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19th September 2019
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Helping Customers Grow, The Freefoam Way


Announcement from Freefoam Building Products

The last twelve months have seen a very turbulent time, politically and economically. With the EU leave date just around the corner at the time of writing - but who knows if things will have changed by the time you read this – and all the uncertainty that is predicted to transpire, it is widely reported that business owners have ‘battened down the hatches’, held off on investment and are riding out the storm.

But not at Freefoam! We felt that the time was right to commission and deliver a broad PR and digital campaign called ‘Helping Customers Grow’.


Kawneer Launches A One-Stop-Shop Window Solution


A louvre system which provides tilturn windows with fall protection and added ventilation has been launched by Kawneer.

LouvreShield has been designed to suite with Kawneer’s super thermally efficient AA®720 and AA®543* open-in windows to give specifiers and contractors design flexibility and total project solutions – a one-stop-shop of aluminium glazing systems and louvres from one manufacture.

The system is surface mounted onto the outer frame of the window to allow free air movement into the room when the windows are operated in either the tilt or turn modes.


Tradesmith Offers Hand-Forged Ironmongery By From The Anvil


Hailsham-based trade fabricator Tradesmith has added a new, premium range by specialist ironmonger ‘From the Anvil’ to its extensive hardware collection. Tradesmith offers a wide choice of hardware sourced from suppliers including greenteQ, Ultion, Sweet, Romatapola from the Residence Collection, Traditional Window Fittings and Ingenious Locks. The latest addition includes hand-forged matching handles, knockers and more in a variety of finishes suitable for period properties through to high-end contemporary new builds.

Tradesmith MD Mark Hutchinson comments: “From the Anvil’s quintessentially beautiful, handmade hardware really allows installers to stand out from the crowd.



SWISSPACER UK Introduces Premium Solutions For Glass


Warm edge spacer bar supplier SWISSPACER is developing its range of solutions for glass in the UK with the addition of the exclusive La Pensilina premium glass canopy. This – alongside new fittings and systems for glass balustrades - will be available from SWISSPACER UK later this year.

La Pensilina is a cantilever, load-bearing glass canopy system, which is designed for outdoor use and can be installed above entrance doors or sliding and folding patio doors. The design is stylish and minimalist, and the lack of visible screws gives the canopy a ‘floating’ effect. At the same time,


Profile 22 Optima Windows Specified In Telford New Build Development


Profile 22’ Optima Chamfered windows were specified and commissioned for 39 new build homes in Snedshill, Telford for private rent.

The window specification was for a RAL 7016 Grey on White sculptured profile that could achieve an overall U value of 1.4 W/m2K. Secured by Design accreditation was a requirement as was PAS24 / Part Q compliance. The site’s location near a busy road meant acoustic glazing was required on some elevations. Trickle vents were required on some windows, including those with acoustic glazing requirements, which meant non-standard acoustic trickle vents were required.


Are Your Joints Failing You?


Alan Burgess, one of the innovators behind Timberweld®, shows the industry exactly what happens if butt joints (typically used on premium flush sashes) are open-ended with a video on the company’s website and twitter. “Many mechanical butt joints are open-ended,” explains Alan, “allowing rainwater, draughts and even flies in! In our video, a handkerchief is passed through the open joint, showing just how big the gap can be. This isn’t what homeowners expect – especially as they pay more for details like butt joints that replicate the features found on timber originals.”

In recent years, the market for premium (or even upper middle) windows that mimic traditional timber details has exploded.


Camden See Double In High-Profile Glass And Glazing Awards


Camden Group has been shortlisted in two categories at the prestigious G-Awards for the Glass and Glazing Industry.

The company has been shortlisted in the Sustainability Initiative of the Year and Fabricator of the Year categories.

Winners will be announced on Friday 29th November at the awards presentation and gala dinner taking place at The London Hilton on Park Lane.


It’s All Going Wells In The South West For Ultraframe Customers


Zoe Wells has joined the Ultraframe Sales Team as Area Sales Manager for the South West and West Midlands region. The role will see Zoe ensuring that Ultraframe customers in her area receive the best service and support possible to help with developing and growing their businesses, as well as their partnerships with the conservatory and extension systems specialist.

Commenting about her new role, Zoe said: “Since starting my role several months ago I’ve been getting up to speed with the wide range of Ultraframe systems and support services and am now looking forward to meeting my customers,


VBH Newcomers Find Their Feet


Two new Area Sales Representatives at leading hardware supplier VBH, Harriet Adams and Gareth Dix, are proving themselves more than capable in driving new business and offering great customer service.

Harriet Adams has now been with VBH for a little over a year. As a newcomer to the industry, Harriet underwent a thorough induction period shadowing Regional Sales Manager for the South, Dan Powell. Covering the south-east of the country from Kent and  Hampshire, up to Oxfordshire and parts of London, Harriet has developed a sound understanding of window and door hardware and has been involved in customer training sessions for complex products such as Invisifold alongside Wayne Hewlett, one of the company’s Technical Support Team members.


