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31st January 2019
 
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Industry Leader Strengthens Position At Top With Major Acquisition
 

Leads2Trade has completed the acquisition of CloudGlaze in a move that will see the lead generation company become the biggest volume supplier of leads for the fenestration industry, claims the company.

The newly acquired glazing industry sales-lead aggregator, which was a division of digital marketing agency ICAAL, has now become fully operational under Leads2Trade.

 
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Business Micros Back Down Under In Oz

 

It is almost exactly 10 years since Business Micros completed its first software installation in Australia and sales and installation expert Nick Bailey marked the anniversary by making the trip down under once again to complete yet another machine installation.

He spent a week in Allansford, in the Western district of Victoria, with Rehau fabricator Thermosmart Windows, linking their Evolution

 
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Warmroof Hybrid In Anglesey Action

 

The project design incorporated a gable overhang with the far side of the roof from the house, incorporating three fixed triple glazed panels from eaves to ridge to allow for maximum light transmission. These triple glazed panels within WARMroof hybrid offers consumers a practical design feature, that provides a far greater passage of light than a traditional Velux window.

To the inside, this installation features the unique Opus cladding, but there is now also the option of traditional plasterboard, allowing consumers to paint up to the glass to match interiors.

 
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There’s More To Mila

 

Proving once again that ‘there’s more to Mila’, one of the industry’s leading hardware specialists has expanded its marketing team with the appointment of Laura Chapman as a digital design and marketing executive.

With a degree in media design and a background in the home improvement sector, Laura brings the perfect blend of technical skills and real world experience to her new role.

 
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Glaston Corporation To Acquire Bystronic Glass

 

Glaston Corporation has signed an agreement to acquire the Bystronic glass Group. The globally operating high-end machinery, systems and services provider for the processing of flat glass is currently owned by Swiss industrial holding company Conzzeta AG. Bystronic glass has a comprehensive range of products, highly complementary to Glaston’s, for the Architectural, Automotive and Display markets.

 
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Aluminium Specialists CDW Systems Complete A Hat-Trick Of key Appointments

 

Following a successful year for the business, respected aluminium window and door fabricator CDW Systems has completed a hat trick of new appointments. Against a backdrop of extremely challenging recruitment conditions within the industry, to engage not one but three key staff is an enviable result.

Angela Phillips, Group Finance Director comments: “We are thrilled to welcome three top class additions to our team at a time when finding

 
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Glazerite And Glass Northampton Go The Extra Mile

 

When a customer approached Glass Northampton Ltd for help to replace an aging conservatory in the Northamptonshire village of Long Buckby, the installer knew the job would require a bespoke service and the help of a supportive fabricator like the Glazerite UK Group Ltd.

Chris Brown, Managing Director of Glass Northampton, explains: “The homeowner was looking for an existing conservatory to be replaced,

 
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Dear Gerald
 

Over the years there has been much debate about best practice when it comes to heritage glazing and by that I mean windows that are specified with a narrow cavity or reduced sightline IGU. These are often a requirement for the replacement and refurbishment of windows in conservation areas, listed buildings and in Article 4 areas of designation.

At Hodgson Sealants it has long been understood that our obligations as a manufacturer extend well beyond the provision of high quality products. In this instance our main aim is to give guidance to anyone involved in the selection and provision of glazed timber windows.

 
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FIT Show TV Open For Submissions, Says Main Sponsor Timberweld®

 

It’s widely expected that 2019 will be the year of the flush sash, so it’s appropriate that Timberweld® is the main sponsor of FIT Show TV. Timberweld® is the patented method of jointing that makes perfect corners, and creates a butt-joint effect outside and inside a window for an authentic timber look perfect for flush sashes. “If fabricators and installers love flush windows and want a timber-look inside and

 
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Wilson Windows Praises Stedek’s Residence Excellence
 

A respected Loughborough installer with over a quarter century’s experience is benefitting from Stedek’s Residence Excellence.

Family-run Wilson Windows has firmly established itself as one of the region’s leading suppliers of quality windows, doors and conservatories.

The long-standing firm offers everything from uPVC casements to advanced conservatory roof systems – and when one timber window

 
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Glass Processors Running The Risk Of Unlimited Fines

 

Glass processors could face unlimited fines under legislation if caught short in the way in which they manage waste water.

According to Bohle, while most glass processors have the required controls in place for the management of trade effluent, others may have gaps in their systems and could fall foul of the law.

 
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Dortech’s Glazing Maintenance Team Continues To Expand

 

Dortech Maintenance has welcomed three new colleagues into the team, following the announcement that the division looks set to grow to a £1m business this year.

Jack Butters has been appointed as director of strategic development, following almost 45 years working within the glazing industry. He has worked for a number of aluminium window

 
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CDW Systems Strengthen Range With New Reynaers CS 77 Residential Door

 

Aluminium specialists CDW Systems have extended their comprehensive range with the addition of CS 77, the eye-catching flush residential door system from Reynaers.

Designed to help installers capitalise on the demand for both aluminium and smooth, flush aesthetics, the CS 77 system uniquely finishes flush with the frame on both the interior and exterior of the door. Available in three distinct designs,

 
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Kestrel BDM Rises To Challenge

 

When it comes to new challenges, UPVC roofline brand Kestrel’s business development manager for the North East doesn’t do things by halves.

