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24th May 2022

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Smart Architectural Aluminium Adds New Alitherm 400 System To Portfolio


Smart Architectural Aluminium has launched Alitherm 400, the latest addition to its Alitherm portfolio of window and door systems.

The new Alitherm 400 system offers a range of stylish casement windows and single and double doors and has been designed to fully comply with the updated thermal requirements of Part L of the Building Regulations, which are to be introduced in England in June 2022.

Developed to suit a wide variety of projects, including both new build and refurbishment, residential and light commercial applications, Alitherm 400 features Smart’s innovative Quick-Glaze Beads with integrated gasket. With the profiles and beads being supplied with the glazing gasket pre-extruded into the profile,


Dekko Window Systems Signs Multi-Million-Pound Machinery Deal With Haffner


Dekko Window Systems has signed a multi-million-pound machinery deal with Haffner to invest in Graf Synergy’s world first fully seamless window fabrication set up.

Dekko sales director Kurt Greatrex said: “Following the success of our Infinity range of PVC-U windows, we’ve improved our offering to manufacture a window with a fully seamless weld. It’s a world first from Dekko, and we would not have been able to make it happen without the Graf Synergy machines from Haffner. The innovative smooth corner weld design of this new window is stylish and attractive, perfectly replicating authentic timber frames, and the perfect choice for adding charm and character to any property.”

He added: “Dekko is the first company in the UK to offer this unique window, and we were delighted to showcase what it has to offer with Haffner at this year’s FIT Show.”



Conservatory Outlet Launches £100,000 Training Academy To Help Its Network Attract New Sales Talent


A leading manufacturer of high-quality windows, doors, home extensions and conservatory products has invested over £100,000 into creating a new sales training academy.

Conservatory Outlet has responded to a shortage of new talent coming into the industry by pioneering a new programme that will look to equip individuals with all the skills they need to hit the ground running.

It has taken several months in the planning and supports part of a wider recruitment strategy to help the firm’s 27-strong network of retail customers attract a high calibre of sales professionals from outside the sector.


Part F – Cowboys And Customer Complaints


An open letter by Mike Parczuk, Sternfenster Window Systems

We’ve seen a lot of discussion about Part F. How it appears to contradict Part L and reinforce the perception that government and those writing the building regulations are completely disjointed and disconnected from reality.

And it’s reality that I want to pick up on for a moment because this is how it’s going go: ‘Reputable Business A’ sits down with the homeowner and says ‘you now need trickle vents on your windows’.

The homeowner says, ‘but I don’t like them and I don’t want them’. The salesman for ‘Reputable Business A’ says, ‘we understand but we need to make sure that what we fit is compliant with building regulations, so we’ve got to fit them’.


Bumper Q1 Value Sales But Increase Driven More By Price Inflation Than Volume


Total value sales data from Britain’s Builders’ Merchants shows Q1 2022 was a bumper quarter thanks in part to a record-breaking March, which clocked up the highest ever total sales in the history of the BMBI. However this was driven once again more by price inflation (+16.0%) than volume growth (+1.5%).

Quarter 1 2022 total value sales were 17.7% higher than Q1 2021, with no difference in trading days. All bar one category sold more. Renewables & Water Saving (+29.3%) did best, followed by Kitchens & Bathrooms (+26.3%) which also recorded its best-ever quarterly sales. Timber & Joinery Products (+21.4%) and Heavy Building Materials (+17.4% in value) grew more slowly while its volume is up by 5.0%. Plumbing, Heating & Electrical (+16.4%) and Miscellaneous (+12.8%) both had their best-ever quarterly sales. Workwear & Safetywear (-0.1%) was flat.


Installers Begin Their ‘Road To 2030’ With Everglade Windows


The Road to 2030 Everglade Trade Customer Conference was a hit with customers who joined the award-winning manufacturer at their HQ in London. After two years of cancelled events, the conference pulled in record numbers for a day of informative presentations, practical workshops and legendary hospitality.

Jay Patel, director at Everglade Windows, said: “We are thrilled that so many customers chose to take time out of their busy schedules to join us for this event. After the last couple of years, it was great to finally get so many customers back together and discuss the latest business support that’s available from Everglade Windows and our partners.”


Super Spacer SG Brings Stunning MOL Campus To Life


Edgetech spacer technology has played a vital part in completing a striking and highly sustainable new building project.

The MOL Campus in Budapest is the work of façade expert Agnes Koltay and architects Foster and Partners.

Oil and gas suppliers MOL are setting their sights on a net zero future, and preparing for the huge transition that will entail.

As part of that process, they envisioned a cutting-edge new headquarters designed to achieve BREEAM Excellent and LEED Platinum certification.


CNC Recycling Strengthens Sales Team


UPVC Window Recycling specialist CNC Recycling have further enhanced their sales team by appointing another highly experienced business development manager to assist with the continued drive to strengthen operations and demand for the recycling of old windows.

