19th May 2015
 
A Touch Of Glass With Proven Performance
 

Decorative Door Products (DDP) by RegaLead is pleased to announce that it has further cemented its status as the leading supplier of quality decorative glass units for composite doors with the addition of yet another accreditation to its arsenal, in certified membership of the IGCC (Insulating Glass Certification Council) and IGMA (Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance).

RegaLead has long held the internationally recognised ISO 9001 (quality management) and ISO 14001 (environmental management) certifications across all business divisions, and since 2012 has also been accredited for Investors in People.

 
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Crystal Supports Installers With New Corporate Brochure
 

Crystal Direct, the No.1 PVC-U window and door fabricator for choice and colour, has released its new corporate brochure. The brochure includes detailed information on Crystal’s comprehensive range of windows, doors and conservatories, plus its colour and hardware options.

Martin Randall, Crystal Chairman, says: “We’re committed to producing the widest range of products, with all the choice and support installers need to help them sell PVC-U.

 
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Business Micros Becomes Main Sponsor At G-15 Awards
 

Business Micros has just been announced as one of the main sponsors for this year’s G-15 Awards, which take place at the London Hilton Park Lane on 27 November.

This is the first time that the software specialist has sponsored the awards and comes at a time when the company is enjoying record levels of sales growth.

Managing Director Graeme Bailey said:  “We want to give something back to the industry by supporting what is a genuine celebration of talent and success.

 
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The Largest Selection Of Cladding From National Plastics
 

National Plastics, the UK’s largest independent trade counter network now stocks one of the industry’s most comprehensive ranges of internal cladding throughout their 31 stores.

The stocked ranges of decorative cladding includes Freefoam’s Geopanel®, which is available in  250mm, 600mm and 1000mm width fittings, Consortias internal cladding system and the Swish Marbrex range.  

 
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Record Levels Of Consumers Using Ultraframe Online
 

One year on from Ultraframe launching its ‘product selector’ function on its consumer website, over 3,000 home improvers, every month, are using the functionality to find their perfect glazed extension system.

Steve McIntyre, Ultraframe marketing director comments on the functionality.  “We developed the product selector as a simple tool to help home owners easily, and clearly navigate their way towards the perfect roof system for their needs.

 
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Specially-Adapted Wicona Windows For One Of The Most Prominent And Challenging New Buildings In Hamburg
 

The Chamber of Commerce Innovations Campus (HKIC) in Hamburg is a unique building which has a radical design that successfully overcame a series of significant project challenges.  

The result is a high-rise façade created using specially-adapted aluminium window systems from Wicona to reflect the classical art deco appearance of adjacent architecture but with eco-building principles.

 
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7th Saw Centre For Polyframe Halifax
 

G14 Fabricator of the Year Polyframe Group has taken delivery of a new Stuga ZX4 sawing and machining centre at its Halifax factory. It’s part of an on-going multi-million pound investment programme designed to ensure that Polyframe maintains its impressive growth and keep up with increased demand. The new saw centre, the seventh at Polyframe Halifax, has a capacity of around 1,000 windows per week.

Chris Watson, Group Managing Director, comments: “Polyframe has been successful in helping small-to-medium sized fabricators exit manufacturing and grow. But we’ve only been able to do that by investing in capacity to support their growth.

 
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Cavity Closers – What You Need To Know By Tim Hayes Of Qwood.
 

As the manufacturers of both Qwood and Dacatie Insulated Cavity Closers we are well placed to understand the importance of quality within the timber window industry. This understanding links how a well finished window should be fitted correctly into the variety of reveals found in buildings in the UK. 

Why are Insulated Cavity Closers important for you to consider? Well if a cavity is not correctly closed around a reveal water ingress can occur, which will cause the seeping of damp and mould around the frame.

