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14th January 2021
 
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Victorian Sliders Remains Open For Business Throughout Lockdown 3

 

Victorian Sliders will be continuing to operate as normal throughout the UK’s third national coronavirus lockdown unless government guidance changes.

Over the last twelve months, the Ammanford firm has adapted well to the COVID crisis, and for its 200+ staff, social distancing and other COVID-safe practises have become second nature.

The company continued to work through the November lockdown without incident, after implementing some of the most stringent COVID-prevention measures in UK fenestration.

 
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Personalised Covid-19 Installation Policies Are A Success, Says Endurance

 

Over 100 personalised COVID-19 installation policies have been produced by Endurance Doors for their nationwide network of Installer Partners, while the remainder have benefitted from the generic version that was distributed back in April last year.

Much was done last year to support Installer Partners through the unprecedented pandemic and both effective communication and the provision of dedicated marketing tools, did much to support and to re-assure their customers. There has also been a templated risk assessment produced, highlighting the risks and remedial actions that each installation business should consider when carrying out a door installation in the current climate.

 
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Bespoke Lock Package Produced By Carl F Groupco

 

Working with established manufacturer partner FUHR, Carl F Groupco has created a bespoke stainless-steel locking package for Senior Architectural Systems PURe® aluminium door range. Carl F Groupco’s hardware met the fenestration system company’s requirements for quality and innovation for its high-performance door profile, which features an expanded polyurethane thermal barrier for advanced thermal performance.

Carl F Groupco’s brief was to source stainless steel multipoint locking solutions to address every door type in the PURe® range including lever, key wind up and SmartSecure electronic operated single commercial doors, panic/emergency escape and French doors.

 
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New BFRC Video Explains Why Noise Reduction Is Something To Shout About

 

The British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC) has launched a new video, aimed at the trade, to highlight the benefits of its recently launched window and door Noise Reduction Rating Scheme.

With the acoustic performance of fenestration a rising priority for homeowners and specifiers, the video, which can be found at www.bfrc.org/noise-reduction, explains how the new BFRC labelling scheme can help systems houses, manufacturers and installers illustrate the proven noise-reducing credentials of their products, ensuring that they stand out from the competition.

 
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Purplex Invests £1m In Second Site

 

Full-service marketing agency Purplex has invested around £1m in a new office on the same South West site as its current headquarters.

The move follows a sustained period of growth for the agency, which specialises in the fenestration and construction industries.

The brand-new office facility will aid Purplex’s rapid expansion plans and can accommodate 150 plus additional employees.

 
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Love Is In The Air

 

If you love your job role, career, or the industry you work in, why wouldn’t you shout about it? Well, that is exactly what Building Our Skills is asking you to do by taking part in a Month of Love for the Fenestration industry.

Building Our Skills (BOS) has joined forces with some of the industry’s top marketing agencies and trade publications to spread the Love of Fenestration right through the sector and help shine a light on some of the fantastic career opportunities available to young and new people.

 
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New President For The GGF

 

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is pleased to announce that GGF Group Vice-President, Tony Smith of Pilkington United Kingdom Ltd (part of the NSG Group), has been elected as the Federation’s new President.

The news was confirmed by the GGF Board who unanimously backed the appointment following former President Mark Austin’s decision to step down from the role on 31st December 2020. Mark will remain on the GGF Board as immediate Past President.

 
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‘Team Ultraframe’ Shortlisted at GGP Installer Awards

 

Ultraframe and its customers have been shortlisted in all nine categories of the upcoming GGP Installer Awards. The Awards, which will take place virtually in March, were established ‘to provide acknowledgement and reward excellence for those working within this dynamic sector’.

Ultraframe has been shortlisted for Best Installer Support Programme/Service Initiative for its Lockdown Toolkit – a digital toolbox which helps Ultraframe customers to generate leads and sell remotely during the pandemic – as well as for Best Technical

 
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Edgetech’s Super Spacer Triseal SG To Enable Spectacular New Buildings

 

Edgetech have released the latest in a series of outstanding next-generation spacer bars.

Super Spacer® TriSeal™ SG brings the exceptional strength of the firm’s recently launched T-Spacer™ SG to a product designed for manual application.

Edgetech have released the latest in a series of outstanding next-generation spacer bars.

Super Spacer® TriSeal™ SG brings the exceptional strength of the firm’s recently launched T-Spacer™ SG to a product designed for manual application.

 
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More Space, Less Waste: How Exlabesa Building Systems’ Multipurpose Components Can Help You Improve Factory Efficiency

 

Are aluminium windows and doors difficult to fabricate? Many in our industry think so, and shy away from a hugely lucrative market as a result. But Kevin Warner, Sales Director at exlabesa Building Systems UK, thinks differently – and can point to his company’s components range, 75% of which is compatible with multiple products, to prove it.

In glass and glazing, aluminium has the unfair reputation of being a tricky material for fabricators to work with.

 
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Emmegi Announcement

 

Emmegi (UK) has announced the very sad death of Kully Hunter, the company’s Service Manager. She died suddenly on Friday 8 January 2021.

Ian Latimer, Emmegi (UK)’s Managing Director, commented: “The whole team here is devastated by the news. Kully was a friend as well as a colleague, and we will all miss her terribly.

“Kully had worked in this industry for many years and was really popular and well liked, so I know her death will be felt by many.

