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9th November 2021
 


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The Business Pilot Barometer

 

The Business Pilot Barometer offers a monthly analysis of the key trends defining window and door retail. It draws on real industry data collated by Business Pilot, the cloud-based business management tool.

According to the latest Government statistics, the provisional seasonally adjusted estimate of UK residential transactions in September 2021 was 160,950, 68.4% higher than September 2020 and 67.5% higher than August 2021.

It’s attributable to the rush to take advantage of the Stamp Duty holiday, which closed on the 30th of September, and something which we would now expect to see filtering into increased demand for windows and doors. People move, they invest in improvements – usually within the first few months of being in.

 
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Increase In Fabricator Start-Ups Predicted

 

Andrew Scott, industry consultant and CEO of Insight Data, predicts an increase in fabricator start-ups as capacity problems plague existing fabricators.

His prediction follows data revealed at the recent Glazing Summit conference, where he highlighted a decline in PVC-U fabricators – from 1,860 manufacturers ten years ago to 1,195 today.

“In the last few of years, we’ve seen the number of PVC-U fabricators dwindle. Some have pulled out of fabrication to focus on installation, others, such as Sash UK and Indigo Products have collapsed.”

 
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VBH And Garnalex Collaborate On Bi-Fold Door

 

Hardware specialist VBH has announced that it has been working with aluminium systems house Garnalex to develop the hardware solution for the new Sheerline bi-fold door.

The new bi-fold allows up to a seven pane configuration, the choice of fitting it as an outward or inward opening door, and offers four different threshold combinations.

With doors measuring up to 6.5m wide x 2.6m high and possibly triple glazed, Garnalex’s choice of hardware had to be sufficiently strong and hard wearing to cope with large, heavy sashes.

VBH’s greenteQ design team worked closely with their counterparts at Garnalex, with the result being the greenteQ Clearspan hardware system for Sheerline with a weight capacity of 120Kg per sash.

 
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ARCDesign: Augmented Reality For Conservatories

 

Tech start-up Augmented Reality Creations (ARC) has launched a ground-breaking technological innovation that’s already set to be a game changer for the conservatory market.

Using state-of-the-art augmented reality technology, ARCDesign is a web-based conservatory designer and visualisation tool that sees installers give control to their customers via their website, allowing their hard-earned web traffic to design, visualise and explore their dream conservatory.

With ARCDesign, potential customers can design their dream conservatory, choosing their preferred style, shape, and materials, as well as doors, windows, roof, and any other decorative extras.

 
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Sheerline Hits TV Screens

 

Sheerline’s innovative aluminium window and door system is appearing in a popular home improvement TV programme.

The newest episode of George Clarke’s Old House, New Home features homeowner Leighla Davenport and her Grade II listed home, Callowell House, nestled in Stroud’s idyllic countryside.

The refurbishment project saw the construction of a modern extension that was integrated in a meaningful way with the rest of the property. Sheerline, with its slim sightlines and perfectly mitred corners, was a sympathetic enhancement to the original building.

 
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Edgetech Helps Homeowners Find Energy Saving Glazing With New Lead-Gen Website

 

Edgetech has launched a consumer-facing lead-generation website, the latest result of the company’s long-standing commitment to investing to support its customers.

The Energy Saving Glazing site seeks to educate consumers about energy efficiency, warm-edge spacer bar technology, and how it can help them cut both their electricity bills and carbon footprints.

In an unprecedented step for a UK spacer manufacturer, the site will then help visitors find nearby window installers whose products incorporate Edgetech spacer technology.

In doing so, the company will support the IGU manufacturers it directly serves, their fabricator customers, and the installers who buy from those fabricators.

 
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One In 10 Construction Workers In The South West Admit To Poor Mental Health

 

Constructing Excellence South West (CESW), a member led organisation designed to drive change in construction, has explored the current state of construction worker’s overall wellbeing for the first time.

CESW partnered with Red Dot 365 and found 10% of construction workers rate their mental and personal wellbeing as poor. This is two and a half times more than the national average (3.5%) which highlights how mental health is a huge challenge in the sector.

The study also uncovered that stress is a big concern as almost two thirds (62%) of workers admitted to feeling stressed and 57% shared they were looking to find a way to feel less stressed day-to-day.

 
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UAP Scores High For Customer Service Excellence

 

UAP the specialist in locks and hardware for doors and windows, has been scored as excellent or very good by 85% of customers in its latest customer satisfaction survey, across multiple criteria including quality and accuracy of order fulfilment.

Carried out annually, the customer survey is just one of the tools that UAP uses for customer engagement, and it plays a pivotal role in the company’s growth strategy. The survey enables the business to build feedback into its continuous improvement programme, highlighting areas for investment and allowing the leadership team to review the success of previous initiatives.

