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15th February 2024

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Reynaers’ Sustainability Goals Secure SBTi Approval


Reynaers Aluminium’s global emission reduction targets have officially been validated by the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
The climate action organisation has confirmed that both the company’s 2019 baseline targets, as well as its ambitious 2030 goals, meet the strict standards and have been approved following a 15-month process.

Reynaers Group’s sustainability goals are among the most ambitious targets within the SBTi programme and include reducing scope one and two ‘direct’ carbon emissions by 46.2%, and scope three ‘indirect’ carbon emissions by 55% per tonne of product by 2030, starting from a baseline of 2019, claims the company.


New Kid On The Block


While new to the glass industry, owner of Thermoseal Group customer Glass Express Midlands, Arun Photay, is focused on driving up quality – rubbing shoulders with ministers in the process. We talk to him to find out more.

Oldbury-based IGU manufacturer Glass Express Midlands is undergoing a period of significant investment following its acquisition by Arun Photay, after its previous owner Bill Singh semi-retired.

While new to the industry, Arun explains that his key strategy is to concentrate on professionalism, focus on quality, and to surround himself with professionals.


Alunet Systems Announces New Partnership with Malplas uPVC


Aluminium systems supplier, Alunet Systems, has announced its strategic partnership with award-winning doors and windows specialists, Malplas uPVC. This collaboration marks a significant milestone in Alunet’s growth strategy, as Malplas uPVC becomes a key partner in Northern Ireland.

The partnership, which began in January 2024, came about when Ryan Mallon, the operations manager for Malplas uPVC, discovered Alunet Systems on LinkedIn. Impressed by Alunet’s comprehensive service offering, Ryan recognised the potential for collaboration, particularly in expanding Malplas uPVC’s product line to include aluminium systems.


Top Integral Blind Colours Of The Year Revealed


Morley Glass, manufacturer of bespoke ScreenLine integral blinds has revealed anthracite as 2023’s most popular customer colour choice for Venetian blinds, narrowly pipping white to the post.

Anthracite accounted for over a third (34.5%) of all sales of Venetian Uni-Blinds from Morley Glass, with white coming a close second at 32.4%. Both these colours have dominated for several years now, but the sales data does suggest the arrival of a new kid on the block – black.

Whilst pleated Uni-Blinds have been available in black for a number of years, it was only in 2023 that a new black (B160) Venetian blind was introduced to the ScreenLine range.


Carlia Corras Recognised With Long Service Award


Sales Coordinator Carlia Corras has received a 20-year long service award in recognition of her commitment and longstanding contribution to independent hardware distributor Carl F Groupco.

Carlia, who joined Carl F Groupco in February 2004, has been an integral part of the sales office, consistently delivering exceptional customer service and support. Throughout her tenure, Carlia has acquired widespread recognition from customers across various business regions. She currently works alongside Paul Dunn, regional sales manager, supporting the growing fabrication network throughout the North East of England.


Modplan Reports Continued Demand For Coloured Products


Trade fabricator Modplan, has reported continued growth for coloured products across its windows, doors and conservatory roof offering.

Heidi Sachs, managing director at Modplan, said: “Our continued growth in coloured products underscores our dedication to meeting the diverse needs of our customers. With a selection of 30 coloured foil combinations available from stock and the ability to personalise roofing colours in-house, we can provide a high-end tailored solution that gives our customers a market advantage.”

Modplan offers from stock a diverse selection of solid and woodgrain finishes on both its Veka and Liniar window and door ranges.


Premier Frames Celebrates 25 Years In Business With Ultraframe


The senior management team at Premier Frames celebrated their 25th anniversary recently with a visit to their main supplier, Ultraframe. The Leicester-based company has fabricated over 40,000 Ultraframe roofs since it opened its doors in 1998.

The company is one of Ultraframe’s largest and most dynamic fabricators, manufacturing the full suite of Ultraframe products, along with aluminium windows and doors through their sister company Innovation Aluminium, and covering most of the UK.

Founder Dean Ward and directors Josh Ward and Andy Berrington have worked closely with Ultraframe to take the Premier Frames business from strength to strength across the years.


Tomorrow’s Growth Starts Today


Fabricators are turning to systemised processes in greater numbers than ever before, according to sales manager of Cyncly business, First Degree Systems, Greg Beachim. We talk to him to find out why.

It is an almost universal truth that many window fabricators begin life as small operations, established to fill a niche requirement for quality made windows and doors.

“Within our team, we regularly see businesses start up with as little as a chop saw and fabrication bench,” First Degree Systems’ sales manager Greg Beachim says.


Edgetech’s Parent Company Quanex Appoints Global Market Director


Edgetech’s parent company, Quanex, have appointed a new global market director to help drive far-reaching plans for growth.

Mike Moran brings over two decades of sector experience to the role, having previously served as commercial director at Sanglier, and spent 18 years in commercial leadership roles at Bostik.

Reporting directly to Chris Alderson, Edgetech managing director, Mike will play a crucial part in expanding the company’s reach into new markets and regions.


QR Code, Less Workload


Window Supply Company, a uPVC window and door manufacturing firm based in West Lothian, launches QR coded windows and doors underlining the company’s continuing commitment to innovation. This follows WSC named as the fastest growing manufacturing and engineering firm in Scotland’s 2023 Fast Growth 50 Index, and 5th fastest growing business overall, says the company.

