30th November 2017
 
Specialist Aluminium Manufacturer Celebrates Its Most ‘Eventful Year Ever’
 

A Gloucester-based manufacturer of aluminium windows and doors is celebrating what directors at the business have described as ‘its most eventful year ever’.

Founded in 1992, CDW Systems supplies its products to trade, commercial and retail customers all over the UK and has grown year on year since it was founded.

In September of this year, the company underwent a management buyout (MBO).

 
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Alumen Opens Its Doors In Four-Day Open House Event
 

Northamptonshire-based aluminium window, door and roof specialists Alumen ran its first ever Open House event in November. Having recently moved to new premises with an impressive new showroom - and with a range of exciting new products to launch - the respected manufacturer celebrated by opening its doors to the press, trade and public for the first time.

Running across four days, the Open House event started with a press preview attended by editors from leading trade and commercial titles, followed by a trade-only day for Alumen’s trade customers.

 
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Patiomaster Demonstrates How To Make Business Easier
 

The aim of every patio door installer is to fulfil orders easily, quickly and to the highest standards. Carmen Velilla, Brand Manager of PatioMaster, says there are five ways that PatioMaster helps its customers to do this.

Perhaps the biggest advantage of partnering with PatioMaster is you’re partnering with a company that manufactures bespoke patio doors that are easy to install. Carmen says: “PatioMaster doors are made to your exact specifications and are typically delivered within a week, meaning orders can be fulfilled quickly and with no fuss. The installation process is aided by PatioMaster’s ultra slim profiles, which significantly reduce the amount of plaster cutback required during installation.”

 
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Eurocell’s Modus System Aids Gothic Revival

 

Built in 1875, the Barnes Hospital is a French Gothic style building where patients from Manchester Infirmary were sent to convalesce. The Grade II-listed building, which was closed in 1999 and left to deteriorate, is now receiving a new lease of life as developer Henley Homes creates the Barnes Village around it.

Alongside the 38 homes that are being constructed within the Victorian building, Henley is building a further 117 two- and four-bedroom townhouses in the hospital grounds.


 
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Make Life Easy With The Spectus Cavity Closer From Universal Trade Frames

 

Lee Blower, the owner of LG Blower Specialist Bricklayer Ltd in Shrewsbury is a recognised expert in his profession: he won the Gold medal for Bricklaying at the WorldSkills Olympics and employs over 50 bricklayers in his business. It means that his endorsement of the Spectus Cavity Closer, which he sources from Universal Trade Frames, carries a lot of weight.

The Spectus Cavity Closer fits into the brick or block work as you build and acts as a former, closer, thermal break, insulation and damp proof in one, saving time and money.

 
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Emmegi (UK) Selected As Machinery Partner For New AluK Academy

 

Emmegi (UK) is proud to have been chosen as the machinery partner for AluK’s newly opened training Academy at its flagship Chepstow headquarters.

Emmegi machines take pride of place in the very impressive 3000sq ft training facility, allowing AluK customers to get hands on fabricating training using the very highest quality machines on the market.

 
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A Decade Of Hardware Performance And Durability - Guaranteed

 

Award-winning Gowercroft Joinery – which has just been named winner of the Best Windows at the nationwide Build It Awards along with the shortlisting of one of its projects in the prestigious 2017 Stirling Prize, is providing its customers with extended 10-year guarantees across its range of windows and doors after working with Coastal Group.

The Derbyshire-based company which manufactures high quality timber windows, doors, roof lanterns and joinery products has built its reputation on creating and delivering exceptional products and its use of innovative materials and a focus on quality and detail.

 
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Mighton Appoints David Lambert

 

Mighton Products has appointed David Lambert as its new Warehouse Manager. The news follows a recent announcement from the hardware specialist stating that the company’s new additional on-site warehouse, and improved trade counter, are now complete.

Chairman Mike Derham said: ‘‘We are pleased to welcome David to the Mighton team. With 16 yearsexperience, plus his ADR, IMDG and IATA certifications, David is an expert in the transportation of hazardous goods.

 
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Leeds Fine Art Building Reduces Carbon Foot Print with Granada Secondary Glazing

 

The School of Fine Art – Leeds, have invested £7.6M, relocating to a refurbished building, based on University Road. The development was to give students an inspirational learning environment.

