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16th January 2018
 
Carillion’s Demise Raises Concerns About Government’s Reliance On Large Contractors
 

The Government must learn from Carillion’s demise and assess its over-reliance on major contractors, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Commenting on yesterday’s announcement that Carillion is to enter compulsory liquidation, Brian Berry, Chief Executive of the FMB, said: “Carillion’s liquidation is terrible news for all those who work for the company and it will have serious knock-on effects

 
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Will The Government Turn Its Back On SME Sub-Contractors?
 

Iain McIlwee, CEO British Woodworking Federation, said: “The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) represents the UK’s £3.8bn woodworking sector, a craft at the heart of the UK’s construction sector, which employs approximately 60,000 people around the country.

 
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REAL Aluminium Builds For The Future
 

In little more than 18 months, REAL Aluminium has become not only one of the industry’s fastest-growing brands but also one of the UK’s biggest manufacturers of Smart Systems’ aluminium products – in fact, sales of its windows, doors and lantern roofs have grown by more than 300%.

 
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Next Day Keyed Alike Service, Launched By Brisant

 

Brisant Secure, are now looking to revolutionise the way in which customers receive their deliveries, with the introduction of a new next day keyed alike service for their range of cylinders. This includes the pioneering Ultion product which is specified by some of the most influential companies in the door and locksmith sectors.

 
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Northwich Glass Ltd Switch To Polyframe As Key Supplier

 

A Cheshire-based installer has made what it describes as its ‘very positive strategic decision’ after signing up to Polyframe as their key supplier of PVCu windows. The switch to Polyframe is part of Northwich Glass Ltd’s strategy to help support growth in turnover during the coming year and give them access to the largest number of window profiles available from one fabricator.

 
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Solidor Chooses Winkhaus Lock For Its SBD-Accredited Stable Door

 

Solidor has chosen the dedicated Winkhaus Stable Door Lock (SDL) for its stable door that has helped the product to become the first stable door to achieve a Secured by Design (SBD) license.

SBD is a national police initiative developed to specifically encourage and recognise manufacturers who design security into their products.

 
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A Website Experience From The Residence Collection

 

The Residence Collection have recently unveiled a new consumer facing website at www.residencecollection.co.uk, that has already realised an increase in unique visitors up 48% year on year, as consumers look to premium and super-premium PVCu window and door design.
The website benefits from stunning installation photography and is split into the collections of R2 for squared, contemporary aesthetics,

 
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FrameXpress Joins Excellence As Standard

 

FrameXpress, long-standing Profile 22 fabricator and one of the largest independent PVC-u fabricators of windows, doors, conservatories and composite doors in the UK, has just become an Excellence as Standard member. Mark Westbrook, Managing Director of FrameXpress, said: “For the last 20 years FrameXpress has built a reputation for excellence within the sector.

 
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It’s On! FIT Show ‘Installation Of The Year’ Is Back For 2018

 

FIT Show’s ‘Installation of the Year’ competition, which launched in 2017 with unprecedented success, is back for 2018. The hunt is now officially on to find the industry’s best glazed installations.

New for 2018, entries are being invited across two installation categories; ‘residential’ and ‘commercial’.

 
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’Jointing & Cleaning’

 

Members of QUALICOAT, from the pretreatment systems providers, the powder systems providers and applicators, all work very closely together under the 15th edition of the QUALICOAT Standard to ensure that architectural powder coating meets the highest standards for todays use in architectural applications.

 
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Fenster Forges Ahead With Factory Expansion

 

After 2018 saw rising demand for its aluminium glazing products, Devon’s Fenster Fabrications has acquired a new building to expand its operation.

Over the last eleven years, Fenster has gradually risen to become one of the South West’s leading aluminium suppliers, offering the full range of Smarts window and doors alongside

 
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P C Henderson Release New Product Range Brochure

 

Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, has announced the release of a new, all-inclusive product range brochure.

Designed to replace its existing literature collection, the 136 page brochure is a valuable resource for distributors, architects and specifiers.

 
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Woodworking Industry Hopeful That Investment In Growing The Market Can Balance Out Brexit Uncertainty And Cost Rises
 

The BWF’s Joinery State of Trade Survey Q4 2017 has indicated that investment in product improvement and customer research is growing despite rising raw material costs and slowing sales growth.

BWF Policy and Communications Executive Matt Mahony commented on the state of the joinery industry:

 
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Frame Fast Launch ‘Frame Fast 4 Fitters’
 

Midlands trade fabricator, Frame Fast UK, is helping installers to stand out against the competition with its new Frame Fast 4 Fitters support. Window and door installers who sign up to the scheme get benefits including aluminium bifold doors in super-fast lead times, trade discounts, the best prices and expert marketing support,

 
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New Warmroof Brochure Portfolio From Prefix
 

Prefix Systems have just launched an impressive new collection of brochures for their WARMroof system, which includes a 20-page consumer brochure, 20-page product guide and a new 16-page guide to Building Regulations.

