12th June 2018
 
Tough Market Conditions In The UK Door & Window Fabricators Market
 

The UK door and window fabricators market put in a strong performance between 2013 and 2016 but appears to have flattened out in 2017, according to a recent report by AMA Research, part of construction intelligence services provider Barbour ABI. The key defining factors that continue to pervade the market include; market maturity, fragmentation, competition, cost-management, building legislation, ‘green’ building, tough market conditions and diversification.

 
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Introducing Viiu – The Ground-Breaking Sliding Door
 

Viiu (pronounced ‘view’) is the revolutionary new product set to shake up the UK sliding door market.

Offering ultra-slim sightlines, secure laminated glass throughout and an ingenious, unobtrusive design, Viiu is, according to the company, one of the most advanced aluminium doors ever produced – and manufacturers Viiu Ltd think it has the potential to become the next big thing in glass and glazing.

 
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Sweet – Rethinking Door Furniture
 

Brisant Secure have just unwrapped Sweet, a truly suited range of door furniture. It shares the same registered curved design ethos and longevity with Lock Lock, their revolutionary security door handle and includes handle, knocker, letterplate, escutcheon and numerals.

Suited door furniture has long been a headline requirement for door buyers, yet in most instances the term ‘suited’ extends little further than colour, with no design compatibility between components.

 
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New Figures Suggest That Industry Is Underplaying The Potential Of Colour
 

New figures released by specialist extruder of gaskets, Extrudaseal, reveal that despite increases in overall volumes, black remains by far and away the dominant gasket colour.

According to its analysis, there was little change in the supply of gasket in the last two years, with black accounting for 92% of all window and door gasket it supplied in 2016 and 2017.

 
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David Leng Joins Expert Panel At Glazing Summit

 

David Leng, group chief executive at Customade Group, has urged any owners considering selling their firms to think ahead and look at how they can add value to their businesses before they begin the sales process. David, who joined a panel of experts on mergers and acquisitions at the recent Glazing Summit conference, also called for them to be ‘straightforward’ with their figures to aid the process of selling their business.

 
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Dear Gerald

 

Many fabricators chase every order. White or foiled, selling more frames is the goal, even if you take a hit on margins.

When I predicted we’d see the first colour-only fabricators this year, it caused a stir. But it wasn’t a publicity stunt. We’re very nearly there with several fabricators selling colour and supplying white only if asked. Imagine a different business model from the one most fabricators are used to, where you’re not chasing volume and getting knocked down on price.

 
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It’s Not Too Late

 

Allan Brothers is reminding installers who want to get involved in the timber market that they’ve still got time to book a space on one of their upcoming Summer Open Days.

Taking place at the company’s Berwick upon Tweed headquarters on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 June, the Open Days are being staged to show installers how easily they could integrate timber windows and doors into their product ranges and start winning profitable new business.

 
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GJB Window Systems Customer Conference Hailed As Success
 

GJB Windows Systems is celebrating a successful Customer Conference held at the company’s Essex headquarters in May.

The one-day event provided customers with a complete update and overview of the new developments at GJB, as well as further details on the structure of the wider GJB Holdings Group including new sister company Listers

 
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Georgian Bar launches Stateside

 

For anyone that knows Philip Dewhurst Jr, Commercial Director of The Georgian Bar Company, his love of travel won’t come as a shock. But it’s not all play and no work, because his stateside trips have now culminated with an impressive launch of a new product ‘WINtek’ through extrusion & distribution partner US Polymers Inc.

 
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Chris Fenney: Obituary

 

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Chris Fenney, New Build Manager, Freefoam Building Products on Thursday 31st May, 2018.

Chris was an incredibly valuable member of our team at Freefoam. He worked with us for 13 years, joining us with many years experience in the building industry.

 
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New Emmegi 5-Axis Machine Offers Single Or Double Operation

 

Safety, low sound levels, flexibility and ease of use are amongst the key benefits of the brand new fully enclosed Comet R6 machining centre from Emmegi.

Seen for the first time at Fensterbau, the Comet R6 (HP) is a 5-axis machining centre with a 7.5m working range. The new guard enclosure, which comes as standard,

 
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Wide Soffit Just Got Woodgrained!

 

Freefoam Building Products has announced the addition of four woodgrain finishes to its Wide 605mm Soffit Range. The wide General Purpose Board is becoming a popular choice on many contemporary house styles, and has been added to the range as part of Freefoam’s continuing support of customers servicing the Housebuilder.

 
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Smart Launches UK’s First PAS 24 Tested Auto Slide Door

 

Smart Architectural Aluminium has introduced a PAS 24 option to its auto-slide Smart Wall door system. Featuring standard and fire escape door variants, the new auto-slide door is the first in the UK to be fully tested to the latest PAS 24 standards.

Representing the latest security upgrade to Smart’s established Smart Wall system, the new auto-slide door provides architects,

 
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Deceuninck Launches ‘Best Performing’ Sliding Patio Door – Slider24+

 

Deceuninck has launched Slider24+, the top performing sliding patio door.

Slider24+, which is Part Q security and Part M mobility compliant, is designed to withstand heavy loads and has #BestInClass weather performance, air and water tightness, claim the company.

