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5th April 2016
 
aluplast Reports Rapid Growth
 

aluplast has reported the continuing rapid growth of its UK business, announcing a jump of more than 25 per cent in turnover year-on-year from 2014 to 2015 – a period in which the industry as a whole declined in volume.

The German systems house, also announcing that it was on target to achieve significant project growth in 2016 with Q1 up around 30 per cent on the same time last year.

Ian Cocken, Director of Sales and Marketing, aluplast, said that aluplast’s resurgence and rapid growth was being driven by a growing recognition of the efficiencies delivered by its technically advanced Ideal 70 offer.

 
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Quickslide Introduces Employee Profit Sharing Scheme
 

Trade fabricator, Quickslide, has announced the introduction of a profit sharing scheme, a move that’s designed to reward exceptional performance among its employees as it looks to drive the business forward through a philosophy of continuous improvement.

Quickslide’s managing director, Michael Connor, commented: “Fundamentally, the profit sharing scheme has been implemented to highlight the fact that everyone that works at Quickslide plays

 
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PAS 24 Certification For Invisifold
 

VBH reports that their greenteQ Invisifold Slide & Fold hardware system has now achieved the coveted PAS 24 security test certification.

Testing has been carried out at BSI over the past few weeks and VBH will be presented with the report certification at next week’s FiT Show.

Rob Norman of VBH commented ‘We’re obviously delighted and the timing just before the FiT Show couldn’t really have been better

 
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Making Plans For Nigel – Avantek Appoint New National Sales Manager
 

After a recent name change, award-winning Avantek Machinery Ltd is continuing its busy period of expansion by appointing Nigel Bishop as its new National Sales Manager.

Formerly Wegoma Machinery Sales, the Avantek team will be bolstered by the wealth of experience that Nigel brings with him after 18 years in the industry – and he can’t wait to help implement a host of exciting plans for the future.

 
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Nico Launches New Telescopic Shootbolt
 

Nico Manufacturing, leading UK manufacturer of window products, has expanded its range of high security locking systems with the launch of the Nico Telescopic Shootbolt.

Designed, manufactured and assembled at Nico’s UK production facility, the Nico Telescopic Shootbolt offers fabricators and installers an alternative to shootbolt extensions that require cropping to fit.

 
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Carl F Groupco Appoints SmartSecure Business Development Manager
 

Phil Rice joins the management team of leading UK hardware distributor, Carl F Groupco. He takes the post of Business Development Manager for SmartSecure, the company’s new smart door locking and access control brand. Phil is responsible for  the new smart division that has been formed by Carl F Groupco to ensure full support for the new brand. The appointment underscores the importance of SmartSecure to both Carl F Groupco and its customers.

 
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GGF Welcomes Brouha Marketing Into Membership
 

Industry communications specialist Brouha Marketing is delighted to have been welcomed as the latest company to join the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF).

Brouha MD Fiona Lund comments: “Operating almost exclusively within the door, window and glass industries, membership of our industry’s key trade body makes complete sense for the agency. Most of our customers are already active GGF Members, and we’ve worked in collaboration with them and the GGF

 
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Showroom Incentives And A FIT Show Competition For Smartglass Dynamic®
 

With the FIT Show now just a matter of days away, Clayton Glass have announced that they will be giving away a free SMARTGLASS® Dynamic, powered by SageGlass®lantern, along with offering key incentives for orders placed at the show.

SMARTGLASS® Dynamic represents the absolute pinnacle of glass technology. This week’s launch at the FIT SHOW is the first time it has been on sale domestically in the UK and is the culmination of

 
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New Directors Drive MRA Marketing’s Growth
 

MRA Marketing has appointed Jane Evans to its board of Directors and promoted Nadia Hall to Associate Director. Both Jane (previously Account Director) and Nadia (ex-Senior Account Manager) have worked for MRA Marketing for several years and join Lucia Di Stazio and Mike Rigby as part of the senior management team.

“MRA Marketing has grown rapidly in the last few years, becoming No.1 in the Construction Marketing Award’s ‘Agency League’ and attracting many blue chip customers such as Alumasc Water

 
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CMS Creates Fresh Outlook For Residents At New Kirkcaldy Care Village
 

Leading window and door designer, manufacturer and installer CMS Window Systems has completed a project with Fife Council to deliver high quality new homes for elderly residents in a pioneering ‘care village’ concept.

