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19th April 2018
 
Dear Gerald – Are You Prepared For A Cyber Attack?
 

I didn’t expect the first time I’d address the industry as CEO at Synseal Group, that I would be talking about cyber attacks; but as is the nature of the issue, you should always be prepared for the unexpected.

As you may be aware, Synseal Group was recently hit by a malicious, polymorphic virus which attacked IT systems across five of our sites. Even in our industry, where very few attacks of this nature have been reported so far, it is a powerful reminder of the necessity for constant vigilance of anti-virus protection and firewall systems.

 
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Thermoseal Group Has Gone Completely Paperless!
 

Thermoseal Group has installed a new order tracking and delivery system which is the final stage in achieving a completely paperless sales order processing service to customers.

As well as doing its bit for the environment, this system provides a multitude of benefits to customers including real-time tracking and satellite location of deliveries,

 
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Birmingham Fabricator Breaks Into Fire-Resistant Glass Market – Kalsi Plastics Secures Licence To Process Pilkington Pyrodur®
 

Kalsi Plastics, a Birmingham-based building products manufacturer, is entering the fire protection market after becoming licensed to process Pilkington fire-resistant glass.

The firm will manufacture windows with fire-resistant capabilities to supply into homes and commercial properties – a move that is set to increase sales in the firm’s glass division

 
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Dear Gerald

 

it was a revelation, genuinely ground-breaking and the first ever PVCu flush casement timber alternative window, based on 19th Century timber window sightlines. Today hundreds of companies throughout the UK and Ireland sell this system to discerning homeowners, supported by a network of nearly 40 diligent manufacturing partners.

The original profile and system design was based on glass bonding from a product engineering perspective, a process widely used and accepted in Europe.

 
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Haffner Murat Sees Dramatic Rise In Sales Of The SMR-5 Welder

 

Haffner Murat has just reported a dramatic rise in sales of its SMR-5 welder. Haffner Murat’s Managing Director Dave Thomas said: “We’re delighted this five head welder is proving so popular. It is the fastest and most accurate welder on the market today and has been designed to add value to every fabricator’s set up.”

 
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Profile 22’s Frontier Composite Doors: The Perfect Composite Doors For Optima

 

Profile 22’s Optima and Frontier offer the perfect composite door solution. Gerald Allen, Profile 22 Marketing Manager, said: “With Frontier and Optima you get two best in class products that deliver a perfectly suited solution.”

The Frontier range of composite doors was launched last year. Manufactured in the UK, the range delivers everything you would expect

 
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Uncompromising Fire Protection For Contemporary Steel Framed Glazing With SYSTEMGLAS® Ferro

 

The steel framing system that was introduced in the UK to provide EI fire protection in butt jointed glazing is now available as a complete, safety-assured glazing system with the launch of the SYSTEMGLAS® Ferro range from Promat UK.

SYSTEMGLAS® Ferro is a complete glazing system suited to contemporary interiors with the fire glass, steel framing,

 
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Promotion At Distinction Doors

 

Distinction Doors has announced the recent promotion of Jane Wilson to Business Development Executive. Jane joined Distinction Doors three and a half years ago and her promotion reflects what she has achieved in this time.

Speaking on Jane’s promotion, Chantel Roach, Distinction’s Sales and Marketing Director said: “Jane is a well-known and appreciated member

 
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Morley Glass & Glazing Boosts Screenline® Spare Parts Service

 

Uni-Blind® manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing’s extensive stock of accessories and spare parts for ScreenLine® integral blind systems is now available to buy online from the fast growing company’s website.

Ian Short, managing director at Morley Glass & Glazing, which also has an accompanying ScreenLine® spares brochure, says: “We hope the new online shop will make it even easier for customers to do business with us, even if they

 
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Prepped, Painted And On Your Doorstep

 

In order for the supply chain to work effectively, fabricators and installers need to know they can rely on their supply chain partners. This is something taken seriously by DOORCO, one of the UK’s leading composite door suppliers, which is why it’s featured in its total service promise Customer Charter launched recently.

 
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REHAU Qualifies As Finalist For Businessgreen Leaders Awards 2018

 

In recognition of its strategic approach towards sustainability, REHAU has been shortlisted as a finalist at the 2018 BusinessGreen Leaders Awards.

The awards recognise leading green businesses across the country and celebrate the immense progress the green business community has made in recent years.

 
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Key Appointments At Vista Panels

 

With the continued success of the XtremeDoor brand, award-winning panel and composite door manufacturer Vista has completed a hat-trick of new appointments.

Strengthening Vista’s sales team, Haydon Statham joins the Merseyside-firm as its new National Sales Manager. He brings with him a wealth of experience from previous roles within

 
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elumatec Enhance The Awe-Inspiring Louvre Abu Dhabi

 

One of the world’s most spectacular new buildings couldn’t have been completed without expertise from machinery manufacturers elumatec.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi will bring some of history’s greatest artworks to the Middle East – but the jaw-dropping building, the work of Pritzker Prize-winning architect Jean Nouvel,

 
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West Yorkshire Firms Fined For Nuisance Calls To TPS Subscribers

 

Two firms in West Yorkshire have been fined by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for calling people registered with the Telephone Preference Service (TPS).

