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12th November 2020
 
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Morley Glass Crusher Reaches 200 Tonne Recycling Landmark

 

Integral blinds specialist Morley Glass & Glazing has prevented more than 200 tonnes of post-consumer glass from going to landfill and 64,226kg of CO2 emissions from going into the atmosphere, whilst raising money for “green” projects.

The recycling landmark has been reached after the sealed unit manufacturer dedicated part of its Leeds manufacturing space earlier this year to serve as a collection centre for waste glass or “cullet”, which it then returns to Saint-Gobain Glass to be reused in the manufacture of new glass. All the money Morley Glass receives for the cullet is placed in a green fund and donated in £500 grants to support charities looking to invest in environmental and sustainable initiatives.

 
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New Online Marketplace Is Aimed At Installers

 

This month sees the launch of a new, first-of-its kind online service aimed at fenestration industry installers. Recognising that the business support needed by installers and SMEs in the industry is often difficult to reach, ‘UBoom’ aims to make such support not only affordable but instantly accessible.

Incorporating products and services chosen specifically for the sector, UBoom offers installers an invaluable and vast range of toolkits to help their business boom.

From business management tools, employment contracts, training schemes, marketing, sales, telephone answering services, photography, social media, website audits, feedback programmes,

 
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New MACO MKV Shootbolt Supplied By Carl F Groupco

 

Carl F Groupco has announced that it is now a stockist for MACO’s new MKV shootbolt. Developed and designed alongside fabricators and installers, the MKV provides advanced window security.

Special features of the MKV include a slimmer, smaller 21mm universal backset to cater for all eurogroove depths, enhanced cam design and lower operating forces on handle movement. Testing standards are assured as the MKV has undergone assessments that exceed PAS24. Benefits include fast fitting as all screws are on one face. The shootbolt is available in telescopic or croppable versions.

Hardware distributor Carl F Groupco and MACO have an established relationship dating back 26 years.

 
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Glazerite Welcomes New Member Of The Board

 

The Glazerite UK Group Ltd has announced further changes to its senior management team, following the recent appointment of Group Managing Director, Robert Brearley. Mike Johnson, who has been with Glazerite since it was founded in 2000, is to move towards retirement during the course of 2021, with Mark Johnston taking on the role of Group Finance Director.

Mark joins the trade fabricator from his role as Finance and Commercial Director at Sovereign Group Ltd, which produces windows and doors for social and affordable housing properties. Group Managing Director, Robert Brearley says of his appointment: “Mark has extensive commercial and financial experience across a range

 
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Dear Gerald – Is Imitation Flattery Or Theft?

 

They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but what value does copycatting bring to the glazing market? I ask because we’ve recently noticed an increase in the number of companies and products that are coming to market with dumbed down versions of RegaLead’s decorative glass designs.

Whilst we have no objections to healthy competition, which drives innovation and delivers value, we fail to see how these tactics drive the market forward in any way. Isn’t this ‘flattery’, in fact, theft?

We certainly aren’t the first or last in the industry to have our work poorly imitated for someone else’s financial gain, and we aren’t the only company who has resorted to legal action in the past.

 
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£15k COVID-19 Security Investment Means It’s Business As Usual For Victorian Sliders During Latest Lockdown

 

Victorian Sliders have announced that they are operating as normal during the second national lockdown, and continuing to deliver sash windows across the UK.

The company has invested over £15k in a high-tech COVID-19 prevention system, which passed with flying colours after a recent safety check by the local authority. The system includes heat sensor cameras, facial recognition cameras, and a QR scanner questionnaire.

According to Group Managing Director Andy Jones, the company will continue to put safety at the very heart of their operations.

 
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Wider Appeal For Stellar Bifold

 

The Stellar aluminium bifold door has proved popular with fabricators and installers ever since it came to market last year. It’s innovative, quick-fitting design has seen a growing number of installers fitting Stellar, and this appeal looks set to increase as a result of the new bifold hardware which allows for wider door apertures.

Paul Booth, Design Director – Aluminium Products, explains: “The new Stellar bifold door hardware allows for an increase in sash sizes of 1200w x 2500h with a maximum height plus width of 3500. This allows the Stellar bifold to be used in wider door apertures which are very much on-trend with consumers at this time.”

 
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New Face At The Consultancy

 

With demand booming across the industry for online sales and lead generation tools, The Consultancy is expanding its web development team so that it can keep on delivering outstanding service to clients.

Stephen Hamill has joined the Hartlepool based team to work on a range of exciting new projects for some of the biggest brands in fenestration.

A WordPress expert who estimates that he has worked on more than 1000 websites during his career, Stephen brings a vast amount of experience to the role. He will be helping to create brand new

 
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GGF Urges Companies to Work Safe

 

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is urging all companies and workers in the sector to make sure they not only stay safe, but also work safe during the latest lockdown.

John Agnew, GGF Managing Director commented, “The latest lockdown restrictions will dramatically affect many sectors, and it is welcomed that the UK and Irish Governments are trying to keep pillars of the economy going and that includes manufacturing, construction and home improvement. Though this is positive for our sector, it is crucial that all companies and their employees adhere to the safe guidance available and take every practical and reasonable step to ensure that everyone stays safe in the workplace.”

 
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exlabesa Building Systems UK To Exhibit At 2021 FIT Show

 

One of Europe’s biggest aluminium systems companies, exlabesa Building Systems UK, are excited to announce that they will be exhibiting at the FIT Show next May.

The FIT Show is the UK’s only dedicated event for the window, door, flat glass and components market, giving systems companies, fabricators, installers, architects and specifiers access to the latest timber, aluminium and PVC-u products, new hardware and furnishing solutions, as well as unrivalled opportunities to network and do business.

