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12th March 2019
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Building Our Skills Supports FIT Show’s Skills Thursday Initiative

Building Our Skills, the industry-led campaign designed to attract young people and career changers to choose Fenestration as a career of choice has been chosen to support the FIT Show event with its new initiative – ‘Skills Thursday’ at this year’s show.

‘Skills Thursday’ will take place on 23th May, at the NEC, Birmingham and will be aimed at attracting non-industry visitors to attend and learn more about what Fenestration can offer career changers and young people.


MSP Visits CR Smith To See The Future Of Home Improvements

Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People, visited the CR Smith Dunfermline Headquarters on Friday 8 March, to learn more about its bespoke Apprenticeship Programme and plans for the future.

She visited head office and toured the workshop, meeting CR Smith apprentices in the purpose built training facility.


Yale Hardware Gets Secured By Design Seal Of Approval


The high quality of Yale’s products has been underlined after several of them were granted prestigious Secured by Design status, says the company.

The full product listing has been collated in an updated members page on the Secured by Design website. Secured by Design, a police security initiative that promotes high standards in security design, has tested and approved all of the products listed to the very highest standards.

Paul Atkinson, Sales and Commercial Director for Yale, said: “We have a comprehensive range of Secured by Design approved products,



Flair Windows Capturing More Leads Thanks To Infinity


Trade and retail specialist Flair Windows agreed to a pilot installation of Infinity’s new Capture software at the end of 2018, and liked the system so much that it has made it a permanent fixture on its website.

Capture is a simple website plug-in which gives retail window companies a smart and user-friendly way of capturing leads from visitors to their site.

It incorporates a powerful ‘design your own window or door’ function which invites visitors to play around with bespoke product types, designs, sizes, 


GGF Renews Partnership With National Home Improvement Council


The GGF has announced that it has renewed its longstanding partnership with the National Home Improvement Council (NHIC).

In previous years, both GGF and the NHIC have worked on political influencing, marketing and PR campaigns.

On the renewed partnership, James Lee, GGF Director of External Affairs commented, “We are pleased to continue our relationship with NHIC as they are the voice of the home improvement sector.


New Electronic Single Head Saw From Emmegi (UK)


Emmegi (UK) has launched a new electronic single head rising blade saw equipped with automatic NC bar loading and four different diameter carbide tipped blades ranging from 350 to 650mm.

The Automatica ER is a compact machine, fully enclosed with sliding guards for optimum operator safety.

Designed for precision 90°cutting of aluminium profiles, it incorporates bridge clamps in both the bar feed and cutting zones which ensure accurate positioning and cutting even with different profile geometries.


Showcasing Their Best On A State Of The Art Site


Glass specialist TuffX has launched a responsive new website designed to optimise the visitor experience, for both its residential and commercial customers, and better deliver the company’s diverse offering.

The motivation for the change was two-fold, as IT Manager, Paul Cairns explains: “Efficiency was one of the key drivers. The old site served a purpose but was overly complicated to maintain in-house; keeping both products and news fully updated for our customers used to be a time consuming job. With the new site this has all been streamlined, as well as the aesthetics being overhauled to better show the quality and applications of our products.


Installer Poised For More Growth With Virtu-Al


An installer has described Virtuoso Doors’ Virtu-AL aluminium effect entrance door as a ‘game-changing’ product that’s helped ramp up new business.

Leicestershire-based A14 Building Plastics has grown by 60% in the last five years and credits Virtu-AL with bringing in dozens of enquiries from customers who want the contemporary, high-end look of an aluminium door, but without the price tag.

Leigh Handley, senior manager at A14 Building Plastics, says: “We instantly took notice of the Virtu-AL door from Virtuoso because it is the only composite door on the market that comes in an aluminium frame.


More Investments In Efficiency At The Window Company (Contracts)


Award winning commercial installer The Window Company (Contracts) attributes much of its success to being able to manage projects more efficiently than just about anybody else.

As part of its commitment to staying ahead of the competition, it has just appointed Patrick Holt as an additional Contracts Supervisor, to help ensure that both its refurbishment and new build projects continue to run on time and on budget.

Patrick has worked in the construction industry for his entire career – progressing from labourer to assistant site manager, and is bringing all of that real world know-how to the new role.


Tremco-illbruck To Bring The Future To FIT 2019

Tape, sealant and adhesive experts tremco-illbruck says it will be bringing the future of window installation to FIT Show 2019.

From the 21st to the 23rd of May, the company will be showcasing an array of cutting-edge products designed to help installers fit more quickly and efficiently than ever before.

Show-goers can get up close and personal with the company’s TP600 Compriband, its flagship joint sealant tape, TP653, an airtight tape outstanding enough to meet Passivhaus standards, and an extensive selection of other top-selling products.


Ironmongery Experts Celebrated At Industry Awards

Dedicated industry professionals and promising newcomers within the door hardware industry were recognised at the annual Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) awards ceremony on 23 February.

The IAI Fellowship Award is given to an individual who has shown a longstanding and ongoing commitment to the IAI over at least 10 years, and who is still actively involved within the industry and Institute. This year’s winner was Mario Del-Signore, director of CES UK and the current treasurer of the GAI.


