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22nd March 2018
 
Dear Gerald - Third Party Certification For Fire Doors Should Be Mandatory
 

Having made the national news again last week, the importance of fire doors is currently at the forefront of everyone’s mind. The latest information on the enquiry into the disaster at Grenfell is that tests on a salvaged door from the Grenfell site failed after 15 minutes, exactly half the minimum performance time for a 30-minute fire door.

To protect the public and themselves, companies manufacturing and installing fire doors should have third party certification. Currently third party certification is only recommended, but after last week’s news, businesses should look again.

 
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Dear Gerald - BEWARE Unglazed R9 windows
 

Perhaps you may be interested in the following reply to the recent letter written by Kurt Gretrex of Dekko Systems.

BEWARE Unglazed R9 windows.

Thank you for an interesting letter which I support, but perhaps not as he intended.

 
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More Praise For Mila In Supply Chain Audit
 

Just a few months after being named the Component Supplier of the Year at the G-Awards, Mila has had yet another positive endorsement of its performance, winning an ‘exceeding organisation’ rating from consultants Grant Thornton.

Grant Thornton has just independently audited Mila’s entire supply chain, analysing everything from how it manages its inventory to how its warehouse and transport operations perform.

 
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Oakland Glass Confirms Strong Start To The Year

 

Oakland Glass, the IGU supplier dedicated to offering a wide range of sealed units alongside outstanding customer service, is pleased to announce a 15% increase in sales in 2017 and a strong start to 2018.

Managing Director of Oakland Glass, Tina Moorhouse explains where the growth is coming from in the context of a relatively flat market: “We work with a wide range of customers across the trade, new build and commercial markets and have seen growth across the board from existing customers as well as new companies switching to Oakland.

 
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Trojan Helps Installers Put An End To Pitting Hardware Callbacks

 

Ask many installers about the biggest frustrations in their business and the answer you’ll get back is about callbacks to replace pitted or failing hardware. But talk to any installer who uses Trojan’s Stainless Steel hardware and they’ll tell you that callbacks are a thing of the past.

Steve Hall, General Manager of Trojan, said: “The standard industry test for hardware corrosion is 240 hours or 480 hours salt spray testing.

 
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CSI Aluminium Chooses Tekna Heavy Duty Machining Centre

 

CSI Aluminium has chosen a Tekna TKE 944-7 four axis heavy duty machining centre for its Hull factory, supplied and installed by Emmegi (UK).

CSI Aluminium is a specialist glazing and cladding fabricator which has developed its own bespoke unitised curtain walling system for installing on sites with limited access for installation. This system, which uses large 7m sections of Aluprof profile, has huge advantages for city centre sites because it can be installed from a tower crane.

 
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Stedek Steps Up With Machinery Investment For The Full Residence Collection Suite

 

A fast-growing Midlands fabricator is aiming to become one of the country’s leading Residence Collection suppliers, after purchasing a further £45k of machinery.

Since 2010, Stedek has made its name manufacturing Epwin’s Swish and Profile 22 systems. Now, the firm has acquired a bank of twelve Jade end millers to accommodate DW3’s much-celebrated timber-alternative Residence Collection, with the aim of tapping into demand at the higher end of the market.

 
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Pamela Wilson Reinforces Carl F Groupco’s Presence In Ireland

 

Pamela Wilson, an experienced Regional Sales Manager for Carl F Groupco who has represented the hardware distributor in Scotland since 2001, has an extended sales remit which includes Ireland. Pamela will continue to support Carl F Groupco’s customers in Scotland.

The development of Pam’s role is set to increase the presence of Carl F Groupco in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.

 
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Stevly Windows Impressed By Capabilities Of Haffner Murat’s SMR-4 Welder

 

South Wales fabricator and installer Stevly Windows Ltd has just invested in an SMR-4 Welder from Haffner Murat. The machine will help Stevly meet growing demand for its products while also maintaining the high standards on which the company has built its name.

Lee Johnson, Stevly’s Managing Director, says he and his team researched the market thoroughly before deciding to invest in the SMR-4 welder. Lee commented: “We chose Haffner Murat due to the high specification and fully automatic facilities that the welder offered.”

 
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Hurst Introduces New Premium Glasses

 

Hurst Plastics is helping trade customers make the most of the thriving composite door market with the addition of its new Premium Glass range. Offering 11 stylish new glass designs, Hurst has doubled the number of glazing options available in its popular collection of composite doors.

The new range of triple glazed designs has been introduced to help installers provide an even greater choice for style-conscious homeowners.

 
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The Glazing Summit Seals The Deal With New Sponsor Hodgson Sealants

 

Hodgson Sealants, one of the UK’s largest specialist sealant manufacturers has been announced as the latest sponsor of The Glazing Summit.

Celebrating 50 years in business, from its beginnings as a putty manufacturer in the 1960’s, Hodgson Sealants now make a full range of premium sealants including silicones, new generation hybrid sealants and glazing tapes for the fenestration and wider construction industries.

 
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Glassolutions Brings Light To Greenwich Peninsula ‘Modern Village Hall’

 

The unique mullion-only VS-1 glazing system from GLASSOLUTIONS, which reduces sightlines and maximises interior brightness, has been installed at a new community hub in south-east London to create a light, bright social space with a welcoming ambience.

