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11th January 2018
 
Solidor Announce New Network Development Programme
 

Already recognised as one of the most influential composite door brands in the UK, Solidor are set to enhance their credentials further with the launch of a new, powerful Network Development Programme for 2018. First up is an upgrade of the Installer Search Engine on solidor.co.uk.

Designed to offer consumers complete transparency when selecting a door supplier, the aim of the new initiative is to promote the facilities of their nearest Solidor retailer via a postcode driven search.

 
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Virtuoso Doors On Threshold Of Rapid Growth With Re-Launch
 

Crafted precision is set to be the buzz word for 2018 as Virtuoso Doors – previously known as WB Group – makes its rise to fame.

Virtuoso Doors has kicked-off the New Year with a major re-launch to strengthen its position as a leading manufacturer of high end composite doors and PVCu door panels. Under the launch, the company has unveiled a bold new identity to capture the unique craftsmanship and precision engineering that goes into making every single Virtuoso door.

 
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Deceuninck Sales Up 30% In December
 

proactive and driven customer base, the company saw a 30% increase in like for like sales in December 2017 compared with December 2016. With these impressive sales results and 52% of everything the company makes now in colour, Deceuninck clearly remains one to watch in 2018.

Rob McGlennon, Managing Director of Deceuninck UK says: “We had an exciting year in 2017 with the launch of our Heritage Window Collection, some prestigious new customer wins,

 
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Experience Supports Innovation At REHAU

 

As a business with innovation and technical excellence at the centre of its ethos, REHAU places great importance on having first class technical experts in-house to support with the ongoing development of its product range.

With a traditional background in engineering and product design Neil Baker is one of REHAU‘s technical team. Having worked for the company for nearly 20 years Senior Engineer Neil has been part

 
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New Year, New Machinery Investment At Astraseal

 

After a successful 2017, which saw much investment, innovation and product development from the fabricator, Wellingborough-based Astraseal has kicked off the New Year by advancing their machining capabilities.

The firm which specialises in both uPVC and aluminium has invested in yet another Stuga machine – specifically the ZX5, the British firm’s flagship machining centre. Launched at The FIT Show 2017,

 
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New Tradelink Windowcenter Opens In Stoke-On-Trent

 

Tradelink Window Solutions has opened a new manufacturing facility and Windowcenter in Stoke-on-Trent. The Stoke site is Tradelink’s fourth Windowcenter in the UK, offering a direct service for installers looking for top-quality windows, doors and conservatories.

The Windowcenter at Stoke-on-Trent gives installers in the Midlands easy access to Tradelink’s diverse range of aluminium and PVCu windows and doors, conservatories and sealed units.

 
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Inagas and SafeGuard Celebrate 15 Years of Quality

 

SafeGuard Glass and Glazing, one of the UK’s leading sealed unit manufacturers has been working with Inagas, one of the fenestration industry’s leading suppliers of gas filling and testing solutions, for more than 15 years to help maintain its excellent reputation for quality, consistency and reliability.

 
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Incarnation Welcomes Four Fab New Fabricators

 

After a year of spectacular growth, secondary glazing specialists Incarnation Window Systems have appointed four new fabricators to keep pace with soaring demand.

Brothers James and Jon Savory join the firm from the same well-respected sealed unit manufacturer.

 
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PatioMaster South East Sales Reveal Consumer Trends

 

Sales figures are a vital way to understand how consumer trends are changing and PatioMaster South East has just released sales figures that show how trends are changing in the patio door market.

One particular area of interest is in the growth in colour – for example, the company has seen a 20% growth in grey patio doors.

 
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German Design Award Win For elumatec’s Supercharged CNC

 

elumatec’s SBZ 122/75 profile machining centre has won a much sought-after German Design Award.

Overseen by the German Design Council, the GDAs exist to discover, celebrate and publicise world-class design in all fields of the economy.

 
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Construction Industry Needs To Join The Upward Trend In Productivity

 

The latest ONS statistics on UK productivity show construction is yet to turn around productivity levels in line with other sectors.

Last week, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) released the latest statistics on productivity. Across the economy as a whole output per hour increased by 0.8%, however the construction industry is yet to take advantage

 
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MWBC (M Webster Building Contractors) Implement Rapid Growth With Trusted Consumables Supplier Quest

 

Warwickshire based, MWBC, have been building bespoke homes since 1989. MWBC pride themselves on offering a one-stop solution. Design and concepts begin with their architectural team and are consolidated by a range of talented in-house teams, from building, plastering, joinery, plumbing, electrical plus all the other services required to bring each project to a successful completion.

 
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Business Micros Wins Digital Specialist Award
 

The team at Business Micros are celebrating after they were voted Digital Specialists of the Year in the National Fenestration Awards.

This was the first time the company had been nominated in these awards, so it was an even more impressive achievement to win first time.

