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13th December 2018
 
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Composite Fire Door Sales Resumed Following Landmark Agreement Between ACDM And Government
 

Following three months of intensive discussions between the Association of Composite Door Manufacturers (ACDM) and Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) to resolve the industry’s self-imposed moratorium on composite fire door sales, an agreement has been reached to allow sales to resume.

Sales of composite fire doors were suspended following the issue of a press statement by the MHCLG that named a number of manufacturers whose products had failed to comply with Building Regulations after testing was carried out as part of the Grenfell Tower investigations. Following early discussions with the Government,

 
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Dear Gerald,

 

If ever there was a time that proves comprehensive protection for consumers isn’t just a ‘nice to have’, it’s a ‘must have’ for the sake of the industry’s reputation, its now.

With the demise of SafeGlaze UK, the industry should debate its stance on providing robust consumer protection. And the policing of this. Safeglaze has potentially left thousands of homeowners with unfulfilled orders, missing deposits, and little comeback in terms of repair works or genuine underwritten guarantees. For example, it appears many consumers were not actually registered by Safeglaze with their IBG provider. Also, deposit protection isn’t mandatory in this sector, so many consumers lose out.

 
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Architectural Design Specialists Adopt SmartSecure
 

Trombé, specialists in architectural design, structural glazing and extensions for high-end contemporary residential and commercial projects has incorporated Carl F Groupco’s SmartSecure electronic locking and advanced access technology into its minimal frame sliding door system. Designed and manufactured by Trombé, the aluminium door system’s slim styling and sophisticated aesthetics are complemented by the new generation control features offered by SmartSecure.

The popular minimal system from Trombé, which is structurally glazed to conceal as much of the frame as possible, is used in 70% of the company’s projects. Commenting on the adoption of SmartSecure technology, Raichel Warren, an architect for Trombé said:

 
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Sternfenster Partners With Yale To Boost Bi-Fold Security

 

Trade fabricator Sternfenster, has strengthened its partnership with Yale Door and Window Solutions after choosing to supply the Yale Lockmaster multi-point lock for use across its aluminium bi-fold door offering.

Mike Parczuk, Managing Director for Sternfenster, said: “We have been using a range of Yale products, including locks and friction stays, for a number of years and have faith in the brand and quality of products.

“As the bi-fold door market is booming, we’re dedicated to developing our existing range and as such have chosen to offer the Yale Lockmaster due to its superior security credentials.”

 
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Sliders UK Reports Sustained Growth On The Back Of Investment

 

Sliders UK has reported sustained growth recording record year-on-year growth of as much as 45%, driven by demand for aluminium and growth in sales of composite doors.

According to the door specialist the average weekly increase in sales for the year to date has been around the 33% mark, also recording a number of record highs, with weekly year-on-year growth in excess of 45%.

“To have achieved average year-on-year growth of 33% so far in 2018 is a significant achievement in what remains a competitive and challenging market”, says Steve Mines, Sales and Marketing Director, Sliders UK.

 
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Building Our Skills Engage With Government Organisations To Help Towards Bridging The Skills Gap

 

Building Our Skills (BOS) the industry driven campaign to create a wider awareness of Fenestration and help towards bridging the industry’s skills gap, has developed partnerships with two major Government supported programmes, which will aid in the quest to help employers communicate with schools, colleges and ex-Armed Forces personnel.

For the education sector Inspiring the Future, run by the Education and Employers charity, has agreed a partnership with BOS to help industry individuals to volunteer and share their work experience with students at local schools and colleges.

 
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Dear Gerald,
 

The industry has a mixed record of respecting intellectual property (IP). We’ve probably all seen cases of copying (ranging from accidental infringement to blatant copying and theft) of innovations, product design and brands. Common infringements range from using images and brochures without permission, passing off as other brands, as well as copying other companies’ products without permission and benefitting from their innovation and investment without paying for them.

We all pay a price if we allow this to happen. People invest a great deal of time and money in building their brand and developing innovations. As an industry, we need a flow of innovative ideas and new products to help us take advantage of new opportunities and expand the market. But companies are not going to continue investing their time, efforts and money if they don’t get a return.

 
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Unique Underpins Growth With Second Graf SL4FF Seamless Welder

 

Unique Window Systems has continued investment in its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility with the purchase of a second Graf SL4FF.

Fabricating more than 2,000 windows per week, the Leicester-based trade and commercial fabricator has seen exponential growth.

