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14th May 2024

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Keystone Market Research Releases Second UK Consumer Fenestration Trends Report


Keystone Market Research has announced the release of the second edition of its quarterly UK Consumer Fenestration Trends report, sponsored by Epwin Window Systems, offering insights into changing preferences and homeowner buying priorities in the fenestration market.

The latest edition looks at the shifts in homeowner views compared to the initial survey, uncovering intriguing swings that are shaping the industry. To maintain a balance between new content and tracking homeowner views over time to build up trends, each report presents the data results from a different angle to ensure that the information is as easy to understand and apply to your business as possible.


Do We Have The Right Mindset?


Mike Parczuk, managing director of Sternfenster, doesn’t have a crystal ball, but there are plenty of signs that things are picking up. Here he explains why.

As a nation we’re too quick to talk ourselves down – you turn on the news, and it’s always bad.

This lack of positivity can be very damaging. For example, I think the economic prospects for the second half of the year will be better than the first. Inflation seems to be under control. We’ve got a general election, which normally means money is going to get thrown at everybody to try to win votes.


Improved Customer Service? There’s A Zap For That


Business Pilot has released its biggest update yet, which the company says offers window companies more opportunities than ever before to improve efficiency, increase profitability, and create the best user journey possible for their customers.

Launched live online to audiences on Facebook and YouTube on May 3rd, Business Pilot unveiled its new Zapier integration, a development that will allow users to link the Business Pilot software to virtually any other application.

From here, users can create automated tasks, and leverage the functionality of other applications from within Business Pilot.


Made For Trade’s New KwikCollect Service


Made for Trade (MFT) says it has launched its KwikCollect service to enhance the efficiency and productivity of tradespeople.

According to Made for Trade, the KwikCollect service is a solution in the trade sector that helps tradespeople manage their time more effectively, avoid unnecessary delays, and ultimately stay ahead of the competition.

Orders can be placed via a customer’s KwikQuote account, or if you don’t have one MFT says setting one up is user-friendly and the whole process from ordering to collection of products is seamless.


Alunet Systems’ Luxury Aluna Range Is Now Accredited with PAS24


Alunet Systems has announced that the company’s Aluna bifold system including the single and double door options, and specifically the additional featured Aluna Clip In Bead, fully passed all testing and has achieved PAS24:2022 accreditation in April 2024. Alunet says the range resisted all attempts to gain entry during all of the tests completed.

 A vast assortment of tools and devices were utilised to test the security, robustness and endurance of the Aluna bifold system. Including, but by no means limited to, curved jaw self-gripping pliers, 6mm flat blade screwdriver, 6mm cross point screwdriver, torque gauge with hook attachment, 3mm flat blade screwdriver,


Euroglaze Adds Rehau Rio Flush Windows And Doors To SBD Range


Euroglaze has added Rehau Rio flush window and doors to its list of Secured By Design (SBD) accredited products – giving trade customers what it believes is yet another reason to choose the Barnsley based fabricator as their one stop shop for Rehau frames.

Euroglaze already holds the PAS24: 2022 Secured By Design accreditation on its Rehau Total 70 windows and doors, as well as on the majority of Liniar windows and doors it also fabricates.

Martin Nettleton, Euroglaze’s managing director, says SBD accreditation is an ever important part of its offering to trade customers


Fantastic Fensterbau Festival For Kommerling


Kömmerling have returned from what has been widely regarded as one of their best Fensterbau exhibitions with sales enquiries from across the globe and the opportunity to celebrate relationships with existing business partners under the new brand.

Alongside the Holz-Handwerk event, 973 exhibitors from 44 countries and around 75,000 trade visitors from 112 countries came together at the international trade fair held at the exhibition centre in Nuremberg. For Kömmerling, it’s their largest exhibition commitment across the group and took in excess of 12 months in the overall planning and execution.


DGCOS Release Spring Newsletter


The Double Glazing & Conservatory Ombudsman Scheme (DGCOS) has published their Spring 2024 newsletter, which rounds up the news and initiatives the organisation has been involved with recently to offer valuable insights for installers and the wider industry.

