29th September 2016
 
Safeguard Achieves EN1279 Parts 2 And 3 On Heritage IGUs
 

Century glass technology into aesthetically appropriate double glazed units for traditional and historic or listed properties. It’s an issue our industry has grappled with for decades and something recently highlighted by the GGF who draw attention to the lack of specific test evidence available to date for IGUs constructed with an edge depth seal less than that usually seen in standard units.

But now there is a fully certified solution as Peterborough-based glass and glazing specialist SafeGuard announces it is the first company in the UK to achieve EN1279 Parts 2 and 3 across a range of heritage IGUs.

 
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Record Order Intake For Universal Arches
 

During the course of September 2016, shaped and arched frame specialist, Universal Arches, experienced a record order intake of 350 frames in just three days, with sales calendar year to date up an impressive 11%.

With many industry commentators assessing the implications of any post-Brexit fears, this impressive statistic from Universal Arches is another indicator that the industry is quickly recovering from the headache of the referendum. For many fabricators, 350 frames in three days is par for the course, but the very fact that Universal Arches

 
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Belgrade Polymer Products Reaches 20 Millionth Product Milestone
 

Belgrade Polymer Products, a specialist supplier to the fenestration and construction sectors, celebrated the manufacture of its 20 millionth product this week – a Square External Boss End Capping for PVC-U conservatory roof systems.

Over the past decade, Belgrade Polymer Products has expanded into a wide range of sectors, including the window industry where it is currently working with several customers on creating new products for conservatory roof systems.

 
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Origin Launches New Range Of Stylish Blinds
 

Origin has added a selection of new stylish, high quality blinds to its Origin Home range. Designed to fit every door and window type, from bi-folds and French Doors through to bay and gable windows, the new range includes six different styles; Electric Roller Blinds, Pleated Blinds, Roman Blinds, Glamour Blinds, Venetian Blinds, and Vertical Blinds.

The introduction of new ranges also ensures that Origin can now cater for any room type or requirement, with each blind offering a different effect, look and feel.

 
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Mila Appoints New Marketing Assistant To Support Customers
 

Stephanie James has joined Mila’s award winning marketing team as a Marketing Assistant with a specific brief to help customers win more business.

Steph is well known to lots of Mila customers because she previously worked in internal sales for four years before making the transition from sales to marketing. This, Steph says, has given her lots of essential product knowledge and a real understanding of the marketing support which customers need and value most.

 
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Guardian Glass Launches Online Performance Calculator
 

Guardian Glass has introduced the Performance Calculator, a digital tool to help customers make the best choice for their glazing.

The Performance Calculator – developed by Guardian’s technical team as part of the Guardian Glass Analytics Software suite and freely available – calculates the light and energy performance of any Guardian® glass, either used as a single sheet or any combination of type and thickness for double and triple insulating glass units.

 
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Alex Hewitt, Marketing Director Joins Ultraframe
 

Ultraframe has announced the appointment of Alex Hewitt as marketing director. Alex has vast experience of working in world-class firms and has played a pivotal role in businesses from start-ups to global brands. Her exceptional capability is centered around bringing best-in-class innovations to market. With a strategy to treble the size of the business, there’s no question Alex’s blend of skills and experience are uniquely suited to Ultraframe customers.

 
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Stevenswood Has Its Biggest Month – Ever!
 

Window, door, conservatory and kitchen manufacturer Stevenswood reports its biggest month ever in August 2016. Since 2015, Stevenswood has added nine new branches throughout Scotland, and all its existing local trade centres have now been upgraded to include bigger showrooms showing a wider range of products. It’s so convenient, today more than 80 percent of the population in Scotland is within 30 minutes of one of 14 Stevenswood showrooms.

 
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Frame Fast Appoints Karl Vandebroucke To Grow Its Glass Shop
 

East Midlands fabricator Frame Fast, appoints Karl Vandebroucke to grow its glass shop. His extensive experience in manufacturing glazed units adds extra knowledge into the technical team at Frame Fast.

