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11th June 2024

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Game Changing System Slashes Window Installation Time By 75


Eurocell claims to have brought to the market a revolutionary system that has transformed how windows are fitted into timber frame properties, with it taking just two days for all windows to be installed on a block of four terraced houses during a project in Inverness.

Eurocell’s InSite system, comprising a specialist hinge, sealant, cavity barrier and either Eurocells’ Logik or Modus window profile, allows windows to be installed into wall panels during the manufacturing process rather than on-site. The hinge is fastened to the cavity barrier of a fully glazed Logik or Modus window,


Nex-Gen Extend Range With Launch Of Garden Room Kits


Nex-Gen Aluminium Systems has further enhanced its ‘fitters’ friend’ approach to doing business by extending its range to include garden room kits, designed specifically for installers looking for efficient, high-quality solutions for their projects.

The Bolton-based fabricator manufactures a comprehensive suite of aluminium products including windows, bi-folds, sliding doors, heritage doors for both external and internal use, as well as rooflights, lanterns, balconies, and balustrades. Nex-Gen Garden Room Kits have been added to provide customers with even greater choice.


Expand, Diversify And Attract


Joe Djeebet, managing director of Dorset-based The Window Man, explains how partnering with Business Pilot helps his business to grow, while keeping an eye on healthy margins.

The Window Man services the trade, retail and commercial sectors from three sites in Crewkerne, Yeovil and Weymouth, and until about two years ago, we were managing our business using very manual methods, including paper files and T-cards.

The problem with that was threefold: paper-based systems are difficult to manage across multiple sites;


Builders’ Merchant Q1 Value Sales Fell -7.2% Year-On-Year, As Volumes Slide -8.7%


The latest Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) report reveals builders’ merchants’ value sales in Q1 2024 were -7.2% down compared to Q1 2023, with volume sales falling -8.7% and prices edging up +1.6%. With one less trading day in Q1 2024, like-for-like sales (which take the number of trading days into account) were -5.7% lower.

Just three of the twelve categories sold more in Q1, year-on-year, with Workwear & Safetywear (+11.5%) out in front. The two largest categories – Timber & Joinery Products (-10.6%)


JFP Launches Touch Portal Across Multiple Products


John Fredericks (JFP) says it has continued its commitment to continuous investment by becoming the first fabricator to launch the Touch Portal platform across multiple products.

This is the latest innovation from the award-winning Huddersfield-based window and door manufacturer, after unveiling a state-of-the-art, fully automated frame welding and corner cleaning line earlier this year.

“We’ve always prided ourselves on being a proactive company in order to help our customers,” said Mark Dicconson, managing director of JFP.


Conservatory Outlet Named As One of Wakefield’s Leading Businesses


At a glitzy ceremony held at Tileyard North, Conservatory Outlet was recognised as one of Wakefield’s best businesses.

Over 150 business leaders and representatives, academics and key local figures were in attendance as the Wakefield Top 100, the list of the city’s top companies, was unveiled.

Founded by Wakefield Council, the University of Huddersfield and the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre, the Wakefield Top 100 celebrates the achievements of the region’s businesses.


Epwin Group Celebrates Decade with Insight Data


Epwin Group, a UK-based manufacturer and supplier of building products including windows, doors, and fascia systems, is celebrating a decade-long partnership with Insight Data. Over the past ten years, this collaboration has driven significant innovation and growth, allowing Epwin Group to enhance its market insights, customer engagement, and product offerings, according to the company.

Gerald Allen, head of marketing at Epwin Group commented: “We’ve used Insight Data for over 10 years. It’s the only genuinely dedicated database for our sector.


Showing Its Metal


Offering fabricators savings of up to £200,000 a year, steel reinforcement specialist Anglo has completed a major restructure and is investing for the future. 

There is quiet logic to David Evans journey within Anglo. Now its managing director, he joined the company in 2020 as finance director, appointed to oversee the rolled steel specialist’s growth under its then investor partner Octopus Investments.

Prior to joining the Anglo team, he worked as a research scientist with a background in metals and electrochemistry,


Alunet Systems Appoints New Technical & New Product Development Director


Chris Armes has joined Alunet Systems as technical & new product development director, bringing with him a ‘vast wealth of knowledge and experience’ in product innovation, design, and development. Chris will lead Alunet’s technical teams as they evolve their entire Aluna family of luxury aluminium systems.

Phil Rotheram, group commercial director of Alunet Systems said: “Chris is an incredible addition to our fast-evolving team. He is an award-winning designer and brings more than 20 years’ experience from the fenestration industry.


Kenrick: “Captive Door Hinge Remains A Market Favourite”


Hardware manufacturer and supplier Kenrick is experiencing sustained high demand for its Captive Door Hinge. Andy Meakin, sales and marketing manager at Kenrick, said: “The Captive Door Hinge has become an industry classic that is continuing to attract new customers thanks to our commitment to continuous innovation and intelligent product development.”

The Captive Door Hinge is constructed with a zinc die-cast body with stainless steel pin and has been designed to be a versatile and valuable component that meets the requirements of PAS24.


Hallmark Doors Challenges Industry Conformity With New Website


The Consultancy has just completed one of its biggest ever bespoke website projects for Hallmark Doors and Panels – but has already started making changes to it.