The development on Ostler’s Way, Kirkcaldy, forms part of an extensive initiative by Fife Council to create a supportive community for older people in the local area. In addition to a 60-bed care home,

 
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Benefitting From First Class Customer Service
 

With over 50 years in business as a fabricator and installer of shop fronts, sliding doors and bespoke security systems, Crystal Architectural Aluminium recognises the value of providing first class professional services to customers in gaining repeat business.  In looking for new machinery for their own plant it therefore made sense for Director, Andrew Taylor, to follow the same principle and contact elumatec.

“We have always enjoyed excellent service from elumatec,” said Andrew, “The sales team pays close attention to our overall

 
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Profile 22 Fabricator’s Investment Reaps Rewards
 

Profile 22 fabricator Burbage Custom Windows has doubled production in the last 12 months thanks to the success of its new online ordering system and a £200,000 investment in new machinery.

Director James Meah explained that the two decisions had to be made together.

“It was a chicken and egg situation,” he said. “We know that we could generate the work, but we needed the machinery and logistics in place in order to service the new orders.

 
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Built Environment Science Centre BRE Launches New Venture In China
 

The new body will support China’s endeavours to develop its towns and cities in a more sustainable way and help it meet its COP21 carbon reduction commitment.

Special Envoy for Sustainable Urbanisation to China Sir Michael Bear officially launched BRE China at a ceremony in the city of Shenzhen today attended by key figureheads in the Chinese built environment

The new venture represents a natural progression for UK based building science centre BRE which has been working on a number

 
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Heavers Of Bridport Celebrates 20th Anniversary With The VEKA UK Group
 

2016 marks an important anniversary for South West home improvement specialists, Heavers of Bridport as it celebrates 20 successful years, fabricating and installing industry-leading PVC-U window and door systems from The VEKA UK Group. The family-run company, established by master builder George Heaver, started life in 1960 as a general builders for Dorset, Devon and Somerset. Heavers soon developed its business, offering customers innovations such as sliding patio doors

 
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The Window Outlet Supports Caddy Windows In Showroom Opening
 

When Bristol based installer Caddy Windows were planning an open day at their new showroom, they knew they could rely on their trade supplier The Window Outlet for support. The two companies have forged a close relationship over the past two years and have worked together on numerous high end aluminium projects. So when Caddy said they were planning to invite customers and prospects to their premises, and would be using the occasion to raise money for St Peter’s hospice in Bristol,

 
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Everyone Wins With Conservatory Outlet
 

Wakefield-based fabricator Conservatory Outlet is once again operating a monthly sales incentive scheme this year that rewards its loyal retail partners for being exactly that.

The initiative for Conservatory Outlet’s retail network is delivered in conjunction with Red Letter Days – market leaders in experience gifts and corporate rewards – via a bespoke online rewards portal where redeemable points are allocated to the accounts of participating members.

 
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Ultraframe Sales Team Ready For FIT
 

With the FIT Show on the horizon Ultraframe has completed its national sales team with the appointment of James Thomson as Area Sales Manager for Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland. Moving from Thomas Sanderson to take on the new role with Ultraframe, his previous sales experience is all-encompassing – from cars and golf, to the education sector and the NHS, and more recently the window and conservatory industry.

 
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A&B Group Making Debut At FIT Show
 

The A&B Group team will be making a debut appearance at the FIT Show with all the latest Group developments. Duncan Girling, recently promoted to the position of Sales Director, is looking forward to his first FIT Show with the Group: “The A&B Group is a fast-moving business and at the FIT Show I’m keen to showcase the many new advances made even in the short time I’ve been with the company. We’ve got a range and service level that in my opinion other fabricators can’t compete with and we’ll be able to demonstrate that at the show.”

Having joined the company in October, Duncan Girling has made a great success of his new role and in recognition has been promoted

 
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Brand New Website Opens New Era For West End Windows
 

After celebrating 40 successful years in the home improvement industry in 2015, West End Windows – a Bristol-based fabricator of industry leading PVC-U systems from The VEKA UK Group – has started the next episode in its considerable company history with a fresh new website.

The family-run company – started by Bill Carr in 1975 – dealt solely in aluminium windows until 1979,

 
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Trade News

Rapid Growth Leads To New Factory Acquisition For AluFoldDirect

Aluminium door specialist AluFoldDirect has acquired new 35,000 sq. ft. factory premises in Blackburn, which will double the company’s capacity as it plans major additions to its product range.

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Coastal Group Builds On The Success Of Its Part Q Compliance System With Accoya Door PAS24 Certification

Leading external timber door and window hardware specialist Coastal Group, has extended its highly popular Part Q Compliance system with news that it has achieved PAS24 certification on a door manufactured

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Positivity Surrounds Industry Amidst Consumer Spending Rise, But Skills Shortages Could Stifle Growth

Installers expect to win business, and are widely confident about the industry, in 2016 and expect consumer spending to continue to increase.

