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10th May 2022
 


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Three Months Unlimited Use For Just £1/Month

 

As excitement builds up to the launch of the 2022 FIT Show at the NEC in Birmingham, Business Pilot have announced their biggest-ever giveaway: a show-exclusive three months’ unlimited use, for unlimited users, for just £1 a month.

“There are loads of developments at Business Pilot right now, and we want to share them with as many people as possible,” Business Pilot’s MD Elton Boocock said. “And what better place to announce this great offer than at the FIT Show, where we be talking to as many installers who walk through those doors as possible.”

Business Pilot was launched at the FIT Show in 2019, and has since seen its popularity soar as business leaders recognise the many benefits the software can bring to their installation businesses, says the company.

 
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Dekko Proud To Be Part Of Window Innovation To Be Revealed At FIT Show

 

If you’re heading to the FIT Show this year, you won’t want to miss seeing the fully welded seamless window from machinery expert Haffner and leading trade supplier Dekko Window Systems.

The new Infinity fully seamless reverse butt welded window will be on display at Haffner’s 610 square metre stand, the largest in FIT Show history.

In an exclusivity agreement, Haffner is the sole distributor of Graf Synergy machinery in the UK, the innovative machine technology that Dekko has utilised in the production of its new window.

 
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New Purplex Partner To Give Installers ‘The Digital Edge’

 

Purplex Marketing has partnered with dynamic software tool Price Point, giving installers access to a ‘state-of-the-art’ window and door designer, pricing and quoting tool, and a full CRM and lead management system all in one platform.

The software is claimed to have already proved a hit with installers across the country, and will be showcased at Purplex’s FIT Show stand D61.

Sitting within an installer’s website, PricePoint enables homeowners to configure their own windows and doors, choosing from a wide range of products, colour and glass options, as well as hardware.

 
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Sobinco To Showcase Aluminium Hardware Range At FIT Show

 

Sobinco’s range of window and door hardware, designed exclusively for the aluminium market, is now supplied directly through systems houses, expanding the availability of one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of premium hardware to the UK.

Throughout its 60-year history, Sobinco says it has always prided itself on providing innovative, technical solutions to the aluminium window industry with products that are manufactured from high-quality, non-corrosive materials. According to the company, it ensures that the corrosion resistance of Sobinco products is retained over the complete lifespan of windows, doors and sliding doors. Giving peace of mind to homeowners, and the entire supply chain.

 
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New Branding Highlights A Sharper Focus In Made For Trade’s Next Chapter

 

Made for Trade has undergone a new digital-friendly branding transformation to better reflect the firm’s current product positioning, service offering and core values, as the company builds on the name’s ongoing success ahead of the FIT Show 2022.

Hot on the heels of unveiling a new look image and branding for the multi-award winning Korniche product line last year, Made For Trade has revealed a refreshed and reimagined corporate identity for the parent company ahead of their much anticipated return to the FIT Show.

Featuring a stylised angular typeface and design elements that reflect the company’s cutting-edge fenestration products and engineering, the new look sits hand-in-hand with the revitalised Korniche brand,

 
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Emmegisoft CAM Driver Helps Alitex Maximise 5-Axis Machine Capabilities

 

Emmegi’s CAMPlus Driver CAD software, available as an add on for users of Emmegi CNC machining centres, has received an impressive endorsement from Alitex, one of the biggest users of Emmegi machinery in the UK.

Production development manager Dave Miles says that the compatibility of the Emmegisoft CAM Driver and CAMPlus Driver CAD software with Solidworks 3D CAD enables the company to programme even the most complex components with ease and save many hours in programming time.

Alitex is one of the UK’s leading producers of luxury, Victorian style aluminium greenhouses. Its prevision crafted range is created in partnership with the National Trust,

 
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Sternfenster Launches Virtual Showroom

 

Sternfenster has launched a new virtual showroom to help customers sell higher value products to homeowners.

“People moved online during the pandemic to research and buy home improvement products,” Sternfenster’s sales director Nathan Court said. “And this hasn’t declined as we’ve moved back to a sense of normality. It is vital we keep up with changing habits, and even pioneer new ways of doing business, which is why we developed the Sternfenster Virtual Showroom.”

Just launched, Sternfenster’s virtual showroom is the result of 18 months of research and development.

