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19th October 2021
 


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aluplast Set To Double Capacity With New £26M Production Facility

 

aluplast remains on target to start production at its latest, state-of-the-art facility by the second quarter of 2022.

The new factory, which is currently being constructed on a 15-hectare site at Nagradowice, Poland, at a cost of around £26million, will include a production hall, a raw material mixing plant as well as technical and R&D facilities.

Servicing the UK and Europe, the new facility, which will have the potential to house up 50 twin extrusion lines, will double aluplast’s already extensive manufacturing capacity.

 
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Industry Is Ready To Get Back To FIT

 

Organisers of FIT Show have announced strong visitor appetite for its May 10 – 12 event.

When FIT Show opens its doors at the NEC next May, organisers are anticipating record levels of visitor numbers as it brings the industry back together for the first time since 2019. Over 80% of space has already been allocated to exhibiting brands.

Visitor pre registration figures are said to continue to track well above the numbers for the same point in the campaign for 2019, reinforcing the appetite to get back to live events. Over 400 people registered in one week alone in June.

 
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Dear Gerald

 

Over the past year, we all know there’s been a fairly radical shift in the supply chain dynamic – and not just when it comes to demand, supply and labour.

One of the most interesting changes that’s taken place is in the relationship between the supplier and the customer. Where once the onus was on suppliers to invest in the relationship and try to build customer loyalty, that’s been completely turned on its head and it’s now customers having to do most of the hard work.

I’ve been in this industry for decades and I’ve never known a situation like we are in now where customers at various points in the supply chain are having to compete with one another to get hold of stock.

 
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Yale Launches Lockmaster 21 Stable Door Lock

 

Yale has responded to the increasing trend for stable door functionality in more contemporary settings as well as cottages and farmhouses with the launch of its new Lockmaster 21 Stable Door Lock.

Made specifically for PVC and composite stable doors, the lock is a combination of Yale’s recently launched Lockmaster 21 multi-point door lock and its Lockmaster Keyturn key-operated multi-point lock for doors with a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. This enables it to provide the highest levels of security, style and functionality, says the company.

 
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Morley Glass Triples Post-Consumer Glass Recycling Capacity

 

The UK’s largest manufacturer of Screenline integral blinds will be recycling more post-consumer glass and supporting more local good causes than ever following the installation of new state of the art automated machinery to process waste glass collected from Uni-Blinds installers.

The new plant commissioned by Morley Glass at its HQ and factory near Leeds replaces its pioneering ‘Crush’ machinery, which has been retired after two reliable years of service. The new machine is designed to be smarter and more productive through automation, extracting a larger amount of annealed glass out of the frame.

 
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Carl F Groupco: 20 Years Supplying UNI Reversible Window Gearing

 

Hardware distributor, Carl F Groupco, is celebrating 20 years of supplying the market leading fully reversible Roto FRH UNI window hardware in the UK. During the past two decades, the FRH UNI range has become the most successful window product range in Carl F Groupco’s portfolio, owing its success to the functionality provided and the strong reputation of the UNI brand in the UK market.

FRH UNI hardware is designed to suit traditional reversible window profiles, including PVCu, timber, aluminium and timber/aluminium composite windows. It’s a robust hardware system designed for situations where safe control of the window opening is necessary: including high-rise applications where wind and height issues are of concern. Safety features such as integral child restrictors and reverse catches provide ultimate protection.

 
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Optima Windows Used In Extensive Home Remodelling Project

 

Optima windows from Profile 22 were selected for a high-end contemporary property refurbishment in Orpington near Bromley in Kent.

The window installation was part of a wider refurbishment to remodel a bungalow into a two-storey house. In total, 18 windows were installed, including a striking three pane bay window. Floating mullions were used and fire egress windows were required to meet building regulations on the upper floor. The design featured equal sightlines to help the homeowner achieve the high-end aesthetics they wanted which were further enhanced with the choice of Anthracite Grey on both sides.

 
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New Veka Recycling Video Shows The Complex Processes That Are Converting Old Windows Into New

 

Veka Recycling has launched a new video that shows how its recycling processing facility is playing its part in transforming end-of-life PVC-U frames into brand new windows and doors. The Wellingborough, Northamptonshire plant was completed at the end of 2020 after a two-year build at a cost of £15 million.

The 2-minute video is compelling and beautifully shot, with jarring images of waste being ground-filled, followed by sweeping views of a Veka Recycling tanker wending its way through the countryside laden with tonnes of processed PVC-U pellet. Adding impact to the striking imagery are the mountains of frames at the five-and-a-half-acre site being fed into the plant, with dramatic shots of the various stages of processing.

 
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Garnalex Shortlisted In National Fenestration Awards

 

Garnalex has been shortlisted in three categories at this year’s National Fenestration Awards (NFAs).

A prestigious online industry award, the NFAs is in its ninth year. Winners are decided not by judges, but by people working in the sector.