 
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Coastal Group Offers The World’s First Cradle-To-Cradle Weatherseals By Deventer

 

Door and window hardware specialist Coastal Group is keeping its focus on providing the latest solutions with its range of performance weatherseals from Deventer.

The World’s first (and only) weatherseal manufacturer to acquire a renewed SILVER level Cradle-to-Cradle product certificate, the range of Deventer weatherseals from Coastal

 
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Milwood Group Helps Installers Prepare For The Summer With New Alfresco Veranda Range

 

Outdoor Living specialists the Milwood Group have launched two new products in its stunning, high-quality Alfresco range of verandas as the outdoor living market continues to grow into the summer.

After hitting the target with the Traditional Alfresco, Milwood Group has extended the range with the Lifestyle and the Contemporary Alfresco systems.

 
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SmartSecure Showcased by Grabex Windows

 

Grabex Windows featured the FUHR 881 fully motorised multipoint door lock, supplied by Carl F Groupco, on its stand at the 2018 Grand Designs Live London event. Considerable interest was shown in the innovative lock that was displayed with Carl F Groupco’s SmartSecure fingerprint and remote key fob access control options on Grabex’s timber door.

 
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Window Ware Shortlisted For SME Bedfordshire Business Awards 2018 Final

 

Hardware distributor Window Ware has reached the finals of the SME Bedfordshire Business Awards – Service Excellence category.

Armed with plenty of positive testimonials and documented evidence of its efforts to continually hone its hardware provision, the Bedford-based Window Ware decided to enter the Service Excellence category in the Bedfordshire Business

 
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Trade News

Customade Group Sells Bifold Shop

Customade Group has announced that it has completed the sale of Bifold Shop – an established supplier and installer of specialist aluminium doors to the domestic market.

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Glazerite Keeps Ahead Of Market Trends With New Products From DOORCO

As a longstanding industry name, with almost 20 years trading under its belt, The Glazerite UK Group is a leading supplier of windows, doors and conservatories to the UK market place. Built on the desire to excel in service and product quality,

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VBH Gets 10/10 For Service And Quality From Garrard Windows

Buckinghamshire fabricator Garrard Windows has been a customer of hardware distributor VBH for more than 10 years. Manufacturing around 2,500 products a week, including PVC-U and aluminium windows, bifold and patio doors, Garrard uses VBH door hinges and handles,

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Rapierstar Breaks Dispatch Record With First £100K Day

Door and window fastener specialist Rapierstar has passed another major milestone on its path to record growth, by exceeding more than £100,000 of dispatches in a single day for the first time.

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Continued Growth For Mercury’s Visofold Bifold Door

Mercury Glazing Supplies Ltd has reported a 19% increase in Aluminium sales, based on the same period in 2017, attributed mainly to the Smart’s Visofold Bifold Door. The growth in sales is as a direct result of increasing demand from their customers who have witnessed

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GGFI Outlines Its High Value Commercial Products

Insolvency insurance on a large scale – GGFi has the solutions for businesses

As one of the leading insurance administrators of insolvency products,

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4 Hour Quotes, 48 Hour Windows With Framexpress

Installers can get 4-hour quotes and 48-hour delivery on PVCu windows from fitter-focussed trade fabricator, Framexpress.

“Express by name, express by nature,” says Stuart Green, Director at Framexpress.

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Product News

Further Success With A Stronger Residor Proposition

Solidor says installation companies are now joining Residor by the week, as they seek what they describe as arguably the most secure mid-market GRP composite door from Solidor Group,

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Window Ware Leads The Way With Cutting-Edge Caldwell Lock

Hardware supplier Window Ware has been announced as the exclusive launch partner for Caldwell’s innovative new Cotswold Sinidex window lock in England and Wales.

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People

Experienced Team Leads Epwin Glass

Epwin Glass’ experienced team are on hand to help fabricators and installers with all their glass requirements and pride themselves on their expertise and knowledge of the glazing solutions market. Katrina Earl,

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New Contracts Manager At The Window Company (Contracts)

Steven May is the new Contracts Manager at award winning commercial installer The Window Company (Contracts).

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Training & Development

Apprenticeship Success At Conservatory Outlet

Yorkshire based fabricator Conservatory Outlet Ltd has appointed yet another ambitious apprentice in a full time permanent role.

James Owen, who began his placement at Conservatory Outlet

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On-Site

Bennetts Begin Work At Manchester Health Academy

Aluminium glazing specialists Bennett Architectural have been chosen to supply and install doors, windows and curtain walling for the £10m expansion of Manchester Health Academy.

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Events

GGF Sets Date For Members’ Day

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is pleased to announce that Members’ Day 2018 will be held on Wednesday 12th September at the National Conference Centre (part of the National Motorcycle Museum) in Solihull.

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Get The Fastest, Boldest Vision Of The Future At UK Construction Week

Innovation is the key theme for this year’s UK Construction Week (UKCW) which returns to the NEC in Birmingham from 9 to 11 October.

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Charity

Morley Glass Helps Get School On The Road

Morley Glass & Glazing managing director Ian Short has helped provide Mill Field Primary School in Leeds with a new set of wheels after he raised more than £10k for children's charity Variety.

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