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25th November 2021
 


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Second Best Quarter On Record But Signs Of A Slowdown In Sight

 

The latest total value sales data from Britain’s Builders’ Merchants show a continuation of the strong growth seen throughout 2021, as Q3 recorded the second-highest quarterly BMBI sales ever, just 2.4% behind Q2’s record breaking figures. However, there are signs of a slowdown as volume growth gives way to value growth, driven by price increases.

Total value sales in Q3 2021 were 17.2% higher than Q3 2020, with one less trading day this year. Eleven out of the 12 product categories sold more over the period. Timber & Joinery Products led the field (+43.9%) with its highest-ever quarterly BMBI sales, contributing significantly to overall growth. Excluding Timber, total merchant sales still grew by 9.6%. Like-for-like-sales increased by 19.1%.

Comparing Q3 2021 with Q3 2019, a more normal pre-Covid year, overall value sales were up 18.4% with one less trading day this year.

 
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Hardware Distributor Carl F Groupco Launches New Website

 

Window and door hardware distributor, Carl F Groupco, has announced the launch of its new website. Carl F Groupco, based in Peterborough with depots in Cumbernauld, provides premium window and door fittings to fabricators across the UK, and a new fully responsive and bespoke website will allow for enhanced customer support for well-known hardware brands, such as FUHR, Roto, and Yale.

The new website combines all three of Carl F Groupco’s brands into one easy-to-access database, making the entire product portfolio available at the simple touch of a button. In addition to the core Carl F Groupco hardware range, access to both Carl F direct, a direct mail and e-commerce tool business, and SmartSecure, leaders in electronic multipoint door locking systems, means that finding your perfect hardware solution is hassle- and stress-free, from enquiry right through to completion, says the company.

 
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Kömmerling Doubles Up For FIT

 

Kömmerling have doubled their floor space for next year’s FIT Show as a major statement of intent of their ambitions as a global brand in the UK, with the promise of new products, several exciting business initiatives and a special announcement that’s being kept under wraps until the show opening.

The newly expanded floor space will result in Kömmerling exhibiting with a 156m2 floor area and enough to ensure a major presence at the show, which will be held on 10-12th May at The NEC, Birmingham. With pre-registrations the best yet, this could be one of the most influential shows in the history of the FIT Show and a must for installers and fabricators eager to seek what’s new industry-wide.

 
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SOL Conservatory Roofs ‘Approved’ For 2022 Growth

 

Following on from the launch of the SOLid roof back in May, SOL Conservatory Roofs reports that it has seen a huge uptake in their brand-new roof system throughout 2021, leading the way for big growth plans for the year ahead.

2022 will see the launch of a brand a new website to showcase the full range of products, which will become the shop front for installers looking for a one-stop supplier for windows, doors and conservatories. As part of the website, there will be an installer portal, featuring a comprehensive literature library.

With a growing network of installers, 2022 will also see the launch of the SOL Approved Installer Scheme, which, the company says, means fitters can be confident that choosing SOL not only means quality products, but provides the marketing and technical support to continue to grow their business, generate leads and perform quality installations every time.

 
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Alutech Commercial UK Recruits Experienced Trainer

 

The commercial arm of Alutech in the UK has recently welcomed Dave Tanner to the team as technical product trainer. Dave has extensive industry experience that will be passed on to Alutech commercial fabricators. He had, in fact, been retired for 19 months prior but couldn’t resist the opportunity this new role offered.

James Cotton, commercial director for Alutech Commercial explains more, “With our UK commercial customer base growing rapidly, we were in need of someone to train fabricators on how to fabricate the Alutech range of systems in accordance with the manuals, while making the training interesting and enjoyable. There is no one better to fill this role than Dave. His industry knowledge is second to none and will be a valuable member of our already highly experienced team, helping us to establish the Alutech brand within the UK. I’m over the moon that Dave has decided to join the Alutech Commercial team.”

 
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Senator Windows Chooses Latest Emmegi Comet CNC

 

Emmegi (UK) continues to set the pace in the Irish aluminium fabrication market with the supply of a new Comet X6HP CNC machine to Senator Windows. Senator Windows, a member of the Gowan Group, has been crafting windows and doors since 1985 at a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Wexford. This well-known and loved national brand prides itself on giving its customers peace of mind by delivering the highest standards in sales, quality and service – a commitment to excellence that has seen Senator sell over 1 million windows and doors to date.

With an Irish based sales, installation and servicing team, Emmegi (UK) provides a dedicated service to customers right across Ireland, with fast and efficient deliveries coming via Emmegi (UK)’s head office in Coventry and direct from Emmegi in Italy

 
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Eurocell Scoops Prestigious Industry Award

 

Eurocell has been awarded Warehouse Initiative of the Year at the 2021 Supply Chain Excellence Awards.

The award is in recognition of the significant innovation and technological advancements introduced in a new and bespoke 260,000 sq. ft state-of-the-art warehouse, manufacturing and head office facility in Alfreton, Derbyshire.

The enlarged warehousing capability includes a non-standard mobile racking system and an innovative materials handling equipment (MHE) solution that interacts seamlessly with the racking.  To support the operational effectiveness within the warehouse, a new electric powered fleet and 20 charging stations have been introduced on site to provide a better working environment for staff, as well as further driving the company’s sustainability credentials.

 
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Stylish In Suburbia With The Residence Collection

 

In a new case study from The Residence Collection, R9 windows in Silvered Oak featured on a large home renovation project in Essex, which involved two-storey building works to the front and rear elevation of property.


