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22nd February 2024

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Sternfenster’s New Green Investment


Sternfenster has just invested a further £400K in photovoltaic panels that will provide more than a fifth of the energy that the Lincoln-based trade fabricator consumes.

The new PV array is estimated to produce 490,000kWh per year, offsetting 115,000kg of carbon in the process.

“This is a major investment for us, and it demonstrates our ongoing commitment to reducing our impact on the environment,” managing director Mike Parczuk said. “These new panels will join the PV array we already have in operation, and together they will produce around one third of all our electricity needs.


SheerVent Now Available For S2 Glazed Roofs


Sheerline has announced that SheerVent roof vent, is now exclusively available for S2 conservatory roofs, alongside the company’s award winning S1 lantern.

SheerVent is offered as the perfect solution to the longstanding challenge of adding reliable ventilation to glazed roofs without creating weaknesses for water ingress. It does this through an integrated muntin bar, and fitting directly into the ridge baffle, thus eliminating the possibility of leaks, claims the company.

In addition, it offers thermal efficiency as it is fully thermally broken using high-performance 24mm glazing, ideal for keeping conservatories warmer in winter and cooler in summer,


Origin Launches New Generation Door


Origin has unveiled the first launch of its new generation of products – the Soho External Door (OB-36+).

According to the company, the aluminium external bi-fold and French door system features highly sought-after glazing bars and ultra-slim sightlines of just 36mm. Plus, it’s 2025 compliant, a year earlier than required by the new building regulations.

Designed by Origin’s in-house R&D team and handcrafted to customers’ exact specifications in the UK, it marks the beginning of a new era for fenestration products, says the company


Pilkington Mirai: Lowest Embodied Carbon Glass Of Its Kind


The Pilkington Mirai glass has been independently verified as having 52% less embodied carbon, certifying it as the lowest carbon glass of its kind.

The independent verification comes from a new Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).  Pilkington Mira has 52% less total embodied carbon when compared to standard float glass produced by Pilkington UK. The glass offers the lowest carbon alternative to regular float glass on the market, with no difference in performance, quality, or aesthetic appearance.

Pilkington UK will showcase Pilkington Mira to architects and specifiers at Futurebuild 24 at London’s ExCeL 5th-7th March 2024.


The Significance Of Carl F Groupco’s Hardware Package Offering


When industry-leading fabricators and system houses choose to source their hardware components directly from Carl F Groupco, it demonstrates the strength of their offer and the willingness to go above and beyond to support its customers, says the company.

This is the view of Julie Warner, product manager at Carl F Groupco who said: “Our bespoke hardware package service is just one of the many facets of working with us. Customers appreciate our value-added support, whether it’s profile-related components or mixed manufacturer parts to complete a window or door set. This service, particularly for profile system houses, reduces hardware picking requirements and streamlines their distribution.”


Capitalising On New Build Opportunities With Stellar


Specialist fabricator Capital Windows is leveraging the advantages of Stellar Aluminium from Epwin Window Systems to advance its presence in the new build sector.

Peter Adams, general manager at Capital Windows, explains: “All Stellar windows and doors are compliant with Part L of the Building Regulations, enabling us to provide customers with a complete new build solution utilising a single aluminium system. This simplifies the process and ensures consistent quality and aesthetic appeal throughout the entire construction project.”

Stellar’s windows and doors can achieve a U-value of 1.2 W/(m²K) with triple glazing, the regulatory standard for the new build space.


New Customer Portal Opens Its Doors


Hardware manufacturer, VBH, has launched its new VBH24 Customer Portal.

VBH advise that the Portal builds on the success of the previous VBH online shop, but offers users a number of very useful additional benefits.

As well as placing orders, VBH24 users can view and download supplementary information including drawings, literature, guarantee information and safety data sheets through the Portal.

VBH marketing manager Gary Gleeson says, “The percentage of orders arriving at VBH via our previous online shop was high at around 35%,


The Bigger Picture


Greg Beachim, sales manager at Cyncly business First Degree Systems, says a measured approach to investment will lay the foundations for tomorrow’s growth. We report.

Investment in infrastructure and systems should begin yesterday, or at least that’s how it feels when you realise that your business operations are not ready for an sudden change in market demand. This is the view of Greg Beachim, sales manager at Cyncly business First Degree Systems, supplier of the Window Designer suite of software.

“We’ve had a lot of conversations with companies who are reviewing the way they are run, to improve efficiencies and customer service,”


Latest Premier Arches Update Puts You In Control Of Arched Frame Quotes


Arched and angled frame manufacturer Premier Arches has updated its online pricing and ordering platform to allow customers to add their own logo and selling price to quotations for a more personal and professional customer experience.

Through the platform, fabricators, installers and trade counters are able to price and order complex arched and angled frames in a wide range of profile systems in a matter of seconds.

They are also able to save their quotes and view their orders through a unique portal on the Premier Arches’ website, taking full control of their ordering process.


Fentrade Reports Commercial Sales Growth Amid Estate Refurbishment Project


Aluminium trade fabricator Fentrade has reported a 21% year-on-year increase in commercial sales following a successful start to 2024. Chris Reeks, managing director at Fentrade, said: “This growth is a sign of the underlying strength of the commercial sector and the quality and reliability of our commercial product offer.”

The sales upturn coincides with a current commercial project led by Fentrade’s landlord at its operating site in Maesglas, near Newport, Gwent. Chris said: “The landlord of our industrial estate has initiated an extensive refurbishment program covering all business units on the site. The project’s primary aim is to enhance the thermal efficiency of the windows and doors and improve the various buildings’ aesthetics. They approached Fentrade to help deliver the project.”


Spectra Conservatory Roofs Demonstrates The Leka Systems Proposition


South West trade fabricator Spectra Conservatory Roofs has recently added the complete Leka Systems range to its portfolio.

Managing director of Spectra Conservatory Roofs, Darren Goddard, says: “The Leka Warm Roof and the Leka Orangery Roof perfectly align with our wider conservatory roof offer giving our customers a competitive advantage. And the Leka Xi modular system gives us an opportunity to grow our value proposition and secure new opportunities.”

Since introducing Leka, the range is proving a strong addition to Spectra’s portfolio. Darren reported:


Stedek & The Residence Collection Support Eco-Friendly Houses Of The Future


Stedek & The Residence Collection have helped a newbuild development achieve outstanding thermal efficiency.

71 Old Penk in Cannock, Staffordshire, consists of three high-tech, eco-friendly homes that have been designed to be exceptionally sustainable.

They incorporate solar panels, electric charging points, ground-source heat pumps, and mechanical ventilation with heat recovery.

Crucial to their fabric first approach to energy efficiency, however, were the windows, as Alex Page of Stedek explains:


Cornwall Group Wins Big At Apprenticeship Awards


The Cornwall Group won two prestigious awards at this year’s Truro and Penwith College’s Cornwall Apprenticeship Awards, and was ‘Highly Commended’ in a further seven.

Ned Seabourne, who was crowned Accountancy Apprentice of the Year, said the award has improved his confidence and validates his efforts to make the most of his apprenticeship journey.

“I think apprenticeships are incredibly valuable to not only the company but mainly to the apprentice themselves,” he said.


Trade News

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...


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,


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,


Trade News

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.


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...


Product News

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...


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,



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,


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,


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.



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,


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.



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.



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.


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