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22nd September 2020
 
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60% Of Local Authorities Delay Fire Door Maintenance And Inspection Programmes – Leaving Safety To Chance

 

Over half (52%) of UK local authorities responding to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request reported delays to planned fire door maintenance and replacement in the first half of 2020. The number rises to 60% when inspection delays are also factored in.

For building occupants and the fire services, fire doors play a life-saving role in holding back the spread of fire and smoke to help keep corridors and emergency exits clear.

 
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A Virtual 360 World For The Residence Collection

 

The Residence Collection have created a virtual 360-degree environment for their showroom, so that installation and manufacturing partners and even consumers can navigate and explore the product range, which includes R2, R7 and R9 luxury windows and doors.

Developed in conjunction with Adverto Media, this new development has been created with cutting edge software and a 3D camera, so not only can you navigate through all the product displays, but at each point on the tour there is further information, links to videos and even Pinterest pins for each system.

 
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ODL Europe Confirms Presence At FIT Show 2021

 

ODL Europe has announced it will be exhibiting at the FIT Show 2021, which will be held 25-27 May 2021 at the NEC Birmingham. Nathan Barr, Managing Director of ODL Europe, said: “I’m delighted to be announcing we’ll have a presence at FIT 2021. The strapline for the show is ‘Get ready to reconnect with the industry’, and that’s exactly what it feels like after the unprecedented events of 2020.”

FIT Show 2021 is the UK’s only dedicated event for the window, door, glass and components market. It attracts systems houses, fabricators, installers, architects and specifiers and offers exceptional networking opportunities too.

 
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Victorian Sliders Celebrates 15Th Birthday

 

Award-winning sash window manufacturer Victorian Sliders has celebrated 15 years in the business.

It was back in September 2005 that Scot Starkey first founded what would become Europe’s biggest sash window manufacturer, among the biggest names in British fenestration.

Today, its ECOSlide sash window is sold to over three thousand installers nationwide.

 
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REHAU One Of “50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders” Worldwide

 

Decades of sustainable innovation across the entire value chain have been recognised of REHAU as the company joins “50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders”, an initiative by media production agency TBD Media Group in conjunction with the United Nations.

With finite natural resources available on earth, it is imperative that companies use them responsibly and sustainably. The aim of the “50 Sustainability & Climate Leaders” campaign is to draw attention to this issue and provide companies with a platform on which to showcase their commitment before an international audience.

 
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New Decoroc Paint Line Opens Doors For Fastframe

 

Fastframe, one of Deceuninck’s leading commercial fabricators, has invested over £150,000 in a state-of-the-art Decoroc paint line for Deceuninck commercial windows and doors. The Decoroc line is the first of its kind outside Deceuninck’s head quarters in Belgium and, since opening the line, Fastframe has won a number of major commercial contracts.

Decoroc is Deceuninck’s patented colour coating system. It gives a high performance, long lasting finish which matches aluminium powder coating for looks and performance.

 
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Aluminium ‘Designer Doors’ Now Available From CDW Systems

 

Gloucester based aluminium fabricator CDW Systems has added Designer Doors to its range, helping installers tap into the increased demand for premium quality aluminium entrance doors.

Developed by Smart Systems, Designer Doors combines the strength and style of aluminium with the versatile options for customisation offered by composite doors.

 
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Glazerite Joins Certass Trade Association

 

The latest company to join Certass Trade Association (TA) is Glazerite UK Group. The leading uPVC fabricator has signed up for Supply Chain membership to take advantage of the information and advice that is being shared with manufacturers and component suppliers by Chair Jon Vanstone and the Certass TA team.

Jeff Dunn, Group Sales and Marketing Director at Glazerite, says: “We’ve already had good value from our membership, with the advice and information that Certass TA shared with us during COVID-19.

 
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VEKA Recycling’s Latest Investment Introduces Refinement To An Otherwise Violent And Noisy Process

 

VEKA Recycling Ltd is entering the third phase of the development plan for its new Wellingborough UK Headquarters, during which sophisticated refinement processes will be introduced towards the goal of making the UK operation completely self-sufficient. This latest chapter in the construction and installation process was completed during August and is part of an additional investment of more than £2 million, which will be fully completed later in 2020.

In a series of integrated processes that reduce post-consumer and virgin offcut PVC-U frames and profiles into high quality polymer compounds and other reusable materials,

 
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Enrolment Now Open For Door Hardware Qualification

 

Architectural ironmongers are being encouraged to demonstrate their competence for specifying door hardware by gaining a diploma in architectural ironmongery in preparation for industry changes.

The Guild of Architectural Ironmongers’ (GAI) education programme is offering a Certificate in Architectural Hardware as a self-led, online course and examination in two stages. It is particularly useful for those working in related warehouse and trade counter roles, scheduling and estimating, customer service, technical support, sales and administration.

 
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Quickslide Introduces Seamless Corners On Casements And Etl Joints On Its Flush Sash Range

 

Quickslide is introducing seamless corner joints to its casement window range from Autumn 2020, as well as announcing External Timber Look (ETL) joints as a new option on its flush sash range of windows.

Available on both classic casements and flush casements, seamless joints are created using a revolutionary Graf seamless welder, a state-of-the-art piece of machinery which eliminates the welding seam seen on standard 45° mitre-jointed PVCu windows.

 
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Exlabesa Releases New Product Catalogue

 

Aluminium systems company exlabesa has released its new catalogue for 2020.