Nicole Lythgoe joins the North East based firm to both build and support the ever growing network as more companies join the CNC Recycling scheme.

Nicole has previously worked for Eurocell Recycle for almost four years as national raw materials buyer of UPVC windows.


‘Incredible Response’ To Latest Uni-Blinds Systems At 2022 FIT Show


The 2022 FIT Show proved to be a tremendous success for Uni-Blinds integral blind systems manufacturer Morley Glass, with an incredible response from the industry to its range and, in particular, its newly launched systems, according to managing director Ian Short.

The company’s largest ever FIT Show stand gave visitors ample space and opportunity to touch, feel and try-out its market-leading range of integrated blinds. There was a special free prize draw too, which was won by James O’Brien of TWR Group – he wins a Uni-Blinds integral blinds package worth £1000!

Over three busy days, hundreds of visitors to the stand explored the established solutions from Uni-Blinds, including its best-selling SV cordless sliding Venetian system and MB System,


A Fit-Ting Way To Celebrate 125 Years


Kömmerling celebrated the 125-year anniversary of the brand in style at this year’s FIT Show with a stunning stand bursting with product innovation, large scale AV production and featuring a large central bar made from the company’s KomaCel sheet.

Inspired by their Fensterbau stands from recent years, this year’s stand was a showcase of the power of the Kömmerling brand, backed by a product range that included their latest 70mm flush sash window which achieves a U-value of 1.2 (W/m2K) with a standard double-glazed unit. Elsewhere on the stand were other windows from the Kömmerling 70 and System 76 platforms, along with a feature packed PremiLine Pro patio door and the lift and slide PremiDoor.


Fentrade Sees FIT Show Success


Specialist aluminium fabricator Fentrade’s first time exhibiting at the FIT Show has seen it secure a strong pipeline of potential new work. Chris Reeks, Fentrade’s director, said: “We were delighted to have a presence at FIT this year and to have secured so many new enquiries. It was great to see customers face-to-face and to meet many potential new customers too.”

The trade fabricator’s stand showcased the newest addition to the company’s range, the Concept Patio 130 slide and lift-slide system from Reynaers. Chris commented: “The Reynaers CP 130 system attracted the attention we knew it would.


Installer Hub Is A Hit At FIT


The Certass Installer Support Hub was a hit with installers looking for accurate and up-to-date information on the new Building Regulations at FIT Show.

The Hub, which brought Certass’ award-winning Facebook forum to life, also attracted installation companies who were looking for more support and membership benefits from their Competent Person Scheme (CPS) provider.

A hive of activity for the three-day show, Certass also hosted stand partners QANW (Quality Assured National Warranties) who were on hand to help installers with Insurance Backed Guarantees (IBGs) and Deposit Protection Insurance (DPI).


SupaLite Celebrate Decade In The Industry At FIT Show


Preston-based tiled roof specialists, SupaLite, are celebrating a successful three-days exhibiting at this year’s FIT Show.

The SupaLite stand displayed the company’s latest products and developments, including a demonstration of the brand-new trade pricing app.

Cassie Watters, sales and marketing manager at SupaLite, said: “Exhibitions like this have certainly been missed in our industry so it was great to be back catching up with our existing and prospective customers face-to-face.”


FIT Showed ‘Our Industry At Its Best’


Quickslide’s chairman, Adrian Barraclough, hailed this year’s FIT Show as one for the people, and said the industry coming together face-to-face again was the highlight of the event.

“One of the things I love most about our industry is the charisma, character and camaraderie of the people,” said Adrian, “and this year the FIT Show reminded us all just how important and impressive that is.

“Quickslide took a last-minute large space at the show so, as well as showing off our flagship Legacy Vertical Slider, we were lucky to benefit from a generous casual seating area,


We Mind & Kelly Matters Charity Hails FIT Show Stand Success


Mental health charity, We Mind & Kelly Matters (WM&KM) used this year’s FIT Show to officially launch their latest charity challenge – nicknamed ‘The Loneliest Road’ – to the industry.

WM&KM was founded in 2019 by former Glazerite UK Group chairman, John Hewitt, following the death of his daughter, Kelly. John and supporters of the charity hosted a stand at the show to highlight the work the charity does to raise awareness of mental health issues and support those who have been bereaved by suicide.

John says: “We had two exercise bikes on the stand and asked visitors to have a go at cycling 2.5 miles as part of our forthcoming ‘Loneliest Road’ challenge, which will see our fundraising team,


On The Ball


Hannah Coan, a Blackburn Rovers Ladies player sponsored by Vista Panels, has been named Rovers Ladies Young Player and Players’ Player of the Season.

Last year, the composite door and uPVC panels manufacturer sponsored Hannah, the daughter of one of their employees, for the 2021/22 FA Women’s Championship season.