However, issues such as skills shortages are holding some companies back and throttling investment and growth.

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CMS Wins Brighton University Advanced Engineering Centre Contract

Leading window, door and curtain walling designer, manufacturer and installer CMS Window Systems has secured a comprehensive building envelope contract for the University of Brighton’s new state of the art £14m Advanced Engineering Centre (AEC).

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Product News

GLASSOLUTIONS And Aztec Windows Pair Up To Deliver Superior Casement Windows

UK glass manufacturer, GLASSOLUTIONS, has provided sealed unit solutions for a Coventry glazing firm’s flagship product range,

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Glazpart LABC Certified Range Of Trickle Vents

Banbury-based Glazpart, is a specialist injection moulding company with extensive experience in the fenestration industry, employing 80 staff at its ISO 9001:2008 certified site,

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TWR Bifolds Launches New Premium Product

Bi-fold door specialist TWR Bifolds is delighted to announce that it has added an innovative new aluminium system to its product range.

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Stunning Modo Installation For Wilson Windows

Loughborough-based Wilson Windows completed an impressive Modo door installation recently for a homeowner in Queniborough, Leicester.

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Jedson Says “Deceuninck’s Got Its Finger On The Pulse”

Barnsley based fabricator and installer Jedson recently switched to Deceuninck for its quick service and broad colour range.

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People

Epwin Keeps It In The Family

In a move that serves as a perfect example of Epwin Group’s commitment to promoting and developing people within the business,

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Craig Grew Joins VITA Hardware

VITA Hardware, with more than 30 years’ global experience in hardware design and manufacture, has further strengthened its UK sales force with the addition of Craig Grew. 

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Glass & Glazing

TruShield – Durable Glass Protection That Doesn’t React With Silicone

Homeowners are looking for clean and clear glass all year round, regardless of where it sits on their property. This is particularly important for conservatory roofs, roof lanterns and sky pods.

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Guardian Clarity™ Anti-Reflective Glass: Providing A Facade Experience With A Different Perspective

Traditionally, glass is used to create a barrier to protect its encased environment. However, selecting the wrong glass can affect the overall visual performance by resulting

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On-Site

CMS Works With Fife Council To Deliver Exemplary Family Nurture Centre

Leading Scottish manufacturer and installer of windows, doors and curtain walling CMS Window Systems has helped deliver a high performance e

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Jack Aluminium Proves The ‘Boss’ For Commercial Doors And Shopfronts

Design flexibility, high-end quality and speed of service were key factors in the decision to use Jack Aluminium for the commercial doors and shopfronts for two branches of fashion brand Hugo Boss.

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FIT Show

The Judging Panel Unveiled – FIT Show Awards 2016

Following the announcement of the Fit Show Awards, new for 2016, there was a surge of entries for the six categories that will seek out the very best FIT exhibitors.

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Never Mind The Bernabeu Or The Camp Nou – Come And See The Beautiful Game In Telford!

If The FIT Show was held in Madrid or Barcelona there might be a chance to play at arguably the most famous grounds in the world – but it isn’t, it’s in Telford and for the third show in

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Finalists Revealed For This Year’s FIT Show Master Fitter Challenge

The judges of the 2016 FIT show Master Fitter Challenge in association with FENSA, have announced the names of the individuals and companies that will compete in the Live finals of the event,

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Marketing

TruFrame Delivers A Double Glazing Network

TruFrame have now formally launched their Double Glazing Network, after a hugely successful first 12 month ‘soft launch’, with customers reporting a significant and large increase in leads generated via the website.

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Residence 9 Takes Lead Machine To Next Level

Residence 9’s (R9) retail marketing campaign is generating leads for installers as more and more homeowners insist on R9 windows for their homes. R9’s ‘windows the way they’re meant to be’ are designed for British homes.

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Insight Data Launches New Prospect Database

Finding new customers is a time consuming and expensive process, especially when thousands of companies and key contacts are changing details every month.

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“We Spent Lots Of Time Agonising Over Which Door To Choose And Then aïr Bubbled To The Surface.”

A London loft conversion recently benefitted from an exceptional aïr lift and slide door.

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Exhibitions

Fantastic Fensterbau For SWISSPACER

SWISSPACER enjoyed another busy and successful show at this year’s Fensterbau Frontale exhibition in Nürnberg, Germany.

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