4th February 2016
 
GLAZERITE ACQUIRES CITY BEADS
 

New Group Structure For £28 Million Company

The Glazerite UK Group Ltd has announced the purchase of the entire share capital of Trade Frame Holdings Limited, in turn the owner of City Beads Ltd of Peterborough.

The company will operate as Glazerite (East) Ltd under a new holding company called The Glazerite UK Group Ltd, with John Hewitt as Chairman, Jason Thompson as Managing Director, Mike Johnson as Finance Director and Ian Lloyd as Operations Director. Also included within the new structure will be Glazerite Windows Ltd; Glazerite (Northwest) Ltd; and Glazerite (Southwest)

 
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Dual Seal Glass Invests £1M As Commercial Market Booms
 

The industry’s largest commercial-only IGU manufacturer has invested more than £1 million to double the size of its production storage space as it responds to strong sales growth in the booming commercial market.

Sales at Huddersfield based Dual Seal Glass grew by 15% in 2014, continuing an upward trend since 2009, as the commercial glazing market gathered pace and opened up more and more opportunities. As the recent Palmer report highlighted, it’s a market that increased by 10% in volume terms between 2012 and 2014 and a further growth of 20% is forecast up to 2019.

 
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GGF Defends Members And Confirms Industry Position
 

Following derogatory, untrue and inaccurate comments made online against the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) and its Members, Giles Willson, GGF Managing Director, has defended the Federation, its Members and underlined the GGF’s work and position as the industry’s leading trade body.

The most recent comment appeared on Double Glazing Blogger’s blog by Anthony Jones, Chairman of National Federation of Glaziers who incorrectly stated that some GGF Members had brought “consumer biased laws” upon the industry.

 
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Registration Figures Double As FIT Fever Builds
 

Year-on-year visitor registration figures are running at more than double those recorded for a similar period in the build up to the 2014 FIT Show. Figures are also way ahead of the Award winning launch show that took place in 2013, adding to the excitement that we are heading for a record event when it takes place in April.

Adding to the optimism are the website statistics: almost 30% more users are accessing The FIT Show website compared with a corresponding period for 2014,

 
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Qwood Launch New Beads
 

Quantum Profiles Systems Ltd. continues to lead the market and innovate with the Qwood brand. Qwood is a range of beads and associated profiles for the timber window and door industry. The beads are used to replace traditional timber beads. Qwood is proud to launched three new beads, which are now available in the standard range, they are:

  • 18mm bonding bar,
  • Ovolo bar and a
  • 18mm pinned glazing bead.
 
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REHAU Backs FIT In 2017
 

REHAU has given the strongest possible endorsement to the FIT show organisers’ decision to relocate to the NEC in 2017, by confirming its attendance more than a year in advance.

REHAU’s Marketing and Technical Director Gareth Jones said:  “The FIT show has proved the perfect platform for us to present our product and service innovations to our customers over the years, and we’re delighted that it’s moving to the NEC.  It’s a sign of how much it’s growing and how ambitious the organisers are to make it into an even bigger and better show for both exhibitors and visitors.

 
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Stevenswood To Open Ten New Trade Counters In 2016 After 23% Rise In Sales
 

Stevenswood, one of Scotland’s largest manufacturers of PVCu and aluminium windows, doors, conservatories and rigid built kitchens, is gearing up for further expansion after posting a 23% rise in sales.

The Livingston-based company grew its total sales net of VAT to £13.1m in the 12 months to 31 October 2015, up from £10.7m in its previous financial year.  Window sales jumped by 21%,

 
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Dear Gerald
 

Changes at a national direct sell company or a set of bad results often prompt people to attribute their troubles to a tired business model that no longer works.

But be careful what you wish for? The industry has never been keen on the hard sell. And there’s never been a shortage of unhappy homeowners who were less than impressed with the nationals’ methods.

A look back over the last 30 years shows that consumer protection organisations, Which? magazine, the national media and TV ‘name

 
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Double R Installs The First Volume Trushield IGU Production Line
 

The first volume production line for TruShield® glass protection system from Edgetech UK, one of the leading voices for energy efficient glazing, is up and running at Double R Glass & Roofing Systems. The Wellingborough-based glass unit manufacturer has added the new equipment within its decorative glass facility.

The line incorporates a spray booth, oven and easels to make application of TruShield to IGUs quick, easy and cost effective.

 
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Frameless Juliet Balconies from Balconette
 

Now there is nothing to obscure the view with a new Frameless Glass Juliet balcony from Balconette. Using literally just one sheet of glass, the balustrading specialist’s new range of Frameless Glass Juliet Balconies is a highly-aesthetic, straightforward-to-install and minimalist balcony guarding solution.

