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11th March 2021
 
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AluK Research Reveals Post-Covid Opportunities

 

Almost 70% of architects in a recent AluK survey said that they had changed their approach to residential design as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and more than 30% said that it had specifically affected their design approach to fenestration.

The research, commissioned at the start of the year amongst members of the Manchester Society of Architects, presents a whole raft of potential new opportunities for aluminium fabricators and installers.

The biggest change for architects in the residential market is that they expect to design spaces which accommodate more working from home (69%), followed by including more external space (58%).

 
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UAP Ltd Unlocks The Door To Celebrations For Its Silver Anniversary

 

The company maybe more familiar with plated steel, but it will be silver all the way for UAP Ltd in 2021 as the hardware specialist celebrates its silver anniversary after 25 years in business.

UAP first started trading as Universal Imports in July 1996 with a single product – a door knocker – and a makeshift bedroom office. By 2000, the company had moved to its HQ in North Manchester and changed its name to UAP. These days, it has grown to a £22 million business, selling more than 3,000 products across 25 countries with a portfolio of brands including Fullex, Locking Systems, Intelligent Hardware, TradeLocks and Firemongery.

 
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Kawneer Launches Slimline Window For Education And Home Improvement Sectors

 

unique slimline aluminium casement window that delivers superior form and function has been launched by leading UK manufacturer Kawneer.

The AA®720 SL (Slimline) casement window is the latest enhancement to Kawneer’s premium AA®720 range of windows and doors, and suites with the AA®100 and AA®110 curtain wall, 451PT framing and door systems.

A high-performance open-out window based on a BRE Green Guide A-rated frame, it is designed with ultra-slim 62mm sightlines which maximise the glazing vision area while also giving a modern aesthetic look, providing optimum weather and thermal performance. The AA®720 SL window is available with two vent style options.

 
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New Head Of Member Services For Certass

 

Danelle Kaukau has been named Head of Member Services at Certass, in recognition of her impressive work to support installers and their businesses through the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since the launch of the Certass Trade Association Members-only Forum, Danelle’s role has developed to give members easier access to the Certass team to get their queries answered quickly and accurately. Danelle has facilitated this by running the forum and working directly with members to support their businesses with advice, resources and information.

Jason Clemmit, Managing Director at Certass, says: “Danelle has become the go-to person for so many of our members as she

 
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Stellar Facilities For Epwin Window Systems

 

The manufacturing facilities for Stellar, the aluminium window and door system from Epwin Window Systems, offer state-of-the-art production at every level. Clare O’Hara, Managing Director at Epwin Window Systems, said: “Stellar sets a new standard for the aluminium industry and this starts from our in-house UK production facilities.”

The new powder coating plant is the perfect example of the quality and forward-thinking set-up of the production facilities in which systems are automatically monitored to ensure conformance to plant quality parameters.

 
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Senior Takes An Active Role In The Leisure Sector

 

With daylighting and natural ventilation having an important impact on both physical and mental wellbeing, manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems has seen an increase in demand for its aluminium fenestration systems in the fitness and leisure sector.

Senior has provided the full fenestration package for various contracts across the UK, with specifiers opting for the effective combination of energy-efficient and low maintenance aluminium curtain walls, windows and commercial doors sourced from a sole supplier.

 
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Competitive Advantage With Fentrade’s Aluminium Flush Casement Window

 

The Flush Casement window market’s popularity continues to flourish for Fentrade Aluminium, with year-on-year sales growth for its aluminium Flush Casement windows. Chris Reeks, Director at Fentrade, said: “We know that high-end window products are gaining traction in the market place and this is something that our sales figures more than bear out.”

Fentrade manufactures AluK’s aluminium Flush Casement window. The aluminium Flush Casement offers a perfect combination of slim sightlines and a flush finish making it an ideal product for contemporary new builds and refurbishment projects.

 
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Timing Is Everything

 

By Wojciech Brozyna, MD of Aluprof UK

Time does have a real tangible value in business, especially where various processes are integrated to produce a single completed product or service. Usually with more processes involved the greater number of cost streams will be influenced if a delay is experienced. We have all heard of the ‘Just In Time’ (JIT) principle of manufacturing and the production of motor vehicles is one of the most well-known adopters of this Japanese production techniques. In this manufacturing process, a single screw, worth less than 1p can hold up a complete production line with costs in their £1,000’s for every minute of lost production.

 
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QUALICOAT Update Standard

 

The QUALICOAT Standard for architectural powder coating is possibly one of the only quality standards applicable across the globe which is revised several times a year by the release of ‘update sheets’. The most up to date, 88 page QUALICOAT Standard, rewritten with all recent revisions, now dated 2021, is always freely available on the QUALICOAT website and details the stringent coating requirements for licence holders, including the requirement for twice yearly unannounced independent audits. No other architectural powder coating standard offers this level of quality, claims the company.

 
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ISO CHEMIE Has New Capital Windows Installation Sealed

 

Improved levels of acoustic and energy insulation will be provided following specification of ISO-Chemie’s advanced sealing tape for windows at a new mixed used development in central London.

More than 1,000m of ISO BLOCO 600 tape and 300m of BLOCO ONE tape has been installed to support the conversion of unused office space to a high-class entertainment venue at 6 Grafton Street in Mayfair, providing long-term protection against wind-blown rain ingress as well as an effective acoustic and thermal seal.

