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21st June 2022
 


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Worth Waiting For?

 

By Ian Latimer, Managing Director, Emmegi (UK)

Anyone who’s had any building work done on their home or tried to order a new car over the past year or so will be very familiar with the supply chain issues which are impacting the whole of the global economy.

While things have improved considerably, we’re obviously continuing to face challenges in this industry – whether that’s from a shortage of components and raw materials, knock-on effects of the repeated lockdowns in China, the war in Ukraine and the sanctions on Russia, or simply insufficient capacity to respond adequately to the post-Covid bounceback.

 
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Carl F Groupco Adds New Arrone Door Handle To Its Portfolio

 

Carl F Groupco has further expanded its product hardware inventory with the introduction of the new Arrone door handle, a brand of the Hoppe (UK) Group.

The new Arrone door handle is suitable for use on both PVC-U and composite doors and its zinc alloy and aluminium construction delivers high level performance.

Designed to meet the needs of the fabricator, installer and homeowner alike, the Arrone lever/lever door handle is available in a long backplate format with a 92mm PZ centre. The handle also offers an integrated spring cassette system, 215mm fixing centres, 32mm wide back plate and reversible handing.

 
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“Once You Cross The Border, You Are No Longer Truly Safe…”

 

Nikki Dunbar, SOL Conservatory Roof’s commercial manager, has now made two heroic trips out to Ukraine to help bring much needed aid to its people. Here, she tells the story of her latest visit to the war-torn country and how the strength and courage of this country is an inspiration to her.

Just 6 weeks after returning from my first trip to Poland and Ukraine, I was back on a flight out to Poland ready to leave the border behind, and head into Ukraine.

Arriving at Medyka and what once was the village of charity tents, I was shocked to see most of the tents had gone. Walking through at 2am, you once would have been weaving your way through a sea of people. Not now. Nobody.

 
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Increase Your Lead Generation In Just 30 Minutes, Says ARC

 

In today’s digital world, with competition fiercer than ever, installers are always looking for new ways to get ahead.

Augmented Reality Creations (ARC) says conservatory installers can start generating leads in less than 30 minutes with ARC Design – the company’s new visualisation tool.

COO and co-founder Andy Clear comments: “Today’s consumers want to be able to see their products before buying, and for conservatory installers, providing their customers with this visualisation is key.

“We can have ARC Design up and running on an installer’s website in less than 30 minutes, meaning they can start seeing leads right away – and more importantly, before their competitors.”

 
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Apeer’s Machinery Investment Boosts Production

 

Apeer has announced a £160k investment to boost production of both its popular Silka doors and its sister brand Lumi’s range of aluminium window products.

Focusing on investing in machinery at its Ballymena-based factory in Northern Ireland, Apeer is responding to a growing demand for its Silka composite doors and Lumi Aluminium windows. A new Emmegi machining centre has been installed at the fabricator’s recently expanded factory, as well as a new mechanical saw.

Managing Director Asa McGillian said: “Quite simply, we need to make this investment in machinery to keep up with the enduring popularity of our Silka doors, along with the consistent and growing demand we’ve seen for our Lumi Aluminium range since its launch last year.

 
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Coastal Group Add New Additions To Duratique Range

 

Coastal Group has announced two additions to its Duratique range – a ring door knocker & curly tail door handle.

According to Coastal, with its customers experiencing difficulty finding a durable antique hardware solution, Duratique was designed by Coastal to outlast the door itself, combining traditional styling with modern performance.

Duratique is manufactured from stainless steel to prevent hardware failure, designed and built in the UK to maintain quality of product, and precision CNC machined fixing points allow batch productions of doors.

 
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Ultraframe Glass Roof Makes A Global Impact

 

Since the 2000, Ultraframe has had a busy Export Department which serves 12 countries, supplying its Glass Roof system for installation in projects across the globe. Export & new business development manager, Darryl Houghton Smith, has been at the Clitheroe-based company for 26 years and has managed the export department for many of these years.

Explaining more about the company’s export department and the interesting projects supplied to Ultraframe’s international customer base, Darryl said: “While most people in the industry know of Ultraframe, not many are aware of our Export Department. We currently export to several countries, including Japan, North America, Canada, France, Germany, and various countries in Eastern Europe.

 
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Edgetech To Talk Automation And Sustainability At Fensterbau 2022

 

Automation, innovation and sustainability will be among the key themes highlighted by Edgetech at this year’s Fensterbau Frontale, which is returning after a four year absence.

Thousands of glass and glazing professionals from around the world will gather in Nuremberg, Germany to see cutting-edge technology, meet colleagues from throughout the industry, and discuss the challenges and opportunities the sector’s faced with.

At Edgetech, they’re eager to take part in those discussions, and help shape fenestration’s future, as Head of Marketing Charlotte Hawkes explains.

