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20th July 2020
 


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Smart Ready & SAC Hardware Announce Withdrawal From FIT 2021

 

Smart Ready® and SAC Hardware have just confirmed that they will be bowing out of FIT 2021 in September. With the promise of unveiling the greatest innovation the industry has ever seen, Smart Ready® was one of the two large stands at FIT 2021 under the stewardship of Giovanni Laporta’s team; the other, long-established brand Sac Hardware, was due to unveil some genuine step change hardware solutions for the way windows and doors are fabricated and installed.

Giovanni Laporta, inventor and innovator of Smart Ready® explains why, as Managing Director of these two innovative businesses, he has felt forced to take this tough decision: “The first thing I want to say is our brands are 100% passionate about FIT.

 
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RISA Stats Show FENSA Approved Installers Continue To Deliver Despite Industry Challenges

 

RISA, the GGF Group’s inspection and auditing company, reports that a high standard of work is being carried out by FENSA Approved Installers across the country, despite the challenges posed by skills and materials shortages.

RISA, which carries out more than 1,000 assessments every month, has continued with its on-site compliance inspections over the last year, while ensuring that customer and assessor safety was paramount throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

Over the past four years, RISA inspectors have consistently rated more than 94% of installations by FENSA Approved Installers as ‘satisfactory or better’.

 
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Origin Invests In The Future

 

Manufacturer of bespoke aluminium doors and windows, Origin, has invested in a new warehouse facility, located in Bicester, to maintain its supply chain and futureproof the business against economic and environmental uncertainties.

Unpredictability caused by Brexit border issues and COVID-19 supply delays, as well as increased sales, greater productivity, and more Partners on board than ever before, has led to Origin taking on the 55,000ft2 warehouse facility.

Consisting of two units, the new space will be used by Origin’s supply and logistics teams to stock significant volumes of aluminium profile and components,

 
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Kubu Launches Pro Installer Initiative

 

Kubu, the smart-sensor for doors and windows has announced the launch of their new Pro Installer initiative, as the brand looks to engage in the wider and opportunistic smart home market.

Kubu Pro Installers will benefit from a wide range of updated marketing and point of sale materials for showrooms, along with a free listing at the newly re-vamped website at kubu-home.com. This new initiative will also see the provision of Kubu Kits at trade prices which will help open up further opportunities for installers.

Once purchased, the Kubu Kits can be sold with a mark-up, while some other businesses are already using it as a means to close a bigger deal.

 
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Lack Of Light Experienced By Remote Workers Demands Development Of New Balcony Solutions

 

Research demonstrating the lack of daylight remote workers receive on a daily basis necessitates the development of window solutions that maximise natural light, according to polymer supplier REHAU.

Commissioned by REHAU, the research found that the average working-from-home (WFH) employee receives only 22 minutes of sunlight daily, with 30% of those surveyed saying their working area receives no natural light. Worryingly, 36% of respondents said this lack of light definitely contributed to a lack of motivation, and highlights a potential ongoing problem as remote working arrangements become the norm post-pandemic.

 
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Average Conservatory Order Value On Rise Great News For Installers, Says Co-Founder Of Lead Generation Company

 

The home improvement boom coupled with consumers increased aspirations has seen conservatory sector become even more valuable for installers. And as Andy Royle, co-founder and Director of Leads 2 Trade, explains, it means leads are becoming even more valuable.

The UK conservatory market has experienced periods of growth over the last 40 years thanks to consumer spending habits, perception changes, more sophisticated designs, and better materials.

Having progressed from functional to social space, conservatories have always had a big role to play in the home improvement market.

 
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Ultra Installers Benefit From Free Dashboard Upgrade

 

Ultraframe has announced the launch of exciting new functionality within its Ultra Installer dashboard. Members of the Ultra Installer Scheme can now create beautiful, branded email campaigns and send them to their homeowner contacts and prospects at the click of a button. The email campaigns are available for conservatories, orangeries, extensions, and replacement roofs.

Explaining further, Ultraframe Marketing Director, Alex Hewitt, said: “We’re excited to announce the launch of the new email campaign functionality within our Ultra Installer dashboard.

 
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Glass Giant Celebrates History With New Online Heritage Hub

 

Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, part of the NSG Group, is celebrating its history with the creation of a new online heritage hub, ‘The History of Pilkington UK’, in recognition of its rich past in the glass industry.

Historic images chart Pilkington UK’s almost 200-year history at the forefront of glass making and the lives of those who worked there, from the three wealthy founding families, to the apprentices and production line workers.

 
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Record Sales For Oakio UK

 

Exclusive UK supplier of Oakio oak composite decking and cladding products, Ronjack, has celebrated a record month for sales.

“Sales of Oakio decking have smashed even our top predictions,” says Katie Morley, Managing Director at Ronjack, the UK’s sole supplier for Oakio. “In the first year of launching Oakio, we experienced a 30 percent increase in sales, which we’re so pleased about.”

Designed in the US and manufactured in China, Oakio is a successful brand available in more than 40 countries worldwide, and since September 2020, Oakio products have taken the UK by storm, say Ronjack.

 
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Maintaining Thermal Efficiency In Curtain Walling Installation

 

Curtain wall systems may look architecturally pleasing, but how do you maintain thermal efficiency when installing? Peter Braybrook, Director from i-SOL8 explains.

Curtain wall systems are non-structural cladding systems for buildings. They can transform the look of a building, as well as deliver numerous efficiencies.

Most curtain wall systems are made from a lightweight aluminium frame, with glazed infill panels. They can span multiple floors and support their own weight. Any loads imposed on them, from wind or solar gain for example, are transferred back to the primary structure of the building.

