14th November 2017
 
National Glass Group Experiences Exponential Growth In 2017
 

Following the news that Nova Group have joined National Glass Group (NGG) in September 2017, the group has now announced a further two new members in the form of Crystal Units based in the South East and Ecoglass situated in East Anglia.

Collective member turnover for National Glass Group (NGG) is now in excess of £90 million pounds, double that of 2016 and making it the largest glass group in the UK, claims the company, providing unrivalled purchasing power, operational resilience and national reach. Despite the scale of the group, all members retain the agility and personal attention from being owner managed, independent businesses.

 
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Fast Efficient Certification For Bison Frames
 

Barnsley-based Bison Frames are well-known in the industry for manufacturing high-end PVC-U windows and doors. With more than 50 years of fabrication experience and an emphasis on quality and innovation, they manufacture casement windows, PVC-U doors, conservatories and WarmCore bi-folding doors. But perhaps they’re best known for their PVC-U sash windows, including their flagship Genesis vertical slider. So when the time came to seek PAS 24:2016 accreditation for their sash window range, Bison turned to industry certification and compliance consultancy, CENSolutions.

 
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Profile 22 Introduces Its Frontier Range Of Composite Doors
 

Profile 22 has recently launched Frontier a new range of composite door leaves. Gerald Allen, Marketing Manager of Profile 22 comments: “Industry projections suggest that composite doors are set to continue their popularity until at least 2020, by which time they’ll make up around two thirds of the door sector. When a sector has growth projections like these, it’s important to have the right product in your portfolio to be able to take advantage of the opportunities. We are delighted to now offer the Frontier door leaves through Profile 22.”

 
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New Solar Control Glass From Guardian Glass

 

Guardian Glass has extended its SunGuard® SuperNeutralTM (SN) range of high performance solar control glass with a product that provides the highest light transmission in the portfolio.

Guardian SunGuard SN 75 HT and SN 75 Ultra HT offers, respectively, a light transmission of 75% and 76%, which is 5% and 6% higher than other coated glass products from the Guardian SunGuard SuperNeutral range. This high light transmission supports building owners, architects and designers in their effort to effectively introduce more natural daylighting into their projects.

 
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REHAU Recruitment Drive Boosts Customer Support Services

 

REHAU has appointed five new starters to its Windows Solutions team to improve support services for its installer and fabricator customers, and ensure that whatever their needs, it’s All in Hand.

In September, REHAU made four new appointments to its sales team. Shaun Young takes over as the Area Sales Manager for the North East, leaving Hormoz Nouri – who was covering both the North East and Scotland – to dedicate his focus to account management and specifications for Scotland.

 
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Which? Trusted Trader Scheme Drives “Significant” Leads At Ultraframe

 

Ultraframe has reported a sharp rise in leads which the roof system manufacturer is attributing to its partnership with Which? Trusted Traders. Leads generated for its Ultra Installers are up by 20% compared to the same period last year and are still increasing beyond Ultraframe’s predictions for this time of year.

Alex Hewitt, Ultraframe Marketing Director comments: “we’ve worked really hard this year to get a number of key initiatives in place – such as the alliance with Which? Trusted Traders.

 
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Truframe’s Marketing – A Digital Age Department

 

TruFrame’s marketing department has recently benefitted from a number of additions, as they look to bring in considerable digital marketing expertise from B2B and B2C sectors, to go alongside more traditional means of corporate communications and branding.

The newly expanded marketing function is headed up by Paul Roper, Marketing Director, who brings extensive multi-channel marketing experience having worked both agency and client-side for brands such as, Cognizant Consulting, Monster.co.uk and Levi Strauss and is

 
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Aluprof Specified in Dublin

 

As Aluprof systems continue to gain popularity with specifiers across the UK, overseas, the system company is also seeing significant growth. Dublin is one of the latest cities to see a growing use of Aluprof systems.

Trinity College uses Aluprof MB-SR50N in an extensive roof complex which links two parts of the original college together forming an extensive atrium and open space. Right in the heart of the shopping district, Grafton Street sees a new store opening using Aluprof

 
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Glass Charter Progress For The Window Company

 

The Window Company (Contracts) Ltd has been recognised at Silver 3 level in the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) GLASS Charter Merit Scheme

In 2016 The Window Company (Contracts) Ltd took part in the first group of audits against the GGF GLASS Charter. The culture of the business and the evidence provided clearly showed they were a company that recognised the clear link between safety of employees and customers with success.

 
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Getting Tasty With Door Brochures From Endurance

 

Endurance® Doors have just launched a new 8-page taster brochure in response to customer demand for an inspirational brochure that can be distributed en masse, leaving their 92-page composite door bible more for the purposes of a reference guide.

Described as ‘The Perfect Door For Your Home’ this new taster brochure highlights some of the key USP’s, including details of the BBA certified solid LVL timber core, unique Moisture Barrier System

 
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The 15th Edition Of The QUALICOAT Standard At The RIBA

 

QUALICOAT UK and Ireland members and specifiers met at the RIBA Portland Street to welcome the 15th edition of the QUALICOAT standard for architectural powder coating. Updated every two years the standard reflects the latest best use of technology and testing to ensure sustainable powder coating finishes. A ‘not for profit’ organisation, with head office in Zurich, QUALICOAT maintains a global standard for the process of pretreatment and powder coating of architectural aluminium.

