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27th January 2022
 


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Have We Finally Accepted We Need To Pay More For IGUs?

 

Chris Alderson, managing director of Edgetech, explores the challenges facing IGU manufacturers, and whether the situation is starting to improve.

In January 2020, I went to Peterborough for a roundtable discussion on the state of Britain’s IGU sector.

For years, I’d strongly felt that British IG manufacturers were getting a raw deal. They’d driven huge improvements in unit performance and energy efficiency – but that investment and innovation wasn’t being rewarded.

 
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Mila Partners With EYG On Stylish New PVC-U Door Range

 

Mila’s long-standing partnership with EYG, one of the UK’s leading trade, retail and commercial fabricators, is going from strength to strength, with Mila’s SupaSecure handles and TS008 compliant stainless steel letterplates featuring on EYG’s new range of PVC-U front doors.

EYG’s Kingston range has been developed to give buyers a stylish alternative to composite doors, with similar aesthetics and high levels of security, but at a much more competitive price, claims the company.

Crucially, because these doors are produced in house at EYG’s state of the art factory in Hull, they are available without any of the supply chain delays which have plagued the composite market for many months.

 
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Fentrade Reports Strong Start For Commercial Products In 2022

 

Specialist aluminium fabricator Fentrade reports that there’s been a strong start to 2022 for commercial products. Chris Reeks, Fentrade’s director, commented: “Since we returned from the Christmas break, we’ve got a large pipeline of orders for our commercial products. It’s very encouraging to see because it reflects wider confidence in the commercial sector.”

For businesses looking to capitalise on the opportunities in the commercial sector, Fentrade makes an ideal partner. Chris said: “Our customers tell us they value our product range, our commitment to service and our attention to detail. They’re qualities that are valuable for every sector, but they’re especially important for businesses pursuing commercial contracts where future work depends to a large extent on past results.”

 
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Victorian Sliders Welcomes New Commercial Sales Manager

 

A new commercial sales manager will help drive growth at sash window specialists Victorian Sliders.

Amir Alighanbari has been appointed as part of the South Wales firm’s ambitious plans for growth in 2022.

Amir’s long track record of delivering excellent results in the fenestration sector will prove hugely valuable in the months ahead – and he’s no stranger to the world of sash windows, either.

 
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Juna Promises Quality And Convenience

 

Bohle has launched the new Juna shower door hinge, which not only promises to bring quality and class to the top end of the market, but also offers significant benefits to the installer, claims the company.

Developed and designed by Bohle, the new Juna hinge for glass shower doors boasts minimum gap dimensions, which give a clean high-quality appearance. Other modern aesthetic features include no visible screws, a practically continuous sealing strip, and the above-average return angle of 20°, which closes the glass door automatically.

 
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Pamela Paterson Packs A Punch

 

Hardware specialist VBH has promoted Pamela Paterson to the position of operations manager for the company’s East Kilbride facility.

The East Kilbride site deals with VBH’s customers in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland, as well as some in the English northern counties.

The growing number of customers within these areas, coupled with the increased workload brought about by record sales levels, have resulted in Pamela assuming more responsibilities for the day-to-day running of the site. Allan Price, general manager for Scotland & Northern Ireland was quick to recognise this fact and offer the promotion.

 
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Euramax Helps ilke Achieve “The Best Possible Outcome”

 

Products matched with outstanding quality control and a seamless delivery process are just some of the reasons why uPVC window and door manufacturer Euramax Solutions has been chosen as a main supplier of modular home manufacturer ilke Homes, claims the company.

Based in Knaresborough, North Yorkshire, ilke Homes manufactures up to 2,000 modular homes every year for local authorities, housing associations, developers and private investors, and can produce a home in just 15 days, with four modules coming off the production line each day.

 
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Epwin Window Systems Deliver On Transformation Of Detached Home

 

Optima and PatioMaster products from Epwin Window Systems have been fitted in a six-week installation project as part of a complete refurbishment and upgrade of an individually-designed detached home in Conwy, Wales.

