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12th October 2021
 


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Kömmerling’s Getting Flushed For The Future

 

Kömmerling has just launched a new 6-chambered flush sash profile for its 70mm platform that will achieve a U-value of 1.2 (W/m2K) as standard and in line with the eagerly anticipated new building regulations for the new housing and replacements sectors.

Available in 21 different colour combinations from stock, along with a fast-track service for other finishes, this new next generation flush sash has been designed with the future regulations in mind, says Kömmerling. It’s also a product development that has been specifically engineered for the latest TimberWeld, MechWeld and seamless welding technologies.

Glazing options are from 28 to 40mm and the ‘cleverly designed’ steel reinforcement helps create a pseudo 7th chamber for enhanced energy efficiency credentials. It’s a design option capable of satisfying the requirements for a contemporary equal sightline window, or a traditional one, depending on the colour and finishing hardware chosen, says the systems company.

 
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Nationwide Make A Smart Debut At The CIH Show

 

Nationwide Windows, in partnership with Kubu, returned from Housing, the Chartered Institute of Housing’s annual conference and housing festival, which was held in Manchester, with a number of firm enquiries for the revolutionary smart-sensor technology in windows and doors.

Held over three days at Manchester Central, there were over 6,000 attendees, 350+ speakers, and 350 exhibitors including Nationwide Windows at the event. Housing 2021 was described by the organisers as a must-attend event for local authorities, housing associations, key partners and suppliers, government, housebuilders, and developers.

Nationwide Windows theme of “making windows & doors smart” showcased a number of products on their stand that work with Kubu smart-sensor technology. This included the new Kubu window lock range with shoot bolt and standard security espags, and importantly, was the first public preview of the new Kubu window smart-sensor.

 
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Guardian Glass Invests In Expanded Capacity And Energy-Saving Technology For Goole Plant

 

Guardian Glass is investing significantly in its Goole, East Yorkshire float glass production plant to increase the company’s ability to supply float glass, primarily to the United Kingdom (UK) and Ireland, while also improving the plant’s energy efficiency.

The cold tank repair, which began in April and will be completed this month, will rebuild the furnace with one of the most advanced technologies available, and expand the melting capacity by 20 percent to 825 metric tons per day.

“Guardian Glass is investing in the future of commercial and residential building in the UK and Ireland,” says Guus Boekhoudt, Executive Vice President, Guardian Glass.

 
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Ultion 3* Security Solution For New Sheerline Bi-Fold Door

 

Working in partnership with Garnalex, hardware house Brisant Secure has provided a security solution for the new Sheerline Prestige bi-fold door.

Available now for Sheerline’s range of Prestige bi-fold doors, the innovative new Ultion 1* Plus 2* security solution combines the Ultion one star lock with the two star security handle. Brisant worked closely with the Garnalex technical team to understand their requirements and produce an exclusive folding Ultion key for the Sheerline bi-fold door to protect the frame from damage in the fold position.

With the two-star handle, the latest product from Brisant Secure, the company says its unique seamless curves prevent burglars from ripping it from the door and the molybdenum cylinder shield protects against drilling and lock snapping.

 
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Energy-Saving Thermocill Turns To Hemp In Bid To Further Reduce Carbon Emissions

 

An energy-saving device that greatly reduces carbon emissions looks set to go one step further in helping UK households reduce their impact on the environment.

Thermocill, a simple device that fits under a window board and redirects heat from a radiator to form a curtain of insulating heat inside the glazing, now aims to be manufactured entirely from hemp, following recent trials.

Hemp, a product made from the cannabis plant, has been used in building materials for decades. However, its potential role in enabling a more sustainable, low-carbon future is now becoming more widely recognised.

 
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Roseview Focuses On Customer Care

 

Sash window manufacturer Roseview Windows has increased its focus on customer service with an expanded customer care team headed up by a new Customer Care Manager, Brian Read.

Brian brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Roseview’s operation, having spent many years in the UK and America running customer care functions at high-end companies such as Mecho Systems, PPG, Rationel and Cherwell Windows. The majority of Brian’s time has been spent at manufacturing companies, largely within the fenestration industry.

Brian’s initial priority is to change Roseview’s focus from a traditional service and parts team to an expanded modern customer care team with a wider and more complete customer care remit.

 
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Veka Group Commitment To Recycled PVC-u Marked By Tanker Deliveries

 

A commitment to recycling PVCu by the Veka Group that spans almost three decades, is epitomised by a photograph that captures a delivery of recycled PVCu pellet by Veka Recycling Ltd, to sister company, systems extruder Veka PLC.

According to Veka, the company was the first major PVCu window brand to realise the value and commit to the recycling of the material, which may be recycled and remanufactured into new products as many as 10 times, when it opened the first dedicated recycling facility in Behringen, Germany, in 1993. The tanker deliveries of high-quality recycled pellet to Veka PLC’s Burnley plant, mark the latest phase of the Group’s commitment to the promotion of PVC-U as a sustainable material, with the completion of Veka Recycling’s state-of-the-art facility in Wellingborough at the end of last year.