 
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Bosch High Performance Battery
 

More power for professionals: Bosch ProCore 18V 7.0 Ah high-performance battery is fully compatible with the existing 18 volt range

Approximately 90 percent more power than the previous 18 volt 6.0 Ah battery
Approximately 30 percent smaller than comparable high-performance batteries

 
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Humber Door Raises £500 For Dove House Hospice
 

The ‘Humber Door’, which was created by Hurst Plastics to celebrate Hull’s incredible year as ‘UK City of Culture 2017’, has helped to raise vital funds for a local charity. The composite door, which features a dramatic image of the iconic Humber Bridge, recently sold for £500 in aid of Dove House Hospice.

 
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Trade News

Rapid Growth In The Commercial Glazing Sector To Stall – Palmer

A new report from Palmer Market Research suggests that the rapid growth seen across the commercial glazing sector may be about to stall in ‘some areas’.

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Inwido Group’s Trend Report Reveals The Future For Smart Homes

The Inwido Group’s latest Trend Report entitled ‘Human Home in a Digital World’ makes interesting reading for all those fabricators and installers who want to get involved in smart technology.

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Euroglaze Makes It Better Thanks To New Switch Without A Hitch Service

Switch without a Hitch is the promise being made by Rehau trade fabricator Euroglaze, as it guarantees to make the process of changing supplier simple and profitable for third party stockists and installers.

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Warm Praise For Warm Edge Experts Edgetech In Latest Customer Survey

A recent customer survey saw glowing praise for spacer bar manufacturers Edgetech.

The Coventry business routinely approaches a random selection

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Swish: Retail Brand Recognition Matters

Research conducted by Swish Window and Door Systems has shown that the internet has revolutionised the customer journey when it comes to purchasing doors and windows.

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Database Investment Brings Benefits To Clients

As an increasing number of social housing providers focus on how they can become easier for residents to deal with, more pressure is being put on suppliers to buy into their digital strategies and support their initiatives.

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Product News

Investment For 2018 Prefix Colour Programme

Prefix Systems have just made a significant investment in a new state of the art colouring facility, which includes a mix on demand paint system, at their head office in Blackburn and it will form part of their sales strategy for 2018 and beyond.

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Teal Products Helps Customers Reach New Heights In 2018 With New Folding Arm Actuator

Teal Products, one of the UK’s foremost suppliers of window controls, openers and actuators, has strengthened its extensive product range and launched a brand-new, multi-purpose folding arm actuator.

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Conservation Success For Benchmark Joinery (South East) With Slenderline Glass

Combining authentic, heritage aesthetics with cutting-edge thermal performance, Slenderline Glass has established itself as a leading supplier of advanced slimline heritage units trusted by fabricators,

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People

Funeral Arrangements – Jon Skinner

The family of our late friend and colleague Jon Skinner, have announced his funeral arrangements.
A service to celebrate the life of Jon is to be held at Cookhill Village Hall, Alcester B49 5JS on 18th January at 12.30pm.

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BM Aluminium Continues To Invest

Jack Taylor is the latest college leaver to join BM Aluminium as a trainee software technician. He follows in the footsteps of established team members Dan Hodges, Ben Knight and Jack Antosch,

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Machinery

Made For Trade Becomes Biggest User Of Emmegi Machines

Made for Trade has become what is now believed to be the biggest user of Emmegi machines in the UK by quantity, with the addition of a fourth Phantomatic T3A three axis machining centre to its manufacturing set up.

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Glass & Glazing

Do you know what’s on your glass delivery?

Over-reliance on the integrity of their supply chain, could mean that glass processors and installers are inadvertently supplying the wrong specification of glass or insulated units into the UK construction industry, according to Bohle.

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Aluminium

Growth In Aluminium Window Sales Delivers Even Bigger Savings On Gaskets

Rapidly growing demand for aluminium windows offers fabricators even bigger potential savings on gasket costs, according to Extrudaseal.

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On-Site

Senior Specified For New Leeds Private Rental Scheme

Aluminium windows and doors from leading fenestration manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems have been chosen for the new X1 Aire private rented scheme in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

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Internet

New Recycling Website Goes Live!

PVCR, part of the REHAU group, has launched a brand new website to make it easier than ever to access all the latest information about PVC recycling and how fabricators and installers can get involved by selling their unwanted PVC.

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New Website Delivered For Clayton Glass

Clayton Glass, one of the UK’s largest independent manufacturers of IGU’s, has just launched a new website at www.claytonglass.co.uk, packed with information about the award-winning business and its renowned service levels.

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Awards

Dedication And Passion Rewarded At Passive Fire Protection Awards

The Association for Specialist Fire Protection’s Passive Fire Protection Awards has rewarded the dedication and passion of Hannah Mansell, Technical Manager of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF)

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