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13th March 2018
 
SupaLite And SolarFrame Extend Supplier Partnership
 

SupaLite, manufacturers of tiled conservatory roof systems, are celebrating the signing of a new, long-term supplier agreement with Yorkshire-based conservatory specialists SolarFrame.

The new agreement extends a five-year partnership between the two firms which began when SolarFrame became the very first SupaLite fabricator in 2013. Since then, the business has grown from strength to strength, and has firmly established itself as the region’s leading manufacturer of conservatories and replacement roofs for homeowners and the trade.

 
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Record Growth For Ipswich Trade Frames With REAL Aluminium
 

Ipswich Trade Frames has boosted its already well established PVCu installation business by introducing REAL Aluminium into the range of products it now offers. The decision to expand has paid off with the firm’s spend on aluminium predicted to show an incredible six-fold increase this year.

Jordan Shepherd, managing director of Ipswich Trade Frames, explains: “We’ve built up a very successful PVCu business but wanted to broaden our offering and make the most of rapidly rising demand for aluminium.

 
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Further Heavy Investment In Modern Machinery At Welglaze
 

Following its 2016 acquisition by Audasi Holdings, Hertfordshire-based Welglaze continues to build on its future, having recently completed a major investment programme in new machinery at its Letchworth site.

Since relocating to the state of the art 12,000 square foot production facility, the PVCU window and door fabricator has invested heavily in increasing both production quality and capacity, with a Heritage Machinery Package from Haffner Murat being the latest addition to the factory.

 
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“BEWARE Unglazed Residence 9 Windows!” – Kurt Greatrex Speaks Out
 

Dear Editor,

If you’re a window industry veteran like me, chances are you’ll remember the ‘pinking profile’ issue that arose during the late 80s and early 90s. As systems companies fought for better margins they ‘value engineered’ their formula, taking out essential components that resisted UV attack. The net result was profile discolouration and it severely damaged the reputation of the uPVC window and door industry, costing installers millions in the process.

 
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Obituary

 

On February 2nd 2018 Made for Trade received the sad news that after a very short illness our valued and well respected Trade Sales Manager, Trevor Hopper had passed away.

Known as one of the ‘good guys’ in the industry, Trevor carried himself in a positive and upbeat manner always willing to go the extra mile for his clients and employer. His sense of humour and enthusiastic approach to life made him very well thought of by all he came in to contact with.

 
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BWF Members’ Day 2018: Discover Why And How To ‘Build It Better With Wood’ On 13th June

 

Joinery businesses across the UK are urged to put 13th June in their calendar as the sector meets for BWF Members’ Day 2018 to address its latest challenges and get practical advice on issues relevant to all shapes and sizes of woodworking business.

The key theme of this year’s BWF Members’ Day will be ‘Build it Better with Wood’. The event will take place at Hellidon Lakes Golf & Spa Hotel near Daventry and will include workshops on getting joinery tion Regulation (GDPR) and managing a healthy and safe workplace.

 
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REHAU Sliding Door Goes On Display At New Era Showroom

 

REHAU’s AGILA sliding door has gone on display at ERA’s brand new customer suite in Wolverhampton, to demonstrate the bespoke security hardware featured on the popular door system.

ERA’s custom-made hardware for the AGILA sliding door meets the requirements of PAS24 and includes security handles, a 12-point locking system and additional corner hooks for added security. ERA is so confident it’s the best on the market that the hardware comes with

 
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Window Tech Trade Is Exclusively Residence

 

Essex-based Window Tech Trade have ceased production of 400 standard PVCu window and door frames each week, to solely focus on the manufacture of The Residence Collection.

Having been faced with dwindling single digit net margins, Bob Wallis, managing director of Window Tech Trade has made the decision to outsource standard PVCu frames and turn to The Residence Collection in order to position his business for the long-term, with the potential of strong double-digit net margins and growth.

 
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Move Over Alexa – Meet NORA

 

Move over Alexa – and meet NORA. NORA is the brand new online ordering system from Mila which makes it even easier for customers to place their hardware orders direct.

