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10th December 2019
 
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Recovinyl: UK Is Top Contributor To PVC Recycling Scheme

 

The UK is second in Europe (behind Germany) in collecting and recycling waste PVC with a total of 137,989 tonnes recycled here in 2018 across all PVC recycling formats. Of this total, PVC window profiles accounted for 73,703 tonnes, according to latest industry figures.

The UK’s sizeable effort represents around 19% of the 739,525 tonnes of waste PVC recycled throughout Europe in 2018 – a new record high. Across Europe, window profiles and related building products accounted for 44% of the total PVC recycled.

 
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POLYFRAME LAUNCHES MARKET LEADING VERTICAL SLIDER

 

Polyframe has upgraded its extensive portfolio of PVCu products with the introduction of the new Imagine Vertical Sliding Sash from VEKA. The move will bring new sales opportunities for Polyframe customers who want to make the most of the rising demand for vertical sliding sash windows.

Richard Lee, PVCu category director at Polyframe, explains: “Vertical Sliders now account for around 10% of the market, with share increasing year on year. We’re very pleased to add the VEKA

 
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A Stable End To The Year From Force 8

 

According to Force 8, the unique Smooth finish Tudor Stable Door from the company has been a runaway success. Launched at The FIT Show earlier this year, the composite door has proved very popular, particularly with property development companies. “Traditionally this style of door has a timber grain finish, but with all the demand for the smooth aluminium look-alike doors, it seemed the natural progression”, comments Dennis Sumner, managing director of Force 8.

Interest has accrued from developers looking for something more contemporary, rather than just the standard timber look stable door,

 
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Two Roof Glass Brands, Combined Technical Capabilites

 

Clayton Glass is a multi-award-winning business that has again been listed as one of the 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain in 2019. Its SMARTGLASS product has long been associated with outstanding quality and performance and now the recent acquisition of the Celsius Glass brand brings further product capability to customers.

From a technical perspective the customers of both Celsius and SMARTGLASS now have additional brand propositions and technical capabilities to promote to discerning consumers.

 
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VEKA Recycling Supports Future Sustainability With Factory Expansion

 

Eco conscious VEKA Recycling has increased its production space to 20,000 square feet following completion of a project to add a sizeable extension to their existing factory. Signed off in late December, the build contributes to an ongoing investment programme by the company which, to date, totals £6 million.

VEKA Recycling moved to Wellingborough, Northamptonshire from Kent at the end of 2018 with ambitions to grow and develop in-house capabilities.

 
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G-Awards Celebrate Another Landmark Year

 

More entries than ever …more guests than ever …the G19 Awards proved to be yet another landmark year in the event’s 16-year history, when the best of the best stepped forward to be applauded at the London Hilton on Park Lane on Friday (Nov 29).

There was extra cause to celebrate for Epwin Window Systems, whose new Stellar aluminium system won both the coveted New Product of the Year trophy as well as Promotional Campaign of the Year, and CMS Window Systems which came away with Sustainability

 
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Certass Helps Installers Super-Charge Their Business

 

What do you get from your competent persons scheme? That’s the question that Certass is posing to installers, to check that they are getting the best value for money from their provider.

Jason Clemmit, Managing Director at Certass explains: “Competent Persons Schemes (CPS) are something that every sensible installer has to have but that doesn’t mean CPS membership can’t offer added

 
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Profile 22’s Optima Windows Used In High Quality Retirement Housing Development

 

Profile 22’s Optima windows were specified in the development of 26 one- and two-bedroom apartments in a retirement development in Upper Norwood, London. Lewis House is a development from McCarthy & Stone, the UK’s leading retirement housebuilder, and included 97 windows and 26 door and sightlight combinations.

The project was undertaken by Profile 22 Approved Window Installer Newview Homes Ltd. The company is one of the largest installation

 
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Ensure Part M Compliance As Standard With FX15

 

According to MI Products, It’s easy for installers to offer low thresholds as standard with FX15.

The hardware specialist has designed and developed the FX15 low door threshold to successfully comply with Part M of Building Regulations and meet the demands for easy access in and out of properties.

 
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One Of The First FENSA Assessors, Peter Claxton, Retires After 17 Years

 

Long-standing FENSA assessor Peter Claxton retired at the end of November, GGF Group has announced. Peter joined RISA in 2016 when it became the sole provider of inspection services for FENSA, the Fenestration Self-Assessment Scheme, having previously worked for BBA and D&H since the introduction of the government-authorised competent person scheme in 2002.

 
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The Sash Window Expert Ltd Wins FENSA Installation Of The Year

 

The 2019 FENSA Installation of the Year has been awarded to The Sash Window Expert Ltd. The winning installation was chosen from over 560,000 jobs, and presented at the G-Awards on 29th November.

“This is the third year we’ve run the Installation of the Year award and the standard of the work of all the finalists was incredible,” said Chris Beedel, FENSA’s Director of Membership.

