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Business Micros (L-R) Graeme Bailey (Business Micros), Paul Callaghan (EDM), Jim Cronie (Business Micros), Richie Thornton (EDM)

Announces Exciting Acquisition Business Micros has announced the acquisition of Echo Digital Media (EDM), better known in this industry under its twin brands of The Consultancy and The Glazing Vault, for an undisclosed sum.

ordering portals. With Business Micros’ backing, we think it has the potential to be even better, and we will certainly be looking to invest further in both the team and the product range.”

The move brings together two of the sector’s biggest digital specialists; and demonstrates the scale of Business Micros’ continuing ambition as it looks to strengthen its market leading position in its 41st year.

For customers of Business Micros and EDM, Graeme says it is very much business as usual. He adds: “Customers probably won’t notice any differences in the short term but, over time, we are confident that they will see some really significant improvements in how we both operate. For instance, EDM will now have access to the datasets held within Business Micros to make their portal development quicker and easier, while Business Micros will be able to utilise the digital design expertise at EDM to enhance the interface on many of our products.

Graeme Bailey, Managing Director of Business Micros, says the investment in EDM will have long term benefits for both businesses, giving them the opportunity to share expertise and resources, as well as to develop new opportunities together. He says: “EDM is already a really good business, with a great team and really exciting products, particularly in terms of its pricing and 4 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

“We’ve got some really exciting new plans as well which will make the

most of the obvious synergy between the two businesses, building on our individual strengths and making us even better as a group.”

Moving forward, EDM will operate as a separate business within the Business Micros group, in the same way that BM Aluminium, the specialist aluminium software business, has done since 2007. Paul Callaghan, EDM’s Managing Director, says that he sees only positives for EDM and its customers following the acquisition: “We’re becoming part of the industry’s biggest software provider, which has spent over 40 years building a deserved reputation for service and innovation. That’s a really exciting opportunity for us and gives us the platform we need to push on to the next phase in our growth.” www.businessmicros.co.uk www.theconsultancy.co.uk


FIT Show Reverts To

Biennial Frequency SupaLite Lands Lancashire Double

Glazing As New

Approved Fabricator

SupaLite, the Preston-based tiled roof manufacturer is proud to unveil Lancashire Double Glazing as the newest addition to their nationwide fabricator network.

Organisers of FIT Show have announced the decision to revert the show to a biennial format, with the next event confirmed to take place on Tuesday 25th to Thursday 27th May 2021 at the NEC Birmingham. There will therefore be no FIT Show in 2020. The announcement follows continuing unprecedented political and economic uncertainty, which, whilst recently becoming more positive, has driven the decision to take FIT Show back to its most successful format. “The conditions that prompted the announcement of a FIT Show in 2020 have all changed, even since we made the announcement at the 2019 event”, commented FIT Show Event Director, Nickie West. “We have listened to the many active voices in the FIT Show community and will return the event to its most popular frequency, and everything that has made it a success. It is with huge disappointment, and with a genuine desire to preserve the long-term success of FIT Show for the entire industry, that we have made this decision.” The organisers report that support for 2021 has been, and continues to be, very positive. “Where com-

panies have been unable to commit to 2020, they have confirmed they will be a part of 2021. We can now pursue that enthusiasm and focus on delivering a fantastic FIT Show next year.” Added Nickie. Co-founder and FIT Show Director, Paul Godwin commented: “I believe the announcement to concentrate on 2021 is the right decision. The whole team is now focussed on ensuring FIT Show returns to its roots.” Matthew Glover, who launched the show with Paul in 2013 added: “The FIT Show changed how the glass and glazing industry does business. Trading conditions have been difficult and, whilst the 2020 event was announced in good faith, it has not proved possible to deliver an event of the stature the industry deserves and we will get back to the format the industry believes is the best for them.” “We are working closely with all of our partners to ensure that the move over to the 2021 timeline is as seamless as possible. I’d like to thank everyone for their continued support.” Concluded Nickie. FIT Show will return to the NEC 25 – 27 May 2021, occupying halls 2 & 3.

With over three decades of experience, Lancashire Double Glazing is well established as one of the region’s most trusted home improvement specialists. LDG has built their strong reputation by offering customers a full range of home improvements including windows and doors, conservatories, orangeries and extensions. The new partnership means the team at LDG can now manufacture and install SupaLite’s renowned range of replacement conservatory and orangery roof systems. With just six miles between their respective headquarters, the new partnership also presents clear logistical benefits too. Steve Hacking, Managing Director of SupaLite comments: “Not only are we incredibly proud to partner with a neighbour and a great local business, but we are thrilled to be working with one of the UK’s largest and most successful home improvement companies. “It’s a great testament to the strength of the SupaLite range to see a respected firm like LDG making the switch. They join a nationwide network of fabricators and installers who are benefitting from the valuable retro-fit and newbuild opportunities presented by the SupaLite range. We’re delighted to welcome LDG aboard and wish them every success in the year ahead.” www.supaliteroof.co.uk WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020 5


Bi-Folding Doors To See

Post-Brexit Bounce In 2020? A new report into the prospects for bi-folding doors through to 2023, paints a picture of growth within an increasingly complex market.

different sectors of the market, including a shift in pricing structure within the industry itself”, explained Jane.

“Increased competition and lower price point, combined with growth in other products, is starting to exert an influence, particularly on higher end sales.”

While forecasting headline increases, the Bi-fold Doors Market Report – UK 2020 to 2023 from AMA Research, suggests significant shifts in prices and sector reach, defined by a series of drivers. These extend from a growing pressure on price-point in trade supply and potential challenges from other product areas, to consumer confidence post-Brexit, and its impact on home improvement and new build sectors. Jane Tarver, Senior Research Analyst AMA Research said: “We saw market growth in bi-folds slow last year in comparison to very positive growth between 2014 and 2018, something subdued by the uncertainty surrounding Brexit. “We perhaps now have more clarity about the UK’s direction of travel, and we expect this to lead to sustained growth through to 2023, albeit at a slightly lower rate.” At a headline level AMA is forecasting growth in the bi-folding door market across sectors of 7% this year [2020] but it argues that this may slow to 5% by the end of the three-year period. Nonetheless, this represents total market value of £113m by 2023. Aluminium remains the most popular material type, with the majority of bi-folding doors supplied, as expected, as replacements for older inline sliding products. The report, however, identifies a 6 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

She continued: “Conversely, some of these same shifts may increase the reach of bi-folding doors into other sectors.

