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12th February 2019
 
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Epwin Window Systems Increases Extrusion Capacity By Over 40 Percent
 

Epwin Window Systems has announced that extrusion capacity at its Telford headquarters is about to increase by over 40%. Clare O’Hara, Divisional Managing Director at Epwin Window Systems, said: “Work to install an additional 24 extrusion lines is nearing completion. The investment more than doubles our number of extrusion lines and takes the total number to 41.”

As well as investing in new extrusion lines, Epwin Window Systems is also increasing its foiling capacity by 30% with the installation of new lamination lines.

 
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Inaugural Fabricators’ Forum Proves Success For BFRC

 

The British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC) launched a completely new event for the industry on 31st January. The inaugural Fabricators’ Forum drew delegates from many sectors to the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre at the Madejski Stadium in Reading to debate issues affecting the glazing industry.

The event saw companies share views, knowledge and concerns of issues around legislation, regulation, training, testing and certification and industry data.

 
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Strong Start To Deceuninck’s 2019 Sales

 

Deceuninck has made a strong start to 2019, with January sales up 12% year-on-year. This follows a record-breaking 2018 which finished 21% up on the previous year.

Deceuninck attributes this strong momentum to giving customers the right products to sell in the premium sector. Sales of colour and the award-winning Heritage Flush Sash have skyrocketed.

Managing Director Rob McGlennon says: “Despite the political chaos and constant reports of economic uncertainty triggered by Brexit negotiations it’s not all doom and gloom.

 
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Changes Underpin Strong Growth At Masterframe

 

There have been a series of exciting changes for sliding sash window specialists, Masterframe. Carol Slade takes on the role of Managing Director and Ramon Rabett returns to Technical and Compliance Director after temporarily heading up production. After a break of six years, Greg Ponds has returned to become Head of Production.

With sales climbing 19% in the last quarter of 2018, and set to remain strong, Greg’s role will be to ensure Masterframe continues to provide the same high-quality product and customer experience.

 
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Milwood Group Aims To Help Installers Extend Their Reach With New Heston Awning Range

 

Outdoor living specialists and G18 Award finalists, the Milwood Group have kicked off the New Year by officially launching the Heston range, their brand-new collection of premium awnings.

Combining three distinct awning systems, the new Heston range is designed to provide installers with a premium solution to suit any outdoor space. While the Heston Light boasts a sharp,

 
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Excellence As Standard Welcomes Pro-Fitter As Its Latest Trade Partner

 

Epwin Window Systems’ flagship membership programme, Excellence as Standard, has partnered with trail-blazing industry training initiative Pro-Fitter. The partnership means Excellence as Standard members will be able to benefit from Pro-Fitter training status.

Katie Leese, Programme Manager of Excellence as Standard, commented: “Excellence as Standard sets a benchmark for excellence across the window and door industry.

 
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Leading Fabricator Glazerite Highlights Importance Of Apprenticeships

 

In recognition of this year’s National Apprenticeship Week, which runs from 4th to 8th March 2019, The Glazerite UK Group Ltd has turned the spotlight on two of its own team; an up and coming apprentice, and an employee who was a trainee when the original scheme was launched 25 years ago.

National Apprenticeship Week is designed to show what a positive impact apprenticeships can have on those individuals undertaking it, as well as their employers and the wider economy.

 
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New National Sales Manager At Exlabesa Building Systems
 

Exlabesa Building Systems has announced that Nick Baxendale has joined the company as National Sales Manager. General Manager at Exlabesa Building Systems, Paul Benn, said: “We are delighted Nick has joined the team. He has over two decades of experience in the aluminium sector and his appointment creates further opportunities for both Exlabesa and our customers’ businesses.”

Nick has joined Exlabesa Building Systems from Kawneer UK and will report directly to Paul Benn. Nick said: “Exlabesa Building Systems

 
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The Countdown Has Begun – “Start Your Journey To The Exceptional”

 

If you’re looking for a new star performer, you need to head to Epwin Window Systems’ stand at the FIT Show, says the company. Gerald Allen, Marketing Manager at Epwin Windows Systems, said: “Epwin Window Systems is about to launch something brand new and very exciting. It has got everything – the concept, the research, the development, the testing and the trials. If you’re ready to step away from the ordinary and start your journey to the exceptional, Stand N5 is the place to be at this year’s FIT Show.”

 
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New Responsive Website From Thermoseal Group
 

Following over 12 months of development, Thermoseal Group has launched its brand new multifunctional responsive website designed to provide an optimal viewing experience across a wide range of Internet browsing devices.

The website now has a wide range of functions to help customers and users within the Group’s supply chain.  Perhaps foremost, the site offers a comprehensive catalogue of well over 2,500 insulated glass components and glass machinery which can be filtered to a specific

 
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Profit From Visiting Windowlink At FIT Show

 

Windowlink, the window and conservatory software experts are to exhibit at FIT Show 2019. As well as demonstrating their window and conservatory pricing and presentation software, the Windowlink team will be on hand to talk to installers about the real savings benefits of ‘going digital’ with sales and quoting software.

