19th January 2016
 
Italian Firm Cifin Holding Acquires elumatec Group
 

Under the umbrella of the Italian firm Cifin Holding, elumatec AG, an international leader in the manufacturing of machines for processing aluminium, PVC and steel profiles, is joining the Emmegi Group to create a new heavyweight in the industry. Cifin Holding, which also owns Emmegi, announced today that it has acquired elumatec AG and its subsidiary companies. All parties involved in the deal have agreed not to disclose any details about the transaction.

In an official announcement to its customers and industry partners, elumatec AG said: ‘Cifin Holding, which has now acquired elumatec AG and all its subsidiary companies, also owns the Emmegi Group,

 
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Report Predicts Strong Growth In Commercial Aluminium Market
 

The Commercial Glazing Market Report UK 2015 – 2019 analysis has revealed prospects for growth in the market over the next 4 – 5 years look positive.

Following a period of decline between 2008 and 2011, significant growth in 2014 appears to have been sustained and improved upon in 2015.

Increased activity in the construction office sector has been a major influencer in this growth; and the education sector is also likely to see the number of new projects increasing from 2016 onwards.

 
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Is The Window And Door Sector Being Unfairly Treated?
 

Dear Gerald

Is the window and door sector being unfairly treated?

Late last year, The Window Company (Contracts) changed banks from one of the ‘big four’ to the much less well known Swedish firm Handelsbanken.

Whilst I had never been unhappy with the service we had received from our previous provider, I was driven to change by the fact that they told me in no uncertain terms that the construction sector was on their list of ‘poor risks’ and that they could not support an application from us for funding.

 
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Strong Growth Forecast For Passivhaus Windows
 

Forecasts presented by Martin Langen MD of B+L Market Data (Window Innovations Europe 2020) at the SWISSPACER European Symposium 2015 in Potsdam show strong growth for windows with the Passivhaus standard in the UK. The forecasts, based on research with window manufacturers across Europe, including 50 UK manufacturers, says windows with U-values of 0.8 W/m2K or below are expected to have expanded to 10% of the market in the UK, 25% in Germany, 30% in Austria, and up to 35% in Switzerland by 2020.

Passivhaus is the world’s leading ‘fabric first’ approach to low energy building, promoted by the Passivhaus Institute and the BRE in the UK.

 
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Endurance Launch Three New Door Designs
 

As their product development programme intensifies Endurance® Doors have just launched three new door designs as part of their Classic Collection of solid and secure composite doors: the Cheviot, the Lingmell and the Scafell.

With the market for solid timber core composite doors continuing to evolve and develop Endurance® Doors are constantly investing in new products, as their recent RocFoam innovations shows. But it has been a combination of listening to customer feedback and proactivity in the team that has spurned the latest three designs, launched a matter of months after the success of the Wentwood and the Walton.

 
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Lumi Grows With £200K Machinery Boost
 

Apeer, creator of the Lumi seamless window system, has invested a further £200,000 in specialised machinery to keep pace with growing demand for its radical innovation.

Lumi was an instant show-stopper when it was launched in May at Grand Designs Live, London, after two years in development and an investment of £500,000. Now, with orders flowing in and a UK-wide installer network almost complete, Apeer is adding a further major investment to strengthen and speed up production. 

 
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Helios Becomes Activ
 

Alumen Ltd, the established SMART and Schueco window and door fabricator, has added a shade of blue to its new Rooflight range.  Launched in December, the new range of Rooflights offers trade customers a quality, value for money, off the shelf product.  And now the offering has expanded further with the option to upgrade with Pilkington’s Activ Blue glass.

Ken McMichael, Technical Director at Alumen comments: “The success we have seen in a short space of time with our new Rooflights has quickly led to the expansion of the range with the addition of  

 
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Demand Heats Up For Uni-Blinds® With Warm Edge Spacer Bars
 

Sales of Uni-Blinds® sealed units with integral blinds inside have risen by 32 per cent in the last 12 months – and remain the only blind system in the UK to include warm edge spacer bars as standard.

Ian Short, managing director of Uni-Blinds® manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing says: “Fabricators and installers are recognising how the inclusion of dedicated warm edge spacer bars within Uni-Blinds® helps to upsell their windows and doors without compromising on thermal performance.

 
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Trojan Group Becomes Network VEKA Affiliate Member
 

The Trojan Group has announced it has become a Network VEKA Affiliate Member. Tony Chadwick, Trojan Group’s Managing Director, said, “Like us, Network VEKA is dedicated to quality and service. It was founded to raise standards across the double glazing industry and we’re delighted to be joining the Network as an Affiliate Member.”