Jane Tarver, AMA Research

number of key trends, which have potential to redraw the market. This includes the impact of lowered retail price points, which the authors of the study identify as having the potential to erode sales in some areas, while growing them in others. “There are numerous factors which may impact growth in

“The picture is complex. The market is in a sense ‘taking away with one hand but giving with the other’. It’s about understanding which, because what is clear is that we’re going through a period of change.” UK Market for Bi-Fold Doors End Use Sector Mix 2014 and 2019 % by value The authors of the Bi-fold Doors Market Report – UK 2020 to 2023, also point to external factors, which may impact on growth and the sectors of the market that will


deliver it. This includes the impact of the Brexit ‘hiatus’, accompanying lower levels of consumer confidence – and as a consequence growth – in 2019, which it said may lead to higher growth this year. The report also provides an analysis of the impact of this on the housing market. This includes the drop in the number of house sales seen last year – something that it suggests has not been a complete negative for the industry as homeowners improve rather than move. Drawing on forecasts for the housing market, the report also looks at prospects for new build, and outside housing, highlights opportunities in commercial sectors. Jane concluded: “The real positive here is that the bi-folding door market will continue to see growth through to 2023. What we’d say, however, is your proposition and offer isn’t necessarily going to be right going forward simply because it’s worked in the past. “There are a number of factors which mean that won’t be the case with some sectors of the market delivering fewer opportunities while the yield from others will increase substantially.” AMA Research is a specialist publisher of a wide range of market reports and provider of marketing research and consultancy services, specialising in ad-hoc and commissioned research projects. This includes specialist door and window reports including: Domestic Replacement Doors and Windows; Door and Window Fabricators; Commercial Glazing; Commercial and Industrial Doors and Shutters; Door and Window Fittings. For further information visit www.amaresearch.co.uk

UAP Acquires

Locking Systems

From Laidlaw UAP Group has announced the acquisition of the Newcastle-based company Locking Systems, an independent supplier that provides locking cylinders and a personalised masterkeying service to locksmiths and architectural ironmongery companies throughout the UK. Locking Systems operates in Gateshead and offers its customers a range of cylinder solutions varied by the requirements of security and masterkeying; their cylinder solutions can be tailored perfectly to individual needs. Locking Systems boasts over 200 years of combined employee experience, giving them a wealth of knowledge for designing some of the most complex suites in use. David Jennings, CEO of UAP Limited says: “This move will not only strengthen our own master suite offer, but also give

us a significant entry into the commercial lock market including the architectural ironmongery sector. This is a very positive strategic move by us, and reinforces our goal of being the best euro cylinder supplier in the market.” In addition to Locking Systems, UAP have also acquired the FIREMONGERY brand from Laidlaw. We intend to run this brand under Intelligent Hardware and offer a range of “Compliance Made Easy” fire rated products. Acquisition has become a key part of the UAP strategy, supported by significant private equity funding from Maven Capital Partners, following the management buyout of UAP Limited in September 2018. This purchase is the first of two planned acquisitions for 2020, with others under negotiation. WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020 7


Cube Glass

Near Doubles

Its Footprint

(Left -Right), Gary Hudson, Roy Frost and Rob Waller

Improveasy Managing Director, Austin Barcley

nnovative glass and aluminium specialist Cube Glass is set to near double the size of its premises in Cumbernauld’s Tannoch Place with the purchase of its 4,200 sq ft factory unit from landlord, Ashtenne, and submission of a planning application to build a 3,800 sq ft factory extension. The acquisition also includes enough land to build another 1,700 sq ft unit for further expansion if and when required. Gary Thorn, Cube Glass founder and Managing Director, said: “A positive response from North Lanarkshire Council to our planning application will result in our building a much-needed extension which will permit us to get closer to fulfilling our company’s potential. “The additional space should deliver a 20 per cent rise in turnover since we will be able to bid for larger aluminium curtain walling jobs with higher contract values. We will also be buying a couple of large CNC machines to carry-out this anticipated additional work”. www.cube-glass.com 8 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

GJB Opens The Big Trade Counter Number 3 In a double whammy, GJB Window Systems opens The Big Trade Counter in Bedfordshire, the third branch in the UK, and welcomes Gary Hudson as its new Business Development Manager. Gary comes with an impressive 17 years’ experience in the industry, from managing trade counters to installing windows and doors. Gary also has great local knowledge, as he has served the community in and around Luton for many years as a special constable.

“After GJB’s best ever year we are going from strength to strength,” says Rob Waller, Sales Director at GJB. “Gary will be a great asset to our team. He brings a wealth of industry experience and I know he will support our existing customers, as well as attracting new customers to come onboard.” Customers can get an impressive range of premium products from The Big Trade Counter in Shefford. As Eurocell’s largest fabricator in the South East, GJB Windows is a well-established trade manufacturer of

windows and doors, including the new Logik S Flush Sash Window and Synchro Patio Door. Timeless Flush Sash Windows, The Residence Collection and Designer Range Aluminium Bifold and Sliding Doors, are also on offer from The Big Trade Counter, manufactured by Listers Central in Stoke, part of the wider group of companies headed up by Group MD Roy Frost. Gary adds: “I’m impressed by the support GJB offers customers with the instant quoting software, Easy Connect, which allows customers to price a complete job, from PVCu windows, a composite door, and even an aluminium bifold, in one easy quote. Easy Marketing support also makes them an easy fabricator to deal with as all the hard work is done in house, leaving installers time to focus on fitting more products. I’m excited to be part of this new venture for GJB.” The Big Trade Counter opens in Bedfordshire on 1 February 2020 at 10c Shefford Industrial Park, Shefford Beds.




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TRADE NEWS was saved from the heating system that was used to heat up the room. “When we were measuring the thermal transfer through the window we found about a 16% energy saving in our thermal comfort room in terms of how much heat energy was used when Thermocill was in place. Also the room heated up around 23% quicker when Thermocill was used.”

