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19th January 2021
 
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FIT Show Organisers Announce New September 2021 Dates

 

FIT Show organisers have announced new dates for its 2021 event, postponing the fenestration industry’s flagship UK event from May until September 2021.

FIT Show will return to the NEC from Sunday 26th – Tuesday 28th September 2021 with organisers having secured a new, safer timeline in the Birmingham venue’s heavily disrupted schedule.

The announcement follows a period of unprecedented uncertainty due to the ongoing global impact of the Coronavirus pandemic. Organisers have taken proactive steps to move FIT Show into a safer timeline in the Autumn of 2021.

 
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Building Our Skills Appointed As Green Homes Grant Training Provider

 

Following a rigorous vetting process, Building Our Skills has been appointed as a specialist fenestration training provider as part of the Green Homes Grant scheme. The offer of fully funded training for the fenestration industry is a part of the initiative devised by BEIS and the Midlands Energy Hub to help train the next generation of tradespeople to deliver home improvement measures through the Green Homes voucher scheme in England.

John Ogilvie, Director of Building Our Skills is now calling on fenestration industry employers to make the most of the time-limited, fully funded practical training that Building Our Skills can offer under the scheme.

 
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Morley Glass & Glazing Increases Volume By 50 Percent

 

Integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing has started the New Year with a 50% increase in volume compared with last year.

Increased demand from existing customers and an influx of new customers has seen manufacturing capacity rise from an average of 2,500 to 3,500 integral blinds a week.

Managing director Ian Short said: “We moved to new 50,000 sq ft premises in 2016 with a view to increasing the number of our Uni-Blind sealed units we could manufacture with ScreenLine integral blinds inside.  Our five-year plan was to reach 3,500 blinds a week

 
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GGF Statement: Follow The Guidance, Protect The NHS And Save Lives

 

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is urging all companies in the glass, glazing, fenestration and home improvement sectors, to follow the GGF and Government COVID Safe Guidance, to not only protect themselves and their customers, but also to protect the NHS and help save lives.

In a statement to GGF Members and the media, John Agnew, Managing Director said: “In the light of continuing high numbers of cases, fatalities and hospitalisations due to COVID-19, it is vital that not only GGF Members, but all companies in the industry adhere to the GGF and Government Safe Guidance.

 
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Record Number Of Old Windows Recycled

 

CNC Recycling, a nationwide UPVC window recycling company based in the North East of England, has announced a landmark year having recycled in excess of 500,000 old UPVC windows during 2020 to achieve continued business growth and resulting in the recycling and processing of a record number of old windows every week.

Despite huge setbacks during the first lockdown due to Covid-19, CNC Recycling has successfully adapted to change through operational efficiencies and introducing new initiatives.

 
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Ultraframe Customers Fully Prepared For Remote Selling

 

Since the 3rd national lockdown was announced on 5th January, Ultraframe has once again worked hard to ensure that its customers are fully equipped for remote selling with a range of new tools announced for its Lockdown Toolkit.

The Lockdown Toolkit, which was first launched in March 2020, is a digital toolbox to help customers generate and capture leads and sell remotely. Working closely with expert digital partner, ICAAL, Ultraframe has created a range of remote selling tools that are simple to use, deliver real results, and are mostly free!

 
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D&I Window Solutions Scales Up Production With Haffner Murat Machinery

 

Established domestic fabricator D&I Window Solutions is scaling up its operation with investment in numerous aluminium fabrication machines from industry specialists Haffner Murat. The large-scale investment is a result of D&I Window Solutions’ strategic expansion into trade manufacture.

David Saxon, Director of D&I Window Solutions, said: “We’ve seen a considerable increase in demand for aluminium bifolds in recent months and we spotted an opportunity to capitalise on the growth by expanding into the trade market. When it came to investing in the machinery we needed, Haffner Murat was the only choice for us.”

 
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Cornwall Glass Invests In New Laminate Cutting Capability

 

Cornwall Glass Manufacturing has committed to a six-figure investment in a new Bottero cutting table, as it gears up for increased demand for laminates in 2021.