Collectively, the three new brochures represent arguably the most comprehensive range of support information in the solid roof sector,

 
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Mercury Glazing Chooses Haffner Murat Machinery
 

Specialist fabricator Mercury Glazing Supplies Ltd has just invested in Haffner Murat machinery to support its plans for growth. Steve Cross, Mercury’s Managing Director, said: “We’ve bought several machines from Haffner Murat in the past and we know they deliver the quality and service we look for.

 
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VBH Congratulates Tradesmith On Its 25th Anniversary
 

Tradesmith Ltd is a trade fabricator of quality windows, doors and conservatories. This year it celebrates 25 years of manufacturing – and has been with VBH from day one. Mark Hutchinson, Managing Director of Tradesmith, explains: “It’s been a very successful relationship from the start. VBH has the same ethos as Tradesmith – quality products,

 
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Indian Expedition Finds Huge Opportunities For Warm Edge Experts Edgetech
 

Warm edge pioneers Edgetech capped off a momentous year of milestones and international exhibition appearances by showcasing at India’s biggest fenestration event.

The fifteenth Zak Doors and Windows Expo came to Mumbai’s MMRDA Exhibition Centre in December,

 
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Trade News

Solidor Announce New Network Development Programme

Already recognised as one of the most influential composite door brands in the UK, Solidor are set to enhance their credentials further with the launch of a new, powerful Network Development Programme for 2018. First up is an upgrade of the Installer Search Engine on solidor.co.uk.

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Virtuoso Doors On Threshold Of Rapid Growth With Re-Launch

Crafted precision is set to be the buzz word for 2018 as Virtuoso Doors – previously known as WB Group – makes its rise to fame.

Virtuoso Doors has kicked-off the New Year with a major re-launch to strengthen its position as a leading manufacturer of high end composite doors and PVCu door panels.

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Deceuninck Sales Up 30% In December

Deceuninck UK is pleased to report that thanks to offering truly innovative products to its proactive and driven customer base, the company saw a 30% increase in like for like sales in December 2017 compared with December 2016. With these impressive sales results and 52% of everything the company makes now in colour, Deceuninck clearly remains one to watch in 2018.

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New Tradelink Windowcenter Opens In Stoke-On-Trent

Tradelink Window Solutions has opened a new manufacturing facility and Windowcenter in Stoke-on-Trent. The Stoke site is Tradelink’s fourth Windowcenter in the UK, offering a direct service for installers looking for top-quality windows, doors and conservatories.

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Inagas and SafeGuard Celebrate 15 Years of Quality

SafeGuard Glass and Glazing, one of the UK’s leading sealed unit manufacturers has been working with Inagas, one of the fenestration industry’s leading suppliers of gas filling and testing solutions, for more than 15 years to help maintain its excellent reputation for quality, consistency and reliability.

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PatioMaster South East Sales Reveal Consumer Trends

Sales figures are a vital way to understand how consumer trends are changing and PatioMaster South East has just released sales figures that show how trends are changing in the patio door market.

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New Year, New Machinery Investment At Astraseal

After a successful 2017, which saw much investment, innovation and product development from the fabricator, Wellingborough-based Astraseal has kicked off the New Year by advancing their machining capabilities.

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Construction Industry Needs To Join The Upward Trend In Productivity

The latest ONS statistics on UK productivity show construction is yet to turn around productivity levels in line with other sectors.

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MWBC (M Webster Building Contractors) Implement Rapid Growth With Trusted Consumables Supplier Quest

Warwickshire based, MWBC, have been building bespoke homes since 1989. MWBC pride themselves on offering a one-stop solution. Design and concepts begin with their architectural team and are consolidated by a range of talented in-house teams, from building,

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Product News

Bosch High Performance Battery

More power for professionals: Bosch ProCore 18V 7.0 Ah high-performance battery is fully compatible with the existing 18 volt range

Approximately 90 percent more power than the previous 18 volt 6.0 Ah

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People

Experience Supports Innovation At REHAU

As a business with innovation and technical excellence at the centre of its ethos, REHAU places great importance on having first class technical experts in-house to support with the ongoing development of its product range.

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Incarnation Welcomes Four Fab New Fabricators

After a year of spectacular growth, secondary glazing specialists Incarnation Window Systems have appointed four new fabricators to keep pace with soaring demand.

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Machinery

German Design Award Win For elumatec’s Supercharged CNC

elumatec’s SBZ 122/75 profile machining centre has won a much sought-after German Design Award.

Overseen by the German Design Council, the GDAs exist to discover, celebrate and publicise world-class design in all fields of the economy.

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Awards

Business Micros Wins Digital Specialist Award

The team at Business Micros are celebrating after they were voted Digital Specialists of the Year in the National Fenestration Awards.

This was the first time the company had been nominated in these awards,

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Charity

Humber Door Raises £500 For Dove House Hospice

The ‘Humber Door’, which was created by Hurst Plastics to celebrate Hull’s incredible year as ‘UK City of Culture 2017’, has helped to raise vital funds for a local charity. The composite door, which features a dramatic image of the iconic Humber Bridge, recently sold for £500 in aid of Dove House Hospice.

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