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12th May 2022
 


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Clayton Glass Sign Deal To Purchase Two Insulating Glass Unit Facilities

 

Clayton Glass can today (10th May) announce exchange of contracts in a deal to purchase the insulating glass unit manufacturing facilities at Motherwell and Canterbury from Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland.

With this move, both capacities and geographical coverage have been significantly improved, as we strengthen our ability to deliver to the whole of the UK, from the South coast of England to the North of Scotland.

These additional capabilities will now allow us to produce upwards of 65,000 units a week, in a mix of standard IGUs, specialist roof and door products.

 
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Fireshel Helps Shelforce Strengthen Partnerships

 

Window and door manufacturer Shelforce has strengthened relationships with its clients thanks to the continuing success of its fully compliant Fireshel 30-minure fire, smoke and security resistant door.

Since launching the Fireshel in 2020, Shelforce has had to increase its manufacturing capacity from a standing start of 70 fire doors a week – and the likes of construction giant Wates and double glazing and installation company Lutley Windows have strengthened their partnership with them as a result.

The Fireshel is a perfect solution for local authorities who need fully EN tested 3rd Party Accredited, replacement fire door sets that are compliant with the latest 2020 MHCLG Annex A recommendations.

 
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Schüco Launches New And Improved AS FD Bi-Fold Door System

 

Schüco has launched its new AS FD bi-fold door system. It delivers the largest maximum leaf size on the market, slim profiles and simplified fabrication and installation, claims the company.  The AS FD 75 will launch in May 2022 and the AS FD 90.HI will be available from September.

The doors provide the company’s slimmest bi-fold sightlines yet at 90mm. A maximum leaf width of 1500m and height of 3500mm offer customers greater views with minimal obstruction, while the option of a new 3-point handle operated lock provides more familiar operation.

Installation is made easier with an 8mm +/- adjustment profile and integrated rebate profiles reduce the production time compared to previous models.

 
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Window Designer Could Make You Five Times Quicker

 

Using Window Designer to design and fabricate your aluminium windows and doors could make you up to five times more efficient, First Degree Systems has announced.

“The profitability of aluminium has grown tremendously,” Greg Beachim, sales manager at First Degree Systems, said. “But what hasn’t really come along the same way is the software capabilities of some of the aluminium systems.

“The potentially cumbersome or time-consuming software products that are given away free of charge don’t cut the additional processes that are needed for this expanding market.

 
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The New Guardian Glass Training Center Offers Glass Knowledge, Skills And Training

 

Developed to help the glass community of fabricators, processors, wholesalers, architects and specifiers learn more about glass and the role it plays as a design and building material. The new Guardian Glass Training Center is a digital learning platform that offers a variety of online interactive training tools and resources, including video-based learning sessions, accredited training modules, webinars and an in-person training booking system.

The Guardian Glass Training Center platform provides users with a dashboard and easy-to-use interface with personalisation and gamification features. It enables users to take their training in the form of online video learning sessions, which are supported by quizzes and presentations.

 
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CAB’s Knowledge Sharing Initiative

 

CAB have always ensured that during any Member meetings the time is always allocated for Members to network together in an interesting venue. Rather than an opportunity for Members to ‘sell’ to each other, the experience is one of relation-building which may lead to future business. During the pandemic CAB held regular webinars on various topics when meetings were not possible. Now that meetings are back on the agenda and following our successful Members Spring Forum, is there more CAB can do?

In response to requests from Members for greater opportunity to network, CAB is organising an in-person Members Knowledge Sharing Exchange in September this year. The aim of each Exchange is to facilitate learning and knowledge transfer that our members specialise in,

 
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Modplan’s Training Academy Opens

 

Modplan has just opened an on-site Training Academy at its Newport headquarters. Heidi Sachs, Modplan’s managing director, said: “We’ve always taken training very seriously and our Training Academy is an investment in the future of our business and the wider industry. It gives us a dedicated space where we can provide training for the staff in our business and allows us to offer training opportunities to our customers too.”

The Training Academy gives Modplan a dedicated space to train personnel from across its business from NVQ level through to management training. Customer product training is always available too. Heidi commented: ”The Academy will help us build on our commitment to developing talent from within and provide a cohesive career path for growth and progression throughout the business.

