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28th May 2024

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Emplas Delivers Major Upgrade Of Its Composite Door Offer


Emplas has expanded its door range with the addition of the next generation Gripcore composite door.

Featuring a unique layering to reduce bowing making door setting simpler, the new Gripcore timber-foam core is made up of layers of PIR foam and HDF plywood, compressed between sheets of aluminium for thermal efficiency and strength.

Featuring GRP skins for a detailed wood-grain finish and ready to work with Kubu Smart Security sensors as standard


Schüco UK Unveils Innovative Sliding Door


Simplified fabrication is the promise for the new ASE 51 PD sliding door being launched by Schüco.

The new panoramic sliding door offers faster fabrication without compromising on the quality that is synonymous with the Schüco brand. Featuring slim sightlines, elegant design and superior thermal performance, it is expected to attract significant interest from homeowners.

The new ASE 51 PD sliding door stands out with its 32 mm interlock and slim 45 mm outer frame,


Evolution Home Improvements Acquired by Former Co-Founder


Surgit Singh, the owner of Aluco Aluminium Ltd and Ventiss Ltd, has announced the acquisition of 100% share ownership of Evolution Home Improvements Ltd. Evolution, a specialist in timber alternative manufacturing, is based in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire.

In recent times, Evolution was under the ownership of UK Windows and Doors Group and more recently Everest 2020 Ltd (now in administration). This marks a significant milestone as prior to this Surgit was the co-founder of Evolution in 2004 before selling the company to Masco in 2014.


A Plus Aluminium Expands Range with Heritage Steel Style Internal Screening System


A Plus Aluminium has expanded its range of  aluminium window and door products with a new heritage steel style interior screening system.

With a choice of hinged single and double doors as well as pivot and sliding options to complement the fixed glazed screen, the system provides almost limitless design options.  Visible hinges, concealed pivot or sliding mechanisms add to this design flexibility, according to the company.


Eurocell Sees Impressive Increase In Recycled PVC-U In Extrusion


Eurocell claims to have achieved 32 per cent recycled PVC-U in extrusion in 2023, up from 27 per cent in 2021 – setting what it describes as ‘a new bar for recycled materials in the design and manufacture of its PVC-U windows and doors’.

Eurocell’s dedication to sustainability is demonstrated through its innovative manufacturing processes, where its profiles division blends raw PVC resin with recycled materials sourced from the company’s cutting-edge recycling plants located in Selby, North Yorkshire, and Ilkeston, Derbyshire.


Sternfenster’s New Website Prepares For Upgrades


Sternfenster’s new website now offers significant new functionality, including a product configurator, virtual showroom, and a lead generator.

“Our new website has coincided neatly with our 50-year celebrations,” Sternfenster’s sales director Nathan Court said. “This milestone year – half a century – has become something of a lightning rod for how we are preparing for the next stage in our development and growth.


Haffner Celebrates Longstanding Partnership With Sterling PVCu


Haffner Ltd is celebrating its longstanding partnership with Sterling PVCu Ltd, one of the North West’s largest fabricators. Spanning over two decades, this relationship underscores Haffner’s commitment to continually supporting Sterling PVCu’s ongoing investment in machine technology to enhance its production capabilities.

Matt Thomas, managing director at Haffner, commented: “Partnering with Sterling PVCu for over 20 years is a testament to our shared commitment to innovation and fabrication excellence.


CDW Systems Offering New Clip-In Bead And Reduced Price On BSF70HI Bi-Fold


CDW Systems is offering innovative Quik Clip clip-in bead technology from AluK for their BSF70HI bi-fold door system – and it has reduced its prices on the high-performance door.

Both moves from the specialist aluminium fabricator mean that customers will benefit from faster installation and competitive pricing.  The Quik Clip replaces traditional glazing beads with a simple clip-in system which means installers can complete projects quicker and it minimizes the risk of fitting errors, ensuring a perfect finish every time, claims the company.


Manufacturing Efficiency by Thermoseal Group


Thermoseal Group customer Lutley Windows discusses revolutionising energy efficiency in social housing. 

West Midlands-based Lutley Windows were established a decade ago, and produce between 160-200 windows per week, for several local housing associations. Certified to PAS2030, they are accredited with Trustmark as a member of the decarbonisation fund.

“We always wanted to get onto the housing association’s rosters, and when the opportunity came up to do some repair work for one of the associations, we grabbed it with both hands,


Dekko Window Systems Committed to Smart Home Integration


Kubu Smart hardware can be incorporated into the design of almost any Dekko entrance door – a smart sensor is attached to the door, which is then linked to the homeowner’s smartphone. The homeowner can then check the status of the door at any time, from any location, according to the company.

Once the Kubu-equipped door is installed, customers can purchase a Home Hub from the Kubu website. They can then connect this to their home wi-fi, download the Kubu app to their smartphone, and fit the Kubu door module into their equipped door lock.


Hipco: “DGCOS Is So Much More Than Consumer Protection”


Hipco Yorkshire Ltd is a long-standing member of the Double Glazing & Conservatory Ombudsman Scheme (DGCOS) who have recently started to make use of the wide-ranging installer benefits.