Inventor Keith Rimmer shows off the simple Thermocill components outside the University of Salford’s Energy House


Thermocill Could Save Householders Hundreds Of Pounds, Says Inventor Scientists’ findings show that a simple yet ground-breaking device could save householders hundreds of pounds a year on their heating bills – and reduce the UK’s carbon emissions. Environment experts at the University of Salford put Thermocill, which is made entirely from recycled plastic, through exhaustive tests in their Energy House thermal comfort laboratory, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund. Thermocill is fitted above the radiator and under the window board in a home. It redirects the heat under the board and through a vent vertically in front of the double-glazed unit attacking the Thermal Hole within the building envelope. This addresses heat loss through the window thus heating the room more and retaining the heat longer. The scientists’ findings showed that: Thermocill has the potential to save heating energy depending on the room setpoint temperature of between 16% at 21°C degrees and 3.3% at 23°C, thus operating 10 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

efficiently at a lower room temperature setpoint which meets today’s standards. Thermocill reduces the warm-up period in a room by up to 23% at a lower room temperature setpoint (e.g. 21°C in 78 minutes compared to 95 minutes without Thermocill). Thermocill diverts warm current towards the window and makes the air temperature in the window recess higher regardless of the room temperature, therefore not affecting the room temperature in any way. Thermocill reduces heat loss through double-glazed windows (U-value) by up to 3% at 21°C and 1% at 23°C increasing the double-glazed unit’s efficiency. Dr Richard Fitton, research lead at the University of Salford’s Energy House who led the research, said: “Thermocill is an interesting technology that we had not seen before.” He added: “We tested Thermocill by looking at a typical double-glazed window that you might find in any home. We then looked at the thermal transfer between the inside and the outside and how much energy

Thermocill is the brainchild of award-winning inventor Keith Rimmer who said: “The University of Salford tests confirmed everything I believed. Thermocill can revolutionise the fenestration and home heating industries.” Mechanical engineer Keith, who won an Ernst & Young North West Entrepreneur of the Year Award for his EcoPod heating system, added: “Thermocill saves energy consumption by reducing heat loss and doesn’t use any form of energy itself. “It is manufactured from plastic waste including plastic bottle tops. It is truly sustainable and where fitted will massively reduce the property’s carbon footprint.” He added: “Another aspect, which the report doesn’t look at, is that Thermocill also alleviates condensation from the internal glazed unit which is a problem of many new efficient window systems.” Thermocill, patent pending (No 1820279.6) and trademarked, is aimed at the housing market and can be fitted retrospectively into properties or integrally into new builds. Keith also sees Thermocill being an energy and cost-saver in multi-occupancy buildings like hospitals, hotels, homes for the elderly and office blocks. It extends from 125mm to 250mm fitting the most common size window boards and comes in three width sizes 500mm, 300mm and 100mm, all of which can be used as multiples to fit the majority of window sizes.

TRADE NEWS The rear ventilation outlet of Thermocill is also adjustable to allow different thicknesses of decorative window board finishes – timber, MDF, plastic or conglomerate and tiled finishes from 10mm to 26mm. When Thermocill is fitted no part will be on show apart from the outlet grill at the back of the window board.

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The eureka moment for Thermocill came when Keith called at a friend’s home for a cup of tea. Keith revealed: “I was sitting in the lounge. It was a cold night and I was looking towards the window and noticed the vertical blinds moving. My friend asked ‘What’s up Keith?’ and I just blurted ‘I’ve got an idea!’ He added: “I could see the convection of warm air from the radiator was trying to get to the window but it couldn’t get there because of the width of the window board and the direction of the heat flow. I went to my car and got my digital thermometer and took some readings around the window area and within 10 minutes I had the idea for Thermocill firmly fixed in my head.” Following validation by the University of Salford, Keith believes the potential for Thermocill is so great that he is now looking for a manufacturing partner or licensee to help take the product to the open market. Now, Keith and the University of Salford Energy House team plan to computer model Thermocill using the data to enhance its design, which will also optimise the product’s efficiency. The University of Salford’s Energy House is a whole house energy efficiency test facility in Salford which undertakes ground-breaking work on energy technologies and their effects with some of the leading manufacturers in the field. Keith has given his permission to the university to use the data to form an academic paper.

Conservatory roof innovators, Leka Systems have reported a 30% year on year sales growth for its roofing products. This upturn is driven by continued demand for the company’s Leka Warm Roof, Leka Orangery roof and the new LEKA xi Conservatory Base System. Rhys Hoddinott, Director of Leka Systems, said: “The demand for our Leka roofs has been superb as more fabricators and installers see for themselves the benefits these products can deliver.” The company says the LEKA Warm Roof delivers super thermal efficiency thanks to the unique GRP construction, which results in U values from 0.12W/m²K. The roof is available in virtually any design, can incorporate Velux roof lights and offers superb span and pitch capabilities, giving it ‘incredible versatility’. It’s good for installers too, claims LEKA: there are fewer elements to install than on a traditional solid conservatory roof, so on-site installation typically takes just two to three

days, including removing the old conservatory roof. The LEKA Orangery Roof has the same exceptional thermal efficiency as the Warm Roof and is quick and easy to install, taking two men one day (excluding the lantern and roof membrane). The range was recently joined by the Leka xi Conservatory Base System which was launched in 2019. It’s a modular system that’s tailored to homeowner and installer requirements and is constructed using a LEKA base, LEKA walls and the LEKA roof system. There are three- or four-sided options, so it can be used for both home extensions and standalone garden rooms. Rhys concludes: “We’re delighted to see this growth. Our range of products offers both fabricators and installers a competitive advantage and tap into the growing trend for solid conservatory roof constructions.” www.lekasystems.co.uk WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020 11


Window Ware 25 Not Out For

And Express Trade Frames Celebrate Successful 21-Year Supply Partnership


began: “Before setting up Express Trade Frames, I had worked for other companies that relied on Window Ware for all their hardware needs. It made sense to stick with a trusted supplier when I decided to go it alone. To this day, we can still count on Window Ware to deliver cracking service, competitive prices, and have the leading brands we like in stock and ready for shipping without fail.