Available to download from the company’s website, the catalogue is a comprehensive guide to the ever-growing exlabesa range.

In it, fabricators can read about the company’s selection of casements, tilt and turn windows, lift-and-slide doors, residential doors, patio doors, bifolds, shop fronts, curtain walling and more – all of which are extruded here in Britain.

 
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REHAU Echoes Eco-Conscious Call To Prioritise Building Retrofitting Over Demolition

 

Following calls from architectural experts to save on carbon emissions by upgrading older buildings instead of knocking them down, building designers and specifiers should consider retrofitting solutions to improve overall sustainability.

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) estimates that a sizeable proportion of a building’s lifecycle carbon is emitted during construction – 35% and 51% for office and residential properties respectively.

 
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Avocet Partner With Endurance Doors

 

The Avocet Hardware Group has announced a new partnership with Endurance Doors as the award-winning ABS cylinder will now be fitted as standard to all Endurance composite doors.

Avocet marketing director, Daniel Shaw remarked, “Endurance Doors have an unrivalled name in the composite door market and to combine our ABS 3* security cylinder with such a high-quality product, is an opportunity we’re very excited by.”

 
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Social Media Platforms Perfect For Emerging Door Trends

 

An emerging trend for pink doors has gathered huge traction during lockdown thanks to social media, and platforms such as Instagram and Pinterest are providing the perfect place for door styles and trends to gain popularity.

That’s the view of Lauren Barnes, head social media co-ordinator at composite door manufacturer and PVCu panel supplier Vista.

 
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Shelforce Tackles Covid-19 Workplace Challenges Head-On For Disabled Workforce

 

CA Birmingham window and door manufacturer has been making sure its disabled employees have been as protected as they possibly can during their return to work after the Covid-19 lockdown.

Shelforce employ some of the city’s most vulnerable people, with 75% of its workforce disabled, and the Covid-19 pandemic has been particularly hard on those who rely on their daily work at its factory in Erdington.

 
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New MD Brings 35 Years’ Experience To Central

 

One-stop shop fabricators Central RPL are welcoming an experienced new managing director, who wants to drive greater efficiency and growth in the months ahead.

David Hartland spent 23 years at the £800m induction melting group Inductotherm, first running the company’s European division, then later assuming responsibility for its operations in China.

 
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Trade News
 

Avoiding Risky Prospects More Important Than Ever, Warns Insight Data

Recently published financials show that the coronavirus crisis is continuing to disrupt the glazing industry.

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Dear Gerald

I may be a lone voice, but, having spent so many years building Euroglaze into one of the most efficient fabricators in the UK, I’m struggling to understand why there seems to be a growing consensus around the idea that the market now needs to be re-educated to accept longer lead times.

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New Smart Tech Roof Window Upgrade From VELUX® Is Designed To Help Installers Reap The Benefits

Leading roof window manufacturer VELUX® has introduced a new promotion which is set to make it easier for installers to promote the benefits of VELUX INTEGRA® to their customers.

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Product News

2 Week Lead Times On Everything Aluminium

In the post-lockdown world, it’s more important than ever for installers to be able to rely on their suppliers for a right first-time service. Award-winning aluminium fabricator AluFoldDirect has now returned to its speedy 2-week lead times, with Everything Aluminium delivered direct to site.

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Expanded Range From ODL Europe

ODL Europe has confirmed they are expanding their range of doors with the soon to be launched Deco and Moderne composite doors.    Nathan Barr, Managing Director of the Bootle-based company,


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Slim Sightlines From Exlabesa’s Xlaslide Sliding Door

An aluminium sliding door is the latest addition to the ever-growing range of systems house exlabesa.
Xlaslide has been designed to tap into soaring demand for luxury home improvement products that blur the lines between home and garden.

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People

Mercury Appoints Paul Cowley As Sales Office And Logistics Manager

Specialist fabricator Mercury Glazing Supplies has appointed well-known industry face Paul Cowley as Sales Office and Logistics Manager. Steve Cross, Director at Mercury Glazing, said: “We are delighted to welcome Paul to Mercury.

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Glass & Glazing

Saint-Gobain Glass Launches Visiosun Privacy Glass

Saint-Gobain Glass has announced the launch of a new textured glass for the residential and commercial glazing markets that provides high levels of privacy without sacrificing natural light.

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Machinery

Glass And Framing Solutions Chooses A Tekna – From Emmegi

Fabricators choosing Emmegi (UK) as their machinery supplier also gives them access to the Tekna range of machines as well.

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Internet

Working Wonders For Window Widgets

Two years after it created the original Superhero website for Window Widgets, The Consultancy has worked wonders once again with the addition of a new Trade Counter search tool.

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Awards

Success For The Korniche Aluminium Roof Lantern At Homebuilding & Renovating Awards

Made for Trade and the team at Korniche Aluminium Systems were celebrating this summer having been announced as the ‘Best Rooflight Supplier’ 2020 at the Homebuilding & Renovating Awards.

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On Site

Spectus Elite 70 Windows Specified For Exceptional Affordable Housing Scheme

483 Spectus Elite 70 windows were specified and installed in the development of 47 affordable homes built into the fabric of Edinburgh’s historic Edmonstone walled garden.

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Natural Learning Environments

Hardwearing, reliable and efficient –aluminium fenestration solutions can bring numerous benefits to the education sector and thanks to Senior Architectural Systems, specifiers can also enjoy design flexibility and the attractive finish of timber with the innovative Hybrid range.

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