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20th February 2024

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An Appeal To The Industry By Building Our Skills


“Building Our Skills is in the final stages of its planning for two industry bespoke careers fairs at the start of March as a part of National Careers Week.

The two events will feature over 30 of the industry’s best known names who are aiming to talk to over 1,000 students about 50 careers that are available if they look at the Fenestration, Glass and Glazing sector as their career of choice.

So what do we need you to do?

Building Our Skills has opened a GoFundMe page to raise money to hire minibuses and coaches to help those schools who do not have their own transport to come along and learn about the industry.


Kömmerling At Home Partner Programme Announced


profine UK Ltd is set to make a major impression in the window and door market in 2024, with the launch of Kömmerling At Home, a partner programme aimed at manufacturers, installers, and other business associates.

With Kömmerling At Home, partners will gain access to more than just consumer leads, as it is comprised of a unique digital hub that delivers support tools and useful assets for marketing, technical and business needs, up-to-date industry-related news, and access to a greater understanding of Kömmerling’s extensive product range, says the company.


Innovation From AluK With New Quik Clip Bead For Bifolds


AluK says that fabricators and installers have yet another reason to choose the company’s ‘tested, tried and trusted’ BSF70 bifold, with the launch of a brand new clip-in bead option.

The new AluK Quik Clip bead takes just seconds to clip securely into place, with no need for force or special tools, and it doesn’t impact on the sightlines of the door.

A key benefit in terms of installation is that Quik Clip works with a sliding gasket which can be fitted either by the fabricator in the factory or the installer out on site. If the glass is out of tolerance,


Stellar Aluminium Achieves PAS24:2022


Epwin Window Systems has confirmed that all products in its Stellar Aluminium system have achieved PAS24:2022. This includes the Flush Tilt & Turn Window, Flush Casement Window, Fully Flush Casement Window and the Bay Window, as well as the Flush Residential Door, Flush French Doors, Lift & Slide Door, Slimline Bifold Door and the new Inline Sliding Door.

The announcement comes soon after Epwin Window Systems confirmed that all its multiple PVC-U window and door systems have all achieved PAS24:2022 certification, demonstrating the company’s commitment to remaining at the forefront of industry standards.


New Appointment For Warmcore


Andrew Charlesworth, the previous technical director for Kömmerling in the UK, has been promoted to the new role of Director Global Category Management – WarmCore. This move will see a renewed focus on this revolutionary aluminium/PVC hybrid system that includes casement, flush and tilt and turn windows, along with feature-rich patio and bi-folding doors.

WarmCore is a product platform with the future in mind and by that definition it’s been designed to accommodate triple glazing right from the outset. Windows can achieve 1.3 (W/m2K) double glazed and down to 0.80 (W/m2K) triple glazed as standard with 44mm units. Residential, double, patio and bi-folding doors also provide impressive thermal insulating properties, 1.4 (W/m2K) double glazed and down to 1.0 (W/m2K) triple glazed, again as standard with 44mm units.


New Construction Sheets For Improved Window Sealing, Says ISO-Chemie


A new range of construction sheets which provide improved design and installation of windows, claims the company, is available in the UK from foam sealant tape specialist ISO Chemie.

The ISO-Top construction sheets WF3 are a beneficial addition to the company’s window thermal insulating and load bearing bracket system, ISO-Top Winframer, offering a rapid and effective solution for boarding out the inside of the fenestration reveal section following installation of the window, says the company.  They can be used either as adapter boards as part of a system profile, or as individual components to support profiles, packing strips or shaped window cill parts.


Conservatory Outlet Hosts Launch Event for New Living Space System


Home improvement companies from across the United Kingdom attended a private launch event to learn about new conservatory transformation products that will change how existing structures can be converted into new year-round spaces, according to the company.

The new system offers homeowners flexibility when it comes to design and is also five times more energy-efficient than current construction methods. Crucially, for the installers, the system is far quicker and easier to work with, compared to using traditional bricks and mortar, claims the company.