A leading composite door manufacturer and PVCu panel supplier is celebrating its 25th birthday this year. Vista has been supplying fabricators across the UK and Europe since 1995 and, thanks to continued investment, its quality as a supplier has stood the test of time. The Wirral-based company is one of the longest standing infill panel manufacturers and came to the fore in the composite door market with the XtremeDoor, claimed as one of the most high-performance composite doors currently on the market. Vista’s Managing Director Keith Sadler said: “It sounds like a cliché but when you can combine quality products and good service with fast lead times then you are always going to stand out,” said Keith. “Longevity in this market is something to be acknowledged. With Vista, our 10 year Guarantee means something, we’ve stood the test of time now and have honoured two and a half decades of warranties which gives our customers a huge sense of confidence when purchasing our products and that really helps us approach prospective accounts who are considering switching to us,” continued Keith. www.vistapanels.co.uk 12 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

Window Ware are celebrating with longstanding customer Express Trade Frames, as their successful supply partnership reaches an incredible 21 years. The Bedfordshire hardware specialists have not only been working with the team at Express Trade Frames since doors opened in 1999, but they hold the distinction of being the payee of their first business cheque. Since then, Window Ware has supplied the Yale-approved fabricator with a full range of high-security Yale and Trojan hardware which has ultimately helped to ensure that their extensive array of uPVC glazing products pass the latest PAS 24 testing. Although Fleetwood-based Express was formed in 1999, Managing Director, Scott Law explains that’s not when the relationship with Window Ware

“We are delighted to be celebrating this fantastic milestone with the great team at Window Ware and we very much look forward to further success over the next 21 years!” Sam Nuckey, Managing Director of Window Ware adds: “As we enter our 22nd year in partnership with Yale, we are incredibly proud to be celebrating with one of their approved fabricators and one of our longest-standing customers, Express Trade Frames. “It’s a real testament to the fantastic relationship that has developed over the past two decades with Scott and the team. Our commitment has always been to deliver a seamless supply to our fabrication customers, combining industry-leading brands with our renowned service. We are delighted that Express recognise that commitment and we wish them every success as we continue in our partnership together. www.windowware.co.uk


Glass industry leaders discuss

how to add more value at

‘Purplex Debate’ Purplex, the marketing consultancy for the glazing industry, recently hosted the first in a series of roundtable discussions which aim to tackle some of the key issues affecting the industry.

to share ideas in an open and transparent way. This debate focussed on how we can change the perception of glass in the trade, commercial and retail markets and it made for a very lively discussion.

The ‘Purplex Debate’, held on January 28th, focused on adding value among insulating glass manufacturers and saw senior directors from across the supply chain discuss ways the industry can promote the innovation and quality that goes into modern IGUs more effectively.

“The reality for IGU manufacturers is they are producing better quality than ever before, but their products are often commoditised. There is a clear lack of awareness of the innovation that goes into modern glass units, and we discussed ways the industry can create more value and ultimately help IGU companies achieve better margins.”

Sam Cross, account director at Purplex, chaired the debate and posed a series of questions to the delegates. Sam comments: “The purpose of the ‘Purplex Debate’ is to provide a platform for experts 14 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

Those attending included directors from Energy Saving Glass, Double R Glass and Roofing Systems, Euroview Architectural Glass, N&C Glass,

Edgetech and Hodgson Sealants. One idea tabled among some attendees was a trade group with the potential to pool resources to run consumer advertising campaigns. Delegates debated whether such a group could form part of an existing organisation or be an independent entity, and who should drive the initiative to get it off the ground. “The debate raised some big questions which cannot be solved in an hour-long roundtable, but the issues have now been raised and I’m sure the conversation will continue over the coming weeks and months,” Sam added. Purplex will be hosting further roundtable debates throughout the year – if you are interested in taking part or learning more please contact: grow@purplexmarketing.com For more information visit www.purplexmarketing.co.uk


New Fabricator Promises

Aluminium Bi-Folds

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CMS Reduces Carbon Footprint

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Van Investment

Scotland’s Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, Jamie Hepburn MSP, has welcomed the addition of new 100% electric vans to the CMS Window Systems vehicle fleet, along with its investment in its electric vehicle infrastructure.

6 Day Doors, the latest venture from Essex based the Chigwell Group, promises to deliver aluminium bi-fold doors in under a week. Where most fabricators offer aluminium bi-folds with lead times of two to three weeks if not longer, the new business can provide them in just six days – and if it doesn’t, your next order is half-price. “6 Day Doors does what it says on the tin,” says Managing Director Sunny Singh. “We’re offering the Smart Visofold 1000 bi-fold in grey, white and black – and when you buy one from us, it’ll be with you in six days. The door is available in other colours of course, but on a longer lead time.” The obvious question of course is how have 6 Day Doors managed to commit to such a short lead time? “The truth is, there is no big se-

cret,” Sunny explains. “Frankly, I think the industry has got used to having to wait nearly three weeks for aluminium doors, and so no-one’s felt the need to invest and speed that process up. “What we’ve done is simple. Using the resources and expertise of the wider Chigwell Group, we’ve acquired some cutting-edge machinery and manned it with some experienced and highly motivated fabricators. It’s certainly not easy, but it’s not hugely complex either – if you’ve got the willpower to do it, it can be done.” Sunny concludes: “If you want to benefit from the huge demand for quality aluminium door products without the lengthy lead times, give us a call.” The company is offering other products on longer lead-times, including the Smart Visofold 6000 bi-fold and Visoglide Plus patio door. www.6daydoors.co.uk

The company, which is said to be Scotland’s largest designer, manufacturer and installer of PVCu and aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling, has taken delivery of a fully branded Nissan e-NV200 van, following the successful trial of its first electric vehicle over the last 18 months. With a range of up to 187 miles on a single charge, these vans are ideal for serving CMS customers in the areas within close proximity to its main Castlecary factory and HQ near Glasgow, giving ample scope for emissions-free site deliveries throughout the working day. In addition to the vans currently in service, CMS is looking at how longer range and larger vans could be added to its fleet as the technology rapidly evolves. CMS has also added further plug-in charging points at Castlecary, bringing the total to four, with charging facilities also soon to be installed at its East Kilbride and Kirkcaldy sites. This charging infrastructure will also support the growing numbers of visitors to its sites who travel using electric vehicles. www.cmswindows.com WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020 15


Manufacturing Improvements Set To Throw Down The Gauntlet

To The Door Market In 2020

Having joined DOORCO in Autumn last year, Mark Towers, Senior Production and Technical Manager describes how he has been working to further streamline and strengthen the production heart of the business, ready for the launch of some leading-edge new products in the next few months. Mark comments: “My original brief on joining DOORCO was to drive through production improvement projects, build the skill base of our supervisors and managers and implement new processes and procedures to ultimately, with controlled investment, increase the capacity and efficiencies through the factory. “Even for a well-established and lean organisation like DOORCO, reviews like this are always important especially in a fast-


growth business. But when I learned about the new products that are coming on-line this year, the significance grew. I can’t go into detail about the product launches, but let’s just say, having the right people with the right skills in the right positions will be critical to achieve our aggressive goals. We have now done this, in part thanks to DOORCO already having invested heavily to future proof its production.

