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23rd May 2024

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Strategic Partnership Brings New Gutmann-Lignum Wood-Aluminium Window And Door System


The shared ideals and values of improving standards and quality in the market, has culminated in a strategic partnership between Gutmann and The Joinery Network to create a new Gutmann Lignum wood-aluminium window and door system.

The new timber-aluclad product has been specifically designed by aluminium specialists, Gutmann, and The Joinery Network to suit the UK’s housing stock. The system benefits from the certification and Secured By Design accreditation awarded across the comprehensive Lignum range of windows and doors.


Clever Bean Accounting


Introducing the inaugural instalment of a series by Simon Jarman, the visionary founder and CEO of Clever Bean Accounting. In this edition, Simon delves into his rich industry experience and background.

When and how did you first enter the glazing sector?

I remember exactly! In October 1995, I was lucky enough to join Everest as a fresh-faced management accountant. I’ve been looking at windows and doors company’s profit and loss accounts ever since!


Epwin Window Systems Further Invests In Sustainable Manufacturing Practices


Epwin Window Systems is renowned for its commitment to sustainability. This commitment is in clear evidence in its recent investments in using recycled material in its manufacturing processes.

Phil Parry, technical director at Epwin Window Systems, commented: “Forecasts suggest that demand for PVC in Western Europe will increase at a rate higher than GDP between 2024 and 2028. This will put pressure on raw materials and we are taking the lead on being prepared for that shift.


Edgetech Takes Steps To Cut Embodied Carbon


Quanex company Edgetech have spent decades making buildings more thermally efficient – and in doing so, have helped cut carbon emissions around the world, claims the company.

However, as well as supplying the spacer bar products needed to manufacture highly energy efficient windows, in recent years the company’s attention has increasingly turned to reducing its own carbon footprint.


Nationwide ‘Flips’ Cassette Systems


Nationwide Windows and Doors has made the switch with their composite door glazing cassette system having adopted DoorCo’s pre-foamed Flip system.

DoorCo say they have paved the way in the cassette world with the launch of their system in 2021, which had a rework at the end of 2023 to roll out further improvements. The system comes with ‘Foam in Place Technology’, is available in 3 different profiles, and now features a simple corner and connector system which offers improved security and weatherability, adds the company.


How To Stand Apart With Glass


Glass is one of the defining features of a new entrance door, says sales director at Hurst, Mark Atkinson. 

There is a fundamental contradiction at play with door sales, which became more prominent as composite door sales picked up pace over the last two decades, according to Mark Atkinson, sales director at Hurst.

“There is an expectation that just because you have a composite door range in your portfolio, in an attractive range of styles, that you will win lots of new business,” Mark says. “But it’s not something that should be taken for granted.


TuffX Becomes a Member of Made in Britain


TuffX has become an official member of Made in Britain, joining hundreds of other British manufacturers in being eligible to display the distinctive and protected ‘Made in Britain’ quality mark of assurance on its goods and marketing, according to the company.

‘Made In Britain’ is the official trademark for British manufacturing, signifying that products are manufactured in Britain and to the highest standards. The mark is protected and can only be used by members of Made in Britain, who must be transparent in their manufacturing claims in order to be eligible to join.


Glass Express Midlands Hosts Industry Round Table


A high-profile roundtable event hosted by Glass Express Midlands, and including government representation, resulted in the Glass & Glazing Federation (GGF) and the Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB) agreeing to work closer together to provide a unified voice to policy makers.

Held at a central London location, and attended by representatives from different parts of the supply chain, the round table event set out to discover what better regulation looks like how representatives can create positive benefits for glazing and the wider construction industries.


Ultion Unveils Mobile Showroom


Ultion has announced the launch of its new demo van, “The Lockdown Express,” affectionately shortened to “Ellie”. This mobile showcase is equipped with Ultion’s full product range, including a full-size Ultion Bolt demo, designed to travel across the UK and bring Ultion’s products directly to both potential and existing customers.

Over recent years, Ultion has significantly expanded its range, moving from primarily cylinder locks to a wide range of door hardware solutions. The Lockdown Express is equipped with all that Ultion has to offer, including a life-size demonstration of the Ultion Bolt, locks, door hardware, and the Ultion Nuki smart lock.


Assurance Certification Launched by Kolorseal Ltd


Colour coating specialist Kolorseal Ltd is introducing a new Quality Assurance Certificate for customers to pass onto the end user which will add further substantiation to the company’s existing 10 year quality guarantees.

The launch of the Certificate of Authenticity takes guarantees to the next level for the homeowners as it reinforces the high standards associated with Kolorseal and by association its customers, according to the company.


Pioneer Trading Company Renews SBD Membership And Adds Gerda Doors


Pioneer Trading Company, which manufactures the Deceuninck range of windows, doors and conservatories to the trade throughout the UK, has renewed its membership with Secured by Design (SBD). It has also added Gerda Engineered Entrance Doors, for which the Essex-based firm has exclusive distribution rights for the UK and Ireland.

Products covered under the agreement include Deceuninck doorsets, casement and flush sash windows, and Gerda Optima 60, Thermo Premium and Thermo Prime doorsets.


CDW Systems To Introduce New Dedicated Technical Department


CDW Systems is set to introduce a dedicated technical department for the first time in its history.

The specialist aluminium fabricator’s recent merger with its sister company, supplier and installer Clearway Doors & Windows has enabled the move to take place, in what is an exciting development for the business.

CDW Systems’ Gloucester headquarters will house all manufacturing and production and the newly formed technical department, comprising technical director Richard Smith, technical manager Nick Till, and engineering manager Luke Pemble.


