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22nd July 2020
 


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Will The Industry Find A Way?

 

Within a year, we’ll see the first changes to Part L of the Building Regs, in line with the requirements of the Future Homes Standard. In June 2022, U-Values for windows and glazed doors in new build will reduce from 1.4 to 1.2 and for opaque and semi glazed doors they will standardise to 1.0. The expectation is that, by 2025, there will be a further reduction for windows to 0.8.

That stand-out 0.8 figure will obviously challenge the whole market – not just in system development, but in glass and hardware as well if triple glazing is more widely adopted in response. If you accept though that the main driver behind the Future Homes Standard is to decarbonise first new build homes and then existing housing stock

 
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High Lead Volumes Set To Continue Thanks To Buoyant Home Improvement Market

 

According to Barclaycard, home improvement spending rose 34.4% in March – the biggest surge since July 2020, when the first lockdown lifted.

And with the home improvement boom showing no signs of slowing down as we reached ‘Freedom Day’, installers will continue to benefit from consumer demand.

That’s the view of Andy Royle, co-founder, and Director of Leads 2 Trade, provider of double qualified sales leads for companies operating in the home improvement industry.

Between March and August 2020, mortgage comparison site money.co.uk estimated that UK homeowners spent a staggering

 
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IGU Line Installation A UK-First, Says Promac

 

Promac has installed a Forel ‘HIGH TEC’ IGU line at Scottish glass processors Ravensby Glass.

With the rising trend for larger glazed areas to meet architectural trends, the automated IGU line now enables Ravensby to manufacture glass panes of up to 5 metres long by 2.8 metres high, utilising several machines including the newly acquired Forel Automatic Vertical Glass Edging Machine.

Ravensby announced their investment in December 2020, with the installation completed in April. The fully automated machine has evolved from the best of Forel’s latest equipment and can produce double, triple and even quadruple IGUs.

 
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Yale And Ingenious Door Locks Both Now Available From Mila

 

By Richard Gyde, Managing Director, Mila

Despite the fact that Mila supplies hardware from some of the biggest names in the industry including Yale, Siegenia, Axor and Spilka, we would certainly describe ourselves as a ‘branded house’ and not as a ‘house of brands’. It’s an important distinction for customers and stems from the fact that, on average, we only add a new brand to our product portfolio once every couple of years. Even then, we only choose brands which align closely with our own business in terms of innovation and quality and which fill what we see as being gaps in our product line up.

We choose our partners very carefully because we know that our reputation rests so heavily on theirs.

 
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Builders’ Merchants’ Sales Up Year-On-Year As Industry Continues Growth Trajectory

 

The latest figures from the Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) reveal that year-on-year sales through UK builders’ merchants are on an upward trajectory, as the industry continues to meet sustained high demand for building products.

Total Merchants value sales were up 79.6% in May 2021 compared to May 2020 with no difference in trading days. Comparisons with May 2020 show a turnaround in fortunes for many categories. Tools performed the best (+180%) after being the weakest category in May 2020, and six other categories more than doubled year-on-year sales, including Kitchens & Bathrooms (+154.9%),

 
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Panic Bar From Carl F Groupco Suits Scottish Regulations

 

Carl F Groupco, manufacturer of door and window hardware, including panic and emergency exit components, expands their range to include the CISA FAST Touch Panic Exit Push Bar.

Compatible with FUHR panic exit door locks, the panic bar features fast touch operation and a special mortice panic function that works alongside the eurogroove fit FUHR multipoint panic lock range. The stainless-steel satin PVD finish provides a clean and crisp appearance.

Technical Manager John Mitchell comments on the addition to the range:

 
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Liniar Strengthens Service And Support With Customer Relations Team

 

Building long-lasting relationships with customers is important for any business, leading to both customer retention and long-term growth. For PVCu systems company Liniar, Customer Service has long been one of the markers of its success – which is now set to bring even more customer benefits, with the introduction of a Customer Relations team to develop and enhance customer satisfaction and loyalty.

Already known for its comprehensive programme of customer support, including structural and thermal calculations, technical guidance and marketing materials, Liniar has built strong foundations to maintain and improve its service levels.

 
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96.8% Delivery Performance from VBH

 

Hardware specialist VBH has released an update on the position regarding their ability to supply in the face of the well documented issues surrounding freight and port delays, shortages of raw materials and over-capacity production lines.

These are subjects that we have all grown accustomed to over the last year in both our work and home lives.

They all combine to put immense strain on any supply chain. In the face of this, VBH advise that they are very proud to have achieved an OTIF (On Time in Full) outbound fulfilment average of 96.8% over second quarter of this year.

 
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All-Round Glass Solutions With TuffX

 

A private residence in Great Yarmouth recently required a balustrade solution for two adjoining outside balcony areas – one large, exposed and sociable open first-floor terrace and an attached smaller, more private, covered space. A glass balustrade provided the perfect answer, with safety glass specialists TuffX chosen to supply the glass.

TuffX supplied 25 panels of 15mm clear toughened safety glass with dubbed corners for the job. The finished balustrade extends around both balcony areas of the property, leaving the delighted occupants able to enjoy natural light from three different directions as the sun moves around the property throughout the day.

 
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Stay Safe Consumer Campaign Hailed Great Success

 

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) consumer campaign “Stay Safe with MyGlazing.com” has ended an outstanding success with results showing record figures both in PR coverage and in online traffic.

The campaign, run via MyGlazing.com – the GGF’s independent award winning consumer website – was launched in July 2020 and designed to build consumer confidence in glazing home improvement companies through the lockdowns and uncertainty of the pandemic.

The GGF Marketing team with the support of two external agencies, SLX Marketing and Refresh PR, implemented an integrated marketing

 
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Door And Window Systems Continues Its Productivity Drive With A Fifth New Kombimatec Machine

 

Door and Window Systems (DAWS), a Liverpool-based fabricator, continues to increase productivity in response to customer demand, with the recent installation of its fifth new Kombimatec machine in 18 months – this time, the AMC308 Automatic CNC Machining Centre.

DAWS is a family-run business specialising in the manufacture of high-quality aluminium doors, windows, bi-folds and rooflights for both the domestic and commercial markets. The company was looking to increase productivity and boost its business growth cost effectively without the need to take on new staff – and Kombimatec provided the solutions.

 
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Gowercroft Joinery Wins Top Regional Business Award

 

Timber window and door specialist Gowercroft Joinery has scooped the ‘Family Business of the Year’ category of the prestigious 2021 Midlands Business Awards.

The annual award, which is now in its 15th year, celebrates entrepreneurship, innovation and business growth of the region’s most dynamic and successful companies and organisations across a wide range of industries and sectors.

Formed in 1998 as a family run business, Gowercroft has grown from a modest three-man joinery shop to an award-winning manufacturer of windows and doors with a reputation for quality and innovation and with a string of high-profile projects to its name.

 
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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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Trade News

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.

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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

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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,”

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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People

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

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Aluminium

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

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Marketing

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

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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

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