 
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Deceuninck’s Slide & Swing New Wave Door Fuels Nu-Era’s Growth
 

Nu-Era Doors set up as a specialist trade fabricator of Deceuninck’s Slide & Swing New Wave Door following its successful launch at the FiT Show last year. Sales have been growing steadily, and doubled in recent months as momentum and awareness of the innovative multi-pane door gathers pace.

“The Deceuninck Slide & Swing New Wave Door is completely different,” says Neil Dattani, Nu-Era Director. “Installers and homeowners get it straight away - they love the way it looks and operates, and the lack of hinges and hardware.

 
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SGG Bioclean Aqua Goes Even Cooler With New Lower Solar Factor
 

Bioclean Aqua, the leading conservatory roof glass from Saint-Gobain Glass now has improved solar control with the launch of BIOCLEAN AQUA LOWER SOLAR FACTOR (LSF).

More than a year’s development has gone into boosting the heat reflection of the popular self-cleaning glass from 78% to 82% and cutting the g-value from 0.22 to 0.18, without affecting the existing 1.0 U-value.

 
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NE&C Celebrates First Year In Its New Factory And A Decade's Successful Business
 

Sunderland-based VEKA Approved Fabricator, NE&C Windows and Doors is celebrating two notable anniversaries in 2015, marking both a decade in business as well as its first year in a brand new, centralised factory.

NE&C – whose initials stand for North East & Cumbria - was established in late 2004 by husband-and-wife team, Ed and Heather Ramshaw.

 
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Another Fabricator Quits Manufacturing And Goes For Glazerite
 

Yet another fabricator-installer has shut down its factory and turned to Glazerite Windows Ltd as supplier – and now Glazerite is repeating its call to other retail fabricators to think seriously about doing the same.

Family-run Wilson Windows of Loughborough had been manufacturing for over 25 years until it went over to Glazerite and the VEKA system in December and now, says Dale Wilson, the only regret was not doing it sooner.

 
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Liniar Fabricator Answers TV SOS Call
 

When the BBC television programme ‘DIY SOS – The Big Build’ came to a small town in Derbyshire, the windows and doors were donated and fitted by local manufacturers, in keeping with the programme’s ethos of local communities working together.

In March 2015, the BBC made an appeal for local companies in the area to get in touch regarding a project to build an extension to a family home.

 
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Jonathan Hicks Joins REHAU’S Window Division
 

Jonathan Hicks is the new Head of Sales for REHAU’s Northern region, based at the company’s Manchester sales office.

He is managing the northern sales team and reporting to recently appointed sales director Barry Gilligan.

Jonathan, who has worked at REHAU since 1998, previously held a similar position within REHAU’s booming renewable energy division, so customers will benefit from his extensive experience working with some of the UK’s largest commercial contractors on large scale projects.

 
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Trade News


The Earl Of Wessex Officially Opens Distinction Doors’ Paint Plant

The Earl of Wessex officially opened Distinction Doors’ paint plant on 13th May, 2015. Chantel Roach, Marketing Director of Distinction Doors, said, “It was a great honour to welcome The Earl of Wessex to our site today and we are delighted that he officially opened our paint facility.”

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’Qualicoat Welcomes Sure Powder Coatings’


Interest in adopting the Qualicoat standard continues in the UK with Sure Powder Coatings becoming the latest member. Based in Humberside the specialist architectural powder coater serves the region with a variety of finishing services.

With what could be seen as a captive market in humberside, why did Sure Powder Coatings join Qualicoat, Robert Shaw, MD takes up the story, “We pride ourselves on quality and service and the decision to adopt the Qualicoat standard was a natural one for us.

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New Solidor Showroom For PJ Plastics

PJ Plastics have just upgraded their stunning showroom in Bexley, Kent, which now features 10 beautiful Solidor composite doors, with all 18 colours on show including the latest Cotswold-inspired Painswick finish.

The Showroom Bexley, as it has been branded, was formally opened up by the local mayor, with local MP James Brokenshire attending the first formal day of opening for the Premium Installer, just 18 months ago.

