31st March 2016
 
Rapid Growth Leads To New Factory Acquisition For AluFoldDirect
 

Aluminium door specialist AluFoldDirect has acquired new 35,000 sq. ft. factory premises in Blackburn, which will double the company’s capacity as it plans major additions to its product range.

The investment is the result of unprecedented demand, which has seen AluFoldDirect outstrip its sales targets to become a leading supplier of aluminium bi-folding, sliding and commercial doors.

 
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Coastal Group Builds On The Success Of Its Part Q Compliance System With Accoya Door PAS24 Certification
 

Leading external timber door and window hardware specialist Coastal Group, has extended its highly popular Part Q Compliance system with news that it has achieved PAS24 certification on a door manufactured from the highly popular lower density Accoya, a development the company believes is an industry-first.

Coastal’s ground-breaking Part Q compliance system enables firms to use the company’s own generic Part Q certified products to manufacture officially UKAS tested and certified doors and windows in line with PAS24 without having to pay to have their own windows and doors tested.

 
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Positivity Surrounds Industry Amidst Consumer Spending Rise, But Skills Shortages Could Stifle Growth
 

*Not all figures will add up to 100% because there was the option to answer n/a for some questions.

Installers expect to win business, and are widely confident about the industry, in 2016 and expect consumer spending to continue to increase.

However, issues such as skills shortages are holding some companies back and throttling investment and growth.

 
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Glazpart LABC Certified Range Of Trickle Vents
 

Banbury-based Glazpart, is a specialist injection moulding company with extensive experience in the fenestration industry, employing 80 staff at its ISO 9001:2008 certified site, producing millions of mouldings each month.

Glazpart Limited is pleased to confirm that its extensive range of trickle vents for the provision of back ground ventilation in buildings and to meet the requirements for approved document F1 are currently the only range to be third party certified by the LABC.

 
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TruShield – Durable Glass Protection That Doesn’t React With Silicone
 

Homeowners are looking for clean and clear glass all year round, regardless of where it sits on their property. This is particularly important for conservatory roofs, roof lanterns and sky pods.

Roof glass needs to have the most light transmission and clarity possible, whilst being low-maintenance for homeowners, who don’t want the hassle of cleaning glass in hard-to-reach places. That’s why easy-clean glass and glass protection systems have become so popular.

 
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GLASSOLUTIONS And Aztec Windows Pair Up To Deliver Superior Casement Windows
 

UK glass manufacturer, GLASSOLUTIONS, has provided sealed unit solutions for a Coventry glazing firm’s flagship product range, helping it to deliver windows which combine a traditional appearance with cutting-edge functionality.

Coventry-based Aztec Windows approached GLASSOLUTIONS to manufacture sealed units to be used in their new Prestige Collection. This range of flush casement windows creates a fusion of the past and the present,

 
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TruFrame Delivers A Double Glazing Network
 

TruFrame have now formally launched their Double Glazing Network, after a hugely successful first 12 month ‘soft launch’, with customers reporting a significant and large increase in leads generated via the website.

The Double Glazing Network is very much about lead generation and TruFrame appointed SEM experts ICAAL 18 months ago, with a vision for the future of lead generation. After an initial trial period with 6 customers, the Network is being rolled out across a number of customers with 23 now signed up and several more in the pipeline.

 
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Craig Grew Joins VITA Hardware
 

VITA Hardware, with more than 30 years’ global experience in hardware design and manufacture, has further strengthened its UK sales force with the addition of Craig Grew.  Craig joins as Regional Sales Manager with over 15 years’ experience in the hardware market and is responsible for the West of England.

“Although our product offering is important, it is equally important for us to have the right people promoting them,” explains Managing Director of VITA Hardware in the UK, Stewart Lamb. 

 
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TWR Bifolds Launches New Premium Product
 

Bi-fold door specialist TWR Bifolds is delighted to announce that it has added an innovative new aluminium system to its product range.

The company will now be manufacturing Synseal’s WarmCore system. WarmCore is an innovative aluminium folding sliding door system, which incorporates a radically different product design approach to deliver a new high performance glazing solution.

 
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Residence 9 Takes Lead Machine To Next Level
 

Residence 9’s (R9) retail marketing campaign is generating leads for installers as more and more homeowners insist on R9 windows for their homes. R9’s ‘windows the way they’re meant to be’ are designed for British homes.

Advertising and PR in homeowner magazines, and active social media on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest is taking the R9 message to homeowners. Massively growing numbers of homeowners are using the R9 website to find their local R9 installer.

