30th January 2018
 
DW3 Products Group Acquired By Masonite International
 

Masonite International Corporation have completed the acquisition of DW3 Products Group Ltd and its subsidiaries, on January 29th 2018 for an undisclosed sum.

DW3 Products Group is one of the most exciting businesses in the UK fenestration sector, boasting highly respected door brands including Solidor, Residor and Nicedor, with a manufacturing facility based in Stoke-On-Trent. The well-regarded window division is represented by The Residence Collection and Window Widgets which operate from Gloucester.

 
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FIT Show Strengthens For The Future Organiser Forms Strategic Partnership
 

FIT Events Ltd, organiser of the highly successful FIT Show, has announced changes in its shareholding structure. Angus Montgomery Ltd, which has been organising events globally since 1895, has become the majority shareholder. Co-founders Matthew Glover and Paul Godwin remain shareholders and directors of the company with Matthew as Chairman, as does Event Director Nickie West. John Beaty, an investor in the business since 2015, has relinquished his shareholding and left the business. In most other respects the business remains unchanged.

 
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KÖMMERLING Reports Strong 2017 Sales
 

profine UK and its KÖMMERLING brand have reported an increase in profile sales for 2017 based on audited figures, against a backdrop of market contraction. This has resulted in the continued trend of increasing market share in the UK for the German systems giant.

It has been another hugely successful year for the KÖMMERLING brand in the UK, with trade partners and installers eager to benefit from the impressive product engineering of the C70 and O70 Goldâ systems, along with the patented PremiLine Pro patio door and large span lift and slide PremiDoor offering.

 
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Smart To Unveil High Quality Additions To Residential Ranges
 

Smart Architectural Aluminium will be showcasing its new, high quality Designer Door and Orangery Roof systems at this year’s Ecobuild exhibition, with extensive displays of both ranges on the company’s stand.

The new Designer Door range delivers a premium-quality, high-performance and high-security entrance door, which has been developed by Smart to meet the needs of both house and apartment owners and developers.

 
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Truframe Delivers Powerful New Website

 

TruFrame have just launched a new website which has been designed to cater for both trade and consumer visitors, with carefully orchestrated and purposeful content. It’s also part of a wider lead generation platform for trade partners, as the hand-finished uPVC frame specialist looks to build further organic growth.

The new website at www.truframe.co.uk also introduces lifestyle photography and consumer influences, in addition to trade information, reflecting the demographics and nature of visitors from the previous site.

 
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Richard Reeve To Take Axim To New Heights

 

TPG, The Parkside Group Limited says it is pleased to announce that Richard Reeve, Sales Director will be exclusively looking after one of its major divisions, Axim Architectural Hardware.

Richard has been with TPG for 15 years and is excited to take the hardware brand to even greater heights. Richard said, “Axim is one of the most trusted brands in the industry for reliability and quality.

 
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Carillion Projects Worth A Total Of £5.7 Billion

 

As the economy continues to come to terms with the collapse of Carillion, the latest figures suggest that on the day of liquidation, the industry giant was the main contractor on 57 construction projects worth a total of £5.7 billion, including a £1.3 billion HS2 contract.

This latest information comes from construction industry analysts Barbour ABI (See figure 1.1), who outlined that ten of the 57 projects were each individually worth more than £150 million,

 
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Trojan Group’s TS008 Unicorn Letterplate Compliant With PAS24:2016

 

The Trojan Group’s TS008 Unicorn Letterplate remains one of the few letterplates on the market that complies with the requirements of PAS24:2016, the latest standard for enhanced security performance. Steve Hall, Trojan’s General Manager, said: “The updated door standard PAS24:2016 now requires that an external door is fitted with a letterplate that meets the new criteria. In order to meet with the TS008 testing requirements the letterplate must eliminate the risk of an intruder gaining access by means of physical force or ‘fishing’.

 
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Profile 22’s Flush Casement Window Offer The Optima Difference

 

Flush casement windows are one of the products tipped for the biggest growth in coming years and Profile 22 says that the Optima Flush Casement Window from Profile 22 delivers everything the market is looking for.

Gerald Allen, Marketing Manager at Profile 22, commented: “The Optima Flush Casement Window delivers three major advantages. The design is based on a traditional British timber cottage window and we’ve worked hard to ensure it looks better than anything else on the market. It offers market-leading thermal efficiency.

 
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VBH Adds New Glazpart Trickle Vents To Range

 

VBH (GB) adds to its growing range of high performance hardware with the Link Vent Mk2 - a next-generation trickle vent from Glazpart. Designed for both new-build and the Repair, Maintenance and Improvement (RMI) markets, the innovative redesign allows homeowners to position the vent so airflow efficiently passes through while reducing draughts.

Complying with Building Regulations Part F1:2010, the new Link Vent Mk2 incorporates aerodynamic features to help direct airflow through the vent.

 
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Eurocell Garden Rooms Open Up Shed Loads Of Space

 

Designed as a self-contained building for use all year round, the composite wood Garden Room gives installers the opportunity to offer householders extra space in an attractive, low-maintenance package – and then upsell with complementary products.

Available from Eurocell, the Garden Room requires no planning permission and takes only two days to erect at any time of year, provided it is dry.

 
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Showcasing Solidor Showrooms Of The Month

 

As part of the new Network Development Programme, Solidor have launched a new ‘Showroom of the Month’ initiative that’s designed to reward trade partners who have created an outstanding sales environment for consumers.

This new initiative is open to all Solidor customers and the first of which to receive the coveted award is Bristol-based Caddy Windows, which is a family run business founded in 1984 by Graham and Margaret Caddy.