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100,000 Coolskin Panels For GBW

GBW have just celebrated manufacturing their 100,000th foiled door panel and thanks to the use of the CoolSkin® product from 3D Laminates, product remakes now account for just 0.035% of production.

The once problematic performance of door panels is now very much a distant memory for companies such as GBW and for the last 6½ years, they have been exclusively manufacturing foiled door panels with CoolSkin® technology from 3D Laminates.

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Products

Phoenix Doors Presents ‘Meridian’ – The 70Mm High Performance, Rebated Composite Door

Phoenix Doors is proud to unveil its new, high performance 70mm rebated composite door range, ‘Meridian’. A game-changing, luxury product that will help installers meet today’s consumer demands and take full advantage of the premium composite door market.

Offering the highest specifications in security and A-rated thermal-efficiency,

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REHAU Announces New Profiles For Composite Doors

REHAU has announced that its new composite door outer frame profiles are now available to the whole of its fabricator network.

In line with REHAU’s policy of providing a total product offering, it has added two new profiles to its range for composite doors.

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On-Site

New Medical Centre Is Better By Design Thanks To Senior

A range of products supplied by leading fenestration design and manufacturer Senior Architectural Systems and installed by CS Aluminium Windows Ltd has helped to give a healthy new look to a purpose built Primary Care Resource Centre in Buckley, north-east Wales.

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People

Ambitious Growth Plans Sees Colin Stanley Appointed As Operations Director

PVC-u and aluminium fabricator Astraseal has promoted long-standing employee Colin Stanley to operations director as part of its plans to significantly grow the trade sector of the business. Colin, who has worked for Astraseal for the past 20 years and has a strong trade background, will focus on improving efficiency throughout all areas within the company; including manufacturing, admin and transport; and spearheading future product launches.

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New Recruit At Emmegi (Uk)’s Coventry HQ

Emmegi (UK) is continuing to invest in its team with the appointment of a new Spare Parts Advisor based at its Coventry headquarters.

Craig Smith has joined Emmegi (UK) to manage the company’s spare parts operation and to provide a support service to customers.

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Software

Rapid Pvc-U Praises Business Micros

Business Micros has been commended for the work it has carried out at Rapid PVC-U throughout its recent expansion and investment programme.

The Doncaster based fabricator, which produces more than 1100 frames per week, is nearing the end of a £600,000 investment programme which has seen its factory extended and new automated welding and cutting centres installed.

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Internet

Deceuninck Is Google Ready

PROFILE Systems Company Deceuninck has welcomed the latest Google algorithm change thanks to an on-going partnership with digital specialists The Consultancy.

The two have an agreed web support and development partnership meaning every Deceuninck customer’s website is already mobile-responsive and in keeping with the latest algorithm shift.

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Exhibitions

High Quality And Dependable Recycled Pellet Is VEKA Recycling’s Offer At Pre Stand E009

VEKA Recycling’s goal for exhibiting at this year’s Plastics Recycling Exhibition (PRE) is to communicate to plastics professionals that include recyclate in their process that it is possible to buy consistently high quality product, from a reliable source.

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Exhibitions

’Qualicoat Meet At The Metalforming Centre’

On the 16th April Qualicoat UK & Ireland members met at the National Metalforming Centre in West Bromwich. This first meeting of the year was well attended by members across the region.

The meeting was opened by Chairman Alan Maginnis of Sprint Coatings, Dublin, who welcomed members to a sunny early morning in Birmingham.

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Exhibitions

Passivhaus Awards Winners: All 6 Use SWISSPACER

All six winners of the Passivhaus Component Award 2015 used SWISSPACER inside their windows. The awards were presented at the International Passivhaus Conference 2015 on April 17th in Leipzig, Germany.

The Passivhaus Institute is the world’s leading fabric-first approach to low energy buildings and the diamond standard for energy efficiency. The main challenge of this year’s competition was for products to show a degree of flexibility, since refurbishments are often carried out over different periods of time due to lack of money.

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