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17th January 2019
 
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It’s A Year For Colour Says Prefix Systems
 

Pantone have already announced that 16-1546 Living Coral is their colour for 2019 and more closer to home, Prefix expect that their big push on colour is likely to be in various shades of grey and blue for the home improvement sector this year.

Just over 18 months ago Prefix Systems made a major investment in their production site in Blackburn with state of the art colouring facility to increase flexibility and quality for coloured roofs & profiles to their customers. Prefix Systems has four manufacturing sites across the UK making them perfectly positioned to service all their customers

 
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New Marketing Director Appointed At REHAU

 

A new Marketing Director has been welcomed to the windows division at global polymer solutions provider REHAU. Claire Miller has joined the team, based at Ross-on-Wye, bringing with her a wealth of experience, both within the windows industry and marketing world.

In her new role Claire will drive the window solutions marketing and product strategy, working closely with the highly experienced team to add further value to everything REHAU does, as well as focusing

 
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Why 2019 Is The Year To ‘Ask for Ali’

 

Senior Architectural Systems has plenty of new developments in store over the next 12 months – giving trade fabricators and installers even more reasons to ‘Ask for Ali’ and take advantage of the manufacturer’s extensive product offering and in-house services.

A year after the official launch of Senior’s new slimline Ali VU aluminium window, which has been specifically developed for the domestic market, the company has established several new accounts with trade professionals across the country.

 
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Change At The Top For Roseview Windows

 

After more than 30 years at the top, glazing industry veteran Willie Kerr has chosen to stand down as managing director of sash window specialist Roseview Windows. The decision will allow him to spend more of his time focused on research and development, as well as acting as a brand ambassador with customers, suppliers and the industry in general.

Willie joined Roseview direct from Rehau in 1988, after working closely with the Olney-based fabricator on the world’s first uPVC

 
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Carl F Groupco Supports Apprenticeship Scheme

 

Hardware distributor Carl F Groupco, which has an established track record for staff training and development, has recruited Oliver (Ollie) Cullen as a Sales Office apprentice. Ollie, who is currently studying for a level 2 diploma in Business Administration, combines his work at Carl F Groupco with attendance at college one day a week.

Commenting on the opportunity that has been provided by Carl F Groupco, Ollie said: “The post is helping me significantly with my studies as it enables me to put business theory into a practical

 
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Abacus Agents’ Loyalty To Fab&Fix Decorative Hardware – Over Thirteen Years In Partnership With ERA

 

ERA, the security expert, is currently celebrating thirty years of heritage for its Fab&Fix range of decorative hardware. With three decades of real world testing and featuring truly matching products, it is no wonder that the brand has forged a durable loyalty with many fabricators and installers and their suppliers.

One such supplier is Abacus Agents, who offers a wide range of products to the glass, glazing, window and door industries. Abacus Agents has worked in close partnership with ERA for over thirteen

 
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Profile 22’s Flush Tilt And Turn Windows Used In New University Of Derby Student Accommodation

 

Profile 22’s Flush Tilt and Turn windows have been used in the construction of flats for 244 students at the University of Derby. The design, manufacture and installation of the windows on the project was undertaken by Profile 22 Approved Window Contractor Kingfisher Windows.

Given the nature of student accommodation, and the building’s aesthetics, the Flush Tilt and Turn Window from Profile 22 was the best choice for optimum ventilation and maximisation of space.

 
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Continued Growth For Exlabesa’s ECW 50 Curtain Walling System
 

Exlabesa Building Systems’ ECW 50 curtain walling system continues to deliver on all levels with a 20% year on year growth being achieved. Paul Benn, Exlabesa Building Systems’ General Manager, comments: “Our ECW-50 curtain walling system is recognised as an ideal choice on a wide variety of commercial building projects. It has an intelligent design that makes it simple and cost effective to manufacture and install and its 50mm profile widths offer slim sightlines that maximise the glazed area.”.

 
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Glazerite Strengthens Senior Management Team

 

The Glazerite UK Group Ltd has strengthened its senior management team with three new appointments and an internal promotion. The operations and technical-focused positions will allow the fabricator to further improve service levels across its three largest sites.

Mark Towers joined Glazerite on 7th January 2019 as Bolton-based North West Division General Manager/ Director Designate. With over 25 years’ industry experience, Mark has worked to improve the output

 
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Two Of Spectus’ Most Popular Brochures Get Fresh New Look
 

Spectus Systems, an Epwin Window Systems brand, has just launched new versions of two of its most popular brochures. They are the end user-focused aftercare brochure, A Quick Guide to Looking After Your Windows, Doors and Conservatories, and the trade-focused Your Perfect PVC-U Partner. Carmen Velilla, Brand Manager at Spectus, said: “Both pieces of literature have a fresh new look in line with our latest branding and contain more information than

 
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Double Delight For Paxman Joineries With Slenderline Glass Heritage Units

 

Extending a long-standing partnership between the two firms, Essex-based Paxman Joineries recently called on the expertise of Slenderline Glass – the specialist heritage unit manufacturer to enhance an eye-catching, traditional cottage.

Tasked with replacing the tired timber windows of the cottage, Paxman specified the slimline heritage units of Slenderline Glass.

 
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Vista Launch New Composite Door Ranges That Look And Feel Like Aluminium

 

Vista have launched not one, but two, new ranges of composite doors that look and feel just like aluminium.

The new Contemporary Collections are part of Vista’s existing XtremeDoor range but will have their own stand-alone brochure. The main difference is the use of the new LINKS door blank which has been cleverly etched to replicate the aesthetics of aluminium with a rough

 
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New Contemporary Colour Collection From BetweenGlassBlinds™

 

BetweenGlassBlinds™ has extended its range of integrated blind systems and shading solutions with the launch of its new manual magnetic system, giving more options to end users.

