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10th September 2019
 
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Stellar Line-Up Of Speakers Secures Glazing Summit As Must-Attend Event

 

With only a few days left the Glazing Summit promises to inform, educate and connect fabricators, installers and suppliers from across the industry.

The conference takes place on Thursday 12th at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham with a packed agenda tackling the key issues facing the industry.

Andrew Scott, founder of the Glazing Summit, commented; “After the buzz of the inaugural Summit last year, our intention for 2019 was to bring together 250 industry leaders for a high-value day. Since the speakers were announced, this has snowballed with almost 300 delegates attending.”

 
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Mackenzie Glass Sees 20 Per Cent Growth In Turnover In First Full Year Of Trading

 

Mackenzie Glass has reported growth in turnover at 20 per cent in its first full year trading under its new management team and as part of the newly created Cornwall Group.

The independent glass merchant also said that it had seen a ‘Modest return to profit’, attributing growth to increased demand for laminates and the expansion of its product range, including the launch of a second line of fire-rated products.

Mark Herbert, Joint Managing Director, Mackenzie Glass, said: “We started off in 2017 with a business that was turning over around £5million a year. We’ve taken that so that in June at the end of our financial year our turnover was topping £6million

 
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Distinction Doors Score Six For Opacity

 

Distinction Doors has introduced two new obscure glass options to their offering, expanding their current obscure collection from four to six. ‘DD-Minst’ and ‘DD-Cont’ come as 24mm double glazed units with 6.8mm laminated glass and can be included as stylish modifications to selected door styles across all Distinction ranges.

Over recent months, a number of Distinction’s Business Development Executives reported an increase in customers requesting new, on-trend opaque glass styles in order to help them satisfy similar requests they have been receiving from their own contractor customers. The addition of the DD-Minst and DD-Cont designs is a direct response to this growing demand for opaque glass styles.

 
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Glazing Finally Represented At BRAC

 

The glazing industry is now being represented on the Building Regulations Advisory Committee (BRAC) which advises the Secretary of State in England on making Building Regulations and setting standards for building design and construction.

This is welcome news given the upheaval around Building Regulations since the Grenfell Tower tragedy and the overall state of the construction industry.

Chairman at Certass Ltd and Certass Trade Association, Jon Vanstone, says: “It is high time that glazing is represented at this level, so that our industry concerns, and achievements,

 
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Nick Bailey To Head Up Sales At Business Micros

 

Nick Bailey is the newly appointed Business Development Manager at Business Micros, taking over responsibility for both sales and marketing at the leading software supplier.

He is focusing on new and existing customers, with plans to transform the buying experience, as well as exploring exciting new opportunities in the market for Business Micros’ next generation Infinity product range.

Nick says that his first priority is to reduce the amount of admin associated with every sale and make the process quicker, simpler and more efficient for customers. He says: “I’m working closely with our Head of Installations David Stockwell and our sales administrators

 
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Kömmerling Sponsors The G19 Awards

 

PVCu systems company, KÖMMERLING, has become a main event sponsor for the G19 Awards, which will be held on 29th November 2019, at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

Over the years the G-Awards has become one of the most important events in the glazing and fenestration industry’s calendar, celebrating the best businesses, campaigns and initiatives across twelve different categories. With the resurgence of the KÖMMERLING brand in 2019 under the mantra of #ComeAlong to KÖMMERLING, it’s been fundamentally important for the company to support an industry wide awards ceremony.

 
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Best Solid Roof Nomination For SupaLite At Conservatory & Orangery Awards 2019

 

The team at SupaLite are celebrating as their marquee SupaLite tiled roof system is shortlisted for ‘Best Solid Roof System’ at the inaugural Conservatory & Orangery Awards.

Launched in 2012, the SupaLite system rose to prominence in the retro-fit market by providing a lightweight, easy-to-install and desirable replacement roof solution. Today, the SupaLite system covers a wide range of conservatory and orangery configurations, and is delivering the difference for approved fabricators and installers across the UK.

 
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MI Products New Website Goes Live

 

Leading hardware specialist, MI Products, has launched a new website to help fabricators and installers source compliant, high quality door thresholds, hardware and locking.

The new website has information on the full range MI Products supply and is now live at www.miproducts.co.uk.

Ian Searle, Director at MI Products, says: “The new website has been created to make it really easy for fabricators and installers to find suitable hardware for their projects. There is detailed information on each of our products, including weather performance, compliance and sizes.

 
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High Five For Camden At The National Fenestration Awards

 

The Camden Group has been shortlisted for five different categories at the National Fenestration Awards (NFAs).

Camden Group has been shortlisted in the Fabricator/Manufacturer, PVC Company, Recycling Company, Sliding Patio Door Company and Trade Counter categories.

Industry voting is now live until 10pm on Friday 4th October, with winners being announced on social media during ‘Winners Week’ starting on 7th October.

 
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CMS Window Systems Strengthens Board With New Chairman Appointment

 

CMS Window Systems has appointed former Tyman plc CEO Louis Eperjesi as Chairman, adding significant building product manufacturing and supply expertise to its senior management team.