Leeds-based Hipco has over a decade of experience of installing windows and doors and delivering home improvement projects to the local area. They have built up a fantastic reputation that has earned them a score of 9.96 on Checkatrade*, and, says the company, almost 1000 happy customers since they were established in 2016.


Fentrade Reports 20% Sales Growth


Trade aluminium fabricator Fentrade has reported a 20% increase in sales compared to the same period last year. Chris Reeks, managing director of Fentrade, said: “The growing strength of the aluminium market is reflected in our sales and we’re seeing a significant uptake in commercial projects across the board.”

Chris notes that Fentrade’s commercial order book encompasses projects of all sizes and in all sectors.

In the education sector, the company has been involved in two major projects involving complete window and full façade replacements.


What Are Your Five-Year Plans?


Cornwall Group’s chair Mark Mitchell, reflects on the last half a decade, and why taking a longer view propelled the business forward.

This time five years ago, we were on the cusp of forming the Cornwall Group of companies, made up of Manufacturing, Glass & Glazing (retail and installation), and merchanting business Mackenzies.

It was an exciting time, and not without risk. Essentially, we were handing more control to each individual board, giving them greater flexibility to target new markets,


In Pursuit of Excellence


By Angus Mackie – Qualicoat Chair

It is rare to find an industry where competitors work together to jointly research and raise the quality of their product or service, even rarer when it takes place on a global stage. As technology continues to evolve at a rapid rate, the pursuit of excellence is ever ongoing, something the Qualicoat Membership has been working on for the last 38 years.

Architectural powder coating was once considered as just a form of ‘paint’ to coat aluminium profiles to cover up imperfections such as profile marks and oxidisation to offer a coloured appearance.


Trade News

Strategic Partnership Brings New Gutmann-Lignum Wood-Aluminium Window And Door System

The shared ideals and values of improving standards and quality in the market, has culminated in a strategic partnership between Gutmann and The Joinery Network to create a new Gutmann Lignum wood-aluminium window and door system.


Epwin Window Systems Further Invests In Sustainable Manufacturing Practices

Epwin Window Systems is renowned for its commitment to sustainability. This commitment is in clear evidence in its recent investments in using recycled material in its manufacturing processes.


Edgetech Takes Steps To Cut Embodied Carbon

Quanex company Edgetech have spent decades making buildings more thermally efficient – and in doing so, have helped cut carbon emissions around the world, claims the company.


Nationwide ‘Flips’ Cassette Systems

Nationwide Windows and Doors has made the switch with their composite door glazing cassette system having adopted DoorCo’s pre-foamed Flip system.

DoorCo say they have paved the way in the cassette world with the launch of their system in 2021,


Trade News

TuffX Becomes a Member of Made in Britain

TuffX has become an official member of Made in Britain, joining hundreds of other British manufacturers in being eligible to display the distinctive and protected ‘Made in Britain’ quality mark of assurance on its goods and marketing, according to the company.


Glass Express Midlands Hosts Industry Round Table

A high-profile roundtable event hosted by Glass Express Midlands, and including government representation, resulted in the Glass & Glazing Federation (GGF) and the Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB) agreeing to work closer together to provide a unified voice to policy makers.


Assurance Certification Launched by Kolorseal Ltd

Colour coating specialist Kolorseal Ltd is introducing a new Quality Assurance Certificate for customers to pass onto the end user which will add further substantiation to the company’s existing 10 year quality guarantees. 


Pioneer Trading Company Renews SBD Membership And Adds Gerda Doors

Pioneer Trading Company, which manufactures the Deceuninck range of windows, doors and conservatories to the trade throughout the UK, has renewed its membership with Secured by Design (SBD). It has also added Gerda Engineered Entrance Doors, for which the Essex-based firm has exclusive distribution rights for the UK and Ireland.



CDW Systems To Introduce New Dedicated Technical Department

CDW Systems is set to introduce a dedicated technical department for the first time in its history.

The specialist aluminium fabricator’s recent merger with its sister company, supplier and installer Clearway Doors & Windows has enabled the move to take place,



How To Stand Apart With Glass

Glass is one of the defining features of a new entrance door, says sales director at Hurst, Mark Atkinson. 

There is a fundamental contradiction at play with door sales, which became more prominent as composite door sales picked up pace over the last two decades,



Clever Bean Accounting

Introducing the inaugural instalment of a series by Simon Jarman, the visionary founder and CEO of Clever Bean Accounting. In this edition, Simon delves into his rich industry experience and background.

When and how did you first enter the glazing sector?



Ultion Unveils Mobile Showroom

Ultion has announced the launch of its new demo van, “The Lockdown Express,” affectionately shortened to “Ellie”. This mobile showcase is equipped with Ultion’s full product range, including a full-size Ultion Bolt demo, designed to travel across the UK and bring Ultion’s products directly to both potential and existing customers.



Team DoorCo Smash 100,000 Step Challenge In Support Of Mental Health May

DoorCo’s wellness calendar continues this month with Mental Health May. As well as supporting this national awareness campaign that has been running for over 20 years, the team are also taking the opportunity to support team members...


Bohle Holds Successful Customer Open Day

Bohle recently hosted an open day at its offices near Manchester, to offer free training on the company’s expansive product range, and to offer advice to customers on new business opportunities.

“We had a fantastic day with our customers in Dukinfield,


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