Installed in St Austell in November, the new Bottero 520 LAM(e)/37, significantly increases the glass processor’s, laminate capability in line with exponential growth in demand.

This includes a special adaptation of the cutting bridge to accommodate glass thicknesses of up to 20.8mm – believed to be unique in the UK.

 
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Alutech Systems Offer New Security-Enhanced Lock For Aluminium Bifolds

 

Yorkshire-based aluminium systems supplier Alutech is offering its fabricator customers the ultimate security kit for aluminium bifolding doors, with the launch of the company’s new AluLock.

Alutech MD, Steve Hudson, explains: “AluLock is available exclusively for Alutech customers, providing a top security solution for their bifold doors in one easy to order kit, which combines a 1-star barrel, with the option to upgrade to the Ultion 3-star barrel, along with the Brisant Sweet Handle and an exclusively designed Duplex Double Hook Lock.

 
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Modplan Invests For Its Next Stage Of Growth

 

Trade fabricator Modplan has just completed a largescale investment in 12 new fabrication machines from Avantek to support its next stage of growth. The machines have been installed across Modplan’s multiple production facilities enabling the company to continue to deliver the outstanding quality and efficiencies that support its customers businesses.

Heidi Sachs, Managing Director of Modplan, said: “There were two reasons for the investment. Firstly, we wanted to update machines that were reaching their end of life and replace them with more technologically advanced models.

 
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Student Halls – But Not As You Know Them: Edgetech Excels On Stunning Danish Project

 

From a bird’s eye view, it looks like a meandering path through a leafy city park. But get a bit closer, and you realise it’s actually a building – one of the most ambitious, spectacular and sustainable buildings Scandinavia has ever produced.

BaseCamp Lyngby is a 415,000 square-foot student accommodation block in Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s a winding, undulating structure with an 800-metre running and walking track, grass, plants and trees covering the entirety of its roof.

 
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Classic Conservatory Roof Case Study

 

The Ultraframe Classic system has been around since 1983 and is the original conservatory roofing system. While there are millions of conservatories across the UK featuring Classic roofs, many installers, such as Vale Glazing, now also use Classic to create contemporary conservatory extensions, such as this one in South Wales.

The client lives in a 1950’s detached house which had a gable style conservatory that was in need of updating. Their brief to Justin Maunder and the team at Vale Glazing was to use the existing

 
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aïr MOD Series Win 2020 Build It Award For Best Windows

 

Designed and manufactured from start-to-finish by Everglade Windows, MOD Series was launched in June 2019 and won the 2020 top prize after being named as a finalist in the latest awards.

Jay Patel, aïr Brand Ambassador, says: “We’re delighted that aïr MOD Series has won Best Windows at the 2020 Build It Awards. The collection was launched in June 2019 and brings five unique products into one integrated system, allowing for easier installation, surveying and selling.

 
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Edgetech Continues To Support Worthy Causes Despite The Challenges Of 2020

 

Coronavirus has affected every part of society in one way or another – but the charity sector has been especially hard hit.

With charity shops around the country ordered to close, and hundreds of critical fundraising events forced to cancel, groups offering vital support to millions of vulnerable people are struggling to survive.

But one of the most heartening things to come out of the long and difficult pandemic is the spirit of generosity that’s seen thousands

 
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Taking On The Bank!

 

Lockdown may have put the brakes on Euroglaze’s fundraising campaign for Retina UK initially, but the team at the Barnsley based Rehau fabricator are now on a roll once again.

Managing Director Martin Nettleton has challenged Euroglaze’s bankers Barclays to a virtual 1000km bike ride, with Barclays matching the sponsorship money raised.

Having completed 5000 virtual miles during 2020 on his turbo trainer at home, Martin is confident that he can set an impressive pace for his friendly bank manager Daniel Firth to match.

 
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Job Vacancies

Experienced Aluminium Profile Cutter - Arkay Windows

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Experienced Aluminium Window & Door Fabricator - Arkay Windows

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Windows & Doors Order Processor - Abcell

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Trade News

Victorian Sliders Remains Open For Business Throughout Lockdown 3

Victorian Sliders will be continuing to operate as normal throughout the UK’s third national coronavirus lockdown unless government guidance changes.