 
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SWISSPACER Nominated For Best Spacer Bar Manufacturer
 

SWISSPACER has been nominated for Best Spacer Bar Manufacturer in the National Fenestration Awards (NFAs). The company has experienced strong growth in the last year through a mix of distributor support and new direct business. The opening of SWISSPACER’s new headquarters in Milton Keynes was a significant milestone and is pivotal to developing direct sales. Customers can now collect products directly from the centre and benefit from its new Laser

 
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Ironmonger Success To Be celebrated At IAI Awards
 

The best industry professionals and most promising newcomers within the international door hardware industry will be celebrated at the Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) Awards next March.
Nominations for the awards are made by any member of the Institute. There are four separate highly valued awards that candidates can be nominated for. The deadline for entries is 30 November 2017.

 
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Bosch Launches High-Quality Thermal Camera
 

Bosch Professional has added an extra dimension to its power tool and measuring device range with the launch of a high-quality thermal camera. Its development draws on the manufacturer’s deep understanding of practical problems faced by electricians, plumbers, builders and other trade professionals. The Bosch GTC 400 C Professional Thermal Camera is designed to bring competitive advantage to their businesses at an affordable price.

 
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The Window Company (Contracts) and Osborne and Building Space
 

The Window Company (Contracts) Ltd are helping Osborne celebrate its 50th Anniversary by working alongside them to build a two-storey extension at Demelza’s Eltham Hospice in South East London that will allow seriously ill children the space to grow, develop and live life to the fullest.

Demelza Hospice Care for Children provide expert, compassionate care, free of charge to severely ill children and their families 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

 
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Trade News

UKAS Accreditation Means Mila Test Centre Is Now A One Stop Shop

Mila’s Test Centre in Daventry has just been awarded UKAS accreditation, allowing it to formally assess window and door hardware to both PAS24 2016 for security and BS EN1670 2007 for corrosion resistance.

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Chancellor Must Improve Access To Finance For Small Builders

The Chancellor must take bold action in the forthcoming Budget to improve access to finance for SME builders if he wants to tackle the housing crisis, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

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Calls For ‘Forgotten Professionals’ To Be Bought Back In To The Construction Process

In a series of 12 recommendations submitted to the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety, the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI) has called for the recognition of the ‘forgotten professionals’ in the construction supply chain.

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Euroglaze Guarantees Every Order Received In Full

REHAU trade fabricator Euroglaze has launched a brand new delivery tracking solution which it says guarantees that everything in a customer’s order will be delivered in full, every time.

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Droylsden Glass Strengthens Its Range With A Little Help From Dekko

Dekko Window Systems has a reputation for helping its customers grow and reach new markets. Looking to strengthen its offering, North-West installation specialists Droylsden Glass has become the latest firm to partner with Dekko.

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Sealant Tapes Market Has Designs On Growth In 2018

Andy Swift, national sales manager of ISO-CHEMIE, is optimistic about UK foam sealant sales in the next 12 months as specialist suppliers ramp-up plans to target the design sector.

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MTC Card Expiring?  Upgrade To A CORGI Fenestration Skills Card

Many original MTC Cards are expiring this Autumn and through 2018 and need to be renewed. Installers and surveyors should be wary over which card they use as some have switched from being personal cards to company cards that need replacing each time you change job.

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Product News

Lumi Door’s A Family Favourite For Designer Paul

It was an obvious choice for Apeer R&D engineer Paul Vajda to have one of the doors he helped to design for his own home near the company’s Ballymena factory recently. So it was just as natural, when his father-in-law wanted a new front door,

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Mercury Glazing Adds The TD68 Door To Its Range

Specialist aluminium frame manufacturer, Mercury Glazing Supplies Ltd., has just added the new TD68 commercial door to its range. Chris Reeks, Mercury’s Sales and Marketing Director, said, “We are delighted to be adding the TD68

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People

SWISSPACER Grows Team At New HQ

SWISSPACER is experiencing strong growth since its investment in a new HQ in Milton Keynes. The new offices and warehouse is opening up new opportunities with direct customers. As a result, SWISSPACER is growing its UK team with the appointment of Ruwaida Denn as Operations Co-ordinator.

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New Appointments At Modplan

VEKA trade fabricator Modplan has just announced the appointment of Justin Williams as its new International Sales and Marketing Director. Justin takes up this position with immediate effect.

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Aluminium

Kawneer Join QUALICOAT

Membership of QUALICOAT continues to grow as Kawneer is welcomed into membership of the Association.

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Glass & Glazing

Pilkington Launches Two New Textured Glass Patterns

Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, part of the NSG Group, has launched two new patterns to its popular Pilkington Texture Glass range.

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Machinery

Mighton Machinery Improves Efficiency For Conservation Windows

Since launching its own brand range of machinery earlier this year, all designed to make targeted aspects of joinery production quicker, easier and more efficient, Mighton Products has welcomed a growing number of positive reviews,

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On-Site

Uni_Slide Unlocks Atlantic Views At Sea Edge House

Torquay’s Fenster Fabrications has contributed to a stylish sea-view residential development that’s been shortlisted for multiple awards.

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Software

Endurance Offers An Online HomeView

The HomeView Door Designer from solid core composite door brand, Endurance® Doors, has undergone further development to encourage consumers and trade partners to use the impressive 3D view on home facility.

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G17 Awards

The G-Awards judges have revealed the names of the finalists in this year’s event.

64 companies and individuals will compete for the 12 coveted trophies at the gala awards event in November.
Event organiser Tony Higgin said:  “We’ve not only seen an excellent number of entries but the quality and range of the finalists themselves has been exceptional this year.”
The winners will be announced at the G17 Gala Dinner and Awards event on Friday November 17 at the London Hilton on Park Lane.

To read more about some of this year’s lucky finalists, click below

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