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Apeer Completes Latest Phase Of Factory And Production Investment

 

A new 20,000 ft2 factory extension combined with further upgrades in the company’s production facilities, have been completed by Apeer Ltd, the Ballymena-based manufacturer of Apeer composite entrance doors and Lumi windows and doors. The investment completes the latest phase of the company’s five-year investment and development plan begun in 2017.

Occupying a 7.2 acre site the company’s head office and production facilities now total 140,000 ft2 with all services now fully self-contained, including the production of door blanks through to completed door sets for Apeer residential doors; fabrication of all Lumi windows, sliding and entrance doors; and all of the company’s glass requirements.

 
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World-First Low Carbon Hydrogen Projects In The North West Win £13M Government Backing

 

The UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has awarded £13m to fund two world-first hydrogen projects led by the HyNet consortium in the North West. The first is the UK’s leading low carbon hydrogen project, involving Johnson Matthey as technology provider, SNC-Lavalin as project delivery specialists and Essar Oil UK as owner and operator. The second project, to conduct live trials of hydrogen fuelling, includes regional businesses Unilever, Essar Oil UK and Pilkington. Both HyNet projects are led by developer Progressive Energy.

 
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Kömmerling’s Looking Forward To The Summer Of 76

 

Following the widescale launch of KÖMMERLING 76 in 2019, the company is now looking forward to satisfying the increased demand for this new profile platform from the German PVCu systems giant.

KÖMMERLING 76 represents a new profile platform for casement, flush casement and fully reversible windows, with outstanding energy efficiency credentials, typically with a U-value of 1.1 W/(m2K) using a standard double glazed unit. Flush inside and out, the new profile design also boasts a number of new foiled options from stock including Agate Grey, Quartz Grey, smooth Anthracite Grey, English Oak and Silvered Oak.

 
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Record-Breaking Ultra Installer Scheme

 

Ultraframe says its Ultra Installer Scheme has recently seen a huge rise in the number of applicants from installation companies keen to promote their professionalism and take advantage of the high-quality conservatory and extension sales leads provided to members. The scheme has also been breaking records in terms of sales leads, with February 2020 recording the highest number of consumer leads generated for members in 3 years.

Established by Ultraframe in 2004 to raise standards in the industry, the Ultra Installer Scheme promotes excellence in conservatory design, installation and service,

 
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Profile 22 Launches New Website

 

Leading systems company Profile 22, an Epwin Window Systems brand, has just launched its new website www.profile22.co.uk. Marketing Manager Gerald Allen said: “The new Profile 22 website has been designed to support our customers and will be a valuable source of information.”

The new user-friendly website is aimed at fabricators and installers, commercial specifiers, and homeowners. It is visually appealing, with interactive and engaging content signposting visitors to important sections and information.

 
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New Online Door Builder For 6 Day Doors

 

Aluminium fabricator 6 Day Doors has this month launched its cutting-edge new website – designed to make it easier than ever for value-hungry installers to benefit from the lightning-fast service that’s made its name.

The Essex-based business prides itself on delivering quality aluminium bi-folds in lead times of just six days – and if it doesn’t, your next order is half price.

The firm can supply the industry-leading Smart Visofold 1000 bi-fold in grey, white and black in just six days unglazed, and glazed (as well as other products in other colours, the Visofold 6000 and the Visoglide Plus Patio) with longer lead times.

 
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Victorian Sliders Scores A Conversion With Celebrity Customer

 

Stunning Victorian Sliders sash windows are gracing the home of none other than ex-Wales rugby coach Warren Gatland.

Warren led the Welsh national team to a string of high-profile victories during his 12 years in charge, including four Six Nations titles, three Grand Slams, and two World Cup semi-final appearances, most recently in Japan in 2019.

While his next appointment is taking him back to his native New Zealand, Warren is still keeping his Welsh home – he’ll be returning in 2021 to coach the British and Irish Lions – and it’s that property that now boasts some high-performance ECOSlide windows.

