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30th April 2024

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Are We Turning A Corner?


By Ryan Johnson, Group Managing Director, Emplas

The start of this year has delivered exactly what we expected it to – a relatively lack lustre market in the face of still high, if falling inflation, and a stuttering new build sector.

That’s contributed to a consensus that the market is probably down around 10 to 16%. That’s far from catastrophic but for those companies that haven’t invested and are perhaps overly reliant on labour, it’s created a definite pressure – and ultimately, vulnerability.


Hurst Opens New Opportunities With New Panel Styles


Hurst has launched the new Monaco One PVC-U door panel style, which offers a contemporary composite style aesthetic, creating more opportunities for installers to sell aspirational doors to homeowners.

“Our panel range is still highly popular,” sales director Mark Atkinson said. “Whilst purportedly a mature product, it accounts for a large part of our business, and customers are asking us for even more styles and colours.


Brisant’s Lock Is First To Pass The New Security Test


Following a successful test on 25th April, Brisant-Secure says its patented ALPS lock technology is the first to pass the 2024 security test update introduced in January.  This update will be used for 3* euro cylinder locks by Secured by Design, PAS24 and Sold Secure Diamond.

Why is there a new standard, and why hasn’t everyone heard about it?

According to Brisant-Secure, in the never-ending tug-of-war between burglars and security standards,


Aluplast’s New Flush Window


Aluplast has unveiled its new mechanically joined flush window, which promises to open-up new opportunities for fabricators and installers who are looking to capitalise on the trend for authentic timber window replacements.

The unique mechanical join is the result of a significant period of product development, and it allows fabricators to create a realistic finish without investing in specialist tools or machinery, says the company.

Coupled with the deep bottom rail and woodec (the ‘next generation’ timber-effect foil),


The Forecast Is Improving


By Russell Yates, Managing Director, AluK

There’s no escaping the fact that it’s been a difficult start to the year for many. Economic conditions are tough – we’re told that the UK was technically in a recession in January; but almost worse than that is the fact that weather conditions have been so tough as well. The knock on effects of builders and installers not being able to get out on site because of the incessant rain are being felt all the way along the supply chain.

Sadly, we’re also now seeing signs of the usual race to the bottom on price – particularly on aluminium bifolds


Flat’s In Fashion: What’s The Next Big Thing In Rooflights?


Interest online, customer enquiries and sales at daylighting specialist Whitesales all point to the fact that it’s flat rooflights which are currently setting the trend in the rooflights market. The company has even put a catwalk built entirely of flat rooflights at the centre of its new ‘Flat’s in Fashion’ marketing campaign to emphasise the shift they are seeing amongst consumers towards the sleek and contemporary flat rooflight and away from the more traditional looking roof lantern .

Figures from the Whitesales website reveal a 133% rise in the number of views of its em.glaze flat rooflight range over the past 12 months,


Eurocell Opens Wembley Branch To Kick Start Next Phase Of Network Growth


Eurocell has opened the doors to a new branch and trade counter in Wembley, which marks the start of its new 5 year growth strategy.

Eurocell Wembley is part of a network of more than 210 from the home improvement specialist in the UK, with a further 9 branches expected to open in 2024.

The new branch, officially opened on 29 April, will be a one-stop-shop for home additions and building products for trade professionals looking for PVC-U windows and doors,


UK Doors Online Returns To Haffner For Its Latest Machinery Needs


Specialist door manufacturer UK Doors Online has invested in new machinery from Haffner to support its continued business growth.

The new machinery includes a FMC 120 CNC machining centre, marking the company’s second investment in a FOM Industrie machining centre from Haffner. Additionally, the company has purchased a new TT 415 double mitre saw, while fellow group business Trade Window Centre, has invested in a new TT 405 double mitre saw.


Korniche: “Join Us At The Homebuilding & Renovating Shows In London And Harrogate”


Made for Trade (MFT) and its Korniche brand says it’s gearing up to boost the business prospects of its trade partners at the Homebuilding & Renovating Shows in September and November 2024. Industry professionals from across the country can attend shows in both Harrogate and London

Mark Millar, a recognised tradesman and Korniche brand ambassador with firsthand knowledge of the products will return to the London show to share his insights.


Made To Measure by Force 8


Specifying an arched frame can be daunting, especially when it comes to determining the radius measurements. A single incorrect dimension in the wrong place could lead to a costly mistake, resulting in an arched frame that doesn’t fit—a nightmare for installers.

Such a scenario might prompt installers to decline work or seek assistance from a more experienced installation company, potentially losing out on additional work and profit.


Garnalex Named One Of The Top Ten Fastest Growing Companies In The UK


Garnalex is celebrating after the company was named the ninth fastest growing company in the UK according to the ORESA Growth Index 2024. The coveted index champions innovation, economic growth, and the inspirational business leaders behind the featured companies.

Not only is it impressive to make the index, which only features the top 100 companies in the UK, but for Garnalex to enter the list for the first time in ninth place with a 171.07 per cent compound annual growth...


Anglo Unveils ‘The UK’s Most Advanced’ Steel Roll-Forming Line


Steel reinforcement and profile roll-forming specialist Anglo, has invested more than £1million in what the company claims is the UK’s most advanced roll-forming line. 

Delivered as part of a multi-million-pound investment programme, the new double-sided CNC line features 24 passes, making more and smaller adjustments to profile angles in manufacture, reducing stress on the steel, and improving product quality, says Anglo.

Introducing increased precision in manufacture, it also allows Anglo to manufacture far more complex profile shapes. 


