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21st May 2019
 
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Epwin Window Systems Launches Stellar, Its New Aluminium System

 

Epwin Window Systems unveiled its first aluminium system at FIT on 21st May 2019. Mark Austin, Sales Director (Aluminium) at Epwin Window Systems, said: “Anticipation has been building for months and we are thrilled to unveil Stellar. It has been designed to deliver over and above any other aluminium system on the market and offers several market-first selling points. It’s a game-changer.”

Stellar is aimed at the retail and light commercial sector and was designed from the ground up by Epwin Window Systems’ expert dedicated in-house aluminium team in response to customer demand.

 
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FIT Show Reverts To Annual Event

 

FIT Show organisers have announced the decision to revert the show to an annual proposition for the sector, with the next event set to take place at the NEC on May 12th, 13th & 14th 2020.

FIT Show 2020 will occupy halls 2 & 3 at the NEC, returning with the same award-winning formula that has helped to establish it as the UK’s number one, award winning showcase for the glass, glazing,

 
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aluplast Doubles Stock Holding In The UK

 

aluplast has said it has increased its stock holding in the UK to insulate its customers from potential short-term delays in the event of a hard Brexit.

According to the IHS Markit/CIPS UK manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI), stockpiling to prepare for Brexit caused a surge in the volume of goods held by UK factories.

 
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Two ‘Zero Landfill’ Years In A Row For CMS Window Systems

 

CMS Window Systems has maintained a zero waste to landfill rate for the second year in a row, ensuring it continues to lead the way in the re-use and recycling of waste collected throughout its manufacturing and installation operations.

The company, which is one of Scotland’s leading designers, manufacturers and installers of PVC-U and aluminium windows,

 
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Brightening Doorways By Bringing The Outside, Inside

 

The names Pale Roundel Red and Green Mist wouldn’t seem out of place in describing the floral beauty of upcoming flower shows – suggestive of cardinals and chrysanthemums – but make this assumption and you’d be wrong.

Leading door manufacturer Distinction Doors has chosen this spring to introduce three stunning new colours to their extensive range,

 
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Kubu Launches At The Planetarium

 

Some of the top glazing industry influencers gathered beneath the stars for the launch of Kubu Smart Lock, the latest smart home technology from Avantis International. Held at Birmingham’s Planetarium at The Think Tank, Kubu was launched to a crowd of more than 60 people.

Mark Bromley, CEO at Avantis International said: “Our Kubu launch day was an incredible success.

 
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VBH Joins Council For Aluminium In Building

 

To show its continued commitment to aluminium fabricators and installers, VBH has joined the Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB). CAB is dedicated to promoting the use of aluminium in building and working with standards, regulation and practice within this sector.

Aluminium is a growth area for VBH, and now accounts for 25% of the business.

 
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Martin Althorpe Elected President Of The British Plastics Federation

 

Martin Althorpe, Technical Director of Epwin Fenestration Division has been elected President of the British Plastics Federation (BPF).

Martin has been actively involved in the British Plastics Federation Windows Group (BPFWG) since its formation in 1981.

 
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New And Improved Blink Integral Blinds From ODL Europe

 

Blink Integral Blinds just got better. Nathan Barr, Managing Director of the manufacturer ODL Europe, said: “We don’t believe in standing still.”

Developments include improvements to the raise, lower and tilt operation. The operator switch to control the facilities has been redesigned to make it more ergonomic.

 
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Freefoam’s Quality And Service Underpin 20-Year Relationship With Exmoor Fascias

 

Based in Devon, Michele Muir, Managing Director of Exmoor Fascias, celebrates 30 years of trading and growth in 2019. In an ever-evolving market, the company’s partnership with Freefoam has been a constant over the last 20 years.

Michele explains: “We started installing roofline products at a time when double-glazing was the big focus for consumers, so it was vital

 
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Emplas & The Georgian Bar Company – Wiping Out Call-Backs

 

One of the UK’s largest window and door fabricators, Emplas work with some of the industry’s most established businesses and have a no-compromise approach to product quality. It was this commitment to deliver the highest standards that 10 years ago led them to using the GeoFast system from The Georgian Bar Company.

Kush Patel, Operations Director at Emplas, says: “We were having lots of issues with the old astragal bar system that we used at the

 
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Scotland’s Cube Glass Racks Up Another Half Million In New Contracts
 

Scotland’s Cube Glass, the innovative and rapidly expanding glass and aluminium specialist, is literally spanning the UK with a slew of lucrative new contracts from Shetland in the north to Winchester in the deep south of England.

Totalling more than half a million pounds, the latest string of successes and business wins put the Cumbernauld-based

 
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STANLEY Security Makes Fire System Requirements Affordable For Local Business
 

STANLEY Security, one of the UK’s leading security providers, has installed a wireless fire alarm system at Harvey’s Windows & Conservatories, meeting their insurance requirements whilst saving considerable expense.

Based in Leicester, Harvey’s Windows & Conservatories Ltd. operates from a large three storey building which it owns.

 
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HBR Show Success For The Genesis Collection
 

Proving that heritage is trend here to stay, The Genesis Collection was described as a hit with homeowners at The NEC’s Homebuilding and Renovating Show.