Mark Dudley, Managing Director at Windowlink explains: “A recent report by Lloyds Bank found that on average,

 
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Morley Glass Donates £10,000 To Help Create Community Space

 

A local church hall is being redeveloped to create a space that the whole community can use thanks to a £10,000 donation by integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing.

St Paul’s Church in Morley, Leeds had been a thriving hub for the local community for many years offering activities such as pre-school groups, play and stay groups, a children’s dance school and a place for family celebrations in the church hall.

 
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New Milestones For Long-Standing VBH Staff

 

This year marks significant work anniversaries for several members of the VBH (GB) team, across the three UK depots. Between them, this amounts to over 250 years’ service! Simon Monks, Managing Director at VBH says: “The commitment to VBH shown by our staff is truly outstanding, and I’d like to thank all of our staff, from oldest to newest, for their contribution to VBH. I take it as a testament to the company that we have such loyal employees.”

 
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Exciting Announcements Planned As Milwood Group Returns To The FIT Show For 2019

 

Milwood Group, the G18 nominated outdoor living specialists have confirmed they will be making a return to The FIT Show in 2019.

The Kent-based firm, which manufactures premium aluminium verandas, canopies and carports will be showcasing their range of shelters at Stand K70. The Milwood team also hinted at a number of ‘exciting announcements’ when the show opens this coming May at the NEC in Birmingham.

 
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HiTech Expands Into New Manufacturing Facility

Specialist integral blind manufacturer, Hitech Blinds, has moved to a new 8,000 sq ft state-of-the-art facility.

Completed at the end of December, its relocation gives HiTech Blinds significantly increased capacity

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Freefoam Expand Scheduling Capabilty

The last 12 months has been a very busy and productive year for Freefoam Building Products’ New Build Department. The number of new homes being built in the UK continues to grow, with reports showing a 55% increase in the last five years, with strong performance in the Midlands,

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Blink From ODL Europe Offer A Robust Upselling Opportunity

If you’re looking for an interesting upselling opportunity, then Blink enclosed blinds from ODL Europe are a popular choice. With over five million units sold worldwide, their appeal is clear to see. Nathan Barr, Managing Director of ODL Europe, said: “Blink is the perfect upselling product for

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Elwyns Windows Open Customer Centre & Trade Depot

Elwyns Windows are pleased to announce the opening of their Customer Centre and Trade Depot, at 114 High Street Carshalton SM5 3AE. Customers can walk in to discuss their plans and projects, whether for extensions, conservatories or

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Product News

Senior launches New Low U-Value PURe® Commercial Door

If you’re looking to make a big impression on your next project, look no further than Senior Architectural Systems’ new PURe® commercial door system – the manufacturer’s largest, strongest and most flexible aluminium door system to date.

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New 3 Star Cylinder From Kenrick

Kenrick has expanded its cylinder range with the introduction of a new 3 star high security cylinder. Independently tested to meet the latest security standards of the British Standard Kitemark (TS007 3*), the Kenrick 3 Star cylinder has been designed for those fabricators who

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Armor-Coat® Hardware Range Successfully Tested To BS EN 1670:2007 Grade 5

Increased exposure to salty air and higher wind speeds makes choosing quality window and door hardware vital - and the new range from Stonebridge has now been certified as one of the best forged steel products available.

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New Range Of Pocket Door Hardware From P C Henderson

Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, is pleased to announce the launch of its new Pocket Door Pro range of sliding door hardware. Available in standard, soft close, self-close, fire rated and automated variants – the new system

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Training & Development

Mackenzie Glass Invests For The Future With Apprenticeships Programme

Mackenzie Glass’ has recruited three new apprentices to its team as it builds for the future as part of plans for long term growth.
Set up as an independent glass merchanting business with the acquisition of Pilkington’s Bristol

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On-Site

ALU Top Windows Bring Together Old And New To Complete Redesign Of Veterinary Association HQ

When the British Small Animal Veterinary Association (BSAVA) decided to expand its Gloucester headquarters, they opted for a refurbishment and extension scheme which would give them a spacious, modern and professional building to

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Advanced Glazing Helps New Slimming World HQ Achieve Healthy Energy Performance

With its newly extended headquarters in Alfreton, Derbyshire, weight-loss organisation Slimming World wanted to create a landmark building for the brand that would both provide an ideal working and training space for its people and deliver excellent environmental performance.

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Tiger Locks Provide Super Security For New Build

Tiger Locks has secured 59 doors on an estate in West Yorkshire in just 9 days, after a spate of burglaries in the area, using Ultion.

The new build estate had been built with doors featuring basic cylinders

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