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25th June 2019
 
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GM Fundraising Completes Final Cycling Challenge

 

On Saturday 22nd June, the GM Fundraising cycling team arrived at Hope House in Oswestry marking the end of ‘From Russia With Hope’, the latest GM Fundraising charity cycling challenge. 10 countries in 12 days, from the Russian border through Finland, into the Arctic Circle, on through Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, England, Wales, and back into England again, cycling over 2,700 miles, 60,000ft of climbing and upwards of 9,000,000 pedal turns.

Gary Morton, cyclist and founder of GM Fundraising tells us more: “What set out to be the final and most epic of all the GM Fundraising challenges has certainly proved to be so.

 
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Profine CEO And Owner Flies In For FiT

 

Dr Peter Mrosik, CEO and owner of profine Group which includes the KÖMMERLING brand, flew into the FIT Show to visit the staff, key customers and to host what was to be a very open and informative industry media question and answer session.

After an award-winning marketing campaign at the show and having also signed up a number of new business prospects before and during the show, the arrival of the group owner was particularly welcomed and a positive experience for all. It was also the second time that Dr Mrosik had visited the FIT Show after his arrival on the KÖMMERLING stand back in 2017.

 
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Brisant Stride Ahead With Ultion WXM

 

The design of Ultion WXM has evolved to address the ever-increasing pressure on euro-cylinders with new door styles and multi-point locking systems. Brisant Secure has the benefit of being jointly owned by the man that designed Ultion initially and he has the unique knowledge needed to ensure that Brisant keeps moving ahead, constantly responding to the market.

The now two-part plug has increased engagement with a new curved cap and this entire section is moulded from molybdenum and not brass. This strengthening is then coupled with the thicker WXM key shape and composition.

 
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Roofing Trends Explored

 

Conservatory and extensions specialist, Ultraframe, has carried out consumer research to understand the key trends that are driving homeowners when planning home improvement projects to add additional living space to their home.

Key findings were that while the over-riding driver behind such projects is the need for additional space, the desire for the type of space has evolved, with open plan living continuing to grow in popularity.

 
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Big Anniversary For Euroglaze

 

Barnsley based trade fabricator Euroglaze is celebrating both its 40th anniversary in 2019 and its 35th anniversary as a REHAU customer – setting something of a record in the UK.

The company, which is still owned and run by the Nettleton family who founded it back in 1979, is REHAU’s longest running customer, having notched up 35 years of unbroken partnership.

Martin Nettleton, who succeeded his father Alan as Managing Director in 1999, says that the strength of Euroglaze remains its distinctive blend of smart and friendly customer service and precision quality products.

 
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GGF Agrees Glazing Summit Sponsorship

 

The Glass and Glazing Federation has announced that it has agreed to be the headline sponsor of the Glazing Summit, which takes place on Thursday 12th September 2019 at Edgbaston Stadium and Conference Centre, Birmingham.

On the sponsorship agreement, Kevin Buckley, GGF Group Chief Executive commented:

“We are delighted to be headline sponsors of this important industry event and look forward to having a substantial contribution, to ensure it’s a day of healthy debate covering all of the key issues affecting our industry.”

 
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ODL Europe Introduces New Capstone SecureDesign™ Door Slab

 

ODL Europe, exclusive partner of Capstone Engineering and supplier of the Capstone door slab, has announced the introduction of the new Capstone SecureDesign™ Door Slab. Nathan Barr, ODL Europe’s Managing Director, said: “Our remit is to constantly innovate. The new SecureDesign™ Door Slab has been specifically designed to further enhance our composite doors to deliver a truly maintenance free door with even better performance.”

The SecureDesign™ Door Slab is manufactured with polypropylene, which eliminates water absorption and means doors will not bulge or rot, even if water intrudes through openings from seal failure of glass and letterplates, says the company.

 
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FX15 Threshold Gets SBD

 

FX15, the complete Document Q, Part M threshold from hardware specialist MI Products is now Secured by Design. It has successfully passed PAS 24 and BS6375 part 1 and 2 tests, for security, weather performance and ease of use.