Trojan is one of the UK’s leading hardware manufacturers with a reputation for quality and innovation.

 
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elumatec Unveils Next Generation Profile Machining Centre
 

The launch of elumatec’s new SBZ 122 family of models sees an exceptional leap forward in machine design and engineering.  The new models have lower space and energy requirements and can be adapted to suit customers’ differing needs and budgets thanks to their modular design.

Originally, the SBZ 122 was aimed at small to medium sized aluminium fabrication companies however because of its reliability

 
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Float Glass Industries’ Supply Capability Helps Realise New HQ For International Insurers, Amlin
 

Amlin plc’s prestigious new UK headquarters – an impressive £13.5m development in Chelmsford, Essex – is not only a significant demonstration of growth and success for the international specialist insurance company but also a positive commitment to the local area and its economy.

The new building now covers a 65,000 sq. feet plot, allowing Amlin to potentially double its number of employees. Such a move will mean Amlin becoming Chelmsford’s largest employer in the next few years,

 
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Bison Embraces Aluminium With WarmCore
 

Fabricator Bison Frames has just launched Bison Aluminium with the WarmCore Folding Sliding Door. Mark Tetley, Director of Bison, says, “We’ve been looking for the right product to manufacture and step into the aluminium market place for a couple of years now and our patience has been rewarded. WarmCore is a truly innovative system that has raised the bar so high that it will set the standard for many years to come. WarmCore definitely signals the rebirth of aluminium doors and windows and we are proud to say that we now manufacture this product”.

 
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New VEKA Substrate Advances CoolSkin Performance
 

3D Laminates have recently changed the formula of their revolutionary CoolSkin® product for the composite and panel door markets, with the introduction of a new VEKA substrate, which is designed to improve product consistency and longevity.

Following a period of exhaustive testing in both hot and cold climates, the new formulation will offer their customers a product with a realistic life span in excess of 25 years, which will be great news for respected companies such as Camden Frames, Endurance Doors, Panels Direct, Safestyle and Solidor.

 
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Now Boarding – The REHAU Stand At Fensterbau
 

Anyone who is in any doubt about REHAU’s status as a truly global supplier might want to visit the company’s stand at the upcoming Fensterbau and see the huge range of window and door systems it produces for individual markets around the world.

On a travel themed stand where visitors will be invited to board for an ‘All Inclusive’ trip, REHAU is showing windows and doors from right across Europe and from Asia, Russia and the USA. 

 
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Edgetech Goes Live At FIT
 

Edgetech UK  goes live at FIT Show. “It’s a busy stand,” says Marketing Manager Charlotte Davies, “with lots of action to make it really interesting and interactive for visitors.”

At the centre of the action is TruTruck, Edgetech’s mobile demonstration van, where live demos of all the products will be performed every day.

Visitors will see windows installed using TruFit® professional expanding foam installation tape and the glass protection system TruShield® being applied and tested.

 
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Extraordinary FIT Show First As SageGlass Launches In UK With Permanent Installation In Telford Exhibition Halls
 

In a dramatic move to provide a live-showcase for its product, US-based manufacturer of electronically tintable SageGlass® is introducing the product to the UK at a trade show for the glass and glazing industries by replacing an entire glass wall at the Telford exhibition centre home of the event.

132 conventional glass units with a total area of 314 metres2 will be replaced permanently with SageGlass® Lightzone™ in advance of

 
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Vital Signs: Emplas Helps Breathe New Life Into NHS Hall
 

Emplas has come to the aid of Kettering General Hospital and the University of Leicester, donating windows and doors worth £15,000 as part of a campaign to refurbish a community hall.

The Revive the Rec Hall Appeal aims to raise £145,000 to renovate Kettering General Hospital’s Recreation Hall, used by staff and the local community.

 
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Trade News

ERA Announces Partnership To Bring Smart Lock Technology To The UK

ERA Home Security, designer and manufacturer of innovative locks, handles and hinges, has announced its partnership with UniKey, market leader in the development and execution of smart lock technologies.

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Thermoseal Group – Exceeding The Requirements For Investors In People

Thermoseal Group has again achieved its Investors in People (IIP) accreditation by exceeding requirements of its recent assessment.  The Group has been IIP accredited for over 15 years.

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National Plastics’ Annual Conference Celebrates Company’s Achievements

National Plastics’ annual company conference at Celtic Manor Resort on 9 January 2016 was a mixture of fun and business with an overall message of celebration following another successful year for the UK’s largest independent trade counter network.