Customers can now choose to receive a personalised NORA order form from their Mila sales contact which is pre-populated with all the products they order most often. All they have to do is fill in the quantities they need of each of those products and send the form back to: nora@mila.co.uk

 
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Reversible Window Coming Soon From Liniar

 

PVCu systems house Liniar is set to extend its range even further with the introduction of a reversible window, which will offer a convenient, stylish and safe option for difficult-to-access locations.

Ideal for high-rise projects, the moving pane rotates through a full 180° cycle, allowing the external glass of a Liniar reversible window to be safely cleaned from the inside of the property.

 
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Ben Creates A Buzz

 

Experienced salesman Ben Alcock has joined sealant supplier tremco illbruck to spearhead TP650 Trio, the manufacturer’s ‘best-in-class’ window installation tape, as Business Development Manager.

Having previously worked at a number of the UK’s biggest fabricators and trade counter networks, Ben brings years of fenestration sales experience,

 
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West Port’s Wildlife Window Shows The Versatility Of Timber

 

An ingenious bat-friendly window designed and manufactured by West Port has allowed a major housing project to continue unhindered.

A collaboration between Speller Metcalfe and Linden Homes, the Victory Fields development has seen the transformation of decommissioned Gloucestershire air force base Little Rissington into a collection of luxurious homes – but the venture hasn’t been without its challenges.

 
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Brisant Award For Outstanding At The OSPAS

 

Brisant Secure have become the first company in the glazing and fenestration industries to receive an award at the internationally recognised Outstanding Security Performance Awards (OSPAs).

In the hotly contested Outstanding Security Equipment Manufacturer category, Brisant was chosen out of a list of 10 companies in total,

 
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Rapierstar Technical Team Further Strengthened By Paul Balfe Appointment

 

Leading fastener supplier to the door and window industry Rapierstar has appointed the highly experienced Paul Balfe as its new Technical Consultant for the north of England – taking the team’s collective fastener know-how to more than 135 years.

Paul joins Rapierstar following three years with KAT UK, where he was Product Development Manager in a role that involved working

 
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Calling All Women In Construction And Property Marketing

 

The Construction and Property Special Interest Group of the Chartered Institute of Public Relations has created a survey to understand women’s experiences and perspectives on working in PR and marketing in the sector.

The group has commissioned the research and want to explore whether women in construction and property PR and marketing have similar or different experiences to women in the wider construction and property industry.

 
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P C Henderson Wins Export Award At This Year’s North East Business Awards

 

Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, has been crowned the winner in the Export category at this years’ North East Business Awards – Durham, Sunderland and South Tyneside region.

Shortlisted against two other leading companies from the region, P C Henderson went through two rounds of judging before being announced as the winner at a prestigious awards dinner held at Ramside Hall in Durham.

 
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Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Nominated For Two Lucrative RICS Awards

 

The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire has been shortlisted for two awards at the annual RICS West Midlands Awards.

The first nomination is in the Design through Innovation category as well as the Regeneration category after the new build replaced the old Conservatoire in Chamberlain Square.

 
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Major Refurb For Iconic Manchester Building

 

As part of a large scale renovation programme, The Glazerite UK Group Limited and its Stockport-based customer, Arctic Seal MCR Ltd, have supplied and installed 1000 windows for a state-of-the-art 260,000 square foot business community.

Universal Square is a unique office campus based on the Piccadilly fringe of Manchester City Centre, offering a professional service to more than 50 companies.

 
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Trade News

REHAU Reveals Its Sustainability Strategy In Third Annual Report

REHAU has launched its third annual Sustainability report to introduce customers to its new ‘Fit for the Future’ strategy, which outlines how the business will achieve the ambitious goals it is setting to become more sustainable by 2020.