 
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TuffX Invests In More Machinery As Demand Grows

 

Following continuing growth in demand for its toughened safety glass products, TuffX has purchased another new Bovone SLE machine – its third in as many years – which has been installed in the company’s recently expanded Merseyside factory.

“We’re continuing to see ongoing customer demand for both our toughened laminated and single toughened glass products,” said TuffX’s Managing Director Graham Price.

“We’ve already made significant investments to expand our facilities, and our recent factory expansion means we have more space to optimise factory workflow and up the number of machines that can fit into the space for the best possible output.

 
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Leka Systems Reports 100% Year-On-Year Sales Growth

 

Leka Systems has just reported 100% year-on-year sales growth. Managing Director Rhys Hoddinott said: “We’re delighted to be reporting such strong sales growth because it means we are helping our customers to secure more business than ever before.”

Rhys says that demand for his company’s Warm Roof remains strong, but it’s the Leka Xi modular buildings and the Orangery Flat Roof Conversion Kit where demand is really taking off. He comments: “Sales in these areas show how consumer tastes are changing and why it’s so important to keep your finger on the pulse to maximise the opportunities.”

 
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Sternfenster Introduces New Online Platform To Recognise And Reward Staff

 

Sternfenster has launched Perkbox, an online platform that allows employees to recognise the achievements and hard work of other team members and to reward staff with a range of exclusive offers.

The new Perkbox site has been introduced as part of Sternfenster’s commitment to developing and maintaining a highly motivated workforce and to support its vision of achieving Investors in People Gold status.

 
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Glazerite Welcomes A New Addition To Its Sales Team

 

Following the completion of a management buyout this month, The Glazerite UK Group Ltd has announced a new sales appointment. Carly Graham joined the fabricator on 12th July 2021 and will be focusing on enhancing the service Glazerite offers its installer base in the Midlands and South East.

Carly, who has over 20 years of experience in fenestration, is looking forward to applying her industry experience to her new role at Glazerite. She says: “I can’t wait to meet my customers. Glazerite is impressive and unique in the way it supports its customers, from incredible sales and marketing support to building proactive relationships with suppliers that ultimately benefit the installer.”

 
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What Changes Will The Opening-Up Of The Economy Bring?

That England went out of a major tournament last month on penalties, although agonising to watch, at the very least represented some sort of return to ‘normal’.

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Open letter: The Importance Of Margin Protection

It’s great that everyone is busy but we face a number of challenges – and I don’t only mean those impacting the supply chain.

The net effect of increased demand and disruption is that the cost of each retail job has gone up.

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GAI’s New Presidential Team Sets out The Agenda For 2021

Mario Del-Signore, managing director of CES UK, has been appointed as the new president of the Guild of Architectural Ironmongers (GAI), along with a new vice chair and treasurer, to deliver the GAI’s new strategy.

Mario Del-Signore has built his leadership career in the ironmongery industry for almost 30 years.

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Trade News

Barcode Scanning In Place From Sales Through To Delivery At Quickslide

Barcode scanning is now in place from sales through to delivery at Brighouse-based VS specialist, Quickslide. Designed to increase the level and accuracy of information between the window and door fabricator and its Trade Partners at every stage of the order process, this latest development is part of the company’s efforts to continuously improve the quality of its service.

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RoofWright Signs Innovation Partnership With Dragons Den Winner

New external doors are among the top 10 homeowner renovation plans according to Checkatrade’s Home Pride Index[1], and with its consumer research finding that the average worker currently gets 22 minutes of natural light per day, REHAU says it’s no surprise people are wanting to let the outside in.

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Fentrade Aluminium Doubles Its Manufacturing Capacity

Aluminium trade fabricator Fentrade has just doubled its manufacturing capacity to keep pace with growing demand. Chris Reeks, Director of Fentrade, said: “We’re a young business that’s growing fast, so when the lease for the unit next door to ours came up, the opportunity was too good to miss. The expansion will help us continue to deliver exceptional service to our growing customer base.”

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Product News

Ahead Of The Curve

Aluminium doesn’t have to be so square,’ according to Alutech Systems. The rapidly growing, Yorkshire-based systems house has just introduced a new curved edge aluminium profile as a premium option to its BF73 systems for bifolding doors, French doors and single doors.

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Instagram Influencer Gets Smart With Kubu

Instagram influencer, Katrina @greygoosehouse, has upgraded her cherished home with a new Kubu equipped composite front door, that was manufactured and installed by Infinity Windows and Doors.

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Senior’s PURe® And Simple Solution To Part L

Senior Architectural Systems is well placed to help its customers achieve the new lower U-value targets required by Approved Document Part L of the Building Regulations and the new Future Homes Standard thanks to its established thermally-efficient PURe® aluminium window system, claims the company.

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Software

The Consultancy Delivers For The Residence Collection

“It’s probably never been more important than it is right now to invest in your digital presence.” That was the view of Jo Trotman, Marketing Manager at The Residence Collection and Window Widgets, speaking about the work being done by its web development partner The Consultancy on The Residence Collection Trade website.

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Awards

Deceuninck UK Recognised For Outstanding Health And Safety With RoSPA President’s Award

Deceuninck UK has been awarded the RoSPA President’s Award, an achievement that follows 10 consecutive years of Gold Awards for its commitment to health and safety.

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Emplas To Sponsor Champagne Reception For G21 Awards

Emplas has announced that it will be sponsoring the Champagne Reception at this year’s G-Awards, which are scheduled to take place at the London Hilton on Park Lane Hotel on Friday, 26 November 2021.

Ryan Johnson, Managing Director, Emplas, commented: “The G-Awards has always been an opportunity for the industry to celebrate in style at the end of the year,

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