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23rd February 2021
 
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FIT Show Welcomes ‘Roadmap To Recovery’

 

FIT Show organisers have welcomed yesterday’s ‘Roadmap to Recovery’, as outlined by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in Parliament (Monday 22nd February 2021).

The highlighly anticipated 50-page road map will see the Government relax coronavirus lockdown restrictions across England in phases between March 8th and June 21st this year.

FIT Show event director, Nickie West comments: “Like the majority of the country, I watched and welcomed yesterday’s Government outline of our ‘roadmap to recovery’. Whilst we have all learnt that we cannot take any new measures for granted, and that the timeline is ‘contingent on data and not dates’, the roadmap that has been presented appears to be both cautious and realistic. It provides a solid and positive timeline for everyone to work towards.

 
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New, Exciting, And Coming Soon, From Ultraframe

 

Ultraframe has announced the release of a new range of Garden Rooms, which will be available from 1st April. The launch is perfectly timed to help Ultraframe customers take advantage of the explosion in demand for garden rooms across the busy summer months.

Explaining further, Ultraframe Marketing Director, Alex Hewitt, said: “Demand for garden rooms has rocketed over recent months, with many families desiring additional space that is separate from their home to use (most commonly) as a home office or gym. With working from home set to become a long-term trend and restrictions on our normal way of living likely to be in place for much of 2021, this demand shows no sign of slowing down. The new Garden Rooms from Ultraframe offer our customers the ideal opportunity to quickly get involved in this burgeoning and lucrative market.”

 
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New Partnership Lets Building Our Skills Attract Multi-Discipline Newcomers To Fenestration Industry

 

Building Our Skills has teamed up with the Learning Skills Partnership* in an initiative that is intended to attract newcomers into roles in the fenestration industry that go beyond those of the well-known hands-on site-based variety.

Going forwards, Building Our Skills will offer a range of apprenticeships run by the Learning Skills Partnership in the business areas of trade supply, accountancy, customer service, administration and project management. Of particular interest is expected to be the Trade Supplier Apprenticeship, which is ideal for those operating a trade counter. John Ogilvie, Director Building Our Skills explains more: “I think we would all agree that the growing skills gap in fenestration extends to non site-based roles.

 
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Curo, Emplas And Kubu For A ‘Smarter’ New Build Standard

 

Curo Group have become the first housebuilder in the UK to provide PVC doors equipped for Kubu smart-sensor technology as standard on all new sites, in partnership with their manufacturing partner, Emplas.

Curo Group is a West of England Housing Association that own a range of property, from starter homes to Grade I Listed Buildings, in locations from rural villages to city centres. In recent years they along with other housebuilders have moved into new technologies with future-proofing for smart-tech high on the agenda and thereby promoting smart living without any associated risk or additional works

Kubu is a pioneer in the smart-sensor market for doors, and with over 18 months in the field of testing and development behind them,

 
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Haffner Murat Finalises The Largest Ever Stand At FIT 2021

 

Haffner Murat has announced its presence at FIT 2021 with the largest ever stand in the FIT Show’s history, an eyewatering 405 sqm of exhibiting space. The Haffner stand will showcase a complete range of fabrication machinery including some new machine innovations and platforms. Dave Thomas, Managing Director of Haffner Murat, said: “Our stand is a statement of intent for Haffner Murat and will provide the largest possible area to showcase a full range of our cutting-edge machinery for PVC-U and aluminium fabrication. We see the FIT Show as a strategic partner to support our ambitious growth strategy and it presents a unique platform to demonstrate our machines to as wide an audience as possible. We are already looking forward to welcoming people to our stand in September and showing exactly why Haffner Murat has become the industry’s go-to machinery partner.”

