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29th January 2019
 
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Hurst Unveils Major Rebrand
 

Hurst has kicked-off the new year with a major re-brand to strengthen its position as a leading manufacturer of composite doors and PVC-U door panels. As part of the launch, the company has unveiled a bold new identity to capture its unique pedigree and appeal to a new generation of customers.

The move heralds the next exciting phase of development for Hurst as Marketing Manager Hayley Barker explains: “This launch marks the beginning of what will be a pivotal year for Hurst as we embark on another period of rapid growth.

 
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Mechatronics Is The Future

 

Mechatronics is the word of 2019. It’s technology that combines electronics and mechanical engineering. It’s not new – but it’s an area that’s growing exponentially. For Avantis International, it’s bringing together two key areas of expertise to create new opportunities for door and window fabricators and installers.

“In the glazing industry, most people know us for hardware,” says Mark Bromley, CEO of Avantis. “But that’s just part of the business. Avantis is one of South East Asia’s leading manufacturers of electronic sensors and indicators for a global market.

 
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Google Hit With Landmark £44 Million GDPR Fine

 

Search engine giant Google has been issued with a landmark fine of 50 million euros (£44m), for a breach of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The fine, which is the largest in GDPR history, was issued by French data watchdog CNIL for “lack of transparency, unsatisfactory information and a lack of valid consent regarding the personalisation of advertising”. Following its investigation,

 
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New Head Of Sales At Epwin Window Systems

 

Epwin Window Systems has further strengthened its sales management team with the appointment of Katrina Earl as Head of Sales.

Katrina has been with working within the Epwin business for the past four years and takes up her new position with immediate effect.

In her new role, Katrina will be responsible for the external sales team and will be instrumental in helping drive new sales opportunities

 
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Padiham Glass Announces Six-Figure Investment

 

IGU specialist, Padiham Glass has committed to a six-figure spend on further software integration, a new automatic sealing robot, plus new handling equipment, to drive increased flexibility and quality through its’ trade offer.

Having already introduced new bar-coding systems and increased process control, the trade IGU specialist will bring new batch-control software online early this year.

 
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Modplan Expands Manufacturing Facility

 

Leading trade VEKA fabricator Modplan has further expanded its production facility with the installation of a new 12,000 sqft mezzanine floor at its Newport, Gwent headquarters. The additional production space will be utilised for the manufacture of its LEKA roofing products and will allow Modplan to further improve its manufacturing efficiencies for this rapidly growing product range.

The latest expansion takes Modplan’s total manufacturing space to 137,000 sqft.

 
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Martindale Makes The Switch To Installation Tape

 

One of Northamptonshire’s leading installers has become the latest firm to endorse tremco-illbruck’s TP650 Trio window installation tape.

For 40 years, FENSA-registered Martindale Windows and Developments have been bringing a vast array of windows, doors and conservatories to homeowners throughout the Northamptonshire region.

 
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New App From Infinity Lets Installers Create A Mobile Showroom
 

The brand new Showroom app coming soon from software specialists Infinity does exactly what it says on the tin, allowing installers to create their very own mobile showroom for use either online or offline, says the company.

It works as a fully portable version of an installer’s own website on tablets and mobile devices which can be used anywhere at any time. Sales teams can use it face to face in the sales process even when

 
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New BIM And Fire Rated Technologies Lead For ISO-CHEMIE At Futurebuild

 

Foam sealing specialist ISO CHEMIE, which is marking 10 years in the UK in 2019, will be targeting designers and architects at Futurebuild 2019 with its high-performance airtightness and energy efficiency solutions for windows and doors (stand E12).

Leading the way will be the ISO-TOP WINFRAMER thermal insulating and load bearing bracket system for the rapid installation of windows, which has been fire rated to E30.

 
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Freefoam’s Five-Star Service Supports Northern Building Plastics
 

Northern Building Plastics Ltd (NBP) is a fast-growing independent stockist of maintenance-free PVC building materials covering England and Wales through two large supercentres in Leeds and Bolton. NBP has been a Freefoam supplier for over seven years, and has recently noticed a significant change in customer buying patterns, with a marked increase in sales of Freefoam’s coloured products.

NBP Marketing Manager, Martin King comments: “We’re seeing our customers’ clients invest more in their homes and take advantage of

 
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Enfield’s Doors Pass New Fire Test With A Reassuringly Large Margin

 

Post Grenfell, the Ministry of Housing Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) asked some key fire doors suppliers to help them. Enfield Speciality Doors provided technical advice, design and fire protection expertise plus three sample doorsets designed to withstand fire for a minimum of 30 minutes. The new test, designed to address areas of concern in the Grenfell fire, measures the fire resistance of doors opening both into and away from the fire.

 
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Cap Free Fire Rated Curtain Wall

 

In what is believed to be a first for the industry, a cap-less, fire rated curtain wall system has been completed on a refurbishment development in Manchester. The project, known as ‘The Core’, is located at 24-30 Brown Street in the city centre and uses the ‘MB-SR50N EI efekt’ developed by Aluprof.

Originally built in the mid-1980s as the headquarters for law firm Halliwells, the building, also formerly known as St James’s Court,

 
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Monarch Home Improvements Celebrates Win

 

It was a great end to 2018 for Monarch Home Improvements (North East) Ltd as the business won FENSA Installation of the Year at the G18 Awards.