Organised by Conservatory Outlet, the day included introductory seminars on several new living space products,


FDM Appoints New Sales Director


Fire Door Maintenance (FDM) continues to expand with the appointment of Dan Cope as sales director.

Owned by UAP, FDM offers fire door inspection and maintenance services as well as fire door safety training accredited by GQA Qualifications, an awarding body for specialist sectors and occupational roles.*

With more than 25 years’ experience of the construction industry, Dan began his career with Travis Perkins before moving into sales in 2006. He has since gained specialist expertise across the merchant and door manufacturing industries, including spending six years at Permadoor, part of Epwin Group.


ODL Europe Launches Its New Trisys Modern Frame System


ODL Europe has launched its new TriSYS Modern cassette, a contemporary design variation of its market-leading TriSYS three piece frame system.

Bryan Bultema, managing director at ODL Europe, said: “The new TriSYS Modern cassette is a sleek framing system that combines the unique fitting properties of the original TriSYS three piece frame system with streamlined contemporary styling that’s perfect for modern doors.”

The new TriSYS Modern cassette has a sleek, low-profile aesthetic with a subtle texture,


AluFold Direct Invites Installers To Its Aluminium Glazing Design Centre


AluFoldDirect’s newly-launched Aluminium Glazing Design Centre is giving installers ‘the ultimate’ location to see, feel and understand the fabricator’s full range of aluminium solutions, which outperform current Building Regulations, and increase their opportunity to work on projects across a full spectrum of thermal requirements, says the company.

Said to be the only facility of its kind outside of London, the Aluminium Glazing Design Centre sits within AluFoldDirect’s 90,000sq/ft site, based in Blackburn. The state-of-the-art showroom features full-size working product displays, including AluFoldDirect’s Solution series of ‘top-level’ energy efficient aluminium windows and doors.


Shepley’s Completes A Year Programme Of Investment


Trade fabricator, Shepley has completed a 12-month planned investment programme across the business including the factory, transport and IT.

The investment of more than £1million is key to Shepley’s continuous improvement plan to provide customers even greater product choice on standard lead times, superior finish and the service they need to compete in a tighter market.

A newly optimised factory layout provided the best flow for a total of 12 new machines. This includes two quad welders and eight custom designed high-speed welders, as well as a corner cleaner and a wrapping machine.


The Popularity of the Heritage Window


By Wojciech Brożyna – MD Aluprof UK

Before aluminium’s emergence as the material of choice for high performance window and door systems, back in the 1920’s steel framed windows and doors were extensively used across the globe in both commercial and residential projects. These single glazed systems consisted of solid rolled steel sections, welded together, hot dip galvanised and then painted. Set in putty, glass was fixed into position using a nib and bead arrangement. Due to the limitations in the size of sheet glass at the time, large windows could be created with multiple mullions and transoms, which typifies this style of window.


JDUK Appoints Jack Walker As Area Sales Manager For The South


JDUK has announced the latest addition to its team, Jack Walker, who has joined the company as the new Area Sales Manager for the South. With an impressive background in sales spanning nine years, Jack brings a wealth of experience from the roofing and roofline products, as well as bathrooms industry.

After researching the business, Jack’s decision to join JDUK was motivated by the company’s ethos, values, dedicated staff, and its extensive product range. His expertise in sales, combined with a fresh perspective from his previous industry exposure, makes him an invaluable asset to the team.


Quickslide Raises A Whopping £9K For GM Fundraising


People focused manufacturer Quickslide, continues to raise money for charity with a substantial donation of £9,289 to GM Fundraising following the company’s latest efforts. The money was raised from a combination of Christmas parties with raffle stations and an onsite raffle for their staff.

Adrian Barraclough, chairman of Quickslide comments: “At the heart of Quickslide is people, whether that’s our fantastic team, customers, or suppliers. That is why supporting charitable causes and people less fortunate than us, has always felt like a natural extension of the business.


