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27 June 2017
 
 
Liniar Opens New Lamination Facility
 

HL Plastics, the company behind the Liniar brand, has opened its new state-of-the-art foiling and lamination plant as part of ongoing expansion plans.

The division was previously located a few miles away from the rest of the operation at premises in Somercotes, but a smooth move to the main site at Denby was completed in just eight days, with no loss of production time.

 
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Profile 22 Adds Optima Window System To U-Comply N To Provide Quick And Easy Way To Calculate Thermal Efficiency Ratings
 

Profile 22 has just added 24mm and 28mm variations of its Optima window system to U-Comply N, an online calculator that allows fabricators and installers to calculate thermal efficiency ratings. Gerald Allen, Profile 22’s Marketing Manager, said: “The U-Comply N calculator now allows you to demonstrate compliance on any number of Optima window specifications. As well as eliminating the significant costs involved in testing different specifications of windows, you can also use U-Comply N to demonstrate Optima’s compliance with the new regulations.”

 
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Facts Not Fiction!
 

Dear Gerald

As one of the world’s foremost innovators of PVCu window and door systems, we place a great emphasis on product design, performance and testing. When KÖMMERLING make product claims, we do so with considered research and understanding, as we have done so with the launch of our new System 76 platform.

 
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Genesis Vertical Slider Achieves PAS24:2016 Accreditation

 

Bison Frames has just announced that its Genesis Vertical Slider has achieved PAS24:2016 accreditation. Mark Tetley, Bison’s Director, said: “We are delighted we can now offer a PAS24 option on our Genesis Vertical Slider. We are told it sailed through the testing process with ease, which was great to hear.”

The accreditation will extend the appeal of the Genesis Vertical Slider even further since it now means it is Document Q compliant and can be used in new dwellings and dwellings formed by a material change of use such as barn conversions. It also provides extra evidence of the security of the product in projects where this is particularly important.

 
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Morley Trusts Renault To Help Drive Deliveries

 

Morley Glass & Glazing has grown its fleet of Renault vehicles to help it cope with rising demand for its popular products.

Already benefiting from a 17-strong Renault Trucks exclusive fleet providing free delivery of its integral blinds to customers across mainland Britain, the business will now also enjoy the support of four additional vehicles. These include a 3.5 tonne Masters panel van, equipped with specialist glass transport systems that include exterior roof racks and side racks, and internal glass frame racking, two 135.35 panel vans and the company’s first 130.35 drop-side with tilt-frame body.

 
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New Door Styles Help Safedoors’ Diamond Range Shine

 

Following success with their premium Platinum Range of composite doors, door manufacturer Safedoors is adding new door styles to their popular Diamond Range of high-insulation foam core composite doors.

The new door styles are designed to guide homeowners through the range and help them to find a door that matches their property and their tastes. Whether it the Traditional style of the Aintree or the Cheltenham which expertly replicates the classic design of timber, the more Contemporary style of the Plumpton with modern glazing options or the Heritage style of the Cottage or the Chepstow.

 
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Haffner Murat Announces New Sales Director

 

Haffner Murat Ltd has strengthened its sales management team with the appointment of experienced industry man, Mike James, in the position of Sales Director. Dave Thomas, Haffner Murat’s Managing Director, said, “Mike is well-known in the industry and we are delighted to find a committed and experienced sales professional with a vast knowledge of the fabrication market. Mike brings with him the expertise and industry knowledge to ensure we maintain our momentum as the pace of Haffner Murat’s machinery sales continues to increase. “

 
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Astraseal Becomes The First To Use Salestracker’s New Email Marketing Platform, STEM

 

Astraseal, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of uPVC and aluminium has become the first fabricator to use STEM, the brand-new, integrated email marketing platform for Salestracker from Insight Data.

STEM replaces Astraseal’s existing platform Campaign Monitor and allows the fabricator to design, build and send email campaigns from directly inside Salestracker, using Insight Data’s prospect data for the fenestration and wider construction industries.

 
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Training Success For Modplan’s Customers

 

VEKA trade fabricator Modplan has built a reputation for being a business committed to building long term partnerships and being at the forefront of product development. The strength of this partnership approach was once again demonstrated in their latest LEKA Approved Installer training programme which took place over two days at the company’s headquarters near Newport, Gwent.

