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26th March 2019
 
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“Innovation And High Quality Are At The Heart Of Everything We Do”

 

Alan Rees, the man driving the launch and rapid growth of Panoramic Group, has set out his goals, ambitions and philosophies behind the company, which is now one of the UK’s fastest growing window and door manufacturing businesses.

Alan is a seasoned window and door industry veteran, with achievements that include the creation of PVC-U window system Worth (now part of Spectus) and the popularisation of the PVC-U vertical slider through fabricator Quickslide,

 
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New 3D BIM Service Launched By ISO Chemie

 

Foam tape sealing company ISO CHEMIE has extended the scope of its specialist services with the launch of new 3D BIM (Building Information Modelling) technology.

The move will enable architects and designers to integrate high quality scaled digital information around window and door sealing solutions as part of their 3D visualisations and client presentations.

BIM is playing an increasingly significant role in the design and delivery of large and complex fenestration projects and installations

 
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Residential Sector Looking Positive With An Upturn In Contracts Awarded During February

 

The residential sector had a particularly positive February with £1.7 billion contracts awarded, an increase of 13.1% on January. Residential unit numbers also increased – up by 5.4% on January at 9,850 units. Following residential in terms of contracts awarded was infrastructure with a 13.9% share and education with a 12.3% share.

The latest edition of the Economic & Construction Market Review from industry analysts Barbour ABI highlights levels of construction contract values awarded across Great Britain.

 
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Window Ware Adds Yale’s New Lockmaster AutoEngage Multi-Point Lock

 

Window Ware has started the New Year with the addition of the Lockmaster AutoEngage, Yale’s brand new automatic multi-point.

Launched this year, the Lockmaster AutoEngage offers an automatic locking solution that’s suitable for both contemporary and heritage door styles. As the name suggests, the automatic lock mechanism engages as soon as the door is closed, providing a high-performance solution to complement today’s popular pull-door furniture.

 
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Staying Alive: Whilst Working At Height

 

On Tuesday 26th February the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Working at Height published its report into serious injuries and fatalities of employees whilst working at height. The Group took verbal and written evidence and the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) played its part in this Consultation. The Report revealed some stark figures showing that the UK has 0.55 fatalities per 100,000 employees. This is by no means the worst but just a single fatality that could be avoided is too much.

 
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Installers Get ‘The Wow Factor’ With Designer Doors From Fenster

 

Fenster Fabrications has added Designer Doors from Smart Systems to its comprehensive aluminium range, to help installers offer the wow-factor to their customers. The aluminium entrance door is available with an extensive number of design, style, colour and hardware options so that installers can offer more choices for homeowners. Plus, the range is available in larger door sizes – perfect for discerning homeowners looking for a ‘Grand Designs’ style door.

Brian Webb, Business Development Manager at Fenster Fabrications says: “With more and more homeowners choosing to upgrade their

 
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Yale And Force 8 Continue Stable Partnership With New Bespoke Lock

 

The longstanding partnership between Yale and Force 8 has been strengthened after Yale developed a stable door lock for the company, enabling its range of stable doors to gain PAS24:2016 accreditation.

Yale claim the bespoke lock delivers impeccable security, featuring a hook and anti-lift pin on both the top and bottom leaf, along with a combination of hook and deadbolt centre cases. The new lock has been carefully designed to complement both modern and traditional stable door styles in the Force 8 range.

 
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A Response To Medway Maritime Hospital

 

“A few weeks ago, there was a reported incident at Medway Maritime Hospital,” says Toby Staff, Managing Director at Newstar Door Controls. “A man suffered serious injuries after falling 20 feet from a hospital ward window. He suffered a fractured skull, hip and jaw. The hospital confirmed that a patient on one of the wards fell from a ledge after forcing a window open and climbing out, according to the Executive Director of Nursing.

“We have known for five years that that the force testing of window restrictors to BS EN 13126-5:2011 does not adequately address

 
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Retirement Village Benefits From Everything Optima Has To Offer

 

Profile 22’s Optima windows were chosen for the refurbishment of two tower blocks and the construction of a new low rise apartment block to create 224 one- and two-bedroom independent living apartments in Nottingham.