Installed by Belgrave Windows & Doors, the windows featured both top and side openers and a large, fixed light in Silvered Oak to the outside and Grained White internally, complete with authentic Georgian bars and black monkey tail handles. Multi-point locking and a night vent option feature on all the opening windows, which achieved a U-value of 1.2 (W/m2K) throughout the property for impressive energy efficiency credentials, but also offering strong sound reduction properties too, thanks to the 9-chambered design of the R9 profile.

 
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Kawneer Systems Help Set New Standards By The River Mersey 

 

A diverse range of architectural glazing systems by UK manufacturer Kawneer were specified for a landmark BTR (Build-to-Rent) residential development overlooking Liverpool’s iconic waterfront.

Kawneer’s AA®100 curtain wall, AA®720 windows and doors, AA®541 window vents and AA®190 TB doors all feature on the £60 million Copper House at 21 Strand Street, designed by Leach Rhodes Walker architects and developed over three years by main contractor Graham.

The Kawneer systems were installed by teams of up to 20 operatives by approved specialist sub-contractor FK Group. These included AA®100 zone-drained curtain wall on the ground, second and third storeys, AA®720 top-hung casement and fixed light windows at the rear of the building, and AA®720 single and double-leaf doors on the first and sixteenth floors.

 
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CNC Recycling Wins Recycling Company Award At NFA 2021 

 

CNC Recycling says the company is ‘absolutely thrilled’ to have been announced as joint winners of the Recycling Company 2021 award at the National Fenestration Awards.

Speaking of the win, managing director of CNC Recycling Melanie Reid, said: “As a team we are so proud to have won this award and we can only thank our customers who took the time to vote for us. It is particularly relevant as it is voted for solely by the Industry and is clear recognition of the hard work and commitment that we put into recycling.

“Our primary focus has always been customer service, we don’t have the backing of other recyclers in the Fenestration Industry but what we have is the determination, passion and a love for what we do.

 
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Jobs Vacancies

Site Support Engineer

Ultraframe is a leading supplier of offsite manufactured construction products based in Clitheroe.

Excellent technical support is a key part of our offering and we are looking to recruit a Site Support Engineer to assist with the ongoing training & development of customers on our extensive product range.

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Trade News
 

PAS2030 Accreditation For The Window Company (Contracts) 

Vertical slider manufacturer Roseview Windows has invested in a second SBA-4 VS PVC-U Profile Machining Centre from Haffner to support continued growth in its manufacturing.

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Aluminium

Luxury Market Doors From Nüevo Home

After a successful year, bespoke glazing specialist Nüevo Home has added a premium range of aluminium bi-folds and patio doors to its product portfolio, helping architects, developers and contractors tap into this luxury and growing market.

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Product News

CWG’s Flushed With Kömmerling’s New Launch

CWG Choices have been an active launch partner for Kömmerling’s new flush sash that the company describes as ‘super energy efficient, boasts 6-chambers and carries a number of other unique design features’.

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A Universal Approach To Aluminium Ancillaries

Throughout their portfolio, Window Widgets brings a holistic view to product development and that includes their range of dedicated ancillaries and accessories for the aluminium window and door systems sector.

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Ravensby Glass Invests In New Super Spacer TriSeal Line

One of the UK’s leading IGU manufacturers has made a substantial investment in state-of-the-art manufacturing technology.

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People

Gareth Jones Appointed As Managing Director Of Solar Group (Huthwaite)

Respected industry figure Gareth Jones has been appointed Managing Director of the Solar Group’s Huthwaite based operation, officially taking up his new role from 3rd November.

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New Face In AluK’s Product Marketing Team

AluK is expanding its product marketing team with the appointment of Luigi Bertino as a product marketing executive. He has joined product managers Lisa Stephens and Peter Willard, enhancing and developing AluK’s product range,

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Machinery

Roseview Windows Invests In Second SBA-4 VS PVC-U Profile Machining Centre From Haffner

Vertical slider manufacturer Roseview Windows has invested in a second SBA-4 VS PVC-U Profile Machining Centre from Haffner to support continued growth in its manufacturing.

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Internet

Extra Leads For Certass Members Through New Consumer Site

Certifiedcompetent.co.uk is the newest consumer advice and ‘find a trader’ website service to help homeowners find certified, competent contractors to carry out their home improvements. Powered by Certass Ltd,

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Training & Development

Dekko Commits To Four New Apprenticeships

UPVC and aluminium fabricator Dekko Window Systems has taken on four new apprentices, strengthening its commitment to upskilling young people and tackling the industry’s skills shortage.

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Building Our Skills’ Practical Training Gets The Thumbs Up From NYG

Building Our Skills has completed its commitment to train sixty new-to-the-fenestration-industry installers using funding provided by the Midlands Energy Hub and BEIS.

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Awards

Deceuninck UK Awarded Investors In People Silver Accreditation

Deceuninck UK has been awarded Investors In People (IIP) Silver accreditation in recognition of the measures it has implemented to further reward and support its workforce.

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Thermoseal Win Spacer Bar Manufacturer Of The Year At NFA’s 

Thermoseal Group has been named Spacer Bar Manufacturer of the Year in the 2021 National Fenestration Awards for the second year in a row. The Group also won the award in 2020 and back in 2017.

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Awards

Tradeglaze Joins EastEnders Stars for Charity Cheque Presentation

Lincolnshire fabricator Tradeglaze (Lincoln) Ltd joined EastEnders legends Shane Richie and Adam Woodyatt to present a £10,000 cheque from premier motorhome dealer, Camper UK, to the United Lincolnshire Hospital Charity which supports local NHS staff.

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