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15th April 2021
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Origin Launches New 29mm Sliding Door In The UK


Manufacturer of aluminium doors and windows, Origin, has unveiled its latest product launch – the OS-29 (Patio Slider). The new sliding door is the slimmest semi-dry glaze system in the UK, claims the company, featuring a 29mm sightline and offering wide customer appeal.

The OS-29 offers another sightline option in the Origin Patio Sliding Door range, joining the already well-established OS-44 and OS-77 (with 44mm and 77mm sightline options respectively). Its design and launch comes as a result of market feedback wanting slimmer sightlines, easier transport options and a more straightforward installation in comparison to wet glazed systems.


An Edge Closer To Aluminium Windows


In response to growing demand for windows that can successfully combine traditional and modern styles in the same property, REHAU is expanding its popular Rio flush fit family with a new square edge low level bead.

With black flipper detail as standard and allowance for 28mm glazing of the Rio flush fit, these features ensure that the installer can achieve clean lines on the inside of the window. This enables customers to compete with aluminium flush alternatives on the market, particularly when paired with REHAU’s coloured foils such as smooth anthracite grey.

One of the key selling points about this new feature is that customers can mix their window styles internally and externally.


Fentrade Announces Expansion Plans


Aluminium trade fabricator Fentrade has announced significant investment in its operations to meet growing demand. Chris Reeks, Director of Fentrade, said: “We’re a young business but we’re built on tried and tested foundations – offering the highest standards in every area of our business. I’m delighted to say it’s an approach that’s seeing us win more and more customers, which is why we’re announcing expansion plans.

The first part of the expansion plan is investment in a new manufacturing unit that will double Fentrade’s output capacity. Chris commented: “We’re seeing strong sales growth across all areas of our business. Expanding our manufacturing capability will allow us to maintain our lead times going forward.”


Total Hardware Announces New Secured By Design Accreditations


Total Hardware has announced three of its most popular products have achieved Secured by Design Status, opening up a new level of opportunities for fabricators and installers. Greg Morris, Sales & Marketing Co-ordinator at Total Hardware, said: “Secured by Design is a valuable accreditation, offering additional benefits to specifiers and homeowners alike.”

The products now available with Secured by Design status are the popular Duration Friction Stays, including the Standard, Egress and Easy Clean variants, the Flush Sash and High Security Quad Locks, and the Quantum MK3 Cranked and Inline Window Handles.


PatioMaster South East Reports On Latest Trends In Sliding Patio Doors


With the rise in popularity for sliding patio doors, Simon Spiers, Director of PatioMaster South East, says his company’s sales patterns clearly reflect two of today’s most popular design trends.

He says: “We know that today’s homeowners focus on design-led aesthetics without wanting to compromise on practicality. It’s why the PatioMaster sliding patio door in Anthracite Grey is almost the default choice and accounts for nearly 50% of our order book.”

Anthracite Grey is a popular choice for PVC-U products, not only patio doors, because it gives a sleek aluminium aesthetic. At the same time,


Jo To Head Up Expanded Marketing Function At Window Widgets


Jo Trotman has been appointed as marketing manager at The Residence Collection and Window Widgets in a newly created role, to head up an expanded function with additional expertise to help further develop both brands.

Bringing with her over 20 years at a German PVCu systems company, Jo brings with her considerable expertise in the sector and her role will be to support the marketing function on an operational and tactical level, while also supporting Sarah Hitchings with the marketing strategy. In additional to this appointment, the company is also looking for a new graphic designer and social media apprentice, to add to the unique in-house marketing team. The team all have individual specialist knowledge and when combined, creates strong and successful marketing activity to promote both brands.


Cornwall Group Commits To Create 10 New Apprenticeships In 2021


Cornwall Group will create 10 new apprenticeships before the end of this year as part of its continuing commitment to support the up skilling of workers in the glass industry.

The company which operates across three divisions, Cornwall Glass Manufacturing, Cornwall Glass and Glazing, and its glass merchanting business Mackenzie Glass, has an over-arching commitment to ensure that at any given time, 10% of its workforce is made up from apprentices or former apprentices.

Mark Mitchell, Chairman, Cornwall Group, said that COVID-19 had impacted its recruitment and training process last year but that the Group would be back on target by the end of this year.


Visit The Installer Support Hub At FiT Show


Certass is creating a live forum at the Installer Support Hub on Stand H40 at FiT Show 2021 in September.
The Installer Support Hub is a must visit stand for installers to find expert advice on all aspects of their business, including certification, competency, insurance, finance and business support, says the company.

Jon Vanstone, Chair of Certass and FiT Show Ambassador, says: “With the success of our members-only Facebook forum over the last year, we wanted to use our FiT Show stand as an opportunity to bring the forum to life, and that’s where the Installer Support Hub idea came from.


Shelforce To Feature On ITV On April 22


Birmingham window and door manufacturer Shelforce will feature on ITV’s Made In Britain TV series later this month.

The company, which specialises in providing PVCu and aluminium products to local authority building projects, including Birmingham City Council, will feature on episode 5 on ITV4 at 8pm on Thursday, April 22.

The show tells the story of British production and some of the country’s best loved products and is narrated by actor Ricky Tomlinson. The episode will also be available on the ITV Hub for 30 days after.


Job Vacancies

Business Unit Manager (Aluminium) – Dekko Window Systems


Trade News

Construction’s Recovery Can Be Secured With Long-Term Plan To Green Our Homes, Says FMB

Signs of recovery should be sustained with commitment to long-term National Retrofit Strategy, says the Federation of Master Builders in response to the ONS Construction Output data released today.


TuffX Expands Factory To Keep Up With Demand

Specialist safety glass manufacturer, TuffX, has expanded its Knowsley-based factory by 10,000ft2, bringing the total factory footprint up to 80,000ft2, in order to ramp-up production of its increasingly popular Infinity range of rooflights and walk-on glass units.


Product News

Deceuninck Launches French Door

Deceuninck Aluminium has brought increased manufacturing flexibility to its offer with the addition of a new French Door option.


Pressure Equalisation In Insulated Glass Units: Digital Simulation Tool Ensures Greater Certainty In The Planning Process

SWISSSPACER is expanding the scope of service of CALUWIN. Using the tried-and-tested online tool, manufacturers of insulated glass units and window makers now have a very easy way to check...



Denval Co Becomes Latest Fabricator To Benefit From Comet R6 5-Axis Technology

Denval Co Ltd is the latest aluminium fabricator to take advantage of the accessible 5-axis technology now available from Emmegi (UK) via its Comet R4i and R6i and HP machining centres.



ISO Chemie’s New Webshop Opens

Window and door foam tape sealants specialist ISO-Chemie has opened its new online store to enable UK customers to order products 24/7.


On Site

Blurred Lines

The Renshaw family live in a beautiful arts & crafts-style house in Lymington, Hampshire. While their home was already large, the family wanted a new living space to blur the lines between their home and garden and add a contemporary twist to their home.



The Construction Leaders’ Summit ‘Building For The Future’ To Take Place Next Week

On 21st-22nd April 2021, NBS, the platform for connected construction information, will once again bring policymakers, industry experts and decision-makers in construction, architecture and digital transformation together for The Construction Leaders’ Summit – ‘Building for the Future’.



Tech Company Onsite7 To Exhibit At FENEX

Onsite7, the tech company has signed on to exhibit at the FENEX main event which will be held in September 2021.
Specifically set up to aid installers in keeping their vast amounts of work organised and free-flowing,


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