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30th May 2024

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Mila Setting The Pace With New Hinge


Mila’s new Secured by Design accredited ProSecure Pace Security hinge is all about making life quicker and easier for fabricators and installers.

Fitted under test conditions in less than 40 seconds, it has the potential to deliver significant and valuable time savings on even the busiest fabrication lines, according to the company.

The ‘pace’ comes from the fact that the new ProSecure Pace uses Mila’s Glider technology to slide straight onto the frame in one complete piece.


Rehau Expands Its Digital Offering By Updating The Answers Website


In an effort to provide round-the-clock support to specifiers, fabricators, and installers, Rehau has overhauled its online portal, Rehau Answers, with a number of new major additions.

The site now features a WER/U-value calculator in line with the latest Building Regulations (Approved Document L), providing highly accurate Window Energy Ratings calculated in accordance with GGF Guidance Documents 2.2/2.3, according to the company.

Rehau Answers also features a comprehensive guide on compliance, with dedicated sections on Sustainability, Building Regulations, UKCA Marking (CE Marking), and Minimum Technical Competencies (MTC).


Window Ware launches Made to Match Suited Collection


Independent UK hardware provider Window Ware has unveiled its new Made to Match Suited Furniture Collection.

Featuring a comprehensive range of essential door and window furniture from brands Mila and Delta, the complete collection is available in coordinated finishes and classic shapes.

Options include handles, pull handles, doorknobs, knockers, escutcheons, letterplates, and hinges. And for coastal environments,


New Victorian Sliders CEO Sets Sights On Continued Innovation And Growth


Victorian Sliders, sash window manufacturer, has announced the appointment of Nick Evans as its new chief executive officer.

Nick, who joined the company in August 2023 as strategic development director, brings considerable experience to lead the business through its next phase of growth.

Originally from a financial services background, Nick spent over 25 years in corporate banking, predominantly in mergers and acquisitions,


Deceuninck Boosts Green Energy With 2,200 Solar Panels


Deceuninck has installed 2,200 solar panels onto the roof of its Calne manufacturing facility, generating a total of 895,762 kWh of clean energy.

The renewable energy source not only reduces Deceuninck’s reliance upon fossil fuels for its operations, but also significantly reduces CO2 emissions by 498,507kg a year, according to the company.

Darren Woodcock, operations director, Deceuninck, said: “The solar panels went live on 15th March.


Partnership In Action


Five-year anniversaries are traditionally celebrated with a gift of wood, but aluminium would be a much more appropriate choice for AluK and Fentrade as they mark five years in partnership together.

Fentrade chose AluK as its aluminium systems supplier during its early months of start-up fabrication and, after exceeding its first year target by 15%, it has gone from strength to strength ever since. It has built a reputation for precision manufacturing, reliable deliveries and helpful and intelligent customer support and, as a result, has a growing customer base, an expanding workforce,


New Opportunities


Aluplast’s director of sales and marketing Ian Cocken explains why attention to detail matters, and why we shouldn’t rule ourselves out of lucrative new opportunities.

As homeowners’ expectations of the window and door industry develops, and they expect more authentic detailing in their products, the role of systems supplier becomes ever more crucial.

First, fabricators need access to systems that meet the demand for on-trend styles and detailing, but they also need the support to meet that expectation. For example,


Control From Start To Finish


In a saturated market, the importance of dealing with a supplier who invests in their own quality R&D cannot be understated, says Bohle senior vice president of development and engineering, Daniel Büchner.

Bohle has undergone a transformation in recent years; from being known predominately as a distributor of glass hardware, a €5 million investment has diversified Bohle into a manufacturer of glass hardware with its own brands, R&D, and designs.

This, according to Bohle senior vice president of development and engineering,


Thermoseal Group To Unveil New Machinery At Glasstec


Thermoseal Group is exhibiting at the Glasstec Exhibition in Dusseldorf on October 22-25, 2024, where it will exhibit a number of products, including Thermoflex – which the company claims is the highest performing flexible spacer bar on the market – and new hot-melt machinery.

The UK manufacturer and supplier of IG components is also encouraging UK businesses to visit and register their interest and book flights and accommodation before demand outstrips supply.

“The export market for warm edge spacer bar, other IGU components and machinery continues to grow,


Penrith Swift Group And Eurocell Create 100 Nest Boxes For Endangered Swifts


Eurocell is supporting the Penrith Swift Group, part of Cumbria Wildlife Trust, to provide 100 homes for much-loved swifts ahead of their arrival on our shores this Spring, providing the species with more safe spaces to breed.

