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29th September 2020
 
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Sternfenster Appoints 30 New Staff In Less Than Three-Months

 

Sternfenster has appointed 30 new members to its manufacturing team in less than three months as part of a strategy to rapidly build capacity in response to the exponential growth in demand seen for windows and doors this summer.

Accompanied by continuing investment in plant and machinery, the new posts give the trade specialist immediate new flexibility within its operation, plus support its strategy for long term growth.

Mike Parczuk, Managing Director, Sternfenster, “Our focus has been to invest and bring a high degree of automation to our manufacturing capability. This gives us the flexibility to switch-on increased capacity as we need it.

 
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Liniar Stays Ahead Of Foil Demand With Investment In Lamination Technology

 

Liniar is ramping up its capacity for foiled profiles, with the purchase of what the company says is one of the most technically advanced lamination machines on the market.

The £750k investment in the Luna R Automatic Profile Wrapping Machine from Italy has been specifically designed for Liniar and will help the extrusion company speed up the production of foiled profiles, thanks to major time savings on set up time and increased output.

According to Liniar, it already offers one of the best foil ranges in the UK today, with 36 foils across 5 substrates – giving a possible 3,330 colour combinations. Its in-house, purpose-built lamination department has seen unprecedented demand over recent years and in particular, recent months.

 
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Garnalex Comments On The European Commission’s Proposal To Impose Anti-Dumping Duties On Imported Aluminium From China

 

On Tuesday 22nd September the European Commission announced plans to impose provisional anti-dumping duties on aluminium extrusions from China. This includes imports of aluminium bars, rods, profiles, tubes and pipes, either unassembled or prepared for use.

The proposed duties will be as high as 48%, ranging from 30.4 – 38.2% for some companies; 34.9% for companies that cooperated in the European Commission’s anti-dumping investigation; and 48% for those companies who did not cooperate with the investigation. The duties will be in addition to the EU’s standard 7.5% import duty.

 
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Modplan Launches Internal Control Hub To Support Its Customers

 

In response to the industry-wide supply chain challenges, leading VEKA trade fabricator Modplan has launched an internal Control Hub to keep its customers one step ahead.

Heidi Sachs, Managing Director at Modplan, commented: “Our new Control Hub gives us at-a-glance information on the status of every order in the system across our multiple manufacturing sites. This includes our planning summary, stock availability, production levels and dispatch details. It means we can identify any issues immediately and let our customers know what’s happening so they can plan accordingly.”

 
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Framevent Trickle Vents In Trend Tones

 

Window Ware has expanded its range of stocked colours in the RW Simon Framevent window ventilators to include on-trend grey shades and more.

This is great news for fabricators and installers who have perhaps struggled in the past to source coloured vents in high-volumes or on quick turnarounds, says the company. Now, fabricators will have a wider palette of trickle vents at their fingertips to suit some of the most popular window styles and finishes today, including dual or single coloured vents in top-selling tones of silver grey RAL7001, slate grey RAL7015, agate grey RAL7938 and anthracite grey RAL7016, as well as more muted hues like Chartwell green and cream with other RAL colours available on request.

 
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Freefoam Building Products has released guidelines for PVC installers on how to get ahead with all things digital. As a consequence of the recent pandemic homeowners are spending more time at home and inevitably more time online, so having a visible online presence has never been more important. Freefoam have produced an Installer Digital Toolkit document with five easy ways for all home improvement companies to improve their digital footprint.

Created with busy installers in mind the document covers a wide range of quick and easy social media and online tips. It explains how to set up a business Facebook page, an essential and not to be confused with a personal Facebook page.

 
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Crystal Clear Group Opt For Supercut 6

 

Established in 1988, the Crystal Clear Group has always had a focus on providing commercial and trade customers with top of the line, high-quality PVCu fenestration products. In August 2020, in the midst of months of unprecedented demand in the industry following lockdown for the COVID-19 pandemic, Crystal Clear’s CEO Martin Randall decided it was time to upgrade his fabrication machinery. He was looking for something which would not only enhance his operational efficiency but also provide consistent quality across all products.

His choice: the Supercut 6 Cutting and Machining Centre from Avantek Machinery.

 
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profine CEO Flies In To New UK Manufacturing Facility

 

Dr Peter Mrosik, owner and CEO of profine Group GmbH, flew in to visit the new profine UK facility in Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire and with it see first-hand the scale of operations and the newly acquired brands and systems.

Collectively, the new UK operation is one of the largest subsidiaries in the group, boasting the new brands of Evolve, Legend and Warmcore, alongside KOMMERLING. During his visit Dr Mrosik saw several KÖMMERLING 70 tools running in the extrusion hall next to other profiles and accessories. It was also a similar story in the foil lamination facility, as the business looks to fulfill the considerable growth in post-lockdown demand over recent weeks and months.

 
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VBH’s Q-Secure Homeowner Guarantee Just Got Better!

 

VBH has recently made some changes to its Q-secure homeowner guarantee.

Q-secure guarantees finished windows, doors and patio doors, including aluminium bi-fold and lift/slide elements, against break in for 10 years after installation.

If an intrusion occurs as a result of hardware failure, VBH will pay the customer up to £8000 direct.

Fabricators can become Q-secure Approved Manufacturers by committing to gear their Q-secure products with hardware from VBH’s basket of approved products.

 
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AluK Windows Installed In Grade II Listed Mill

 

Grade II listed, Harby Mill on the borders of Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire was a working tower windmill right up until the 1930s.