 
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UAP’S ‘Maintenance Man’ Back On His Feet Post-Collapse

 

UAP, the specialist in locks and hardware for doors and windows welcomes Dirk Charnock back to its head office in Whitefield after suffering a cardiac arrest last month.

When Dirk collapsed at work, operations director Wendy Rushton and her fellow colleagues rushed to help him by executing their first aid training. On hand to support Wendy, first aiders Julie Greenhalgh and Lyndsey Smyth called emergency services, placed Dirk in the recovery position and deployed the defibrillator. The swift actions of the team around him ensured that Dirk survived his attack and was swiftly taken to North Manchester General Hospital.

Now, just a month on, Dirk has undertaken a speedy recovery and has greeted the women that saved him at UAP’s head office.

 
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Qualicoat 3.0 Enhanced Sustainability

 

Since 1986 Qualicoat has continued to work as a membership run organisation to standardise and improve the quality of powder coatings by setting a standard that is regularly updated following evidence-backed research. Today Qualicoat , based in Zurich, can claim a global licensed membership of powder manufacturers, pretreatment systems providers and powder coaters who are all third party inspected to the current Qualicoat Specification, says the company.

In the UK & Ireland Qualicoat has its own Association that inspects and awards licences across the region. Membership in the UK & Ireland continues to grow and now encompasses virtually all of the major architectural powder coaters across the British Isles.

 
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Pyramid Aluminium Launch New Retail Brochure

 

Pyramid Aluminium has showed its level of support for customers by releasing a new retail brochure for its Purelight range. Featuring sliding doors and windows, as well as their new energy saving SlimFold bi-fold door, the range offers a full suite of aluminium products, and the brochure will help installers increase sales, claims the company.

Paul Bailey, managing director at Pyramid Aluminium, says: “We created the Purelight system to make life easier for installers, making aluminium glazing easier to fit and easier to sell. The new glossy retail brochure offers another reason to choose Purelight.

“The entire range is built with slim profiles to offer more glass for eye-catching aesthetics, as well as fantastic thermal efficiency.

 
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Senior Brings Light To Lampwick Quay

 

Senior Architectural Systems has completed its fourth project for client Manchester Life after supplying the full aluminium fenestration package for the developer’s new Lampwick Quay apartment scheme.

Located in Manchester’s thriving new community in Ancoats, the new development comprises 213 apartments across three blocks of five, six and ten-storeys, with ground floor retail units and communal facilities including a gym and residents club room. A mix of Senior’s aluminium windows, commercial doors and curtain wall solutions have been used extensively throughout the development and installed by supply chain partner Aire Valley Architectural Aluminium for main contractor John Sisk & Son Ltd.

 
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Global Windows Opens New Showroom

 

Emplas installer Global Windows has opened a new showroom at its premises in Sheffield, marking the next important stage of the company’s 27-year growth.

The extensive 180 square metre showroom now showcases a wide range of Emplas products, including uPVC windows and doors and composite doors.

Residence Collection windows are also on show, as are a range of high-quality conservatories and integral blind systems.

Global Windows managing director Liam Hulme comments: “Up until March 2020, we were also a manufacturer of windows, uPVC bi-folds and patio doors, serving to both the trade and domestic markets.

 
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Norseal Slides Into Winning Position At Specification Awards

 

A product that not only recognises a hard-to-solve problem, but offers an elegant solution has been acclaimed at a major industry award, winning the Product Innovation Award at the GAI RIBA Specification Award. Norseal’s Complete Sealing System for sliding doors now makes it possible to seal the majority of sliding doors with any kind of hardware configuration, regardless of door and frame construction, says the company.

The GAI RIBA Specification Awards recognise excellence in architectural ironmongery specification and design, and are judged by a panel of hardware experts and architects every two years. The Norseal team was presented with the Product Innovation prize at a ceremony at the top of London’s iconic Cheese grater building on 5 May.

 
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Trade News
 

Three Months Unlimited Use For Just £1/Month

As excitement builds up to the launch of the 2022 FIT Show at the NEC in Birmingham, Business Pilot have announced their biggest-ever giveaway: a show-exclusive three months’ unlimited use, for unlimited users, for just £1 a month.
“There are loads of developments at Business Pilot right now, and we want to share them with as many people as possible,”

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New Branding Highlights A Sharper Focus In Made For Trade’s Next Chapter

Made for Trade has undergone a new digital-friendly branding transformation to better reflect the firm’s current product positioning, service offering and core values, as the company builds on the name’s ongoing success ahead of the FIT Show 2022.