Having invested in a cutting-edge Graf Synergy SL4FF seamless corner welder from the Promac Group at the end of 2017, Unique has placed an order for the SL4FF-Evo, further increasing its capacity.

 
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Total Glass Delivers Technical Glazed Façade For Menai Science Park Building
 

Fenestration specialist Total Glass supplied and installed the technically-advanced Sapa aluminium glazing façade at the impressive Menai Science Park (M-Sparc) building – Wales’ first dedicated science park on Anglesey.

Officially opened in May 2018 and operated by Bangor University, the £20 million science park Menai Science Park (M-SParc) brings together businesses from the ICT, science and research sectors and is set up to provide expertise and support to local enterprise.

 
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A Landmark Project For TuffX

 

Glass processing specialist, TuffX, has successfully supplied 235 panels of precision made, 10mm clear toughened glass for use as internal balustrades on a prestigious Barratt London development located in central London.

Located on Lower Thames Street near the world-famous Tower Bridge, Landmark Place is a development of 165 suites, one, two and three-bedroom apartments and penthouses. Residents also have access to a 24-hour concierge service, 20m swimming pool and spa, and state of the art fitness suite, alongside views of London and the River Thames.

 
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Business Tripled In Four Years For Jack Aluminium

 

Jack Aluminium Systems has announced that they have tripled business since 2014 after an impressive 14 percent increase in turnover this year. The figures are reflective of the ongoing success that Jack Aluminium has seen in its 10 years in business.

Jeff Pearson, Sales Director at Jack Aluminium says: “We are so pleased with this year’s results, and as it’s our 10-year anniversary, it’s even more positive. It’s great to see customers grow too, using Jack Aluminium commercial glazing products to win some prestigious projects.

 
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Guardian Glass To Share Its Vision Of The Future At BAU 2019

 

Guardian Glass will delight visitors to it stand at BAU 2019 with a demonstration of the endless possibilities of glass – for today tomorrow and beyond – to a world in which glass will play an even greater role in our lives. BAU, the world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems, opens its doors in Munich, Germany, 14-19 January 2019.

The endless possibilities of glass are encapsulated in the design of the Guardian Glass stand (Hall C3, stand 308), where concentric rings reveal the current and future possibilities of glass. Architects and cladders can visualise what is possible with glass today and in the future, and how Guardian Glass can help realise their visions, as well as how future challenges that humans will face could be overcome.

 
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#trustTriSYS Says ODL Europe

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Patiomaster East Midlands Sees Strong Demand For Triple-Track Patio Doors

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Aluminium

Powder Coating In Demand

Aluminium systems house Exlabesa Building Systems has reported a rise in demand for its in-house powder coating service. General Manager Paul Benn commented: “Popular colours are grey, black and white, as you’d expect. But what’s interesting is the rise in popularity of brown in both commercial and residential projects.”

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Why ‘Ask For Ali’? Homeowners Share Their Views!

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South Cheshire Glass Uses Spectus Elite Frames To Create Showpiece Character Home

Crewe-based Spectus installer, South Cheshire Glass, has completed the first phase to transform a substantial residential property in Nantwich, Cheshire. Graham Saunders, General Manager at South Cheshire Glass, said: “With a palatial property like this one we needed to source a premium quality product.

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Spectus Windows Help Transform Iconic Hotel Into Luxury Seafront Apartments

Specialist Spectus fabricator Mercury Glazing has manufactured and supplied 204 windows for the sympathetic landmark refurbishment of Cliff House, an iconic former hotel in Felixstowe, into 24 one and two-bedroom luxury seaside apartments.

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Marketing

MRA Marketing Launches New Research Website

MRA Marketing, the full-service marketing agency specialising in the construction and home improvement markets, has launched a new website dedicated to its specialist research division, MRA Research.

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Awards

Business Booms For Three Atlas Installers

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Tavener Joinery Wins British Woodworking Federation Health And Safety Hero Award

Tavener Joinery, based in West Hampstead in north-west London, has won a prestigious national award from the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) for designing a system to remove fine dust from its workshop, boosting health & safety for its staff.

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G18 Awards

G18 Award Winners

This year's G18 Winners were announced at the annual Awards Ceremony on Friday 30th November. Click below to view some of the winners.

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NFA Awards

NFA Awards winners have been revealed.

The results of NFA 2018 Awards have been announced. Click below to view some of the winners.

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