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16th August 2022

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Silka Aluminium Windows – Brand New Launch From Apeer


In a somewhat unorthodox product development cycle, Apeer has launched a range of slimline aluminium casement windows under its Silka brand, the name under which the company originally introduced its top-selling range of GRP-faced residential doors.

The move comes, says the firm, following demand from homeowners after being impressed with the surface coating to be found on all Silka residential doors and who asked if it could be matched on a range of windows. Extending the unusual product development protocols still further,


GGF Launches Free Aluminium Recycling Scheme


The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) recycling scheme has now been expanded to include aluminium alongside PVCu.

In collaboration with the Council of Aluminium and Building (CAB), Fensa, BFRC and GGF, members across England, Scotland and Wales are now able to access aluminium recycling services, courtesy of CAB’s partners, aluminium recycling specialists Alutrade. And, as with the existing PVCu recycling scheme, it remains a totally free collection service.



Morley Glass Launches New Integral Blind System For Healthcare Buildings


Integral blind manufacturer Morley Glass has launched a new system designed specifically for hospitals, medical schools and other health and social care facilities.

ScreenView balances the need for patient privacy and observation, allowing for easy switching between the two at different times of the day. Unlike any of the Venetian or pleated blinds available in the current Uni-Blinds range, ScreenView has two layers of wide slats arranged in a ladder style, which move up and down to provide an open view for observation or complete closure.


The Hassle-Free Route To Compliance


Ultraframe has proudly spoken about the company’s solution to achieve the U-Values required by the new Building Regulations on its solid roofs. Both the Ultraroof and Livinroof solid roofs have been re-engineered to ensure that they meet the new 0.15 W/(m²K) requirement without any additional installation steps or time on site for fitters.

Explaining more, Ultraframe Marketing Director, Alex Hewitt, said: “When we set about designing our solutions to the updated Building Regulations in terms of our solid roof U-Values, we had several key aims – that there would be no extra installation steps, that the aesthetics of our roofs weren’t affected, and that homeowners were guaranteed to get a compliant roof.


Pyramid Aluminium Launch New Pre-Fitted Bi-Fold Sill


In the latest feature to help make installers’ lives easier, the SlimFold bi-fold door from Pyramid Aluminium now features a pre-fitted sill. Factory fitted directly to the outer frame, the sill saves both time on installation and allows for larger glass area, benefitting both installers and homeowners, says the company.

“There are various features of the new SlimFold which make the lives of installers easier, and the pre-fitted sill plays a big part in that,” says Paul Bailey, managing director at Pyramid Aluminium.

“It seems like a small feature, but for busy installers it saves them so much time. We factory fit the sill onto the frame, meaning there’s no need for the timely process of using silicone to fix the sill to the door. 


Members’ Day Returns


After a pandemic-enforced moratorium, the Glass & Glazing Federation (GGF) has reinstated its annual Members’ Day, which takes this year place on 28th September 2022 at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, the home of Manchester City Football Club. Traditionally Members Day is the key point in the calendar when the GGF’s Board and officers meet the majority of members face-to-face. This year, a strong programme of presentations on a wide range of key topics has been coordinated to provide tangible content. This is in addition to an opportunity for members to network and discuss key issues with the GGF team and industry leaders.


Fit Your Own Astragal Bar And Cut The Cost Of Glass, Says HWL


Residence Collection specialist HWL is helping installers counter the cost of glass increases even on products with astragal bars, by supplying them unglazed.

According to HWL sourcing glass locally rather than buying in glazed frames from your fabricator cuts the cost of IGUs by around 10%.

Having pioneered the development of a non-glass-bonded 90° jointed R9 window on both internal and external faces of the sash, HWL says it is one of only two Residence Collection fabricators in the UK to offer R9, R7 and R2 as a non-glass bonded product.


On Parade – Emplas Signs Up To The Armed Forces Covenant


Emplas has signed the Armed Forces Covenant committing to support the Armed Forces, former servicemen and women, and their families.

The Government scheme has been developed to make sure current and ex-servicemen and women aren’t disadvantaged by the service that they offer to their country, building a link between civilian and military communities.

In addition to committing to the Covenant, Emplas has also signed up to the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) as a Bronze Award holder.


Listers’ Customer Growing With The Right Support


Aspen Home Improvements in Essex has added the Gallery 44 Composite Doors from Listers to its product range, giving them pride of place in their showroom.

“Over the last couple of months, we’ve taken on the Gallery 44 Composite Doors from Listers, and kitted-out a whole area of our showroom with them,” managing director Alan Murrell said. “The customers love them, especially the wide choice of colours and hardware options.

“Homeowners are also becoming more tech-savvy, and they are showing more interest in the Kubu Smart Lock, which we also offer through Listers.”


GQA In Bespoke Quals Collaboration With Balustrade & Balcony Suppliers & Installers Association


Collaboration currently underway with a new trade association is demonstrating the practicality of GQA’s ‘Bespoke Qualification Service’. GQA, the awarding and qualifications-writing organisation is assisting The Balustrade and Balcony Suppliers and Installers Association (BABSI), a new body fully launched in May 2022.

GQA’s Bespoke Qualification Service is aimed at employers who wish to be able to offer those staff undertaking very specific roles the opportunity to work towards gaining a qualification where one does not already exist. The service is perfect for niche, specialist areas, which do not lend themselves to meeting the required content of a standard regulated qualification.


