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17th September 2020
 
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Avoiding Risky Prospects More Important Than Ever, Warns Insight Data

 

Recently published financials show that the coronavirus crisis is continuing to disrupt the glazing industry.

After a difficult start to 2020, the financial implications for the fenestration sector are only just starting to show.

Managing directors are concerned that the entire supply chain may only be seeing the tip of a very large iceberg in terms of financial instability.

 
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2 Week Lead Times On Everything Aluminium

 

In the post-lockdown world, it’s more important than ever for installers to be able to rely on their suppliers for a right first-time service. Award-winning aluminium fabricator AluFoldDirect has now returned to its speedy 2-week lead times, with Everything Aluminium delivered direct to site.

Managing Director, Russell Yates says: “Since joining AluFoldDirect after lockdown and talking with customers, it’s clear that fast lead times on aluminium windows and doors are still one of the biggest benefits to them.

 
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Dear Gerald

 

I may be a lone voice, but, having spent so many years building Euroglaze into one of the most efficient fabricators in the UK, I’m struggling to understand why there seems to be a growing consensus around the idea that the market now needs to be re-educated to accept longer lead times.

I accept there are supply issues at the moment, on glass, hardware and particularly on coloured profile, which are obviously impacting on many people’s ability to get orders out the door. However, these are just temporary and shouldn’t, in my opinion, be used to justify any kind of inefficiency moving forward.

 
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Success For The Korniche Aluminium Roof Lantern At Homebuilding & Renovating Awards

 

Made for Trade and the team at Korniche Aluminium Systems were celebrating this summer having been announced as the ‘Best Rooflight Supplier’ 2020 at the Homebuilding & Renovating Awards.

The award really is the cherry on the top and the latest in a string of awards that the Korniche Lantern has picked up over the past two years.

The statement from Homebuilding & Renovating said: “This was an exceptionally strong category with many great entrants. As such, being voted Best Rooflight Supplier is a reflection of how well regarded Korniche Aluminium Systems / Made for Trade is amongst its customers and the industry.”
 
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Expanded Range From ODL Europe

 

ODL Europe has confirmed they are expanding their range of doors with the soon to be launched Deco and Moderne composite doors.    Nathan Barr, Managing Director of the Bootle-based company, explains: “During lockdown we took the time to further strengthen our market position and expand our offer to put our customers on the front foot. Our two new door designs are a direct result of feedback from our customers and our new Deco and Moderne doors will give them valuable upsell opportunities and bring our current offer in line with the market”.

The new Moderne door taps into the trend for contemporary door design and offers elegant modern detailing throughout. The door will be available in a range of colours on a new teak woodgrain effect skin that will give an additional designer edge.

 
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Slim Sightlines From Exlabesa’s Xlaslide Sliding Door

 

An aluminium sliding door is the latest addition to the ever-growing range of systems house exlabesa.

Xlaslide has been designed to tap into soaring demand for luxury home improvement products that blur the lines between home and garden.

Claimed to be easy to manufacture and install, feedback has already been extremely positive from both fabricators and end users, says the company.

 
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Saint-Gobain Glass Launches Visiosun Privacy Glass

 

Saint-Gobain Glass has announced the launch of a new textured glass for the residential and commercial glazing markets that provides high levels of privacy without sacrificing natural light.

Visiosun features parallel lines that create a reeded glass effect. It offers high transparency, allowing large amounts of natural light to flood into a room, combined with high privacy levels.

Jenni Young, Market Manager – Premium Residential and Design & Deco at Saint-Gobain Glass said: “Visiosun is easy to process, cut and handle and is available in a wide range of thicknesses and dimensions.

 
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New Smart Tech Roof Window Upgrade From VELUX® Is Designed To Help Installers Reap The Benefits

 

Leading roof window manufacturer VELUX® has introduced a new promotion which is set to make it easier for installers to promote the benefits of VELUX INTEGRA® to their customers.

Starting in August and running until the end of the year, homeowners purchasing VELUX INTEGRA® electric and solar powered roof windows* can receive a free VELUX ACTIVE with NETATMO kit worth £220. This complimentary upgrade will make it easier for installers to showcase the impact INTEGRA windows will have on their clients’ projects.

 
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Spectus Elite 70 Windows Specified For Exceptional Affordable Housing Scheme

 

483 Spectus Elite 70 windows were specified and installed in the development of 47 affordable homes built into the fabric of Edinburgh’s historic Edmonstone walled garden.

The historic Edmonstone walled garden is the site of an ambitious £5 million housing development, which includes 47 affordable homes.

The development project has 16 cottage flats and 31 houses made up of one, two and three-bedroom properties. The design respects the existing wall and has seen the historic structure become an integral part of the fabric of the new homes.