Longstanding Profile 22 Approved Window Contractor Select Windows is an award-winning family-owned company based in Walsall in the West Midlands. As a Category A subcontractor with Willmott Dixon the company was invited to tender for a contract to fabricate and install

 
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VBH And SWC: Working Together For Reliable Service
 

Sheffield Window Centre (SWC) manufactures high quality PVC-U windows, doors and conservatory products. It’s a family company, based in Sheffield, trading since 1975, and it has a long-standing relationship with VBH (GB), suppliers of hardware and ancillaries to the trade. SWC has built its reputation on delivering a reliable and trustworthy service, backed up with honest advice and first class customer service. As the MD, Ian Hunter says: “We have the latest machinery, hardware and software to produce the best products,

 
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Window Widgets To Go Pink At The FIT Show
 

A distinctive pink livery from Window Widgets will be on display at the FIT Show this May, where the company will showcase a wide range of ancillaries for PVCu and aluminium window and door systems, along with other industry product solutions.

Window Widgets will also be looking to highlight the importance of CE Marking for baypole jacks, something that’s also being pushed by BSI in an awareness campaign. There will be several members of staff on the stand that will be able to answer all questions on this topic

 
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TUFFX Balustrades Take The Limeight In Exclusive Muswell Hill Home
 

In an area of North London that is known for its notable and contemporary architecture, it takes something special for a private residence to stand out in Muswell Hill – but in the case of one particular property, the addition of modern and elegant glass balustrades, supplied by leading safety glass specialist TuffX, have combined to make it an exceptional building in one of the most exclusive postcodes in the country.

Featuring exposed brickwork to the ground and first floor, with a second floor clad in vertical timber boards,

 
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MRA Marketing Strengthens Its Research Division With New Appointment
 

MRA Research, which focuses on market and customer insight in the building materials and construction markets and is the specialist research division of MRA Marketing, has recently boosted its team with the appointment of a Research Development Manager, Anna Eriksson.

Anna has worked in market research and insight since 2003, and has joined MRA from a market research agency that specialises in the construction and home improvement sectors. In her most recent role she was responsible for driving research growth and revenue through marketing,

 
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Amber Home Improvements Blend With Costa Coffee
 

Leading Norfolk installer Amber Home Improvements has blended with British multinational coffeehouse – Costa Coffee for the high-profile installation of a maximum comfort conservatory for their Meadow Centre branch in Stowmarket.

The company, which is part of the Conservatory Outlet Network of retailers, was approached by Scoffs Group Ltd t/a Costa Coffee to quote on the project and beat off tough competition from other local companies to land the installation.

 
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Bohle To Unveil New Balustrading System At FIT 2019
 

Bohle will showcase its new dedicated, easy-to-fit and modular residential balustrading system at the FIT Show, 21 -23 May.

VetroMount has been developed by Bohle specifically for the growing residential market, simplifying installation, eliminating the requirement for specialist tools and reducing fixing costs.

Available in standard 2.5m and 5m lengths in top and side-mounted options, VetroMount accommodates glass thickness of up to 21.5mm.

 
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Morley Says Cheers To Charity
 

Leeds-based Morley Glass & Glazing is set to sponsor the 8th Annual North Leeds Charity Beer Festival, which features all things Yorkshire with 36 real ales, 8 gins and a prosecco bar for the first time.

The event is organised by the Rotary Club of Roundhay and takes place on 5-6 April 2019 at North Leeds Cricket Club. Local Leeds bands will be providing musical entertainment at the festival over both days.

 
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Epwin Window Systems’ Gerald Allen Joins GM Fundraising’s From Russia With Hope Team Challenge
 

Epwin Window Systems’ Marketing Manager Gerald Allen will be one of a team of 18 men taking part in the From Russia With Hope challenge organised by GM Fundraising. The challenge will raise funds for Hope House Children’s Hospices and will involve cycling 2,730 miles through 10 countries in 12 days in June 2019.

Gerald says: “I was motivated to take part because of the Hope House cause. It’s very humbling and emotional to see the work they do, and taking 12 days out, seeing countries I’ve never visited is just a bonus.”

 
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Exlabesa Building Systems Invests In UK Manufacturing

Exlabesa Building Systems has announced the installation and completion of a £4.5 million extrusion press at its Doncaster headquarters. The investment will take capacity to 18,000 tonnes a year.

