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13th June 2019
 
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Construction Industry Launches Licensing Task Force

 

The construction industry has come together to look at opportunities to develop a mandatory licensing scheme for all UK construction companies to transform the sector into a high quality and professional industry, announces TrustMark, the Government Endorsed Quality Scheme for tradespeople.

A new Construction Licensing Task Force, which includes TrustMark, will be supported by a range of leading industry bodies and will lead the development of the licensing scheme.

 
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SupaLite Helps Trading Standards Bring Durham Cladover Roofers To Justice

 

SupaLite, the Preston-based tiled roof specialists, recently lent their support to Trading Standards to help with a case against a company operating in County Durham.

Steve Hacking, Managing Director of SupaLite picks up the story: “We were informed by Durham Trading Standards that a homeowner had complained about a SupaLite roof installation. As with any case of this nature, we conducted a thorough investigation. It quickly became clear that this was in fact yet another cladover, falsely sold as a SupaLite tiled roof.”

 
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Key Acquisition Accelerates Caldwell’s Indian Expansion

 

Hardware experts Caldwell are expanding their global reach with the acquisition of a key Indian distributor.

Mumbai-based Archintex already supply quality Cotswold hardware to businesses across the Indian subcontinent.

Now, the fast-growing firm will become part of newly-formed Caldwell South-East Asia.

 
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Window Ware Partners With GT Window Products To Give Fabricators PAS 24 Edge

 

Window Ware, the award-winning, independent hardware distributor, has strengthened its industry-leading range with window and door hardware from GT Window Products.

The new range of patented hardware accessories is designed to help fabricators enhance their windows and doors, upgrade security, as well as differentiate their products from the competition. Designed and manufactured in the UK by GT Window Products, the range also aims to give fabricators an alternative way to meet PAS 24 certification.

 
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Window Tech Trade Grows 30 Percent With Timberweld®

 

Romford based, Residence Collection trade fabricator, Window Tech Trade is celebrating a year of growth using Timberweld. Window Tech Trade is the only dedicated fabricator in the UK using Timberweld for R9, R7 and R² windows and doors, claims the company. Timberweld is a patented method of jointing makes perfect corners and creates a butt-joint effect on the outside and the inside of a window.

The flush sash market is growing rapidly and forecast to become a mainstream window. Independent research of the flush sash market,

 
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Iso Chemie’s Peter Thompson Retires

 

Peter Thompson, a leading figure in the UK window and door sealants sector for more than two decades, is calling time on his career to pursue new activities.

Currently general manager UK for ISO-CHEMIE, Peter will be retiring from his role at the end of June but is already planning the next instalment of his life with several personal projects already up his sleeve.

 
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Property In Glasgow Gets New Look With REHAU Windows

 

There were a number of key elements to consider when Re:Place Windows Limited were asked to identify a solution for a refurbishment project at Tantallon Towers in the south side of Glasgow.

The replacement project was within a ground floor flat and had a number of requirements – leading to the development of a bespoke solution by Re:Place Windows Limited using the popular REHAU TOTAL70 Casement Windows.

 
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Deciphering Doors

 

Resting among the piles of post or propped up on the windowsill, in the vast majority of homes you can find at least one piece of literature dedicated to home improvement trends. Utilised as a couple’s conversation starter, it has normally been strategically placed on a coffee table or worktop; a reminder of a domestic upgrade that needs finalising and design details yet to be agreed upon.

Not one to be discarded quite so nonchalantly, Distinction Doors’ newest catalogue has recently burst onto the scene,

 
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AC Aluminium Project Showcases Excellence Of Exlabesa’s Patio Door System

 

County Durham fabricator and installer AC Aluminium has recently installed a 9 metre wide anthracite grey aluminium patio door in a home in County Durham using the KLS patio system from Exlabesa Building Systems. Carl Buckingham, of AC Aluminium, said: “The door looks stunning. We’re delighted with the results – and so is the customer.”

Carl says large aperture aluminium patio doors, as featured in this property, are a growth market for his company and are overtaking

 
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Reduced Fixing Times With Slim Pull Handle From UAP

 

Hardware solution provider, UAP is making life easier for UK door manufacturers with flexible fixing methods on its slim pull handle. A popular choice for modern door styles, the handle is available with hidden, bolt through and back to back fixings – making it extremely fast and simple to install on timber, composite, glass and aluminium doors.