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Astraseal Kicks Off 2016 With Major Machinery Investment

One of the UK’s most prominent trade fabricators, Wellingborough based Astraseal, has kicked off 2016 with a £300k machinery investment. The uPVC and aluminium fabricator have installed a new CNC machine, increasing their composite and fire door capacity from 150 to 250 doors per week,

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Bohle Listed As One Of Top 50 SMEs For Innovation

Bohle has been ranked as one of the top 50 small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) for innovation in an exclusive new report.

The study by Business Week listed the tool, machinery and accessories for glass processing and glass finishing manufacturer and wholesaler,

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Product News

Don’t Let The Winter Weather Affect Your Bottom Line

For many installers, the onset of winter means an increase in callouts as a result of failing hardware. Zinc-based hardware will start to fail sooner or later because the damp weather we experience in winter speeds up the corrosion process.

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Frame Fast UK’s Skypod® Skylight Sales Demonstrate The Importance Of This Product

Trade fabricator Frame Fast UK has announced that sales of its Skypod® skylight have been exceptionally strong during 2015 and says that this trend looks set to continue well into 2016. Frame Fast UK’s Nigel Leivers says, “A skylight is an aspirational product that can be integrated into an extension or retrofitted into an existing space.

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Glass & Glazing

SGG COOL-LITE XTREME 70/33 II Offers Market Leading Aesthetics & Solar Control Performance

SGG COOL-LITE XTREME 70/33 II is the latest product from Saint-Gobain Glass to target the premium commercial market, offering specifiers and glass processing companies a thermally efficient ‘to be toughened’ option that features high light transmission, a low solar factor and excellent neutrality.

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On-Site

Prestigious Golf Club Project Brings Masterframe Sashes To The FORE!

Halo fabricator Masterframe has provided the replacement windows for a challenging refurbishment contract at The Royal Troon Golf Club on the Ayrshire coast.

The Club has a rich history, having been founded in 1878, and will host the Open Championship again in 2016. In order to welcome the world’s top golfers for the event

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People

Conservatory Outlet Paves The Way For National Reach With New Recruits

Big plans require resources to match – which is why Conservatory Outlet has further expanded its team to help deliver on an ambitious growth strategy.

In 2015 the Wakefield-based fabricator revealed plans to expand its retail network to full national coverage. o the network, soon to be announced.

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Further Strengthening Of VBH Management Team

Hardware supplier VBH has strengthened its senior management team with three new directorships.

Simon Monks marks his 9th year at VBH with a promotion to the position of Sales Director and is now responsible for all sales in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. .

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Business Micros Expands Programming Team

The success story at Business Micros continues with another new appointment at the company’s Dumfriesshire programming centre.

Murray Pattison, aged 24, has joined as a programming technician with a specific brief to help maximise the efficiency of the core programming team. 

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Balls2 Marketing Appoints Specialist Simon As Director Of Communications

Balls2 Marketing, specialists in PR and marketing for glazing and construction, has strengthened its senior management team with the appointment of Simon Kinnear as Director of Communications, as the company looks to capitalise on a successful 2015.

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Conservatories

The Future of Conservatories

Do you want to install a conservatory like no other?  Set to revolutionise the conservatory market in 2016, the Solaris Roof is an exciting new product launching at the FIT Show this year.

“We are really excited to be launching the Solaris Roof at this year’s FIT Show” explains Andrew Glover, Managing Director at Solaris Solar.

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Internet

Solidor Cloud Makes Life Easy For PJ Plastics

Solidor Cloud, Solidor’s revolutionary online ordering app, is helping London based installer PJ Plastics process quotes and orders faster and more easily than ever before.

PJ Plastics has been using Solidor Cloud since it launched in 2014. The app has been in continuous development since then, .

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Marketing

Sumo Yuki Hits The Window Industry In Order To Keep Trouble At Bay

Leading insurance backed guarantee and deposit protection provider CPA has launched a campaign, which it says will become to the window industry what the famous meerkat from ‘compare the market’ is to consumer insurance.

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Charity

Special Windows for a Special Place

GM Fundraising is renowned for its relationship with Hope House Children’s Hospice, and the glazing industry charity was proud to step in and offer its assistance recently by calling on its supporters to do what they know best – fit windows!

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CMS Helps Children And Families Charity Spread Christmas Cheer

Staff from CMS Window Systems joined an army of volunteers including former Prime Minister Gordon Brown to help provide a much needed boost for hundreds of Scotland’s poorest families in time for Christmas.

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