Due to restrictions brought on by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent national lockdown, 2020’s FIT Show was unable to go K.

 
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Senior Brings Home The Benefits

 

Senior Architectural Systems has delivered a stunning fenestration package for a new affordable housing development in North London.

The Williamson Heights high-rise residential scheme in Wembley, has been developed by Peabody and designed by Delta Architects. Comprising two buildings linked by a podium garden, each of the apartments feature Senior’s thermally-broken SPW600 aluminium windows and co-ordinating SPW600 aluminium doors which provide access to the individual balconies. Daylighting has also been embraced thanks to Senior’s SF52 aluminium curtain wall screens, with the main and communal entrances made safe and secure with the use of SPW501 aluminium commercial doors.

 
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Everglade Windows Comes Out On Top In New Survey

 

In the latest UK Windows & Doors Industry Survey by Plimsoll, Everglade Windows has been rated as the 3rd fastest growing company in the UK market.

The Plimsoll Ratings Analysis uses the latest data intelligence, including a financial health rating, to rate UK Window and Door companies, and the results said that 36 percent of companies were rated as ‘Caution’ or ‘Danger’, says the company.

Jay Patel, Director at Everglade Windows says: “Once again, Plimsoll has recognised Everglade Windows with a ‘Strong’ rating which, in the current climate, is an even greater accolade, given the amount of uncertainty in the market as the industry tackles the challenges of 2020.

 
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TriSeal™ Protects Priceless Manuscripts In Ambitious Qatar National Library Building

 

Edgetech’s Super Spacer has played a crucial role in the construction of one of the Middle East’s most spectacular new buildings.

The product was used to deliver the stunning 5,500 square-meter glass façade of the Qatar National Library.

The 42,000 square meter structure is home to over a million books, and 500,000 digital editions. The library’s most valuable volumes are kept in a six-meter deep, glass-ceilinged room reminiscent of an excavated labyrinth.

Its diamond-shaped façade area has been designed to filter out the glaring Middle Eastern sun, while still letting in enough light to illuminate the library interior.

 
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Job Vacancies

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Trade News
 

Modplan’s Dedicated Flush Sash Factory Reflects Business Growth

Trade fabricator Modplan has set up a dedicated factory at its Newport headquarters to the sole manufacture of its Flush Sash windows.

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Allica Bank Closes £1.9 Million Deal For Uk Glass Rooflight Manufacturer, Glazing Vision

Allica Bank, the business bank dedicated to empowering small and medium-sized businesses to succeed, has announced the completion of a £1.9 million

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Huge UK Retailer Pivots Into The Construction Sector

Jade Greenhow, Director of Operations at Insight Data comments on big construction industry news.

“John Lewis are planning to diversify into house building.

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Certass Sets Out Its Stall For 2021

After a challenging year for the industry, Certass Ltd is urging installers to check they are getting meaningful value from their Competent Persons Scheme,

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Trade News

Alutech Systems: Still Open For Business

Alutech Systems says it is continuing to supply customers as usual. Factory and deliveries will still operate at full capacity to keep up with current demand in the industry.

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Will Your Self-Employed Contractors Be Able To Work In The UK From 1 July 2021?

Construction companies who have teams of self-employed workers from the EU are in danger of losing these workers from the end of June 2021,

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Product News

Kenrick Helps To Stamp Out Opportunist Burglaries

With the number of ‘sneak-in’ and ‘home invasion’ burglaries increasing as the Coronavirus lockdown continues, Kenrick is urging fabricators and installers to specify high security hardware products

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Saving On Hardware Costs

Aluminium fabricators could save themselves a ‘small fortune’ by changing their hardware buying habits and going direct to the manufacturer – this is the view of Michael Hewitt,

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P C Henderson Release New Rustic Bypass System

Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, has announced the launch of a new sliding barn door system which caters for bypassing doors weighing up to 40kg.

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Care Home ‘Window Visits’: Demand For Glass Rockets During Second Lockdown

New government guidance for safe care home visiting during lockdown creates an immediate market for glass processors and installation

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People

Insight Data Hire Experts to Provide Market-Leading Services

Due to an ‘explosion’ in demand for their services since April this year, Insight Data, specialists in market intelligence in the fenestration

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Software

Pricepoint Chosen As Partner For Remote Sales Software By Independent Network

Pricepoint sales has been chosen by Independent Network, powered by Veka, as a partner to provide its members with software to enable them to sell to homeowners remotely.

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Internet

Coastal ‘Shapes The Future’ With A Rebrand And New Website

Following on from a review of their company and brand with brand strategy specialist Benubi, Coastal Group took the plunge at the end

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FIT Show

Victorian Sliders eExcited To Exhibit At Next Year’s FIT Show

Following on from a successful year which marked their 15th anniversary, Victorian Sliders, Europe’s largest specialist manufacturer of PVC-u vertical sliding sash windows,

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On-Site

Kawneer Glazing Systems Win Over At Award-Winning Neighbourhood Middlewood Locks

Following their use on the first phase of the largest regeneration project in the north-west, architectural glazing systems by UK manufacturer

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Awards

FENSA Looks Forward To Celebrating 2020 Installation Of The Year

FENSA says it is proud to announce that it will be celebrating the 2020 FENSA Installation of the Year in conjunction with the new, virtual GGP Magazine 2020 Installer of the Year

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Charity

A Corporate Gift To Show Your Support For Hope House Children’s Hospices

GM Fundraising is offering framed prints of a beautifully designed rainbow – the symbol of 2020 – to raise funds for Hope House Children’s Hospices this Christmas.

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