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10th January 2019
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Panoramic Group Acquires Sealed-Unit Double-Glazing Operations Of Epwin Group PLC

The Panoramic Group is delighted to announce the acquisition of the sealed-unit double-glazing operations of Epwin Group Plc, based in Northampton.

The plant produces over 600,000 sealed units per year for a wide range of customers including the new build and refurbishment sectors.

Alan Rees, Chairman of the Panoramic Group said: “I am delighted to be adding the sealed unit plant to our group, this will create synergistic opportunities and support our planned growth across all our product range”

Panoramic Group were advised on the transaction by 7 Legal and Finance for whom Chris Sellars said: “Alan has exciting plans for growth and we are sure that this is a great strategic acquisition to support those plans”.


Carl F Groupco Storage Investment Supports Brexit Initiative


As part of Carl F Groupco’s Brexit planning, the hardware supplier has expanded its storage facilities to house increased stock. Additional eight metre high racking installed at the company’s UK warehouse in Peterborough represents an investment of £30,000. The customised racking has been designed to accommodate two metre long double pallets, which will house multipoint door locks in over 250 locations plus tilt and turn hardware in over 140 Euro pallet locations.

Carl F Groupco is also committed to a further £1milllion investment for stock provision as part of its Brexit strategy to maintain its high service levels and On Time In Full delivery commitment.



New REHAU HR Director Wants Everyone To Be ‘Part Of The Family’


REHAU has welcomed an important new team member to its UK head office in Ross-on-Wye with the arrival of Sergio Fonseca as HR Director for the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia.

Although new to REHAU UK, Sergio has been with the global business for 16 years and was previously based in his home country of Brazil, where he was responsible for the HR function in the REHAU South American businesses.

His arrival highlights the truly global nature of REHAU and as a Doctor of Business Administration, the skills that Sergio has developed make him the ideal person to deliver HR programmes and principles


DGS-Rapierstar Offer ‘Full System’ Hardware Peace Of Mind As Brexit Looms


Hardware manufacturer and supplier DGS Group Plc and fastener specialist Rapierstar have combined their distribution expertise to provide real supply chain depth, helping window and door fabricators maintain production as Brexit trade deal uncertainty looms.

DGS can provide supply assurances thanks to a long-term strategy of building deep stocks of up to six months for all their window and door hardware, including all the essential fasteners from supply chain partner Rapierstar.


Senior Achieves BES 6001 Accreditation


Senior Architectural Systems, one of the UK’s largest privately owned fenestration systems company, has been recognised for its commitment to the responsible and sustainable sourcing of its aluminium extrusions with an accreditation to BRE Global’s BES 6001 standard.

Established by BRE Global, the independent internationally-renowned certification body, the BES 6001 Framework Standard for Responsible Sourcing aims to make it easier for specifiers to choose building


Optima Windows And Doors From Profile 22 Help Transform Two Walsall Tower Blocks


Profile 22’s award winning Optima casement and tilt and turn windows, along with matching PVC-U doors, were specified in the refurbishment of two tower blocks in Walsall, West Midlands.

whg, owners and managers of the Little London and Wood House tower blocks, specified Profile 22’s Optima suite for the installation of 960 new external windows and 130 balcony doors.

The installation contractor for the project was M Howells (Services) Limited.


Window Ware Adds Aluminium Louvres From Specialists RW Simon


Demonstrating their commitment to offering fabricators everything they need, award-winning hardware distributors Window Ware has strengthened their aluminium range with the launch of Duco louvre vents from air management specialists RW Simon.

Designed for a wide variety of non-domestic applications, the Duco louvre range delivers intensive ventilation with unique stackable ‘Z’ shaped blades that guarantee strength, durability and dependable burglar resistance. Available with a wide array of blade and frame options, the new range is equally at home as part of a window system


ERC Testing Welcomes Brian Southworth

ERC Testing, the Leigh based test house providing testing services to companies within the flat glass, window and door industries, is delighted to welcome Brian Southworth to the team. Brian brings with him a wealth of knowledge, after almost 40 years’ experience in the fenestration industry.

Joining the team on a part time basis, Brian explains: “I had recently retired from my Trade Counter Manager role at Nova Group and although playing golf was keeping me busy, I soon realised I needed


Innovative Council Funding Initiative Helps Homeowners Access New Windows And Doors


Award winning commercial window installer, The Window Company (Contracts) has joined forces with Basildon Borough Council in an innovative scheme aimed at giving private homeowners the chance to upgrade their homes to match council owned properties being refurbished around them.

Together, they are offering homeowners access to the same windows and doors being installed as part of the council’s ongoing replacement programme, at the same low unit price and with low interest finance


UAP Strengthens Management Team

UAP Limited has made several key appointments to broaden its management team. Significant investment from asset manager, Maven Capital Partners, has enabled the hardware specialist to attract high-level individuals from the fenestration industry and beyond.

Former managing director of Wickes, David Pearson joins UAP as chairman. Tim Fairly, formerly managing director of Performance Doorset Solutions takes on the role of group commercial director;


Louvre System For Coventry Uni Student Accommodation


IKON Aluminium Systems has supplied its IKL505 aluminium barrier louvre system for student accommodation at Coventry University. The IKL505 60mm elliptical blade barrier louvres were installed in 280 apertures across The Cycle Works, a purpose-built hall comprising single ensuite bedrooms and studio bedrooms, arranged in flats of 5-12 residents. The Raglan Street hall of residence was developed by Sir Robert McAlpine on behalf of the University.