 
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Epwin Window Systems’ Katrina Earl Promoted To Sales Director

 

Katrina Earl has been appointed sales director of Epwin Window Systems after seven years with the business. In her appointment, Katrina will report to managing director Clare Bailey [formerly O’Hara] and will be responsible for sales development across the PVC-U, Aluminium, Hardware and Commercial business divisions.

Commenting on her appointment, Katrina said: “I am proud to be part of Epwin Window Systems and delighted to lead the sales function for the business. The quality and innovation of our award-winning window and door systems is second to none and is matched by the quality and commitment of our talented staff. I’m looking forward to working with our sales teams and customers to maximise the market opportunities.”

 
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A True Yorkshire Warm Roof

 

Mr & Mrs Dickinson live in a beautiful riverside detached home in Yorkshire and had an existing conservatory with a polycarbonate roof that was in need of updating. The footprint of the conservatory was large but with only one radiator and outdated roof and glazing technology, the space was underused as it was cold for much of the year. The conservatory had been opened up to the house and the poor insulation qualities meant that the adjoining rooms were also cold for much of the year.

After consulting with their local installer, Yorkshire Warm Roofs, Mr & Mrs Dickinson chose a complete rebuild to transform their conservatory into a modern, energy efficient extension. As the shape and size of the conservatory provided a fantastic sociable space, the footprint was kept virtually the same,

 
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Giving Fabricators A Way To Vent

 

In response to impending changes to Part F of the Building Regulations increasing requirements for ventilation, Rehau has partnered with plastic injection moulder Glazpart to expand its frame accessory selection to include trickle vents.

Featuring an innovative ‘link’ suitable for Rehau profiles that allows the closure plate to be positioned to reduce draughts while directing air away from occupants, the new trickle vent was developed to future-proof new frames. Specifically, trickle vents will need to be installed on all new and replacement windows from 15th June 2022 in accordance with ventilation requirements laid out in Approved Document F (ADF).

 
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Ben Wallace Announced As GGF Head Of Membership & Customer Relations

 

The Glass & Glazing Federation has announced that long standing employee, Ben Wallace, has been appointed as head of membership & customer relations. Ben has been with the GGF for 10 years and has extensive industry experience to bring to the role.

Anda Gregory, chief development officer of the GGF comments on Ben’s appointment: “It’s essential that our head of membership and customer relations has a deep understanding of the inner workings of the industry as well as the individual needs of our members. Ben’s experience perfectly matches this brief, so we are delighted that he is moving into this role.”

 
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Purplex And Insight Data Unveil Media And Technology Campus

 

Full-service marketing agency Purplex and Specialist data supplier, Insight Data, held a VIP-packed grand opening to celebrate the completion of its state-of-the-art headquarters.

Over 120 visitors attended the extensively renovated business campus, including leading professionals from across the window industry, for an exclusive guided tour of the facilities, followed by a drinks reception and networking event.

Mark Enderby, marketing manager of MACO UK, was in attendance and said: “Being at the open day was a great opportunity to see where the magic happens on a day-to-day basis.

 
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Distinction Doors Unveils Latest Addition To Nxt-Gen Range

 

Distinction Doors has introduced the latest addition to its nxt-gen range, the nxt-gen Craftsman, which the company says is a one-of-a-kind door style is exclusive to Distinction Doors.

Evocative of 1930s, inter-war door designs, the nxt-gen Craftsman launches in two size – 838mm and 914mm.  The glazing area can be enhanced with five decorative glass designs – Aspen, Edwardian, Kara Brass, Monza and Palma.

The new door style is available in White, Distinction Anthracite Grey and colours from the Distinction Doors bespoke colour palette, including six new colours.

 
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Glazpart Backs ‘Major Forum’ As Company Looks Forward To Glazing Summit 2022

 

Glazpart is the latest company to come on board for this year’s Glazing Summit – with the company’s sales and marketing manager Dean Bradley describing the event as a ‘major forum’ for the industry.

The specialist injection moulding company, which produces window system components and trickle vents, sponsored the Glazing Summit for the first-time last year.

And Dean, who was a panellist on stage for the Conquering the Supply Chain Crisis debate, said: “The Glazing Summit is a major forum for conversation and discussion, and it was great to speak on the panel; it was a very positive event and we’re looking forward to supporting it again.