 
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ERA’s Surefire Multi-Point Lock Provides Extra Stability For Force 8 Composite Doors

 

The auto firing multi-point lock, SUREFIRE, from security experts ERA, has helped Force 8, a leading window and door manufacturer, to offer their customers a superior range of composite doors.

Dennis Sumner, Force 8’s Managing Director explains: “ERA’s SUREFIRE 3-latch system provides enhanced stability. The last thing customers need is to find locks seizing into keeps, which can occur on single-latch options if a composite door bows. I’d highly recommend ERA’s SUREFIRE multi-point lock because it’s secure and simple to use and easy to fit.

 
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The Joinery Network Supports Customers With Training, Advice And Licences For New System, Lignum

 

The first joinery manufacturers have started making fully compliant, timber windows and doors with The Joinery Network, the co-operative of timber experts set up to back UK joiners.

Eight leading companies formed The Joinery Network to improve quality and standards through providing test data for timber windows and door for joiners.

 
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Plimsoll Praises Everglade Windows

 

Kicking off its 40th year in style, Everglade Windows shines bright in the latest Plimsoll Analysis report. With a 21 percent growth rate, Everglade Windows are among the fastest growing companies in the industry and are one of only 846 window & door companies rated as ‘Strong’ by the analysis.

“Recognition from industry reports and our construction industry peers is always fantastic to receive and confirms that we are doing a great job,” comments Yogesh Gopal, Managing Director at Everglade Windows.

 
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Download Your FREE Window Restrictor Guide

 

In response to the Certass Best Practice Guide for Window Restrictors, there’s a new guide to window restrictors from Cubelock. It’s easy to download from www.cubelockrestrictor.com, and shows the best products for each application.

“We know that there are still unnecessary deaths and injuries because window restrictors haven’t been installed or installed incorrectly,” says Toby Staff, Managing Director of Cubelock manufacturers New Star Door Controls. “Every time I see something reported in the news, it makes me feel angry. That’s why we continue to raise the awareness of the importance of window restrictors.

 
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Titan Trade Windows Chooses Haffner Murat Machines For Its Factory Expansion

 

To capitalise on the growth in aluminium, Titan Trade Windows has opened a new 4,300 sq ft factory in Derby to manufacture aluminium windows, doors and bifold doors. The facility features a FOM Adir C CNC Machining Centre and a TT 425 Double Mitre Saw, both from Haffner Murat.

Ben Vowles, Operations Manager at Titan Trade, said: “Historically we’ve been a PVC-U fabricator and we bought in aluminium products when they were needed, but recent growth in demand for windows and entrance doors in addition to bifold doors means it make sense for us to manufacture our own.

 
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Endurance Introduce A New ERA Of Forged Hardware

 

The product development programme at Endurance Doors continues at a pace with the launch of a new range of forged Fab & Fix hardware from ERA, in the form of pewter and forged black door furniture.

These new finishes and designs include monkey tail, regal and noble door handles, spire and bull ring door knockers, decorative door knob, matching letter plates all under the Fab & Fix brand all with the patented Hardex finish, which is backed by a comprehensive 10-year warranty.

 
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Dekko Signs Up With Purplex For Eighth Year In A Row

 

Dekko Window Systems has signed up with marketing agency Purplex for the eighth year running – after a record 2019.

Since appointing Purplex in 2013, Dekko’s turnover has tripled, and the Greater Manchester company has established itself as one of the UK’s leading fabricators of high-end uPVC and aluminium windows and doors.

 
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Senior’s Fenestration Systems Make A Stand At The Strand

 

Complementary and high-performance aluminium fenestration solutions from Senior Architectural Systems have helped create harmony at The Strand Hub, a new award-winning mixed-used scheme in Rochdale.

Designed by Triangle Architects, the development has transformed a previously neglected area of the town to create new retail units, residential apartments and various community facilities which include a café, medical centre and housing advice centre.