That’s not because Hallmark don’t love the new website though or because it’s not doing a good job attracting visitors and generating enquiries, it’s because Hallmark take the view that their website is an ongoing process and not a one-off project.

Hallmark Doors work in such close partnership with The Consultancy that the team there have become like an extension of their in-house IT and marketing departments,


Mercury Makes Waves In The USA


Specialist fabricator Mercury, in collaboration with Conservatory Craftsmen, has completed a spectacular aluminium new build project in North Kentucky, south of Cincinnati in the USA.

The 111 sqm home extension was designed to accommodate an indoor lush garden space complete with largescale waterfall pond, allowing the homeowner to grow bananas, citrus fruits and a variety of tropical plants. With such a generous glazing façade needed, the choice of products specified was exacting to maximise light penetration.


Kiltwalk For Laura Raises Over £2,000


A group of friends and family from Falkirk and Stirling, have come together to raise more than £2,000 for a cancer charity to support Laura MacPhee, who was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year.

Laura and her husband Matt, her parents and her children, along with friends David Woolley, Mark Reid and Kevin Girdwood and family, all from local communities around Falkirk and Stirling, took part in the Glasgow Kiltwalk for Laura. With funds raised going to Maggie’s 


Unique Backs Football Fundraiser


Award-winning supplier of fenestration products for the trade, commercial and new build sectors, Unique Window Systems is getting behind an important cause.

The rapidly growing fabricator of PVCu and aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling is acting as the headline sponsor of the Alex’s Wish Charity Football Tournament.

Taking place on Saturday 15th June 2024 at the Quorn FC Farley Way Stadium, the five-a-side competition is being held in support of the Alex’s Wish charity,


Trade News

Freefoam In Top 9% Of Companies Rated For Sustainability By EcoVadis

Freefoam Building Products Ltd was recently assessed by EcoVadis, a recognised sustainability rating platform. Freefoam has not only retained the Silver medal, its sustainable business practices have been rated as better than 91% of companies assessed across the world in 2024.


Product News

Sky’s the Limit for Sheerline and Titan’s S1 Roof Lantern Partnership

Sheerline has named Titan Aluminium as one of the top suppliers of its award-winning S1 Roof Lantern. With over 30-years’ experience, the Hampshire-based company specialises in the manufacture of rooflights.


UAP Ltd Launches Campaign For Armasmart Anti-Viral Hardware

Door and window hardware manufacturer UAP Ltd has announced the launch of its Armasmart anti-viral hardware through its newly-established division Armadillo Metal Coatings Ltd.
The Armasmart hardware coating is the first on the market to eliminate 99.98% of viruses, including COVID-19.


Fire Door Online Ordering Available For Hurst Customers

Hurst Doors’ comprehensive range of third-party accredited composite fire doors is now conveniently available to order through Hurst Live, its dedicated customer portal, which allows customers to quote and place orders, and access full technical support.


Yale Stable Door Lock Provides Seamless Security For SWC Trade Frames

A leading manufacturer of premium PVCu and aluminium windows and doors, SWC Trade Frames’ relationship with Yale goes back over two decades and it has long been an advocate of Yale’s products.



Future Strength

Cyncly’s sales manager Greg Beachim explains how a rebrand is much more than just changing the letterhead.

When the Cyncly brand was created in September 2022, it created a global software powerhouse with 2,300+ employees and 70,000+ customers across 100+ countries.



Epwin Window Systems Introduces 360º Showroom

Epwin Window Systems has introduced a new sales and marketing tool: an immersive 360º showroom tour that showcases its comprehensive product range.

Gerald Allen, head of marketing at Epwin Window Systems,



An Extraordinary hup!date

The hup! building system from Ultraframe is an ideal choice for quickly and easily transforming outdated conservatories into modern, energy efficient extensions in a matter of days. The flexibility of the system means that walls windows and doors can be placed anywhere in the new design to transform the space from a typical conservatory with dwarf walls,


Stellar Aluminium Helps Give Iconic Windmill A Transformative Makeover

Stellar aluminium windows and doors have been installed in a 285 year old windmill near Llanerchymedd as part of a transformative upgrade. Melin Gallt-y-Benddu has been an iconic part of Anglesey’s landscape for nearly three centuries. However, in recent years, the windmill,



5 Star Windows & Conservatories Celebrate a Hat-trick of Victories

Conservatory Outlet welcomed premium retailers from around the United Kingdom to the picturesque Cheshire countryside for its annual Network Golf Day.

The event, now in its eleventh year, is one of the most respected and longest-running competitions of its kind in the sector.



Roseview Backs Team Seasoar In 3,000 Mile Rowing Challenge

ERA is encouraging door manufacturers and fSash window manufacturer Roseview Windows is backing Team Seasoar in their quest to row across the Atlantic Ocean.

The team are taking part in The World’s Toughest Row,



Conservatory Outlet & Sam Allen Celebrate at the West Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards

Conservatory Outlet, manufacturer of windows, doors and living spaces, was again recognised at the West Yorkshire Apprenticeship Awards as Sam Allen walked away with a special award for his work as an Intermediate level apprentice.


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