“The next steps for me are to empower the team to take responsibility and be able to make the decisions that increase volumes, add new products and allow the business to continue to grow. Each team leader will be fully autonomous in their own area. They will be the decision makers and promote process improvement projects to allow the business to continue to grow. We’ve built on

our team working ethos to ensure each manager works closely with their own internal customers and that each team member takes ownership through revised KPIs, budget controls and regular communication to ensure we are moving forward in line with our strategic plan. “As a business with innovation at its heart, it has been critical for us to work hard to attract, retain and develop talented people to drive the business forward. Despite the fact I’ve been in the door game for a long time, heading up various businesses along the supply chain, I’m genuinely excited about what DOORCO is launching in the coming months and can’t wait to see the positive impact we will have on market choice and added value opportunities for our customers.” www.door-co.com

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Shelforce Boosts Manufacturing Efficiency

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With Rapierstar Fastener specialist Rapierstar is providing extensive support to window and door manufacturer Shelforce to streamline fastener usage and ensure its workforce is fully supported to achieve the highest quality finished products.

The Birmingham-based manufacturer, which specialises in the supply of windows and doors to the social housing, new build and schools sectors, is already benefiting from a 25% reduction in the number of different types of fasteners it uses following a Rapierstar fastener ‘Health Check’. This identified instances where a single fastener type and size could be used for multiple purposes throughout the assembly, a move that has reduced fastener stockholding, made ordering easier and simplified manufacture. Given the unique nature of Shelforce in its provision of employment for people living with a wide 18 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

range of disabilities, its production lines are configured in a way that enables operatives to clearly identify which fasteners to use for each part of the window or door’s construction. Here, Rapierstar has helped by not only reducing the number of different types of fasteners being used – and thus the scope for selecting the wrong one – but also by producing colour-coded charts for every workstation so fabricators have a quick and easy-to-use fastener reference guide in front of them at all times. Rapierstar is supplying Shelforce with an all-austenitic stainless steel suite of fasteners for the manufacture of PVCu windows and doors using Eurocell systems. By correctly applying these premium quality fasteners, which are designed to offer the highest level of resistance to corrosion, Shelforce has established a market-leading proposition, complete with a clear audit trail to give customers

Howard Trotter, Business Manager at Shelforce said: “The process changes that Rapierstar have helped us to implement have enabled us to further improve manufacturing efficiency and optimise quality, while at the same time multi-skilling workers so they are able to work on any part of the production line as required. This ensures we remain competitive in the market with a range of windows and doors that offer significant quality benefits, supported by technical documentation and test data that satisfies client audit requirements, which our loyal and growing customer base really values.” Mark Calpin, Technical Sales Consultant at Rapierstar added: “We’re delighted that Shelforce have chosen Rapierstar as their supply chain partner for fasteners and we look forward to supporting them wherever we can as they develop and grow. Bringing fresh insights to their fastener usage, our technical support is designed to help Shelforce maintain its reputation for consistently high quality finished products, whilst at the same time delivering important productivity benefits.” As the window and door sector’s specialist fastener supplier, Rapierstar is uniquely positioned to support manufacturers like Shelforce to implement a fastener strategy that ticks all the boxes. In addition to the corrosion resistance benefits that austenitic stainless steel fasteners offer, the products used by Shelforce are also all CE marked and every batch is tested against numerous performance criteria at Rapierstar’s in-house test centre to maintain quality consistency. Rapierstar is also supporting Shelforce’s development of its aluminium window and door range, including a bi-fold door option. www.rapierstar.com


Quickslide Partners With Morley Glass To

Enhance Product Offering

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And Showrooms

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Window and door manufacturer Quickslide has made the decision to put the ethos of ‘home grown’ at the heart of a new investment this year, as they announce a new partnership with local blinds supplier Morley Glass. The move will be of major interest to customers, as the decreased distance and an enhanced product offering equals shorter lead times and an improved turnaround.

owners wanting to make more of a statement through their windows, the choice of bright primary colours provide a great alternative.”

“Our new relationship with Morley Glass began back in December to ensure that we were ready to hit the ground running with orders in January” explained Managing Director Ben Weber. “When it comes to integral blinds, our customers are increasingly requesting wider variation in both colour and operating systems. We have taken on two of Morley’s core manual control products; the ‘C System’ which features a rotational cord and a cordless magnetic slider system, known as the ‘SV System’. Each of these are available in traditional, timeless colours including white, creams and greys, but for home-

Additionally, with less than ten miles between the two factory sites the move guarantees Quickslide a reduction in their carbon footprint – an aim which Ben intends to fulfil across the company’s entire supply chain:

The slim control style of the Morley Glass devices makes them ideal for integrating blinds into any product across the comprehensive Quickslide range; a benefit Ben expects to attract new business over the coming months.

“Climate activism is so very poignant right now, and it is absolutely everyone’s responsibility to confront environmentally threatening issues. The proximity of Morley’s premises to us means that we can support the wider cause to be eco-friendly by having vehicles on the road for less time, and making more efficient journeys.”

