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21st January 2020
 
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GGF Members Meet On Future Homes Consultation

 

On 7th January, over 35 Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) Member companies met with the GGF Technical team to discuss the impact of the Government Future Homes Consultation proposals and to finalise the GGF’s response to the Consultation.

The meeting was chaired by David Borland, Technical Officer who led the forum covering the following key points:

Approved Document L (on energy efficiency) was addressed and to achieve the Government’s Zero Carbon targets for new homes by 2050 the following options were discussed.

 
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Kubu Launches Dedicated Installer Site For Kubu Pro

 

Hardware manufacturer, Avantis, has launched a new dedicated installer website for its smart lock innovation, Kubu.

The new website gives installers access to everything they need to be a Kubu Pro and is live at www.pro-kubu-home.com.

Mark Bromley, CEO of Avantis, says: “We’ve created the brand new Kubu Pro website to make it really easy for installers promote and demonstrate Kubu to potential customers.

 
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Howells Offers UK’s First Gqa Approved Rooflight Course

 

Howells Patent Glazing has launched its GQA approved Rooflight Familiarisation Workshop. This is the first GQA approved rooflight course in the UK, says the company.

Open to all, the six-hour, fully accredited workshop provides a valuable insight into the construction of aluminium rooflights and is designed to improve technical and practical understanding.

Trainees will learn about the components, assembly and installation of the company’s slimline rooflight, with hands-on experience.

 
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Trustmark Builds New Independent Financial Protection Panel To Further Enhance Consumer Protection

 

A new Financial Protection Panel of independent experts and industry representatives has been formed by TrustMark, the Government Endorsed Quality scheme, to assess the financial protection available to consumers looking to undertake any home improvements, repairs, maintenance or energy efficiencies in or around the home.

The panel aims to provide reassurance to consumers that if they employ a TrustMark Registered Business they will have the correct

 
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KÖMMERLING Appoints Window Ware As Approved Hardware Distribution Partner

 

Hardware specialists Window Ware have been appointed as an approved hardware distribution partner for PVCu systems company KÖMMERLING.

The new partnership will give KÖMMERLING fabricators exclusive access to Window Ware’s new Glide Hardware, an innovative range of premium products for inline sliding PVC patio doors. The range is custom designed and manufactured by award-winning solutions developer CiiLOCK Engineering.

 
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From Dojo To Dekko: Kung Fu Champion Becomes New National Business Development Manager

 

Following a record year for the business, trade fabricator Dekko Window Systems has strengthened its team with a new key appointment.

The premium fabricator has appointed Sylvester Allen as their new National Business Development Manager. In his new role, Sylvester will support Dekko’s sales team in nurturing existing customer partnerships, as well building new relationships with customers across the UK.

 
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Integral Blind Market Growth

 

Integral blinds specialist IGU manufacturer HiTech Blinds has reportedl exponential market growth as installers look to add value and margin in a second time replacement market.

This follows the announcement that HiTech Blinds has achieved record 44% year-on-year growth, attributed by its Sales Director, Ian Woolley, to increased market share but also wider growth in demand.

“We’ve picked up business from competitors but there’s also been a more general market growth”, he explained.

 
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A New Glass Sealing Process From Endurance

 

Endurance Doors have recently invested in a new glass sealing process to their solid timber core composite doors, which has had a positive effect on helping to eliminate customer concerns over water ingress.

Water ingress in composite doors has hampered the composite door sector in the past and it has been several years since Endurance incorporated a unique Moisture Barrier Systems (MBS) to the bottom of their door slabs. But the recent introduction of a new glass sealing

 
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Titon’s Hardware Exported To Prestigious Refurbishment In Poland

 

Over 300 sets of Titon window hardware have been fitted as part of the ongoing refurbishment of the Rother’s Mills buildings on Mill Island, located in the historic old town of Bydgoszcz, Poland. The products installed include Overture E handles, Kenrick Standard Espags, top hung Venture hinges and Capture safety restrictors, which were all supplied onsite by Titon’s Polish distributor, AGAS.

Mill Island has been a popular tourist destination since 2006, with the Rother’s Mills buildings being one of the central attractions.

 
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GQA Qualifications Joins GGF

 

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has announced that GQA Qualifications has become a Member of the Federation.

GQA Qualifications is an Awarding Body for specialist sectors and occupational roles with its roots firmly in the Glass, Glazing and Fenestration sector. GQAs current qualifications also cover Construction and Print, expanding into Polymers, Nuclear, Laboratory and Meteorology with the recent acquisition of PAA\VQ-SET.

 
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Iceni Windows Poised For Growth With Kenrick

 

A leading trade fabricator has boosted production and is on target to increase turnover by 15% this year with the help of its hardware supplier Kenrick.

Having invested in a new 40,000 square foot factory in 2017 to expand production of its range of PVCu and aluminium windows, Essex-based Iceni Windows wanted to source a new shootbolt that was quicker and easier to fit. As well as helping Iceni Windows to speed up production rates,

 
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Senior Helps Put Capital Quarter On The Map

 

A landmark mixed-use scheme in Cardiff has been given a sleek and striking façade thanks to Senior Architectural Systems’ SF52 aluminium curtain wall system.