 
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Atlas Announces First Installation Of The Month Winner Of 2020

 

Atlas Glazed Roof Solutions has named North West Bifolds as 2020’s first winner of the Atlas Installation of the Month competition.

The Merseyside-based firm was January’s unanimous winner for a stunning Atlas lantern installation on a large period property in Keston, Kent. The homeowner was keen to create a large, yet light-filled space to enjoy the three-acre garden all year round and turned to North West Bifolds for advice on the best products.

 
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British Woodworking Federation (BWF) Response To Budget

The British Woodworking Federation (BWF) has responded to the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak’s first Budget.

On the introduction of a building safety fund, Helen Hewitt, CEO of the British Woodworking Federation (BWF) said:

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uPVC Initiatives Align With LETI Design Guide Actions

Following the launch of Climate Emergency Design Guide from the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI), REHAU is highlighting the ongoing initiatives in uPVC technology that will effectively contribute to a number of the guide’s action points.

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Google Figures Show Demand For Flush Windows Has Skyrocketed

Latest figures from Google have confirmed how demand for flush products has risen significantly over the last few years, with online searches increasing by more than 500%.

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Finance Offers A Gateway To Higher Margins Says Specialists Improveasy

Flexible finance provides a golden opportunity for installers to not only upsell additional products and services, but to secure higher margins. That’s the view of Adrian Hicks, Senior Account Manager at industry finance specialists Improveasy.

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UK Glazing Group Saves With Customade

Celebrations have been taking place at UK Glazing Group Ltd as it marks a very successful year of trading as a PVCu and aluminium supplier for the commercial market.

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Product News

Demand Increases For Profile 22’s Optima Flush Casement Window

As the trend towards feature-rich windows continues, Profile 22 reports that demand for its Optima Flush Casement Window has never been higher. Gerald Allen, Marketing Manager at Epwin Window Systems,

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Rapierstar Fasteners Helps Blairs PVCu To Deliver High Quality Products

High-performance fasteners from Rapierstar are helping Scottish window and door manufacturer the Saveheat Group, to deliver consistently high quality finished products across its PVCu trade window and door portfolio,

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£5K Security Guarantee On Doors From CLUB Framexpress

New standards of security and extra peace of mind have been added to the Framexpress range of PVCu and composite doors, complete with a £5,000 AI Secure Guarantee for homeowners.

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Yale AutoEngage Locks From VBH

Hardware company VBH is a major supplier of a wide range of multi-point door locks, including Yale’s AutoEngage slam shut product.

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It’s A Great Kick Off For Kubu At CWG Choices

“The CWG open day was a great success and a brilliant way to launch the Kubu Equipped Door Lock to customers,” says Carly Graham, Customer Service Manager at CWG Choices.

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Glass & Glazing

Saint-Gobain Glass Extends Solar Control Range

Saint-Gobain Glass has announced the launch of its most recent product innovation for the commercial glazing market with a new addition to its popular COOL-LITE solar control range.

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Marketing

Stellar Marketing Support From Epwin Window Systems

Epwin Window Systems is helping its growing network of Stellar aluminium fabricators make the most of the market opportunities with the launch of Brand Hub 360, its new marketing portal.

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FENSA To Now Reach Even More Homeowners Through The Power Of Radio

As FENSA continues in its campaign to help homeowners understand the importance of using FENSA to make sure windows and doors are replaced correctly using FENSA Approved Installers,

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Software

Welcome Pop Ups From The Window Company (Contracts)

A new ‘phone popping’ solution, similar to the type used by doctors, schools and top restaurants to enable them to accurately identify patients,

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Events

Building Regulations Part L Changes To Be A Key Topic As BFRC Fabricators Forum Returns

Birmingham City Football Club will be the venue for the second outing of the BFRC Fabricators Forum when it takes place this year on June 16th, with a second event,

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Exhibitions

SupaLite Steals The Show At Build It Live North West 2020

The team at SupaLite is celebrating a successful weekend exhibiting at Build It Live North West.

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