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14th November 2023

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Administrators of Safestyle UK Agree Contract with Anglian Home Improvements to Fulfil Customer Orders


Last week, on Thursday 9th November 2023, the joint administrators of H.P.A.S Limited, previously trading as Safestyle UK (“the Company”), reached an agreement to sell the Company’s order book, as well as certain other assets, to Anglian Home Improvements (trading as Anglian Windows Ltd).

While the terms of the agreement are finalised and any legal requirements are fulfilled, the joint administrators have entered into a sub-contractor arrangement that will enable customer orders to be fulfilled by Anglian Home Improvements.


Two New Slabs From DoorCo For 2024


Composite door manufacturers, DoorCo, launched their first Innovation Week to announce a full portfolio of new launches, kick-starting with one of their biggest announcements to date – the arrival of the new Eaton blank and the modification of the ¾ lite blank. We caught up with technical and sales manager, Ian Glenister and marketing manager, Ellie Pool, to discuss. 

Introducing Eaton

Ian Glenister tells us about the brand new slab, Eaton: “The Eaton slab has been designed to be the perfect hybrid between traditional and modern styles,


Enhanced Variation Of Federal’s Iron Guard 3* Cylinder Launched By Carl F Groupco


Carl F Groupco has just added an enhanced variation of the Iron Guard 3* Cylinder manufactured by Federal to its portfolio. John Crittenden, managing director at Carl F Groupco, comments: “The Iron Guard 3* Cylinder has all the qualities you would expect from a 3* accredited cylinder, plus additional benefits. I’m delighted to be stocking an enhanced variation that offers our customers more functionality and adds even more value.”

Advanced features include a patented firing pin mechanism which engages if the cylinder is snapped. The cam will lock itself down, preventing unauthorised access via the cam and providing an extra layer of security.


CDW Systems Announces Reduced Three-Week Lead Time On Dualframe Windows


CDW Systems has announced a reduced lead time of three weeks on “house” colour Dualframe aluminium casement windows.

Dualframe 75 aluminium windows are renowned for their exceptional quality and performance. They offer excellent thermal insulation, security, and durability, making them a perfect choice for both residential and commercial applications, claims the company.

Customers can also choose from a wide range of standard colour options and finishes to match their specific design preferences and project requirements and CDW has reduced the lead time...


The End Of The Fabricator?


Absolutely not, says Sean Mackey of jade Engineering, who Window News spoke to at the recent Glazing Summit.

The recent Glazing Summit again impressed overall, with high quality presentations and standing room only for an impressive cross-section of the window and door industry’s great and good. Of the presentations made, one of the most thought provoking was Alex Tremlett’s, Insight Data’s Operations Manager, because it was a bald, stark analysis of the industry’s company stats: effectively the industry’s corporate births, deaths and marriages.


Glazpart Shares Views From The Summit


Glazpart once again sponsored and participated in the Glazing Summit at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham on 12 October and yet again it proved to be an ideal platform for Glazpart to share views and concerns on the changing regulations currently impacting and set to impact the glass and glazing industry.

The Future Homes Standard is a set of rules that will come into effect from 2025 to ensure new homes produce over 30% less carbon emissions than the new homes being built to current Building Regulations.


Preview For Emplas’s CORE Customers


Trade fabricator Emplas held its annual CORE1979 focus group at Epwin Window Systems in Telford at the start of November, bringing together a select number of customers and suppliers to discuss key industry topics and preview new products.

“We established CORE 1979 to bring our core customers together with our supply chain to review market drivers and share best practice,” Emplas group managing director Ryan Johnson said. “The nature of the event means that much of what we discussed stays under wraps for now, but we looked at new product innovation and shared a preview of new software development,


Whitesales Appoints New Fenestration Team


Whitesales has had such a great response to its entry into the fenestration market that it has now appointed a dedicated sales team to look after fabricators and installers buying its range of rooflights and lanterns.

Piers White and Karl Grandfield, familiar to FIT Show visitors as the double act assembling the SkyVu lantern on the Installer Stage, have both been appointed as sales managers for fenestration.

