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21st January 2021
 
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Garnalex Launches Sheerline Prestige

 

Garnalex has launched Sheerline Prestige, its most versatile and thermally efficient aluminium window and door system. Featuring a full depth Eurogroove, Prestige lets fabricators use their existing PVC-U hardware to streamline manufacturing, and is set to help redefine installer expectations in 2021.

Garnalex says Prestige offers unrivalled choice and boasts one of the widest range of window styles and includes doors and French doors. The system is available in the same style options and 12 stocked colours as Classic, Sheerline’s ultra slim window system. Prestige also includes 28-44mm glazing options and a choice of small, intermediate and large outer frames to accommodate different plaster lines and window reveals for a perfect finish for any size and style of home.

 
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Surge In Job Opportunities Welcomed By GQA

 

GQA welcomes news of a surge in job opportunities for glaziers, window fabricators and installers. Reported at www.fenews.co.uk, it is understood that total job posts in these categories were up by just over 111% between June and September.

Commenting on the rise in opportunities in the fenestration sector, Shaun McAllister Director for GQA Qualifications, the industry’s awarding body said:

“This independent report provides evidence to support the impression of a resurgence in activity in the fenestration sector that we began to have once the restrictions of lock-down were lifted in June. There has been plenty of hearsay about the rise in work, and it is very encouraging that this report bears out what is being surmised generally.

 
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FENSA Survey Reveals Attitudes Of UK’s Leading Installers

 

As part of a commitment to measure business levels, opinions, and prospects from the front line, FENSA has completed a survey amongst more than 6200 Approved Installers, located throughout England and Wales. Carried out in November and December 2020, the exercise sought to take a snapshot of the market from the installers’ perspective following the end of the first lockdown in May, and to compare the results against anecdotal information carried in the press and online.

Supporting the view that business has been very good in that period, 74.6% of companies responding said that work levels have been good or very good since returning to work. This rose to 81.7% when companies were questioned about demand from homeowners throughout the second half of the year.

 
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ODL Europe Invests For Further Growth

 

ODL Europe has just announced two large scale investments in its business that will support its ambitious growth strategy in 2021 and beyond. Nathan Barr, Managing Director of ODL Europe, said: “As a business, we focus on being a valuable partner for our customers. The investments we are making now will enhance our ability to do this.”

The first investment is a new 1,200 tonne injection moulding machine. The machine will come online during quarter two of this year and will enable the company to run its 764 contemporary door frames in-house. The machine will also increase its capacity to run larger tools that are currently located in other ODL facilities, which will further enhance manufacturing efficiencies.

 
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Mila’s Website Updated For Lockdown 3

 

Mila has redesigned its website to help all those customers who are now working remotely again as a result of the latest government restrictions.

The main changes are to the navigation of the site, which now uses the same drop-down menus as the High Street’s leading retailers, to make it even easier for customers to find exactly the products they need within just a couple of clicks.

Marketing Director Sarah Gyde explained: “The Mila website is a fantastic resource for customers, packed with technical and sales information, fabrication advice, downloadable test certificates, news and blogs.

 
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Get Smart With Q-Smart

 

Hardware expert VBH has added the Q-Smart electronic smart handle to its range of premium quality window and door hardware and furniture.

It’s a keyless product which gives the homeowner 3 methods of gaining access. The first is a proximity fob that communicates with a reader built into the handle unit; the second is via the Blusafe app that allows the user to use their mobile phone as a key, and the third is finger print recognition. The large reader pad is concealed under a hinged tab to keep it dry.

The app enables the main user to send permanent or temporary timed keys to people’s phones, VBH say that this eliminates any need to lose control of physical keys by leaving them with neighbours or in a ‘safe’ place’.

 
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Double Decade Service Celebration At Carl F Groupco

 

Carl F Groupco’s Regional Sales Team Leader Nathalie McKee and Purchasing Manager Lisa Davy have both celebrated ten years’ service for the hardware distributor. Nathalie and Lisa are the latest in a lengthy list of long servers for Carl F Groupco. During 2020, Credit Controller Edward Barnard also achieved the accolade and they join eighteen other Carl F Groupco employees who have passed the decade milestone.