 
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Barbour ABI And The CIOB Launch New Report Series On The Combined Effects That Digitalisation, Decarbonisation, And Demographic Changes Will Have On The Construction Industry

 

There are three major forces that are due to shape the built environment over the next 20 years: digital technologies, climate change and demographic shifts. Construction has a major role to play, a moment to shine, turning powerful threats into forces that shape a better Britain. The answer lies not simply in technical fixes. The needs of people and communities must be central. Ultimately, a long-term vision is required. What is built today will shape the lives of generations to come.

The ‘Recreative Construction’ series by Barbour ABI and the CIOB and authored by Brian Green, experienced construction industry commentator will release new reports over the next month tackling the topics that will shape the future of the built environment in detail.

 
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3 Stars Of Orion

 

Hardware specialist VBH has added to its family of greenteQ profile cylinders, having introduced the new Orion 3 star barrel.

Orion is tested to TS007 and is rated as a 3 star profile cylinder. This means that it offers full protection against drilling, picking, bumping and snapping without the need for any additional support such as a security handle or shroud.

Orion is supplied with 5 Q-branded dimple keys for the standard individual cylinders and is available in nickel and brass finishes in key/key and thumb turn variants. VBH advise that keyed alike pairs and suites are also available. The thumb turn itself features a button

 
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Guardsman Fire Door From ODL Europe Attracting Attention

 

The Guardsman Fire Door slab from ODL Europe is billed by the company as a ‘gamechanger’ for the 30- minute composite fire door market. The strength of its credentials is being reflected in the strong interest ODL Europe is seeing since it introduced the product in late 2020. Nathan Barr, Managing Director of ODL Europe, said: “The commercial sector is very interested in the Guardsman Fire Door for good reason. It offers reliable performance and consistent test results over and above anything else currently seen in the composite fire door market.”

The Guardsman’s performance – in both glazed and unglazed versions – has, says the company, proved unrivalled. It has been tested to the European fire test standard of BS EN 1634-1:2008,

 
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Google Maps The Latest In A System That Never Stops Evolving

 

Having adopted the web-based version of AdminBase last year after running their business using the popular installer management system for more than 5 years, Andy Farrington, boss of Tamworth-based Bradley Scott Windows says that the latest changes, including Google Maps, have “made a great system even better”.

Google Maps is an integrated feature of the web-based AdminBase: “The Google Maps feature is fantastic. Although we are still learning how to get the most out of it, we can look at the map and immediately see when and more importantly, where, our sales calls, surveys and installations are scheduled,” said Andy.

 
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£4 Million Facility Opens Doors For Yorkshire Manufacturer

 

Bibby Financial Services (BFS) has provided a £4 million Invoice Discounting Facility to investment group Modular Group Investments to support the acquisition of Euramax Solutions Ltd, a leading UK window and door manufacturer.

Servicing both commercial and residential businesses in the UK and Ireland, Euramax specialises in PVCu windows and covers developments of all sizes across a number of sectors. These include modular constructor, DIY and home improvement, and the holiday home and leisure markets.

The business runs all of its operations from a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Barnsley, South Yorkshire,

 
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Barberán Introduces The New Wrapmaster

 

Barberán has decided to focus on PVC and aluminum profiles with a new wrapping machine, using PUR hot melt adhesive.

Specially designed for the window sector, Wrapmaster is a wrapping machine that ensures maximum productivity and efficiency, following European standards.

According to Barberán Wrapmaster is equipped with a priming station with automatic dosing system, synchronized with the speed of the machine to apply the desired grammage of water- or solvent-based primer with highest accuracy. This primer station includes felt applicators, which guarantee a homogeneous application at all times. A quick-change felt system makes it possible to remove them for cleaning and reassemble once clean on the spot.

 
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Bohle Announces Major Upgrade To Veribor Manual Suction Lifters

 

Bohle has announced that it has enhanced the performance and increased the service life of its popular Veribor BO 601 and 601G pump activated hand suction lifters.

Designed to make the manual handling of glass and sheet materials, safer and easier, the latest upgrades to the Veribor product line are the result of ongoing R&D from Bohle, which included feedback from a customer group that was set up to provide analysis on how the products performed in real life situations.