Over the last twelve months, the Ammanford firm has adapted well to the COVID crisis, and for its 200+ staff,

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New BFRC Video Explains Why Noise Reduction Is Something To Shout About

The British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC) has launched a new video, aimed at the trade, to highlight the benefits of its recently launched window and door Noise Reduction Rating Scheme.

With the acoustic performance of fenestration a rising priority for homeowners and specifiers,

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Purplex Invests £1m In Second Site

Full-service marketing agency Purplex has invested around £1m in a new office on the same South West site as its current headquarters.

The move follows a sustained period of growth for the agency, which specialises in the fenestration and construction industries.

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Trade News

More Space, Less Waste: How Exlabesa Building Systems’ Multipurpose Components Can Help You Improve Factory Efficiency

Are aluminium windows and doors difficult to fabricate? Many in our industry think so, and shy away from a hugely lucrative market as a result. But Kevin Warner, Sales Director at exlabesa Building Systems UK,

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Anglo European Confirms Strong Reinforcement Stocks As Global Steel Shortage Reaches Crisis Point

Anglo European Group, supplier of galvanised frame reinforcement for window and door fabricators, has responded to mounting reports of a global crisis in the supply of steel, by assuring its customers that the company has taken significant steps to guarantee stocks for at least 6 months,

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Product News

Bespoke Lock Package Produced By Carl F Groupco

Working with established manufacturer partner FUHR, Carl F Groupco has created a bespoke stainless-steel locking package for Senior Architectural Systems PURe® aluminium door range. Carl F Groupco’s hardware met the fenestration system company’s requirements for quality and innovation

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Edgetech’s Super Spacer Triseal SG To Enable Spectacular New Buildings

Edgetech have released the latest in a series of outstanding next-generation spacer bars.

Super Spacer® TriSeal™ SG brings the exceptional strength of the firm’s recently launched T-Spacer™ SG

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CDW Systems Adds The Smart Alitherm Heritage Range To Its Product Line

While many companies struggled through lockdown, for CDW Systems, the renowned Gloucester based aluminium fabricator, 2020 was a busy year.

In response to increasing demand from customers,

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People

New President For The GGF

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is pleased to announce that GGF Group Vice-President, Tony Smith of Pilkington United Kingdom Ltd (part of the NSG Group), has been elected as the Federation’s new President.

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Emmegi Announcement

Emmegi (UK) has announced the very sad death of Kully Hunter, the company’s Service Manager. She died suddenly on Friday 8 January 2021.

Ian Latimer, Emmegi (UK)’s Managing Director, commented: “The whole team here is devastated by the news. Kully was a friend as well as a colleague, and we will all miss her terribly.

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Brochures

Personalised Covid-19 Installation Policies Are A Success, Says Endurance

Over 100 personalised COVID-19 installation policies have been produced by Endurance Doors for their nationwide network of Installer Partners, while the remainder have benefitted from the generic version that was distributed back in April last year.

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Training & Development

Love Is In The Air

If you love your job role, career, or the industry you work in, why wouldn’t you shout about it? Well, that is exactly what Building Our Skills is asking you to do by taking part in a Month of Love for the Fenestration industry.

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On-Site

A Beautiful Black Tudor Residence

Sussex-based Nuglaze Home Services recently completed a replacement window and door project with Residence 9, in a period home with true Tudor detailing, including leaded top lights, structural corner posts and two oriel bay windows, all in the No.10 Black finish.

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Awards

‘Team Ultraframe’ Shortlisted at GGP Installer Awardsd

Ultraframe and its customers have been shortlisted in all nine categories of the upcoming GGP Installer Awards. The Awards, which will take place virtually in March, were established ‘to provide acknowledgement and reward excellence for those working within this dynamic sector’.

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Charity

Kestrel Swoops in to Help Special Ava

Kestrel is teaming up with Norwich-based Plastic Building Supplies (PBS) to provide the finishing touches to a sensory room for a very special two-year-old.

Ava Jermy suffers from complex conditions and disabilities caused by a gene mutation which includes epilepsy,

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