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23rd April 2024

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Quanex Building Products to Acquire Tyman, Creating a Comprehensive Solutions Provider in the Building Products Industry


Quanex Building Products Corporation (NYSE:NX) (“Quanex” or the “Company”) today announced it has reached agreement with Tyman plc (LSE:TYMN) (“Tyman”) on the terms of a recommended cash and share offer (“the Acquisition”), under which Quanex will acquire the entire issued and to be issued share capital of Tyman for approximately $1.1 billion in enterprise value. 

Quanex’s Acquisition of Tyman creates a comprehensive solutions provider in the building products industry, which on a pro forma basis generated approximately $2 billion of revenue in the fiscal year ended October 31, 2023.


Sheerline Launches New Woodgrain Foiling Service


Sheerline has announced the launch of a new woodgrain foiling service that introduces an authentic wood effect option across the company’s entire aluminium range of windows and doors, including the popular Prestige lift & slide patio door and Prestige bi-folds.

It’s the ideal option for homeowners who already have wooden or wood-style frames and want a perfectly matched product that offers the hard-wearing, high-security, and slim profile offered by aluminium, but with a wooden aesthetic.


AluK BSF70 Gets New Handles And A New Cill


AluK has announced some significant enhancements to its popular BSF70 HI bifold door, designed to give customers even more choice and flexibility.

There is now a surface-mounted lift and turn handle available as an alternative to the more traditional pop-up T handle, and a new ‘easy to install’ integrated cill.

The new ‘easy to operate, easy to fit’ lift and turn handle provides what AluK says is the ideal combination of value, aesthetics and functionality and comes in white, black, silver, chrome and anthracite grey to suit any of the BSF70 HI colours.


Force 8 Introduces Innovative Door and a Half


Force 8 has unveiled its latest product: the Door and a Half. This pioneering addition to the Force 8 range redefines accessibility with its simple, but ingenious design, offering customers unprecedented flexibility and convenience when it comes to access.

Traditionally, side panels on door frames remain fixed, limiting accessibility, however, Force 8’s Door and a Half ingeniously integrates a hinged and locking system into the side panel, allowing it to open independently. This innovative feature significantly widens the entrance,


Don’t Let The Perfect Finish Slip Away


Ultraframe has announced the launch of a range of brick slip choices for its hup! building system. Available via a dedicated new website, www.hupbrickslips.co.uk, for simple and convenient quoting and ordering, 34 shades are available, along with tools and accessories for completing a brick slips hup! project. There is also a brick match service for homeowners looking for an exact match to the existing house.

Commenting about the new hup! brick slips website, Ultraframe marketing director, Alex Hewitt, said: “Although any external finish can be used on a hup! build


Warringtonfire’s New Birchwood Park Laboratory Hits Commissioning Stage


Warringtonfire’s new $30m laboratory at Birchwood Technology Park is now at the ‘third fix’ stage, with four out of a planned seven of its state-of-the-art fire resistance testing furnaces already installed, marking significant progress towards its completion and commissioning.

In August 2023, Warringtonfire, a leading testing and certification provider, announced it was building a brand new 101,000sqft facility. This significant investment enables Warringtonfire, part of the global Element Materials Technology (Element) group, to expand capacity and meet increasing demand for fire resistance testing of critical fire safety products and systems,


Epwin Window Systems Stepping Up Its Commitment to Sustainability


Epwin Window Systems says it is demonstrating its ongoing commitment to prioritising sustainability in a series of initiatives that promotes eco-friendly practices throughout its operation and supply chain.

Ray McGrady, commercial director at Epwin Window Systems, says: “Here at Epwin Window Systems we understand the moral and commercial imperatives of sustainability. It’s reflected in everything from our smallest actions to our strategic business decisions and investments – and it has been for many years.”


GGF and FENSA Jobs Board Plays Matchmaker for the Industry


As the shortfall in skilled labour continues to be an issue for the fenestration industry, the GGF and FENSA have announced that their combined jobs board is helping to match companies with vacancies to fill, with suitable candidates.  

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) and FENSA officially launched the jobs board in February and just a few months on say they are pleased to report that the forum is being populated. Chris Beedel, head of advocacy & stakeholder relations at the GGF explained: “In the relatively short time the jobs board has been live,


Carl F Groupco Commends Secured by Design Membership


Carl F Groupco has long been a member of Secured by Design. CEO Owen Coop is clear about the importance of the scheme to the business and its customers. He said: “We have supported the Secured by Design initiative for many years. As a hardware distributor, safety and security components represent our core product offering and this scheme brings far-reaching benefits that we, and our customers, value.”

As well as being a Secured by Design member, Carl F Groupco is also an authorised supplier of Secured by Design products from Cotswold,


Shop Clever, Shop Local


Whilst this headline may be found on ads designed to persuade shoppers of the benefits of visiting a local grocers, it applies equally, says Jade Engineering’s Sean Mackey, to buying aluminium frame production tooling

We are a global economy, of that there can be no doubt. And with slick marketing matched by clever logistics, it has become second nature to buy goods that are often – usually? – manufactured on the other side of the world, without blinking. But now and again we are given cause to reflect on just how fragile our commercial ecosystem is.


New DoorCo Door Coming Soon


Following their recent announcement of a new manufacturing and research facility in Doncaster, DoorCo reveals the first innovation out of the doors will be a new timber core composite door.