 
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#Sashshots Success For Roseview Installer Window-Rite

 

A sensational sash window job by long-serving Window-Rite has been named Roseview’s #sashshots Installation of the Year.

All throughout 2017, Roseview customers have been submitting snaps of their Rose Collection installations as part of the firm’s #sashshots Twitter competition.

Each month, Roseview’s sash window sages gathered to pick their favourite – and in December, they narrowed that twelve down to a final four, before letting the people have their say.

 
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AluFoldDirect Named Triple Finalist in Regional Awards
 

AluFoldDirect has been named a triple finalist in the Red Rose Business Awards. The awards celebrate the most successful Lancashire businesses and AluFoldDirect has made the shortlist for the categories of Manufacturing Business, Growing Business and Medium-sized Business of the year.

Craig Miller, Managing Director at AluFoldDirect explains: “It is fantastic to have our success recognised in our region by some of the biggest businesses in the North West.

 
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CMS Staff Help Deliver a Special Christmas for Hundreds of Families in Fife
 

More than 950 children and their families who live in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Fife were able to enjoy Christmas like everyone else thanks to an appeal by charity The Cottage Family Centre, supported by a team of volunteers including staff from CMS Window Systems.

The 2017 Christmas Appeal received generous donations from people and businesses across Fife which were collected and organised into hundreds of food crates and bags of new toys,

 
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Trade News

Two-Thirds Of Construction Bosses Can’t Find A Bricky Or Chippy

Two-thirds of those running small and medium-sized (SME) construction firms are struggling to hire bricklayers and carpenters as construction skills shortages hit a ‘record high’, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

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‘Aluprof & Pyroguard Collaborate’ear Gerald

Bringing together more than eight decades of technical industry experience, fire door & window partition systems specialists Aluprof and fire glass experts Pyroguard, have completed an ambitious testing programme for a new, cost-efficient, non-insulated,

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Dear Gerald,

Fire safety is finally getting the attention it deserves. The tragedy is that it took a catastrophe on the scale of Grenfell Tower to make that happen.

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Promat UK Achieves New Quality And Environmental Standards

Promat UK, one of the country’s leading manufacturers of fire-resistant glazing, plus thermal and acoustic insulation, has become one of the first companies of its kind to successfully move up to the latest ‘2015’ editions of the globally recognised ISO 9001 quality management and ISO 14001 environmental management system standards.

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Demand For Double R Conservatories Continues

Double R Glass & Roofing Systems is a specialist in glass and conservatory roofs and is predicting a year of strong sales for all types of conservatories. Ian Sims, Managing Director of Double R explains:

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Bohle Begins The New Year With Major US Acquisiiton

Bohle has continued its investment programme with the acquisition of high-profile US shower and bath accessories manufacturer, Portals Hardware.

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An Exceptional Commitment To Certification From Universal Trade Frames

Products that meet the highest standards and comply with the latest regulations are vital. It’s something that Universal Trade Frames take very seriously. Duncan Saunders, Universal’s General Manager,

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A New Brand To Embrace Needs Of The Construction Industry

System Building Products, a new business brand that specialises in the design, manufacture and supply of internal and external solutions to the construction industry,

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Product News

Sales Growth Of LEKA Products

Solid roof innovator, LEKA Systems, has just reported a doubling of order volume in 2017. Rhys Hoddinott, Director of LEKA, says: “The solid roof market is booming and we’ve got (what our customers tell us) are the best-in-class products in the sector as our 2017 sales growth shows.”

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Blu Launches Hardware Display Boards To Support Customer Showroom Sales

316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel door and window hardware specialist bluTM has launched a new range of showroom display boards to help its customers upsell and increase the value of their door and window sales.

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People

Phoenix Doors Promotes Anthony Bill To Technical Role

Anthony Bill has been promoted to a new technical role at composite door manufacturer Phoenix Doors, part of the Masco UK Window Group.

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On-Site

REHAU Chosen For Remote Island Homes In Jersey

When fitting replacement windows, each job is different and presents installers with unique challenges to overcome. This was certainly true of a series of PVC-U window installations in Jersey,

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GLASSOLUTIONS Installs Innovative Glazing System At Showpiece Dundee Waterfront Development

Designing and installing a VS-1 system with the sufficient structural strength capable of withstanding a significant wave load enabled GLASSOLUTIONS to secure a significant contract as part of the £80.11 million construction of the new V&A Museum of Design Dundee.

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CMS Works With GRAHAM To Transform Listed Former High School Into New Primary School

Scottish window, door and curtain walling designer, manufacturer and installer, CMS Window Systems, has completed a major fenestration contract as part of a project to create a new state-of-the-art primary school in the Scottish Borders that has brought new life to an unused B-listed former high school.

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Marketing

Distinction Doors’ Marketing Package And Skin Book Reflects It Status As One Of The Market Leaders

When you take a look at the marketing support that Distinction Doors offers, you quickly realise it offers the same level of market-leading quality and innovation as its doors.

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Exhibitions

Promac Out In Force At Fensterbau

With four supply partners showcasing the latest innovations in PVC-U, aluminium and glass technologies, Promac Group’s presence, will be among the very largest at this year’s Fensterbau , 21 – 24 March Nuremberg, Germany.

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Two More Companies Join The UK Pavilion At Fensterbau

The Glass and Glazing Federation says Regalead and Jackloc have signed up to join the UK Pavilion at Fensterbau Frontale 2018.

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Awards

Lancashire Trade Frames Scoops Another Award

At the end of November, Lancashire Trade Frames were delighted to be named Manufacturing & Engineering Business of the Year at the FSB event hosted at The Hilton on Manchester’s Deansgate.

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