Designed to enhance the external appearance of any building, Balconette’s Frameless Juliet balcony uses 21.5mm laminated and toughened glass panels.

 
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Shift In Perspective On Fire Safety Underlines GGF Initiatives
 

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) continues to raise concerns based on feedback from companies in the glass and glazing industry, that all is not entirely well in the provision of fire safety measures in buildings.

On 5 January, Government announced that responsibility for fire prevention and rescue now moves to the Home Office.  The change is said to “support a radical transformation of how the police, fire & rescue services work together.” 

 
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Aluminium Fire Screens Too Expensive – Think Again!
 

One of the UK’s leading systems suppliers of aluminium fire screens has launched a new system, the slim MB-60E EI.

With just a 60mm frame depth, the MB-60E EI can achieve a fire resistance class of EI15 or a EI30 according to DIN EN 13501-2 + A1. Complete with polyamide thermal breaks, the door system is ideal for use in both external or internal applications. Door sets can be manufactured with both fixed lights and opening, single or double doors, to create extensive screen assemblies.

 
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Dear Gerald
 

We all travel now. We know what houses look like in other countries. We’re familiar with the look and feel of a country, and how architecture and the buildings people live in vary across Europe.

They’re very different. So different you could drop anyone of us somewhere in Germany, and without seeing signs or hearing anyone speak, you’d know fairly well you were in Germany just by looking at the buildings.

You’d get it wrong occasionally, but usually you’d be right. You could do the same in France, Italy, Spain, Holland, Switzerland, Denmark, Greece and Britain.

 
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‘Bohle Turns 20’
 

In 2014 Bohle Group celebrated 90 years of trading and in 2016 the company will celebrate 20 years trading in the UK and Ireland, marking the occasion with a series of customer events and promotions.

Throughout 2016, the celebrations will include a series of dedicated training seminars, customer hospitality, open days and product promotions.

 
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GQA Joins The Best Of British
 

GQA Qualifications are the latest and final company to sign up as co-exhibitors at the UK Pavilion hosted by GGF at FENSTERBAU FRONTALE 2016 in Nuremberg 16-19 March.

Mick Clayton, GQA Chief Executive commented, “We very much look forward to co-exhibiting with like-minded companies at Fensterbau on the UK Pavilion. It promises to be an exciting show where we can discuss GQA’s approach to skills development and recognition with international companies.”

 
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Vista Rewards 20 Years Of Service

 

Two staff members of Vista, the Merseyside based composite door specialists, have been rewarded in recognition for 20 years of loyal service. Office manager, Nicola Brown and purchasing manager Chris Warrington, who have both been with the company since it was first established in 1995, were presented with gold watches as a thank you for their two decades of dedication to Vista.

 
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Global Hardware Specialist Strengthens UK Brand With Website Launch
 

Caldwell UK, a global leader in specialist hardware, has launched its new website Caldwell design and manufacture bespoke hardware and offer a wide range of innovative solutions for the domestic and commercial markets.

Caldwell is the parent company of Cotswold Architectural Products – a specialist international friction-stay manufacturer – and the new website showcases the extended product range brought about by the merger of these two businesses.

 
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Warwick North West Sponsor Charity Abseil
 

Warwick North West, one of the region’s biggest and most respected trade fabricators, recently served as a main sponsor for a charity abseil held at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral.

The event, which sought to raise money for the Multiple System Atrophy Trust, saw famous faces  including Geordie Shore star and I’m a Celebrity… winner Vicky Pattison navigate their way down the world’s fifth largest cathedral sporting T-shirts emblazoned with the Warwick North West logo.

 
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Trade News

Wegoma Advances Under New Name – Avantek Machinery

Named 2015 NFA Machinery Company of the Year, Wegoma Machinery Sales has changed its name to Avantek Machinery Ltd with effect from February 2016 – reflecting the growth and expansion of the company.

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Deceuninck Re-Opens Warehouse To Deliver Service Promise

Deceuninck has reopened its purpose-built 140,000 ft2 ‘Beaversbrook’ warehouse, a short distance from the company’s factory in Calne, Wiltshire.

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Trent Valley Partner TruFrame For 2016

Award winning Trent Valley Window and Door Co have become the latest large and prestigious installation company to partner with TruFrame, as they look to offer their customers hand finished uPVC frames and a broad, impressive product range.

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Fast Leads From Solidor Mean Quick Sales For Adept Improvements

Nottingham based installer, Adept Improvements (Midlands), is experiencing the benefits of the Solidor Network. Now receiving leads directly from Solidor, Adept Improvements converted an initial enquiry into an order, placed and confirmed, in one working day.