The Aperture building forms part of the regeneration of Greenwich Peninsula, an ambitious 150-acre project led by property developer Knight Dragon

 
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Back To Business For Jack In The Office Group Refurb

 

Jack Aluminium Systems’ JD47 non-thermal shopfront system has been used by IDF Aluminium as part of an office refurbishment for shared workspace pioneers, The Office Group.

The building, in Ecclestone Square, near Victoria Station in London has been fully refurbished by The Office Group, creating a modern, commercial space that will be let to a range of diverse workforces, including creative agencies and start-up businesses.

 
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Lock Lock And Ultion Shine At Lockexpo

 

It was a hugely successful LockExpo for Brisant Secure, with locksmiths eager to see the unrivalled features of both Lock Lock and Ultion and to benefit from several show deals and free next day delivery.

Brisant Secure claims it has become the go to brand for unrivalled security thanks to the Sold Secure Diamond, 3 Star, Secured by Design accredited Ultion and the unprecedented £1,000 security guarantee that comes with it.

 
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Pavani Konduru Leaves Zoopla To Join Leads2trade

 

In what is a major coup for the home improvement industry, Pavani Konduru has left her role at Zoopla to join Leads2trade.

Pavani has joined the home improvement world to head up Leads2trade’s search marketing and was tempted by the move due to the continued success of the business.

Pavani, who has a B.Tech Bioinformatics, takes up the role of Head of Search Marketing and has already had a positive impression.

 
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Business Of The Year Nomination For Sash Window Fabricator

 

Sash window specialists Roseview have been shortlisted for Business of the Year at the SME Buckinghamshire Business Awards.

It’s the second year in a row the Olney firm has been nominated for the award scheme’s most prestigious gong, and in 2017 they went on to win.

Founded in the 1970s, Roseview has gone on to become a leading sash window innovator, producing the first-ever uPVC sash window product in 1985, and launching its acclaimed Rose Collection in 2013.

 
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Trade News

Brexit No Barrier To Sales Says Pioneer’s French Customer

With Pioneer continuing to supply conservatories to a French home improvement specialist based near Paris at a rate of two articulated truck loads a month,

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Dear Gerald – Is Foil Base Surface Stability A Ticking Time Bomb?

According to Palmer foils have seen growth of 45% in volume since 2013. They’re a key driver of higher margin sales in PVC-U. So all good then?

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Finance Solution For Bi-Fold ‘Boom’

With bi-folding doors as popular as ever with the nation’s homeowners, a new finance initiative is making it even easier for installers to sell this premium product.

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CORGI Fenestration Is One Year Old

CORGI Fenestration is marking its first birthday. It has been a very busy year – culminating last month with the launch of the CORGI Fenestration Installer Scheme

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Euroglaze Wins Praise For Quality

When a customer tells you that the windows you are supplying are the best manufactured they have seen in more than 20 years, then you know that you are probably dealing with the right fabricator.

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Product News

Titon And Sobinco: A Thriving Partnership

With aluminium windows and doors growing popularity, Titon is experiencing significant demand for hardware in this sector. The company has a huge range of products designed specifically for aluminium,

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CPD On Airtightness In Construction

Andy Swift, national sales manager for window and door foam sealant specialists ISO-CHEMIE considers the trade-off between airtightness and ventilation in sealing products.

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BJ Waller Offer Free Sample Rolls Of Deventer Weather Seals

Timber windows rely on weather seals for performance. The right weather seals offer superior protection and offer productivity gains. Luke Piper,

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People

Gillian Coldwell Joins Distinction Doors

Distinction Doors has further strengthened its business development team with the appointment of an experienced industry woman, Gillian Coldwell,

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Alumen Recruits To Expand Trade Operation

Respected aluminium fabricator Alumen Ltd has strengthened its trade supply operation with the appointment of David Allen as Trade Sales Manager.

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Aluminium

‘Alutrade – The Recyclers’

Alutrade is one of the UK’s largest recyclers of aluminium. The company currently works with many of the UK’s top systems companies and fabricators,

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Glass & Glazing

Bohle Adds Portavant 150 Multiline To Its Range

Bohle has expanded its range of internal sliding stacking doors with the addition of the Vitris Portavant 150 Multiline.

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On-Site

Eurocell Modus Sends Sound Attenuation Into Orbit

Orbit Housing’s Fordham House in Stratford-upon-Avon aims to raise the bar for rented accommodation. Designed for key workers in the town,

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Marketing

The Consultancy Achieves Lead Gen Milestone

The Consultancy, the well-respected digital specialist providing online solutions to the window, door and glazing industries, has announced that its customers have collectively

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Internet

PatioMaster’s New Website Designed To Increase Lead Generation For Its Customers

PatioMaster has just launched a new website. Carmen Velilla, Brand Manager of PatioMaster, said:

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Software

Evolution Plus Evonet Adds Up For Abacus

Most fabricators transition gradually to Business Micros’ EvoNET business management software after several years using the Evolution manufacturing and order processing package.

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Exhibitions

Regalead Sponsors British Reception At Fensterbau Frontale

Join us on the UK Pavilion for “An Afternoon G&T” sponsored by RegaLead

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Events

VinylPlus® Unveils Top Speakers And Programme For Vinylplus Sustainability Forum 2018

VinylPlus has revealed its programme featuring top speakers and inspiring panel discussions to share visions on the potential of the industry to deliver

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Charity

Roll Up, Roll Up For A Night At Circus Beserkus

Tables are still available for Circus Beserkus – the 19th GM Fundraising Gala Dinner, which is taking place on 9th June 2018 at the Crowne Plaza

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