 
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Working Wonders For Window Widgets

 

Two years after it created the original Superhero website for Window Widgets, The Consultancy has worked wonders once again with the addition of a new Trade Counter search tool.

Visitors to the site can now just type in their postcode to see a full list of all their nearest stockists of Window Widget products, complete with contact details and opening hours. It’s all part of the ancillary specialist’s mission to make its website as useful and user-friendly as possible.

 
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Natural Learning Environments

 

Hardwearing, reliable and efficient –aluminium fenestration solutions can bring numerous benefits to the education sector and thanks to Senior Architectural Systems, specifiers can also enjoy design flexibility and the attractive finish of timber with the innovative Hybrid range.

Senior’s Hybrid windows, doors and curtain wall systems combine robust aluminium externally with sustainable sourced timber on the inside of the frame. The Hybrid range also offers exceptional thermal efficiency, making it ideal for use in educational settings where a more natural and comfortable environment is desired.

 
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Mercury Appoints Paul Cowley As Sales Office And Logistics Manager

 

Specialist fabricator Mercury Glazing Supplies has appointed well-known industry face Paul Cowley as Sales Office and Logistics Manager. Steve Cross, Director at Mercury Glazing, said: “We are delighted to welcome Paul to Mercury. His knowledge, experience and professionalism are a great asset to Mercury and we have already witnessed the positive impact he has had on the business and the customer journey since he started in September.”

Paul, joins Mercury having spent 25-years working at the Customade Group. He added: “It’s great to be part of a dynamic, honest business and I’m looking forward to working with the talented Mercury team to achieve our plans for growth.”

 
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Glass And Framing Solutions Chooses A Tekna – From Emmegi

 

Fabricators choosing Emmegi (UK) as their machinery supplier also gives them access to the Tekna range of machines as well.

Tekna was acquired by Emmegi’s parent company Voilap back in 2015 and since then, its complete range of cost-effective solutions have been available to customers in the UK, with full installation, maintenance and servicing back up from the team at Emmegi (UK) in Coventry.

 
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A Different Kind Of Crisis

With demand outstripping supply, companies are feeling the heat. Here, Purplex MD Andrew Scott discusses how installers can turn consumer demand into more profitable business – and how now is the ideal time to re-evaluate.

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Origin Bounces Back to Business

Origin says it has adapted quickly to the new COVID-19 regulations, bouncing back strongly from lockdown to ensure it is business as usual for its Partners. In fact, in July 2020, Origin received 30 percent more orders than in the same time frame the previous year.

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A Big Anniversary Year At Mila

When it comes to anniversary years, they don’t come much bigger than 2020 for Mila. Not only is the company celebrating 40 years in the UK, a raft of key people from right across the business are celebrating milestone anniversaries as well.

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ERA Protect Alarm Is A First For The Company

ERA has launched the ERA Protect Alarm, part of its cutting-edge and eagerly anticipated next generation wireless smart security system – ERA Protect.

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Women In Construction – Dekko Strive For More Gender Equality In The Workplace

that in 2019, only 13% of construction roles were filled by women.

The lack of female representation is equally low in the glazing industry – and the women we do have in fenestration tend to occupy office-based admin roles,

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exlabesa Accepted Into Prestigious Made In Britain Group

Systems company exlabesa have been accepted into the prestigious Made in Britain group of UK-based manufacturers.

The fast-growing community was established to celebrate and raise awareness of quality British manufacturing businesses.

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Quickslide’s Dispatch Centre Is Ready On Schedule

Quickslide’s Brighouse-based production facility has recently benefitted from the fabricator’s ongoing series of investments, this time with the completion of improvements to its dispatch centre.

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Fire Door Awareness Critical, Says Shelforce Manager

Raising awareness of the critical role of fire doors and drawing attention issues such as poor installation and maintenance is vital.

That’s the view of Howard Trotter, business manager of Birmingham-based window and door manufacturer Shelforce.

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Software

Business Micros Strengthens Systems Company Partnerships

As the software sector becomes just a little more crowded than it used to be, Business Micros is reminding the market that it ‘remains the industry’s favourite provider – by far’.

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Videos

Fireside Chat No. 1: Colour And Innovation

Freefoam Building Products has announced the launch of a new informative and interesting video focussing on colour roofline and product innovation.

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On Site

F.H. Brundle Balcony Products Complete Luxury Spa Development

Quality F.H Brundle hardware products have provided the finishing touch to a stunning multimillion-pound development.
A luxury spa was added to the existing buildings of The Olde Belle hotel and restaurant in Retford,

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Awards

CMS Director Wins Prestigious Iod Scotland Award For Sustainability

CMS Group Support Services Director Martin McCrimmon has been named the 2020 Institute of Directors (IoD) Scotland Director of the Year – ‘Social Value & Sustainability Impact’ at this year’s virtual awards ceremony,

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