In 2010, Nathalie joined the company as Sales Co-ordinator and was subsequently promoted to Regional Sales Team Leader. Nathalie enjoys her busy role managing the sales office team in the Peterborough head office, keeping customers updated regarding

 
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New ISO-Chemie Factory Investment Boost For UK Operations

 

ISO-Chemie, a leading foam sealant tape specialist, 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, as part of a multi-million pound project to double current capacity and enhance green production processes.

New investment will allow UK customers, who include door and window installers, designers, architects and housebuilders, to continue to benefit from rapid deliveries of new foam sealant tape products from the European facility.

 
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Kömmerling’s New Technical Director And Team

 

Andrew Charlesworth has been promoted to technical director for profine UK and KÖMMERLING, having been with the business since July 2014. More recently, he has added to his department to further help support customers and to implement a new five-year product management plan for the business.

Helping support customers across the UK for the Evolve, KÖMMERLING, Legend and WarmCore brands are John Berry, Steve Holloway, Tony Ward and Simon Coleman who combined, have over 166 years’ experience in the industry between them.

Internally the R&D/Product Management function is also supported by Phil Brown, R&D and product management manager,

 
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Mercury Glazing Supplies Introduces Their New Retail Brochure

 

Mercury Glazing Supplies has just published a new retail brochure to help promote their sash windows into the consumer. Steve Cross, Director at Mercury, said “Our latest high-end consumer brochure showcases our range of quality sash windows to help inspire homeowners. This new brochure helps our customers sell to end users and provides all the information they require to make an informed choice and help them close the sale.”

The Sash Window Collection, as it’s known, has a lifestyle feel, with high quality images throughout that show exactly why the Mercury sash window is a popular choice. The photography is supported with information to help homeowners choose the windows that are right for them, including a choice of standard or mechanical jointed options, colours, security and energy efficiency.

 
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Endurance Publish New Customer Charter And Welcome Pack

 

With customer care at the top end of the agenda for Endurance Doors, the pioneering solid and secure composite door manufacturer has just published a new Customer Charter and Welcome Pack.

With some of the UK’s most trusted brands such as John Lewis adopting a culture of delivering a truly wonderful customer experience, Endurance Doors have not only adopted this approach for the last few years, but have backed up their claims in print. Scott Foster, Head of Group Sales and Marketing commented: ‘These publications are a reflection of the way in which we engage with both existing and new customers. It’s ultimately our commitment to the very highest level of customer care.

 
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Obituary – Des Turnbull

 

Hardware specialist VBH have announced the sad news that Des Turnbull, until recently the Area Sales Manager for the Northern Counties, passed away in hospital on the morning of Saturday 16th January.

“Des was an integral part of the VBH team for the best part of 2 decades before retiring last February. He was very well respected and much liked by his customers, suppliers, and all at VBH.

“Des was very knowledgeable, and enjoyed passing on his expertise. He was particularly helpful to newcomers to our industry, helping them understand some of the vagaries of window and door hardware. He was always quick with a joke and will be well missed by his friends across the whole of VBH.

 
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Senior Frames Nottingham’s Waterside Views

 

Senior Architectural Systems has provided a high-performance fenestration package for a stunning new residential development in Nottingham.

The Waterside Apartments scheme, aptly named owing to its prominent location on the banks of the River Trent, comprises a mix of luxury residential accommodation, with 121 individual apartments and duplex penthouse developed over 11 storeys, with office and leisure facilities to the ground floor. The project is a key part of the wider regeneration of the area and is located on the site of the former Rushcliffe Borough Council Civic Centre.

Designed by Leonard Design Architects for clients Monk Estates and Harmony Bridge Limited, the Waterside Apartments enjoy

 
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UK Glass Manufacturer Helps Bring The Outdoors In At Canadian Lakeside Retreat

 

Lake Huron House sees local “cabin country” architecture completely reimagined to create a modern family retreat on the banks of one of North America’s five Great Lakes.