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Trade News

Giving Fabricators A Way To Vent

In response to impending changes to Part F of the Building Regulations increasing requirements for ventilation, Rehau has partnered with plastic injection moulder Glazpart to expand its frame accessory selection to include trickle vents.

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Purplex And Insight Data Unveil Media And Technology Campus

Full-service marketing agency Purplex and Specialist data supplier, Insight Data, held a VIP-packed grand opening to celebrate the completion of its state-of-the-art headquarters.
Over 120 visitors attended the extensively renovated business campus, including leading professionals from across the window industry,

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Job Vacancies

New Business Development Manager

Since Aluprof’s emergence onto the UK & Ireland market fifteen years ago offering a well established European portfolio of architectural aluminium systems, meeting and often exceeding the needs of specifiers, Ireland has welcomed Aluprof as a major systems supplier. But it’s not just about well designed fenestration systems,

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Product News

Distinction Doors Unveils Latest Addition To Nxt-Gen Range

Distinction Doors has introduced the latest addition to its nxt-gen range, the nxt-gen Craftsman, which the company says is a one-of-a-kind door style is exclusive to Distinction Doors.
Evocative of 1930s, inter-war door designs, the nxt-gen Craftsman launches in two size – 838mm and 914mm.

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People

Epwin Window Systems’ Katrina Earl Promoted To Sales Director

Katrina Earl has been appointed sales director of Epwin Window Systems after seven years with the business. In her appointment, Katrina will report to managing director Clare Bailey [formerly O’Hara] and will be responsible for sales development across the PVC-U, Aluminium, Hardware and Commercial business divisions.

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Ben Wallace Announced As GGF Head Of Membership & Customer Relations

The Glass & Glazing Federation has announced that long standing employee, Ben Wallace, has been appointed as head of membership & customer relations. Ben has been with the GGF for 10 years and has extensive industry experience to bring to the role.
Anda Gregory, chief development officer of the GGF comments on Ben’s appointment:

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Conservatories

A True Yorkshire Warm Roof

Mr & Mrs Dickinson live in a beautiful riverside detached home in Yorkshire and had an existing conservatory with a polycarbonate roof that was in need of updating. The footprint of the conservatory was large but with only one radiator and outdated roof and glazing technology, the space was underused as it was cold for much of the year.

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Software

Emmegisoft CAM Driver Helps Alitex Maximise 5-Axis Machine Capabilities

Emmegi’s CAMPlus Driver CAD software, available as an add on for users of Emmegi CNC machining centres, has received an impressive endorsement from Alitex, one of the biggest users of Emmegi machinery in the UK.

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Internet

Sternfenster Launches Virtual Showroom

Sternfenster has launched a new virtual showroom to help customers sell higher value products to homeowners.
“People moved online during the pandemic to research and buy home improvement products,” Sternfenster’s sales director Nathan Court said.

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FIT Show

Dekko Proud To Be Part Of Window Innovation To Be Revealed At FIT Show

If you’re heading to the FIT Show this year, you won’t want to miss seeing the fully welded seamless window from machinery expert Haffner and leading trade supplier Dekko Window Systems.
The new Infinity fully seamless reverse butt welded window will be on display at Haffner’s 610 square metre stand, the largest in FIT Show history.

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New Purplex Partner To Give Installers ‘The Digital Edge’

Purplex Marketing has partnered with dynamic software tool Price Point, giving installers access to a ‘state-of-the-art’ window and door designer, pricing and quoting tool, and a full CRM and lead management system all in one platform.

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Sobinco To Showcase Aluminium Hardware Range At FIT Show

Sobinco’s range of window and door hardware, designed exclusively for the aluminium market, is now supplied directly through systems houses, expanding the availability of one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of premium hardware to the UK.

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Events

Glazpart Backs ‘Major Forum’ As Company Looks Forward To Glazing Summit 2022

Glazpart is the latest company to come on board for this year’s Glazing Summit – with the company’s sales and marketing manager Dean Bradley describing the event as a ‘major forum’ for the industry.

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