As part of the manufacturing process, a unique QR code label is fitted to every window and door frame produced in the company’s 105,000 square foot manufacturing facility. By simply scanning the QR code with a mobile phone, installers gain instant access to all profile, glass, and hardware specifications.


Vanquish Hardware Appoints New MD


Vanquish Hardware Protection has appointed David Sutcliffe as its new managing director.

David takes over from his father Keith Sutcliffe, who is semi-retiring after more than 30 years in the passive fire protection industry and has been a driving force behind the company’s rise to the top.

With 14 years’ experience, he moves from his position of managing director at Firestop Manufacturing Ltd, a UK manufacturer of passive fire protection products.


A Solution To Unusual Bay Window Angles, Says Window Widgets


Window Widgets boast a perfect solution for both common and unusual bay window angles with their extensive baypole range

One of the leading manufacturers in glazing solutions for the fenestration industry, Window Widgets manufactures a wide range of baypoles for fitting bay windows of all different angles. The baypoles range accommodates 58mm to76mm deep frames as well as covering a range of angles. Not only do they offer the most common angles, they offer a solution to the unusual ones too.

Most products within the range can also be used universally, not just with the one brand, however Window Widgets manufacture more than 1,400 product variants across a choice of 36 colourways,


Epwin Window Systems’ Employees Lace Up For London Marathon


Two Epwin Window Systems employees will be running this year’s London Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 21 April. Commercial director Ray McGrady and customer service advisor Tony Lloyd will both be running the 26.2 mile course to raise funds for two inspirational charities.

Ray is running on behalf of the British Heart Foundation. Ray says: “If it was not for the amazing work British Heart Foundation does in developing and supporting medical research, my dad would not be with us today. It’s inspiring to see the positive difference that can be made through supporting such crucial work and I will forever be grateful for the incredible work they do.


Trade News

hup! Announces Laura Jane Clark As New Brand Ambassador

Ultraframe has announced that leading architect and interior designer, Laura Jane Clark from BBC’s Your Home Made Perfect, is the new Brand Ambassador for its hup! building system.

Laura, who has also appeared on Channel 4’s Amazing Spaces and Ugly House to Lovely House,


FDM Opens UK’s First Practical Fire Door Training Centre

The UK’s first practical training centre for the fire door industry opened last week, 8th February 2024 in Bury, Greater Manchester.

Purpose built, the 3,000ft² Training Academy has been launched by Fire Door Maintenance (FDM) to raise safety standards across the industry.


XL-Size Contracts Push Cumbernauld’s Cube Glass Revenues Skywards And International Partnerships Start To Pay Dividends

In one of its strongest trading advances on record, Scottish glass and aluminium specialist Cube Glass reports it has boosted its revenues by ‘well in excess of £1 million’ as well as developing lucrative new international partnerships.


Trade News

Buy To Let Landlords Who Improve The Energy Efficiency Of Their Rental Stock Should Get Tax Relief

The Government should allow income tax and/or corporate tax relief for buy to let landlords who improve the energy efficiency of their rental stock, say leading tax and advisory firm Blick Rothenberg.

Head of Property and a Partner at the firm, Heather Powell,


UK Doors Online Launches Exclusive Partnership Programme

West Yorkshire door and window manufacturer UK Doors Online has announced the launch of the company’s new partnership programme. The initiative is said to “provide exclusive perks and discounts, enabling trade partners to expand their product offerings and enhance their operations.”


Product News

Endurance Doors Adds New Lever Rose Handle

Endurance Doors has extended its range of hardware.

In line with its focus on offering homeowners maximum design freedom, the business has launched a new lever rose handle.


AT Precision: “Turn Bi-Fold Dreams Into Profitable Realities”

In the fast-paced world of bi-fold doors, where sleek design meets functional brilliance, profit margins can be extremely delicate.

Yet, for many fabricators, the allure of booming installations often clashes with the harsh reality of squeezed margins,



Senior Appointments At AluK

AluK has made two appointments to the UK Board, with industry heavyweight Paul Booth joining as R&D Director and manufacturing specialist James Schools joining as Finance Director.

They are both bringing valuable experience and expertise to AluK,



A Long-Term Relationship

We talk to Julien Piper, Director of Omega Windows, Doors and Conservatories about the benefits of partnering with Sternfenster.

Margate-based Omega, has sold the full Sternfenster range windows and doors to homeowners across Kent since 1994,


Qualicoat Release Exposure Categories

By Angus Mackie – Qualicoat Chair

The recently released Technical Information Sheet No.4 from Qualicoat ‘Recommendations for the Corrosion protection’ now offers specifiers guidance on the recommended pretreatment system to specify for various “Corrosivity categories”...



No More Muddling Through

When Ken Rhodes took over the family business – The Ken Rhodes Group – one of his priorities was to sign up to Business Pilot. Here he explains why.

When I took the business over from my mother and father (also call Ken) in 2016, everyone still used paper files which were kept in filing cabinets.



The Residence Collection Updates Bespoke Conservation Area Development Near Wakefield

The Residence Collection features in a new-build development in the conservation area of Woolley, near Wakefield.

The luxury development, named Old Beech Farm, features more than 200 Residence Collection windows across six new-build properties.



Unique Teams Up With Leicester City In The Community For Outreach Project

Unique Window Systems has lent its support to an outreach project organised by Leicester City in the Community (LCitC).

The business donated two sets of white PVCu French doors towards a project which involved the construction of a new classroom at Gorse Hill City Farm.


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