The high-end domestic project, undertaken by L Pearce Home Improvements, involved transforming a bungalow into a two-storey home. The property has panoramic views over beautiful countryside and the homeowners were keen to make the most of the vista while still retaining the character of the building.

 
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UAP Appoints New Technical Services Director

 

UAP, a specialist in locks and hardware for doors and fenestration, has appointed Julian Roberts to the role of technical services director.

A fenestration sector professional with more than 30 years’ experience in the industry, Julian has been part of the team at UAP Fullex for more than 20 years, and since 2020 has been product certification manager across all five UAP brands. His promotion as a non-executive board member reflects UAP’s company culture of nurturing talent and promoting from within, adding to a robust leadership team, many of whom have risen through the ranks at UAP.

 
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Roto Exceeds Sales Expectations, Prioritises Digitalisation Strategy

 

Roto Group has used its annual trade press day to report a significant increase in turnover during 2021 and outline its strategy to expand the use of digital technology across its manufacturing, logistics and sales operations.

At the event in Düsseldorf, Dr Eckhard Keill, chairman of parent company Roto Frank Holding AG, reported that total group turnover figures for 2021 represented a 20% increase on the previous 12 months, with a predicted year end figure of around €800 million – an unprecedented record in the history of the company.

 
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’Minimise The Effects Of Weathering’

 

All materials when exposed to the elements will age in some form and change in appearance over time. Materials like stone and brickwork tend to age very well and offer an aesthetic look for many years with virtually no maintenance. Other materials such as copper take on a patina, a bright green colour in the case of copper, as the surface weathers and builds up a protective surface oxidisation. The effects of UV radiation and pollutants in rain can also have deleterious effect on many building materials often leading to premature failure. These finishes are often coated finishes and require careful specification.

First of all, it is important to consider the design of any facade or roof. It is important to consider run-off of rain, as, if allowed to concentrate in any area, this can lead to localised staining, even on brickwork.

 
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History In The Making

 

TuffX has supplied 60m2 of specialist toughened glass for a large property development project at an historic site in Bristol.

The Carriageworks, at the heart of Bristol’s vibrant Stokes Croft neighbourhood, has been converted into 145 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, with retail space below. Designed by award-winning architects Stride Treglown, it has been developed by the Bristol-based PG Group, whose ethos centres on developing excellent buildings which look and feel inspirational both inside and out.

The original Carriageworks factory began operations in 1804, but has sat empty since the early 80s.

 
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Kolorseal Advises: Know Your Kolors!

 

For Deborah Hendry, managing director at Kolorseal Ltd, the entrance to a home helps to reflect lifestyle choices.  It is viewed as the focal point for any property and it is now being used by consumers to reflect lifestyles and individual personalities. Getting the colour right is essential.

“Choosing the right colour is more difficult than people may realise, which is something installers should consider when approaching the end user about door renovation or installation projects.

First impressions are absolutely everything when it comes to property, and homeowners have grown bolder in their colour preferences.

 
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Secondary Glazing Helps Lower Carbon Footprint Of Historic Museum Of London

 

Derelict market buildings in the Conservation Area of Smithfield, central London have been converted to create a warmer, quieter and more secure environment to house the new Museum of London.

The museum, formerly at 150 London Wall in east London, has moved to West Smithfield where it breathes new life into the historic market structures that reflect the working and trading history of the city.

One of the highlights of the Culture Mile, the Museum’s new home in the Grade II listed Poultry Market delivers many more benefits, for many more people, including better street-level access, improved transport links and larger exhibition spaces.

 
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Trade News
 

Fenestration Professionals Urged To Go ‘Above And Beyond’ On Windows Security

With an estimated 65,000 burglaries reported between July and September 2021[2], a windows expert is imploring installers and fabricators to re-evaluate the security credentials of their frames and hardware and seek further assurances from regulatory bodies.