QUALICOAT Meet In Newcastle


Members recently met at the Vermont Hotel in Newcastle to hold their third and final meeting of the year.  Present were members representing powder coat manufacturers, pretreatment systems suppliers and powder coat applicators, with the meeting chaired by Alan Maginnis of Sprint Coatings.

The meeting begun with an overview of potential new applicators wishing to join the association of which two were close to being approved and two further applicators were yet to have initial inspections.  The QUALICOAT UK & Ireland association can only approve membership and award a QUALICOAT licence once the applicant can prove that their equipment,


SYSTEMGLAS® Ligna Provides Assured Fire Safety For Prestigious Bilingual School


A project to create a high quality meeting room and classroom within the new Upper School of the prestigious École Jeannine Manuel School in London has been completed using the complete fire resistant, timber frame glazing system Promat SYSTEMGLAS® Ligna.

The school, which is a co-educational, French bilingual, international school for 3-18 year olds, was established in 2015. Its new Upper School occupies a Georgian building facing onto Russell Square so any development work within the school has to carefully balance the preservation of period architecture with the provision of high quality facilities.


Emplas Invests In ILM Accredited Training


Members of the Emplas management team have successfully completed an Institute of Management accredited training programme.

Delivered as part of the trade specialist’s continuous business improvement programme, the 10-module ‘Engaging Leadership’ programme was delivered by independent training provider, Beyond Theory.

Covering everything from customer experience skills, project management, to employee health and well-being, 10 members of the Emplas and T&K Home Improvements team, successfully completed the course this summer.



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Trade News

New ‘Ambassador’ Workshops Reveal The Garnalex Way

Garnalex has announced a December start date for its first fabricator and installer ‘Ambassador’ Workshops. The company claims the new Garnalex aluminium window and door systems are significantly different from previous and current generations of aluminium systems in the way they are fabricated, installed and sold.


Survey Results Show A Premium Customer Service, Says Thermoseal Group

Thermoseal Group has announced that the outcome of the Group’s 2019 Customer Satisfaction Survey has been outstanding, with 96% of customers rating their overall experience with Thermoseal Group as Excellent.


Military Training With A Difference

When Nick Bailey was appointed to the role of Business Development Manager at Business Micros recently, he probably wasn’t expecting one of his first presentations to be at Dalton Barracks near Abingdon addressing a room full of senior army personnel.


Product News

Heritage Trade Frames Introduces Nxt-Gen Range From Distinction

Bolton based super fabricator Heritage Trade Frames has added the innovative nxt-gen range of composite doors from Distinction to its portfolio, a decision that forms part of the manufacturer’s ethos of providing its customers with the latest, cutting-edge products to ensure they continue to stay ahead of the competition.


Frame Fast Grow Its Aluminium Range With Designer Doors

Frame Fast UK has added the Smart Systems Designer Doors collection to its growing range, to create a complete suite of aluminium products to help installers offer more choice.



On The Other Side Of The Fence

Dean Peake-Whitehurst is the newest member of staff to feature in Business Micros’ 40th anniversary campaign celebrating some of the lesser known faces who have contributed so much to its success.
Dean is a Technician based at Business Micros’ Newton-Le-Willows sales and installation office.



Emmegi Adds New Model To Flagship Quadra Range

IEmmegi has just launched a new L3 20-axis version of its flagship Quadra machining centre which, like all the models in the range, can cut, drill and machine aluminium and light alloys all in one single operation.
It sits alongside the existing Emmegi Quadra L0, L1 and L2 models,



‘On The Same Page’: Emplas Product Specification And Customer Support Guide

Emplas has launched a new edition of its Product Specification and Customer Support Guide, consolidating each and every individual element of its product and service offer into a single easy to use document.


New Aluminium Solutions Brochure From UAP

Fabricators and installers are set to benefit from new product literature developed by hardware solutions provider, UAP. The brochures highlight all UAP products available for specific applications. The new Aluminium Solutions brochure is the second in the series of handy product guides.



Greater Efficiencies And More Web Traffic With The Consultancy

With over 30 years’ experience in the window and door industries, online solutions provider, The Consultancy, has partnered with some of the biggest brands in the sector to build websites, apps and lead generation tools. The company has now revealed some of the real results it has achieved with long-time customer Window Widgets and The Residence Collection,


On Site

Aluminium Systems Used On The New HQ Of The UK Hydrographic Office.

Architectural glazing systems by leading UK manufacturer Kawneer, including two types of curtain walling, two types of window vents and two types of entrance doors, feature on a multi-award-winning new headquarters for the UK Hydrographic Office.



Caldwell’s 131st Birthday Present – An NFA Nomination

As if marking an amazing 131 years in business wasn’t enough, hardware experts Caldwell have more cause for celebration – the veteran firm has been named a finalist at 2019’s National Fenestration Awards.

Caldwell National Sales Managing Jamie Phillips said: “It’s hugely rewarding to see Caldwell recognised in this way.


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