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Customade Group Strides Ahead

Customade Group has rounded off a historic year since it merged with Polyframe and is on course to double its scale to become a £200 million business. Now comfortably the biggest fabricator in the UK, claims the company, with revenues of more than £100 million,

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Titon Is More Than Vents

While Titon is well-known for it’s trickle ventilators, it has many more strings to its bow. Indeed, since being established in 1972, the company has always designed, manufactured and sold a huge range of window and door hardware – including handles, hinges and locking systems.

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Dear Gerald – Follow Up Letter To Editor On Colour

People are surprised when I say I’m expecting the first ever colour-only fabricators to emerge this year.

But colour is growing fast. It’s already a large and profitable part of the market.

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Legal And Technical Updates Published For Door Hardware Specialists

Door and window hardware specialists can now benefit from two new technical briefings from the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI).

‘The GAI Guide to Door Closing Devices’ is designed to give architectural ironmongers,

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New Support For Installers From Aluwood

“AluWood has launched its authorised installer scheme to make it even easier for companies to sell aluclad windows and doors to homeowners and developers,” says Callum Grant, Commercial Director at AluWood.

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Rising Demand For Atlas Lantern And New Special Offer

Atlas says rising sales of its roof lantern continue month on month. And now Atlas is offering more installers the chance to clinch an Atlas lantern sale with a special offer on its stock lantern range.

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Product News

Residence 7s – Strong, Smooth And Seamless Flush Sash System From Tradelink

Tradelink Window Solutions has introduced Residence 7s to its premium window and door collection. Exclusively designed and manufactured by Tradelink, Residence 7s takes the Residence 7 design to new aesthetic heights with a seamless, welded finish.

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New Promat SYSTEMGLAS® Options Provide More EI Fire Rated Frameless Glazing Solutions

Striking the optimum balance between aesthetics and fire safety in glazed partitions is a reality with new additions to the SYSTEMGLAS® range from passive fire protection market leader Promat UK.

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Software

Duggan Systems Partners With BM Aluminium

Duggan Systems, one of Ireland’s leading aluminium fabricators, has been using BM Aluminium’s LogiKal software for more than 10 years – in fact, it bought the software when BM Aluminium was still a division of

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Internet

Astraseal Celebrates Record Traffic To Astraseal Downloads Website

Astraseal, one of the UK’s most respected trade and commercial fabricators has seen unprecedented traffic to Astraseal Downloads (www.astrasealdownloads.com) – the firm’s powerful, online ‘Information Centre’.

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New ‘Inspiration’ Website For Ultraframe

The opportunity to engage online, and influence home owners as they begin their home extension journey has never been greater according Ultraframe. With the domination of home inspiration and lifestyle sites such as Pinterest and Houzz,

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Brochures

Sash UK Provides A Perfect Solution For Choosing Composite Doors

With the changes and increase in home improvement trends, Sash UK – the clear and open window people has launched a new brochure to help trade customers offer a perfect and simple solution when selling composite doors.

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Events

Korniche Brings Lantern Revolution To The Glazing Summit As Its Newest Sponsor

The Glazing Summit, the new conference for business owners and leaders from across the industry, has announced revolutionary aluminium lantern brand Korniche as the newest sponsor of this year’s landmark event.

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West Port Impresses At Buildbase Annual Conference

West Port timber window manufacturer, is celebrating a hugely successful showcase at the annual Buildbase conference.

Held every January, the event brings together suppliers and branch

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More Than 80 PIGS Beat The Beast From The East

Despite the Beast from the East trying to put a damper on proceedings, PIGS Manchester was a superb event. More than 80 people managed to get through the snow.

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Awards

Norscot Secures Innovation Of The Year Award

Norscot, the Highlands and Islands manufacturer of timber frame kits, windows and doors, received the Innovation of the Year Award at the prestigious Scottish Knowledge Exchange Awards 2018.

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CMS Enters Spotlight As It Wins Scottish Green Apple Award 2018

CMS Window Systems has been recognised once again for its achievements in environmental sustainability by winning a Scottish Green Apple Award for Environmental Best Practice 2018,

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