“The DGCOS Newsletter is an important tool for us as a membership organisation to keep our stakeholders up to date with what’s happening, both at DGCOS and in the wider industry”, says Faisal Hussain, DGCOS chief executive.


AT Precision Announces Wider Compatibility For Its Recycled Thermal Reinforcement Bars


AT Precision, manufacturer of bi-folding door components and ancillary products, has announced a significant advancement for its Recycled Thermal Reinforcement (RTR) bars.

Following their introduction six months ago, the company says they have successfully upgraded the RTR bars to ensure compatibility with a much wider range of window and door systems.

Manufactured from 100% recycled uPVC, AT Precision’s RTR bars offer exceptional strength and enhanced thermal performance for windows and doors.


Bedfordshire Windows Appoints New National Business Development Manager


Trade fabricator Bedfordshire Windows has appointed Demi Whitbread as its National Business Development Manager. 

Adding to the forty-strong team, this strategic addition is a result of the remarkable growth that Bedfordshire Windows has achieved over the past seven years and to support the company’s ambitious plans for further expansion.

Bringing with her over 12 years of sales experience in the windows and doors industry, Demi is transitioning to the fabricator side of the industry and looking forward to utilising her dedication and relationships to drive further success for Bedfordshire Windows.


Glazing The Workplace Of The Future


Property investment firm Lazari Investments wanted its London headquarters to be a landmark in the city, so creating a street-front that made a statement was a key priority when the business decided to invest in a large-scale redevelopment project for the building.

The refurbishment set out to establish a new standard in workplace design, creating an office building focused on the needs of today’s hybrid workforce, with as much emphasis on socialising and fun as on collaborative work.


Europlas Agrees Fastener Supply Partnership With Rapierstar


An expanding window and door trade counter network has introduced Rapierstar branded fasteners to its product portfolio.

Europlas (PVCu) is a division of the Rooms & Views Manufacturing Group, which produces more than 1,800 windows and doors every week at its factories in North and South Wales, and Scotland. Rapierstar is supporting Europlas as it expands its current network of trade counters throughout South Wales, including Buckley, Flintshire, and Winsford, Cheshire, with new branches also coming soon in Scotland and another in South Wales.


Safeware Unlocks 21 Years Of Security Excellence


Safeware, the specialist hardware division of Epwin Window Systems is celebrating the 21st anniversary of its iconic Safeware range of multi-point door locks. Since the inception in June 2003, the Safeware range of feature rich door locking solutions remain a popular choice with Epwin fabricators, demonstrating their timeless appeal and innovative design.

With an impressive record of over 1.5 million sold to date, Epwin Window Systems says Safeware door locks have retained their popularity over the years. Specifically designed for use on PVC-U and composite doors, its reputation for high-quality mechanisms and precision design ensures ease of use, reliability and durability, adds the company.


Comp Door Comes To The Rescue Of Local Community


On hearing that an elderly gentleman (who lives locally to Comp Door’s HQ in the Newcastle-Under-Lyme area of North Staffordshire) had his door broken down by Police, who needed to gain urgent access for the Ambulance service after he suffered a sudden stroke in his home, the community put out a plea on social media seeking local businesses who could help and quickly provide a new front door to protect and re-secure his home whilst he was in hospital.

Comp Door happily stepped forward and agreed to manufacture and gift the elderly gentleman with a made-to-measure brand-new front door the next day. Working closely with a local customer Target Windows, who likewise agreed to work with Comp Door to install the new door free of charge.


Shelforce Presented with Crystal and Charter From King Charles


Staff at Shelforce were presented with their King’s Awards for Enterprise crystal and charter for receiving the prestigious business award.

The Birmingham manufacturer received the King’s Awards for Enterprise in Promoting Opportunity (through social mobility) last year.

The King’s Awards for Enterprise engraved crystal winner trophy was presented by The West Midlands’ Lord Lieutenant, Sir John Crabtree, who gave a short speech of congratulations and met all the team before having a tour of the factory.


Trade News

The Business Pilot Barometer

Are the brakes being applied?