The self-adhesive BLOCO ONE, which uses so called ‘smart’ foam technology impregnated with different substances to create a

 
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Rapierstar Supports Eurocell And Its Fabricators With New Fastener Guidance

 

Window and door fastener specialist Rapierstar has developed a comprehensive new Recommended Fixings Manual (RFM) for all Eurocell systems in conjunction with the technical team at the PVCu profile manufacturer.

The publication of the detailed new guide is the culmination of over many years of close technical collaboration between the two companies, which extends into support for testing. As a result, every window and door tested in Eurocell’s learning and development centre, including new product developments, are assembled using

 
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We-Fit Windows, Doors And Conservatories Goes From Strength To Strength With Leka Systems

 

Worksop-based We-Fit Windows, Doors and Conservatories is capitalising on the trend for solid roof conversions. Gareth Matusevics, We-Fit’s Managing Director, says that Leka Systems is one of the reasons why. He said: “The market for solid conservatory roofs is growing rapidly and in the Leka Warm Roof and the Leka Orangery Roof, we have two products that are helping us make the most of the opportunities.”

Gareth says there two reasons he and his customers choose Leka. The first is how quick and easy the products are to fit. He says: “Leka roofs typically take two or three days to install. This is great for us because we can complete more jobs quickly.

 
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P C Henderson Launch New Innovative Sliding Door Drop Seal

 

P C Henderson has recently partnered up with drop seal manufacturer, Planet, to introduce an acoustic drop seal for sliding doors into its range of products.

The innovative seal solution, designed specifically for sliding doors, offers a range of benefits including soundproofing (up to 44dB), light reduction, prevention against unpleasant smells and draught insulation.

Suitable for wooden and metal doors, the product is ideal for a wide range of applications where door sealing would be of benefit – such as offices, music rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, nurseries and room dividers.

 
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Trade News

BGF Invests To Help Brisant Step Up To The Next Level

Brisant-Secure announced last week that it has secured an investment from BGF, UK’s most active growth capital investor. The investment will secure Brisant’s ambitious long-term growth plans, and enable the company to develop further innovations and opportunities.

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Heritage Gets Smarter With Kubu

Shrewsbury-based Heritage Glass has become the latest high profile installation company to become a Kubu installer, adopting their pioneering smart-sensors on a range of doors in a newly refurbished showroom environment, that’s also been supported by their manufacturing partner CWG Choices.

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Euroglaze Welcomes Stamp Duty Extension

A £100bn savings mountain and a three-month extension to the stamp duty holiday are the clearest signals yet that we can expect demand in the retail market to continue at current levels for quite some time yet.

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Sternfenster Delivers Six-Figure Investment In New Transport Fleet

Sternfenster has extended the capacity of its nationwide delivery fleet with the addition of four, new DAF XF 450 FA boxed vehicles.

Representing an outlay of more than £500,000, the new 18-tonne trucks

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Widgets Achieves Zero Landfill Mark

After a two-and-a-half-year waste management programme, Window Widgets has now achieved a zero-landfill mark, as the company looks to build further upon its impressive green credentials.

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Trade News

Spectral Chooses Deceuninck For Its Range And Colour

New fabricator, Spectral Windows, has chosen Deceuninck as its systems partner for its range of PVC-U windows and doors.

The manufacturer, which invested £1m in two, brand new facilities in 2020, produces Deceuninck’s storm and flush casement windows and doors,

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A Stellar Six Months For BDC Aluminium

Experienced aluminium fabricator BDC Aluminium began fabricating Stellar, the aluminium window and door system from Epwin Window Systems, in September 2020. The company has reported a sharp increase in demand as a result. David Green, Managing Director of BDC Aluminium, said: “From the start,

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The Plastic People

A Kestrel stockist has entered a new chapter in his life by publishing a children’s book based on a material close to his heart – plastic.

‘The Plastic People of Plastic Town’ is Stephen Gibling’s debut book, and it’s been so well-received it’s already been entered for the Oscar Book Prize.

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Product News

The Engineering Behind GRiPCORE Technology

Following DOORCO’s recent announcement that they are soon to be launching a ground-breaking new solid core composite door product, the leading manufacturer reveals a new video demonstrating the engineering behind GRiPCORE technology, which boasts safety and security in its DNA and impressive results in tolerance and security.

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New Features For Integral Blinds From ODL Europe

Blink® Blinds + Glass from ODL Europe has recently added a new feature to further improve functionality to their popular integral blind range. The encapsulated blinds are now available with multi-positioning magnet choices, which is ideal for when blinds are situated in difficult to reach areas. Andy Meakin,

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Window Ware Delivers Winning Formula For Express Trade Frames With Glide Hardware

Hardware distributor Window Ware is making a difference to its customers’ patio door offering with its Glide Hardware range.

The advanced premium sliding solutions have been fully tested and approved by KÖMMERLING to work

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Glass & Glazing

Eyrise Launches Dynamic Privacy Glazing

Eyrise has launched instant privacy glass for public and commercial venues to provide secure working and social environments that maximise natural daylight.

Offering a new approach for interior space planning and design,

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On-Site

Howells Rallies For Ickworth Squash Court

As part of a major conservation project to repair the roof of Ickworth, which is cared for by the National Trust, Howells Patent Glazing has supplied and installed a replacement glazed roof with vents for the historic squash court.

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