15th December 2015
 

Andy Jones Joins Synseal

 

Andy Jones has joined the Synseal board of Directors in a newly-created position of Group Sales & Marketing Director, reporting to Chief Executive David Leng.

A prominent and well-known figure in the fenestration industry, Andy needs little introduction having enjoyed 13 successful years at Edgetech UK, most recently in the role of Managing Director.  Under Andy’s hands-on leadership, Edgetech has grown dynamically with innovative products such as thermally-efficient Super Spacer warm edge spacer bar and TruFit expanding foam tape.  In 2014, Andy brought the whole industry together to discuss the thought-provoking “Triple Glazing Question”,

 
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Residence 9’s Window Designer Helps Installers Sell Colour Choice
 

Residence 9 (R9) has added a Window Designer feature to its website. R9 is the high quality system that makes windows the way they’re meant to be. Homeowners can choose a property similar to their own in style and see the transformation with R9 windows. It’s available to use now at www.residence9.co.uk/designer.
Sixty percent of R9 windows are a colour other than foiled Grained White so homeowners and installers will find Window Designer very useful. It enables homeowners to try different colour combination windows on a home that is similar to theirs.

 
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Maintain Top Performing Windows With Renovate
 

The chances are that windows fitted more than three years ago won’t have the energy performance they did when they were first installed. But these aren’t windows that need replacing and until now, there was nothing installation companies could offer customers to help. Now Edgetech UK has launched Renovate by TruShield® to bring old windows back to life.

Renovate is a glass cleaning system combined with a protective layer of TruShield glass protection. It comes in a handy pack that contains

 
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Rooflights For Trade Flying Off-The-Shelf
 

Last month saw the launch of a new range of Rooflights from the aluminium SMART and Schueco fabricator Alumen.  Thanks to their heritage and deep understanding of the capabilities of aluminium as a building material, Alumen has spent the last 6 months developing a truly top quality aluminium rooflight range.  With a good number of leads coming in, these products, with intelligent design, great looks, simple installation and fast lead times, are flying straight off-the-shelf.

 
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Trade Windows Celebrates 30 Years With Spectus – By Signing For Three More
 

Trade Windows Bristol has been a partner of Spectus Systems since the company realised the potential of PVC-U windows in 1985 – and hasn’t looked back since. The company celebrated the 30-year relationship by signing a supply agreement for a further three years. And as the firm’s managing directors, founder Mike Richardson and Paul Dibble said emphatically during the signing: “We’re not going to change now!”

 
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In-House Marketing Support From TruFrame
 

In January 2015, TruFrame created a brand new, multi-disciplined, in-house marketing function to help serve the needs of their customer base. In the first year this dedicated department has carried out a wide variety of marketing projects from logo design right through to powerful direct marketing campaigns.

Considerable investment in Apple Mac hardware and Adobe Creative Cloud software has been the foundation to a state of the art,

 
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Don’t Miss Out On Voting For The REHAU Installation Of The Year Competition
 

Online voting for the REHAU Installation of the Year competition doesn’t close until 8 January but, with the Christmas and New Year break coming up, REHAU is urging anyone who wants to be involved in picking the winner to get their vote in early.

Competition organiser and REHAU Product Assistant, Kate Potter says:  “The four finalists this year are all great,

 
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New Homes Benefit From Total Glass ‘A’-Rated Windows
 

Contemporary new homes in Bootle, Liverpool benefit from ‘A’-rated PVC-U windows supplied and installed by Total Glass, the city’s social housing fenestration specialist.

The Total Glass team worked with main contractors United Living on the scheme that has delivered 20 new family homes for social housing provider Liverpool Mutual Homes. The 15 two-bed houses and five two-bed bungalows were completed in May

 
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Quickslide Kicks Off 2016 With New 70mm System For Casements
 

Quickslide has celebrated the start of 2016 in style by introducing a 70mm casement window system and new colour options as standard. This upgrade will ensure Quickslide’s customers can continue to enjoy the latest products, and will also provide a perfect match to the Yorkshire based fabricator’s market leading Vertical Slider.

Quickslide’s sales and marketing director, Tom Swallow, said: “We pride ourselves not only on our products but our quality of service,

 
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Alex Murphy Joins The Sliders UK Team
 

Alex Murphy has joined Sliders UK as the specialist door manufacturer’s new Head of Operations.

Alex brings with him a wealth of experience having headed up the retail arm of window and door fabricator SWL, with a further seven years in the UK window industry at Yorkshire Windows.

In 2013 Alex left the UK to become Business Head of Fenesta Building Systems, India’s largest PVC-U window manufacturer, extruding,

 
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Lumi Products Steal The Show At Athena Windows
 

Northern Ireland based installer, Athena Windows, is a company that has built an enviable reputation over the years for supplying only the highest quality windows and doors – and has now taken the decision to enhance its showroom and portfolio of premium products by introducing Apeer’s range of pioneering Lumi frameless windows and bi-folding patio and residential doors.

Managing Director of Athena Windows, Colm O’Neill, says he was extremely impressed with the superior quality of Apeer’s composite,

 
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Solidor Adds 3 New Starters To Sales Team
 

Solidor has doubled the size of its sales team with the addition of 3 experienced new starters. On top of double digit growth in 2015, 2014, 2013 and 2012, Solidor has ambitious plans for 2016.

Simon Walker, of Door-Stop, Synseal, and Permacell Finesse, Emma McDonald and Alan Hague, both of Bowater Doors, joined the Solidor team at the beginning of December.