“The customer experience is very important to us and guides product development, operational excellence and service delivery,” says Mandy Ferguson, customer experience manager at UAP, “so we’re delighted by these scores.

 
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Modplan Reports Significant Growth In Patio Door Sales 

 

Trade fabricator Modplan has reported considerable growth in its patio door sales. Heidi Sachs, managing director of Modplan, commented: “Our customers tell us that retail sales of patio doors remain very strong at the moment as homeowners look to upgrade and improve their spaces. The quality, turnaround and versatility of our sliding door offer ticks all the boxes for our customers.”

Modplan manufactures the Veka PVC-U patio door system and its versatility is a strong selling point. The system is available in two, three and four pane options. The maximum size for a four-pane door is 5,400mm x 2,200mm, which delivers the huge expanse of glass that is so popular with homeowners.

The doors are available in sculptured or chamfered options and are compatible with all Modplan’s Veka manufactured products.

 
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Howells Supplies Patent Glazing As Part Of £38 Million Foss Barrier Upgrade

 

In December 2015 severe floods hit the City of York.  Flood waters rose to the highest recorded on the River Foss.  Water entered the main control building of the Foss Barrier putting it out of action.  Within three months work had begun on a multi-million-pound improvement scheme, upgrading the Foss Barrier to achieve better flood protection for homes and businesses.

The Environment Agency appointed JBA Bentley – an integrated design and build contractor combining national contractor JN Bentley with environmental engineering specialist Jeremy Benn Associates – as main contractor, and CH2M (now Jacobs) as designer for the upgrade.

 
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Jobs Vacancies

Site Support Engineer

Ultraframe is a leading supplier of offsite manufactured construction products based in Clitheroe.

Excellent technical support is a key part of our offering and we are looking to recruit a Site Support Engineer to assist with the ongoing training & development of customers on our extensive product range.

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Trade News
 

Part L Round Table – Available To Download Now

AluK’s Part L Round Table, held at its London Design Studio on 5 October, was the latest in a series of initiatives by the aluminium systems company to try to increase awareness of the changes on their way to the Building Regs.

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Distinction Doors Receives Council Recognition For Investment

Distinction Doors has welcomed Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture to its Tankersley site in Barnsley in recognition of its ability to embrace automation to increase business productivity.

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Trade News

DoorCo Reveals Brand Evolution

DoorCo MD Dan Sullivan unveils the brand evolution the company has recently undergone: “Over the last decade DoorCo has grown to become a serious player in the UK composite door market. When a company goes through such exponential growth, you would expect it look different.

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“We’ve Never Been Let Down”: Why Building Product Solutions Work With Edgetech

A leading South Yorkshire IGU manufacturer has begun buying from warm-edge pioneers Edgetech – motivated in part by the company’s intuitive new e-commerce platform.
Founded in 2009 amid a deep recession, Rotherham’s Building Product Solutions overcame the economic crisis to become a highly respected presence in the IG sector,

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Securing The Supply Chain

With the boom in replacement door and window sales across the industry, it has never been more important to work with companies who can offer a robust and secure supply chain. This is the view of Chris Pell, general manager at Total Hardware, who commented:

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Fentrade Reflects On Reasons For Growth 

It’s been an impressive year of growth for aluminium trade fabricator Fentrade. Overall, turnover is up 40% year-on-year, with several areas of the business seeing triple figure growth. Chris Reeks, Director of Fentrade, commented: “We are delighted to be seeing this growth, which is partly due to existing customers placing bigger order volumes with us and new customers joining us.”

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Online Magazine


People

Made For Trade Further Expansion Leads To Commercial Director Acquisition

Made for Trade are looking forward to big steps forward in 2022 as they continue to build on the success of the multi award winning Korniche Lantern with the ramping up in production of their new Korniche Aluminium Bifolding Doors.

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Gowercroft Managing Director Is Appointed Vice President Of The British Woodworking Federation

Andrew Madge, Managing Director of high-end timber window and door manufacturer, Gowercroft Joinery, has been appointed Vice President and Honorary Treasurer of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF).

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Software

Evonet Helps Ramage Windows Increase Output Efficiently

When lead times on PVC-U frames were at their peak in 2020, one of the responses from fabricators who were buying in even a portion of their output was to increase their own manufacturing volumes.
For Newcastle upon Tyne based Ramage Trade Windows, which doubled its output from 130 to 270 windows per week during the pandemic,

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Awards

Aluk Joins The G-21 Sponsors Line-Up

AluK has become the latest big industry name to give its backing to this year’s G-Awards, joining the list of main event sponsors ahead of the big night on 26 November.
Marketing Director Sioned Roberts says that, since face to face industry events restarted in September,

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