Louis brings three decades of director-level experience to CMS, having most recently been CEO at Tyman plc, owner of the ERA door and window hardware brand, and he continues to be a Non-Executive Director of Ibstock plc. His strong track record in the building products market includes senior roles with some of the industry’s most highly respected brands, including Kingspan, Baxi, Lafarge and Mira.

 
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Reliant Chooses Central For Reliability

 

With almost 40 years’ experience in supplying home improvement products, it’s no surprise that Midlands based Installer, Reliant Windows, has enjoyed such longevity because of its continued commitment to quality, service and reliability. Aligning themselves with suppliers they know are also committed to the same values is one of the reasons they enjoy such a great relationship with The Boing Boing Group and everything the fast-growing fabricator has to offer from two companies under the Group umbrella; Central RPL and Central ASL.

John Allen, Managing Director of Reliant Windows explains: “We have a great relationship with the team at Central. Whether it be RPL in the supply of PVC-U products mostly for our domestic customers,

 
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YMCA – The Euroglaze Way

 

When you find out that Village People’s YMCA was at number one in the charts when your business was founded, then the only decision to be made when you’re planning the 40th anniversary charity fun day is surely cowboy or Native American?

For Martin Nettleton, Managing Director of Barnsley based trade fabricator Euroglaze, the decision was Native American, leaving the other five ‘band members’ at Euroglaze to choose between biker, police office, sailor, cowboy and construction worker for the day.

Glen Park, Wayne Elkin, John Rigby, Wes Aspinwall and Rob Speight all threw themselves into the spirit of 1979 and not only did a performance of the iconic routine which will live long in the memory,

 
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UK Manufacturing Investment

With Britain’s manufacturing industry reporting all-time lows in outlays amidst Brexit uncertainly, Yale is bucking the trend by investing heavily in its UK manufacturing offering.

According to a survey by industry trade body EEF, investment by UK manufacturers in new plant and machinery slowed to 6.5% of turnover from 7.5% in 2016*.

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Housing Must Be Part Of Chancellor’s ‘Infrastructure Revolution’

House building and a new retrofit strategy must form part of the Government’s ‘Infrastructure Revolution’, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB), a policy announced in today’s (4th September 2019) Spending Round by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “The housing crisis is undermining the British economy.

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Investment And Integration Transforms Glazerite East

Having recently announced plans for a £1m investment boost, the Glazerite UK Group Ltd has completed the second phase of its programme, this time at its Glazerite East plant.

As part of plans to strengthen its performance for installers, the VEKA fabricator has welcomed new equipment at the Peterborough-based plant,

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New Investment Sees ISO-Chemie Boost UK Customer Service

Foam sealants and air tightness specialist ISO-Chemie has invested in new office and warehouse facilities to accommodate expansion and growth plans.

In a move that will also boost customer service, the company’s office has been relocated to Slough,

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Capture New Markets With Cotswold Trade Aluminium

As the aluminium market continues to gather pace, a Gloucestershire-based business is encouraging installers to embrace expansive openings and offer more distinctive products. Launched in 2018, Cotswold Trade Aluminium is based on 40 years’ industry experience and expertise.

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IKON Aluminium Systems Welcomes West Midlands’ Mayor

IKON Aluminium Systems is proud to have welcomed The Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street to its site on Yardley Brook Industrial Park in Birmingham. The Mayor was greeted by managing director, John Park-Davies before taking a guided tour of the production facility and offices.

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Product News

Raising Awareness Of Fire Doors That Protect Us While We Sleep

Fire door safety campaigners are stressing the life-saving role that fire doors play in protecting us while we sleep, as part of this year’s Fire Door Safety Week (23-29 September), run by the British Woodworking Federation.

The awareness week, now in its seventh year, will once again highlight the importance of fire doors and good fire safety practice.

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Side By Side – The Choice Is Clear Says Lifestyle Windows

Ultraframe installer, Lifestyle Windows of Derby, has revealed that when side-by-side with competitor systems, homeowners can clearly see the benefits of the Ultraroof tiled roof and choose it due to its stunning aesthetics and unmatched technical credentials.

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People

Business Development Appointment Strengthens CMS Trade Team

Scotland’s fast-growing trade window and door manufacturer CMS Trade has welcomed Calum Todd to its team in the role of Business Development to support its expanding customer base and build new connections with installers across the country.

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Training & Develoopment

Customers Choose Online Training In Bigger Numbers

Just weeks after it announced an 8% increase in customer numbers in 2019, BM Aluminium has reported a significant shift towards online training for new customers on its LogiKal software.

Technical Implementation Manager Perry Mace has analysed the figures

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Machinery

Textbook Installation Of Emmegi Quadra Machine At TWR

When Wayne Hunter was appointed as Service and Operations Manager at Emmegi (UK) earlier this year, he promised to improve the entire customer experience, right from the point when a machine is ordered all the way through to when it is delivered, installed and serviced.

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