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11th April 2019
 
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Glazerite’s Investment Goes North

 

The Glazerite UK Group Ltd has announced plans to invest in excess of £1m across its plants this year, in order to improve performance and capability across the business. The investment programme will see the VEKA fabricator further enhance its offering for installers, and signals Glazerite’s strong commitment to the industry, as it approaches its 20th year in business.

The first step in the programme includes a new Stuga machine, which has recently been installed at Glazerite Northwest.

 
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Vertik-Al Invests In New Powder Coating Plant

 

Powder coating specialist, Vertik-Al has invested in a Magic Compact horizontal power coating plant from Gema. The new system has only been in production for a short time and it is already delivering improvements.

Lower powder consumption has had a direct impact on effectiveness and boosted Vertik-Al’s environmental credentials, while the quality of the finish and application of matt, gloss and textured coatings is outstanding; advantages which can be shared with customers, says the company.

 
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Being Ready

 

Selling readiness will be the answer when selling smart windows and doors. This will be the key message being pushed by Smart Ready® in its talk entitled ‘Being Ready’, which will take place in the FIT Show’s Discovery Theatre at 2.30pm on Wednesday.

Gemma Zeiderman, Consumer Appeal Director at Smart Ready® and main speaker at the seminar explains: “There’s no doubt the world is getting smarter, but a different approach is needed to sell smart. Some consumers will make their windows or doors smart today.

 
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Haffner Murat Launches Revolutionary Opti-Weld™ Machine Technology

 

Fabricators wanting to take advantage of welding Aluminium and PVC-u without the need for corner cleaning or crimping should make a beeline for stand G10 at the FIT Show. It’s where fabrication machinery specialist Haffner Murat will be launching its latest patented machine technology, Opti-Weld™. Dave Thomas, Managing Director of Haffner Murat, said: “Opti-Weld™ is a patented method of welding PVC-u, Aluminium and wooden frames. The technology can weld a square in under two minutes in a range of materials.

 
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Titon Unveils Its Brand-New, Customer Focussed Website

 

Titon has launched a brand new website, showcasing its full range of products, across both the company’s Ventilation Systems and Window & Door Hardware divisions. The site can be accessed at www.titon.com and has been designed with end users and customer support in mind.

The new, responsive site boasts a fully in-depth ‘resources’ section, which can then be filtered across the whole Titon portfolio.

 
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SupaLite To Launch New SkyElevate Lantern At The FIT Show

 

SupaLite, the Preston-based tiled roof specialists, have confirmed that The FIT Show will see the official launch of SkyElevate, their brand-new roof lantern system.

Designed to expertly complement their popular flat roof orangery system, SkyElevate offers trade partners a kit-form solution which is simple to choose, order and install. On show at Stand S10, SkyElevate is available glazed or unglazed for ultimate flexibility, and can be finished in 36 different colour combinations.

 
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Jon Vanstone To Lead The Debate At FIT Show

 

Jon Vanstone has been announced as the compère for the FIT Theatre on day two of FIT Show 2019, as well as delivering a seminar on competency in the glazing industry.

As Chair of Certass Ltd, Certass Trade Association, Competent Persons Forum (CPF), Trade Association Forum (TAF) and Delivery Director of RoofCERT, Jon is in a unique position and has an overview of the general construction industry, as well as the glazing sector.

 
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Edgetech To Unveil Innovation And Digital Evolution At FIT 2019

 

Edgetech are set to launch a brand-new product at FIT Show 2019.

From the 21st-23rd May, the company will be showcasing the new offering, alongside a range of other cutting-edge innovations, to thousands of visitors from right across UK fenestration.

For the past two years the Edgetech team have been focused on their three-tier strategy of innovation, operational excellence and customers at the centre – and the FIT Show 2019 serves as the perfect platform for the company to share the results so far.

 
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Kestrel Helps Manage Your Business

 

Kestrel, the new online business manager system from software experts Windowlink, makes it easier for window companies to run their business.

Mark Dudley, Managing Director at Windowlink, explains: “When we first had the idea for Kestrel, the plan was to create a system to help manage contacts and sales. As window companies grow and more people are working remotely, it can become tricky for businesses to make sure that everything is following internal

 
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Extra Installer Support from Framexpress

 

Fitter-focused trade fabricator, Framexpress has strengthened customer support with a new addition to its Customer Care team to help deliver Framexpress’ trade promise of 48-hour windows.

Chelsie Redfern has moved from the transport administration department into customer care at Framexpress, so she already knows the business inside out, and many of their customers.

 
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Prefix Update Their Warmroof Product Guide
 

Prefix Systems have just updated their 20-page WARMroof Product Guide with additional technical information, new CGI’s and cross sectional images, along with the new plasterboard finish default option for the triple glazed hybrid variant.

WARMroof is widely regarded as one of the most configurable and robust solid, tiled roofs on the market and is fully insulated throughout including at the eaves. It’s been carefully designed, engineered and

 
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Light Grey Makes A Baker’s Dozen Standard For Apeer
 

Composite door manufacturer Apeer has proved an astute knowledge of consumer preference by removing Light Grey from its premium colour range and incorporating it into the standard line, as of March.

The reason for making the change is simple, as Marketing Manager Linda Tomb explains: “Light Grey is proving to be a popular inside door colour choice among our customers, often complementing our darker Anthracite Grey on the outside.

 
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Yale Supports National Home Improvement Month 2019
 

Yale is supporting National Home Improvement Month 2019, encouraging UK homeowners to think about home security as part of their DIY plans this April – and giving retailers and manufacturers the chance to capitalise on increased interest in DIY over the home improvement season.

Organised by BHETA, National Home Improvement Month challenges the public to renovate their homes and share the changes on social media.