With around 350 bedrooms and 500 windows, it was important that the product specification and build balanced natural light and ventilation,


Massive Year Sees SupaLite Crown Stafford UPVC Windows As Fabricator Of The Year


SupaLite, the respected manufacturer behind the popular SupaLite tiled roof system has revealed their SupaLite Fabricator of the Year 2018 as Stafford UPVC Windows, following a momentous 12 months for the business.

Announced at SupaLite’s third annual Fabricator Conference, the award recognises the Staffordshire-firm’s incredible performance, both in sales and in their commitment to championing the SupaLite brand.


Fenster’s Fab Installer Support


Fenster Fabrications has boosted its support package, to help installers take the next step for their business with a unique range of sales literature.

Showcasing the full range of Fenster Architectural aluminium products, the brochure features photography from some of the most impressive aluminium installations in the South West. It is available for installers to completely personalise with contact details and branding to use as their own.


CMS Helps Fife Charity To Deliver Christmas Happiness For Hundreds Of Families


Staff from CMS Window Systems joined forces with volunteers from across Fife to provide much-needed food, children’s clothing, toys and gifts to around 1100 hard-pressed families in the annual Christmas delivery day organised by independent charity, the Cottage Family Centre.

Based in Kirkcaldy, the Cottage Family Centre helps families and children in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Fife. Its work supports people who are vulnerable to social exclusion as a result




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Trade News

Growth Of Maintenance Division Signals Positive Year For Dortech

A brave decision made during the toughest economic conditions of the past decade, has proven a game-changer for a commercial glazing specialist.

That’s the bold statement made by James Sutherland, managing director of Yorkshire-headquartered Dortech


Freefoam Sales Up In 2018D

Leading roofline, rainwater and cladding manufacturer Freefoam reports a strong increase in year-on-year sales. The company says its impressive performance is down to an innovative product range and a policy of working closely with customers to help them grow.


VEKA Recycling Begins Production At New Wellingborough HQ

VEKA Recycling Ltd, the UK’s leading recycler of PVC-U post consumer window profiles, has begun full production at the company’s brand new headquarters site in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire.


Polar Windows Enjoying Success With Optima Flush Casement Window

Domestic and commercial fabricator and installer Polar Windows added the Optima Flush Casement Window from Profile 22 to its portfolio a year ago. Managing Director of Polar Windows, Alan Crowe, says it was a wise decision: “We’ve seen a 30% growth in requests for the Optima


Product News

New Range Of Friction Stays From Kenrick

Kenrick has strengthened its range of market-leading hardware solutions with the launch of a comprehensive suite of friction stays.

Designed to combine optimum weather-sealing, security and operational performance,


Nxt-Gen Doors Now Available From Framexpress

Framexpress has added the full range of Nxt-Gen Composite Doors to its range. The addition gives installers even more design options and performance benefits to offer to homeowners.

Stuart Green, Director at Framexpress says: “Nxt-Gen Composite Doors have been designed


Quickslide Vertical Sliders Continue To Comply

Yorkshire based manufacturer Quickslide are determined to keep their award-winning Vertical Sliding windows at the forefront of the fenestration industry, having developed high security components to ensure the product now passes the test for PAS 24:2016.


New Traditional And Contemporary Composite Doors Range From Frame Fast

Trade fabricator Frame Fast UK has expanded its composite door collection to feature an exclusive range of traditional and contemporary styles, offering more choice to their customers.

The new composite door collection is designed to offer a full suite of



ISO CHEMIE Sealant Tape Specified For ‘Revolutionary’ New Roof

A ‘revolutionary’ roof on a new £140m distillery and visitor experience centre in Scotland, has been sealed using advanced foam tape technology from ISO-CHEMIE.

The Macallan Distillery, built by Robertson Construction on the picturesque Easter Elchies estate


Cutting Edge Glazing Gives Italian 5-Star Hotel Stylish Edge

In hotel design, building aesthetics play a big role in creating luxurious accommodation for guests.

That was the challenge facing the designers of a major refurbishment to the glamourous Park Hotel Imperial, located in Limone on the shore of Lake Garda, Italy.


IDF Aluminium Choo, Choo, Chooses Jack Aluminium For Strood Station Revamp

A full suite of Jack Aluminium Systems’ products were used in a £2.59m revamp of Strood Railway Station, part of the National Station Improvement Programme (NSIP).

The 37-week refurbishment programme was part of Medway Council’s plans to regenerate


FIT Show

BetweenGlassBlinds™ Gets FIT

BetweenGlassBlinds™ is bringing its full range of integrated blind systems and shading solutions to FIT Show 2019. The specialist manufacturer of sealed units that incorporate internal blind technology will be showing its new, seamless colour collection as well as its fire-resistant integrated blind systems.



Specification Awards Shortlist Announced

The shortlist for the biennial GAI RIBA Architectural Ironmongery Specification awards has now been announced.

A record number of projects were submitted by architects, specifiers, architectural ironmongers and manufacturers from across the world.


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