Endurance Doors Shines Spotlight On Finishing Touches


Endurance Doors is highlighting its impressive ability to delight homeowners across the UK with unique and highly customisable composite doors.

To complement its extensive portfolio of over 85 door styles, which can be produced in 19 different colours, the manufacturer offers an equally impressive choice of hardware and glazing.

In order to showcase these important finishing touches, the business has enhanced its already extensive website with two new and dedicated pages.


Universal Trade Frames Adds New Ultra-Slim VS Meeting Rail


Universal Trade Frames has added a new ultra-slim meeting rail option to its Spectus vertical sliding sash window, adding additional period detailing to its offer. 

Available fully Kitemarked and certified to PAS24, the Spectus vertical sliding sash window has an established reputation for faithfully replicating the appearance of traditional sash windows.  

Universal Trade Frames has now built on this core offer with the addition of a new meeting rail option, featuring slim sightlines of just 37mm.  


Dekko Partners With Saint-Gobain To Launch On-Site Glass Recycling Unit


Trade fabricator Dekko Window Systems has announced a new partnership with Saint-Gobain to install an on-site glass recycling unit at their Lancashire headquarters. 

The new initiative will enable Dekko to collect and recycle old and unwanted glass units from customers, diverting waste from landfill and reusing the materials in their manufacturing processes. 

This commitment to sustainability aligns with Dekko’s stated long-standing focus on environmental responsibility and reflects a growing trend within the industry. 


Windowlink Launches New Website


With Windowlink’s new website, it’s easier than ever for fabricators and installers to find out more about the company’s software, says the company.

On the newly designed site, customers can quickly and easily find the right plan for them, picking from your number of devices and desired contract length.  In this way, they can tailor a bespoke package to their specific requirements.

On the front page, users will find a button that allows them to launch a support session,


Trade News

Premier Arches and Northwich Glass Deliver Winning Combination for Arched Frames

Having operated on the three core principles of excellent manufacturing, clear and honest customer service, and a ‘make life easier’ offering for customers, arched frame fabricator Premier Arches has forged many successful partnerships with leading manufacturers, installers and trade counters over the years. 


Cube Glass Appointed As Official Scottish Distributor Of Glazing Vision Rooflights

Precision manufacturer Cube Glass has been appointed an official distributor in Scotland of Glazing Vision rooflights which designs and manufactures architectural glass rooflights.

The rooflight company, which helps people to embrace light, air and space,


Purplex Marketing Agency Celebrates Two Decades In The Industry

Purplex, one of the leading marketing agencies in the fenestration, construction and building products industries is celebrating its 20th anniversary in business this year.

The agency, founded in 2004 by entrepreneur Andrew Scott, now the company’s MD,


Premier Windows & Conservatories Celebrates 35 Years of Excellence

After seeing an advert in a local magazine, the husband-and-wife team of Paul and Caroline Chenery took a chance. They jotted a telephone number down, had a conversation and started Premier Windows & Conservatories.

That was in 1989, a year that saw the debut of Sky Television on British television screens...


Promat Helps Attain RTC Develop UK’s Latest Accredited Fire Testing Facility

Promat UK has supported the team behind the creation of a new fully-accredited fire testing laboratory in North Yorkshire.

Attain RTC’s new 40,000 sq. ft state-of-the-art facility at Church Fenton near Leeds provides much-needed additional fire testing capacity for the construction sector,


Product News

AluK ‘Opens Up’ New Slider Opportunities For Customers

AluK has launched a new ultra-low U-Value, slim sight line Lift and Slide patio door, which it says will ‘open up’ new opportunities for customers in the higher end of the retail market, where demand and margins are both still relatively strong, and in demanding coastal applications and high-rise apartment projects.


Dynamic Hardware Introduces The Dynamic Letterplate

Dynamic Hardware has launched its Dynamic Letterplate, which has all the benefits of the hardware manufacturer’s expertise and experience, according to the company.

Tony Chadwick, Dynamic Hardware’s CEO,


Integral Blinds – A Perfect Fit for Holiday Homes

Integral blinds can provide the ideal solution for the UK’s growing number of holiday homes due to the way they can help to maximise comfort and protect properties during unoccupied periods, according to Morley Glass.

The latest industry data from 2023 showed that the holiday rental market in the UK reached a new peak...


Eurocell Simplifies Composite Door Design

Eurocell has re-launched its composite door design tool for its Dales Door Collection to make design-to-order quick and easy for installers, says the company.

Tradespeople can navigate through a few simple steps to complete their entire door design



Meeting Market Demands

For more than four decades, Astraseal has maintained its position as one of the UK’s foremost manufacturers of PVC-u and aluminium windows, doors, and conservatories, according to the company.

Serving three different client bases, Astraseal operates under three brands – Astraseal Trade...



How Aluprof Systems Help Specifiers Meet the Climate Emergency Design Guide

By Wojciech Brożyna – MD Aluprof UK

Formed in 2017, the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI) was established to review what our capital’s future construction should look like to meet our low-carbon future. Released back in 2020,



Distinction Doors To Showcase Fire Door System At The Fire Safety Event

Distinction Doors will showcase its fire door system, fds, at The Fire Safety Event from April 30th to May 1st at the NEC in Birmingham.

At stand 5/A36, visitors can explore the fds FD30/E30 internal and external composite fire door system through live demonstrations,



Hurst Doors Partners With Dove House Hospice To Make A Difference In 2024

Hurst Doors has partnered with Dove House Hospice, a local charity dedicated to providing vital care and support to individuals and families facing life-limiting illnesses, bereavement, and loneliness. 

The collaboration between Hurst and Dove House Hospice aims to raise funds,


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