18th October 2016
 
Polyframe Announces Acquisition Of WB Group
 

Halifax, 17 October 2016: Polyframe Group Limited (Polyframe), the leading manufacturer and distributor of trade windows and doors, announced today that it has successfully acquired The Window Bureau Limited (WB Group).

Established in 1981, WB Group is a leading manufacturer of a proprietary range of PVCu windows and doors, GRP composite doors and PVCu door infill panels, which it supplies to the UK trade sector. The company operates from a state-of-art 70,000 square foot production facility in Birtley, Co. Durham employing just over 100 people.

 
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Housing Market Boost Good News For Building Product Suppliers
 

Following uncertainty around Brexit, the housing market has received a boost from the Government after Chancellor Philip Hammond revealed a £5 billion fund to support house building.

The Chancellor said the cash would allow builders “to build more houses, more quickly, in the places people want to live”

The move follows comments from Lord Turnbull, former head of the civil service, who highlighted the need for at least 200,000 new homes a year just to keep pace with housing needs.

 
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Fenster Fabrications Hails Surge In Aluminium Doors

 

Fenster Fabrications, the company behind Üni_Slide, the ultra-slim aluminium sliding door system, has reacted positively to a new study that shows healthy growth in the UK’s door market and foresees this trend continuing through to 2020, with high-end patio and sliding door products seeing particular success.

Produced by AMA Research, specialist research and analysis providers to the construction and home improvement sectors, the report places 2015’s total residential door growth at 7%, citing the enduring popularity of higher-end products as a key factor driving this continued expansion.

 
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Dual Seal Glass Makes New Board Appointment As Its Site Expansion Continues
 

Commercial IGU manufacturer Dual Seal Glass has welcomed a new addition to its senior team with the appointment of Diane Swift as Finance Director.

Bringing with her over 20 years of experience in both manufacturing and financial sectors, Diane joins Dual Seal from Leeds-based stainless steel manufacturer, Pland Stainless Limited, where she was Financial Controller. Prior to this she was Head of Financial Reporting at insurance broking and financial services group Oval Limited, at a time when the business was investing heavily in its acquisition strategy and expanding rapidly.

 
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New White Painted Roof Window Is A More Profitable Alternative For Builders
 

Natural light specialist, LB Roof Windows, has launched an exclusive new product, offering builders, roofers, and installers the possibility to earn more margin on their projects. Liteleader EcoWhite is a high-quality white painted wooden roof window that provides a more affordable alternative to the popular brands and is solely available for the UK market via LB.

White painted roof windows are growing in popularity, with more and more end-users preferring their contemporary look and seamless integration with a white sloped ceiling.

 
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‘Breaking New Ground’: Work Starts On Sliders Uk 10,000 Sq Ft Factory Expansion
 

Work has started on a major extension of Sliders UK state-of-the art manufacturing facility factory and distribution centre, as the trade door specialist gears-up for continuing growth.

Scheduled for completion by the year-end, the new 10,000 sq ft facility, will house a new purpose-built distribution facility and new lines, as Sliders UK continues the expansion of its rapidly growing product portfolio.

Offering lead times of just two weeks, this has included the launch of four new products so far this year. This includes the Ultimate Evolution and Duraflex bi-fold doors, which were launched this autumn.

 
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Panels Direct Partners With Business Micros
 

Panels Direct is emerging from many years as one of the industry’s ‘sleeping giants’ thanks in part to the introduction of Business Micros’ EvoNet business management software.

The Keighley based company is using EvoNet to transform its operational efficiency, giving it the perfect platform from which to expand and raise its profile.

Panels Direct already produces 1500 PVC door panels per week, alongside 150 composite doors and 300- 400 REHAU windows, but it is now targeting a significant increase in those numbers in response to growing demand.

 
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Mila Rewarded For Commitment To Health And Safety
 

Mila has been rewarded for its ongoing commitment to Health and Safety with a 90% score in its most recent external audit and the achievement of a milestone 500 days without a lost time accident.

Mila’s Operations Manager Joe Montague, who is responsible for Health and Safety within the business, believes that the current success reflects the focus which Mila has placed on implementing the most up to date systems and training.

 
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‘It’s Been A Rollercoaster Ride’ Says MD Of Business Celebrating Ten Years Of Success
 

‘It’s been a rollercoaster ride but we’re looking forward to the next ten years and continuing to support the brightest and best companies in the glass and glazing sector.’

This is what the Director of the UK’s number one online lead generation firm said when he addressed staff and guests at the company’s ten year celebration party.

Leads2trade was formed ten years ago - in November 2006 - by Andy Royle, John Cohen and Alan Gray who all previously worked for a multi-national safety company.

 
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SWISSPACER Publishes New Technical Guide
 

SWISSPACER has published a new technical guide. The comprehensive guide gives sealed unit makers useful information about how to process SWISSPACER correctly.

The guide is organised into different sections such as processing, machinery, product specifications and thermal values. Each section provides detailed information to help sealed unit makers use SWISSPACER to its full potential and inform their customers about the detailed benefits of warm edge spacer bars.

