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29th October 2020
 
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Frustration For Installers In Supply Chain Crisis

 

While supply issues right across the market are obviously having a serious impact on fabricators, lead times and operational efficiencies, in most cases it is installers, operating at the sharp end of the industry, who are actually bearing the brunt.

In the commercial market, where there are sometimes penalties for late completion of jobs, the pressure and frustrations have been particularly intense.

For The Window Company (Contracts), which works right across the social housing and commercial new build sectors, obtaining stock to maintain its market leading service levels and avoid penalties has been one of the biggest challenges it has faced since factories reopened in April and May.

 
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AluK Launches C70S Window System

 

October 2020 sees the official launch of AluK’s brand new, beautifully engineered C70S 70mm window – the big brother to its iconic 58BW window system.

The C70S has all the clean lines, slim sightlines and advanced functionality which customers love about the 58BW, but with increased weather performance and new design features for even faster fabrication and installation. This new window will help them increase margins and improve competitiveness.

Assembly is quicker, thanks to clip-together detailing on the sub cill, frame extenders, and Z adapter, and a universal EPDM carrier groove means that the EPDM strip can be fitted reliably and easily every time using a simple, AluK-supplied ‘snap-in’ PVC profile.

 
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Antimicrobial Glass Ready For Launch After Obtaining Third Party Verification

 

A new coated glass product designed by the NSG Group to help reduce the transmission of microbes via surfaces in shared spaces and public transport, is ready for launch after its antimicrobial properties were verified through independent third-party testing.

The launch of the new glass product, Pilkington SaniTise™, follows the glass giant’s Lancashire based research and development team fast tracking its research into antimicrobial coatings in the wake of the pandemic. The work was supported by testing at leading UK universities.

Pilkington SaniTise™ is a transparent coated glass that’s activated through UV radiation. When the glass is exposed to UV light,

 
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Insight Data Report Suggests How The Industry May Be Surviving Through Coronavirus Pandemic

 

In December last year, Insight Data published a review of 2019 for the PVC-U fabrication industry. 190 of the top fabricators across the UK were telephoned and asked questions about their business and the wider industry. Here Jade Greenhow, Insight Data Operations Director, looks back at the report results and explains how the events of the last ten months could suggest that diversification may have become a popular solution for many fabricators.

“Despite what we know now about the way 2020 has turned out, back then, many felt that the fenestration industry was in the throes of a difficult process of evolution. One of the key topics of interest was how the diversification of materials or products was helping fabricators to be more successful.”

 
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Spectus Windows Deliver For New Waterfront Development In Edinburgh

 

Approved Spectus fabricator Sidey has recently manufactured and installed over 200 flush tilt and turn windows for a low-rise, contemporary new apartment block in Edinburgh. The block forms part of Places for People’s Waterfront 3 development which embraces the best in modern architecture.

Designed by Reiach and Hall Architects, the contemporary project provided 34 homes for affordable rent built using a mix of traditional and timber-framed modular construction.

Waterfront 3 is the third phase of a high-density development and the wider development provides a total of 89 mixed-tenure homes across

 
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Freefoam Shortlisted For Three Construction Marketing Awards

 

Freefoam is a finalist in three of this year’s prestigious Construction Marketing Awards (CMAs) for its successful #HelpingCustomersGrow campaign.

The independent roofline, rainwater and cladding manufacturer has been shortlisted for Best Use of Content Marketing, Best Mid-Budget Campaign and Strategic Planning and Management.

#HelpingCustomersGrow is a tightly synchronised marketing programme of PR, advertising, social media, video and direct marketing which illustrates the impact of Freefoam’s supply chain working effectively together to grow. Freefoam’s campaign,

 
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CMS Facades Reaps Dividends From Emmegi Quadra Investment

 

CMS Facades’ investment in an Emmegi Quadra L2 fully automatic cutting and machining centre in November 2018 doubled its aluminium capacity almost overnight. Two years on, the company says the payback on the machine is coming from the number of large-scale projects it is now winning.

Stephen Anderson, CMS Facades Director, said: “We were the first company in Scotland to acquire a Quadra L2 and it has definitely given us a real competitive advantage when it comes to façade projects. We can now quote for projects using bigger sections than we could have done previously and we’re building an impressive portfolio of commercial and public sector installations as a result.”

