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23rd April 2019
 
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Rapierstar Invests In Training And NPD With New 2,500 sq. ft. Learning & Development Centre

 

Window and door fastener specialist Rapierstar is creating a new state-of-the-art Learning & Development Centre dedicated to boosting the essential technical skills and knowledge required by its customers and supply chain partners to achieve superior window and door quality.

The new 2,500 sq. ft. facility, located within its head office complex near Macclesfield, will be the first of its kind by a UK fastener supplier in the sector. The expertise and resources available here will also help fabricators to manufacture more efficiently and profitability whilst staying compliant with the latest technical and legislative standards.

 
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MI Products Launch FX15 Threshold

 

Hardware specialist, MI Products, has designed and developed the FX15 threshold as a complete Document Q (ADQ), Part M and SBD solution, an integral part of the Lifetime Homes standard.

FX15 has achieved a 15mm upstand without any extensions or ramps, creating a compact, contained design that is suitable for double, single and composite doors.

Ian Searle, Director at MI Products, explains: “The Building Regulation focusing on accessibility and ease of use, known as Part M compliance,

 
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Bringing Tiled Roofs To Life, One USP At A Time

 

Ultraframe has announced new dates for its popular Solid Roof Sales Training Course, which helps installation companies to sell its market-leading Ultraroof system by bringing the USP’s to life.

Key to closing any sale is knowing the product inside out, allowing the salesperson to address any issues or queries that might be raised during the sales process. The objective of this course is to equip salespeople with all the knowledge they need about both the product and the tools at their disposal to assist them with the sale – ensuring maximum conversion of leads.

 
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Sound Advice From Norseal

 

Door seal specialist Norseal has taken the hard work out of finding the right acoustic door seal with the launch of the latest version of its Acoustic Selector. They have carried out more than 400 sound attenuating tests with a variety of door types and seal configurations, so that specifiers can quickly and easily find the perfect door and seal combination to match their project’s acoustic requirements.

Doors with an acoustic rating are being increasingly specified in commercial, healthcare, education and industrial settings, as well as residential.

 
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Stonebridge’s Armor-Coat® Range Is The Perfect Partner For Accoya®

 

Stonebridge’s range of Armor-Coat® finished hand forged steel hardware has now been certified as ideal for use with Accoya® wood. The all-weather Armor-Coat® range has undergone extensive testing to ensure that it is fully compatible with the popular material, making it the ideal choice for Accoya® windows and doors.

The Armor-Coat® has already been independently tested and certified to the full BS EN 1670:2007 Grade 5 after undergoing more than 480 hours of salt spray testing – something that the company says no other forged steel product on the market has come close to certifying.

 
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Outdoor Living Specialists Milwood Group To Bring Aluminium Decking To The FIT Show

 

Milwood Group, the Kent-based outdoor living specialists, have promised a world first at The FIT Show when they officially launch Ali-deck, their brand-new aluminium decking system.

On display at Stand K70, Ali-deck is a quick fit, slip-resistant decking system designed for both domestic and commercial settings. Not only is Ali-deck faster to install than both timber and composite decking, it’s far safer, stronger and can span 300% further than traditional decking, claims the company.

 
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Jonathan Fletcher Joins Made For Trade

 

Made for Trade has appointed Jonathan Fletcher as Business Development Manager to bolster the experienced management team. The company says he will also engage with the rapidly growing list of customers that are choosing to use the Made for Trade suite of products.

With the FIT Show on the horizon and the unveiling of something new, timing is key. Going forward, Jonathan’s appointment will help ensure the successful roll out of all MFT products.

 
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Deceuninck Sponsors Elite Cycling Team

 

Leading PVC-U systems company Deceuninck is now the title sponsor of an elite Belgian cycling team. Deceuninck Quick-Step is currently ranked No.1 in the world according to PCS (Pro Cycling Stats).

Commenting on the sponsorship, Francis Van Eeckhout, CEO of Deceuninck Group said: “We are delighted with this powerful partnership in international cycling, one of the most popular sports in Europe and emerging worldwide. This high-valued sponsorship offers plenty of commercial opportunities for Deceuninck and all our customers. I’m confident it’s a new milestone for the company”

 
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Distinctive Doors Adorning A New Set Of Frames

 

When family run manufacturer FrameMaker Windows decided to form a new partnership with Distinction Doors in summer 2018, they were pleased to learn that quality products were evenly matched with quality customer service.

The move came after Director Tim Buxton explored the level of workmanship delivered by the Barnsley based firm, who are now regular suppliers of a range of superior yet competitively priced doors. He explains:

 
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Window Warehouse To Debut At FIT Show 2019

 

Window Warehouse (UK) will be debuting at FIT Show 2019 (Hall 20 – Stand D20). The Leicester-based aluminium building products fabricator will be explaining why it is the ideal partner for those wishing to take advantage of the increasingly popular aluminium market.

