Sheerline tracks a particularly harsh standard, monitoring at full order level, not by item.

This means that if a single item is missing from any order (that may contain dozens of items), the full order counts against the overall OTIF score.

 
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Kenrick Extends Its Trickle Vent Range

 

Hardware manufacturer and supplier Kenrick has added the new EasyVent Plus range to its trickle vent options.

Andy Meakin, sales and marketing manager at Kenrick, said: “The EasyVent Plus offers fabricators and installers a solution that not only ensures they meet the regulations but also provides features and capabilities that genuinely enhance the window.”

He continued: “EasyVent has long been a favourite of social sector window replacement programmes because it provides effective ventilation while reducing mould and condensation.

 
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Cornwall Group Toughens Up To Be Match Fit

 

Cornwall Group is on target to invest £2 million in Forward Glass by the end of June, including a new toughening plant, which reflects the group’s determination to be ‘match fit’ for when the economy is expected to pick up by the start of 2025.

Cornwall Group acquired Birmingham-based Forward Glass in December 2023, including the 100,000ft2 site it occupies. The company employs more than 90 people, and supplies single toughened, processed glass and stock to the trade. 

“Forward Glass already has three tougheners, but they are approaching retirement,” Cornwall Group’s chair Mark Mitchell said.

 
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Tradeglaze Invests in Future Growth with New Emmegi Cutting Machine

 

Tradeglaze has taken delivery of a new cutting machine for its Aluminium factory.

Following an investment of over £500,000 in machinery over the last year, the new Emmegi Precision TS2 double mitre saw is part of the company’s long-term sustainable growth plan.

Tradeglaze group managing director Jeremy Wetherall says, “This investment signals our commitment to providing our customers with the highest quality Aluminium products.

 
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From Enquiry To Installation

 

Effective customer service can help you secure business for the long term, and the right software choice can help you achieve it, according to Cyncly’s Sales Manager Greg Beachim.

It’s a cliché, but a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. And in a manufacturing environment, efficiency is constrained by bottlenecks.

Typically, we think of those bottlenecks as being a slow cutting and machining centre, or not enough people assembling the windows, or even an inefficient dispatch department. But in reality it is any point along the enquiry-to-installation journey.

 
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Trio Of Senior Products Used In New Nottingham Residential Scheme

 

Three is the magic number for Senior Architectural Systems as solutions from the manufacturer’s range of aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling help complete The Barnum – a new residential development on Nottingham’s Queen’s Road.

Designed by Franklin Ellis Architects, and built by main contractor Graham Construction, the new nine storey building has been developed by Blockworks, a joint venture between Bloc Group and Network Rail. The project, which is one of the largest recent developments in the city, has been built on what was a vacant site next to Nottingham’s railway station, helping to regenerate the wider area and provide a boost to the local rental market.

 
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A Guide on How to Transform A Website Into a One-Stop Shop

 

As installers navigate the digital landscape, the significance of a strong online presence cannot be emphasised enough. For installers, creating one-stop shop websites can not only boost their brands but also drive business growth.   The Residence Collection uses its website to display recent installations and offer all the information homeowners, installers, and fabricators require. They also provide expert advice to help boost business growth in the long run by creating key lead generation for all Residence Collection installers and fabricators, according to the company.

Jo Trotman, marketing manager at The Residence Collection and Window Widgets has provided a comprehensive guide on how installers can transform their website into a one-stop shop:

 
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Back To School For Fentrade

 

Fentrade has recently manufactured and supplied 55 casement windows for Llanidloes High School in Powys as part of the school’s refurbishment programme. Working alongside trade customer Window-Tec based in Builth Wells, Fentrade has helped to upgrade the school with high-quality, energy-efficient aluminium windows.

The school’s original windows were single-glazed and in a poor state of repair. The single glazing meant poor thermal performance which contributed to higher energy bills and excessive carbon emissions. Similarly, the original windows had limited ventilation which negatively impacted the learning environment.  

 
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Trade News

Made For Trade Secures King’s Award for Innovation 2024

Made For Trade has been honoured with the King’s Award for Innovation 2024. This, says the company, shines a spotlight on its ‘revolutionary’ Korniche Roof Lantern. 

Established in 1965, The King’s Award for Enterprise is the UK’s...