 
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Trade News
 

40 Percent Up In 40th Year

aluplast saw demand rocket in the first quarter of 2022, with sales up by 40% on the same period in 2021, which has coincided with the European systems company’s 40th anniversary celebrations.
A new state-of-the-art production facility in Poland will come on line at the end of the summer, which will support this significant growth.

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The Business Pilot Barometer

By Neil Cooper-Smith, Senior Analyst, Business Pilot

We are seeing a slowdown. Average window and sales in April dropped 13% on March, while leads dropped by 20%.
It’s consistent with the lack lustre market that we have seen throughout Q1 and something that it is not unique to the window and door industry.

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A Multi-Tiered Service

With delays mounting at the UK’s ports, as bureaucratic hurdles have emerged since Brexit, it has never been more important to partner with the right companies to manage the smooth flow of product from the continent, according to glass consumables business Bohle.

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’Rocky Times Ahead?’

By Phil Slinger - CAB Chief Executive

According to the ONS construction monthly construction output in February decreased by 0.1% to £14,610 million in volume terms compared to January. This is the first monthly decrease since October 2021.

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Trade News

ABS ‘Works With’ Kubu In Strategic Partnership

Kubu and ABS launch their innovative new true-retro smart product, live at FIT.
With decades of shared experiences in their respective fields, this new alliance will bring fresh ideas and surprises to the world of smart home technology,

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A Steep Rise In Registrations For Q-Secure Guarantee

VBH, the company behind the popular greenteQ range of hardware and furniture, has reported a steep rise in registrations for its Q-secure consumer security guarantee.
Q-secure guarantees the security of windows, doors and patio doors up to a potential £8000 payout,

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Aluprof UK In Ireland

Mackenzie Glass has installed a new cutting line at its base in Bristol, which will enhance the glass merchanting business’s storage options, improve cutting times, and future-proof the business for the next decade.
The complex installation required multiple engineers collaborating over a two-week project over Easter,

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Job Vacancies

New Business Development Manager

Since Aluprof’s emergence onto the UK & Ireland market fifteen years ago offering a well established European portfolio of architectural aluminium systems, meeting and often exceeding the needs of specifiers, Ireland has welcomed Aluprof as a major systems supplier. But it’s not just about well designed fenestration systems,

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Product News

Hurst Launches New High-Performance fds Fire Door System

A high-performance GRP fire door system is the latest offering from Hurst, one of Britain’s leaders in the field.
The result of significant investment and months of rigorous testing and expert consultation, the fds FD30 fire doorset system has been subjected to meticulous independent auditing,

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The Best Things Come In Small Packages

Wendland has announced that its popular PVC and aluminium rectangular lanterns are now available in a new smaller width of 500mm. The new sizes offer even more flexibility when choosing the Wendland Lantern for a project, says the company.

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FIT Show

Dekko Teams Up With Kubu To Launch New Smart Window At FIT Show

Trade fabricator Dekko Window Systems has teamed up with Kubu to launch the UK’s first fully seamless smart window, to be revealed at this year’s FIT Show, claims the company.
Following on from the success of its Infinity range of PVC windows, Dekko’s fully seamless window boasts reverse butt welding thanks to unique Graf weld technology,

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Business Building Seminars At 2022 FIT Show

The seminar line-up from specialist data supplier, Insight Data, has been announced for this year’s FIT Show.
Visitors are invited to join the dedicated seminar space on stand D61 to watch a series of business building quick-fire seminar sessions.

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Quickslide’s Last (Minute) Stand!

Taking the opportunity to book a last minute stand at this year’s FIT Show (10th – 12th May 2022, NEC), Quickslide’s chairman Adrian Barraclough has declared: “We’re not here to sell windows, we’re here to make sure you can”. With the Brighouse, Yorkshire window fabricator taking space at the first FIT Show since 2019 just 10 days before the event opens,

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Charity

Goal !!

When Barnsley based trade fabricator Euroglaze reached its £10K fundraising goal for Retina UK, who better to present the cheque to the sight loss charity than local footballing hero Bruce Dyer?

Bruce, who spent five years at Barnsley FC in the late 90s and early 2000s,

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