Visitors to the UK window and door trade show can discover the company’s extensive glazed product offering. All products are available as supply only or can be supplied and installed.

 
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ODL Europe Increases Production To Support Impressive Sales Growth
 

Due to double-digit year on year sales growth, ODL Europe has announced that its Bootle factory is operating a 24/7 shift pattern from 1st May, 2019. Nathan Barr, Managing Director of ODL Europe, said: “We’re delighted to have made the switch to a 24/7 work pattern – it’s a sign of just how fast the company is growing as more fabricators see the benefits of working with ODL Europe.”

ODL Europe saw an impressive 30% sales growth last year across the UK business.

 
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More Choice With Exlabesa
 

Doncaster-based aluminium systems house Exlabesa Building Systems offer a range of aluminium window solutions that are proving popular across both retail and commercial markets. Paul Benn, General Manager at Exlabesa said: “Today’s fabricator is looking for choice. Whether they work in the retail or commercial arena, customers are demanding more choice in order to fulfil the expectations of their clients. At Exlabesa Building System we have a platform of window systems suitable for all markets and allowing our customers to have degree of flexibility on product offering but with one

 
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Howells To Launch New Rooflight At FIT Show 2019
 

Howells Patent Glazing will be unveiling a brand new rooflight at FIT Show 2019. Launching on day one of the trade show (21st May), visitors to stand D18 (Hall 20) will discover the attributes of the new glazed product. Independently tested, the rooflight will appeal to commercial and domestic installers, says the company.

Stand D18 will showcase over 50 square metres of rooflight products including double hipped; mono; flat and pitched slimline.

 
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Building Brick By Brick
 

“At Quickslide, we know that we are built on the successes of our trade partners,” says Chairman Adrian Barraclough, “and to help them achieve these successes we know that we need to be more than just a reliable supplier. The best way for us to stimulate the growth of our trade partners, and Quickslide, is to invest our time and resources in the continuous development of each individual partner company. That’s why our philosophy for the upcoming FIT Show is ‘Brick by Brick’ – the bricks that represent the elements we believe are fundamental in supporting the growth and development of our valued trade partners.”

 
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Well-known celebrity architect and TV presenter George Clarke has been unveiled as the new consumer champion for HIES, DGCOS and HICS consumer protection organisations, underlining the scheme’s commitment to quality and further increasing awareness of the valuable work they undertake to protect consumers.

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Promac Reinforces Its PVC-U Expertise With Appointment Of John England

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SIEGENIA Adds Specification Experience To their Sales Team

The start of 2019 saw the appointment of Patrick Calvey as Sales Manager for SIEGENIA. Patrick has a window and door ironmongery career that spans thirty years of experience gained within sales and

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New Appointment For Total Doors

Llanelli-based, Total Doors has announced an important addition to the sales team. Andrew Oldham returns to the company as business development manager for England and Wales.

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17 staff from conservatory and extension specialist Ultraframe, have recently been presented with long service awards to celebrate working with Ultraframe for 25 years.

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A LogiKal Choice From Senior

As well as offering a wide range of aluminium fenestration products that are easy to fabricate and install, Senior Architectural Systems is giving its trade customers a hand with the admin by offering a streamlined

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Epwin Window Systems’ Star Performer Gets Ready To Launch At FIT

Epwin Window Systems will be launching its new star performer at 11am on Tuesday 21st May on Stand N5 at the FIT Show. Gerald Allen, Marketing Manager at Epwin Window

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Polyframe Launches Homeowner Guarantee

Polyframe has teamed up with household brand Yale to launch their new industry homeowner guarantee at the FIT Show. The ‘Polyframe Protection Promise’ is backed by Yale and delivers up to £6,500 in the e

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LEKA Systems To Unveil LEKA Xi Conservatory Base System At FIT 2019

LEKA Systems will be unveiling its latest innovation at this year’s FIT Show. Rhys Hoddinott, Managing Director of LEKA Systems, said: “The LEKA Xi Conservatory Base System

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Customade Group Reveals The Secrets To Achieving Business Growth At FIT

Customade Group will be demonstrating the tools to set their customers on a path to sustainable growth at this year’s FIT Show.

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RegaLead Back At FIT With Even More Innovation Across Two Stands

Reinforcing its position as one of the UK’s leading suppliers of decorative products for the composite door and glass markets, exciting new innovations will be making their UK

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Inagas To Make FIT Show Debut

Inagas will be exhibiting at this year’s FIT Show alongside distributor partner Edgetech. The company will be showcasing gas filling solutions for today’s market place, as well as the .

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