Richard Barrett started the new role in January, after moving house, welcoming a new baby and just months before he ties the knot.

 
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Easy Connect Helping Premier Windows Become Even More Efficient

 

For Nathan Moore, Managing Director at Premier Windows, the main benefit of Listers Central’s dedicated bespoke online ordering portal, Easy Connect, is a simple question to answer – timesaving.

The Weymouth-based installer, which offers a broad range of top-quality uPVC, aluminium and composite products, was one of the first

 
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Free Showroom Support Rounds Out Viiu’s Comprehensive Key Dealer Package

 

Viiu is offering thousands of pounds’ worth of showroom support completely free to its Key Dealers.

Key Dealers are experienced, rigorously vetted installation businesses who’ve been trained to install Viiu doors to the highest possible standard.

 
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West Port’s Timber Windows In The Spotlight At FIT 2019

 

2019 will see a FIT Show debut from West Port, one of the UK’s leading timber fabricators.

The Cumbria firm will be bringing a selection of stunning British-made timber windows and doors to what’s become the biggest date in the glass and glazing calendar.

 

 
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Hurst Unveils Major Rebrand

Hurst has kicked-off the new year with a major re-brand to strengthen its position as a leading manufacturer of composite doors and PVC-U door panels. As part of the launch, the company has unveiled a bold new i

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Mechatronics Is The Future

Mechatronics is the word of 2019. It’s technology that combines electronics and mechanical engineering. It’s not new – but it’s an area that’s growing exponentially. For Avantis International, it’s bringing together two key areas of expertise to create new opportunities for door and window fabricators and installers.

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Google Hit With Landmark £44 Million GDPR Fine

Search engine giant Google has been issued with a landmark fine of 50 million euros (£44m), for a breach of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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Padiham Glass Announces Six-Figure Investment

IGU specialist, Padiham Glass has committed to a six-figure spend on further software integration, a new automatic sealing robot, plus new handling equipment, to drive increased flexibility and quality through its’ trade offer.

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Modplan Expands Manufacturing Facility

Leading trade VEKA fabricator Modplan has further expanded its production facility with the installation of a new 12,000 sqft mezzanine floor at its Newport, Gwent headquarters. The additional production space will be utilised for the manufacture of its

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Freefoam’s Five-Star Service Supports Northern Building Plastics

Northern Building Plastics Ltd (NBP) is a fast-growing independent stockist of maintenance-free PVC building materials covering England and Wales through two large supercentres in Leeds and Bolton.

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Heathrow Business Summit yields leads for Newview

Newview Windows walked away from a recent Heathrow Business Summit with several valuable leads.

The Worthing firm has a long-standing relationship with the country’s biggest

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Product News

Martindale Makes The Switch To Installation Tape

One of Northamptonshire’s leading installers has become the latest firm to endorse tremco-illbruck’s TP650 Trio window installation tape.

For 40 years, FENSA-registered Martindale Windows and

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Enfield’s Doors Pass New Fire Test With A Reassuringly Large Margin

Post Grenfell, the Ministry of Housing Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) asked some key fire doors suppliers to help them. Enfield Speciality Doors provided technical advice,

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People

New Head Of Sales At Epwin Window Systems

Epwin Window Systems has further strengthened its sales management team with the appointment of Katrina Earl as Head of Sales.

Katrina has been with working within the Epwin business for the past four

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New BDM Ties The Knot With Kestrel

Psychology graduate Nathan Hassall has tied the knot with roofline brand Kestrel by becoming its latest business development manager.

The former hotel wedding supervisor, joined the cladding, soffit and fascia

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Machinery

Appeal Of Haffner Murat’s SMR-5 Welder

Since its launch, Haffner Murat says its SMR-5 welder has been an overnight success and sales have continued to rise as more and more fabricators see how much it has to offer their production. Dave Thomas, Managing Director of Haffner Murat,

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On-Site

Cap Free Fire Rated Curtain Wall

In what is believed to be a first for the industry, a cap-less, fire rated curtain wall system has been completed on a refurbishment development in Manchester. The project, known as ‘The Core’, is located at 24-30 Brown Street in the city centre and uses the ‘MB-SR50N EI efekt’ developed by Aluprof.

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Software

New App From Infinity Lets Installers Create A Mobile Showroom

The brand new Showroom app coming soon from software specialists Infinity does exactly what it says on the tin, allowing installers to create their very own mobile showroom for use either online or offline, says the company.

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FIT Show

GGF Group Looks Forward To The FIT Show

The GGF and its group of commercial subsidiaries are getting ready for The FIT Show with big plans to promote all six GGF group companies at the show.

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Exhibitions

New BIM And Fire Rated Technologies Lead For ISO-CHEMIE At Futurebuild

Foam sealing specialist ISO CHEMIE, which is marking 10 years in the UK in 2019, will be targeting designers and architects at Futurebuild 2019 with its high-performance airtightness and energy

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G18 Awards

Monarch Home Improvements Celebrates Win

It was a great end to 2018 for Monarch Home Improvements (North East) Ltd as the business won FENSA Installation of the Year at the G18 Awards.

The business based in Hebburn Tyne and Wear and is an Authorised

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