Machines and Tools Limited (MTL) is a Lancashire-based designer of tooling solutions that manufactures saws used to cut SWISSPACER spacer bars.

 
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The VEKA UK Group’s Website Goes From Strength To Strength
 

The VEKA UK Group is celebrating the success of its new website, a little over a year since it first went ‘live’.

Simon James, Head of Marketing for The VEKA UK Group explains: “The website is a crucial way for us to engage with both trade and consumer markets, and the stats we have seen over the past year demonstrate how well it has fulfilled both those functions.

 
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It’s All About Detail For Viking And Apeer
 

They say no masterpiece is complete without a frame and no one proves that more in the world of composite doors than Isle of Man based Viking Glazing Ltd.

That frame often includes fully bespoke mouldings, ledges and other traditional features, each one individually hand-made by co-founders John Ogle and George Reekie at the company’s Ballasalla factory.

“We only use simple materials like fascia boards and pieces of panelling but the end result is a traditional look that is unique to each customer and looks like the kind of finishing that was often used in traditional houses,” John explained.

 
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Caldwell Raises The Stakes At GlassBuild
 

Caldwell Group, a global leader in specialist hardware, is set to exhibit at GlassBuild America – the industry’s largest trade show – in Las Vegas.

Now in its 14th year, the event brings together the very best in glass and fenestration products, equipment, technologies and services from around the globe.

Caldwell – which has its headquarters in Rochester, New York – will be promoting its complete range of automated products at the show, which have gone down a storm in the US market.

 
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Deeplas Brings Contemporary Aesthetic To 90S Office Block
 

Linthorpe Developments, a commercial North-East property company, is rejuvenating a 26-year-old office block in Middlesbrough using embossed pearl grey PVC-U cladding from Deeplas, the UK’s leading manufacturer and supplier of calcium organic PVC-U roofline products and building plastics.

The colour, pearl grey, is a big factor because it provides the right upmarket facelift for a property that is being transformed into the Cleveland Business Centre, a high-specification serviced office space for up to 55 start-ups and expanding enterprises

 
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Lumi Launch Tops 20-Year Celebration For Joe Roche
 

There was plenty to celebrate when Joe Roche Glass & Glazing invited customers and guests to the opening of its new showroom. The event not only marked 20 years in business for the Co Waterford installer but also its launch as the area’s first dealership for the ultra-contemporary Lumi window and door system from Apeer.

“It’s a wonderful achievement to have reached 20 years in business,” said Joe after the event, “and we are very fortunate to have Apeer as such an important part of our supply chain. On reaching the 20-year milestone, we knew it was time to reinvigorate the business so the Lumi window and door system has come at just the right moment for us.”

 
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GM Fundraising’s Christmas Cards Now On Sale…
 

Once again GM Fundraising has commissioned the children at Hope House Children’s Hospices to create some very special Christmas cards that are now on sale.

“This year Chloe, Justin and Callie from Hope House made the wonderful Christmas drawings used to create this unique set of cards” explains Gary Morton, founder of GM Fundraising. “These cards have become a tradition for us and every year the designs from the children get more and more special. Last year we sold more than 5000 cards, many of which were personalised with company logos and messages. Every penny raised went straight to the Hope House Children’s Hospice.

 
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Senior’s SF52 Provides The Smart Solution For The University Of Cambridge
 

As the new hub for innovation and invention at the University of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering, the James Dyson Building has become the latest high-profile scheme to benefit from the slim slight lines and enhanced thermal efficiency of Senior Architectural System’s SF52 aluminium curtain walling.

The new four-storey building has been designed by Nicholas Hare Architects to reflect the ground-breaking research that is performed within and boasts a number of energy efficient features to provide a low-carbon footprint.

 
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Köszönöm (Thank you)
 

Conservatory Outlet can now proudly add Budapest 2016 to their list of spectacular annual network events.

Well and truly pushing the boat out (or aeroplane, as was the transport method) further than ever before, the usual UK boundaries for the event were banished this year, and the Conservatory Outlet network ventured into Europe as a group for the first time, celebrating yet another fantastic twelve months for the network and the individual achievements of each retail partner.

 
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Trade News

Spending Watchdog Lifts Lid On Red Tape

The Federation of Small Business (FSB) is concerned the Government’s drive to bear down on the burden of red tape on UK businesses is not delivering enough gains for business, as set out in a new report by the influential Committee of Public Accounts (PAC).

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FREE RIBA-Approved CPD Seminars Offered By PVC-U Leader, The VEKA UK Group’

VEKA UK Group is offering architects, specifiers, contractors and consultants the chance to further their understanding of PVC-U and its use in fenestration, while simultaneously earning points towards their Continuing Professional Development (CPD) – FREE of charge.