Earlier this year, Modplan became the first approved fabricator of the new LEKA Orangery roof system which was launched at FIT 2017 by LEKA Systems.

 
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Big Tuesday Proves A Big Success!

 

Proving to be the biggest and best show yet, FIT Show 2017 was a roaring success making its debut at the NEC, Birmingham, with unique visitor numbers increasing by 17% compared to the previous show held in 2016. One of the many reasons for this was the introduction of ‘BIG Tuesday’.

Extending its opening hours on the first day to 8pm to give those who work throughout the day a chance to visit the FIT Show, business and pleasure combined for a night of fun enjoyed by all on ‘BIG Tuesday’.

 
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profine Group CEO Drops In To FIT

 

profine Group CEO and owner, Dr Peter Mrosik, took time out to visit the FIT Show and the KÖMMERLING stand on the Tuesday, alongside several customer meetings and the hosting of an important and insightful media interview.

Operating in 70 different countries with 29 sites in 22 different countries, the profine Group has an impressive global reach through its KBE, KÖMMERLING and Trocal brands. As the owner and CEO, Dr Mrosik has placed great importance of the UK market to the Group as he explains:

 
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Edgetech Gives A Warm Reception To Returning R&D Expert

 

Warm edge pioneers Edgetech are welcoming the return of a key former member of senior staff after a three-year hiatus.

Gary Shoesmith served as Edgetech UK’s Director of Operations and Quality between 2008 and 2014, and now re-joins the organisation as Technical Development Manager.

Gary’s appointment significantly bolsters Edgetech’s local R&D capabilities.

 
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SWISSPACER ULTIMATE Is The ‘Designer’ Spacer Bar For LAG

 

London Architectural Glass (LAG) supplies a full range of glass products and services to the commercial, residential, educational and heritage architectural markets throughout the UK. Recognising the importance of both thermal performance and great looks, the company uses SWISSPACER ULTIMATE 32mm warm edge spacer bars in its IGUs.

LAG Sales and Estimating Manager, Dylan Henderson confirms they use ULTIMATE because of its clean lines, minimalistic look, unmatched colour range and long-lasting energy efficiency.

 
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Connaught Windows Keeps It Fresh With Deceuninck 10 Years On
 

South West based Connaught Windows, a family run fabrication and IGU manufacturing company in its third decade of trading, is celebrating 10 years as a Deceuninck customer this year.

Natalie Witczak, Senior Business Manager at Connaught Windows explains: “We’ve been a Deceuninck customer for so long because we firmly believe in offering a great service to our customers and in order to do that consistently, we need a supplier who genuinely shares the same philosophy.

 
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Dual Accolades For Saint- Gobain
 

Flat glass manufacturer Saint-Gobain Glass is having a double celebration after it came top in two categories at the Glass Focus Awards 2017.

The business was named Company of the Year at the award ceremony for its commitment to the continued improvement in its production facility, focus on sustainability in reducing environmental impacts and also enhancing the wellbeing of its staff.

 
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Universal First To Feature In Solidor’s National Installation Showcase
 

Universal Trade Frames is the first Solidor customer to feature in Solidor’s new #SolidorStyleWall campaign, which aims to showcase the outstanding projects Solidor installers are completing every day all over the country.

Solidor followers share a lot of project images on Twitter. Now Solidor is showcasing the best on #SolidorStyleWall and featuring the very best in its advertising and marketing. They will be professionally photographed, and the company that submitted the image will be credited wherever the image appears.

 
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TruFit Wins Fans During Master Fitter Challenge
 

Edgetech’s innovative Trufit insulation tape played a central role in this year’s Master Fitter Challenge, the two-day test of skill that’s been a FIT Show highlight since the event began.

The ever-popular competition saw six teams of experienced installers battle it out to fit windows, residential and bifold doors and a roof lantern, all under the eagle-eyed gaze of professional GQA assessors and show-goers from throughout the industry.

 
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Endurance Bring The Finishing Touches To Print
 

Endurance® Doors have just brought The Finishing Touches to print, which is a new 20-page brochure detailing impressive hardware and glazing options for their range of high performance, solid and secure composite doors.

This extension of the marketing programme has come in response to the new #YouAskedEnduranceListened initiative, which will in time be expanded from marketing deliverables, to include other elements influencing the whole customer experience at Endurance® Doors.