The three different fixing methods give fabricators and installers the option to send the door to site without the pull handle attached,

 
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Two Interesting Windows At The FiT Show

 

Tradesmith, the Hailsham-based trade fabricator, displayed ‘probably’ the two most interesting windows at last month’s FiT Show, the company claims.

The first was an ‘A’ rated acoustic Deceuninck window on Bluesky Certification’s stand. Two identical samples formed part of a unique soundproof booth. Designed for superior acoustic effectiveness, the windows created a corner of near-silent tranquillity in the hustle and bustle of the exhibition.

 
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Sidey Casts A Spell Over The Grounds Of Grade A Listed Knock Castle
 

The grounds of the historic Knock Castle and Knock Old Castle, two Tudor Gothic mansions in Largs, Scotland, have been enhanced with the addition of the Wizard’s House, a stunning garden room which features aluminium glazing from Sidey.

Situated on the outskirts of Largs, on the West Coast of Scotland, Knock Castle was built in 1851 and is currently a private residence.

 
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Record Response For Milwood Group At FIT Show 2019
 

Milwood Group, the Kent-based outdoor living specialists have hailed The FIT Show 2019 as the most successful exhibition in company history, with a record number of enquiries for their range of premium aluminium verandas, canopies and shelter solutions.

Operating across two stands, visitors focused their attention on Milwood’s new product lines, officially launched at The FIT Show.

 
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Titon Helps Glasgow Students Enjoy The Sound Of Silence
 

Over 400 Titon SFX Sound Attenuator vents and Sobinco Chrono side-hung windows with night vent device adaption have been used throughout the new St Mungo’s student accommodation complex at St James Road, Glasgow.

The new property opened in September 2018, offering en-suite and studio apartments for students at the University of Strathclyde, located just three minutes’ walk away. Developers Watkin Jones worked alongside Glasgow-based Marshall Brown (Windows) Ltd,

 
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Quickslide Delivers Lots More Bricks In The Wall At The FiT Show
 

Award-winning trade fabricator Quickslide wowed FIT Show visitors on its ‘Brick-By-Brick’-themed stand that continued the company’s commitment to ‘partnership’ with its trade customers, by introducing exciting new products as well as initiatives designed to grow business together.

Quickslide gained a reputation 15 years ago for pioneering affordable, replacement vertical sliders so when the company adds a new box

 
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Say Goodbye To The ‘80S And Get Fit For The Future
 

Tremco illbruck’s state-of-the-art sealant solutions went down a storm at FIT Show 2019.

Located at the heart of the action right in the middle of Hall 20, the firm’s stand showcased a huge array of tapes, foams, sealants and other high-performance installation essentials.

Of particular note was TP653 Trio X – the best-in-class window installation tape that was appearing in the UK for the very first time.

 
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Exciting New Products At The FiT Show Confirm Panoramic Group’s Status As A Leading Innovator
 

The company’s first FIT Show under the guise of Panoramic Group (although 3rd with Panoramic Doors) confirmed its almost obsessive commitment to launching new products that must bring something innovative to the market. Best known for its increasingly popular Panoramic slide and swing alternative to the conventional bi-fold, the firm confirmed its development of a portfolio of additional products with the introduction of new windows in PVC-U and aluminium; a PVC-U version of the Panoramic door;

 
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Pods Are Packing Them In For Apeer And Lumi
 

Word is spreading about the Lumi Display Pod from Apeer as more and more dealers sign up to this unique marketing resource. And now Apeer is getting ready to install even more after making the eye-catching Pods a major feature of its extensive display at the FIT Show.

Among the latest Lumi dealers to install a Pod of its own is Ripton Windows and Conservatories of Basingstoke, where the family-run business sees it as a real differentiator for the radical Lumi look,

 
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CR Smith Revenues Rise Across Its Consumer And Commercial Businesses

Both the domestic sales and manufacturing businesses of leading Scottish home improvement company, CR Smith, saw revenues climb over the past 12 months, as the

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ODL Europe Awarded ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems Certification

ODL Europe has been awarded ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems certification. Nathan Barr, ODL Europe’s Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to have

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Locksmiths Now Can Be CORGI Fenestration Registered

CORGI Fenestration has launched its Skilled Locksmiths Scheme in response to pressure to recognise excellence in the profession. Any locksmith – from sole traders to national companies – that has completed a CORGI Fenestration

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Top of the Glass

Cube Glass is staking a claim to be the best qualified manufacture and installation team in Scotland, with virtually every one of its employees achieving challenging national standards.

