18th January 2018
 
Customade Announces The Appointment Of David Leng As Group Chief Executive
 

Customade Group (Customade) is delighted to announce the appointment of David Leng as Group Chief Executive. David’s appointment is effective as of 1 February, succeeding John Lightowlers who continues with the firm in a non-executive capacity.

David is highly experienced within the windows and doors industry, with a proven track record of growing multi-site manufacturing and distribution companies.

 
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Dear Gerald
 

As we get back into the new business year, it’s time to get out our crystal balls. Economists have already made their predictions which have come with a handful of health warnings. Perhaps most worryingly, Britain is set to have the worst wage growth of any wealthy nation next year, ranking behind Italy, Greece and Hungary at the bottom of 32 OECD countries as real earnings lag behind inflation. Representing the biggest squeeze on living standards in generations, it’s no surprise that many households are pessimistic about their finances..

 
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Epwin’s Award-Winning Training And Development Initiative Reflects Company’s Focus On Closing The Skills Gap
 

Epwin takes training and development seriously, a commitment that is reflected in the company being awarded the Training & Development Initiative of the Year at the G 17 Awards. Katie Leese, Programme Manager for Excellence as Standard at Epwin, said: “We are proud to have won this award, not least because it’s an endorsement of our people development ethos.”

Another reflection of Epwin’s commitment is the central role training and development plays in the company’s membership programme, Excellence as Standard,

 
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Virtuoso Brings Doors To Life With Crafted Precision

 

Virtuoso Doors claims it is set to take door manufacturing to a new level in 2018 and awaken the homeowner to the unique beauty of an individually designed and crafted Virtuoso door. Following a recent investment in additional cutting edge machinery and a radical re-launch to underline the crafted precision that goes into manufacturing every Virtuoso door, the team of expert craftsmen at Virtuoso will be bringing more Virtuoso doors to life.

 
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Parliamentary Call for CMS Window Systems

 

CMS Window Systems has shared its business experience and insights at the highest level after being invited to a special SME Parliamentary Reception in London organised by BEIS, the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

The Glasgow-based company, which is a UK-leading window, door and curtain walling designer, manufacturer and installer, was represented at the exclusive event at Portcullis House by its Chief Operating Officer, David Ritchie.

 
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Pilkington United Kingdom Limited Marks Sales Milestone For Self-Cleaning Glass

 

Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, part of the NSG Group, has sold 10 million square meters of its self-cleaning glass product Pilkington Activ™, the world’s first self-cleaning glass product, launched in 2002.

The product range, which marked its 15th anniversary in 2017, works by using a microscopic dual-action coating. The coating is activated by daylight to break down organic deposits such as dirt, which is then washed away when rainwater hits the glass and runs off in a ‘sheet’.

 
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Haffner Murat Launches AL-220/70 Aluminium Machining Centre

 

With the launch of its new AL-220/70 Aluminium Machining Centre, Haffner Murat has positioned itself as the go-to machinery supplier for aluminium fabricators. Dave Thomas, Haffner Murat’s Managing Director, said: “The AL-220/70 Aluminium Machining Centre has been designed for the serious fabricator who wants to step up production. The work rate of this machine is staggering and consistency and accuracy is key when you are looking to step up your output."

The AL-220/70 gathers all sawing, punching, drilling and marking operations together on a single computer-controlled machine.

 
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More Products, More Info And Quicker Navigation With New Mighton Hardware And Machinery Catalogues

 

Choosing and using Mighton products has been made easier than ever with two new, product-dedicated catalogues with extended ranges and quick-navigation format.

For 2018 the company has launched separate catalogues for its core ranges, making each more focussed on each customer’s needs, as well as adding new product ranges and much more technical and how-to information.

 
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Any Product, Any Colour

 

The power property programmes hold over the UK consumer is astonishing and the knock-on effect on our industry is something that colour spray experts Kolorseal Ltd are used to keeping up with when it comes to windows, doors and roofline.

Deborah Hendry, MD of Kolorseal explains: “There are an increasing number of programmes ‘educating’ consumers in how to make their home improvements – to make their houses look better, more welcoming, more on trend,

 
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Building the Skills of the Lancashire Trade Frames Team

 

Bury-based Lancashire Trade Frames are committed to building the highly skilled workforce today’s glazing industry needs. With an ever-increasing product range, training is always underway. A recent example is the company’s Anthony Loder, who has just completed a course in the fabrication of the Smart Aluminium Visoglide Plus patio door.