The latest test results were the final part to achieve Secured by Design certification and add to the FX15 threshold achieving Part M and ADQ compliance for accessibility.

 
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GGF In Energy Efficency Talks With Government

 

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) recently attended the British Energy Efficiency Federation’s Plenary at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Conference Centre in Westminster.

Directors of BEIS and senior civil servants were present to update delegates on the following areas:

 
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Modplan Adds VEKA’s New Imagine Vertical Slider To Its Portfolio

 

Trade fabricator Modplan has announced it has added the new VEKA Imagine Vertical Slider to its portfolio. Modplan’s International Sales and Marketing Director Justin Williams said: “Vertical sliders are a growth market – latest figures show sales of vertical sliders to the home improvement market increased by 32% and now have 10% market share. The VEKA Imagine Vertical Slider gives our customers a best-in-class solution as they capitalise on the opportunities these statistics represent.”

The company says installers will appreciate the flush fitting outerframe that sits against existing plaster line, eliminating the need for trim or notching of plaster.

 
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High Specification AluK Windows And Doors In New Cardiff Bay Development

 

AluK façade solutions are at the heart of a recently completed residential development on Cardiff’s Bute East Dock which combines both new build apartments and affordable homes.

Schooner Wharf is the first open market scheme to be developed by Cardiff Community Housing Association (CCHA), who were working in partnership with main contractors Morganstone.

 
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West Port’s Fastener Focus Helps Deliver Assured Fire Door Performance
 

Rapierstar’s specialist technical support has played a key role in helping West Port to achieve high performing fire rated door-sets, by eliminating the risk of failure during testing as a result of the incorrect choice and application of fasteners.

Rapierstar, a UK market-leading supplier of window and door fasteners, is recommending that fire door manufacturers follow West Port’s lead and not overlook the major role that these smallest of components play in a door-set’s structural integrity, durability and long term quality.

 
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Jack Aluminium Adds Technical Expertise
 

Jack Aluminium Systems has added further expertise to their team to offer technical assistance

Karol Dabrowski has been appointed as Technical Support Engineer following more than 6 years’ experience in engineering, including 3D background engineering, graphic design and software use. His experience means that he is a valuable addition for building technical expertise and adding to the excellent customer service at Jack Aluminium.

 
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Windowlink’s Kestrel Flies At FiT Show
 

Visitors to the Windowlink stand at the FiT Show were treated to a demo of Kestrel, the new online business manager. It’s the latest offering from the software experts, who also demonstrated their Focus and Vector window and conservatory pricing and presentation software to installers.

Mark Dudley says: “It was fantastic to get the opportunity to show installers what Kestrel is all about at the FiT Show and get some great feedback from our existing customers who are already using the system to help their business.

 
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Glazerite Installer Frames Conservatories Direct Opens Third Showroom
 

Frames Conservatories Direct (FCD) has further expanded its reach across East Anglia, thanks to the addition of a third showroom. The Suffolk-based installer, and customer of leading VEKA fabricator, the Glazerite UK Group Ltd, has opened up the space in the Norfolk town of Diss, on the site of a former toy shop.

Covering 500 sq. ft, the installer has cleverly utilised the space to create a spectacular display of windows, doors, bi-folds and even conservatory roof samples.

 
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New Appointment For Window Warehouse (UK)
 

Leicester-based, Window Warehouse (UK) has announced what it says is an important addition to its management team.  Shaun Cartwright joins the company as group sales and marketing manager.

Managing director, Yogesh Odedra confirmed that the appointment was part of an ongoing strategic growth plan for the fast-expanding national trade supplier of aluminium glazing products for the commercial and domestic markets.

 
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Morroway House Opens As A New Resource For Gloucestershire Charities, Voluntary Sector And Not For Profit Organisations
 

Morroway House, an office block situated in the heart of Gloucester opposite the new Transport Hub, has opened as a new dedicated facility for Gloucestershire Charities, Voluntary Sector and Not For Profit Organisations. Having registered as a Community Interest Company, Morroway House is offering the sector office spaces to rent, meeting rooms, a free hot desking area, as well as other support including regular expert speaker events. Morroway House was officially opened on the 20th June by the Deputy Leader of Gloucester City Council, Jenni Watkins in front of invited guests.