 
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Senior’s ‘Ice’ Work At Slough Ice Arena
 

The slim sightlines of Senior Architectural Systems’ popular SF52 aluminium curtain walling system have helped make a big impression at the new look Slough Ice Arena.

Designed by GT3 Architects, the attractive entrance to the new leisure facility features Senior’s slim profile SF52 aluminium curtain wall system and SPW501 aluminium commercial doors, with thermally broken SPW600 aluminium windows also featuring throughout.

 
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New Locations For GGF Training Courses
 

To develop its “Training the Industry” campaign the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is pleased to announce it has secured four new locations in Glasgow, Belfast, Manchester and Dublin for its high quality training courses for installers and surveyors.

Course details:

Installer Training Courses

Glasgow – The Academy, Nisbet Business Centre, G31 5DS – April

 
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BetweenGlassBlinds Specified For Specialist Mental Health Care Home
 

A high-dependency care home in Bushey, provides specialist support for people with mental health problems. It is a high-category hospital facility offering round-the-clock support to a limited number of service users.

The project’s focus was to create a number of specialist flats within the mental health care home facility in Bushey, Hertfordshire.

On every new external window, tilt-only magnetic blinds were supplied to Window Care Herts Ltd from BetweenGlassBlinds.

 
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The Joinery Network Invests In Testing For Windows And Doors

“Joiners need easy access to PAS24 security certification for timber windows and doors to comply with Document Q of Building Regulations,” says O T Dare Joinery Consultant, Owen Dare, and one of the founder directors at The Joinery Network, newly launched to support joinery companies.

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Deceuninck Congratulates Connaught On 25 Years

Deceuninck says it is pleased to congratulate Bournemouth-based Connaught Windows on its 25 year anniversary. Connaught is a family business which has gone from strength to strength since it started as a trade fabricator in 1994. Connaught’s relationship with Deceuninck – exclusive systems supplier since 2006 – has been,

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BWM Showroom Showcases LEKA Roofs From Modplan

South Wales fabricator and installer BWM has just opened a showroom at its Pontypridd headquarters. The showroom features BWM’s extensive range but one of the highlights, says the company, is the section devoted to LEKA roofs from Modplan.

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West-End Supports Sterling Windows Showroom Revamp

Bristol’s West-End Windows is helping a loyal and long-standing customer kit out its showroom.

The company has been supplying aluminium windows and doors to the region’s installers for over 40 years – and for much of that time,

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Edgetech Goes The Extra Mile To Support Senior Glass Systems

British IGU manufacturer Senior Glass Systems has praised Edgetech’s commitment to going the extra mile for its customers.

The Scarborough firm uses Edgetech’s highest performance Super Spacer product, T-Spacer, to offer what it describes as exceptional

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Product News

Mighton And Mila Partner Up To Supply Avia Apple HomeKit Smart Lock To Window And Door Industry

Mighton Products, which launched its new Apple HomeKit-based multipoint Avia smart lock at the high tech Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas earlier this year, is to make the product available to the UK window and door home improvement

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Stonebridge Launch New Armor-Coat® Finish Products

Handforged architectural ironmongery expert Stonebridge says it is enhancing its high-quality range with the launch of two new all-weather finishes that have been certified the best in the industry.

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People

Ian Duckworth Joins Thermoseal Group As Midlands Area Sales Manager

Bringing over 30 years of experience working in the Glass and Glazing industry, both in manufacturing and sales roles, Ian Duckworth has joined Thermoseal Group as its Midlands Area Sales Manager covering the Midlands, Wales and South East.

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Business Micros Puts Its Team Into The Spotlight

Business Micros is continuing its 40 year celebrations with a focus on the staff behind the scenes who have been responsible for so much of its success over the years.

One of the most familiar voices for customers is Louise Anderson who

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Training & Development

School Leavers Take Part In Hand Picked Academies To Boost Chance Of FES Apprenticeships

Teenagers from across Forth Valley aiming to kick start their careers as apprentices took part in a top employability course run by building services company FES in conjunction with Hand Picked from CR Smith.

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FIT Show

VBH To Launch 11 New Products At FIT

VBH (GB) will be showcasing an impressive 11 new solutions for bi-fold and patio doors, windows and entrance doors on its stand Q20 at the FIT Show

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Videos

Tradesmith’s #SayNoToNoise Video Tackles Noise Pollution

Tradesmith, the Hailsham based trade fabricator, offers three levels of Bluesky-certified acoustic rated windows from Deceuninck, VEKA Halo & Warmcore to combat the growing problem of noise pollution.

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Internet

Freefoam Facts And Fitting At Your Finger Tips

Freefoam says its products are designed and manufactured to be easy to fit. However, as any building product supplier or home improvement installer will tell you, every project is different. Following customer feedback and online requests Freefoam Building Products has l

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Software

Completely Customised Software From BM Aluminium

Since it was established six years ago, Farnborough based Complete Aluminium has grown rapidly to become one of the UK’s leading fabricators in AluK.

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Brochures

Marketing Made Easy

Ultraframe has launched a new Marketing Support brochure, detailing the extensive range of marketing tools that are available to its customers.

Covering everything from bespoke websites, and ready-to-go-campaigns, through to bespoke retail brochures,

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Awards

Adare Manor Takes Top Prize In Architectural Ironmongery Awards

An 18th century manor house in Ireland has been announced as the global ‘winner of winners’ in the biennial Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards, organised by the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

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Kestrel Installer Of The Year Title Boosts Business

As Kestrel launches its 2019 Approved Installer of the Year competition, a past winner has shared how winning the title helped boost profits.

Worthing-based PBM Exteriors was named Kestrel Approved Installer of the Year in 2017 and director Paul

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