Piers is looking after customers in the South and Karl is looking after customers in the Midlands and North, but they are very much a team,


Successful Glassbuild Could Signal New State-Side Operation For Business Pilot


Business Pilot has returned from three days at Glassbuild America in Atlanta with significant new business leads, potential new business partners, and is now better positioned to expand internationally, says the company.

“This was our first year exhibiting at Glassbuild America, and it has benefited us far more than we ever expected it to,” Business Pilot’s managing director Elton Boocock said.

“We’ve already lined up five demos with potential customers, and how well we progress with them will pave the way for how we establish a full-time presence in the US.


Arcoframe Partners With aluplast


St Helens-based profile bending specialist Arcoframe, recently chose aluplast as a preferred profile supplier for its arched frames and round windows.

“We work with all systems,” explained director Jonathan Hill. “We’ve been manufacturing arched frames, angled frames and flush sash frames for our customers for more than 20 years now, and we regularly work with all profile types that our customers bring us.

“But on those jobs where a profile hasn’t been specified, we have chosen aluplast as our preferred supplier because it best suits our needs.”


Debar Expands Technical Services Team To Deliver On-Site Training


Hardware manufacturer Debar, has expanded its technical services team in a bid to deliver more training and on-site assistance to its dedicated customers.  The announcement forms part of the Bradford-based firms plans to perfect and refine the support it currently offers.

Paul Owens and Kyle Bateman form the technical services team and will utilise their expert knowledge and industry experience to guide fabricators wanting to learn how to efficiently build bi-folding door systems.

As a company which currently supports more than 200 companies across 12 countries, Debar’s customer service isn’t limited to the UK. 


Opportunities For Installers Still There Despite Prediction Of Tough Year Ahead, Says Leads2Trade


With the message from the Glazing Summit that the industry can expect a tough year ahead, installers will need to make sure they are doing all they can to stay ahead – because there will be opportunities for them, says Andy Royle, co-founder and director of Leads2Trade.

On the face of it, the prediction that came out of this year’s Glazing Summit of a tough next 12 months for the industry is worrying, and installers could be forgiven for fearing the worst.

Of course, we’d all like the buoyant market from the few years after the pandemic, but there have always been peaks and troughs in demand for home improvements from consumers.


KallKwik Appoints New Business Development Manager To Fuel Growth


Andy Worroll has joined machinery company KallKwik as its new Business Development Manager, bringing 16 years of experience in senior manufacturing and operations roles in the glazing sector.

With most of his career spanning the fabrication side, Andy’s industry expertise will be the driving force behind KallKwik’s on-the-road support and sales. Which, says the company, combined with KallKwik’s business offering, is set to give fabricators unique insight into choosing the best machinery, optimising equipment performance and future planning.


Reynaers Named Aluminium Systems Company Of The Year At NFAs


Reynaers Aluminium UK won the ‘Aluminium Systems Company of the Year’ award at this year’s National Fenestration Awards ceremony.

The accolade highlights Reynaers’ work in supplying premium aluminium systems for doors, windows and facades to the UK fenestration industry. Decided by an open vote, the awards are based on industry recognition with all companies working within the UK fenestration trade eligible to take part and vote.

Over the past twelve months Reynaers has made significant strides in ensuring its customers receive the best service and product range.


Unique Named Leicestershire Business Of The Year 2023


Unique Windows Systems has continued its run of award success.

Just eight days after being recognised with the LeicestershireLive Business Award for Growth 2023, the fabricator of PVCu and aluminium windows, doors, and curtain walling, has received two more awards at the Leicestershire Business Awards.

Held this year on the 3rd of November 2023 at the Venue@DMU (De Montford University), the Leicestershire Business Awards are staged by East Midlands Chamber.


Endurance Named Composite Door Manufacturer Of The Year


Endurance Doors has enjoyed a double win at the recent National Fenestration Awards. The manufacturer of composite doors was named Composite Door Manufacturer of the Year 2023. The award for Young Person of the Year 2023 also went to Imogen Payne, digital marketing executive at the business.

The National Fenestration Awards, which celebrate their 10th anniversary this year, recognise the achievements of individuals and organisations from across the window and door industry. There are 28 separate categories, covering different product types as well as wider business practices such as marketing, management and training.


