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16th April 2019
 
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Oakland Glass Ltd Launches The Oakland Glass Academy

 

Oakland Glass Ltd has to announced the launch of the Oakland Glass Academy at this year’s FIT Show, to demonstrate its unwavering commitment to best practice in glass through the development of its team.

“There has been no lack of press coverage on the skills shortage faced by the construction sector, and closer to home, the glazing industry,” says Tina Moorhouse, Managing Director of Oakland Glass Ltd. “The important thing now is what we do about it. The Oakland Glass Academy encompasses all the good work we already do to develop our people. This includes a retraining program of all staff covering the standardisation of processes across the site and on different shifts,

 
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Modplan Add New Flush Sash Window Options To Its Portfolio

 

Trade fabricator Modplan has just added the welded and mechanical transom versions of the VEKA Halo Flush Sash Window to its portfolio. Justin Williams, International Sales and Marketing Director at Modplan, said: “Our focus is always to give customers what they need. The popularity of high value specialist windows is growing rapidly. By adding the VEKA Halo Flush Sash welded and mechanical transom options, we’re giving our customers an extra level of choice to deliver what the markets need.”

The VEKA Flush Sash Window is a versatile window. It sits flush within its frame, making it perfect for heritage and conservation projects and as an alternative to aluminium.

 
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Aztec Windows (Coventry) Ltd Makes Its First ‘Grand Entrance’ With Winkhaus AV3 & FAB Locks

 

Coventry-based Aztec Windows has completed its first installation of a Winkhaus AV3 and FAB locking system in a Solidor French Door, making a ‘grand entrance’ for their satisfied customer.

Winkhaus is meeting the rising trend for double door combinations with its well-designed Grand Entrance Collection, which provides an attractive, high-security multi-point locking system that appeals to homeowners.

 
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Distinction To Launch 10IN10 On Stand P20

 

As one of the industry’s leading composite door manufacturers, it will be no surprise to visitors that Distinction Doors have big plans for the 2019 FIT Show. Central to the company’s approach for the upcoming event is its bold new 10 IN10 initiative. The challenge? Give them 10 minutes of your time and they will give you 10 reasons to become a Distinction Doors trade partner.

Devised collectively by the Sales, Marketing, Quality, and Customer Service teams, Distinction’s 2019 FIT Show philosophy aims to truly pinpoint what trade customers really want from an effective door supplier and demonstrate how Distinction can really deliver this.

 
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The Best Businesses Don’t Forget The Basics”, Says Caldwell’s New MD

 

The new MD of Caldwell, the window hardware manufacturer, wants to build on the company’s reputation for exceptional balance and friction stay products.

Ken Wilson joins the business from a major UK window and door fabricator with both residential and commercial expertise – expertise that will prove vital in his new role at Caldwell.

“I know what it’s like to run a major window and door business – and what fabricators want from a supplier,” Ken comments.

 
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Resist The Effects Of Salt Spray Corrosion With Upgraded HOPPE Handles

 

Residents and homeowners in coastal areas of the UK can now install HOPPE door handles that are guaranteed to last at least 10 years.

It is estimated that three million people in the UK live on the coast. Homes in these areas are affected by marine corrosion, also known as sea or salt spray corrosion, which can lead to significant property damage, particularly to any exposed metal elements. However, nowhere in the UK is more than 70 miles from the coast, so even homes that are not directly on the seafront can also be affected by marine corrosion.

 
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Hodgson To Seal A FIT Show Launch

 

Hodgson Sealants will be launching their next generation HY-SPEC hybrid sealant on stand F35 at the FIT Show and this exciting development will provide fitters and installers with a better performing product in many ways, the company says.

As a company now in its 51st year, the business of Hodgson Sealants still remains part of the founding family and is looking to continue to promote British manufacturing, research and development as one of the UK’s largest independent sealant manufacturers. HY-SPEC will feature heavily on the stand and is a new generation range of sealants that are stronger and more flexible than typical silicone sealants,

 
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Apeer Goes Smooth And Lumi2 At This Year’s Fit Show (Stand L40)

 

Despite undertaking yet another extension to its Ballymena factory to cope with the continuing sales growth for its highly innovative and popular doors and windows, Apeer continues to add new products to its ranges, the latest of which will be shown at this year’s FIT Show.

There’s plenty to see: Apeer is showing its new Silka smooth-skin residential doors; a brand new glazed fire door, fully tested to FD30S with spyhole and letterbox; and a new Lumi rooflight that fully complements the edge-to-edge glazed, ‘frameless’ aesthetic of the Lumi windows and doors.

 
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Aluprof Unitised Systems Transforms Existing Belfast Building

 

Unitised curtain wall is normally associated with new high rise building, but in Belfast, Aluprof systems are being used to help transform an existing office block with a completely new building envelope.

Located at Wellington Place in the heart of Belfast, the Merchant Square Office Development will offer over 200,000 sq.ft. of Grade A office accommodation. The existing seven storey office block was designed by McAlister Armstrong & Partners and completed in 1975. The new £18.5 million redevelopment will add two further floors and will consist of a new Corten steel and aluminium high performance facade.

 
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Brisant’s Connecting With FIT

 

Brisant-Secure's range of performance locks and door hardware will be on show at the FIT Show 2019 this May with some added Smart innovation.

Brisant-Secure is proud to be at the FIT Show this year, because not only is the FIT Show at its biggest this year, but it is Brisant-Secure’s largest show to date. With so many new products to show, they have more than doubled the size of their stand.