Mark Towers, DoorCo’s head of operations explains more: “The new Doncaster facility is something I have been working on in the background for many months – not only setting up the new home of DoorCo Manufacturing and Innovation, which is the fourth standalone site in the UK,


MRA Appoints Research Projects Director


MRA Research, the research agency focused solely on the construction sector, welcomes Callum Budd as its new Research Projects Director.

Callum brings to the role a wealth of experience in market research. He has held several positions within market research over the past 12 years and has managed a large number of research projects, including customer satisfaction and brand awareness projects. Most recently he supported global IT and Technology vendors,


Conservatory Outlet Hosts Sales & Marketing Event at Old Trafford


Retailers from across the fenestration sector gathered at Old Trafford in Manchester last month to attend Conservatory Outlet’s latest Sales & Marketing Conference.

Held annually, this event brings the network of retailers, alongside respected industry figures, Conservatory Outlet’s marketing team and digital agency, as well as key business partners together to discuss the latest trends and strategies that are shaping the home improvement market.


Nat Weaver Signs Up to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro for Kelly’s Heroes


Nat Weaver of Ashfen Windows and Doors in Derby has signed up to take part in the Mount Kilimanjaro climb this September in aid of charity Kelly’s Heroes. 

Nat explains how the decision to get involved came about : “I’ve come to this industry from a lengthy background in prison, youth offending and child protection work, so Kelly’s Heroes is a charity I’ve been aware of for a number of years now. We’ve got numerous contacts on social media and I kept seeing people do these fantastic challenges for charity.


Trade News

BM Aluminium Issues Updated Systems Guidance For LogiKal Users

BM Aluminium has just issued updated guidance to fabricators to ensure they get the most from their LogiKal software installation.

The guidance outlines the systems they need to have in place to run LogiKal at its optimum performance,


Kenrick Completes Integration Of Dynatech Engineering Ltd

Longstanding hardware manufacturer and supplier Archibald Kenrick and Sons Ltd has completed the integration of Dynatech Engineering Ltd.

Martin Smith, general manager at Kenrick, said: “We are delighted to welcome Dynatech Engineering...


Customers Rave About Quality, Service And Reliability, Says Edgetech

Quanex company Edgetech, manufacturers of warm-edge spacer bars, have released the results of their latest customer survey.

Conducted between November and February, the company states the survey revealed overwhelmingly positive feedback,


Affordable Invests In Supercut Saw Centre To Further Boost Timberlook Production

Affordable Window Systems has invested approximately £250,000 in a new Supercut Saw Centre to increase manufacturing capacity for their Timberlook range.

Since its launch by the UK trade supplier just seven years ago,


Product News

ODL Europe Launches The New Redford Contemporary Door

ODL Europe has further expanded its contemporary door range with the introduction of the new Redford Door.

Suzanne Nicholl, head of sales and marketing at ODL Europe, said: “We are excited to introduce the Redford Door as the latest addition to our extensive lineup...


Reynaers’ Next Generation Thermal Commercial Door

Developed specifically for the UK market, Reynaers Aluminium has launched its new generation, high usage anti-finger trap thermal commercial door and framing system.

Featuring a unique slim bulb-style with a radius of only 40mm, a profile sightline of 81mm,


Promat’s Glass Doors Balance Fire Safety With Aesthetics

A range of fire rated glass doors developed by Promat provides architects, specifiers and clients with a stylish solution that meets their passive fire protection objectives without compromising aesthetic or daylighting goals.



Genius PVC Trade Frames Appoints Thomas Weston As New MD

Genius PVC Trade Frames has welcomed Thomas Weston as its new managing director.

Prior to becoming the new managing director of Genius, Thomas worked in both the extrusion and fabrication sections of Anglian Home Improvements...


Millwood Group Appoints Doug Carter As Senior Commerical Executive

The Milwood group has announced the addition of Doug Carter as senior commerical executive for the North east of England, Scotland and Ireland. With decades of experience in the outdoor living space, Doug brings a wealth of knowledge and a passion for driving growth to the Milwood team.


Brouha Welcomes Toby Smith

Brouha,  specialists in strategic marketing and PR for the built environment, has welcomed Toby Smith to the team.  With previous experience in the housing sector as a junior bid writer and a degree in Creative Writing and Screenwriting, Toby’s skillset further complements the Brouha offering.



Heritage Popularity On Increase For CDW Systems

Specialist aluminium fabricator CDW Systems has seen the popularity of its Smart Alitherm Heritage Range increase despite the current market slowdown.

CDW Systems added the modern thermal aluminium range to its offering three years ago due to demand from customers and it is said to have proved a ‘fantastic’ decision.



A Long-Standing Partnership For A Husband-And-Wife Team

Window and door installer, Total Window Repairs (TWR), run by husband-and-wife team Darren and Georgie Andrews, have been continuous Sternfenster customers for the past 13 years, specialising in state-of-the-art home improvement projects.



Edgetech Talks Innovation, Automation And Sustainability At Fensterbau 2024

Quanex company Edgetech marked a successful return to fenestration trade show, Fensterbau Frontale.

Fensterbau attracts thousands of glass and glazing professionals from around the world to see cutting-edge technology,


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