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14th March 2019
 
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Polyframe Partners With Major Household Security Brand Yale
 

Polyframe has joined forces with leading household name Yale to implement one of the biggest hardware collaboration the industry has ever seen. The move unites Polyframe with a recognised, quality brand that homeowners know and trust.

As part of its strategy to supply the industry with the highest quality PVCu windows, doors and conservatories, Polyframe has strengthened its partnership with Yale – the UK’s best known security brand – and introduced Yale hardware across its entire range of products. The alliance means that installers and homeowners will now benefit from quality Yale hardware on any of the five window systems fabricated by Polyframe.

 
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Get Smart ready

 

The world is getting smarter with a £10.8bn predicted spend on smart home devices in 2019, but to date windows and doors have been lagging well behind heating, lighting and entertainment when it comes to getting Smart. But Smart Ready® is about to super charge Smart onto every window and door forever, says the company.

Giovanni Laporta is the innovator behind Smart Ready® and explains why its launch is set to deliver an epic turning point for the industry as a whole: “We’re launching the Smart Ready® system at the FIT Show 2019 in May because it’s relevant for every single window and door being manufactured today, at the very least to be Ready to be Smart.

 
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Spring Statement: End Of Late Payments Could Finally Be In Sight

 

Responding to the announcement in the Spring Statement on addressing the late payments issue, National Chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB), Mike Cherry, said:

“At a time of great uncertainty, the Chancellor has shown today (13/03/19) that there is still plenty of scope to support the UK’s small businesses. Poor payment practices by big businesses towards their smaller suppliers are rife and pernicious, leading to the closure of 50,000 small firms a year.

“Four out of five small businesses have been paid late, and we told the Chancellor that today was the moment to act, to tackle this scourge once and for all.

 
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Spectus Vertical Sliders Deliver Heritage Authenticity And Modern Practicality

 

Over 250 Spectus Vertical Sliders have been used in the refurbishment of University of Sussex student accommodation in Brighton. The University of Sussex Kings Road student accommodation has a prominent position in a conservation area on the seafront.

As part of a wider programme of refurbishment of the building, which houses 124 students, new windows were specified. Spectus Vertical Sliders were identified as the windows that would deliver the aesthetics required for a building in a conservation area as well as provide more thermally efficient and secure accommodation.

 
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Distinction Doors Achieves Silver Be Well @ Work Award

 

As part of an ongoing commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of its employees, composite door specialist, Distinction Doors, has recently been awarded the Silver Be Well @ Work Award by The South Yorkshire Healthy Workplace Award Scheme.

The scheme is designed to help businesses and organisations become stronger and more productive by ensuring that all employees recognise the role of health and safety and to develop procedures that allow everyone to become engaged in protecting and enhancing their mental and physical wellbeing

 
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Winkhaus Returns To 2019 FIT Show With Latest Autolock Innovations And En-Accredited Fire Doorsets

 

At the 2019 FIT Show, Winkhaus will be presenting its high-quality locking solutions for the trade, retail, fire and security markets, including the newest addition to its autoLock collection – the AV3-E Heritage Plus.

Displayed in a composite door, the AV3-E Heritage Plus is designed for 21st century living, combining a modern multi-point locking system with enhanced visual style. Key features include its Heritage eye-level cylinder position and a new centre latch, providing superior operation and weather resistance.

 
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HiTech To Showcase Rooflight With Integrated Blind At FIT

 

Specialist IGU and integral blind manufacturer Hitech Blinds, will showcase its new aluminium rooflight system, which features a fully integrated remote-control pleated blind at May’s FIT Show.

Suitable for new build installation or retro-fit across residential and commercial markets, the slimline aluminiumTRL90 Rooflight, is supplied with a white pleated and fully retractable, remote-controlled integrated blind, as standard – a unique offer in the UK.

Supplied with a wall mounted and remote control, the motorised system allows users to retract and open the blind, which retracts behind a ceramic paint screen when fully opened.

 
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Oakland Glass Gets FIT

 

Oakland Glass Ltd will once again be exhibiting at the FIT Show this year to catch up with friends and colleagues away from the office, and to promote best practice in glass with an exciting new launch.

“We do things a little differently at Oakland Glass,” explains Tina Moorhouse, Managing Director of Oakland Glass Ltd. “Although we are a sizeable sealed unit manufacturer producing an average of 14,000 units a week, we continue to offer a personal service to our customers. This means staying in constant contact with them and continuously working together to make sure we’re doing everything we can to make their lives as easy as possible. It also means investing in best practice across the business – in people, machinery,

 
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Business Support Strengthened At Carl F Groupco

 

New assistants have been appointed for Carl F Groupco’s Marketing and IT departments. The company’s latest recruits join the hardware distributor to support its focus on innovation, communication and service.

Charlotte Edwards takes the post of Marketing Assistant, reporting to Marketing Manager Clare White: previous posts for Charlotte have included Digital Content Assistant. Joshua Agger reports Steve Lamb, Carl F Groupco’s head of IT: he takes the role of IT Support Technician which is the role he fulfilled at his last company.