Karl says: “I knew that Frame Fast wanted to grow this side of the business, so I jumped at the chance to head up the glass shop.”

 
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SGG WAVELINE FLUID: The New Design Glass The Third Dimension Of Light
 

Wave-shaped, flowing and featuring a rhythmical design: FLUID, the new design glass from Saint-Gobain Glass, enriches cast glass with an extra dimension. The motif, created by a team of designers, produces a fascinating depth effect, making it an ideal design element for interiors and facades.

Play of transparency and translucence, play of space, depth and light: with its dynamic structure, the new FLUID design glass transforms

 
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Opportunities For Installers In Conservation Areas, Say Warwick North West
 

For years, conservation areas were a no-go area for uPVC windows. Recently, however, that’s begun to change. In the last decade, we’ve seen an upsurge in the number of premium quality uPVC products capable of delivering both outstanding all-round performance and convincing timber-style aesthetics.

Products are accepted into conservation areas on a case-by-case basis. That means that just because a product has been cleared

 
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London Calling For Senior
 

Fenestration designer and manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems is making itself at home in the London residential market after providing a stylish glazing package for a new development in the borough of Bow.

Comprising a mixture of affordable residential apartments and commercial accommodation, the new Merchant Walk scheme has been developed by Peabody Housing Association. Working alongside main contractor Galliford Try, with whom Senior has an established trading agreement, leading fabricator and installer Denval Ltd

 
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TruFrame Takes To Top Trumps Promotion
 

TruFrame has taken to a ‘Top Trumps’ inspired promotion, as they look to endorse all of the attributes that makes them one of the most highly regarded and engaging uPVC window and door manufacturers in the UK.

A number of packs of ‘Top Trumps’ have been distributed to installation companies in key geographical areas, promoting a number of different products, departments, people and systems.

 
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New Landmark High-Rise In South West London, Supplied By Hueck UK
 

Another successful collaboration between aluminium building systems supplier, Hueck UK, and façade contractor McMullen Facades Ltd, a Lakesmere Group company, has recently seen the completion of one of south west London’s new landmark buildings, The Pinnacle.

Rising 170 feet high, the tower construction delivers 88 new luxury apartments, including a number of penthouses, with impressive views

 
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Distinction Doors: Delivering The Bespoke Marketing Support That Companies Need
 

Distinction Doors claims it not only supplies market-leading composite doors, it also supplies market-leading marketing support too that helps its customers make the most of the opportunities in the market. Chantel Roach, Distinction’s Marketing Director, comments: “Our customers are busy people. Our marketing support has been designed to help them save time and grow their business.”

 
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The Window Company (Contracts)’ Joined Up
 

For the fourth year in a row, The Window Company (Contracts) has been named as a finalist at the G-Awards. This year it is in the Training Initiative of the Year category in recognition of its ‘joined up’ approach to training.

The Chelmsford based commercial installer has won the coveted Installer of the Year title for the past two years but, for the G-Awards

 
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Epwin Sets Swish Logo Flying High
 

Epwin Group has supported installer Southern Plasticlad Ltd on its latest marketing campaign, with sponsorship for a hot air balloon at the recent Bristol Balloon Fiesta festival.

Director Jon Thompson explains: “We contacted Epwin about including the Swish Authorised Installer logos on our Southern Plasticlad hot air balloon for the festival, and were thrilled to receive their support with sponsorship.

 
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Trade News

GGF Forms The Helix Group

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has formed a new company called “The Helix Group” which will act as the umbrella company for all the GGF’s subsidiary commercial companies.

Within The Helix Group will be some well-known industry brands including:

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Government Extends Construction And Infrastructure Pipeline Contract With Barbour ABI

Construction intelligence specialist Barbour ABI has been given a contract extension by HM Government to continue to publish the Government Construction and Infrastructure Pipelines for a fifth year, continuing until August 2017. Barbour ABI was originally awarded the contract in September 2012, following a formal competitive tender process,

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Euroglaze Starts Manufacture Of New REHAU Agila Fire Door

Barnsley based Euroglaze is set to become one of the first fabricators to start manufacturing the REHAU AGILA fire door, now that it is ready for its official launch.