 
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Finalists Revealed For This Year’s FIT Show Master Fitter Challenge
 

The judges of the 2016 FIT show Master Fitter Challenge in association with FENSA, have announced the names of the individuals and companies that will compete in the Live finals of the event, which take place at The FIT Show at The International Centre, Telford (FIT Show 12th-14th April 2016).

Following a challenging elimination process carried out by GQA Qualifications, detailed interviews with the entrants were followed by site visits during which competitors were observed operating in normal site conditions.

 
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Insight Data Launches New Prospect Database
 

Finding new customers is a time consuming and expensive process, especially when thousands of companies and key contacts are changing details every month.

Now Insight Data has released the latest version of its online prospect database, Salestracker, and promises even better sales and marketing results.

 
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“We Spent Lots Of Time Agonising Over Which Door To Choose And Then aïr Bubbled To The Surface.”
 

A London loft conversion recently benefitted from an exceptional aïr lift and slide door.

aïr Accredited Retailer Herts Bifold Doors, leading supplier of bi-fold doors in Hertfordshire, was given the complicated job of getting the 2M square, 300KG doors up two storeys to be fitted.

The aïr door has given this stunning room an uninterrupted view of the skyline, which is exactly what the homeowner wanted.

 
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Fantastic Fensterbau For SWISSPACER
 

SWISSPACER enjoyed another busy and successful show at this year’s Fensterbau Frontale exhibition in Nürnberg, Germany.

The leading warm edge spacer bar supplier had a record number of visitors on its stand over the four day exhibition. People came to learn more about SWISSPACER’s latest innovation, SWISSPACER Air, which prevents sealed unit failure caused by changes in altitude. This clever device, with an active membrane, has been designed for non-gas filled units where changes in altitude can affect air pressure inside the sealed unit and cause the unit to fail.

 
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Guardian Clarity™ Anti-Reflective Glass: Providing A Facade Experience With A Different Perspective
 

Traditionally, glass is used to create a barrier to protect its encased environment. However, selecting the wrong glass can affect the overall visual performance by resulting in unwanted glare and reflection, while at the same time reducing light transmission and overall aesthetics. Guardian ClarityTM is the right glass that can make the difference.

Standard glazing units reflect light at a level that may interfere with our ability to see through the glass easily and clearly. For some applications, any interference is too much interference.

 
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Jack Aluminium Proves The ‘Boss’ For Commercial Doors And Shopfronts
 

Design flexibility, high-end quality and speed of service were key factors in the decision to use Jack Aluminium for the commercial doors and shopfronts for two branches of fashion brand Hugo Boss.

The installations – at the fashion retailer’s Liverpool and Brighton stores – were commissioned to Nottinghamshire-based TAG Architectural.  The company recognised that the Jack Aluminium system would create not only an eye-catching effect but also meet the specific requirements at each branch.

 
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Stunning Modo Installation For Wilson Windows
 

Loughborough-based Wilson Windows completed an impressive Modo door installation recently for a homeowner in Queniborough, Leicester.

Modo, from Apeer, is a design-led collection of composite doors, designed and manufactured at Apeer’s state-of-the-art production facility in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.

 
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Jedson Says “Deceuninck’s Got Its Finger On The Pulse”
 

Barnsley based fabricator and installer Jedson recently switched to Deceuninck for its quick service and broad colour range.

“Deceuninck is a leader in colour,” says James Davies, Jedson Managing Director. “It’s really got its finger on the pulse and is doing more than just reacting to market demand.”

 
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Epwin Keeps It In The Family
 

In a move that serves as a perfect example of Epwin Group’s commitment to promoting and developing people within the business, the company has recently appointed 23-year-old Fern Rossano as Trainee Business Development Manager. However, rather than simply boasting a glowing CV, Fern is following in her father’s footsteps: Nic Rossano is known to many as Epwin’s Development Manager who has spent almost 20 years with the company.

 
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CMS Wins Brighton University Advanced Engineering Centre Contract
 

Leading window, door and curtain walling designer, manufacturer and installer CMS Window Systems has secured a comprehensive building envelope contract for the University of Brighton’s new state of the art £14m Advanced Engineering Centre (AEC).

CMS’s drive for continued and sustained growth is being aided by participating in projects south of the border alongside its long standing main contractor clients.

 
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Trade News

Are uPVC And Aluminium Installers Missing A Trick?

Only install uPVC or aluminium? You could be missing a trick, says the MD of a one of the UK’s largest timber and uPVC fabrication businesses.