 
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65 Evander Apprentices Successfully Complete Industry-Specific Qualifications Thanks To MRG Services

 

Sixty-five apprentices at Evander, one of the UK’s leading providers of responsive, pre-planned and emergency home services, have just successfully completed their Level 2 and 3 programmes in Fenestration Installation, Glazing, and Fenestration Surveying. The programmes were delivered by industry training experts, MRG.

Paul Gray of MRG, said: “We are proud of our long-standing partnership with Evander. Together we’ve ensured that these latest 65 Apprentices have successfully completed their qualifications.”

Matt Smith, HR Director at Evander, said: “We would like to congratulate all of the Evander learners that have recently achieved their Apprenticeships.

 
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Window Supply Company Appoints Greg Hall As Finance Director

 

West Lothian based window and door manufacturer Window Supply Company (WSC) bolsters position in the UK fenestration market with the appointment of Greg Hall as Finance Director. Joining the company at their headquarters in Livingston, Greg will be responsible for all aspects of financial management and will spearhead the long-term business growth strategy for the company.

With over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of financial management, Greg brings a wealth of knowledge and impressive history of success to the role. Key career highlights include securing and delivering a 5-year £100M contract for packaging company Field Packaging, which led to a 75% increase in turnover.

 
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Recruitment

Experienced Aluminium Window & Door Fabricator

Arkay Windows are a specialist large-scale fabricator with over 40 years experience based in North London, Watford. Through growth built on putting our customers first, we have risen to supply some of the country’s biggest retail companies, contractors and commercial installers.

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Trade News
 

Reassurance On Business As Usual From AluK

Chepstow-based AluK is reassuring customers that it is very much business as usual, despite the ‘Firebreak’ lockdown recently announced by the Welsh government.

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Sash Window Searches Are Soaring, Says Victorian Sliders

Europe’s biggest sash window manufacturer Victorian Sliders looks at the latest Google Trends data, and what it tells us about the state of the market.

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Roto Announces New Anti-Viral Technology For Window Handles

Window handles from Roto are now available with a special coating designed to dramatically reduce the possibility of viruses and other pathogens being transferred by touch.

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Trade News

Dear Gerald

I wrote last month criticising the fact that far too many fabricators were using the Covid-19 crisis and ongoing supply chain issues as excuses for inherent inefficiencies within their businesses.

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Yale DWS Adapts Connectivity For Post-Lockdown Specification Practices

Yale has broadened its communication opportunities to allow for its straight-forward, specification service to continue with new socially distanced working practices.

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Force 8 Are Feeling Flush

Flush windows have become an extremely popular product in the home improvement market, particularly with homeowners looking for a more traditional look and feel. There are many fabricators now producing these flush products,

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Product News

greenteQ Invicta Shootbolt Completes The Range

Hardware expert VBH has added the Invicta shootbolt locking system for outward opening windows to its greenteQ range of premium quality window and door hardware and furniture.

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Apeer Upgrades Composite Door Offer With Comprehensive New Hardware Range

Apeer has unveiled a comprehensive new collection of hardware and door furniture, available on selected styles within its composite door portfolio.

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Software

Design, Sell And Place Orders Through A Single Sales Tool

Emplas has launched a new retail tool which simplifies remote-selling while offering seamless integration with ordering processes.

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Awards

Garnalex Is Construction Marketing Awards Double Finalist

Garnalex has reached the finals in two categories in this year’s Construction Marketing Awards (CMAs). The all-new aluminium extrusion and systems company is nominated for Strategic Planning

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MRA Shortlisted For 15 Construction Marketing Awards

Full-service agency MRA Marketing has been shortlisted for 15 awards across 10 categories in this year’s prestigious Construction Marketing Awards (CMAs). In spite of tough market conditions,

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Charity

ODL Europe Donates $1,000 To GM Fundraising

To help mark its 75th anniversary year, ODL Europe has donated $1,000 to GM Fundraising to support Hope House Children’s Hospices. Nathan Barr, Managing Director of ODL Europe, said: “We are delighted to make this donation to GM

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