 
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CDW Systems Adds The Smart Alitherm Heritage Range To Its Product Line

 

While many companies struggled through lockdown, for CDW Systems, the renowned Gloucester based aluminium fabricator, 2020 was a busy year.

In response to increasing demand from customers, they’ve added flat roof lights and Designer Doors to their range.

Now, they’ve added a third product from Smart Systems to their portfolio – the Smart Alitherm Heritage Range, providing the ideal solution for heritage projects.

 
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A Beautiful Black Tudor Residence

 

Sussex-based Nuglaze Home Services recently completed a replacement window and door project with Residence 9, in a period home with true Tudor detailing, including leaded top lights, structural corner posts and two oriel bay windows, all in the No.10 Black finish.

In years gone by such installations were the domain of timber only and it is only with the introduction of R9, part of The Residence Collection, that this traditional material has been challenged. R9 remains the only true timber casement alternative window as this

 
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Anglo European Confirms Strong Reinforcement Stocks As Global Steel Shortage Reaches Crisis Point

 

Anglo European Group, supplier of galvanised frame reinforcement for window and door fabricators, has responded to mounting reports of a global crisis in the supply of steel, by assuring its customers that the company has taken significant steps to guarantee stocks for at least 6 months, with negotiations continuing for the third quarter of 2021.

Global shortages and consequent price increases have been caused by what has been called a ‘perfect storm’ in market conditions that include fluctuations caused by Covid-19 as well as international

 
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Kestrel Swoops in to Help Special Ava

 

Kestrel is teaming up with Norwich-based Plastic Building Supplies (PBS) to provide the finishing touches to a sensory room for a very special two-year-old.

Ava Jermy suffers from complex conditions and disabilities caused by a gene mutation which includes epilepsy, hearing loss, muscle spasms and brain damage.

One of the few things that can bring light into her life – and that of her parents and siblings – is her own sensory room.

But for parents Tina and Andrew and their three other children, who all live together in a small house in Norwich,

 
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Job Vacancies

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Trade News

Remote Selling Only For Installers

Installers can only sell remotely during the National lockdown, Certass Trade Association has confirmed.

Certass Trade Association has been working with Government to get clarity on as many questions from members as possible regarding what is and isn’t allowed during lockdown.

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Bigger Brisant Adds Years Of Capacity For Continuing Fast Growth

Brisant Secure, the hardware house behind Ultion has moved to a new unit which enables it to expand capacity by two-thirds above 2020 operations. The move will secure Brisant’s long-term growth and make room for what the company says are more exciting new products that will change the market.

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New Iso Chemie Factory Investment Boost For UK Operations

Foam sealant tape specialist ISO-Chemie is investing in its international infrastructure to accommodate expansion and growth plans this year.

In a new move, which boosts customer service, the company is constructing an additional warehouse at its factory headquarters in Aalen, Germany,

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Trade News

New Google Maps Feature For Adminbase Allows At-A-Glance Job Planning

AdminBase is now available with the mapping application Google Maps, in the latest development of the industry installer management system.

Available as an automatic upgrade at no additional charge, the Google Maps facility will now allow users to check

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Product News

High Praise For Stellar

Stellar, the triple award-winning aluminium window and door system from Epwin Window Systems continues to prove a hit with installers due to its fast-fit properties. The ease of installation is down to its unique pre-gasketed, knock-in beads that make fitting rapid and provides a high-level finish.

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People

Qualicoat Chairman Angus Mackie Re-Elected For Second Term

Angus Mackie has been re-elected chair of QUALICOAT (UK & Ireland) for a second term, effective from 1 January 2021.

The group managing director of Allumette Limited which includes powder coating specialist,

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Gowercroft Joinery Appoints New Technical Manager

Multi award-winning timber window and door manufacturer Gowercroft Joinery has appointed a new Technical Manager to drive its ambitious programme of new product development and innovation.

Gary Chatwood is joining the company with over forty years of experience in

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Glass & Glazing

SWISSPACER Adds La Defender Pico Balustrade To Its Range Of Premium Solutions For Glass

Warm edge spacer bar supplier SWISSPACER has extended its range of innovative solutions for glass in the UK with the launch of La Defender Pico, a slimline balustrade system designed for residential applications.

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Machinery

3D Aluminium Chooses Emmegi Machines Again

For Oxfordshire based 3D Aluminium, investment in the latest, most advanced fabrication machinery is part of its commitment to providing an exceptional service to its commercial clients.

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Software

Don’t Miss This January Sale

There’s one very special bargain on offer in this year’s January sales, in the form of a one-month free trial of the brand-new TOUCH Vendor remote sales and ordering software from the Business Micros Group.

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Videos

Fireside Chat No. 5: The Importance Of Working Together And Growing Together

Bringing this Autumn’s informative ‘Fireside Chat’ series of videos to a close Freefoam have now released the final short film about how vertical integration has changed the building products market.

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On-Site

On Trend Colour Choice For Aluk Windows And Doors

The owners of a stunning refurbishment in Whitstable Kent were right on trend when they chose the colours for the AluK windows and doors which have been installed throughout.

Ultimate Grey and Illuminating Yellow have been declared as the Pantone

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Awards

Success For Purplex Clients After Installer Awards Shortlist Announced

Marketing agency Purplex have no less than five of their clients receiving nominations at the GGP Installer Awards 2020.

The awards showcase and celebrate the hard work and dedication from both

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