Team DoorCo Smash 100,000 Step Challenge In Support Of Mental Health May


DoorCo’s wellness calendar continues this month with Mental Health May. As well as supporting this national awareness campaign that has been running for over 20 years, the team are also taking the opportunity to support team members Mark Towers and Lucy Daniels prep for their Kelly’s Heroes Kilimanjaro challenge by taking on the equivalent challenge of individually taking 100,000 steps in the month– and they have already smashed it.


Bohle Holds Successful Customer Open Day


Bohle recently hosted an open day at its offices near Manchester, to offer free training on the company’s expansive product range, and to offer advice to customers on new business opportunities.

“We had a fantastic day with our customers in Dukinfield, demonstrating products that were new to them, or offering refresher training courses on familiar ranges,” Bohle’s MD Dave Broxton said.

“We have built strong relationship with many long-standing customers, and in many cases they return to us to re-order the same products. Days like these allow us to demonstrate how we’ve developed as a business, and how we can create new opportunities for growth thanks to our ongoing investment in product development and infrastructure.”


Trade News

Anglian Home Improvements Completes Transaction To Acquire Everest 2020 Assets

Anglian Home Improvements (trading as ASHI Group Ltd) has today completed a transaction which sees it acquire the customer order book, brand and intellectual property, and certain other assets from Everest 2020.

Cameron Gunn, Chris Farrington and Lee Manning, Partners at ReSolve, were appointed joint administrators to Everest 2020 Limited (“Everest” or the “Company”) on 24 April 2024.


BPF Re-Elects Nigel Flowers as President and Announces Martin Hitchin as New Vice President

At its Annual General Meeting on 16 May 2024, members of the British Plastic Federation’s council re-elected existing President Nigel Flowers for a further year and elected a new vice president: chief executive of Rehau UK and Ireland and Scandinavia, Martin Hitchin.


Unique Adopts New Look For A New Chapter

Unique Window Systems is preparing for the next chapter in its ongoing success story.

The award-winning company has rebranded, unveiling a new identity which will help to position it for further evolution and expansion.


Anglo Launches Campaign To Tackle Out Of Specification Steel Reinforcement Supply

Steel reinforcement and profile roll-forming specialist Anglo, has launched a new campaign to drive up standards in the supply of galvanised steel.

Galvanising applies a layer of zinc to each face of the steel, which stops rust forming on the surface by creating both a physical barrier from the elements and electrochemical corrosion protection for bare steel exposed by small nicks and scratches.


Product News

DoorCo Reveals ‘Brilliantly British Manufacturing’ at Doncaster

DoorCo has announced the addition of a new door to their composite door portfolio that is being manufactured in their new Doncaster facility. Revealed as Britdor, the new timber core composite door represents the new brand’s classic British origins.


Carl F Groupco Highlights Impact Of Changes To Building Regulations

Hardware specialist Carl F Groupco has seen an increase in demand for acoustic vents, highlighting the real-world impact of the changes to Building Regulations in 2022.


A Contemporary Door Handle From Dynamic Hardware

Dynamic Hardware has launched a range of contemporary Pull Bar handles.

The Dynamic pull bar handles are part of the company’s premium stainless steel door hardware collection and, according to Dynamic Hardware, deliver the perfect fusion of sleek, contemporary handle design and superior product performance.  



New Rehau PVCR Plant Manager Aiming For Frames With 70% Recovered Polymer

The newly appointed plant manager at Rehau’s PVCR polymer recycling site is looking to increase the share of recovered PVC in the company’s new frames to 70% by further enhancing the facility’s processing capacity.


Talented Trio Joins Door And Window Hardware Company

Door and window hardware manufacturer Coastal Group has made three new hires, and the appointments are said to mark a significant step in Coastal’s commitment to enhancing customer service and expanding market reach.


Apeer Firm Boosts Workforce In Every Department

The firm behind the key window and door brands Silka and Apeer, New World Developments, has announced the appointment of 33 new members of staff across every department in the Ballymena, Northern Ireland-based firm, an increase of around 20% of its workforce.



AluFoldDirect Encapsulates Its Standout Support For Commercial Projects With CASH

AluFoldDirect is sending a message of confidence to customers entering into commercial projects with its commitment to speed, size, quality and cashflow.

Represented by the acronym CASH – Capacity, Accuracy, Speed, and Holding stock – AluFoldDirect is highlighting the benefits its ‘ultra-efficient’ manufacturing process and superior quality service can have in the commercial space.


AT Precision’s Everglide Aluminium Profile Gains Momentum

AT Precision has announced a significant surge in demand for its Everglide aluminium profile for bi-fold doors.

Everglide profile is manufactured in-house at AT Precision’s state-of-the-art facility in Durham. This meticulous in-house production process allows the company to deliver exceptional quality at competitive prices, a key factor in attracting new customers, claims the company.


Jack Aluminium Achieves PAS24:2022 Certification For New Panic Hardware On Its Emergency Exit Doors24

Following successful testing of a range of new panic hardware for its TD68 emergency exit doors, Jack Aluminium Systems has achieved PAS24:2022 certification.

Constantly looking to provide superior security to its customers, the latest PAS24:2022 assessment included the testing of the 485 touch bar panic unit; 585 push bar panic unit; 585 push pad emergency unit; and outside access device and security escutcheon.


Glass & Glazing

Green Balustrades For A Lower Carbon Footprint

Leading glass manufacturer, TuffX, says it is committed to helping customers meet the market and legislative demand for greener buildings with its low-carbon glass balustrades.



Caribbean Blinds Selected For New Showcase Feature At Grand Designs Live 2024

External shading specialists, Caribbean Blinds, were proud to be a part of the first-ever Grand House, a unique property built by Grand Designs Live for the prestigious London exhibition of the same name.


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