Following news that the UK timber market grew 17.1% (according to the latest Palmer Market Report), Peter Dyer, managing director of Dempsey Dyer, thinks more installers should consider offering timber and capitalising on this booming sector.

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Over Two Thirds Of Small Businesses Have Been Victim To Cyber Crime – FSB Research Reveals

TWO thirds of small businesses have been the victim to cyber crime in the past two years, while over a third of small businesses do not report crimes against their business, research conducted by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has revealed.

Worryingly figures released today (Wednesday) further reveal that confidence in the police remains low amongst business owners throughout the UK with 38% of members not reporting crimes against their businesses as they do not think it would lead to a successful prosecution.

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CENSolutions Helps Modern Glass Stay Ahead Of The Game

Ensuring your business complies with all of the necessary standards and latest legislation can prove quite a task, but not for Staffordshire based, Modern Glass. In 2010 the company appointed CENSolutions, the largest supplier of quality certification in the window, door and glass industries and has since found that a proactive approach to certification makes the whole process a lot easier.

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Product News

Kestrel Roofline Installer Reflects Milestone Year

One of Kestrel’s long serving installers is set for a landmark 21-year anniversary this spring.

Home Installations, based in Kingsmead, Cheshire, has been installing roofline products since 1995, and using Kestrel products for the majority of that time.

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Dekko’s New uPVC Window Is A Smooth Operator

Dekko Window Systems, the Lancashire based fabricator behind the highly-regarded Räum range of premium-quality doors, is launching its latest innovation in the form of Räum Infinity,

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People

New Operations Manager Brings Wealth Of Experience To Coastal Group

With business increasing across the UK and into Europe, leading external door and timber window hardware specialist, Coastal Group has expanded its management team to further support its development and growth aspiration plans.

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Glass & Glazing

TuffX Glass Provides The Sleek Touch A BMW Showroom Needs

BMW is synonymous with quality and luxury so when the Chester dealership of the Halliwell Jones BMW franchise recently underwent a refurbishment and expansion programme worth £1.5 million,

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Aluminium

What Does The Future Of Aluminium Windows And Doors Look Like In The UK?

To get a feel for what the future of windows and doors looks like in the UK, it is never a bad idea to attend Fensterbau every other year in Germany.

It is the biggest glazing trade show in Europe and as well as the good beer it showcases the next generation of products, some of which will be hitting the UK market sooner rather than later.

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Internet

New Online Presence For HWL

Leeds-based Kömmerling manufacturer, HWL Trade Frames, has just launched a new, content rich website at www.hwlwindows.co.uk that includes product downloads and a dedicated and secure Trade Login area among other key features.

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Machinery

Manufacturer Saves £60,000 A Year With Energy Saving Solution

Manchester based System 3 Ltd, a leading manufacturer of high specification double glazed units for commercial and domestic applications, is benefitting from savings of around £60,000 per year, following the installation of Powerstar HV MAX.

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FIT Show

SageGlass Tintable Glass Provides Perfect Backdrop To The FIT Show

Following the company’s plan to provide the ultimate exhibition experience by retrofitting a large curtain wall with its product, the replacement of 132 conventional glass units with SageGlass® Lightzone™ electronically tintable panels has been completed at the International Centre, Telford.

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Truedors Are The Perfect FIT For UAP Door Hardware

UAP will be using IG Door’s Truedor to display their fantastic ranges of door hardware at this year’s FIT Show

‘So much more than a great looking door!’ is the tag line for IG Doors Truedor,

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Trickle Vents….Glazpart Are Talking “Balls”!

Glazpart’s “Balls” to show how you too could learn to love the right trickle vents…ask us why on stand 263 at the FIT Show 2016.

As many in the window industry are keen to point out.

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Celebrity Architect George Clarke To Open The FIT Show’s Master Fitter Challenge

TV celebrity architect George Clarke, Truedor Product Ambassador for FIT Show exhibitor IG Doors, will officially open this years Live Finals for the Master Fitter Challenge at The FIT Show. George,

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Transform Your Business From Average To Fortune …Super Salesman Paul Clifton Reveals How At FIT 2016

He stunned seminar audiences at both FIT Shows with his tips and tricks for converting more than 80% of leads …now sales guru, author and business mentor Paul Clifton is back at FIT 2016 to show how to turn around a company by ‘playing numbers’.

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Exhibitions

Super Spacer Returns To GPD China And China Glass

Edgetech UK parent company, Quanex Building Products, will return to Glass Performance Days and China Glass in April in Shanghai, China, as both a presenter and an exhibitor. Quanex has been a proud participant at both shows for the past nine years.

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