The 21-year-old defender commented: “It feels really good to be named Young Player of the Season, especially after a tough season last year. This year has been more positive for me, and I think that I’ve really developed. It’s just a really nice way to end the season.


Trade News

Window Widgets Acquires Profoil And Forms The Q19 Group

The team who acquired Window Widgets in 2019 have announced the formation of the Q19 Group and the acquisition of Profoil Limited, the deal completed on the 13th May 2022.

Profoil, based in Kettering, provides foiling services to the fenestration and building materials markets in the UK and Republic of Ireland.


Edgetech Celebrates 15 Years Of UK Manufacturing

Warm-edge spacer specialist Edgetech is marking the 15th anniversary of the opening of its first manufacturing facility in the UK.

In 2007, the company invested £2.5m to create the Coventry site that still serves as Edgetech’s main UK headquarters today – which at the time was Britain’s first ever dedicated warm-edge manufacturing facility.


Product News

Genius PVC Trade Frames sees the benefits of working with Total Hardware

When industry stalwarts Peter Dyson and David Eagle founded Trade fabricator Genius PVC Trade Frames in 2019, their first choice for a hardware partner was Total Hardware. Peter commented: “Genius was set up to provide high-quality products to our customers, so our choice of hardware partner was crucial.



The Team Makes VBH Tick

Hardware manufacturer VBH, the company behind the greenteQ brand, has been busy in 2022 recruiting new staff and giving existing team members new responsibilities where their proven skill-sets can be brought to the fore.

Simon Monks, MD of VBH gave us the following overview of the ‘movers and shakers’ at the company.


Leadership Success Sets Hurst Up For Future

Hurst Doors commitment to investing in its workforce has been demonstrated with five of its factory and office team achieving Highfield Level 2 certificates in Team Leadership.

Sarah West, Steve Pullen, Bob Halls, Aide Page and Lee Gray have been equipped with the skills they need to lead a team successfully.


Dekko’s Promising New Apprentice

Trade fabricator Dekko Window Systems has recruited a new apprentice in a bid to renew the company’s commitment to upskilling young people and tackling the industry’s skills gap.

Liam Birch joins the company as a digital marketing apprentice, and has been tasked with promoting and maintaining the Dekko brand through online social channels by creating unique content that reflects the business and the premium products and services it provides.



Fasciawise Benefit From Stockist And Manufacturer Working Together

Freefoam has launched another new video to highlight the strong connections and the practical support they provide to roofline installers around the UK.

Working with Nottingham based Freefoam registered installer company Fasciawise, the interview with owners Stuart Columbine and Ricky Gill,


FIT Show

Haffner Celebrates FIT 2022 Success – And Signs Up For FIT 2023

Haffner is celebrating an outstanding FIT 2022 and has already signed up for FIT 2023. Speaking after the show, Haffner CEO Dave Thomas said: “FIT 2022 was an amazing success. The quality of the footfall was tremendous, with numerous six-figure machinery packages sold directly from the stand from day one.


Pioneer Trading Says Presence At The FIT Show Is ‘Mission Accomplished!’

With this year’s recent FIT Show now widely acknowledged as an unequivocal success, Pioneer Trading’s managing director, Danny Williams, has also joined in the accolades being heaped on the event by declaring it: ‘The Best FIT Ever!’


Glazing Summit Cocktail Party At FIT Wets Appetites For October Event

Excitement is building for this year’s Glazing Summit after its launch event at the FIT Show.

To celebrate the launch of this year’s event, which takes place on Tuesday, October 18, at Edgbaston Stadium and Conference Centre, Glazing Summit organisers Insight Data and Purplex Marketing hosted an exclusive cocktail party at their joint stand.


FIT Show

FIT Show Visitors Hungry For Information Says GGF & Fensa

The Glass & Glazing Federation and Fensa have announced a successful FIT Show for both organisations who offered industry peers a bank of information on areas such as recruiting new talent, upskilling, winning new business, and changes to building regulations.


Wendland Delighted With FIT Show Debut

Lantern and conservatory roof brand, Wendland, received a tremendous response to its recent FIT Show debut. The company’s stand, which featured the Wendland Lantern as its focus, was busy on each day of the show with visitors all wanting to learn more about the product range and marketing support.


ODL Europe Is One Of The First To Sign Up For FIT 2023

Following an exceptional FIT 2022, ODL Europe has become one of the first companies to sign up to exhibit at the show next year. FIT 2022 was the first for the company’s new managing director, Bryan Bultema, who said: “This was a great show for ODL Europe, with a high-quality footfall and a large pipeline of new business opportunities. It was a great opportunity to meet customers and potential customers, as well as network with industry peers.


FIT Show Success Shows Installer Need For Leads

Leads 2 Trade’s successful visit to this year’s FIT Show demonstrates that installers are having to work harder for their leads.

That’s the view of Andy Royle, co-founder and managing director of Leads 2 Trade, the provider of double-qualified sales leads to installers in the home improvement sector.


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