CDW Systems Helps Window Service Centre Hit ‘Top Gear’ With Car Showroom Installation

Trade and commercial fabricator CDW Systems has helped one of its customers complete a successful installation at a car dealership in Guernsey. 

The Window Service Centre, which has been operating throughout Guernsey for 25 years, was tasked with upgrading the main showroom entrance at their local Hyundai dealership. The team called on the expertise of CDW Systems, who supplied both Hawk commercial sliding doors and Sapa’s 202 Ground Floor Treatments.


Tremco-illbruck Brings Bang-Up-To-Date Performance To Historic Bishop Auckland

One of Durham’s most historic towns is getting a striking new Visitors’ Centre – thanks in part to silicone, tape and sealant specialists tremco-illbruck.

Bishop Auckland is a bustling market town, home to the magnificent Auckland Castle, an impressive array of Grade I-listed landmarks, and, since the 1800s, the Bishops of Durham themselves.

It’s not surprising, then, that when it came to creating somewhere to greet the thousands of tourists the town receives every year, designers turned to the past for inspiration.


P C Henderson’s Flagship Product Specified For Modern Home Renovation In Belgium


Meca Welding, a small family run Blacksmith company based in Belgium, has recently specified P C Henderson’s Securefold folding door hardware for the renovation of a pool house at a residential property in Shilde, Belgium.

Specialising in the creation of wrought iron windows and doors – Meca Welding worked with the owners of the property to specify an exterior folding door solution for the property. The project brief required a system which could be fully opened during the warmer months and securely closed off during the winter – whilst also considering the architectural style and design aesthetics of the building.



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Epwin Window Systems Announces Investment In New 300,000 Square Foot Warehouse And Distribution Centre In Telford

Epwin Window Systems, has just announced investment in a new 300,000 square foot distribution centre in Telford, Shropshire. Clare O’Hara, Managing Director at Epwin Window Systems, said: “We are making a significant investment in ”


MyGlazing.com Hits One Million

The GGF’s consumer advice website MyGlazing.com has hit a landmark one million page views in just over three years since was set up.

MyGlazing.com was set up in 2016 to help homeowners make a more informed choice when selecting windows, doors and conservatories.


Profitable Business Growth With Aluminium

Deliver Everything Aluminium with absolute certainty for profitable business growth – that’s what AluFoldDirect installers have been doing to take advantage of the buoyant domestic aluminium market.


Product News

REHAU Launches Rio Flush Fit Windows

REHAU has unveiled its latest design of uPVC windows, the Rio Flush Fit Window – its most realistic alternative to traditional timber windows.

The REHAU Rio Flush Fit window is designed to create a sleek, flush finish, with windows that blend in with


Howells Patent Glazing Launches New Roof Vent System

Howells Patent Glazing is pleased to announce the launch of its new roof vent system. Designed to integrate with the company’s patent glazing bars, the vent is also compatible with other systems. For complete flexibility, it can be accommodated into any application with overhead g


Flair Windows Chooses SWISSPACER for ULTIMATE Thermal Efficiency

Flair Windows is a manufacturer and installer of high-performance windows and doors from its 40,000 sq. ft factory in Sutton Coldfield. The company fabricates a choice of systems including Kömmerling, Smart and Selecta. Regardless of the product,



New Website For Framexpress

Framexpress, the 4-hour quotes, 48-hour windows fabricator, has launched a new website to help window installers make the best product choices for their domestic and commercial projects.



Ultion Generates 160K Week Facebook Views

Ultion’s Facebook post from the 15th February, 2019 achieved over 160,000 Facebook views. Homeowners from across the UK watched the video showing how Ultion can withstand attacks from blowtorches.

Burglars using blowtorches as a means to force entry into properties,


FIT Show

Be Inspired With ‘Everything Central’ At FIT

With the FIT Show fast approaching, it’s no surprise that The Boing Boing Group has its show plans all sewn up with ‘Everything Central’. The fast-growing Midlands based fabricator is at the show with two companies from under the Boing Boing umbrella; CentralRPL and CentralASL



Firex 2019 – GGF Set For Europe’s Biggest Exhibition For Fire Safety

The GGF is looking forward to FIREX International (18-20 June 2019) at London Excel and is exhibiting on stand number FX715.

At the Europe’s largest show for fire safety, the GGF will be display live before and after exhibits showing how



Reynaers To Reveal Product Updates At Annual Innovation Days

Aluminium systems supplier Reynaers is to host a series of Innovation Days on 13 and 14 March at the company’s Knowledge Centre in Birmingham.

Aimed at residential fabricators, glass and glazing trade professionals


GGF Looks Forward To The President’s Reception

Following the recent announcement of the date and venue for this year’s President’s Reception, GGF President John Agnew and Kevin Buckley, GGF Group Chief Executive are both looking forward to what promises to be a memorable and


VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2019: Accelerating Innovation

‘Accelerating Innovation’ is the theme of the seventh VinylPlus Sustainability Forum which will explore key drivers of innovation that support the PVC industry’s targets within the circular economy when representatives from the entire value



Saint-Gobain Building Glass Celebrates Third Win Your Windows Back Competition Winner

A couple from County Durham have had a fantastic start to 2019 as they became the third winners of the Win Your Windows Back competition from Saint-Gobain Building Glass, winning over £3,000 to cover the cost of their new Planitherm windows.


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