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18th April 2024

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ODL Europe Launches The New Redford Contemporary Door


ODL Europe has further expanded its contemporary door range with the introduction of the new Redford Door.

Suzanne Nicholl, head of sales and marketing at ODL Europe, said: “We are excited to introduce the Redford Door as the latest addition to our extensive lineup of contemporary door designs. Its innovative three-section glazing and flush door design taps into the trend for contemporary doors and offers elegant modern detailing throughout, giving our customers a valuable upsell opportunity.”


BM Aluminium Issues Updated Systems Guidance For LogiKal Users


BM Aluminium has just issued updated guidance to fabricators to ensure they get the most from their LogiKal software installation.

The guidance outlines the systems they need to have in place to run LogiKal at its optimum performance, and more specifically to guarantee that they can install all the necessary updates as soon as they are released.

The guidance covers all the essentials – from the PC specifications and disc space required to the server speed and capacity and graphics card recommended. However, the focus is on the environment requirements, 


Kenrick Completes Integration Of Dynatech Engineering Ltd


Longstanding hardware manufacturer and supplier Archibald Kenrick and Sons Ltd has completed the integration of Dynatech Engineering Ltd.

Martin Smith, general manager at Kenrick, said: “We are delighted to welcome Dynatech Engineering into the Kenrick family and to have the opportunity to build upon what the team has created. With over 25 years of expertise in innovative hardware solutions for the fenestration industry, Dynatech’s addition further strengthens our commitment to excellence.”

Martin added: “We are committed to ensuring Dynatech’s customers have a seamless transition to the new arrangements.


Reynaers’ Next Generation Thermal Commercial Door


Developed specifically for the UK market, Reynaers Aluminium has launched its new generation, high usage anti-finger trap thermal commercial door and framing system.

Featuring a unique slim bulb-style with a radius of only 40mm, a profile sightline of 81mm, and achieving a U-value as low as 1.1W/m2K, claims the company, Vision 7 has a unique post-installation adjustable bottom pivot that allows installers to make final adjustments after the door has been installed.

Suitable for a range of ground-floor applications such as schools, hospitals, retail outlets, leisure facilities, offices and entrances to large commercial buildings,


Customers Rave About Quality, Service And Reliability, Says Edgetech


Quanex company Edgetech, manufacturers of warm-edge spacer bars, have released the results of their latest customer survey.

Conducted between November and February, the company states the survey revealed overwhelmingly positive feedback, highlighting Edgetech’s commitment to exceptional customer service, product quality, and on-time delivery.

According to the company, 100% of respondents received their orders on time and in full. Over 60% indicated they use Edgetech products for 90-100% of their IGU units, demonstrating their confidence in Edgetech’s quality and performance.


Genius PVC Trade Frames Appoints Thomas Weston As New MD


Genius PVC Trade Frames has welcomed Thomas Weston as its new managing director.

Prior to becoming the new managing director of Genius, Thomas worked in both the extrusion and fabrication sections of Anglian Home Improvements and gained experience overseeing operations at Greenhouses Direct and ToolTruckUK. A firm believer in partnerships beyond the normal ‘customer/ fabricator’ relationships, Thomas is hoping to build on the  work already achieved at Genius by continuing to assemble a strong, dedicated team that is aware of their importance to the business and customers alike.


Affordable Invests In Supercut Saw Centre To Further Boost Timberlook Production


Affordable Window Systems has invested approximately £250,000 in a new Supercut Saw Centre to increase manufacturing capacity for their Timberlook range.

Since its launch by the UK trade supplier just seven years ago, Timberlook has seen incredible growth, with over 65,000 flush sash Timberlook frames manufactured to date.

To meet this growing demand, Affordable Window Systems has invested in the SC6 model Supercut Saw Centre from Avantek. Unlike typical machines that grip profiles on the inside,


Millwood Group Appoints Doug Carter As Senior Commerical Executive


The Milwood group has announced the addition of Doug Carter as senior commerical executive for the North east of England, Scotland and Ireland. With decades of experience in the outdoor living space, Doug brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for driving growth to the Milwood team.

Doug has worked in various sales and service roles for over 30 years, predominately in a retail setting. He joined the glazing industry 3 years ago, running his family door and window showroom selling various composite, uPVC and aluminium products, including Milwoods range of products.


Heritage Popularity On Increase For CDW Systems


Specialist aluminium fabricator CDW Systems has seen the popularity of its Smart Alitherm Heritage Range increase despite the current market slowdown.

CDW Systems added the modern thermal aluminium range to its offering three years ago due to demand from customers and it is said to have proved a ‘fantastic’ decision.

Specifically developed to meet the requirements of refurbishment renewal projects, particularly in sensitive planning areas, the range is claimed to be ideal for Victorian and Art Deco projects. It has also provided the ideal solution for many heritage projects across the UK.


A Long-Standing Partnership For A Husband-And-Wife Team


Window and door installer, Total Window Repairs (TWR), run by husband-and-wife team Darren and Georgie Andrews, have been continuous Sternfenster customers for the past 13 years, specialising in state-of-the-art home improvement projects.

“TWR is a family run business with family morals, and the fact that Sternfenster is also a family-business is one of the main things that attracted us to them”, says co-owner Darren.

“We see a real mix of projects around here”. “We’re quite rural, so we do lots of cottage installations, and for those projects, the Heritage Flush PVC-U window is a winner


Brouha Welcomes Toby Smith


Brouha,  specialists in strategic marketing and PR for the built environment, has welcomed Toby Smith to the team.  With previous experience in the housing sector as a junior bid writer and a degree in Creative Writing and Screenwriting, Toby’s skillset further complements the Brouha offering.

“Although I enjoyed working within the housing sector in my role as a junior bid writer, I was looking to utilise the skills I’d learnt during my degree at the University of Chichester and my love of creative writing,” comments Toby. “The role at Brouha enables me to combine the two and I’m excited to learn more about the industry and put my skills to the test.


Edgetech Talks Innovation, Automation And Sustainability At Fensterbau 2024


Quanex company Edgetech marked a successful return to fenestration trade show, Fensterbau Frontale.

Fensterbau attracts thousands of glass and glazing professionals from around the world to see cutting-edge technology, meet colleagues from throughout the industry, and discuss the challenges and opportunities the sector’s faced with.

This year, it provided a valuable platform for Edgetech to showcase its commitment to excellence, innovation and sustainability, according to the company.


Promat’s Glass Doors Balance Fire Safety With Aesthetics


A range of fire rated glass doors developed by Promat provides architects, specifiers and clients with a stylish solution that meets their passive fire protection objectives without compromising aesthetic or daylighting goals.

Three highly specialised door systems – Pyrosec Door, Pyrosec Slimlite and Promat E Door – have been engineered by Promat with the aim of maximising the door’s glass area and minimising the framing. They enable interior spaces to be designed in a way that facilitates high levels of natural light transmission within rooms and clear visibility between them, whilst being compliant with the fire containment and evacuation strategy.


Trade News

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,


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.


Product News

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,


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,


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,



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,


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,


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.



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...


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...



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.



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.


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