29th March 2018
 
Bohle AG Agrees Exclusive Global Supply Partnership With Glass Sliding Door Hardware Specialist
 

Bohle AG has continued the rapid expansion of its hardware offer with a new and exclusive world-wide partnership and distribution agreement with sliding door specialist and glass hardware manufacturer, Mc-Slide.

The Italian company, founded in 2010, designs and manufactures an extensive range of hardware for interior and exterior sliding and folding doors and bathroom and shower fittings for glass.

As part of the supply partnership, Bohle assumes exclusive distribution rights globally, outside its Italian home market, for Mc-Slide’s product ranges.

 
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Trade And Skills Top Of Small Business Wish List As Brexit Countdown Hits One Year
 

With a year left on the Brexit clock, small businesses are urging the Government to inject much needed momentum into agreeing the future economic partnership with the EU.

According to FSB research, the EU single market is a priority trading bloc with 63% of small firms wanting to see a trade deal prioritised with the EU post Brexit. However at an individual country level the US is the country that the highest percentage of exporting small businesses would want to see a trade deal done with post Brexit (49%) –with 29% wanting to see a trade deal with Australia and 28% with China.

 
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100% Score For Mila
 

Mila has received what is arguably the ultimate endorsement of its quality management systems with a 100% score in its most recent ISO9001 BSI audit.

The score means Mila can transition immediately from the 2008 version of the ISO9001 standard to the revised 2015 version, positioning the hardware specialist alongside many of the UK’s leading businesses.

Mila’s Quality Manager Alan Peel was understandably delighted with the outcome. He said: “To be recommended for transition, a business has to achieve a score of 80% on the six-monthly audit with no more than 5 minor non-conformances.

 
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‘All In One’ Shading Solution From Sunbell

 

Sunbell, an Italian designer and manufacturer of interstitial blinds for glazing has launched an innovative new solution for residential and commercial windows and doors.

Powered by a 24v low-voltage motor the system features a slim control switch positioned on the glass that allows for individual movement or alternatively for group activation up to 12 blinds, using a hand held remote device.

The ‘All in one’ system is hard-wired to a central power source and connected to a 13amp mains supply with each blind linked together using a simple ‘sprung’ electrical connector positioned in the frame.

 
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Infrastructure Thwarts Construction As Slump Continued In February

 

After a volatile 2017 and a poor start in January, February has not fared much better for the construction industry, with the value of new contracts awarded at £4.9 billion, which is 24 per cent lower than at the same time last year.

The latest edition of the Economic & Construction Market Review from industry analysts Barbour ABI highlights levels of construction contract values awarded across Great Britain. Residential housing dominated the construction sector across February with a total contract value of £2.1 billion, its highest figure for six months. Conversely, infrastructure contract value decreased by 48 per cent compared with last month –

 
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Beware of GDPR Consultants, Warns Insight Data

 

May 25th sees a new EU Regulation come into force, the General Data Protection Regulation, and it’s already causing confusion and panic within the business community.

An army of consultants, advisors and groups have jumped on the band wagon, organising seminars and events that are often ill-informed, sometimes misleading and all-to-often designed to generate significant fees.

Andrew Scott, Managing Director of Insight Data, comments;

“Despite the barrage of information, courses and so-called experts that have emerged,

 
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Construction Employers Call On EU Migrant Workers To Stay

 

With exactly one year until Brexit, construction employers in the UK are praising the quality of their EU workers and encouraging them to stay, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

The key findings from the FMB’s research on how the bosses of small and medium-sized (SME) construction firms view their EU workers includes:

94% of firms describe the quality of EU workers they employ as ‘good’ or ‘very good’.

 
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REHAU Shortlisted For National Recycling Awards 2018

 

There’s much to celebrate at REHAU as its TOTAL70 co-extruded profile has been shortlisted for the critically acclaimed National Recycling Awards 2018.

The annual National Recycling Awards identify and celebrate best practice and innovation in recycling and waste management across the country.

This year, REHAU entered the popular TOTAL70 co-extruded profile into the Recycled Product of the Year category which recognises innovative recycled products that exemplify the best of sustainability.

 
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Butchered, Attacked And PAS 24 Secure. That’s Lock Lock!