An iconic local landmark, it was built in 1877 to replace a wooden original. Once milling on the site ended though, the building lost its sails and gradually fell into a state of disrepair. That was until it was rescued 30 years ago and converted into a quirky and luxurious five-storey home.

A two-storey extension was added in 2004 and, since then, the owners have continued the programme of restoration and renovation.

 
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New Appointments Strengthen Sheerline Technical Support

 

Garnalex has continued to strengthen the Sheerline team with the appointment of two Area Technical Managers, Dave Brown and James Barker. Working closely with the Technical Sales Team, Dave and James will provide fabricators with specific technical assistance and advice on setting up as Sheerline fabricators.

Dave Brown joins as Southern Technical Manager, bringing extensive technical knowledge gained in various roles at AluK and Schüco. Northern Technical Manager James Barker’s previous work at Avantek gives him an in-depth understanding of tooling, machinery and setting up new fabricators.

 
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Benefits For All

 

Low Street in Sunderland was once a place where goods were warehoused and ships were built. Today, the young professionals here dream up online games for the company Tombola. The design of the new headquarters embraces the historic industrial architecture of the local area, while the use of SageGlass® technology provides employees with maximum comfort and a state-of-the-art working environment.

Sunderland, located at the mouth of the River Wear in the North East, was originally established as a result of the coal and salt trade in the area. From the 14th to 19th century, people turned their attention to building ships. 200 years later, modern sectors have replaced these longstanding sources of income in the port city. Tombola was founded in Sunderland in 2006.

 
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Fentrade Delivers On Colourful Tool Hire Project

 

Trade fabricator, Fentrade Aluminium recently manufactured and supplied a commercial shopfront system for a colourful refurbishment project for a specialist tool hire company based in Bristol, Avon.

Working with installer Crystal Clear of Bristol, one of Fentrade’s established trade customers, the specialist tool hire company were particular on the choice of colour. As such the shop front was manufactured in RAL2004 Pure Orange in a matt finish to complement the company’s corporate branding. Furthermore, the commercial shopfront and entrance door were specified to meet the needs of the retailer, and the option of an integrated corner post to form the right-hand return made the frames easier for the installers to fit.

 
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Builders’ Merchants Sales Confirm Strong V-Shaped Recovery

Britain’s builders’ merchants sales to builders bounced back strongly in the three months May to July, with value sales surging 38.9% ahead compared with February to April, as reported in July’s Builders Merchants Building Index (BMBI) report.

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Yale Sponsors National Home Security Month To Raise Awareness For British Homeowners

Yale has announced that it will be sponsoring National Home Security Month (NHSM) for its eighth consecutive year.

The annual campaign, which this year is themed ‘You call it home,

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21.2% Increase In Contract Awards In August

The total value of construction contract awards in August 2020 was £4.4 billion based on a three-month rolling average. This is 21.2% higher than for July but is a decline of 8.5% compared with August 2019.

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Major Investment At Dekko In Brand-New Vehicle Fleet

With a commitment to improving every area of the business, trade fabricator Dekko Window Systems has made a significant investment in a brand-new fleet of 11 commercial vehicles.

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TuffX Drives Forward With Fleet Expansion

Leading safety glass specialist TuffX is looking to the road ahead, recently adding four vehicle upgrades to its fleet ready to offer customers its best-ever service with increased delivery capacity and flexibility.

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SMART Balustrades Expands Product Range As Demand For Outside Space Soars Following Lockdown

Due to an increased demand for outside space from home owners and house builders, handrail and balustrades specialist SMART Balustrades has expanded its services – adding the installation of platform balconies to its portfolio.

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Product News

CDW Systems Add Flat Roof Lights To Portfolio

Specialist aluminium fabricator CDW Systems has added flat roof lights from Smart to its product offering in response to demand from customers.

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People

Stronger Sales Team For profine And KÖMMERLING

profine UK have expanded their sales team following the purchase of the Evolve, Legend and Warmcore brands earlier this year and following on from an 18-month period of strong growth for the KÖMMERLING brand in the UK.

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Jim Blanthorne appointed as MD for Keylite Roof Windows

Keylite Roof Windows (Keylite), part of The Keystone Group, has appointed Jim Blanthorne as Managing Director, with effect 1st September 2020.

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Growth Prompts A Further New Appointment At Mercury

Specialist fabricator Mercury Glazing has announced a further new appointment to support its ambitious growth strategy. Kevin Edmond has joined the Gloucester-based fabricator in the position of Order Processor.

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Machinery

From The Home Of Ferrari…

By Ian Latimer, Managing Director, Emmegi (UK)

Compare the Emmegi product line up with most of the competition and you’ll see it’s considerably more extensive. Where our competitors might have one model in each category,

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Brochures

Morley Glass Launches Bumper New Retail Brochure

Morley Glass & Glazing has launched a new asset to give its customers another string to their bow, in the form of an updated brochure for its Uni-Blinds® product range.

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Internet

Artificial Intelligence Investment Boosts Cmostores.Com

Online builders’ merchant CMOStores.com is seeing superb results from its latest investment in improving customer experience on its six e-commerce sites, with recommended product purchases

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On-Site

Spectus Elite 70 Specified For High Profile Affordable Housing Development

150 Spectus Elite 70 flush tilt and turn windows were specified in the development of 26 two bed flats for social rent, including 10 amenity homes on an urban site in the heart of Paisley, Renfrewshire.

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