Solidor CEO Gareth Mobley says: “I’m excited to announce the expansion of our sales team, rounding off a year of positive change

 
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CMS Delivers In New Glasgow Student Homes Development
 

CMS Window Systems has played a key role in delivering high quality student accommodation for the Glasgow School of Art (GSA), helping a leading developer breathe new life into a city centre office building that had become surplus to requirements.

As student numbers soar across the UK, forward thinking developers and universities are working hard to meet the growing demand for high quality student accommodation.

 
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Masterframe Thinks Outside The Box Sash
 

When Southern Housing Group needed a unique fenestration solution, they turned to a southern Halo fabricator: Masterframe.

Based in Essex, Masterframe specialises in PVC-U sash windows and has a reputation for exceptional quality and attention to detail. This led to the company being contacted by Southern Housing Group, who wanted to restore their property – the Amhurst Park Estate – and recapture its original character.

Managing Director of Masterframe Windows Alan Burgess explains: “our client, Southern Housing Group wanted to restore their building to its former glory,

 
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Trade News

A New Era For Bowater Doors

The VEKA UK Group is pleased to announce that the sale of Bowater Doors to Birtley Group Ltd has now been completed. This means the market-leading range of composite doors and fire doors that Bowater is known for, will continue to be available with virtually uninterrupted service.

Dave Jones The VEKA UK Group’s MD explains: “We completed our review of Bowater Doors and, as such, we are happy with the outcome.

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Director Urges Developers To Consider ‘The Green Metal’

The director of a leading fabricator has called for developers to consider including more aluminium windows and doors in construction projects.

Jerry Webb, who is managing director of Gloucester based CDW Systems, says doing so could advance the sustainability of new-build developments.

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Mercury Glazing’s Aluminium Sales Reflect Market Upturn

Specialist frame manufacturer, Mercury Glazing has witnessed an unprecedented upturn in sales of their aluminium products over the past twelve months.  With an increase in sales of over 50%, it would seem that their growth has exceeded current market trends for aluminium products. Chris Reeks, Sales and Marketing Director of the Gloucester-based manufacturing company is not surprised by this growth and said,

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Halo Welcomes Another Fabricator Into The VEKA UK Group

North East Panels, part of the NEP Group, has made the switch over to Halo’s high quality System10 PVC-U profile.

The Tyne and Wear company is one of around 100 companies to have switched systems with The VEKA UK Group over the last 12 months.

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Have-A-Go Home Owners Spend Extra £42M To Fix Diy Disasters

UK home owners are spending an additional £42 million* a year to salvage work around the home that they’ve tried to do themselves or abandoned mid-way through.

New research released today by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) shows that more than a quarter of home owners admit they have started

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Product News

Pyroguard Top Of The Class With Knowledge Transfer Partnership

In March 2015, Pyroguard began collaborating with Edinburgh Napier University as part of the Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) programme to further enhance the company’s research and development (R&D) in fire resistant glass manufacturing. This year’s programme, Pyroguard’s fourth KTP, is in association with Professor Rob English of the University and a new .

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Sealco Secures ISO Stamp Of Approval To Underline Quality

Sealco, a leading UK independent window and door hardware distributor, has achieved accreditation across three major ISO standards, reflecting the company’s commitment to quality, health and safety and environmental practice.

The standards achieved are ISO 9001 in Quality Management, ISO 14001 in Environmental Management and ISO  

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People

VITA Rewards Talent From Within

VITA Hardware has more than 30 years’ global experience in hardware design and manufacture – including 15 years in the UK – but in the last 12 months it has restructured its team and product portfolio to ensure even stronger foundations for the coming decades.  This strategy is two prong: recruiting expertise and experience from within the wider door and window industry, but just as importantly, recognizing and rewarding existing talent within the business.

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Sad News: Godfrey Arnold

It is with sadness that following a short illness, we announce the death of Godfrey Arnold on the 24th November. A Chemical Engineer by profession and most recently a Principal of independent analysts D and G Consulting, Godfrey spent most of his working life in the PVC industry including with some of the largest manufacturers where he was responsible for Pan European technical service and market development.

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Exhibitions

Swisspacer Success At Fenestration China Exhibition

Swisspacer recently exhibited at the 13th Fenestration China show, held this year in Shanghai. It’s always an interesting and successful event, and this year was no exception. The exhibition covers Windows, Doors, Skylights and Curtain Wall Technology, Components and Prefabricated Units. Visitors came from all provinces of China, with more than 60% from the window and façade industry.

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Marketing

It’s Back – The Profile 22 Advent Calendar Draw

Christmas will be a bit more special for a few Profile 22 customers – thanks to the return of the company’s Advent Calendar Prize Draw.

Champagne, hampers, brandy, vouchers up to £100 and many more festive goodies are all up for grabs with a new winner every day until Christmas Eve. The draw is free to all Profile 22 fabricators,

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Christmas Has Come Early For Tradelocks Customers!

Count down to Christmas with Tradelocks as they offer customers an exclusive deal each and every day for the next 12 days!

It’s that time of year again – the season of good will! And that is exactly what’s on offer from Tradelocks for the next 12 days – good will. Their 12 days of Christmas

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Brochures

New Roseview Brochure Flies The Flag For uPVC

Sash window specialists Roseview Windows have released a new brochure aimed at helping their trade customers break into the heritage and conservation market.

The brochure showcases the fabricator’s G Award-winning Ultimate Rose,

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Videos

Purplex Zooms In On The G Awards

Andrew Sykes, Purplex Marketing’s talented videographer, was a man with a plan last month at the glass and glazing industry’s most prestigious event, the G Awards. Commissioned by the organisers to take video “evidence” of the evening, Andrew was on hand to interview the winners and film their reactions in the heat of the moment.

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