Marathon Challenge


Emplas Sales Director, Jody Vincent, will take on the London Marathon this October in the hope of raising more than £2,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital.

Jody is taking on the challenge after the hospital was instrumental in the delivery of life-saving treatment of his eldest daughter Summer, now aged 11.

At only three-months old, she was diagnosed with a rare tumour growing from her jugular vein.


Warringtonfire Marks 50 Years Of ‘Making Tomorrow Safer Than Today’


Warringtonfire is marking the 50th anniversary of its first commercial fire test, which took place at a newly completed fire testing laboratory in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, in the summer of 1972.

50 years later, what is believed to be the UK’s oldest existing fire resistance testing laboratory, continues to operate. Today, it is one of Warringtonfire’s main sites and is a centre of excellence for the testing of timber fire doors.

In addition to being an early pioneer in fire testing, Warringtonfire has remained at the forefront of the industry.


Secondary Glazing Adds 21st Century Comfort To Historic Converted Chapel


Secondary glazing supplied by Granada Secondary Glazing has added greater thermal and acoustic efficiency to an historic converted chapel in the Vale of Glamorgan, delivering 21st century levels of comfort for the building’s occupants and helping to lower energy bills.

Built in 1906, part of the Gothic-style Albert Road Methodist Chapel in Penarth became a community centre in 1980. The chapel furniture was removed, and a first floor inserted at gallery level. Recent renovations have created eight clinic and health units, 14 office spaces and one community space.


Housing Association Specifies ISO Chemie For Energy Improvement Pilot Project


ISO Chemie’s thermal insulating and load bearing bracket support system and sealing tapes have been specified for a new energy improvement initiative being carried out by a northern housing association.

The move sees Winframer units being retrofitted at three 1940s – 1960s built houses in Northallerton and Stokesley as part of Yorkshire-based Broadacre Housing Association’s (BHA) pilot project. This will eventually bring hundreds of poorly insulated properties up to zero carbon ready standards and provide improved housing for BHA customers along with long-term cost savings, claims the company.


Trade News

Yale Celebrates Further Expansion Into International Market

Yale’s export division has gone from strength to strength and, thanks to innovative new products developments, now operates in over 50 countries worldwide offering a wide range of Yale hardware and specialist Securistyle products for commercial applications.


The Sash Window Workshop Reduce Carbon Emissions By 39%

The Sash Window Workshop has announced that despite opening a new workshop and doubling their manufacturing capabilities, in 2021 they managed to reduce their carbon emissions by 39% in comparison to 2019.
The company believe that it is important to do everything they can to reduce their carbon footprint and improve their sustainability,


Product News

Epwin Window Systems Enhances Its PatioMaster PVC-U Sliding Door System

Epwin Window Systems has announced several new updates to its PatioMaster PVC-U sliding door system. Gerald Allen, head of marketing at Epwin Window Systems, said: “PatioMaster is the UK’s most popular PVC-U patio door system, and it just got even better. The latest updates further enhance the system without losing any of the high-quality features that our customers appreciate.”


Aluminium Casement System Given New Look

Aluminium systems company Exlabesa has upgraded its KC75 casement window system with a new look.
The product now comes available in two different design options – a stylish contemporary casement aesthetic, or a flush finish designed to mimic the timeless look of a timber window.


Simplifying Ordering For Sash Window Hardware

How can we make it easier for our customers? It’s a question that’s front of mind and one which has led to the introduction of sash window kits from Toolfix Joinery & Construction Supplies.
As a supplier of ironmongery, hardware and workshop consumables to timber door and window manufacturers and specialist joiners,



Endurance Doors Continued To Invest In Their Installer Partner Programme

Over the last 3 years Endurance Doors have continued to invest in their Installer Partner programme, which includes an enhanced showroom support package, digital marketing assets, SEO optimised website listing and a local lead generation platform among other scheme benefits.



Recruitment Challenges Still Likely To Be High On Glazing Summit Agenda, Says Latest Event Sponsor

Recruitment challenges and the skills shortage is still likely to be a big talking point at this year’s Glazing Summit.
That’s the view of Emma Kirkbride, marketing manager of Chase Taylor Recruitment, the latest sponsor to come on board for the leading industry conference on Tuesday, October 18 at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham.



Aluprof On The Forge

By Wojciech Brożyna – MD of Aluprof UK

Currently buildings are responsible for nearly 40% of all global greenhouse gas emissions. Many countries have pledged to become ‘carbon-neutral’ by 2050 which is a huge task to complete, but one we in the UK are legislated to achieve. Up to 80% of our 2050 building stock is already built which will require updating in the next few decades,



Quickslide Scores Again

Quickslide is sponsoring Brighouse Town FC for another season.

The Northern Premier League side’s motto is ‘One town, one team’ and, as official partners and kit sponsors for the club’s men’s and women’s teams, that’s a sentiment Quickslide can fully get on board with.



Deborah Hendry And Kolorseal Ltd – Finalists At NFA2022

Kolorseal Ltd has again been recognised for consistently high standards with a finalist nomination in the NFA22s for colour coating services to the industry.  Recognised as a consistently reliable supplier to the UK fenestration sector the company has reached finalist stage in two categories: Colour Specialist Of The Year and Director of the Year.


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