25th January 2018
 
Two-Thirds Of Construction Bosses Can’t Find A Bricky Or Chippy
 

Two-thirds of those running small and medium-sized (SME) construction firms are struggling to hire bricklayers and carpenters as construction skills shortages hit a ‘record high’, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

Key results from the FMB’s latest State of Trade Survey, which is the only quarterly assessment of the UK-wide SME construction sector, include:

 
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‘Aluprof & Pyroguard Collaborate’
 

Bringing together more than eight decades of technical industry experience, fire door & window partition systems specialists Aluprof and fire glass experts Pyroguard, have completed an ambitious testing programme for a new, cost-efficient, non-insulated, slimline fire-resistant glazing system for the UK and European market.

Following two years of collaboration, the new MB-45EW framing system has been developed and rigorously tested for applications

 
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REHAU Chosen For Remote Island Homes In Jersey
 

When fitting replacement windows, each job is different and presents installers with unique challenges to overcome. This was certainly true of a series of PVC-U window installations in Jersey, where experienced installer Alan Gicquel needed to swap his van for a boat in order to replace the timber framed windows for three remote island properties.

Les Ecrehous is a small archipelago of islets located six miles off the north east coast of Jersey, and just eight miles from mainland France.

 
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Dear Gerald,

 

Fire safety is finally getting the attention it deserves. The tragedy is that it took a catastrophe on the scale of Grenfell Tower to make that happen.

We’re now faced with a once-in-a-generation chance to drastically improve fire safety standards throughout construction – and in glass and glazing,

 
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Promat UK Achieves New Quality And Environmental Standards

 

Promat UK, one of the country’s leading manufacturers of fire-resistant glazing, plus thermal and acoustic insulation, has become one of the first companies of its kind to successfully move up to the latest ‘2015’ editions of the globally recognised ISO 9001 quality management and ISO 14001 environmental management system standards.

 
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Demand For Double R Conservatories Continues

 

Double R Glass & Roofing Systems is a specialist in glass and conservatory roofs and is predicting a year of strong sales for all types of conservatories. Ian Sims, Managing Director of Double R explains: “We offer all kinds of conservatory roofs at Double R including traditional, skypods and solid roofs and all look set to enjoy growth in 2018 thanks to the continued demand for high end products from the proportion of consumers with money to spend.

 
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Distinction Doors’ Marketing Package And Skin Book Reflects It Status As One Of The Market Leaders

 

When you take a look at the marketing support that Distinction Doors offers, you quickly realise it offers the same level of market-leading quality and innovation as its doors.

Bethaney Larkman, Distinction’s Marketing Manager, said: “Our unrivalled marketing support package has been designed to give our customers a competitive advantage and help them secure sales.”

 
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Bohle Begins The New Year With Major US Acquisiiton

 

Bohle has continued its investment programme with the acquisition of high-profile US shower and bath accessories manufacturer, Portals Hardware.

Set up in 2001 and operating from Kansas City, Missouri, the acquisition of Portals Hardware, significantly extends Bohle’s reach in the United States.

 
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Sales Growth Of LEKA Products

 

Solid roof innovator, LEKA Systems, has just reported a doubling of order volume in 2017. Rhys Hoddinott, Director of LEKA, says: “The solid roof market is booming and we’ve got (what our customers tell us) are the best-in-class products in the sector as our 2017 sales growth shows.”

 
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An Exceptional Commitment To Certification From Universal Trade Frames

 

Products that meet the highest standards and comply with the latest regulations are vital. It’s something that Universal Trade Frames take very seriously. Duncan Saunders, Universal’s General Manager, said: “Our customers depend on the quality and compliance of our products and we don’t let them down. It’s why every single combination of all products in our portfolio has undergone extensive testing at Wintech Testing & Certification.”

 
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GLASSOLUTIONS Installs Innovative Glazing System At Showpiece Dundee Waterfront Development

 

Designing and installing a VS-1 system with the sufficient structural strength capable of withstanding a significant wave load enabled GLASSOLUTIONS to secure a significant contract as part of the £80.11 million construction of the new V&A Museum of Design Dundee.

 
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Phoenix Doors Promotes Anthony Bill To Technical Role

 

Anthony Bill has been promoted to a new technical role at composite door manufacturer Phoenix Doors, part of the Masco UK Window Group.

As Technical Liaison Team Leader, Anthony’s role involves new product development and providing technical support for both the business and its customers.

 
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Blu Launches Hardware Display Boards To Support Customer Showroom Sales
 

316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel door and window hardware specialist bluTM has launched a new range of showroom display boards to help its customers upsell and increase the value of their door and window sales.

The new boards – which contain a range of the company’s stylish, high performance door and window hardware – provide manufacturers,

 
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Promac Out In Force At Fensterbau
 

With four supply partners showcasing the latest innovations in PVC-U, aluminium and glass technologies, Promac Group’s presence, will be among the very largest at this year’s Fensterbau , 21 – 24 March Nuremberg, Germany.

This includes significant innovations in PVC-U welding technologies from Graf and Urban.

 
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A New Brand To Embrace Needs Of The Construction Industry
 

System Building Products, a new business brand that specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of internal and external solutions to the construction industry, has been created to embrace the resurgence in demand for complete and integrated building systems.

“Cost effective functionality combined with high performance, safety and aesthetics are all determined by the integration of components into a properly designed system,” said John Cowley, Chief Executive of the newly founded operation.