Trade News

New Leadership And BGF Investment At Victorian Sliders Signals New Era

Following its original investment in August 2021, BGF – one of the biggest and most experienced investors in the UK and Ireland – has provided an additional round of funding alongside HSBC to support the growth plans of manufacturing business Victorian Sliders.


Liniar Joins Future Homes Hub

Liniar has announced it recently became a member of the Future Homes Hub.

The Hub brings together all those involved in home building to help to achieve the climate and environmental goals for the sector linked to the Government’s legally binding Net Zero and wider environmental targets.


Sheerline Offers Security As Standard

Sheerline has announced that every product within their Prestige range is now Secured by Design (SBD) certified. With the Prestige Lift & Slide Patio Door recently joining the rest of its aluminium windows and doors to offer full SBD accreditation.


Trade News

Debar Pledges To Prioritise Mental Health At Bradford Headquarters

Bi-fold hardware manufacturer and supplier Debar is pledging a commitment to prioritise mental health within the workplace.

With shocking statistics highlighting that the construction industry...


The EPD Explained

The EPD, a declaration made by a supplier that sits on a level playing field so specifiers can make decisions based on the life cycle of similar products and their impact on our planet, is particularly related to carbon emissions. Type III Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)...


Shelforce Featured In King Charles III Commemorative Album

Window and door manufacturer Shelforce has been featured in a special 75th birthday commemorative album for King Charles III.

Earlier this year, the Birmingham-based Shelforce was presented with The King’s Award for Enterprise in Promoting Opportunity...



Paul Greenaway Back On The Team At AluK

Paul Greenaway, an experienced figure in the industry, has rejoined AluK as an area sales manager, teaming up once again with managing director Russell Yates.

He will be looking after customers in east and southeast England,



The Future Starts Today

As this interview with Ian Cocken – aluplast’s director of sales and marketing – takes place, a handful of high-profile large fabricators have either called in the administrators, or are rumoured to be struggling.

It also coincides with news from the Office for National Statistics that insolvencies...



Carl F Groupco Upgrades CRM Software

Independent hardware distributor Carl F Groupco, has just announced a £20,000 investment in upgraded customer relationship management software, ‘theCRM’.

Steve Lamb, IT manager at the company, said:



ISO Chemie Opens Webshop For UK customers

A new webshop has been opened by window and door frame sealant tape specialist ISO-Chemie to provide UK customers with rapid and easy access to products, installation information and orders 24/7.

Accessible via an office PC, laptop, tablet or mobile device



The Residence Collection Installs 250 R7 Windows At New-Build Development

Windows and door designer, The Residence Collection, has completed a new-build development in Hertfordshire with 250 Residence 7 system windows in the Grained White colourway.

In collaboration with installer, HBD Systems and fabricator Window Tech Trade,


A Grand Design For Kestrel Aluminium Systems

A complete window and door glazing solution from Kestrel Aluminium Systems was specified as part of a carbon-neutral, sustainable woodland house that featured on a recent episode of Grand Designs.

Designed by local architect Kate Kelly, the dwelling’s connection with nature was a key focus of the client’s brief.



Comp Door and Global Windows Announce Composite Door Christmas Giveaway

Staffordshire composite door manufacturer Comp Door, an innovator in the door and window industry, is approaching the one-year anniversary of their partnership with Global Windows, which began in January 2023. To mark the milestone,



Devon Golf Event For Cornwall Glass Manufacturing’s Customers

Cornwall Glass Manufacturing recently hosted a Golf Day for customers at the stunning Ashbury Hotel Golf Resort near Okehampton in Devon, which was spread across three beautiful courses.

“Ashbury Golf resort is located just north of Dartmoor,



Freefoam Awarded Supply Chain Sustainability School Gold Status

Freefoam Building Products Ltd has been awarded Gold status by the Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS).

SCSS Gold status recognises Freefoam’s commitment to building sustainability and ESG skills and knowledge.



Fenestration Industry Businesses Raise Over £7,700 in Three Peaks Challenge

A dedicated team from the fenestration industry, including members from The Residence Collection, and Window Widgets, has tackled the National Three Peaks Challenge to raise vital funds for motor neurone disease.

On 30th September, the 15-strong team from The Residence Collection, Window Widgets,


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