 

When Kestrel Aluminium Systems took Lock Lock to an official, independent test house for the PAS 24 assessment of a door, the handle withstood some of the most rigorous abuse ever seen on a test video for a product of this type and can be seen at www.bit.ly/2GqN2IW.

Lock Lock is not only being increasingly adopted by the locksmith sector, but also by aluminium systems houses such as Kestrel, their respective fabricators and also by the entrance door sector as a whole.

 
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Colours, Designs And Delivery From Residor In Just 5 Days

 

With an expanded door range, standard and bespoke colours and an on time, in full service promise in excess of 99%, along with online ordering, new trade partners are helping to fuel further success in Residor.

The impressive performance for Residor has also been bolstered by their unique £1,000 security guarantee, thanks to the specification of the 3 Star Ultion cylinder as standard. With a 3.6mm external door skin, this makes for one, if not the most secure GRP composite door in the UK at present, complying to the latest PAS 24 standards.

 
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Former Tax Office Transformed Into Luxury Flats With A Little Help From REHAU

 

An office building once used by HM Customs & Excise is being transformed from a dull and dated office block into aspirational luxury apartments, as part of an ambitious project being delivered by Tustin Developments. The stark lines of the 1960s building, located in the Lancashire seaside town of Lytham St Anne’s, are being replaced with balconies and winter gardens, all drawn together with modern rendered facades, large sections of glazing and aluminium-effect REHAU windows and doors.

 
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Morley Glass & Glazing Extends Apprenticeship Training

 

Sealed unit and integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing has extended its apprenticeship programme with the help of North Lancs Training Group.

The company’s first apprentice Kieran Buchan completed his NVQ Level 2 in Glass Processing last year and has now progressed to the higher Level 3. He says: “After my GCSEs I tried Sixth Form, but it just wasn’t for me. I was ready to be given more responsibility and I realised I would do better at something more vocational.

 
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Origin Credits Revolutionary Ordering Technology For Business Growth

 

British manufacturer and home brand, Origin, is experiencing exponential business growth thanks to its revolutionary online quoting and ordering system – Origin Sale Safe (OSS). Not only has it increased the number of orders, but it has also dramatically reduced the time partners spend on each order, allowing projects to be completed faster and more precisely than ever before.

Introduced at the end of 2016, OSS was designed specifically to help Origin partners easily quote and order products from the ‘Origin Home Range’, increasing accuracy and efficiency in the process.

 
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Residence Collection Gets A Dedicated Trade Website

 

The Residence Collection has just unveiled a dedicated new website for the trade at www.residencecollectiontrade.co.uk that’s been designed as a complete resource hub for the three in one system, which boasts shared profiles, beads and single length ordering.

R2, R7 and R9 all benefit from a dedicated landing platform on the new site showcasing design philosophies, performance, a clever interactive glazing bead designer, along with a wide range of hardware and ancillaries, including the deep, period-inspired Radlington Cill.

 
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Icotherm Roof Systems Moves to New Blackburn Factory

 

Following a record third year, Icotherm Roof Systems, the solid conservatory roof expert, has moved operations to a new 15,600 sq. ft. facility in Blackburn. The new premises will triple Icotherm’s manufacturing capacity, so it can continue to meet increased demand for its solid roof system from installers.

Jenny Jackson, Director at Icotherm explains: “This factory move is a really exciting milestone for the whole Icotherm team. We began in a small unit in Bolton, which we have now completely outgrown because of our rapid growth.

 
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UK Pavilion At Fensterbau “A Great Success”

 

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) had a busy and productive week at the biennial Fensterbau Frontale – the world’s largest window exhibition held on 21-24 March in Nuremberg, Germany.

As hosts of the UK Pavilion – a 200 square metre space showcasing 12 prominent companies from the UK glazing industry – the GGF reflected positively on the four day show which had almost 1400 exhibitors, representing more than 40 countries and attracted 110,000 visitors from the international fenestration industry.

 
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Trade News

Small Business Confidence Bounces Back As Economic Forecasts Lift

Confidence among small UK firms is rebounding against a backdrop of lower inflation, progress on Brexit talks and a positive Spring Statement, according to the latest Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Small Business Index (SBI).

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Yale Window Hardware Achieves BBA Certification

Yale Door and Window Solutions has extended its offering of BBA certified window products.