The results have delivered a number of enhancements, including faster suction and release times, greater resistance to dirt and dust to help ensure a longer service life and the addition of a protective ‘bumper’ to defend against damage, for instance from sharp glass edges.

 
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Trade News

A Clear View Of Fenestration Supply Chain Challenges Sector In 2021

David Jennings from leading hardware specialist, UAP Limited, discusses the importance of resilience planning and ensuring an efficient supply chain for fabricators.

Between the challenges of the pandemic and the unexpected boost to the market as homeowners

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And The Winner Is . . .

Congratulations to Martin Bamford of Gutterclean for winning Freefoam’s first ‘Transformer’ competition for 2021. Martin used Freefoam Fortex Weatherboard cladding in Slate Grey when creating a new dormer on this smart bungalow in rural Wiltshire, which has certainly made a major transformation to the way the building looks.

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Securing More Aluminium Bifold Door Sales With Fentrade

Trade fabricator Fentrade Aluminium Building Products prides itself on offering added-value benefits to maximise market opportunities for their growing customer base. This is evident in the uptake for their high-security aluminium bifolding doors fitted with upgraded hardware from VBH Q-Secure. Chris Reeks, Director of Fentrade, explains:

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Product News

Total Hardware Launches New Quantum Patio Door Handle

Window and Door hardware specialists, Total Hardware has just launched its latest product in its popular Quantum furniture suite. The new Quantum patio door handle delivers an elegant yet robust design and displays the combination of quality and product excellence that Total Hardware’s customers have come to expect.

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Support At An All-Time High For Ultraframe Classic

Ultraframe has announced a further enhanced support package for users of its Classic Roof system. The system has recently been relaunched with a host of new product features, as well as stand-out support in the form of the new Electronic Structural Design Guide (eSDG), a range of digital selling tools to help installers sell Classic Roofs remotely during the lockdown and beyond,

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Winter Garden Projects Are Trending On Google

Katie Morley, MD at Ronjack Products Ltd, the UK’s exclusive distributor for Oakio composite wood decking, says Google is telling us that the time to install decking is now!

During the first national lockdown between March and July 2020, the UK spent a whopping £55bn – an average of just over £4,000 per household on

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People

AluK Scientist Elected As Qualicoat Vice Chair

Anna Plesniar, a Process Development Scientist at AluK, has been elected as Vice Chair of the Qualicoat Council for the UK and Ireland.

Anna has been AluK’s representative on the council since the company joined in December 2016 and has been a long-standing advocate of the

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Sales Support Investment From AluK

At the start of the pandemic, AluK made a commitment to continue investing in the resources needed in order to support customers. In line with that, it has made two further appointments in its sales and projects team.

Mark Brown has joined as a sales manager for the South West region

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Software

Protect Your Margins And Your Reputation With Onsite 7

Onsite 7, the new cloud-based job management software developed by the trade for the trade, is seeing stronger than ever take-up. Rhys Hodinott, CEO at OnSite 7 is clear as to the reasons why savvy installers are now using the software. He said: “Onsite 7 helps installers to grow their business and more importantly,

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Glass & Glazing

When Time Is Tight, Think TuffX

A stunning single-storey property in Scotland was given a high-end exterior finish against the clock, thanks to glass supplied in double-quick time by TuffX.

The client required top quality safety glass for a stainless steel balustrade, along with four staircase panels.

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Marketing

Further Instagram Input From Endurance

Following on from their last consumer case study from Instagram, Endurance Doors have created another one, this time from Beth Young of ‘life_down_our_lane,’ which is based around a housing renovation project in rural Hampshire.

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On-Site

Granada Glazing: Providing Class-Leading Secondary Glazing Services To ‘Northern Powerhouse’ Cities

Significant inward investment into newbuilding and regeneration projects in the North West is driving demand for specific solutions that can keep all types of buildings quieter and warmer,

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