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12th January 2021
 
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Remote Selling Only For Installers

 

Installers can only sell remotely during the National lockdown, Certass Trade Association has confirmed.

Certass Trade Association has been working with Government to get clarity on as many questions from members as possible regarding what is and isn’t allowed during lockdown. After confirmation that installations can still be carried out in homes, most questions from installers were about sales visits.

Jon Vanstone, Chair at Certass Trade Association, says: “We have done our research and now have clarity on the information for installers when they are selling.

 
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Bigger Brisant Adds Years Of Capacity For Continuing Fast Growth

 

Brisant Secure, the hardware house behind Ultion has moved to a new unit which enables it to expand capacity by two-thirds above 2020 operations. The move will secure Brisant’s long-term growth and make room for what the company says are more exciting new products that will change the market.

Brisant saw strong growth in 2020, which more than compensated for two missing months due to lockdown. Homeowner traffic to the Ultion website grew 30% in 2020 – the equivalent of 50,000 visitors each month and rising, and the company finished the year ahead of 2019, despite extremely difficult trading conditions. CEO Nick Dutton attributes Brisant’s success to installers selling the benefits of ultra-secure, long-lasting attractive hardware: “Break-ins are a sad reality of life and security is top of most homeowners’ wish lists, but they also want great-looking products that enhance their homes. 

 
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Don’t Miss This January Sale

 

There’s one very special bargain on offer in this year’s January sales, in the form of a one-month free trial of the brand-new TOUCH Vendor remote sales and ordering software from the Business Micros Group.

Installers simply need to head over to the TOUCH store at https://bm-touch.co.uk/installer, add the software to their basket and they can try it out for a whole month without being charged.

Paul Callaghan, Managing Director of group company The Consultancy, which has been responsible for all the front-end design of TOUCH Vendor, says it’s exactly what installers need to set themselves up perfectly for 2021.

 
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New Iso Chemie Factory Investment Boost For UK Operations

 

Foam sealant tape specialist ISO-Chemie is investing in its international infrastructure to accommodate expansion and growth plans this year.

In a new move, which boosts customer service, the company is constructing an additional warehouse at its factory headquarters in Aalen, Germany, as part of a multi-million pound project to double current capacity and enhance green production processes.

New investment will allow UK customers, who include door and window installers, designers, architects and housebuilders, to continue to benefit from rapid deliveries of new foam sealant tape products from the European facility.

 
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Fireside Chat No. 5: The Importance Of Working Together And Growing Together

 

Bringing this Autumn’s informative ‘Fireside Chat’ series of videos to a close Freefoam have now released the final short film about how vertical integration has changed the building products market.

Colin St John, Commercial Director, explains how Freefoam operate a traditional supply model, with manufacturer providing products to an independent local stockist or merchant and subsequent sales to a local installer customer base.  He also illustrates the newer integrated supply model and discusses the challenges and control this can bring to stockists.

Colin explains: “At Freefoam we’ve always believed in a free market place and the ability to grow our customers is our main aim. We want customers who are partners in our business and we’ve always strived to develop and manufacture products to help our customers win more business.”

 
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Success For Purplex Clients After Installer Awards Shortlist Announced

 

Marketing agency Purplex have no less than five of their clients receiving nominations at the GGP Installer Awards 2020.

The awards showcase and celebrate the hard work and dedication from both companies and individuals striving for the best within the home improvement industry, with the winner set to be revealed virtually on Thursday, March 18.

South East home improvement giant SEH BAC, who scooped an award at the 2019 event, are finalists again, this time in the ‘Best Conservatory or Orangery Installation over £35,000’ category.

 
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High Praise For Stellar

 

Stellar, the triple award-winning aluminium window and door system from Epwin Window Systems continues to prove a hit with installers due to its fast-fit properties. The ease of installation is down to its unique pre-gasketed, knock-in beads that make fitting rapid and provides a high-level finish.