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GGF Responds To Chancellor’s Spring Statement

Amidst all things Brexit in the last seven days, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond delivered his Spring Statement with some encouraging proposals made for the construction industry. Here are the main items from the statement with commentary

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Anticipation About Epwin Window Systems’ Launch Is Building

Epwin Window Systems will be launching what it promises will be an exceptional star performer at the FIT Show this year – and excitement is building rapidly. Fabricators and installers have been invited to register their interest to be the first to receive pre-launch information.

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Powder Coating And The Importance Of The Lab Technician

If you powder coat for external architectural applications, then as an applicator, you must have a laboratory to continuously check the quality of your powder coating output. This is clearly stipulated in BS EN 12206-1:2004 ‘Paints and varnishes. Coating of aluminium and aluminium alloys for architectural purposes.

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New Showroom Boosts Sales For Glazerite Installer

Herefordshire-based installer Shane Howells Ltd has unveiled a new showroom in the picturesque town of Ledbury. Supported with a range of samples supplied by fabricator, The Glazerite UK Group Ltd, the business, run by namesake Shane Howells and his wife Clare,

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Fabricator Celebrates Quarter-Century With Smart Architectural Aluminium

A Bristol fabricator is celebrating a quarter-century of partnership with systems company Smart Architectural Aluminium.

For over forty years, Bedminster-based West-End Windows has been

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Product News

Triple-Track Success For PatioMaster South East

PatioMaster South East was the first PatioMaster dealer to fabricate the new Triple-track sliding door system when it launched last year. The system features two or four sliding sashes that stack neatly behind each other and the PatioMaster South East team has seen demand surge,

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P C Henderson Release New Husky Soft Stop Sliding Door Hardware

Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer, P C Henderson, is pleased to announce the launch of its latest innovative hardware solution to the market. The company’s new Husky Soft Stop product caters for sliding doors weighing up to 100kg and comes complete with dual soft

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BGB Motorised Blinds Offer Complete Control At The Touch Of A Button

Stylish, simple to operate and with no hard-wiring required – the battery-powered blind system from BetweenGlassBlinds™ is the perfect way to provide properties with a contemporary privacy solution.

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People

GGF Appoints Regional Manager For Ireland

The GGF Regional Membership Team has been strengthened by the appointment of Noreen McNairney who will be responsible for managing membership in Ireland as Regional Membership Manager.

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Internet

Epwin Window Systems Launches New Website

Epwin Window Systems has just launched a new website – www.epwinwindowsystems.co.uk. Gerald Allen, Marketing Manager at Epwin Window Systems, said: “The new website showcases everything Epwin Window Systems has to offer in one place, helping fabricators,

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Software

Maxoptra Routing Software Transforms Origin Door And Window Deliveries

Origin Global, the manufacturer of bespoke aluminium bi-folding doors and windows, is to transform its delivery and service operations by deploying advanced route optimisation, delivery management and customer experience technology.

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On-Site

Senior Makes Its Everyman Cinema Debut

Senior Architectural Systems has successfully completed its first contract for Everyman Cinemas after supplying a range of aluminium fenestration solutions for the boutique cinema chain’s new theatre in Greater Manchester.

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FIT Show

GGF Confirms Opening Seminar At The FIT Show

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is delighted to confirm that Kevin Buckley, GGF Group Chief Executive will present the opening seminar at The FIT Show in Birmingham NEC on 21 May at 10.30am in the Insight Theatre in Hall 20.

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Saint-Gobain Glass Urges FIT Show Delegates To Start Having Different Conversations About Glass

How to provide the right type of glass to add value and meet the changing needs of your customers will be discussed at a seminar by Saint-Gobain Glass at the FIT Show in May, where the glass manufacturer will also be exhibiting on stand B16 within the Visit Glass arena.

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AluK Reveals C70S At FIT – With Pre-Inserted Gaskets

AluK will be revealing a brand new 70mm window system at the FIT Show – complete with pre-inserted gaskets.

This is thought to be the first time that an aluminium window system has

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ISO-CHEMIE Announces New Partnership At FIT Show

Foam tape sealant specialist ISO-CHEMIE stand (N35) will be marking 10 years in the UK at the FIT Show 2019 with plans for an ‘exciting’ new partnership and displays of high-performance airtightness and energy

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