“We’re fresh back from The Homebuilding and Renovating Show at the NEC,” says Marcus O’Boyle, Head of Business Development and Marketing at Bison. “Going to the show

 
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Newview’s Towering Performance Impresses London City Airport
 

Experienced South East installer Newview might be best known for its extensive work on Heathrow’s Quieter Homes scheme.

But that’s not the limit of the company’s commercial expertise.

Right across the capital, you’ll find Newview installation work on a variety of commercial and residential developments – including in three

 
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Kestrel Team Braves The Elements For Charity Golf Day
 

Wind and rain couldn’t dampen the spirits of the Kestrel team as they teed off for three worthy children’s charities.

Despite being one of the wettest days of the year, with heavy downpours from dawn to sunset, more than 150 golfers joined the golf day and dinner organised by Norfolk-based DMD Installations.

 
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Excellence As Standard’s NVQ Support Helps Boost Skills Gap

Epwin Window Systems’ flagship membership programme, Excellence as Standard, has partnered with MRG Services Ltd, one of the largest UK national providers of qualifications to the window industry.

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Mila Gets Cyber Safe

Just weeks after research was published by the BBC showing that a record 55% of UK firms have already faced a cyber-attack in 2019*, Mila has announced that it has achieved Cyber Essentials Plus Certification, giving its customers valuable reassurance about the security of its IT infrastructure.

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Increase In Freefoam Registered Installers

Freeform has announced a significant increase in recent months in the number of new Registered Installers, with companies from throughout the UK applying to join the scheme. Following a programme of promotion activity across various media,

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New Data Points To Major Blackhole On The Horizon For UK Construction Workforce

According to new research from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the UK construction industry is set to face a major labour crisis, with the loss of over 500,000 workers over the next decade.

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Gowercroft Joinery Is Appointed As A Pilkington Spacia™ Dealer

High quality timber window and door specialist Gowercroft Joinery has been appointed as an official dealer for Pilkington Spacia™ Double Glazing Units across the UK.

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Almost 740,000 Tonnes Of PVC Recycled In 2018 – Up By 15.6% From 2017

VinylPlus®, the Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development of the European PVC industry, recycled 739,525 tonnes of PVC within its framework in 2018 – a 15.6% increase on the previous year.

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Product News

Automatic FUHR Lock Is High Flyer For Carl F Groupco

Hardware distributor Carl F Groupco’s collaboration with German lock manufacturer FUHR dates back to 1962 and FUHR products consistently feature in the company’s best seller list. With a 13% increase in sales in the trading year 2018-2019, a current top performer is the FUHR multisafe 833 automatic door lock.

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Mighton And The Angel Ventlock Support Child Safety Week 2019

Mike Derham, Chairman of Mighton Products talks about forthcoming Child Safety Week, and how the Angel Ventlock system helps to dramatically reduce the number of accidents in the home involving young children, and open windows.

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People

Promac Brings Frontline Expertise To Glass Machinery Supply

Promac group has strengthened its senior sales team with the appointment of Mike Whitlam as Regional Sales Manager for glass machinery sales.

He joins the machinery specialist from Pioneer Trading Company, where he was Group Operations Director.

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Outdoor Living specialists Milwood Group Complete Two Senior appointments

Milwood Group have confirmed two key changes to their management structure. Operations Manager, Kevin Horne has been promoted to the role of Managing Director. Kevin, who is well known to both trade partners and the industry through his almost

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FiT Show

#COMEALONG And Win With KÖMMERLING At FiT

There are two opportunities to win two premium hospitality tickets to see KÖMMERLING main sponsored 1. FSV Mainz 05 play in the Bundesliga, Germany next season at the FIT Show and this is also being promoted with the latest video in their powerful marketing campaign.

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GGF Set To Mix Business And Pleasure At FiT Show 2019

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) and its group of commercial subsidiaries are ready for a fantastic FIT Show at Birmingham’s NEC (21-23 May) with a range of promotions, prizes and presentations on a stand packed full of surprises.

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BetweenGlassBlinds™ Bring Clarity To The FIT Show

Integral blind system technology will be on show on the BetweenGlassBlinds™ stand at FIT Show 2019, giving fabricators and installers the opportunity to see the high-quality range of magnetic and motorised units first hand, as well as an exciting new innovation.

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Welcome To The FiT Show 2019!

The Italian company Sunbell will be featuring their extensive range of integrated blind solutions for the first time at the FiT and Glass Show, stand no A4.

Sunbell is a leading designer and supplier of interstitial blinds for glazed

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Get Down And Party At The Residence Collection

The Residence Collection will be hosting a stand party at location J75 on Tuesday 21st May at the FIT Show from 5pm to 8pm in typical style, with music provided by Jamie B, an award-winning international saxophonist.

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On-Site

Senior Gets Creative At The Confetti Institute

Combining sleek and slim sightlines with enhanced thermal performance, Senior Architectural Systems’ SF52 aluminium curtain walling has helped to create the stylish façade of a new creative industries college in Nottingham.

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