These brief visitors to the UK herald the start of warmer days, as they zoom through our skies between May-August each year – but they are under threat. Their population has plummeted in recent years, dropping by 60 per cent in the 25 years between 1995 and 2020 and becoming a red-listed endangered species.


Rocal Staff Take Steps For Charity


Members of the Rocal team have stepped up – and out – for a worthy cause.

A group of 27 colleagues from across the business, whose brands include Endurance Doors, BDC Aluminium and Rocal Extrusions, recently completed a 10-mile sponsored walk on behalf of the Beat Goes On 31 – a locally based community group that fundraises for charity, Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY).

Every week in the UK, 12 young people aged between 14 and 35 – many of whom had previously seemed completely fit and healthy – lose their lives to Young Sudden Cardiac Death (YSCD).


Trade News

Evolution Home Improvements Acquired by Former Co-Founder

Surgit Singh, the owner of Aluco Aluminium Ltd and Ventiss Ltd, has announced the acquisition of 100% share ownership of Evolution Home Improvements Ltd. Evolution, a specialist in timber alternative manufacturing, is based in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire.


Eurocell Sees Impressive Increase In Recycled PVC-U In Extrusion

Eurocell claims to have achieved 32 per cent recycled PVC-U in extrusion in 2023, up from 27 per cent in 2021 – setting what it describes as ‘a new bar for recycled materials in the design and manufacture of its PVC-U windows and doors’.


CDW Systems Offering New Clip-In Bead And Reduced Price On BSF70HI Bi-Fold

CDW Systems is offering innovative Quik Clip clip-in bead technology from AluK for their BSF70HI bi-fold door system – and it has reduced its prices on the high-performance door.


Fentrade Reports 20% Sales Growth

Trade aluminium fabricator Fentrade has reported a 20% increase in sales compared to the same period last year. Chris Reeks, managing director of Fentrade, said: “The growing strength of the aluminium market is reflected in our sales and we’re seeing a significant uptake in commercial projects across the board.”


Product News

Emplas Delivers Major Upgrade Of Its Composite Door Offer

Emplas has expanded its door range with the addition of the next generation Gripcore composite door.

Featuring a unique layering to reduce bowing making door setting simpler,


Schüco UK Unveils Innovative Sliding Door

Simplified fabrication is the promise for the new ASE 51 PD sliding door being launched by Schüco.

The new panoramic sliding door offers faster fabrication without compromising on the quality that is synonymous with the Schüco brand.


A Plus Aluminium Expands Range with Heritage Steel Style Internal Screening System

A Plus Aluminium has expanded its range of  aluminium window and door products with a new heritage steel style interior screening system.

With a choice of hinged single and double doors as well as pivot and sliding options...



Haffner Celebrates Longstanding Partnership With Sterling PVCu

Haffner Ltd is celebrating its longstanding partnership with Sterling PVCu Ltd, one of the North West’s largest fabricators. Spanning over two decades, this relationship underscores Haffner’s commitment to continually supporting Sterling PVCu’s ongoing investment in machine technology to enhance its production capabilities.



Sternfenster’s New Website Prepares For Upgrades

Sternfenster’s new website now offers significant new functionality, including a product configurator, virtual showroom, and a lead generator.

“Our new website has coincided neatly with our 50-year celebrations,” Sternfenster’s sales director Nathan Court said.



Dekko Window Systems Committed to Smart Home Integration

Kubu Smart hardware can be incorporated into the design of almost any Dekko entrance door – a smart sensor is attached to the door, which is then linked to the homeowner’s smartphone. The homeowner can then check the status of the door at any time, from any location, according to the company.



Manufacturing Efficiency by Thermoseal Group

Thermoseal Group customer Lutley Windows discusses revolutionising energy efficiency in social housing. 

West Midlands-based Lutley Windows were established a decade ago, and produce between 160-200 windows per week, for several local housing associations.


Hipco: “DGCOS Is So Much More Than Consumer Protection”

Hipco Yorkshire Ltd is a long-standing member of the Double Glazing & Conservatory Ombudsman Scheme (DGCOS) who have recently started to make use of the wide-ranging installer benefits.

Leeds-based Hipco has over a decade of experience of installing windows and doors...


What Are Your Five-Year Plans?

Cornwall Group’s chair Mark Mitchell, reflects on the last half a decade, and why taking a longer view propelled the business forward.

This time five years ago, we were on the cusp of forming the Cornwall Group of companies, made up of Manufacturing, Glass & Glazing (retail and installation), and merchanting business Mackenzies.



In Pursuit of Excellence

By Angus Mackie – Qualicoat Chair

It is rare to find an industry where competitors work together to jointly research and raise the quality of their product or service, even rarer when it takes place on a global stage. As technology continues to evolve at a rapid rate,


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