Neil Cooper-Smith, Senior Analyst, Business Pilot:

The figures for April support what most people are experiencing: volume is down. But they also give an indication of what is to come, which isn’t negative – if you are prepared.


Sternfenster Invests In New High-Speed Glass Line

Sternfenster has installed its new Forel high-speed automatic glass line, promising increased output, greater accuracy, and will future-proof the trade fabricator for an expected increase in demand for triple glazing, according to the company.


Permadoor Launches New Brand Identity

Permadoor, manufacturers of fire and security composite doors, has just launched its new brand identity.

Steve Jones, managing director of Permadoor, said: “Our new branding gives us a fresh new look and reinforces our status as a name you can trust.”


Sheerline Maintains High Levels Of Customer Satisfaction

Sheerline has revealed how vertical integration, internal communications, and a focus on providing an agile service have enabled it to achieve an OTIF (on time, in full) of 99.1% in February, followed by 99% in March – helping maintain high levels of customer satisfaction.


Tradeglaze Invests in Future Growth with New Emmegi Cutting Machine

Tradeglaze has taken delivery of a new cutting machine for its Aluminium factory.

Following an investment of over £500,000 in machinery over the last year, the new Emmegi Precision TS2 double mitre saw is part of the company’s long-term sustainable growth plan.


Cornwall Group Toughens Up To Be Match Fit

Cornwall Group is on target to invest £2 million in Forward Glass by the end of June, including a new toughening plant, which reflects the group’s determination to be ‘match fit’ for when the economy is expected to pick up by the start of 2025.


Product News

Open Up A World Of Possibilities With Quick-Glide

Quickslide’s Quick-Glide is a revolutionary new slim stack and slide door system that has more glass, less frame and can be slid to open however you want, explains managing director Ben Weber

Quickslide’s newest door offering, aptly named Quick Glide,


Sliding Venetian Integral Blinds Offer Magnetic Appeal

Ease of installation and popularity with homeowners due to a simple, reliable and cordless operating mechanism mean the SV & SV+ integral blind systems continue to account for the majority of Uni-Blinds sales.  These two Venetian integral blind systems, which are both operated using a patented magnetic slider positioned to the side of the window,


Elevate Care Home Security with SmartSecure Solutions, Says Carl F Groupco

Hardware specialist Carl F Groupco is highlighting the practical advantages of its SmartSecure solutions, especially its suitability for care home and assisted living installations. With a focus on safety and convenience, the electromechanical door locking systems offer the  security solutions needed...


Kenrick Extends Its Trickle Vent Range

Hardware manufacturer and supplier Kenrick has added the new EasyVent Plus range to its trickle vent options.

Andy Meakin, sales and marketing manager at Kenrick, said: “The EasyVent Plus offers fabricators and installers a solution...


Glass & Glazing

Capitalising on the Climate

With summer around the corner, many homeowners’ attentions are turning to their garden, which opens up a big market for balustrading, according to Paul Miller, national sales manager at Bohle. 

Diversifying their offering is key to installer’s success in difficult sales climates, believes Bohle’s national sales manager, Paul Miller,



From Enquiry To Installation

Effective customer service can help you secure business for the long term, and the right software choice can help you achieve it, according to Cyncly’s Sales Manager Greg Beachim.

It’s a cliché, but a chain is only as strong as its weakest link. And in a manufacturing environment, efficiency is constrained by bottlenecks.



A Guide on How to Transform A Website Into a One-Stop Shop

As installers navigate the digital landscape, the significance of a strong online presence cannot be emphasised enough. For installers, creating one-stop shop websites can not only boost their brands but also drive business growth.



Trio Of Senior Products Used In New Nottingham Residential Scheme

Three is the magic number for Senior Architectural Systems as solutions from the manufacturer’s range of aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling help complete The Barnum – a new residential development on Nottingham’s Queen’s Road.


Back To School For Fentrade

Fentrade has recently manufactured and supplied 55 casement windows for Llanidloes High School in Powys as part of the school’s refurbishment programme. Working alongside trade customer Window-Tec based in Builth Wells, Fentrade has helped to upgrade the school with high-quality, energy-efficient aluminium windows.


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