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Dear Gerald

In a recent press release (Window News, 28th September) Liverpool fabricator Warwick North West says: “For years conservation areas were a ‘no-go area’ for PVC-U windows”. Indeed many that were installed on poor advice have had to be removed and the originals reinstated. That’s distressing for the homeowners and a bodyblow for the installer’s reputation as it’s often a big story in the local media. It’s bad for PVC too because it reinforces all the old prejudices.

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25 Years Of Partnership For Epwin And Total Glass

2016 marks a milestone anniversary for Epwin Group and Profile 22 customer Total Glass. Since 1981 Total Glass has been manufacturing and supplying Profile 22 products, as Group Managing Director, Frank Deary explains.

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Mercury Glazing’s VS Order Book Reflects Growing Popularity Of Colour

Specialist trade fabricator Mercury Glazing is one of the UK’ s biggest fabricators of the Spectus vertical slider so it means the company’s sales are a good indication of trends in the VS market. Chris Reeks, Mercury’s Sales and Marketing Director, says:

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New BRE and ESTA Guide Helps Businesses Gain Value From ESOS Audits

A newly published briefing paper from BRE in collaboration with the Energy Services and Technology Association (ESTA) addresses the opportunities that an ESOS audit offers and how organisations can benefit from them. Aimed at businesses that don't already have energy-savings measures in place, it provides guidance on how ESOS compliance processes can be optimised in order to save costs and reduce risks. 

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ODL Europe Marks £500,000 Investment

Supplier of added value building products for the home, ODL Europe, announces that its latest expansion brings total investment in the last 12 months to over £500,000. The most recent development includes new warehousing, distribution and office space at the company’s Bootle manufacturing facility.

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Quality’s The Name Of The Game For MTM Units

Following another successful Quality Audit, CENSolutions, one of the largest suppliers of quality certification in the window, door and glass industries, would like to congratulate Shoreham based MTM Units.  Consistently scoring highly year on year, MTM don’t just satisfy the CMS Quality Mark, they ensure its principles are the foundation on which they run the business.

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Product News

Climatec Step Back In Time And Introduce Their Period Door Collection

This timeless door collection from Climatec Windows is the latest range of products to be launched by this longstanding fabricator.
Born from requests for a timber effect door to match the typical period properties found within the catchment areas of their customers,

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Sales Leads Instantly Flood In After Principality Plastics Warehouse Becomes Composite Wood Distributor

Since becoming a Composite Wood Company distributor, Welsh company Principality Plastics Warehouse has received more sales leads in three weeks than other suppliers have passed on in 10 years.

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People

Andy Haynes Celebrates 30 Years At Mila

Mila’s technical salesman Andy Haynes has just celebrated his 30th anniversary with the company and on the way has become one of its most popular and valued members of staff.

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Business Micros Expands Team With Three New Graduate Appointments

There’s more good news from Business Micros as one of the industry’s leading software providers has expanded its programming and installations teams yet again.
Toby Hodgkinson has joined as a Senior Developer, Adam Wade is a Field Programmer and the newest recruit is Elliot Chadwick who is now an Installations and Support Engineer.

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Modplan Appoints Ian Lewis As Sales Manager

VEKA trade fabricator Modplan has just appointed Ian Lewis as its new Sales Manager. Heidi Sachs, Modplan’s Managing Director, said: “We are delighted that Ian has joined us. He’s got a wealth of experience and a strong track record in the industry.”

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On-Site

Luxury Chester Apartments Draw To Completion Courtesy Of Bebington Glazing And Bridgestone Construction

Bebington Glazing has teamed up with renowned building contractor Bridgestone Construction to produce a series of luxury apartments in Chester.
Having struck up the prominent affiliation, the Wirral based glazing firm is responsible for fitting balustrades and internal glass

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Exhibitions

Inagas Brings Innovation To GlassBuild America

A firm believer in the power of live demonstrations, with exhibitions being an ideal platform from which to showcase its offering, it will come as no surprise to learn that Inagas will have a presence at GlassBuild America 2016.  Aligned with International distribution partner Quanex Building Products on Booth 1328, Inagas Director Chris Kemp will be at the show with the latest technology the company has to offer.

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Events

Sovereign Group Attend Welsh Housing Conference

On the 6th and 7th October, The Community Housing Cymru (CHC), hosted the annual ‘One Big Housing Conference’ at the famous Metropole Hotel in Llandrindod Wells. CHC are the representative body for housing associations and community mutuals in Wales, which are all not-for profit organisations.

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Awards

MRA shortlisted for a record 17 Construction Marketing Awards

Full service agency MRA Marketing has been shortlisted for a record 17 awards in this year’s prestigious Construction Marketing Awards (CMA). A category winner 11 times, MRA’s latest shortlisting adds to a long list of industry accolades achieved during the agency’s 25 year history.

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Ultraframe – Top Award Winner At Ribble Valley Business Awards

LivinRoof from Ultraframe has won Innovation of the Year at the Ribble Valley Business Awards. The judges were so impressed by the impact LivinRoof has had on the home improvement industry, Ultraframe went on to win the Award’s ultimate accolade – the Bowland BioEnergy Award.

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