The benefits of quick-fitting Stellar were reiterated by installer R Bell Construction who recently completed their first Stellar installation at a large domestic property in Surrey.   Owner, Roy Bell said: “We’ve installed aluminium windows and doors for many years but Stellar is the first aluminium system we have fitted with knock-in beads.  The products were so easy to fit and the level of finish was excellent.”   

 
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New Google Maps Feature For Adminbase Allows At-A-Glance Job Planning

 

AdminBase is now available with the mapping application Google Maps, in the latest development of the industry installer management system.

Available as an automatic upgrade at no additional charge, the Google Maps facility will now allow users to check details of the geographical locations for scheduled site functions at-a-glance, to give immediate visual information on the locations for sales, survey, installation and service personnel.

To learn where and when sales people will be at any one time for example, administrators can easily view appointments by each salesperson or for the whole company, especially useful when planning additional sales calls or checking the activities of any salesperson, or for the company overall.

 
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On Trend Colour Choice For Aluk Windows And Doors

 

The owners of a stunning refurbishment in Whitstable Kent were right on trend when they chose the colours for the AluK windows and doors which have been installed throughout.

Ultimate Grey and Illuminating Yellow have been declared as the Pantone Colours of the Year for 2021and that grey and yellow combination was used to create a striking contrast with the contemporary cladding and render.

The owners had installed AluK products in their previous property and had been impressed with the quality, style and durability, particularly for a coastal location. They had no hesitation in choosing them again this time around; and worked with AluK fabricator Rhino Aluminium and installer SG Installations to complete the design and installation.

 
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SWISSPACER Adds La Defender Pico Balustrade To Its Range Of Premium Solutions For Glass

 

Warm edge spacer bar supplier SWISSPACER has extended its range of innovative solutions for glass in the UK with the launch of La Defender Pico, a slimline balustrade system designed for residential applications.

La Defender Pico combines stylish looks with easy, one-sided installation. Measuring just 62x75mm, it is an extremely strong balustrade system, tested to a 300kg/metre linear load and accredited to BS6180 for glass barriers inside and outside buildings. The system’s continuous gaskets maximise performance through the glass and its anodised aluminium cover offers enhanced durability.

 
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Qualicoat Chairman Angus Mackie Re-Elected For Second Term

 

Angus Mackie has been re-elected chair of QUALICOAT (UK & Ireland) for a second term, effective from 1 January 2021.

The group managing director of Allumette Limited which includes powder coating specialist, Vertik-Al within its portfolio, will stay at the head of the national association for QUALICOAT approved companies for the next 12 months, having started the role in January 2020.  His primary task will be to lead the Association through the COVID-19 crisis.

Mackie said “It is an honour to be re-elected chair of QUALICOAT (UK & Ireland).  My first year was impacted by the pandemic but we have maintained a ‘business as usual’ approach via video conferencing.

 
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3D Aluminium Chooses Emmegi Machines Again

 

For Oxfordshire based 3D Aluminium, investment in the latest, most advanced fabrication machinery is part of its commitment to providing an exceptional service to its commercial clients.

3D is involved in flagship fenestration projects across London and the Home Counties, with a real emphasis on education, healthcare and both the new build and refurbishment sectors. It prides itself on the quality and precision of its windows, doors and curtain walling in Comar, Aluprof, Technal and Wicona profiles and on the efficiency of its operation.

3D Aluminium has been an Emmegi (UK) customer since the machinery supplier was established in the UK 10 years ago and has equipped its factory with a comprehensive mix of Emmegi saws and machining centres.

 
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Gowercroft Joinery Appoints New Technical Manager

 

Multi award-winning timber window and door manufacturer Gowercroft Joinery has appointed a new Technical Manager to drive its ambitious programme of new product development and innovation.

Gary Chatwood is joining the company with over forty years of experience in the timber fenestration, conservatory and home improvement market.

Previously Production and Design Manager at several leading Yorkshire timber and composite window and door companies, he has extensive knowledge of all aspects of production from design and specification through manufacturing operations to installation and after sales service.