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UAP Limited Pledges Its Support For Fire Door Safety Week

UAP Limited has pledged its support for Fire Door Safety Week by highlighting the importance door hardware plays in ensuring a door is as fire resistant as possible.

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Product News

Triple Crown: Sliders UK Adds Third PVC-U Bi-Fold To Its Portfolio

Sliders UK has started manufacturing the new Duraflex bi-fold, its third PVC-U bi-folding door system – and the fourth new product, launched by the door specialist this year.

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Optima Results For Epwin Customer BBH

Following their recent switch to the Profile 22 Optima system, Epwin Group customer BBH Ltd have reported great interest to the new system and one of their busiest year’s yet.

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Trojan’s Ts007 2 Star High Security Door Handle Delivers A 5 Star Solution

Sales of Trojan’s TS007 2 star High Security Door Handle, which was launched in 2015, have been unprecedented, says the company. The handle allows fabricators to fit a lower cost 1 star cylinder and still meet the requirements of Document Q, a competitively priced solution that is proving very attractive.

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Exlabesa’s Bi-Fold Door Proves A Popular Choice For Fabricators

Bi-fold doors are a key product in every portfolio these days and leading aluminium systems house Exlabesa’s version is proving to be a popular choice amongst fabricators. Derek Hodgson, Exlabesa’s General Manager, comments: “The qualities of our bi-fold door means it’s attracting new customers for us every day.

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The AGB Tour R Pivot Window System Exclusively From BJ Waller

Round pivot windows often cause problems for Joinery manufacturers, builders or installers. The advanced multi-point locking Tour R system from Italian hardware giants AGB, is simple to assemble and provides better functionality for pivot window systems.

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Spectus Unveils Major New Ancillaries Range

Spectus has delivered a major boost to fabricators and installers with the launch of 40 new ancillaries, more than doubling its existing offering and creating the most extensive and versatile range of its kind.

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Bohle Manual Lifting Device ‘Takes The Strain’ For Solaglass Distribution Centre

With the increasing size of insulated glazed units, safe manual handling is also a growing challenge.

While a number of lifting solutions are available, they often lack the flexibility and also the manoeuvrability

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People

GGF Announces New Board Members

The GGF is pleased to announce changes to its Board of Directors and a new President-elect.

Through the Home Improvement Executive (HIE), GGF Members have voted for Alan Burgess of Masterframe to be President-elect and Stephen

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Aluminium

aluplast Unveils Significant Expansion Of Its Dedicated UK Offer

aluplast has launched its highly flexible new Ideal 4000 SquareLine casement window system, signalling the start of a significant expansion of its UK offer.

The 70mm system is defined by a contemporary ‘square-edge’ profile .

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Awards

Mila Shortlisted In Two Categories At G-16 Awards

Mila has been shortlisted once again at the G-16 Awards – in the highly competitive Component Supplier of the Year and Trade Marketing Campaign of the Year categories.

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Six G Award Nominations For The VEKA UK Group And Its Customers

The VEKA UK Group will head to the finals of the G16 Awards, hopeful of Group success in two categories; with VEKA fabricators and installers shortlisted in a further four.

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AstraSEAL Initiative Shortlisted For G Award

Earlier this year, fabricator Astraseal launched its AstraSEAL of Approval, seeking to highlight the huge range of value-added services it offers its customers – and now, the innovative scheme has been nominated as Customer Care Initiative of the Year at the 2016 G Awards.

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Charity

Tawonga Ukongwa (Thank You Very Much) Conservatory Outlet

Wakefield based fabricator Conservatory Outlet is helping to make a difference over 7,000 miles away with its continued support for the RIPPLE Africa charity.

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