Aluminium became part of the Lancashire Trade Frames Trade offering in 2014, and interest in the company’s bifolding doors has grown markedly.

 
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GTI Hits The Fast Track With Eurocell

 

Ambitious Isle of Wight fabricator GTI Glazing Systems has become the latest fabricator to switch to profiles and products from Eurocell – manufacturer, distributor and recycler of window, door, conservatory and roofline products.

Director Neil Johnson cites quality of service, competitive pricing and innovation as the three main reasons for changing suppliers. “Service is important and we felt we weren’t receiving the support and attention that we should have, and Eurocell delivers that as well as providing well-designed, well-engineered products at a good price”, he says.

 
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Marketing On The Agenda At 2018 Glazing Summit

 

A new industry-wide business conference will be held in May, aimed at tackling the big issues facing the glass and glazing industry.

The Glazing Summit will take place near Birmingham on May 22nd, and hundreds of industry leaders are expected to attend. Keynote speakers will debate the changing landscape of the industry, the impact of new products and technologies, the implications of Brexit and why some of the established ‘big players’ could disappear.

 
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Iso-Chemie Showcases Passivhaus Sealants At Ecobuild
 

Designers and architects will be targeted at Ecobuild 2018 by foam tape producer ISO-CHEMIE with its display of high performance airtightness and sealing solutions (stand E30).

Products that will feature will include ISO-TOP WINFRAMER and BLOCO ONE, which provide high performance airtightness and thermal insulation of joints, alongside the ISO-FLAME fire rated range.

 
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Glazerite Customer Completes Mill Renovation For University
 

K2 Aluminium Systems, an installer of the Glazerite UK Group recently completed a redevelopment project in Halifax for Leeds Beckett University Business Centre.

The project consisted of 125 windows as part of the larger multi-million pound transformation programme on the old weaving mill located on Horton Street in Halifax.

 
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NFA Win Completes Trio Of Awards For Synseal Group
 

Synseal Group was voted PVC Company 2017 in the National Fenestration Awards in December, topping off a year that also saw them win an innovative technology award for the WarmCore aluminium system, and Glass Company of the Year at the G17 Awards.

Winning more than 30% of the vote in a competitive PVC-U category, the multi-product supplier claims the win is down to continual investment in their PVC-U manufacturing with two major projects conducted in 2017:

 
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Window Ware To Bring World Class Distribution To Fensterbau
 

One of the UK’s independent hardware distributors, Window Ware will be bringing over 30 years of experience, specialist knowledge and first-class service to Germany for Fensterbau 2018.

The Bedfordshire firm will be joining other British brands from across the industry in exhibiting in the UK Pavilion – hosted by the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF).

 
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VinylPlus Sustainability Forum 2018 To Focus On ‘Meeting Societal Needs’
 

Meeting Societal Needs is the theme for the sixth VinylPlus Sustainability Forum, which will examine how the PVC industry can contribute sustainable solutions for an ever-expanding global population when representatives from the entire value chain meet in Madrid, Spain on May 16th and 17th 2018.

Organised by VinylPlus®, the Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development by the European PVC industry, the 2018 Forum will explore the sector’s role in fulfilling people’s essential needs in many areas such as infrastructure,

 
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Roseview To make Fensterbau Debut
 

They’ve long been known as the industry’s foremost purveyors of the quintessentially English sash window, but 2018 will mark the first time Buckinghamshire-based Roseview have taken their award-winning offerings to Europe.

In March, the fast-growing firm will make its debut appearance at Fensterbau, one of the world’s biggest glass and glazing trade shows, in Nuremberg, Germany. Joining some of the biggest names in British fenestration,

 
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GQA Supports Barnsley Fit Reds Cause To Get Men Fit
 

With the average lifespan of men living in Barnsley at 4.3% lower than women, and 1.2% lower compared to other men living across the UK, Barnsley FC Community Group, supported by GQA Qualifications are appealing to businesses to sponsor its FIT Reds initiative.

The scheme targets men aged 35-years plus to attend a 9-week programme and adopt a better understanding of health and fitness issues, helping them improve their life expectancy.

 
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Trade News

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:

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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:

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Product News

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.

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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.

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Aluminium

’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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Machinery

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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Brochures

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.

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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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Internet

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.

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FIT Show

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.

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Exhibitions

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.

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