 
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Two More Companies Join The UK Pavilion At Fensterbau
 

The Glass and Glazing Federation says Regalead and Jackloc have signed up to join the UK Pavilion at Fensterbau Frontale 2018.
Regalead has been supplying bevels throughout the world for 20 years and continue to refine and expand their range each year to provide customers with the optimum product selection and the highest quality, The company is currently Europe’s market leaders in the design and development of bevels for glass overlay.

 
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CMS Works With GRAHAM To Transform Listed Former High School Into New Primary School
 

Scottish window, door and curtain walling designer, manufacturer and installer, CMS Window Systems, has completed a major fenestration contract as part of a project to create a new state-of-the-art primary school in the Scottish Borders that has brought new life to an unused B-listed former high school.

 
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Lancashire Trade Frames Scoops Another Award
 

At the end of November, Lancashire Trade Frames were delighted to be named Manufacturing & Engineering Business of the Year at the FSB event hosted at The Hilton on Manchester’s Deansgate.

One of the criteria the judges were evaluating was a commitment to development and training of people. Lancs Trade is very much a local

 
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Trade News

GGF Concerns After Carillion Collapse

Following the collapse of Carillion this week Phil Pluck, GGF Group Chief Executive raises his concerns.

“As the assessment of the true damage continues following the collapse of Carillion,

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Dear Gerald

More by judgement than luck!

Since the demise of Carillion, I’ve had several phone calls from colleagues in the industry asking if The Window Company (Contracts), as a specialist commercial installer, was exposed to any losses.

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Continued Investment For SafeGuard

Not one to rest on its laurels, SafeGuard Glass and Glazing has just completed a further stage of investment, despite completing a £1.5m investment into manufacturing capabilities and premises’ move in 2016.

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Cutting Edge Showroom For Conservatory Outlet Group

North East installation company, Pennine Home Improvements prepares to open its newest showroom in the heart of Durham.

Its latest retail space, which will be situated in Dragonville Retail Park,

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Product News

Incarnation Deluged With Demand For Deluxe

Secondary glazing experts Incarnation are seeing surging interest in their top-end Deluxe product.

Launched last year, Deluxe is the highest-spec offering the firm has ever released,

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tremco illbruck Seals The Deal On RIBA House Of The Year

Sealant experts tremco illbruck have contributed to a striking new-build project that’s been named RIBA’s House of the Year 2017.

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People

Simon Clarke Joins Global Glass

Simon Clarke has been confirmed as the new General Manager of Global Glass, overseeing daily operations at their four UK based sites.

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Returning Contracts Manager Finds Feet At Fast-Growing Fenster

Devon aluminium door experts Fenster Fabrications are celebrating the return of a senior member of staff after a four-year hiatus.

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Roseview’s Sales Team Strengthened With Key New Appointment

Buckinghamshire-based sash window specialists Roseview have strengthened their customer-facing team with new appointments and promotions.

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On-Site

Super Spacer Excels In Dubai’s Extraordinary Opus

‘The Opus’ is one of the most striking and original architectural developments the world has seen this century, and warm edge experts Edgetech played a crucial role in its construction.

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Beating The New Build Burglars

High security is a crucial attribute of modern, high-performance windows – and especially so on new build sites, where properties remain extra vulnerable to break-ins and thefts prior to occupation.

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Mooragh The Merrier For Eurologik On The Isle Of Man

Developers constructing a block of luxury apartments in an exposed and beautiful location on the Isle of Man chose Eurologik doors and windows from Eurocell to provide the premium appearance and robust performance required.

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Brochures

Mila Publishes The Key To Quality Hardware

Mila has just published the latest version of its iconic Key product catalogue – The Key 8. Described as the best ever guide to the Mila range, it has been completely redesigned and updated to make it even more usable and accessible for customers.

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Exhibitions

profine And KÖMMERLING At Fensterbau Frontale 2018

Under the motto of ‘People. Passion. Profiles.’, profine Group and its KBE KÖMMERLING and Trocal brands will be exhibiting at Fensterbau Frontale 2018 in Nuremburg, Germany from March 21st-24th and will be the largest exhibitor at the show.

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Jackloc brings Queen’s Award-Winning Window Restrictors To Fensterbau 2018

Queen’s Award-winning restrictor specialists Jackloc® are celebrating their 15th year in business by making their big debut at this year’s Fensterbau Frontale.

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FIT Show

Edgetech To ‘Visit Glass’ At FIT Show 2019

Edgetech has become one of the first big-name brands to sign up to VISIT Glass, the exciting new show-within-a-show set to take place as part of FIT Show 2019.

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Awards

Three Atlas Champions Raise The Roof With Stunning Creations

The three latest Atlas Installation of the Month competition winners have been announced. The winners – QKS Home Improvements, Thames Valley Windows and John Knight Glass

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Events

Jackloc Are GO To The Sylvia Anderson Awards

Queen’s Award-winning restrictor specialists Jackloc® had a FAB time at the Sylvia Anderson Awards, a special event designed to honour the late co-creator of Thunderbirds and recognise rising authors, actors, filmmakers and musicians.

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Charity

Bailey’s Back (with GM Fundraising)

GM Fundraising says it is delighted to welcome Graeme Bailey, MD of leading software specialists Business Micros, back to the fundraising team. Graeme is a long-term supporter of GM Fundraising and after supporting the recent Paddle2Pedal challenge,

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Eurocell Brings Joy To Kids Over Christmas Past

Hospital stays are hard for children at the best of times, let alone at Christmas. So, hoping to bring some additional yuletide cheer to little ones on wards, Eurocell Technical Products Manager Bill Devitt

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