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26th March 2020
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Only Emergency Construction Work Should Continue, Says FMB


Only emergency and critical construction work should be allowed to continue and help extended to SME building firms and the self-employed in order to protect the health and livelihoods of the industry’s workforce, says the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

New research conducted by the FMB has found that:

– More than half (60%) of builders have already ceased between 76% and 100% of their work;

– Of those, 80% are in the domestic repair, renovation and maintenance sector.


A Window Into The Past


With demand for affordable heritage-style windows continuing to increase, fabricators and installers should consider innovative uPVC solutions designed with this trend in mind, says a leading polymer specialist.

In response to the enduring popularity of traditional timber-framed windows, REHAU has unveiled its latest offering to the Rio flush fit family, the Deep Bottom Rail. Combining the period-style visuals of timber sash windows with the desirable convenience and efficiency benefits of modern uPVC, its additional sash profile has been designed to complement the current Rio range and provide more style options.

The Deep Bottom Rail can be mechanically jointed on the bottom of the sash with a screwported aluminium component to create


Award Win Demonstrates Strength & Long-Term Growth For Liniar


With so many excellent manufacturers in the region, systems company Liniar is delighted to announce it has been named ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ at the Midlands Business Awards for the second year running.

“For Liniar to be named as the best manufacturer in the region is an incredible honour,” states Group Managing Director Martin Thurley. “The Midlands region is rich with a wide range of worldwide manufacturers and to be sitting up there with the best is exciting for Liniar.”

“With companies in the area like Rolls Royce and Toyota, winning the award for Manufacturer of the Year is not only a great accolade from a business perspective, it also shows potential employees that what



Profile 22’s Optima Flush Casement Windows Fitted In New Homes In A Conservation Area


Over 100 Optima Flush Casement windows, by Profile 22, have been fitted in the first phase of a new residential development consisting of 14 new build red-brick town houses in the historical Houldsworth Conservation Area in Reddish, Greater Manchester. The new homes, which are situated in a newly designed cul-de-sac off the Harrogate Road, were sympathetically designed to complement the nearby 19th century Victoria and Elisabeth mills.

The Optima Flush Casement windows were manufactured by Profile 22 fabricator Total Glass and installed by Rochdale-based New Look Windows.


Morley Launches New And Improved App


Uni-blinds® integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing has developed a new and improved app with home integration company Loxone, allowing users to open and close their motorised integral blinds from a tablet or smartphone.

By integrating Morley Glass & Glazing’s fully electronic MB System Uni-Blinds® into the Loxone app, blinds can now be operated using WiFi connected devices from anywhere in the world. The app is available for immediate installation into MB Systems, including retrofitting into previous projects.


We Should All Learn From Aperture Trading’s Demise Says Barraclough


Following the announcement of the failure of systems manufacturer Aperture Trading Ltd, Quickslide chairman Adrian Barraclough says we can learn much for the current times from the demise of the company.

“Quickslide was a business partner of Aperture Trading both as a supplier and customer so we were well acquainted with the business and the issues that it faced,” says Adrian. “However, we were also a trading partner of Synseal, the business from which Aperture was formed and it’s worth bearing in mind the qualities that company was based upon and which made it such a success in the early days: and why in due course it went so wrong.”



DMD Installations Choose Kestrel


Carrying out 7,500 roofline installations a year, DMD Installations has built a reputation for its ability to deliver quality and reliability on large-scale projects.

The Norwich-based company, which offers roofline, rainwater, and cladding solutions to domestic dwellings, social housing providers and to the new build sector, has grown rapidly on its ability to carry out larger projects.

DMD Installations Commercial Director Steve Bowden explained that the company depends on Kestrel roofline and cladding products for


More Influential Colours Of Corse


As one of the most influential PVCu systems company in the UK, The Residence Collection continue to innovate when it comes to foiled finishes, being on trend and the increased adoption of the Corse Lawn finish further supports this claim.

Corse Lawn is available for R9 with a Grained White internal finish, that’s also carried through with a foiled rebate, while R7 is presented with a Chalk White internal finish and through the rebate. Corse Lawn was inspired by a Gloucestershire village of the same name and with undertones of green, brown and grey, it offers true, classic heritage appeal.


Derby-Based Housebuilder Chooses Frame Fast UK For ‘Top Quality Products And Great Service’


An exclusive housing development in Derbyshire has chosen award-winning Frame Fast UK to create stunning windows and doors for its cluster of bespoke properties in the Peak District.

Flush casement windows, bespoke composite doors and slimline bifold doors were fabricated from Frame Fast UK’s specially designed production facility on Ascot Drive, for Derby-based Meadowview Homes.

Frame Fast UK supplied and fitted its glazing products to properties in Wessington – the newest development launched by Meadowview Homes.


SYSTEMGLAS® Maximises Fire Safety And Natural Lighting In Elegant Residential Renovation


SYSTEMGLAS® Advenerat from Promat UK has proven to be a perfect solution to meet the brief of providing assured fire protection with uncompromising aesthetics for a renovation project at a luxury family home in Surrey.

The project to transform the ground floor kitchen of the exclusive property into a stunning new open-plan space for cooking, dining and relaxation, required the integration of effective passive fire safety measures to ensure occupants can escape safely in the event of a fire. This was particularly important for preventing the spread of fire to the first floor of the house, given the design of home’s elegant main


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GGF Lobbies Government On COVID-19 Issues

Ihe Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is lobbying the Government on behalf of its Members, on several issues around the COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the industry.


Garnalex Invests In Combilifts To Achieve Maximum Manufacturing Efficiency

Garnalex has invested in three Combilift multidirectional forklift trucks to achieve maximum efficiency in its state-of-the-art aluminium extrusion factory in Nether Heage, Derbyshire. The factory is now fully operational and extruding for trade extrusion customers.


Contract Awards Were Strong In February Despite Global Crisis

The total value of construction contract awards in February 2020 was £6.5 billion based on a three-month rolling average. This is an increase of 16.9% on January and is also 19.9% higher than February 2019. Quarterly analysis shows that in the three months ending February 2020,


Vulcan Windows In Even Better Health After Rapierstar Switch

A comprehensive audit of fastener usage by Rapierstar has delivered production, quality, stockholding and installation benefits for leading Hull-based window, door and conservatory manufacturer and installer Vulcan Windows.



Product News

HiTech Argues Margin Being ‘Lost’ In 90% Of Bi-fold Sales

Specialist integral blind manufacturer, Hitech Blinds, has released figures which suggest the industry is missing out on higher margin sales by failing to exploit opportunities to up-sell glass specifications.



Customised Logikal Set Up For AluFoldDirect From BM Aluminium

BM Aluminium has completed a LogiKal software customisation project for AluFoldDirect which is successfully optimising the efficiency of its entire CNC machining set up.


Pinnacle Windows Partners With Business Micros

Pinnacle Windows is the latest PVC-U fabricator to be impressed with the level of service from Business Micros, following its investment in Evolution software, complete with a dedicated Avantek machine link.



Insight Data Helps Sales And Marketing Teams Work Remotely

The current Coronavirus crisis has forced companies to rethink how they operate with remote-working now essential.


Training & Development

How To Manage Anxiety In The Corona Epidemic

“How we lead ourselves this time is crucial. People need to be led well but they also need to master self-leadership and individual responsibility,” – Teresa Brooks



Full Speed Ahead For New MG Dealership

CDW Systems, the specialist aluminium fabricator, recently helped one of its installer customers add the finishing touches to a brand-new car dealership in Cardiff.


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