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Road To Success – AT Precision Invests In New Truck

With a commitment to improving every area of the business, aluminium supplier AT Precision has made a significant investment in a brand new commercial truck.

The Durham-based company, that’s been specialising in the manufacture of aluminium bi-fold hardware since 2020,

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ReSolve Agrees Contract with Anglian Home Improvements to Fulfil Everest 2020 Ltd Customer Orders

Cameron Gunn, Chris Farrington and Lee Manning, Partners at ReSolve, were appointed as joint administrators of Everest 2020 Limited (“Everest” or the “Company”) on 24 April 2024.

Following a previous sale out of administration which took place in 2020 and despite significant investment,

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ADSA Launches New Podcast

It’s good to talk! So says the Automatic Door Suppliers Association which has just launched its own podcast – Tech Talk.

The series will feature conversations on topical issues facing the industry and interviews with those who work in it.

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Product News

ODL Europe Further Extends Its Contemporary Door Offer

ODL Europe has extended its door offer with the introduction of two new contemporary door designs. Both the new Moderne Benton and the Moderne Wellington offer sleek modern aesthetics and flush door detailing, tapping into the growing trend for contemporary minimalism.

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Why Composites Could Be The Future Of PVC-U Panel Doors

Composite doors and PVC-U panel doors are often seen as competitors for the same space, but Mark Atkinson, sales director at Hurst, argues they can work together. We talk to him to find out more.

GRP composite doors – in all their forms – have revolutionised the entrance door market...

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People

Raft Of New Hires And Promotions At Precision Manufacturer Cube Glass

Precision manufacturer Cube Glass has made a series of new hirings and promotions as it continues a sustained period of growth.

The Cumbernauld-based company, which manufactures and installs aluminium doors and windows,

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Senior Appointment For Warmcore

Mark Frain has joined profine UK as national business development manager for WarmCore as interest in the unique hybrid window and door systems continues to rise. 

Profine says WarmCore is much more than just a next generation bifold door,

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Machinery

Emplas Builds Capacity With Two New Cutting And Machining Centres

Emplas has continued its multi-million-pound investment in its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility with the addition of two new Stuga ZX5 automated sawing and machining centres.

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Software

Droylsden Glass Streamline Sales With Windowlink’s Focus And Vector

Windowlink software is helping Droylsden Glass, impress potential customers and win new business.  The company uses Windowlink’s Focus and Vector software to enhance their sales process and customer experience, says the company.

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Training & Development

GGF Raises The Bar For H&S With Industry First IOSH Approved Training Course

The Glass and Glazing Federation’s (GGF) Training Academy has underlined its commitment to improving health & safety (H&S) standards with the introduction of an industry specific training course that has been developed in collaboration with the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH).

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Staff Training Success Is A Big Win For Window Ware Sales And Customer Service Team

It was graduation day earlier this month at hardware provider, Window Ware, as its nine-strong internal sales and customer service team all passed their silver level product training program with flying colours!

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FIT Show

New from aluplast at FIT Show

New products, new markets, and new expectations. We talk to aluplast’s director of sales and marketing Ian Cocken about why the systems company is exhibiting at the FIT Show in 2025.

Aluplast has signed up to the FIT Show 2025 with a large 186m2 stand in a prominent position in Hall 8,

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Events

Momentum Shifts To Bristol For Second Pigs Networking Event Of The Year

The countdown is on to the second People in Glazing Society AKA PiGs networking event of the year in Bristol on Thursday 13 June 2024.

After a record-breaking attendance in March, where over 200 members of the glazing and fenestration sector descended on Birmingham...

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On Site

A Clearer Future: How Low Carbon Glazing Is Being Used To Build The Glass Industry’s Centre Of Excellence

When Glass Futures announced its new Centre of Excellence, it was crucial that the building was created to be an embodiment of the sustainable future glass industry it’s helping to build. The specification of low carbon glazing from Pilkington UK, part of the NSG Group, was central to this.

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Charity

Epwin Window Systems Duo Shines In London Marathon

On 21 April 2024, Epwin Window Systems’ commercial director Ray McGrady and customer service advisor Tony Lloyd took on the iconic London Marathon course to raise funds for charities close to their hearts.

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