 
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Introducing Qualicoat 3.0

 

In 1986 several national associations encompassing coaters of architectural parts formed a quality label organisation called Qualicoat. The aim was to standardise procedures and increase the quality of powder coatings for its membership.

As an association it is our membership who continue to work together and undertake research which enables the Qualicoat Standard to be updated on a yearly basis. The aim of the membership continues to be to produce the highest quality coatings for extended life expectancy. With membership that includes the coaters, pretreatment suppliers and powder manufacturers, Qualicoat licences members encompasses the complete supply chain.

Qualicoat is a worldwide organisation which works to a single standard, so a specification by an architect in London for a Qualicoat finish will be coated to the same standard in any city across the globe.

 
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Conservatory Outlet Recognises The Importance Of Collaboration With Special Gala Weekend

 

Wakefield-based fabricator Conservatory Outlet marked the power of collaboration last weekend by saying ‘thank you’ to its 27-strong network of retailers.

The multi-day event, which culminated with a Gala Dinner at the historic Tower of London, recognised the achievements of companies that have overcome the many challenges of the pandemic to post record sales and harness new technology to improve the customer journey.

The evening began with a tour of the historic palace, which included a private viewing of the Crown Jewels and a guided walk along the Line of Kings, followed by a three-course meal and awards ceremony in the White Tower.

 
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Rapid Start For Simon At Doncaster Fabricator

 

Rapid PVCU Systems Limited has appointed industry veteran Simon Bingham as its new Commercial Director. The move follows the Doncaster-based company’s recent acquisition by Modular Group Investments Limited (MGI).

Rapid supplies into the new build sector and with 30 years in the window industry, specifically new build, Simon’s focus at Rapid will be to increase sales in the sector and supply major housebuilders.

“Rapid are the perfect supplier for the new build market as we understand our customers’ needs and provide a complete package,” explained Simon. “This includes expert technical advice, money saving ideas, help with design, on time and in full supply and install, and excellent aftercare. From day one I could see there was an excellent team and hugely impressive manufacturing capabilities in place.”

 
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Trade News
 

Alutech Fabricator Celebrates Annual Growth With New Factory

Gary Fletcher, one of the directors at Seasonmaster in Aldershot, first introduced Alutech’s BF73 aluminium system for bifolding doors to his product offer in July last year. One year on, in what has been a difficult time for some, the company has grown to now fabricating 25 Alutech bifolds a month.

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Timber Specialists Open Second Manufacturing Workshop

The Sash Window Workshop has announced that due to the continued success of the business, they have now opened a second large, purpose designed workshop in Bracknell, Berkshire.

The new workshop, which is located next door to their existing purpose-built workshop,

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Trade News

Euralite Sees Euramax Take Leap Into Aluminium

Utilising a just-in-time approach to manufacturing PVCu products for the leisure and modular construction markets –  fast-growing Barnsley fabricator Euramax Solutions is applying that expertise to aluminium.

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Rapierstar Fastener Guidance Help To Gives Liniar Fabricators An Edge

Liniar PVC-U window and door manufacturers can achieve the highest levels of quality and reliable long term performance in every finished product by following the latest fastener guidance from Rapierstar, claims the company.

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Online Magazine


People

A Smart Recruitment For Kubu

Kubu and Avantis Hardware have just appointed Alastair Wheeler as their new national key accounts manager, bringing with him considerable experience and expertise within the hardware sector over the last 30 years.

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Glass & Glazing

Climate Change And New Building Regulations Drive Specifications For Specialist Glass

An increase in demand for specialist glazing signals how the building design industry is responding to the climate crisis, according to new research from Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, part of the NSG Group.

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Regalead Films For Doctor Who Fan

In its approaching four decades of business RegaLead has supplied its eponymous decorative glass products around the world to 1,000s of businesses and seen some incredible designs created but nothing as unusual as the full scale 3-Dimensional Davros design created by lifelong Doctor Who fan, Toby Bateson.

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Awards

Window Ware Receives Four G21 Nominations

Hardware distributor Window Ware has rounded off a fantastic last 18 months with an incredible four nominations at this year’s G-Awards.

The Bedford-based company has been shortlisted for the ‘COVID-19 Business Hero, Best Component Supplier and Best Customer Care Initiative, while their Credit Control Manager, Sharon Fowler, is also a finalist for Unsung hero.

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Double R Nominated For Best Glass Company Finalist

Double R Glass & Roofing Systems Ltd has announced that it has been selected as a finalist for Best Glass Company at the industry’s coveted G-Awards.

“Balancing customer needs with supply relationships and your own productivity and profitability is never easy,” says Ian Sims,

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Mercury Makes The Shortlist In Three NFA 2021 Categories

Specialist aluminium and PVC-U trade fabricator Mercury have been named as finalists in three categories at the 2021 National Fenestration Awards.  The categories include Bifold Door Manufacturer, Fabricator/Manufacturer and Vertical Sliding Window Company.

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