 
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New Vaulted Glass Roof Brings Sun-Lit, Year-Round Shopping To A Devon Town
 

“Weather has had a greater effect on sales than economic numbers, we’ve known that forever”. So said former John Lewis managing director Andy Street, alluding to a longstanding challenge for British retailers – how to keep shoppers coming out on cold, wet and windy days.

At one traditional shopping centre at the heart of a Devon town, the solution is architectural – enclosing the previously open-air pedestrianised street with a large glass roof in order to create a space that can be enjoyed all-year-round.

 
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A Decade Of Dapper
 

Philip Dewhurst Jr, Commercial Director for The Georgian Bar Company, is celebrating an impressive 10 years since first joining the firm – not bad for something that began as a stop gap position to help out his Dad, Phil Sr, after selling his publishing business!

“I grew up around this industry,” says Phil Jr. “But while it wasn’t a new world to me, it wasn’t something I particularly thought I would enter into. However, Dad had a plan that would need the both of us and it was nice to think I could be instrumental in building on the work he had already started with Geofast.”

 
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QUALICOAT Meet At The NMC West Bromwich
 

Another good turn out for the associations first meeting of 2019 with a good cross section of powder manufacturers, pretreatment systems suppliers, architectural powder coaters and aluminium systems companies own powder coating plants present at their meeting.

Membership remains strong with proposed new coating plants being installed in the UK and Ireland to meet the QUALICOAT Standard and early requests for licence applications, several of which plan to be licensed in early 2020. On the specification front, coating members now regularly see the QUALICOAT Standard quoted on many architectural projects.

 
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The Ultimate Accessory-Change System For Grinders
 

One click is all you need. Bosch Professional has introduced a revolution in convenience for angle grinder users with X-LOCK – the fastest, simplest, most trouble-free accessory-change system ever. Launched at the same time as this game-changer are 6 small but powerful X-LOCK angle grinders, whose innovative features will improve productivity, ergonomics and safety.

Conventional accessory attachment involves a nut, a flange and a spanner, any of which can easily be lost – leading to downtime and frustration. X-LOCK, by contrast, is a genuinely tool-less alternative.

 
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Glazerite’s Investment Goes North

The Glazerite UK Group Ltd has announced plans to invest in excess of £1m across its plants this year, in order to improve performance and capability across the business. The investment programme will see the VEKA fabricator further enhance its offering for installers, and signals Glazerite’s strong commitment to the industry, as it approaches its 20th year in business.

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Product News

SupaLite To Launch New SkyElevate Lantern At The FIT Show

SupaLite, the Preston-based tiled roof specialists, have confirmed that The FIT Show will see the official launch of SkyElevate, their brand-new roof lantern system.

Designed to expertly complement their popular flat roof orangery

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Light Grey Makes A Baker’s Dozen Standard For Apeer

Composite door manufacturer Apeer has proved an astute knowledge of consumer preference by removing Light Grey from its premium colour range and incorporating it into the standard line, as of March.

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People

Extra Installer Support from Framexpress

Fitter-focused trade fabricator, Framexpress has strengthened customer support with a new addition to its Customer Care team to help deliver Framexpress’ trade promise of 48-hour windows.

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Machinery

Vertik-Al Invests In New Powder Coating Plant

Powder coating specialist, Vertik-Al has invested in a Magic Compact horizontal power coating plant from Gema. The new system has only been in production for a short time and it is already delivering improvements.

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Haffner Murat Launches Revolutionary Opti-Weld™ Machine Technology

Fabricators wanting to take advantage of welding Aluminium and PVC-u without the need for corner cleaning or crimping should make a beeline for stand G10 at the FIT Show. It’s where fabrication machinery specialist Haffner Murat will be launching its latest patented machine technology,

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Training & Development

New Locations For GGF Training Courses

To develop its “Training the Industry” campaign the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is pleased to announce it has secured four new locations in Glasgow, Belfast, Manchester and Dublin for its high quality training courses for installers

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Internet

Titon Unveils Its Brand-New, Customer Focussed Website

Titon has launched a brand new website, showcasing its full range of products, across both the company’s Ventilation Systems and Window & Door Hardware divisions. The site can be accessed at www.titon.com and has been designed with end users

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Software

Kestrel Helps Manage Your Business

The new online business manager system from software experts Windowlink, named Kestrel, claims to make it easier for window companies to run their business.

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Brochures

Prefix Update Their Warmroof Product Guide

Prefix Systems have just updated their 20-page WARMroof Product Guide with additional technical information, new CGI’s and cross sectional images, along with the new plasterboard finish default option for the triple glazed hybrid variant.

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Awards

Being Ready

Selling readiness will be the answer when selling smart windows and doors. This will be the key message being pushed by Smart Ready® in its talk entitled ‘Being Ready’, which will take place in the FIT Show’s Discovery Theatre at 2.30pm on Wednesday.

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Jon Vanstone To Lead The Debate At FIT Show

Jon Vanstone has been announced as the compère for the FIT Theatre on day two of FIT Show 2019, as well as delivering a seminar on competency in the glazing industry.

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Edgetech To Unveil Innovation And Digital Evolution At FIT 2019

Edgetech are set to launch a brand-new product at FIT Show 2019.

From the 21st-23rd May, the company will be showcasing the new offering, alongside a range of other

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On-Site

Senior’s ‘Ice’ Work At Slough Ice Arena

The slim sightlines of Senior Architectural Systems’ popular SF52 aluminium curtain walling system have helped make a big impression at the new look Slough Ice Arena.

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BetweenGlassBlinds Specified For Specialist Mental Health Care Home

A high-dependency care home in Bushey, provides specialist support for people with mental health problems. It is a high-category hospital facility offering round-the-clock support to a limited number of service users.

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