 
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Trade News

Immigration Bill Is Priority For Construction

The Government’s Immigration Bill must ensure that British business has access to sufficient levels of EU workers or major construction projects will grind to a halt, the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has said in response to the Queen’s Speech.

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Queen’s Speech For Pro-Business Brexit But Light On Domestic Reforms

The Queen’s Speech has set out a programme of reform for the next two years which is needed to prepare the UK to leave the European Union and shore up small business confidence.

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TruFrame Launch 10% Off Composite Door Promotion

Hand finished uPVC frame manufacturer, TruFrame, have just launched a sales promotion campaign, offering 10% off for all first time orders from new customers that order one of their high performance, solid core Endurance composite doors.

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Profile 22’s Optima Is Fast Becoming A Commercial System Of Choice

Profile 22’s Optima profile suite may only have been launched last year, but all the signs are that it’s fast becoming one of the commercial systems of choice for specifiers. Gerald Allen, Profile 22’s Marketing Manager, said: “Optima is a system designed for the 21st century and beyond, which makes it very appealing in the first place.

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Composite Blanks On Free Next Day Delivery From DOORCO

As part of DOORCO’s continued commitment to customer service, the composite door supplier is now able to deliver slabs from UK stock on a next day delivery service.

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Alex Trade Frames Celebrate Showroom Launch Complete With New Manager

Alex Trade Frames are celebrating the recent refurbishment of their trade showroom, which showcases their diverse suite of uPVC windows and doors. Located in Stockport, Cheshire, the fully-furnished space acts as a one-stop shop for local trade installers,

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One Size Doesn’t Fit All

If there’s one thing we know for sure, it’s that one size doesn’t fit all. Whether it’s a t-shirt, a hat or a piece of steel reinforcement – getting the right fit is important. In fact, for steel reinforcement it’s even more important. Get it right and it makes such a big difference to fabricators.

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VEKA Reservist Soldier Celebrates Reserves Day With Certificate Of Commendation

The reserve chef was among a select group of 15 from a company of around 250 to receive the certificate from Commanding Officer Lieutenant Colonel Royce. The award comes before Army Reserves Day (21st June 2017), which highlights and recognises the invaluable contribution made by reservists,

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Product News

Monza II Now Available

Composite door manufacturer DOORCO announces further investment to meet increased customer demands, with the development of new tooling giving an upgrade to their flagship Monza door.

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People

From Apprentice To Appointment

Yorkshire based fabricator Conservatory Outlet Ltd has appointed its ambitious Business Administration apprentice in a full time permanent role.

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On-Site

Senior Gets Technical With College Contracts

With an already impressive portfolio of projects in the education sector, leading fenestration manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems has seen a significant increase in specification of its SF52 aluminium curtain walling system for use on several University Technical Colleges (UTC) projects across the UK.

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AluFoldDirect Makes Aluminium Easy For Trade Direct

AluFoldDirect has helped Wrexham-based window and door installer Trade Direct to make the most of the growth in aluminium bi-fold doors.

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Software

The Window Company (Contracts) Quick Off The Mark With Tradelink

The Window Company (Contracts) has proved once again its determination to be one of the most efficient installers in the industry by becoming the first customer to start using Tradelink’s new ‘Window Designer for the Cloud’ online ordering system.

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FIT Show

Another Fantastic FIT Show For The VEKA UK Group

As FIT Show 2017 drew to a close, it would be hard to describe it as anything other than another success for The VEKA UK Group. With a footfall of over 13,000 people across three days,

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Marketing

Premium Brands Need Premium Marketing So ‘Make It Yours’ Say Dekko

The industry is changing fast, and keeping up with homeowner demands can seem quite daunting at times for installers.

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Awards

Lead Generation Provider Up For Major Award

A company that has changed the face of lead generation provision in the glass and glazing – and renewable energy industry – has seen its work recognised at a major business awards.

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Events

Jackloc Attends Exclusive Palace Garden Party For RoSPA Centenary

Jackloc®, the Queen’s Award-winning window and door restrictor specialists were special guests at a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace to celebrate 100 years of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

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Choose PIGS. Choose Glasgow. Choose 7 September

PIGS is going to Glasgow for the first time ever on Thursday 7 September 2017. It’s a brand-new city and the third event of the 2017 PIGS calendar.

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