Senior worked in collaboration with supply chain partner Denval to deliver the curtain wall package for two recently completed seven-storey office buildings, Capital Quarter No. 3 and No. 4. Combining slim sightlines and excellent thermal performance, Senior’s SF52 aluminium curtain walling was the ideal choice for the

 
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Prize ‘Door’ Winner

 

When Barnsley based fabricator Euroglaze launched what it called the ‘perfect’ range of composite doors for the trade towards the end of 2019, it was delighted with the response it got from customers.

So much so that it launched a prize draw to reward one of the first 10 customers who placed orders during the first month with a free door.

The winner of that draw was Next Gen Glazing, also of Barnsley, a trade and retail specialist, who have now received a free DoorCo

 
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New York Stock Exchange Opening Bell

 

Thursday, January 16th, 2020 -The New York Stock Exchange welcomes Quanex Building Products Corporation (NYSE: NX) in celebration of the Company’s 55th year of listing on the New York Stock Exchange, in addition to the recent appointments of its new executive management team. George Wilson, recently appointed President & CEO, joined by Chris Taylor, VP NYSE Listings and Services, rings The Opening Bell®.

 
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Trade News

Soaring Sales of Carl F Groupco’s Tilt & Turn Fittings

Hardware distributor Carl F Groupco reports exceptional growth in orders for tilt & turn fittings. Commenting on the significant expansion of sales for the company in this sector, Carl F Groupco’s Managing Director John Crittenden said: “Credit must be given to our team who provide a comprehensive and responsive service to our customers.

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Glazerite Rolls Out Employee Mental Health Awareness Programme

The Glazerite UK Group has begun rolling out Mental Health Awareness sessions as part of a nationwide programme.

The sessions will encompass all 270 Glazerite employees, based across each of its five sites,

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Double R Starts 2020 With A Bang!

Double R Glass & Roofing Systems Ltd is delighted to announce that it has kickstarted 2020 in style with glass sales up 13% at the end of 2019 compared with the previous year. Overall company sales across glass and conservatory roofs have increased by half a million in the same period.

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Emmegi Wins Praise For Smart Approach To Service

Emmegi (UK) has made significant investments in its service team over the past year, appointing Kully and Wayne Hunter to manage service and operations, and increasing the size of its onsite engineering team to seven.

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Product News

ODL Europe Launches New Glass Range

ODL Europe has just launched its new impressive door glass range. Comprising 25 designs, with four ODL-exclusive design options, the glass range offers a wealth of choice for customers and homeowners. Nathan Barr, Managing Director of Bootle-based ODL Europe, said: “We are very excited to launch our new glass range.

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A Premium Solution From Iso-Chemie To Winter Sealing

As winter’s icy grip bites, faster and easier joint sealing in temperatures as low as – 30°C is provided by new ISO BLOCO 600 Premium Edition foam tape from ISO-Chemie.

The pre-compressed impregnated self-adhesive foam tape, which has

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BFRC Strengthen Technical Resources With Industry Leading Expertise

The British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC), a division of GGF’s Commercial arm and the body responsible for establishing the independent ‘rainbow’ ratings system for verifying the energy performance of windows and doors, has announced the addition of two new technical resources on a permanent basis.

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Apeer’s Regional Sales Manager Nigel Evans Retires

Apeer’s Nigel Evans is retiring at the end of January, with Lucie Miller set to take over his role as Southern Regional Sales Manager.

Nigel, a well-known face in the industry with over 43 years of experience, leaves the company after six years.

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Brochures

ODL Europe Introduce New Composite Door Brochure

ODL Europe have just published a new composite door brochure to support their growing customer base. Nathan Barr, ODL Europe’s Managing Director said: “Our new brochure showcases our complete composite door collection including our newly-launched decorative glass range.

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GQA New Corporate Brochure Now Available

GQA Qualifications, a Fenestration Industry awarding body, has produced a new corporate brochure, which sets out the aims and culture of the organisation, and outlines what it offers the industry.

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Training & Development

New Building Our Skills Academy Opens In Association With GQA Qualifications

The end of 2019 saw the official opening in Sheffield by Lord Blunkett of the new Building Our Skills academy, established in association with GQA Qualifications. The academy is the first of a planned network of facilities designed to offer hands-on practical training in the fenestration Industry.

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BM Aluminium Widens Training Menu

BM Aluminium has broadened its training menu so that there is something to suit every customer who wants to get the most from their LogiKal software installation, regardless of their budget or location.

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Marketing

500% Increase In Website Enquiries For Roofline Solutions

South East home improvement company Roofline Solutions has seen a 500% increase year on year in enquiries thanks to a new website, delivered by Purplex.

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Exhibitions

REHAU Vows To ‘Create Difference’ At Fensterbau Frontale

REHAU will showcase its continued commitment to smart technology, and the highest standards of design security and stability when exhibiting its latest product innovations and services at the world’s leading trade fair, Fensterbau Frontale, from 18 to 21 March 2020.

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