Endurance Doors celebrated a strong end to 2019 with their Installer of the Month and Showroom of the Month awards presented to a number of their installation partners, who enjoy the merits of a solid core composite door that’s packed with technical features. The Endurance Installer of the Month awards went out to Ampthill Glass Centre in October, NR Windows in November and Curtis Home Improvements in December and each of these respective businesses shared in the delights of being recognised by one of the UK’s most trusted composite door manufacturers. Endurance Showroom of the Month Awards also went out to Andy Glass Windows in October, Panoramic Windows in November and the Home Hub Group in December. Combined, both of these awards are in recognition of outstanding business practices and in communicating to homeowners just how good the Endurance door now is. For further information on the Endurance Solid and Secure composite door range please visit endurancedoors.co.uk WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020 19

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Profile 22 Proving Lucrative For GQA MD, Mick Clayton receives membership certificate from James Lee, GGF Director of External Affairs.

New Design Windows


added an extra level of reassurance. “Epwin Window Systems has a very strong brand position in the market and offers a superb stable of British-made systems.” New Design Windows early success is also down the level of reliability and expertise it can offer. “We operate from a new 10,000 sq ft factory operation and we are a proactive and knowledgeable team with 150 years’ fenestration experience between us. It means our customers, whether national housebuilders or local regional builders, can trust us to deliver,” said Alan.


Joins GGF The Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has announced that GQA Qualifications has become a Member of the Federation.

GQA Qualifications is an Awarding Body for specialist sectors and occupational roles with its roots firmly in the Glass, Glazing and Fenestration sector. GQAs current qualifications also cover Construction and Print, expanding into Polymers, Nuclear, Laboratory and Meteorology with the recent acquisition of PAA\ VQ-SET. Their mission is to work only with industries where they have access to “in-house” knowledge which gives them the ability to discuss specific qualifications with both training centres/providers and employers. GQA’s qualification development is carried out in accordance with Regulatory and Sector Skill Council requirements, using industry experts throughout the development and consultation processes. www.gqaqualifications.com 22 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

New build specialist fabricator New Design Windows in Barnsley began fabricating in October last year and it’s already seeing considerable success. It has quoted £7m of contracts to date and has achieved a 50% conversion rate, supplying the top ten housebuilders in the UK. Alan Burnett, Managing Director of New Design Windows, said one of the reasons for the company’s early success is its choice of system partner. He said: “We chose Optima from Profile 22 because it is one of the most considered systems on the market. The aesthetics of the products, the brand identity and the extensive guarantees combine to offer a winning solution that is helping us to secure some substantial contracts.” Profile 22 is an Epwin Window Systems brand, which Alan said

Katrina Earl, Head of Sales at Epwin Window Systems, said: “We are delighted to welcome New Design Windows to Epwin. Profile 22 is the most popular commercial system on the market, so it’s the perfect choice for anyone targeting the new build sector. With the added advantage of the level of quality and expertise Alan and his team are able to offer, we’re not surprised they’re seeing such early success.” New Design Windows manufacture a comprehensive range of windows and doors using the Optima Sculptured system along with Profile 22’s cavity closer. The award-winning Optima Sculptured system is a fully-integrated, 70mm-depth profile which is easy to install and suitable for a wide range of projects, says the company. www.epwinwindowsystems.co.uk


IG Doors


20 Years With Spectus

Armstrong Has #Comealong To Kommerling Armstrong Industries is the latest PVCu window and door manufacturer that has decided to #ComeAlong to KÖMMERLING, having changed from another systems company, with whom they had been an established customer for 23 years. The Coventry based manufacturer has been in business since 1996, operating in the South East, Midlands and Home Counties and has already started production the KÖMMERLING 70 system in the form of C70 and O70, along with the enhanced PremiLine patio door. The decision to make the change was according to managing director John Armstrong, ‘a decision that I should have made several years ago, yet the re-ignited brand this year, was the real catalyst for change.’ He also went on to highlight an important business message in that ‘they tried to build a price orientated business and it was seemingly an unsustainable race to the bot-

tom. Now with investment in what I believe is the best systems house and new German Rotox machinery, we want to build our brand at the upper end of the market as do our valued customers.’ Armstrong Industries will also look to be actively promoting their in-house paint line which enables them to finish any KÖMMERLING window or door to RAL and even Farrow & Ball colours.’ Gareth Jones, managing director of profine UK and the KÖMMERLING brand commented, ‘we’re thrilled to bring Armstrong Industries into the KÖMMERLING family and this is yet another business that has recognised the re-awakening of the brand in the UK. We’ve got bold plans for 2020 with Fensterbau, several events including a golf day and the launch of an installer scheme to help support all of our manufacturing partners including our new ones such as Armstrong Industries.’ www.kommerling.co.uk

IG Doors in Blackwood, South Wales, is one of the market leaders in the new build and social housing refurbishment sectors. It has also been a Spectus fabricator since 1999 and has just signed a new three-year supply agreement with the systems house. Rhys Davies of IG Doors said: “We choose our supply partners very carefully – our reputation depends on getting it right. We continue to work with Spectus because the product quality and service is superb and they continue to proactively support our business needs.” As well as praising the quality of the product and service, Rhys also highlights the quality of the technical support the company receives. He said: “For two decades we have worked closely with the Spectus technical team and this proactive support has been invaluable to us.” IG Doors buys the Elite 70 bevelled door outerframe from Spectus. It uses the outerframe with its GRP composite doors, which is a key product line for the company, not least because it was one of the first companies to bring composite doors to the UK market, claims the company. WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020 23


The Genesis Installer

Network (GIN) Is A Tonic For Retail Installers Glazing retailers across the country are reaping the benefits of joining the Genesis Installer Network (GIN) from Bison Frames. This is the view of Marcus O’Boyle, Business Development and Marketing Manager of Bison Frames, who said: “Approved installers of the Genesis Installer Network benefit from qualified homeowner leads as a result of our targeted consumer marketing campaigns. Offering products from our Genesis Collection and membership to ‘GIN’ gives retail installers a competitive advantage and association with the respected Genesis retail brand”.

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offers a range of premium windows and doors in a choice of PVC-U and Aluminium, to enhance any installer’s portfolio while giving today’s consumer the high-end products they are looking for. And by uniting a team of high calibre installer partners into the Genesis Installer Network, the Yorkshire-based business is able to develop the Genesis brand further into the consumer.