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BMBI Reveals Strong Builders’ Merchant November Sales

The latest Builders Merchant Building Index (BMBI) report reveals that builders’ merchants’ value sales in November 2021 were 17.4% up on the same month in 2020, with record-breaking and year-best performances recorded across a number of categories.

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UK Homeowners Prepared To Pay More For Products Seen As More Sustainable

More than two-thirds of UK homeowners (68%) would choose windows and doors with a higher recycled content over and above products which don’t, or which do so at a lower level, according to a new study.

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Purplex Founder Invests In Augmented Reality Conservatory Software Start-Up

Andrew Scott, founder of Purplex Marketing, has taken a significant stake in Augmented Reality Creations Ltd, a 3D and AR technology company that aims to help installers improve customer experience and sell more conservatories.

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Jade Engineering Develops Bespoke Cutting/Welding For Serial Innovator

Sean Preson is a serial inventor and innovator. The energetic head of Leicester-based Eco Plastic Wood Ltd is a committed environmentalist and through his firm offers a range of garden products, including benches, gates, sheds and other outbuildings, all manufactured using recycled plastics.

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Product News

Kömmerling Sets A 1.2 U-Value As Standard

With an reputation for product innovation and performance, Kömmerling have now stated that their C70, O70 and new 70mm flush sash systems all meet a U-value of 1.2 W/(m2k) as standard.

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Endurance Are In Touch With Next Gen Door Designer

Endurance Doors have just unveiled their next gen Touch Portal and Door Designer that’s been developed with software partner Business Micros, after a carefully and well thought out development programme.

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Edgetech: A Reliable Supplier Through Challenging Times

In addition to offering high-quality warm-edge spacer bar products, Edgetech always strives to offer the best customer service.

And one company that’s benefitted from this service for over 13 years is Euramax Solutions.

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People

New Group Managing Director To Drive Growth, Efficiency And Innovation At Victorian Sliders

Sash window experts Victorian Sliders are laying the foundations for future growth with the appointment of a new group managing director.

Steve Winslet brings over two decades of manufacturing expertise to the award-winning firm,

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Glass & Glazing

Exlabesa Architecture Launches New Balustrade System

A glass balustrade system is the newest offering from Exlabesa Architecture.

The Glass Rail balustrade system, 100% manufactured in the Exlabesa Doncaster factory, has been designed to balance sleek,

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Aluminium

Schüco Launches Next Generation ADS 65 HD Door System

Schüco has released a new generation of its tried-and-tested ADS 65 HD door system for entrances and exits subject to heavy use in residential and commercial buildings.

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Internet

Epwin Window Systems’ Connect Platform Proving Valuable For Installers

Epwin Window Systems’ Connect integrated digital platform is proving popular with installers with over 200 new installer registrations being made in the last four months.

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FIT Show

Solar Calibre Doors To Make An Entrance At FIT Show 2022

Solar Calibre Doors, manufacturers of GRP and timber composite doors, as well as GRP and timber fire rated doors, will be showcasing its Benchmark, Craftsman and Warden ranges at FIT Show 2022 (10th – 12th May).

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Exhibitions

UK Opportunities At Fensterbau For Aluplast

aluplast will showcase its expanded product range including a series of new innovations developed specifically for the UK at Fensterbau Frontale 2022.

Held in Nuremberg, Germany, on July 12-15, the expo is a global showcase for cutting-edge innovation in window and door design.

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On Site

Epwin Window Systems Products Transform Arts-And-Crafts-Style Detached House

Epwin Window Systems ‘fast-fitting’ products have helped to transform a stunning arts-and-crafts-style detached house in Conwy, Wales as part of an extensive property refurbishment.

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Charity

£10K Pledge To Support Mental Health In Construction

QANW has donated £10,000 to Lighthouse Club, the Construction Industry Charity that provides emotional, physical and financial wellbeing support to construction workers and their families in times of crisis.

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