Trade News

Reynaers’ Sustainability Goals Secure SBTi Approval

Reynaers Aluminium’s global emission reduction targets have officially been validated by the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi).
The climate action organisation has confirmed that both the company’s 2019 baseline targets, as well as its ambitious 2030 goals, meet the strict standards and have been approved following a 15-month process.


Alunet Systems Announces New Partnership with Malplas uPVC

Aluminium systems supplier, Alunet Systems, has announced its strategic partnership with award-winning doors and windows specialists, Malplas uPVC. This collaboration marks a significant milestone in Alunet’s growth strategy, as Malplas uPVC becomes a key partner in Northern Ireland.


Modplan Reports Continued Demand For Coloured Products

Trade fabricator Modplan, has reported continued growth for coloured products across its windows, doors and conservatory roof offering.

Heidi Sachs, managing director at Modplan, said: “Our continued growth in coloured products underscores our dedication...


Premier Frames Celebrates 25 Years In Business With Ultraframe

The senior management team at Premier Frames celebrated their 25th anniversary recently with a visit to their main supplier, Ultraframe. The Leicester-based company has fabricated over 40,000 Ultraframe roofs since it opened its doors in 1998.


Product News

Top Integral Blind Colours Of The Year Revealed

Morley Glass, manufacturer of bespoke ScreenLine integral blinds has revealed anthracite as 2023’s most popular customer colour choice for Venetian blinds, narrowly pipping white to the post.

Anthracite accounted for over a third (34.5%) of all sales of Venetian Uni-Blinds from Morley Glass,


A Solution To Unusual Bay Window Angles, Says Window Widgets

Window Widgets boast a perfect solution for both common and unusual bay window angles with their extensive baypole range

One of the leading manufacturers in glazing solutions for the fenestration industry,



Carlia Corras Recognised With Long Service Award

Sales Coordinator Carlia Corras has received a 20-year long service award in recognition of her commitment and longstanding contribution to independent hardware distributor Carl F Groupco.

Carlia, who joined Carl F Groupco in February 2004, has been an integral part of the sales office,


Edgetech’s Parent Company Quanex Appoints Global Market Director

Edgetech’s parent company, Quanex, have appointed a new global market director to help drive far-reaching plans for growth.

Mike Moran brings over two decades of sector experience to the role, having previously served as commercial director at Sanglier,


Vanquish Hardware Appoints New MD

Vanquish Hardware Protection has appointed David Sutcliffe as its new managing director.

David takes over from his father Keith Sutcliffe, who is semi-retiring after more than 30 years in the passive fire protection industry and has been a driving force behind the company’s rise to the top.



New Kid On The Block

While new to the glass industry, owner of Thermoseal Group customer Glass Express Midlands, Arun Photay, is focused on driving up quality – rubbing shoulders with ministers in the process. We talk to him to find out more.

Oldbury-based IGU manufacturer Glass Express Midlands...



Tomorrow’s Growth Starts Today

Fabricators are turning to systemised processes in greater numbers than ever before, according to sales manager of Cyncly business, First Degree Systems, Greg Beachim. We talk to him to find out why.

It is an almost universal truth that many window fabricators begin life as small operations,


QR Code, Less Workload

Window Supply Company, a uPVC window and door manufacturing firm based in West Lothian, launches QR coded windows and doors underlining the company’s continuing commitment to innovation. This follows WSC named as the fastest growing manufacturing and engineering firm in Scotland’s 2023 Fast Growth 50 Index,



Epwin Window Systems’ Employees Lace Up For London Marathon

Two Epwin Window Systems employees will be running this year’s London Marathon, which takes place on Sunday 21 April. Commercial director Ray McGrady and customer service advisor Tony Lloyd will both be running the 26.2 mile course to raise funds for two inspirational charities.


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