The outside of the building showcases large windows which permits a vast amount of natural light aiding the student’s creative passion. Secondary glazing was specified to reduce the carbon footprint of the building and blend in seamlessly with the surrounding environment.

 
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Balconette Appoints Peter Mulligan To Drive Balustrading Sales In The Commercial Market

 

Balconette has appointed Peter Mulligan as Commercial Sales Director with a focus on growing the company’s unique range of innovative glass balustrading products for the UK commercial market.

Bringing extensive expertise and experience within the glazing and construction industries throughout the UK and Europe, Peter’s new role coincides with on-going development of Balconette’s highly-aesthetic and expanding portfolio.

 
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Simple CPS Switching: The Certass Way

 

With insurance and energy contract renewals consistently in the headlines, as a nation, we’re starting to move away from auto‐renewing policies, in favour of finding great new deals and better customer service. According to Certass, it’s no different for window installation companies, who are looking for a better service on competent person schemes (CPS).

MD at Certass, Jason Clemmit explains: “Competent person schemes are an essential part of any installer’s remit. Self‐certifying installations is just part and parcel of the job for them, so that’s why at Certass,

 
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New Blu Book Makes The Grade With 0ver 60 Door And Window Hardware Solutions
 

Blu, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of 316 Marine Grade stainless steel door and window hardware - has launched its blu book – Edition B.04 – featuring over 60 leading products from across its range.

Renowned for its beautiful, stylish and high performance door and window hardware solutions – all manufactured from 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel – the new blu book is an essential directory for door and window manufacturers, joinery firms and architects.

 
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Danny Barnett of Solidor wins G17 Unsung Hero Award
 

Danny Barnett, Logistics Manager at Solidor, was the deserving winner of the Unsung Hero category at the G17 Awards in November. The timber-core door manufacturer has transformed its manufacturing and facilities in the past two years to deliver outstanding OTIF and service rates, and Danny’s contribution has been invaluable. Danny became Solidor’s Logistics Manager in September 2015, and has worked hard to develop the department into an efficient and rewarding place to work.

 
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17 Years Of Experience Helps Glazerite Scoop G17 Fabricator Award
 

The Glazerite UK Group have come a long way from their humble beginnings in 2000, with just one site manufacturing 50 frames per week, to now be crowned the G17 Fabricator of the Year.

“We are thrilled to have won such a highly-coveted award, especially when we were up against some of the finest companies in the industry,” said Director Jason Thompson, “It is a great reflection of the hard work and effort consistently put in by everyone across our business.”

 
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Double G Award Win For Installer Of The Year SEH BAC
 

Rounding off a remarkable year for the South-East installer, SEH BAC has won two prestigious G17 Awards, including the highly-sought after Installer of the Year award.

The Installer of the Year award recognises SEH BAC’s unwavering commitment to outstanding products, expert craftsmanship and exceptional service. The firm, renowned across the region for its expertise in windows, doors and conservatories were also awarded Retail Promotional Campaign of the Year for their first-class approach to customer engagement and communications.

 
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Carl F Groupco Raises Funds For Local Charities
 

Kind hearted staff at Carl F Groupco have chosen Homes 4 Dogs as its new nominated charity. Over the course of the year, money is being raised for the organisation which for over 30 years has rehomed thousands of dogs and puppies. The company previously supported Little Miracles, a charity that assists families that have children with additional needs, disabilities and life limiting conditions. Both charities are local to Carl F Groupco’s UK administration and distribution centre in Peterborough.

 
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Trade News

Profine Expands Pirmasens Site For KÖMMERLING Growth

profine Group has significantly expanded its production facilities in Pirmasens, Germany for the continued growth of the KÖMMERLING brand in key markets, including the UK.

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Budget Boost Heralds Council Building Boom

Most of the headlines about the Autumn budget have focussed on the Chancellor’s stamp duty cuts. The threshold has been raised to £300,000, supposedly to help first-time buyers and families who are desperate to move to bigger properties. Chris Coxon, Head of Marketing at Eurocell, considers the announcements.

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Could This Be The Boldest Statement For 2018?