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From The Back Of A Gunroom To Aluminium Glazing Specialist

Morgan’s Windows Doors and Conservatories has grown from having a tiny unit at the back of a gunroom and small builder’s merchants into creating a brand-new state-of-the-art showroom in Oswestry. ,

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Tragic Death Highlights Importance Of Window Restrictors

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), more than 4,000 children under the age of 15 are injured falling from windows every year, while the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT)

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Product News

Freefoam, “The Perfect Partner” For Huws Gray

As part of an ongoing and growing partnership, Freefoam Building Products recently attended the Huws Gray Big Trade Event, held at the Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay. The first ever such event organised by Huws

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Modplan Adds LEKA’s Eco Range To Its Portfolio

Systems to its portfolio. Justin Williams, International Sales and Marketing Director at Modplan, said: “The LEKA Eco range is the perfect example of our commitment to delivering added value to our

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FiT Show

25 Years Of Celebrations For AluK

AluK celebrated its 25th anniversary in the UK in style at the FIT Show – with a party, a birthday cake and a £10,000 competition.

The 1990s themed party, with an appropriately retro playlist, gave visitors to the stand on late night .

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PatioMaster Attracts Attention At FIT

As the homeowner trend for wide expanses of glass shows no sign of slowing, it’s perhaps hardly surprising that interest in PatioMaster’s Triple-track sliding patio door system at the FIT Show was high. Gerald Allen, Marketing Manager at Epwin Window

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Perfect Corners Draw Crowds At FIT Show

Perfect corners were on full display at the FIT Show thanks to Timberweld®! Licensees Window Tech Trade, Aztec, John Fredericks and Affordable Windows Systems used the stand to show flush sashes featuring a timber

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Enjoyable FiT Show For GGF

Following months of preparation and planning the GGF reflected on an enjoyable event as thousands of visitors attended the three-day show spread across three halls at Birmingham’s NEC from 21-23 May.

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Everyone’s A Winner At Edgetech’s Action-Packed FIT 2019

Last month’s FIT Show was a momentous one for warm-edge experts Edgetech, who used it to celebrate thirty years of a landmark product and introduce an innovative new rigid spacer bar.

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VBH ‘All-Star 11 Is A Big Success FIT

VBH (GB) lived up to its ‘INNOVATION Without Limits’ strapline by launching 11 new products at the FIT show in May. The striking stand was a hive of activity, with fabricators and installers queuing to find out more about the latest

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On-Site

Slough School Gives REHAU 10/10

When Ridge Architects needed to specify replacement windows for a specialist school in Berkshire, REHAU’s TOTAL70 profile provided the perfect solution. Kevin O’Neill Commercial Manager with REHAU

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Senior Adds Flavour To The Smokehouses

Offering a modern take on the industrial look, high performance aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling from Senior Architectural Systems have been specified for a new residential development created

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Internet

BFRC Relaunch Website As Part Of Bold New Rebrand

The body responsible for establishing one of the UK’s most trusted and widely used independent ratings system for verifying the energy performance of windows and doors, British Fenestration Ratings Council (BFRC), has recently announced the l

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Awards

Kömmerling’s #Comealong Campaign Awarded By FiT

KÖMMERLING were presented with the award for Best Creative in the FIT 2019 marketing campaign at the show Gala Dinner for their #ComeAlong promotion, which not only helped drive footfall to their stand, but has already

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Charity

Last GM Fundraising Cycling Challenge Underway

A team of eighteen cyclists from the fenestration industry set off on Monday for the ride of their lives. ‘From Russia With Hope’ is the last of its kind for GM Fundraising and promises to be the hardest challenge

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Rapierstar’s Paul Balfe Takes On Gruelling Lakeland Climbs In 115-Mile Charity Cycle Challenge

Paul Balfe, Technical Consultant at Rapierstar, has completed one of the toughest challenges for amateur cyclists, fulfilling a long-held ambition and raising funds for MacMillan Cancer Support, the North West Air

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