The Yale Shootbolt and Yale Encloser window locks, along with the Yale Revolution window hinge have passed

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Epwin Window Systems Achieves Vinylplus® Product Label Certification

Epwin Windows Systems has been awarded VinylPlus Product Label certification having achieved the necessary requirements of the label scheme. The VinylPlus® Product Label is awarded in recognition of outstanding performance around sustainable development for

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Dekko Completes Major Investment With Graf Cill Welder

After becoming one of the first fabricators to use Graf weld technology with their Infinity range of seamless uPVC windows and later with the Residence Collection, Dekko Window Systems has completed

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Garrard Windows Adds The Mechanically Jointed Spectus Vertical Slider To Its Portfolio

Trade fabricator Garrard Windows has become the latest company to start manufacturing the new ‘heritage styled’ mechanically jointed version of the Spectus Vertical Slider.

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Installers Can Offer 0% Finance To Homeowners With Certass Membership

Certass CQ-Assured Installer Scheme members can offer 0% finance on home improvements, thanks to its Shermin Finance partnership. With a range of easy point-of-sale credit options available, this extra benefit to Certass installers

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Secure Quality With Universal Trade Frames

Spectus trade fabricator, Universal Trade Frames has been highlighting the importance of security for some time. Brian Kruger, Universal Trade Frames’ Managing Director, says: “Our customers know that security is a huge factor for contractors and homeowners and we are proud

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Product News

FD60 Now Available From Fire Door Fabricator

Timber fabricator West Port is expanding its already market-leading fire-rated offering with the addition of an FD60 door.

Recent years have seen the Cumbrian firm build a reputation as the

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People

Obituary – Stefan Seidel

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing away of Stefan Seidel, managing director of profine UK Ltd, on Monday 26th March, 2018.

Stefan was the operations manager of profine UK, until his promotion in 2014

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Aluminium

Extrudaseal Launches High-Performance Aluminium Bi-Fold Lock-Housing Mechanism And Cover

Extrudaseal has launched a new high-performance lock housing mechanism with easy to fit Eurogroove cover for alumininium bi-folding door systems.

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Conservatory Outlet Push Environmentally Friendly Products

Conservatory Outlet Ltd is actively driving its Aluminium range of home improvement products as consumer interests increasingly turn to environmentally friendly alternatives.

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On-Site

Foster And Partners Specify SWISSPACER For Principal Tower

Specifiers have chosen SWISSPACER for Principal Tower in London. This prestigious development is a 50-storey residential tower in Shoreditch, Hackney, close to London’s financial hub.

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Fenetek And Exlabesa Deliver For Starbucks

Fenetek is one of the North’s leading fabricators of high quality aluminium fenestration products to the commercial and domestic glazing industries. It recently demonstrated why it has achieved this status with the installation of the glazed curtain

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Software

Appy Days Ahead For Kestrel Installers

Kestrel has turned to tech to make installers ‘appier than ever.

The leading fascia, cladding and soffit brand has launched its very own app, meaning installers have Kestrel backup in their pocket when they need it.

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Events

Edgetech Brings Warm-Edge Expertise To Glazing Summit

Warm-edge spacer manufacturer Edgetech has become the latest big-name sponsor to sign up to the Glazing Summit, a major new conference for the leading lights of UK fenestration.

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Awards

Morley Glass & Glazing Shortlisted For Business Award

Morley Glass & Glazing, the UK’s market leader in the manufacture of Uni-Blinds® integral blind units, has been shortlisted in the Medium Sized Business category at the 2018 Yorkshire Business Masters Awards.

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Product Innovation To Be Recognised In New Ironmongery Award

Innovative product design will be recognised in a new category at the next GAI/RIBA Architectural Ironmongery Specification Awards.

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Charity

Kingfisher’s Marathon Man Raises Money For The Brain And Spine Foundation

“As a parent of a child with Transverse Myelitis, I wanted to give something back to the Brain and Spine Foundation,” says Lee Beetham, Commercial Director at Yorkshire fabricator Kingfisher Windows.

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Listers Central Donates Stoke City Memorabilia To Local Staffordshire Hospice

Prominent Stoke-on-Trent fabricator Listers Central has continued their long-term support of the local Dougie Mac Hospice, by donating a large variety of Stoke City FC memorabilia.

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