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16th April 2024

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UAP Maximises Security With New Smart Lock Feature


UAP has launched a new patented feature which, claims the company, sees the Ionic become the first electronic door lock to detect different forms of attack.

Created thanks to haptic technology, which uses sensors to sense/detect the heat and vibrations, the innovation alerts the homeowner via their smartphone if there is any attempt to break in or risk of vandalism.

If the door is kicked, if a drill is used on the lock, or if someone tries to gain access without using the Ionic App or key fob, the homeowner will be notified immediately.


Hörmann Truedor Unveil Platinum44


According to Hörmann Truedor, with one of the most comprehensive selections of composite doors on the market, the company has invested in a range of additional products which it says will provide something different for installers and consumers alike. Their new Platinum44 is an attractive, contemporary steel door which has been designed to provide installers with a high-performance door at a competitive price point.

The door leaf of the Platinum44 is manufactured with an insulated polyurethan core and a galvanized steel surface which makes it resistant to twisting and warping. It is set within a steel reinforced PVC outer frame and is fully accredited meeting Building Regulations parts M, L and Q.


Building the BP Community at Glass Conference


Business Pilot’s MD Elton Boocock explains why he was the first to pick up the phone when the FIT Show, FENSA and GGF announced their new Glass Conference in October.

I had barely touched down back in the UK after visiting the Fensterbau exhibition in Nuremburg when news broke of the new Glass Conference organised by some of the industry’s leading organisations – FIT Show, GGF and FENSA.

I knew that Business Pilot needed to be involved, and within half a day of the announcement we had agreed to a top sponsorship spot


The Finishing Touch For Agate Grey And Black Windows And Doors


The latest Venetian integral blind colours which have been developed to respond to changing home décor trends offer important sales potential according to Ian Short, MD of Uni-Blinds integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass.

Ian says, “White window and door frames may continue to dominate sales in the UK, but the new kids on the block are undoubtedly agate grey and black.”

This is reflected in sales of Uni-Blinds integral blind units, which are now available in both these colours within the Venetian range. Despite white and anthracite continuing to take the lion’s share of our sales,


Clever Bean Accounting Expands Its Team


Clever Bean Accounting, the leading provider of accounting and business advisory solutions for the window and door industry, has announced its continued growth with the addition of Brandon Swanepoel to its team.

As the demand for specialised accounting expertise in the window and door sector continues to rise, Clever Bean Accounting says it remains committed to providing unparalleled service to its clients. With Brandon joining as the company’s latest accountant, the firm is poised to further enhance its capabilities and better serve its expanding client base.

“Brandon’s expertise and enthusiasm make him a valuable asset to our team,” says Simon Jarman, founder of Clever Bean Accounting.


Weathering The Rain!


By Sioned Yates, Marketing Director, Whitesales

None of us needs the Met Office to tell us it’s been raining – a lot!  They have just reported though that, thanks largely to the position of the jet stream, the  winter of 2034/24 was the eighth wettest on record in the UK. The south of England had its wettest February since 1836 and England as a whole had its fourth wettest February on record.

Lots of the news coverage has been about the impact this has had on farmers and the likely knock on effects on food stocks and prices, but there has been less coverage on the impact on our industry – even though it’s likely to be significant.


Alunet Systems Set New Strategic Direction


Making it easy is a phrase now commonly used by many at Alunet.  Knowing a great supplier when you experience one is a key driver of their people.  The company says this behind-the-scenes passion and energy provides Alunet customers with valued competitive advantage in their local markets.  The start of this calendar year provided a rare opportunity to reflect and assess the business and identify the key elements of how to win as they embark on the next chapter of development.

Phil Rotheram, Group commercial director introduces why Making it Easy is so important for Alunet and their customers. “We knew our customers were comfortable with our offer,


Where It All Began: How Kebony Developed A Sustainable Alternative To Tropical Hardwood


An interview with Marc Schneider PhD, inventor of Kebony’s innovative dual modification technology 

As Kebony, the leading global producer of environmentally friendly and long-lasting alternatives to tropical hardwoods, seeks to continue its positive global impact under the leadership of newly appointed CEO, Tom Paemeleire, the Norwegian technology company looks back at where it all began and what inspired the creation of this successful technology.

Tom Paemeleire, CEO of Kebony explains: “For over twenty-five years, continuous technological development has enabled Kebony to offer an outstanding range of market leading sustainable wood products, 


Andy Meakin Joins Kenrick as Sales and Marketing Manager


Hardware supplier Kenrick has appointed Andy Meakin as Sales and Marketing Manager. With a wealth of experience in sales strategy development, marketing and business growth, Kenrick says Andy’s appointment reaffirms the company’s commitment to remaining at the forefront of the industry.

Commenting on Andy’s appointment, Martin Smith, general manager at Kenrick, said: “We are delighted to welcome Andy to the team. His proven track record of driving sales growth and implementing strategic marketing initiatives will be invaluable as we continue to expand our presence in the market.


GGF To Promote Glazing Industry At Apprenticeship And Education Event


The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has announced that it will be promoting the industry at the Apprenticeship and Education Event in Birmingham on the 25th of April. The event attracts over 6,000 school and college students who are looking to be inspired about their future.