A forward-thinking fabricator is set to roll out record-breaking lead times that it believes have never been seen before in the industry.
From February 2018, the TWR Group will be able to give installers dual-coloured bi-folding doors within fifteen working days.

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Consumer Survey Gives Installers Insight Into Consumer Spending Plans

A recent consumer survey carried out by lead generation business Leads2trade has given an insight into consumer spending patterns going forward.

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Universal Trade Frames Becomes Excellence As Standard Member

Spectus trade fabricator Universal Trade Frames has recently announced it has joined Spectus’ Excellence as Standard membership programme. Brian Kruger, Universal’s Managing Director, said: “Excellence as Standard is just the kind of ambitious, proactive, high quality membership programme we’d expect from a brand such as Spectus.

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A Robot Named Balotelli And A Message From New York – Hardware Giant In Good Shape For 2018

One of the industry’s most famous hardware brands is planning to think big in 2018 as it prepares itself for a ‘brave new world’.

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Mighton’s Coatings Get Seal Of Approval From Mixed Media Artist

Independent cabinet-maker-turned-artist Rob Bishop recently tested out the Mighton Ankerstuy coatings range for some new artwork pieces, and was more than impressed with the results.

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Product News

New Yale Conexis L1 Smart Lock Now Available From VBH

VBH (GB has added the new Yale Conexis L1 Smart Lock to its range of innovative hardware. With Yale’s prominent TV advertising campaign across ITV, Sky and Channel 4, the Smart Lock opens up new selling opportunities for fabricators and installers, and locksmiths for retrofit installations.

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Nxt-gen From Distinction Doors Adds Value To Consort’s Offering

Trade fabricator Consort Ltd has recently signed a new partnership with Distinction Doors and now manufactures the new nxt-gen composite door. Consort launched the nxt-gen door to their customers in October and the decision to switch suppliers was met with universal approval, says the company.

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“We’ve Got You Covered”

With the rise in popularity for feature-rich orangery roof solutions and solid-roof conservatory extensions trade fabricator Modplan has witnessed a dramatic upturn in sales of their LEKA roofing collection.

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Optima, What Your Customers Want

PVCu is still number one when it comes to installers’ businesses. That’s why Yorkshire manufacturer, Kingfisher Windows, offers the Optima window range, the next generation of PVCu windows.

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Machinery

Promac Launches New Service Agreement Plan

Promac Group has continued its investment in customer service and machinery sales aftercare with the launch of its new Service Agreement Plan.

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On-Site

Senior’s Sleek Finish Adds Style To Royal Enfield’s New R&D Facility

As one of the world’s oldest and most famous motorcycle manufacturers, Royal Enfield is known for creating modern classics and the company’s cool and contemporary style has inspired the design of a striking new technology centre in Leicestershire, which features a range of aluminium glazing solutions from Senior Architectural Systems.

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Training & Develpment

Atlas Gets Behind The Installers Of Tomorrow

Atlas Glazed Roof Solutions is helping to tackle the industry’s shortage of skilled labour and inspire young talent into a career in fenestration. Under its commitment to support industry progression, the company has donated two full-sized glazed roof lanterns,

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Awards

Everglade Windows Named Double Finalist in West London Business Awards 2018

Everglade Windows, the number one fabricator in London has been named a double finalist in the West London Business Awards 2018, making the shortlist in both the Manufacturing and Engineering Company and SME of the Year categories for the second year running.

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Origin Wins Recognition At Prestigious EEF Future Manufacturing Awards

Origin, a British manufacturer of bespoke aluminium bi-fold and residential doors and windows, has won The Business Growth Award at this year’s prestigious EEF Future Manufacturing Awards - South East.

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Brisant Shortlisted For 3 Construction Marketing Awards

Brisant Secure has been shortlisted for three Construction Marketing Awards (CMA). The premium hardware company, whose products include the TS 007 3 star cylinder lock Ultion and the new TS 007 2* security handle Lock Lock, has been nominated for Best Use of Website, Best Digital Campaign and Best Use of Direct Marketing.

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Charity

Paddle2Pedal Final Fund Announced

GM Fundraising said it is “absolutely delighted” to announce the final Paddle2Pedal fundraising total of £108,494. The total was announced at the prestigious G Awards on Friday 17th November, where those from the team in attendance were invited onto the stage to hear the announcement.

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