Garnalex is a finalist in three categories – the Aluminium Company award, the Systems Company award and the New Product award for the S1 Roof Lantern.

 
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Spectus Windows Selected For Bespoke Architect-Designed Home In Northern Ireland

 

Spectus windows were selected for a stunning modern architect-designed home in Ballymena, Northern Ireland. The windows were manufactured and installed by longstanding Spectus fabricator, McIlhatton and Company Limited.

The detached stylish new home was designed to make the most of the stunning views over the local countryside so the choice of windows was especially important. Patrick McIlhatton, Managing Director at McIlhatton and Company commented: “Spectus casement windows provided the high-end sleek aesthetics this project demanded to support the contemporary architecture of the new home as well as being able to meet the thermal efficiency requirements.”

 
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Vista Contributes To Two Net-Zero Carbon Housing Developments

 

Composite door manufacturer Vista Panels has supplied a large number of its XtremeDoor composite doors to two new sites of zero-carbon housing, highlighting the company’s commitment to helping the UK achieve net-zero carbon by 2025.

Working in collaboration with sustainable modular home manufacturer ilke Homes, Vista supplied its highly thermally efficient range of doors to Positive Homes, a developer that specialises in ultra-low energy homes, for a site in Newark.

Thanks to precision-engineering techniques, each of the nine three-bedroom homes built have an ‘A’ energy rating, and can be heated for less than £1 a day, translating into huge long-term cost savings.

 
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Modplan Thank Staff With Company Celebration

 

The senior management team at trade fabricator Modplan recently held a celebratory afternoon for all their employees at their Newport-based head office. All staff across the entire business downed tools and came together to enjoy a fun afternoon on Friday 1st October to recognise their hard work and commitment throughout the pandemic.

Heidi Sachs, managing director of Modplan, explains: “Since the end of lockdown one, our business has seen an unprecedented rise in demand for our products which has impacted the entire business. Whilst we have proactively put in place several new business measures and made considerable investments in manufacturing equipment to increase our output,

 
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Jobs Vacancies

Site Support Engineer

Ultraframe is a leading supplier of offsite manufactured construction products based in Clitheroe.

Excellent technical support is a key part of our offering and we are looking to recruit a Site Support Engineer to assist with the ongoing training & development of customers on our extensive product range.

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Trade News
 

Suppliers Join Forces To Pen An Open Letter To The Fenestration Industry

Nineteen independent suppliers to the home improvement market have penned an open letter to the fenestration industry, as the sector looks to balance unprecedented demand with global supply chain pressures.

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Delivering Certainty For Installers, Says AluFold Direct

What installers want most at the moment is certainty. After so much disruption in the supply chain, they’re quite rightly looking for fabricators who won’t let them down.

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Trade News

Dear Gerald

Supply problems disrupt business. They can even stop it dead. Recently, the shortage of HGV drivers was one of the factors that led to a limited supply of fuel, which caused chaos across the UK.

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Wigan Council First To Go Green With Device That Helps Saves Tenants Energy, Money, And Cuts Carbon Emissions

Social housing tenants will potentially save energy, slash their fuel bills and reduce their impact on the environment after Wigan Council became the first in the UK to install a pioneering device made from recycled materials.

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Sternfenster Plus ‘Vital’ In Managing High Demand Says Fortress Windows And Conservatories

Sternfenster customer, Fortress Windows and Conservatories, has said that the service and support it receives from the Lincoln based manufacturer, including its Sternfenster Plus customer portal, are proving vital in managing high levels of ongoing demand.

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Online Magazine


Events

Top Glazing Summit Speaker Line-Up Confirmed

All speakers for the Glazing Summit 2021 have now been confirmed by organisers – and the stellar line-up is a mouth-watering one.
The event, the biggest one-day conference in the glazing calendar, takes place on Thursday,

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Granada Secondary Glazing To Host New Product Launch Events In November

Granada Secondary Glazing is to host three launch events in November to give trade customers and commercial partners the opportunity to see their new high-spec secondary glazing product range first-hand.

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Awards

Thermoseal Group Shortlisted For Best Component Supplier Award

Thermoseal Group - has been shortlisted for ‘Best Component Supplier Award’ in the 2021 G-Awards.  Winners are to be announced at the G-Awards Gala Dinner presentation evening hosted at the prestigious London Hilton on Park Lane Hotel on Friday 26th November.

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Sponsorship

Perfect Match: Vista Sponsors Blackburn Rovers Ladies Player

Composite door and uPVC panels manufacturer Vista Panels will be sponsoring Blackburn Rovers Ladies player Hannah Coan for the 2021/22 FA Women’s Championship season.

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Charity

UAP Ltd Aids Encephalitis Society Outreach Across Three Initiatives

Hardware and locking systems specialist, UAP Ltd, has helped provide support to those living with the effects of encephalitis and to further research into diagnosis and treatment with a triple charity donation initiative.

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