Bradford-based Energy Saving Centre Ltd, which offers services such as replacement windows and doors and guttering, made seven million calls over a seven month period without screening them against the TPS register.  

 
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Adeva Goes Large In Wimbledon With Glazerite And VEKA

 

It’s a tough decision for any SME – risk stepping up to your biggest contract ever or to play safe and lose out on a big chunk of business. But it was less of a dilemma for Kent-based Adeva Home Improvements because, as Director Geoff Dwyer explained, the backing of the Glazerite UK Group as well as VEKA was crucial in tackling the job.

 
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Another Successful Fensterbau For SWISSPACER

 

SWISSPACER enjoyed a successful Fensterbau Frontale show in Nuremberg, Germany.

The company’s Georgian bar, now available in four additional sizes, was the hot topic of discussion for visitors on the stand.

 
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Conservatory Outlet Take On 10K

 

A team of employees from one of the leading UK Manufacturers, Conservatory Outlet, have completed the Wakefield 10K run, raising money for a local charity.

The team of five, Nikki Lewis, Andy crozier, John Garside, Jane Hodgson and John Osbourne, volunteered to run the 10 Kilometre distance, raising money for local charity,

 
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Trade News

CEO Leaves GGF In Strong Position

Phil Pluck, Group Chief Executive of the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has announced his departure effective from 12th April.

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Modplan Switches To Yale Flush Sash Shootbolt

VEKA trade fabricator Modplan has announced it is upgrading its shootbolt locking system on its FlushSash window range to a dual cam shootbolt system.

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Jade Windows Trebles Its Manufacturing Capacity

Longstanding Spectus fabricator Jade Windows has just moved into new premises in Batley, West Yorkshire. The new unit is 14,000sqft , over three times larger than its previous premises.

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Dear Gerald – Why Do CPS Inspections NOT Improve Installation Quality?

CORGI Fenestration has always believed that current industry inspection regimes do not work and that you cannot inspect in quality – by which we mean that inspections alone do not improve the standard of work that is being carried out.

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Reorganisation At Allan Brothers Will Increase Output

A reorganisation at Allan Brothers’ factory in Berwick upon Tweed is helping the company to increase volumes and keep pace with the rising demand for its handcrafted timber windows and doors.

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Demand For Better Security Ignites Customer Growth For Brisant

Brisant Secure has built a considerable following with leading entrance door manufacturers, along with many established players in the locksmith sector, helping to further fuel sustained strong growth.

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Product News

Dual Colour Demand For Residence 9

Residence 9 offers foiled dual colours as standard across the range, with options such as Eclectic Grey outside and life like English Oak on the inside helping to create the appearance of a composite window .

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Stormy Weather? Smooth Sailing For R9 Frame-Only Weather Testing

Independent weather testing, delivered in partnership with The Residence Collection, has returned a series of top passes for HWL Trade Frames’ new frame-only supply Residence 9 window.

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“Swish Offers Powerful Consumer Recognition”

Brand recognition makes selling so much easier and, claims Swish, you have a brand that’s recognised by 7 out of 10 consumers. Gerald Allen of Swish said: “We know from customer feedback that Swish brand recognition is a powerful differentiator that adds real value.

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“The Complete Package From Spectus”

Leading systems supplier Spectus says it offers everything today’s fabricators and installers need: products that work in all sectors, the broadest range of ancillaries to make life easy and outstanding marketing support.

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People

Trade Growth Beckons As Fenster Fabrications Appoints New BDM

An experienced new Business Development Manager is set to spearhead trade sector growth at respected Newton Abbott fabricator Fenster.

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Jason’s Running A Marathon In Memory Of Stefan

Jason Scrivens, KÖMMERLING’s new area manager for the South, will be running this year’s London Marathon on 22nd April for the British Heart Foundation and in memory of Stefan Seidel,

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Glass & Glazing

Bohle Cuts The Cost Of Balustrading

Bohle has expanded its balustrading offer with the addition of the EasyMount 6020, which introduces significant hardware savings to cut the cost of balustrade installation.

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On-Site

Astraseal Insight Helps Richmond Windows Complete First Fire Door Installation

With a reputation for helping customers break into new markets, experienced trade and commercial fabricator Astraseal has helped Surrey-based installers Richmond Windows complete their first fire door installation.

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Crown Doors & Shutters Chooses Exlabesa For Iconic River Tees Project

Crown Doors & Shutters has just completed the installation of curtain walling, windows and thermal door systems as part of the refurbishment and extension of the main Harbour Master’s office on the River Tees.

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Exhibitions

A Fensterbau Festival Of Innovation For Kommerling

Fensterbau Frontale 2018, yet again proved to be the perfect platform for KÖMMERLING to showcase a number of new and exciting product developments, including new entrance door systems and notably the first preview of the System 76 flush casement window.

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