 
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Job Vacancies

Experienced Aluminium Profile Cutter - Arkay Windows

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Experienced Aluminium Window & Door Fabricator - Arkay Windows

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Windows & Doors Order Processor - Abcell

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Trade News

Raising The Roof: Can High Levels Of Demand Continue Into 2021?

Owen Thorogood, sales and marketing director for Kestrel, looks back the turbulent months of 2020 and asks whether 2021 will see continued growth for construction.

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Express Bi-folding Doors Appoints Business Immigration Specialists For Jan 1st Rule Change

Leeds headquartered specialist sliding and folding door manufacturer Express Bi-Folding Doors has appointed HR and employment law consultancy Howarths to provide specialist business immigration law support ahead of the introduction of the government’s new points-based immigration system on January 1st 2021.

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New Quickslide Vehicles Deliver Greater Efficiency And Quality Of Service

Quickslide has bolstered the capacity of its nationwide fleet with the addition of four, brand new DAF 290CF 18-ton boxed vehicles, the latest in a series of investments by the West Yorkshire fabricator as it looks to continually improve the quality of its service and infrastructure.

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Trade News

10-Year IFI-Rapierstar Partnership Drives Service, Quality And Choice

UK hardware distributor IFI is celebrating a decade as a supply partner for Rapierstar fasteners, which are used for window and door manufacturing and installation, as well as in timber and general construction.

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Product News

New Look For The New Year: Tuffx Launches ‘Frameless’ Infinity All Glass Rooflights

TuffX is starting 2021 with a bang – with the launch of a new All Glass rooflight in its popular Infinity range.
Offering a sleek, contemporary take on the traditional rooflight,

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People

Obituary – Clive Smith

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our former colleague and dear friend Clive Smith who died suddenly on Tuesday 29th December, 2020.
Clive had worked in the glazing industry for many years and prior to his retirement in 2017 was Technical Sales Manager at Trojan Manufacturing Group.

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New QHSE Manager For ODL Europe

ODL Europe has appointed John Brady as Quality, Health, Safety & Environment (QHSE) Manager. John joined the Bootle-based business back in November with a remit to improve the safety of all employees and site operations whilst overseeing the exacting quality standards of the company’s various product groups.

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Software

Time To Go Shopping For Software

The TOUCH software store is now…. OPEN!
Installers can head straight to the website at bm-touch.co.uk/installer register their details and purchase the brand-new TOUCH Vendor remote sales and ordering software from the Business Micros Group

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On-Site

Profile 22’s Optima Windows Fitted In New London Housing Development

97 Optima windows by Profile 22 were manufactured and installed in a new seven-story residential development in Pelier Street, London. The new build development contained 17 dwellings for social rent,

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High Rise, High Performance Door from Aluprof

High rise apartment living is on the increase in our cities and one of the fastest growing cities to live in is Manchester where the population has increased to 2.9 million.

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Fentrade Aluminium Delivers For School Renovation Project

Fentrade Aluminium has recently manufactured and supplied a range of commercial products for a renovation project at Ysgol Pontrhydfendigaid School in Ystrad Meurig, near Aberystwyth.

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Staying Safe, Looking Great With TuffX

An elegant building requires an equally elegant safety glass solution – which is exactly what toughened glass specialists TuffX recently supplied to a residential complex in Scotland.

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Exhibitions

The Joinery Network To Exhibit At The 2021 Homebuilding And Renovating Show

The Joinery Network is exhibiting at the 2021 virtual Homebuilding and Renovating Show.
The co-operative of industry experts backing timber window and door manufacturers,

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Awards

Senior’s Supply Chain Success

Aluminium fenestration solutions provider Senior Architectural Systems has received a supply chain award from main contractor Morgan Sindall in recognition of the manufacturer’s commitment to offering a consistently high and reliable level of service and support.

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Sponsorship

One Town One Team! Quickslide Extends Its Support For Brighouse Town For Two More Years

Northern Premier League side Brighouse Town AFC’s bold motto ‘One Town One Team’ confirms its commitment to the town whose name it bears. Similarly,

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