 
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New Appointment At ODL Europe
 

ODL Europe, supplier of the TriSYS frame system, the Capstone composite door slab and Blink enclosed blinds has further strengthened its management team with the appointment of Ian Glenister as Technical Sales Manager.

Having worked directly within the fenestration industry for 37 years, across all market sectors, Ian brings with him a wealth of exceptional experience and in-depth industry knowledge. His experience includes production management, product development, testing and compliance and supply chain management.

 
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Sunbell Blinds Exhibiting At The FIT Show
 

Sunbell a leading Italian designer and manufacturer of interstitial blinds for glazing will be featuring their extensive range of integrated solutions at the Fit Show, stand no A4.

Sunbell, a long-established family business based near to Milan offers a wide range of traditional and integral blinds including Venetian, pleated and blackout options in a choice of colour designs including a new Charcoal Grey (45) (a close match to RAL 7016).

 
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Kawneer Boosts Its London Presence
 

Such is the popularity of the London office it opened two years ago that Kawneer has boosted its representation there.

The manufacturer of architectural aluminium glazing systems has announced two important appointments – both called David – aimed at further enhancing its service to architects in the capital and the South-East.

David Scott will work closely with designers as Kawneer’s proposals engineer for London. He brings 11 years of construction experience with him, most recently with a façade contractor.

 
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Morley Glass & Glazing Supports 20 Charities In 20th Year
 

Integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing has supported more than 20 charities during its 20th anniversary year.

Ian Short, managing director of Morley Glass & Glazing said: “As a successful business we’ve always felt that we should give back where we can and have always done so throughout our 20 years. We’ve made a special effort in our 20th anniversary to help even more good causes in our local community and beyond, with cash or in-kind donations.

“We’ve supported a wide range of well-deserving organisations from grass roots sports clubs and dance societies to large charities

 
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MSP Visits CR Smith To See The Future Of Home Improvements

Shirley-Anne Somerville MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People, visited the CR Smith Dunfermline Headquarters on Friday 8 March, to learn more about its bespoke Apprenticeship Programme and plans for the future.

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GGF Renews Partnership With National Home Improvement Council

The GGF has announced that it has renewed its longstanding partnership with the National Home Improvement Council (NHIC).

In previous years, both GGF and the NHIC have worked on political i

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Product News

Yale Hardware Gets Secured By Design Seal Of Approval

The high quality of Yale’s products has been underlined after several of them were granted prestigious Secured by Design status, says the company.

The full product listing has been collated in an updated members

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Installer Poised For More Growth With Virtu-Al

An installer has described Virtuoso Doors’ Virtu-AL aluminium effect entrance door as a ‘game-changing’ product that’s helped ramp up new business.

Leicestershire-based A14 Building Plastics has grown by 60% in the

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People

More Investments In Efficiency At The Window Company (Contracts)

Award winning commercial installer The Window Company (Contracts) attributes much of its success to being able to manage projects more efficiently than just about anybody else.

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Machinery

New Electronic Single Head Saw From Emmegi (UK)

Emmegi (UK) has launched a new electronic single head rising blade saw equipped with automatic NC bar loading and four different diameter carbide tipped blades ranging from 350 to 650mm.

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Software

Flair Windows Capturing More Leads Thanks To Infinity

Trade and retail specialist Flair Windows agreed to a pilot installation of Infinity’s new Capture software at the end of 2018, and liked the system so much that it has made it a permanent fixture on its website.

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Internet

Showcasing Their Best On A State Of The Art Site

Glass specialist TuffX has launched a responsive new website designed to optimise the visitor experience, for both its residential and commercial customers, and better deliver the company’s diverse offering.

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On-Site

CDW Systems Helps Window Service Centre Hit ‘Top Gear’ With Car Showroom Installation

Trade and commercial fabricator CDW Systems has helped one of its customers complete a successful installation at a car dealership in Guernsey. 

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Tremco-illbruck Brings Bang-Up-To-Date Performance To Historic Bishop Auckland

One of Durham’s most historic towns is getting a striking new Visitors’ Centre – thanks in part to silicone, tape and sealant specialists tremco-illbruck.

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P C Henderson’s Flagship Product Specified For Modern Home Renovation In Belgium

Meca Welding, a small family run Blacksmith company based in Belgium, has recently specified P C Henderson’s Securefold folding door hardware for the renovation of a pool

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FIT Show

Building Our Skills Supports FIT Show’s Skills Thursday Initiative

Building Our Skills, the industry-led campaign designed to attract young people and career changers to choose Fenestration as a career of choice has been chosen to support the FIT Show event with its new

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Tremco-illbruck To Bring The Future To FIT 2019

Tape, sealant and adhesive experts tremco-illbruck says it will be bringing the future of window installation to FIT Show 2019.

From the 21st to the 23rd of May, the company will be showcasing an array

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Awards

Ironmongery Experts Celebrated At Industry Awards

Dedicated industry professionals and promising newcomers within the door hardware industry were recognised at the annual Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) awards ceremony on 23 February.

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