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RegaLead Georgian Takes The Lead

Just two months after its official launch, RegaLead is delighted to announce an overwhelmingly positive response to its new Georgian lead profile, so much so that new sizes and colour options have already been added to the range.

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Product News

CWG Choices Customers Upgrade To Ultion On All Doors

CWG Choices customers can now upgrade to Ultion on all its doors. Ultion is Brisant Secure’s flagship high security cylinder lock.

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10,000th Door Leaves Distinction’s Paint Plant

Distinction Doors’ recently celebrated the 10,000th composite door leaving their state of the art in-house paint plant. Chantel Roach, Distinction’s Marketing Director, said, “Achieving this milestone demonstrates that our paint plant is offering our customers a service that is of great value to them.”

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People

Epwin Continues To Build, Appoints Robert Hartill As Business Improvement Director

Epwin Group is proud to announce that ex-Mul-T-Lock Managing Director Robert Hartill has joined the company as Business Improvement Director.

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Carl F Groupco Recruits For The Regions

Carl F Groupco has strengthened its national representation with the appointment of three new Regional Sales Managers. The new recruits, Andrew Ashton, Dean Bell and Mark Flight all have strong window industry credentials and excellent sales capabilities.

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Emmegi (UK) Expands Team In Ireland

Emmegi (UK) is putting further investment into the Irish market with the appointment of a new engineer to look after customers in the North.

Paul Adams has joined the aluminium machinery specialist as a Field Service Engineer based in Belfast. 

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Terry Joins Liniar Sales Team

In order to provide additional support for its ever-growing customer base, Liniar is delighted to announce that Terry Grant has joined the sales team – and after six months of gardening leave he’s “chomping at the bit” to get started.

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Internet

Haffner Murat Launches New Website

Haffner Murat has just launched a brand new website, www.haffnermurat.com.  Dave Thomas, the company’s Managing Director, said, “It’s vital to have an online presence that reflects the quality of your business.

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Videos

SWISSPACER Explained

SWISSPACER, a Saint Gobain company, has two new videos that explain the origin and global reach of its business. Featuring Managing Director Andreas Geith and Marketing & Sales Director Peter Appel the videos also emphasise the outstanding performance of its market

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Brochures

Warmcore’s Retail Brochure Blends System With Sizzle!

Synseal has published its most expensively-produced and deluxe sales brochure since the launch of Global conservatory roof – a new WarmCore retail brochure aimed squarely at UK homeowners which is purpose-designed to help convert sales for Synseal’s fabricator and installer partners.

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On-Site

Senior’s SF52 Curtain Walling Keeps Slim Sightlines In View

For projects that desire a sleek, uniform appearance and demand exceptional energy efficiency, the new SF52 curtain wall system from Senior Architectural Systems can provide the perfect combination of aesthetics and thermal performance.

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The Façades Of Four Buildings Entirely Replaced With Wicona Curtain Walling – To Dramatic Effect

The façades of four buildings at Velocity Village – one of the largest mixed-use developments in Yorkshire – have been entirely replaced using 14,000m2 of curtain walling from Wicona.

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FIT Show

REHAU Gives First Clues To Its Stand At FIT

REHAU is promising visitors to the FIT show some exciting new advances in performance in the key areas of customer service and product innovation.

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A Massive 175+ Top Brands And Dozens Of New Names Flock To FIT

Within three short years The FIT Show has become the place to see and be seen in the UK window, door, glass and conservatory market and this April will bear witness to the biggest FIT Show yet, new products.

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Sealco Brings ‘Warehouse On A Stand’ Concept To FIT Show6

Sealco will demonstrate its comprehensive range of window and door hardware solutions on Stand 214 at FIT Show, as the distributor showcases its ‘warehouse on a stand.’

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FIT Show Closed The Deal For Seal-Lite

When Jim and Chris Shearn of fast-expanding West-Country fabricator Seal-Lite Group decided they needed a new welder amongst other machinery two years ago, they decided to put their buying decisions on hold until The FIT Show,

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Insight Data To Celebrate Ten Year Anniversary With Major FIT Show Launch

Insight Data will be returning to the FIT Show for a third time and will mark its tenth anniversary by launching a new innovation that will be a game-changer for the industry.

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Events

Meet ‘EVA’ At The Emplas Customer Conference

Emplas will give installers the opportunity to find out about the very latest in product innovation and its potential to improve sales, plus new, major, unique customer support initiatives at ‘The Opportunities Conference’ on Tuesday 8th March.

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First Atlas Installation Of The Year Awards Brings Red Carpet Glamour

It was an evening of red carpet glamour at the first Atlas Installation of the Year awards dinner, which took place at the Margom Orangery in Port Talbot on Friday 22 January. 180 people gathered to honour the top Atlas Glazed Roof Solutions’

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