The business based in Hebburn Tyne and Wear and is an Authorised REHAU Partner, was presented with the award at the G18 ceremony, hosted at the London Hilton, Park Lane, on Friday, November 30th..

 
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Appeal Of Haffner Murat’s SMR-5 Welder

 

Since its launch, Haffner Murat says its SMR-5 welder has been an overnight success and sales have continued to rise as more and more fabricators see how much it has to offer their production. Dave Thomas, Managing Director of Haffner Murat, said: “The SMR-5 welder is one of the fastest and most accurate welders on the market today, which is why we’re seeing such strong sales.”

 
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Heathrow Business Summit yields leads for Newview

 

Newview Windows walked away from a recent Heathrow Business Summit with several valuable leads.

The Worthing firm has a long-standing relationship with the country’s biggest airport – it’s a leading fulfiller of its noise reduction window scheme, and was one of a number of key suppliers invited to take a table at the event.

 
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New BDM Ties The Knot With Kestrel

 

Psychology graduate Nathan Hassall has tied the knot with roofline brand Kestrel by becoming its latest business development manager.

The former hotel wedding supervisor, joined the cladding, soffit and fascia brand in January to cover the North West.

 
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GGF Group Looks Forward To The FIT Show

 

The GGF and its group of commercial subsidiaries are getting ready for The FIT Show with big plans to promote all six GGF group companies at the show.

Since The FIT Show started in 2013, the GGF and its commercial companies – FENSA, BFRC, GGFi, RISA and Borough IT, have participated at the UK glazing industry’s largest trade fair.

 
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New Departments Created As GGF Group Expands

Due to significant expansion and long term business development plans, the GGF Group is pleased to announce the formation of two new departments in the areas of marketing and external affairs.

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Rapierstar’s ISO 9001 Upgrade Provides Greater Quality And Service Assurance

Window and door sector fastener specialist Rapierstar has invested in delivering further enhanced customer service and product quality by stepping up to the latest edition of the globally recognised management standard, ISO 9001.

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GGF Responds To Government Consultation On Migration

A key independent government advisory body, the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) sought the views of industry at the end of 2018 about the migration challenges effecting recruitment of skilled workers.

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Product News

Bowater By Birtley Launches Exclusive New Fire Door With Agrifiber Core

Bowater by Birtley has introduced an exclusive new FireShield FD30S fire door after successfully securing BS EN 1634 certification.

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Million Metre Milestone For Morley Glass & Glazing

Uni-blinds® integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing is celebrating a special milestone alongside spacer bar specialists Technoform.

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Universal Trade Frames’ Composite Door Offers Market-Leading Credentials

Universal Trade Frames has developed a reputation for the quality of its products and its composite doors are no exception. In fact, its composite doors offer superb thermal efficiency, stunning aesthetics and Secured by Design options too.

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Let The Fresh Air In And Keep Flies And Wasps Out!

The simple and effective Ascena Sliding Flyscreen offers call-back and add-on sales opportunities for all bi-folding and sliding door installations.

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Machinery

Energy Saving Glass Announces New Toughening Capacity

Energy Saving Glass has continued its investment in its in-house manufacturing facility with seven-figure spend on a new toughening facility.

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People

Padiham Glass Announces Heavy-Weight Appointment

Ex-Pilkington AG boss, John Spiby has assumed a new senior leadership role with leading trade IGU manufacturer, Padiham Glass.

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Software

Easy Connect From Listers Aims To Make Installers Lives Even Easier

Listers Central has introduced a new dedicated bespoke online ordering portal, Easy Connect.

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On-Site

Manchester's Latest Hotel

Aluminium systems supplied by UK facade company Aluprof, have been specified for the recently completed Hotel Indigo Manchester. Located next to Victoria station, at the junction of Todd Street and Corporation Street,

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Howells’ Bespoke Glazing System Restores Historic Alton Towers Conservatory

Howells Patent Glazing was appointed manufacturer and supplier of a bespoke glazing system for one of the greatest examples of Gothic Revival architecture in Britain, the Towers, known to millions as the centrepiece of Alton Towers Resort. Adapting its popular HGR 1 rafter bar,

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Eiffel Tower In Top Shape For 130th Birthday Thanks To Edgetech’s Triseal

It’s one of the world’s most famous structures and an instantly recognisable symbol not just of Paris, but France itself.

This year, the Eiffel Tower will mark its 130th birthday – and state-of-the-art

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Quiet Study Time For London Students Thanks To The Window Company (Contracts)

Yara Lewisham is a brand new mixed use development combining 4,000 sq ft of office and retail space on the ground floor with private student accommodation on the floors above.

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Awards

New Appointment And Glass Focus Award Win For Saint- Gobain Building Glass

Flat glass manufacturer Saint-Gobain Building Glass is celebrating winning the Strengthening People Through Business Award at the 2018 Glass Focus Awards, run by British Glass, which has also appointed Steve Severs,

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Sponsorship

UAP Welcomes Manchester Thunder & England Roses’ Player Eleanor Cardwell

UAP Limited has welcomed Manchester Thunder and England Roses’ player, Eleanor Cardwell to its headquarters to mark their continued partnership with Manchester Thunder, as the new Superleague season gets underway.

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