 
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Installation At Slimming World HQ Wins At Major Awards Programme

 

Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, part of the NSG Group, has won Commercial Project of the Year in the G19 Awards with its installation at Slimming Word’s HQ.

Collecting the accolade for the second year running, the glass manufacturer was recognised at an awards dinner attended by more than 700 glass and glazing industry leaders.

 
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Moat Team Gets Hands On At The Window Company (Contracts)

 

Award winning commercial installer The Window Company (Contracts) proudly boasts that it has the best trained workforce in the industry, with a comprehensive individual training plan in place for every member of its team.

So determined is it to set the very highest installation standards in the industry that it has put together a CPD for clients to help them get

 
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Dear Gerald

 

As a supplier of widow restrictors, I always check out what’s been installed wherever I am. So you can imagine my shock when I stayed in a hotel run by a large hotel group in Torquay over the summer to see a standard plug chain, washer and screw fitted as a window restrictor instead of a restrictor that’s been designed for the purpose of limiting the opening of windows. Next to the makeshift restrictors, there was also a sign from the hotel’s maintenance team saying:

 
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Carl F Groupco’s IT Manager Runs For Rosie

 

Steve Lamb, IT Manager for Carl F Groupco, has completed his first competitive half marathon, raising funds for the Kettering Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) who cared for his daughter Rosie.

Just eighteen months after taking up running as a hobby, he has succeeded in finishing the ‘Run Silverstone’ half marathon, which he completed in a personal best time of just under two hours.

 
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Carl F Groupco: A Progressive Path In Testing Times

Against a backdrop of challenging market conditions, Carl F Groupco reports high spec hardware sales growth for 2019. Despite the industry and country-wide uncertainty that has underpinned the year, the distributor has experienced expansion in the aluminium window and door sector,

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CWG’S Five-Year Commitment To Kommerling

CWG Choices, one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of PVCu windows and doors, has just signed an exclusive five-year deal with profine UK, for the supply of a wide range of KÖMMERLING window and door systems.

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HWL Launches PAS24 As Standard Across Its PVC-U Patio Range

HWL Trade Frames has launched PAS24 as standard across its inline sliding PVC-U patio door range.

Manufactured in Kömmerling’s PremiLine PRO system, the new offer

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Product News

Introducing Portium From Aperture

As the ever-more discerning consumer continues to demand more from their doors, the Aperture Group is stepping up to the mark with the launch of Portium, a premium 68mm timber door, engineered for added

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Masterframe Brings Traditional Style To New Build Market

Traditional style never goes out of fashion and that’s why Masterframe has seen a boom in new-build developments specifying Heritage Collection sliding sash windows.

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People

GGF Managing Director Bows Out After 30 Years Service

After over 30 years of service, Steve Rice, Managing Director of the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) will retire at the end of February 2020.

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Fond Farewell To Dorothy

Barnsley based Rehau trade fabricator Euroglaze is losing one of its most familiar faces – and voices – this month when Dorothy Pettit, the company’s credit controller, retires after 30 years with the business.

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Machinery

Smart Thinking: BDC Aluminium Becomes The First In The UK To Invests In ‘Revolutionary’ 4-Head Crimper From FOM

BDC Aluminium has become the first fabricator in the UK to invest in a revolutionary new 4-head Ever Theta frame crimping machine from FOM.

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Internet

Installer Makes The Right Choice With Customade Digital Package

An installer is reaping the benefits of Customade Group’s new digital marketing package, having generated dozens of qualified customer leads and achieved an astonishing return on investment of 1420%.

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Training & Development

Bohle Industrial Glass Cutting Masterclass

Bohle has hosted an industrial glass cutting master class as part of its campaign to support industry up-skilling.

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Seventeen Year Old Carly O’Hagan From Cardenden Finds Job Of Her Dreams

Seventeen year old Carly O’Hagan from Cardenden has landed the job of her dreams with Leonardo, one of the UK’s leading aerospace companies.

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Awards

Founder Of MRA Marketing Honoured At Builders’ Merchants Awards

Mike Rigby, founder of full service marketing agency MRA Marketing, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the recent Builders’ Merchants Awards. With more than 40 years’ experience in

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CMS Window Systems Wins G19 Awards Double

GM Fundraising, which raises money for Hope House Children’s Hospices has just announced the appointment of Team 4 Marketing as its new PR partner.

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Events

Fabricators Welcomed To Live Timberweld® Demo!

Total Machinery Solutions Limited (TMS) and the Masterframe Group recently hosted two open days to allow fabricators to see a live demonstration of the Timberweld® method of welding flush sashes.

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Buzzing Birmingham Bash Wraps Up Year Of The PiGs

2019 is the year of the pig and that has certainly proven to be the case for the industry’s top networking event, as another hugely successful calendar concluded with the

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