Taking a contemporary architectural approach, the residence maximises its breath-taking lakeside views, while remaining sensitive to its surroundings and sustainability impact in the extremes of the Canadian climate.

To achieve its statement aesthetic and enhance the beautiful natural setting, one of the key components of the design is the use of glass. Glass not only provides distinct visual features throughout the home, functionally it serves as a robust external surface that plays a vital role in maintaining the building’s energy efficiency.

 
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Job Vacancies

Experienced Aluminium Profile Cutter - Arkay Windows

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Experienced Aluminium Window & Door Fabricator - Arkay Windows

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Windows & Doors Order Processor - Abcell

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Trade News

Morley Glass & Glazing Increases Volume By 50 Percent

Integral blinds manufacturer Morley Glass & Glazing has started the New Year with a 50% increase in volume compared with last year.

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GGF Statement: Follow The Guidance, Protect The NHS And Save Lives

The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) is urging all companies in the glass, glazing, fenestration and home improvement sectors, to follow the GGF and Government COVID Safe Guidance,

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Record Number Of Old Windows Recycled

CNC Recycling, a nationwide UPVC window recycling company based in the North East of England, has announced a landmark year having recycled in excess of 500,000 old UPVC windows during 2020 to achieve continued

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Modplan Invests For Its Next Stage Of Growth

Trade fabricator Modplan has just completed a largescale investment in 12 new fabrication machines from Avantek to support its next stage of growth. The machines have been installed across Modplan’s multiple

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Product News

Cornwall Glass Invests In New Laminate Cutting Capability

Cornwall Glass Manufacturing has committed to a six-figure investment in a new Bottero cutting table, as it gears up for increased demand for laminates in 2021.

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Alutech Systems Offer New Security-Enhanced Lock For Aluminium Bifolds

Yorkshire-based aluminium systems supplier Alutech is offering its fabricator customers the ultimate security kit for aluminium bifolding doors, with the launch of the company’s new AluLock.

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Classic Conservatory Roof Case Study

The Ultraframe Classic system has been around since 1983 and is the original conservatory roofing system. While there are millions of conservatories across the UK featuring Classic roofs, many installers,

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Machinery

D&I Window Solutions Scales Up Production With Haffner Murat Machinery

Established domestic fabricator D&I Window Solutions is scaling up its operation with investment in numerous aluminium fabrication machines from industry specialists Haffner Murat.

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Training & Development

Building Our Skills Appointed As Green Homes Grant Training Provider

Following a rigorous vetting process, Building Our Skills has been appointed as a specialist fenestration training provider as part of the Green Homes Grant scheme. The offer of fully funded training for the fenestration industry is

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On-Site

Student Halls – But Not As You Know Them: Edgetech Excels On Stunning Danish Project

From a bird’s eye view, it looks like a meandering path through a leafy city park. But get a bit closer, and you realise it’s actually a building – one of the most ambitious, spectacular and

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FIT Show

FIT Show Organisers Announce New September 2021 Dates

FIT Show organisers have announced new dates for its 2021 event, postponing the fenestration industry’s flagship UK event from May until September 2021.

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Marketing

Ultraframe Customers Fully Prepared For Remote Selling

Since the 3rd national lockdown was announced on 5th January, Ultraframe has once again worked hard to ensure that its customers are fully equipped

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Awards

aïr MOD Series Win 2020 Build It Award For Best Windows

Designed and manufactured from start-to-finish by Everglade Windows, MOD Series was launched in June 2019 and won the 2020 top prize after being named as a finalist in the latest awards.

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Charity

Edgetech Continues To Support Worthy Causes Despite The Challenges Of 2020

Coronavirus has affected every part of society in one way or another – but the charity sector has been especially hard hit.

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Taking On The Bank!

Lockdown may have put the brakes on Euroglaze’s fundraising campaign for Retina UK initially, but the team at the Barnsley based Rehau fabricator are now on a roll once again.

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