 
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BWF Responds To Claim Of Lack Of ‘Reliable Products’ For Fire Door Replacements

The British Woodworking Federation – which runs the Fire Door Alliance (FDA) scheme – has reacted to a report that Kensington and Chelsea Council claimed it has been unable to replace the 4,000 fire doors within its housing stock due to a lack of ‘reliable products’.

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Regency Glass Invests In The Future

Family-owned Regency Glass has become one of the UK’s biggest and most advanced sealed unit manufacturers with a move to 100,000 sq ft premises in Lancashire potentially more than doubling its production capacity.

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VinylPlus® Recycles 740,000 Tonnes Of PVC In 2018 – 92.4% Of Its 2020 Target

VinylPlus, the Voluntary Commitment of the European PVC industry, recycled nearly 740,000 tonnes of PVC in 2018, a 15.6% increase from 2017. The results are published in the 2019 Progress Report,

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Feeling Flush With Stellar

Since its launch at this year’s FIT Show, Stellar from Epwin Window Systems has been attracting many plaudits. For Gerald Allen, Marketing Manager at Epwin Window Systems the interest in Stellar comes as little surprise.

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Mercury Glazing Adds Spectus Flush Casement Window To Its Range

Gloucestershire-based trade fabricator Mercury Glazing has just added Spectus’ flush casement window to its growing product range.

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Product News

Now There’s Entrance Doors For Your Residence Too

Not only does The Residence Collection encapsulate three different and sumptuous window systems, but now there’s a range of engineered residential doors, as well as the flush inward opening balcony and outward opening French door options,

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A Verandah For All Seasons

The British love affair with outdoor living continues with the growth in demand of the Verandah from Prefix Systems, which offers near all-year round opportunities to sit outside and from a trade perspective rapid installation times and a new revenue stream.

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New Heritage Hardware Range From Kenrick

Kenrick has launched a suited range of heritage hardware, which has been developed to bring a period feel to both PVCu and aluminium windows.

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New 18-Volt Rotary Hammer From Bosch For Professionals

More efficient drilling, hammer drilling and chiselling. Bosch Professional is extending its 18-volt product range and is launching the GBH 18V-26 D Professional

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New Weight Capacity For P C Henderson’s Rustic Barn Door Hardware

P C Henderson has increased the weight capacity of its range of Rustic sliding barn door style hardware as it witnesses end users combining the hardware with a variety of unique and creative door designs.

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People

New Technical Officer For The GGF

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is pleased to announce that David Borland has joined the leading trade organisation as Technical Officer.

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Glass & Glazing

Promat SYSTEMGLAS® Passes 30-Year UK Milestone In Delivering Assured Passive Fire Protection

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the first UK installations of SYSTEMGLAS®, the complete fire rated glazing system from Promat UK, and demand is stronger than ever.

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Video

New Freefoam Video Highlights 20 Years Of Change In Roofline

Freefoam has released a video of its Commercial Director, Colin St John, explaining the big changes to the roofline market over the last 20 years, and their implications for the future.

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FiT Show

Oakland Glass Success At FIT

Oakland Glass Ltd saw a successful FIT Show promoting one clear message – best practice in glass. With 33 years’ experience, Oakland Glass has always been committed to investing in and supplying quality insulated glass units,

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Winkhaus Hails ‘Hugely Successful’ 2019 FIT Show

Hardware specialist Winkhaus reported that the 2019 FIT Show has been ‘hugely successful’, generating numerous serious enquiries for its high-quality locking systems, including the latest AV3-E autoLock range suitable for all market sectors.

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Awards

Glazerite Installers Recognised At Annual Independent Network Awards

VEKA’s installer support organisation, Independent Network, held its annual Members’ Weekend on 8th June 2019, in the grand surroundings of The Queen’s Hotel in Leeds.

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