The contemporary colour collection offers even greater aesthetics, with the border and magnets matching the colour of the blind. Available in a range of 10 popular colours, lift and tilt magnets are equipped with

 
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New Year, New Roles At VBH

 

VBH (GB) is pleased to announce several promotions and a new starter at the company, recognising the talents of the ‘next generation’ VBH team. This follows what the company describes as “a fantastic year of customer, team and product development capped by record months and the strongest Q4 since before the crash.”

A member of the Customer Service team for 12 years, Sarah Talbot moves into the newly created position of Internal Sales Manager,

 
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Tradesmith Expands Its Range With ‘Wow Factor’ Spitfire Doors

 

As part of a continuing push to expand its choice of specialist doors, Tradesmith has added the full range of Spitfire doors. Based in Hailsham, the fast-growing trade fabricator enables customers to serve the increasing demand for exclusive, beautifully-engineered, residential designer entrance doors.

“We have a lot of homeowners in the South East whose homes have increased greatly in value over the last 20 years,” says Tradesmith

 
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Industry Specialists Improveasy To Bring Finance To The Fit Show 2019

 

Improveasy, provider of finance solutions, have announced they will be showcasing their full range of services at The FIT Show 2019.

Following on from a very busy and successful 12 months for the business, Improveasy will head to the NEC with the spotlight firmly on their popular installer finance packages. The team will be on-hand to demonstrate their in-demand ‘Buy Now Pay Later’ finance options and the benefits it can have for installers nationwide.

 
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Kingfisher Windows Supports School’s Santa Success

 

Kingfisher Windows has received a thank you after once again helping to support a local school’s annual Christmas event.

Parklands Primary in Seacroft, one of the most deprived areas of Leeds, opened its doors to provide the children and community with an amazing Christmas experience.

 
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Deceuninck Gains VinylPlus® Certification For Sustainability And Performance

Deceuninck is one of the first PVC-U systems companies in the UK to gain the VinylPlus® Product Label for sustainability following a successful audit by BRE (Building Research Establishment).

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Window Ware And Yale Celebrate 20-Year Partnership

Award-winning hardware distributor Window Ware is celebrating a major milestone as its supply partnership with Yale reaches a remarkable 20th year.

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Mighton Boss Meets Minister At Giant US Tech Show

Mike Derham, boss of Cambridge-based VS hardware and paint specialist Mighton Products met British Government Minister Dr Liam Fox MP who as Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade

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Product News

The World’s First Apple HomeKit Multipoint Smart Lock Is Revealed At Giant US Tech Show: And It’s British!

Cambridge-based door and window hardware specialist Mighton Products has developed and launched a new smart lock with Apple HomeKit technology at its heart, a world first for multipoint door locks. Mighton unveiled Avia at the giant Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which took place in Las Vegas early in January.

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New For 2019: Astraseal Launches Range Of Contemporary Composite Doors

Trade and commercial fabricator Astraseal has once again strengthened its comprehensive door range with the launch of Infinity, their brand-new collection of contemporary composite doors.

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KÖMMERLING Makes The Switch To Renolit Exofol PX Laminates

In co-operation with Renolit SE, profine Group with its brands KBE, Kömmerling and Trocal is the first international systems provider to introduce the innovative and enhanced Renolit Exofol PX laminate as standard.

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Apeer’s Silka Range Brings A Touch Of Sweden Into The New Year

On hearing the words ‘smooth as silk’ you’d be forgiven for instantly imagining creamy Belgian chocolate, intense roasted coffee or a high-end skincare product, perhaps. After all, such a charming turn of phrase could be used to describe each of these with seemingly exquisite grandeur.

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LEKA roofs Are ‘The Way Of The Future’

Commenting on the LEKA Warm Roof and the LEKA Orangery Roof and what the products have to offer, managing director of Turner Windows of Somerton Ltd., Craig Turner, says: “They’re the way of the future.”

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People

Long-Serving Phil Heavey Retires As Elumatec MD

Phil Heavey, respected Managing Director of machinery manufacturer elumatec, has announced his retirement.

Over decades of hard work and dedication,

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Bryan Dando Joins Haffner Murat As Regional Sales Manager

Haffner Murat has announced that Bryan Dando joined the company as Regional Sales Manager at the start of January 2019. Dave Thomas, Managing Director of Haffner Murat, said: “We are delighted to welcome Bryan to the team.

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Andrew Scott Expands Team With M&A Accountant And Top Corporate Lawyer

Andrew Scott, founder of window industry marketing specialists Purplex and data providers Insight Data, has welcomed two heavyweight professionals to his board of directors.

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Training & Development

Tracey Jackson Appointed As First Champion Supporter For Building Our Skills

With a shared passion and drive to help youngster choose Fenestration as a career of choice Tracey Jackson, Business Development Manager for Howells Patent Glazing Limited has become Building Our Skills

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Last Chance To Enrol For Door Hardware Qualification

Aspiring architectural ironmongers, builders’ merchant staff and locksmiths will have additional time to enrol on the only recognised programme in the world that leads to a qualification in architectural ironmongery to British and European standards.

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On-Site

Kingfisher Windows Kits Out Multi-Million Pound Student Complex In Derby

A £17m student flat development, with more than 200 bedrooms, is the latest project to be completed by Kingfisher Windows.

Award winning Kingfisher Windows used an innovative installation method

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FIT Show

ODL Europe Looks Forward To FIT

ODL Europe, supplier of the TriSYS frame system, the Capstone composite door slab and Blink enclosed blinds, will have a strong presence at FIT 2019. Nathan Barr, the company’s Managing Director, said: “We have an impressive range of market-beating composite door

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