Launched in 2015, the Genesis Installer Network is free to join and member companies receive a dedicated company page and gallery on the Genesis Collection website, which further drives consumer interest for each retail installer. This gives installers the opportunity

to enjoy greater visibility and generate additional local sales leads too. While the Genesis Installer Scheme is an impressive way to secure more business, it is far from the only benefit that working with Bison Frames offers. Marcus concludes: “We are a customer-focused business and our mission is to help our installing partners grow by providing proactive marketing support, product excellence, technical advice and reliable customer service. From fast quotations, superb quality products to in full, on time deliveries. We work together with installers so they can price and fit products with complete confidence, helping protect their cashflow and reputation.” Installers interested in being part of the Genesis Installers Network are invited to log into Bison Frames’ website at https://bit.ly/2vmP3Cb to register their interest.

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Garnalex Flies The Flag For British Manufacturing With ‘Made In Britain’ Accreditation Garnalex, the company aiming to revolutionise aluminium windows and doors with its innovative Sheerline® system, has been awarded the ‘Made in Britain’ mark of provenance. Made in Britain is an organisation that recognises excellence in manufacturing and promotes British-made products across all sectors. It brings together the best manufacturers in the UK under the collective Made in Britain logos. Made in Britain gives businesses and consumers confidence and clarity that they are buying British. Commenting on the accreditation, Garnalex CEO Roger Hartshorn says: “Currently 190,000

tons of extruded aluminium is consumed in the UK, but only 110,000 tons is made in the UK. We plan to make a big dent in those import statistics! The raw aluminium comes from Wales, so this really is your chance to reduce Britain’s carbon footprint and buy British. We’ve spent over £9m on Garnalex’ stateof-the-art aluminium extrusion

facility and we’ve integrated manufacturing, logistics and SAP with our in-house GarnerSys software for improved efficiency and outstanding product quality. “Garnalex is proud to invest in British manufacturing – our new Sheerline aluminium window and door system is designed in Britain and made in Britain. Garnalex is one of only a few aluminium companies to extrude in Britain and supply both trade extrusions to other companies and our own Sheerline window and door systems to fabricators. This investment gives us full control of the supply chain, enabling us to offer shorter lead times and first-class service.” Garnalex’ Sheerline aluminium window and door system launches in March 2020. To find out more and book your place on a Sheerline Ambassador Workshops visit www.sheerline.com

SRJ Windows Protect Scottish Homes With Apeer Investment

Composite door manufacturer Apeer is enjoying success in the north of the United Kingdom as new and existing installer partners across Scotland broaden their product ranges.

In August 2019, the company entered into a new partnership with Dunfermline based SRJ Windows. Following a recommendation, Managing Director Stephen Macintosh contacted Apeer’s sales team and arranged to visit their premises in Northern Ireland for a first-hand glimpse of their extensive composite door range. Highly impressed, Stephen quickly commissioned the introduction of five products into his showroom: “SRJ Windows was looking for a new composite door to offer, and particularly one with 26 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

rebated doors which guarantee thermal efficiency by utilising different types of hinges and locks. The range is attractive, and customers seem to be enjoying the new products we have to show them.”

a high spec” he said. “Given our geographical location, many of our customer’s homes are at the mercy of North Sea winds bringing Scandinavian temperatures. Therefore, it was vital that the products we chose were well made and able to sustain the Scottish elements. We have taken on the 70mm double

Stephen speaks with high regard too, of the staff at Apeer, and the assistance given to enable a successful product launch. He commented: “Due to their size, Apeer can offer support at a level that smaller suppliers can’t. There is a definite feel that they aren’t scared to put money into making sure their name is out there and have provided us with absolutely everything we needed to showcase the doors in their best light.” www.apeer.co.uk


The Government has proposed two options for Part L of the Building Regulations for new dwellings in England. The first option, described as ‘Future Homes Fabric’, would offer a 20% reduction in carbon emissions compared to the current standard for an average home. This would be delivered through introducing very high fabric standards, such as triple glazing, resulting in minimal heat loss from the building envelope. The second option would see a 31% reduction in carbon emissions compared to the current standard. It would take advantage of carbon-saving technology such as photovoltaic panels and low-carbon heating, as well a more modest increase in fabric standards, in comparison to option one.

Glass Giant Launches Advice Hub Phil Brown, European regulatory marketing manager at Pilkington UK

On Part L Changes Pilkington United Kingdom Limited, part of the NSG Group, has launched an online hub dedicated to keeping building design industry professionals informed on the latest developments from the upcoming changes to Part L (conservation of fuel and power) of the building regulations in England Bringing together the knowledge of Pilkington UK’s own experts and involvement with key glazing industry bodies, the

Pilkington UK Part L hub will provide regular articles, videos and guides to share insights and advice on the Part L developments, helping professionals prepare and adapt to the changes. Consultations are expected to complete by early / mid 2020, with the updated Approved Documents being published by mid-2020 and coming into force by the end of the year.

Phil Brown, European regulatory marketing manager at Pilkington UK, said: “Our dedicated Part L hub will pool in-house expertise in building regulations, while leveraging our participation with key bodies engaged in the consultations such as the Flat Glass Manufacturers’ Association, to deliver trusted advice and guidance on Part L developments as they happen. “Changes to Part L will no doubt change the specification of energy efficient building products supplied for all types of projects in the UK. As such, they’ll need to be considered carefully in the construction supply chain from architects and developers through to installers, ensuring compliance with what are expected to be new, higher standards for energy efficiency.” For more information visit the Pilkington UK Part L hub. https://bit.ly/3buiylX WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020 27


Consultation. The GGF will reflect the above in its response. Approved Document F (ventilation) was next on the agenda. The practicalities of achieving the background ventilation requirements as per the proposal through the use of trickle vents was discussed. It was deemed that this would be difficult in the current systems and trickles vents available. The Group asked that the GGF explore this area further in its response to the consultation to gain greater clarification on the ventilation requirements as proposed in the Consultation. David Borland, GGF Technical Officer

GGF Members Meet On Future

Homes Consultation On 7th January, over 35 Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) Member companies met with the GGF Technical team to discuss the impact of the Government Future Homes Consultation proposals and to finalise the GGF’s response to the Consultation. The meeting was chaired by David Borland, Technical Officer who led the forum covering the following key points: Approved Document L (on energy efficiency) was addressed and to achieve the Government’s Zero Carbon targets for new homes by 2050 the following options were discussed. Option 1 – immediate introduction of triple glazing as compulsory for new build 28 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