John Mannell, technical officer & training manager at the GGF, explains why the organisation has decided to exhibit at the event: “It is estimated that the construction industry needs an additional 50,000 skilled workers, including from the glass, glazing and fenestration industries, to meet the Government’s net zero objective, so it is imperative that we play our part in attracting new talent to the sector.


NBP Declares Transparency In Construction Pricing


As frustration over inconsistent pricing practices in construction increases, Northern Building Plastics (NBP) has taken a bold step in its commitment to customers. 

Declaring consistent product pricing across all four of its super depots, located in Birtley, Bolton, Hinckley and Leeds, NBP has also revealed a customised and highly competitive pricing approach for each trade sector. 

“We understand the frustration caused by fluctuating prices in our industry, and that is the driving force behind our guaranteed standard of transparency and consistency across all Northern Building Plastics depots,” explains Steve Jones, sales director at NBP.


Debar Streamlines Manufacturing Services


Bi-fold hardware manufacturer, Debar, has invested heavily in streamlining its manufacturing processes to deliver increased efficiency and offer best value to customers, according to the company

The Bradford-based company has been working closely with a specialist consultancy designed to make manufacturing organisations more productive. Fleure, as the company is known, focuses on process improvement and supports organisations like Debar, to empower teams, improve effectiveness and accelerate profits.

With a commitment to become a more sustainable manufacturer, there was no better time for Debar to welcome the consultancy into its headquarters.


Trade News

How Window Widget’s Sustainability Strategy Encouraged Both Action And Attitude

Sustainability is a big deal for every company in every sector. To the point that it’s actually quite hard to know whether a company actually cares, or simply knows that they’re meant to. Greenwashing is a phrase everyone has likely been hearing recently.


Product News

Carl F Groupco’s My CFG Streamlines The Hardware Buying Process

Carl F Groupco has reported a rapid increase in the number of users of its online platform, My CFG. Launched in August 2022, My CFG was designed to make the hardware buying process as seamless and efficient as possible for its customers.


Flat Roof Now Even Faster To Fit, Says Ultraframe

Ultraframe has enhanced its Flat Roof system with the addition of a new rapid rail system, designed to make fitting quicker and easier, according to the company.

The rapid rail system is factory fitted to the Flat Roof perimeter OSB fascia and upstand,


Tapping Into Trends

Euroglaze has been manufacturing and supplying PVC-U frames to trade customers for more than 45 years. It has seen plenty of trends come and go as fashions have changed in home design and décor and new performance and security standards have come into play.



Cyncly Appoints Anand Krishnan As Chief Executive Officer

Cyncly, provider of software and content solutions has announced the appointment of Anand Krishnan as chief executive officer.

Anand’s appointment is the product of a diligent selection process led by the company’s board of directors following David Tombre’s decision to retire from his leadership role at Cyncly.



Technical Support Outweighs Price Of Glass, Says Glass Express Midlands

The price of glass is becoming less important to specifiers when they approach glass suppliers for product information, according to Birmingham-based Glass Express Midlands.

“The Building Regulations affecting the specification of glass are being updated all the time,”


Sustainability That’s ‘Measurable And Available For Scrutiny’

aluplast’s modern ecotech profile is helping to forge new relationships in the window supply chain. We talk to aluplast’s Director of Sales and Marketing Ian Cocken to find out more.

The term ‘sustainability’ was almost consigned to a meaningless tick-box term in the last decade,


Specifying & Maintaining Architectural Powder Coatings

By Angus Mackie – Qualicoat Chair

Powder coating was once seen as something that could be applied to aluminium to cover any irregularities, such as damage, corrosion, etc. Whilst this approach may allow the aluminium to look good for a few weeks or months after being coated,


Fenestration Considerations for Healthcare

By Wojciech Brożyna – MD Aluprof UK

The key consideration for any hospital or healthcare facility is the well-being of patients, this can be evaluated as offering patient safety and providing a healthy environment to aid recovery. Whilst building fabric plays its part, fenestration,


Training & Development

Pure Vista Announce New CPD Course

Pure Vista has announced their latest CPD session focusing on the Introduction to Martyn’s Law and the relevance of anti-terror glass balustrades.

The session offers valuable insights into anti-terror glass balustrades, force loading considerations,


FiT Show

Aluk Commits To Fit 25 – And A New Product Line Up

By Russell Yates, Managing Director, AluK

It’s just over a year until the next FIT Show (29 April – 1 May 2025) but AluK has already put its flag very firmly in the ground and announced that we will be an official partner for the show.



Warringtonfire Set For Live Fire Door Presentation At Fire Safety And Security Event

A global leader in fire testing, inspection and certification, Warringtonfire, is set to showcase live fire door demonstrations at The Fire Safety and Security Event at the NEC between Tuesday 30 April and Thursday 2 May 24. The presentations will be performed by Warringtonfire’s fire door testing experts,



DoorCo Wins ‘Most Innovative Business’ at Manufacturing Awards

Composite door supplier DoorCo, has announced their recent win as ‘Most Innovative Business’ at the 2024 Manufacturing Awards.

A national competition run by the UK Business Awards, this category saw entries from manufacturing businesses from across various industries with DoorCo...


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