“After an incredibly disruptive and unpredictable few years, our sector still faces many challenges,” Charlotte says.

 
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High Performance Glazing To Keep Passengers Safe On Elizabeth Line Platforms

 

Almost four kilometres of glazed platform edge screening has been installed across central London’s Elizabeth line stations, keeping passengers safe with the final segment of the landmark rail project now open.

St Helens headquartered glass manufacturer Pilkington UK supplied 5,000 glass panels to Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems UK, which manufactured and installed floor-to-ceiling platform screen and door systems – creating a transparent safety barrier between the platform edge and the track.

The glazed barriers feature on both the 240-metre-long eastbound and westbound platforms at the Paddington, Bond Street, Woolwich, Canary Wharf, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street and Whitechapel stations.

 
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Liniar Shines At The Quanex Annual Stakeholder Awards

 

Each year, Liniar’s US based parent company holds the Quanex Annual Stakeholder Awards to acknowledge and reward the efforts of its plants around the world. Leading UK PVCu systems company Liniar, a subsidiary of Quanex since 2015, was delighted to be awarded not one, but four awards for its 2021 performance.

As a business, Liniar’s number one operational priority is safety, therefore It was with immense pride that two of the awards recognised this. The Safety Recognition Award was presented to Liniar’s Secondary Operations and Avantek Machinery teams at its Alfreton site for its achievement in having no recordable accidents during the previous 12 months. The President’s Safety Award went to Liniar’s main site in Denby, Derbyshire and considered the significant safety improvements made between 2020-2021.

 
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Trade News
 

AT Precision Achieves ISO 9001 Certification

Following an intensive auditing process, bi-fold hardware supplier AT Precision has achieved  ISO 9001 certification.
The recognised Quality Management System (QMS), ISO 9001 demonstrates a company’s ability to deliver high quality services to customers on a consistent basis.

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Shelforce To Strengthen Team To Meet Fire Door Demand

Birmingham window and door manufacturer Shelforce is creating 10 full-time jobs at its factory in Erdington.
The recruitment drive is in response to the demand for the company’s fully compliant Fireshel 30-minure fire, smoke and security resistant door, says the company.

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Mercury Specialist Frames Adds Smarts’ Aluspace System To Its Portfolio

Mercury Specialist Frames has just added the Aluspace System from Smart Systems to its portfolio. Steve Cross, director at Mercury, said: “We are the first UK fabricator to complete our manufacturing training on this new internal door and screening system and we’re delighted to be giving our customers a competitive advantage by adding it to our portfolio.

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Jobs

Role – National Business Development Manager

New Business Development Manager
We have the immediate requirement for a new member of our sales team. Ideally suited for someone looking to step up from Trade Counter Sales, move into a different fenestration product sector or office-based sales to a full autonomous field sales position.

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Product News

New Range Of Friction Stays From AT Precision

Aluminium hardware supplier AT Precision has strengthened its range of products with the launch of a suite of friction stays.
The friction stays are suitable for both uPVC and aluminium windows, and are available as 17ml stack height.

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Internet

New Building Regulations Resource Page For CDW Customers

Aluminium specialist CDW Systems has made sure its customers know everything they need to about the imminent changes to Documents F and L of the building regulations.
The Gloucester-based company has created a new ‘Resources’ page on its website that includes summary documents that outline the key revisions to both.

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Marketing

SOL Launches New Website

SOL Conservatory Roofs has launched a new website, providing a showcase of product and technical information for its range of windows, doors and conservatory roofs.

A brand-new suite of window and door brochures, along with the complete roof range and a dedicated solid roof brochure are now all available for download.

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New Website And Rebrand For Jade Engineering

Jade Engineering has undergone a full redesign of the way the firm presents itself to the world. This includes a new website and fresh, new face for the firm, including a modernised version of the logo that will be found in the factories of many PVC-U and aluminium window and door fabricators in the UK.

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On-SIte

Ultraframe Employee Chooses hup! For New Extension

Ultraframe Northern Account Manager, Lucy Russell, and her fiancé Ben, live in a 1930’s semi-detached property in Burnley, Lancashire, which the previous owner had lived in for 40 years. They bought the house as a complete renovation project, working through every room to transform it into a contemporary home.

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New School Place For Senior

Senior Architectural Systems has supplied aluminium doors, windows and curtain walling for use on a landmark primary school at the centre of a new community development in Lincolnshire.
Located to the south of Newark, Middlebeck is a 694-acre urban extension which will provide new housing,

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Awards

Tradeglaze Employee Crowned Rising Star Of The Year

Fabricator of windows, doors, conservatories and curtain walling Tradeglaze has announced that their management board member Jonathan Brewer scooped the ‘Rising Star of the Year’ award at the 2022 Lincolnshire Business Excellence Awards.

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