Opt 2 – move towards improved U value through improved products by 2025

The Group unanimously preferred Option 2 based on the following grounds. Firstly that Option 1 – compulsory triple glazing with immediate effect would be too difficult to achieve as the industry is not ready (in terms of manufacture, supply and installation) for this significant shift, though long term it should remain a goal. Option 2 – improving a properties U-Value would be the easier and more gradual process which would allow the industry to use improved and upgraded products/components to achieve the Government targets as proposed in the

The general consensus at the meeting was the GGF supported the Government’s agenda, plans and commitment to Zero Carbon by 2050 but will strongly recommend to Government that the Glass and Glazing industry will need at least 5 years to get set up to achieve the 2050 targets. It was unanimously agreed that the industry at present, is not in position to achieve the targets proposed. The GGF will issue a hard copy of the full response to the Future Home Consultation at the next Joint Window and Door Group and Conservatory Association meeting in Birmingham on the 6th February, one day before the Government deadline of 7th February for responses to this Consultation. To attend this meeting please contact technical@ggf.org.uk The deadline to feed into the GGF response has now passed but Members can still respond direct to the Consultation. You can view/download the consultation proposals by clicking here: https://bit.ly/2Hdi8mb

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Angus Mackie

New Chairman

For QUALICOAT Angus Mackie, managing director of Vertik-Al and group managing director of the Allumette Group, succeeds Alan Maginnis as chairman of QUALICOAT (UK & Ireland), effective from 1 January 2020.

Managing director of powder coating specialist, Vertik-Al, Angus Mackie said “It is an honour to be elected chairman of QUALICOAT (UK & Ireland), a quality label which has been at the forefront of raising the standards of powder coating since 1986. “I would like to pay tribute to my predecessor Alan Maginnis of Sprint Coatings for his sterling work over the past six years, and under whose stewardship mem30 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

bership and influence amongst specifiers has continued to grow. I look forward to building on these strong foundations to ensure that the QUALICOAT quality label remains at the forefront of specification in the architectural aluminium market in UK and Ireland.” Mackie has a strong background in manufacturing, having managed and owned several successful building product companies. As a chartered accountant, he also brings extensive financial experience and knowledge to the role. Mackie begins his tenure at a time of great opportunity for QUALICOAT, its membership and the wider aluminium market, as

the sector continues to flourish. Consistently dominant in commercial sectors, aluminium products are finding increasing favour with consumers. The QUALICOAT quality label is a product certification scheme. It is the standard for coated architectural aluminium. QUALICOAT (UK & Ireland) is the national association for QUALICOAT approved companies. There are currently 16 members of QUALICOAT (UK & Ireland) who apply powder coating for architectural purposes, including Vertik-Al. To find out more about QUALICOAT, including the sixteenth edition of the QUALICOAT standard and a current list of approved powder suppliers, approved pre-treatment suppliers and licensed applicators, visit www. qualicoatuki.org For more information on Vertik-Al and its services visit www.vertik-al.com


From Dojo To Dekko:

Kung Fu Champion Becomes New National

Business Development Manager

1994. If that wasn’t enough, Sylvester was even awarded honorary citizenship by a Mayor in Pennsylvania after he defeated the American Kung Fu champion in 1994. “I’m absolutely thrilled to join Dekko, especially at such an exciting time for the business,” Sylvester comments. “In the short time I’ve been here, I’ve been so impressed by the care and attention Dekko put into all their products. Their commitment to great customer service has also been clear to see, and something I’m hoping to emulate in this fantastic role. “I’m looking forward to getting out there and speaking to new and existing customers, highlighting everything Dekko has to offer ambitious installers, from valuable products to great service and complete support. Dekko are a breath of fresh air in this industry so I’m really excited to get stuck in.”

Sylvester Allen (left) pictured with Dekko Sales Director, Kurt Greatrex

Following a record year for the business, trade fabricator Dekko Window Systems has strengthened its team with a new key appointment. The premium fabricator has appointed Sylvester Allen as their new National Business Development Manager. In his new role, Sylvester will support Dekko’s sales team in nurturing existing customer partnerships, as well building new relationships with customers across the UK. Sylvester brings almost three decades of industry expe-

rience, having previously worked for one of the UK’s largest manufacturers and suppliers of uPVC glazing products. He also brings a strong work ethic, developed during a six-year stint as part of the British Army. In addition to his long career in the fenestration industry, Sylvester also has a decorated background in martial arts. As a 2nd Dan Black Belt, Sylvester has not only represented Great Britain in Kung Fu, but won the King Cobra National Championship in 1993 – a title he successfully defended in

Kurt Greatrex, Sales Director at Dekko adds: “We’re delighted to welcome Sylvester to the Dekko team. With a wealth of knowledge and experience in the industry, he will certainly be a great asset to the sales team and the wider business. “As part of his remit, Sylvester will work closely with new and existing customers to highlight new opportunities to expand their business. With Infinity uPVC, Räum aluminium and the complete Residence Collection all under one roof, we have the premium brands installers need to succeed in this competitive market. I look forward to working with Sylvester and our fantastic team to support our valued trade customers.” www.dekkowindows.com WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020 31


New AGB ArTech Tilt & Turn System From VBH Hardware specialist VBH (GB) has added a new tilt & turn system from Italian hardware manufacturer, AGB, to its extensive range of third-party branded products. ArTech gear is protected by the Activeage finish that exceeds 2,000 hours neutral salt spray testing to EN ISO 9227, making it ideal for coastal regions and areas with higher levels of pollution. The ArTech system has been developed for fabrication lines of all sizes, and comes with various hinge options including surface fit, rebated, jigless and the ‘Plana’ concealed hinge system. The gear is connected via either a ‘Crop & Punch’ 32 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

connection system, or can be easily assembled on a manual line by utilising ‘Crop & Cover’ connector plates, which enable manual cropping of the hardware without the need to punch a hole in the cropped faceplate. Standard and PAS24 security configurations are available, ensuring Document Q compliance. Adjustable Anti-Burglar cams are supplied as standard too, acting as a compression point on standard windows or security mushroom cams when paired with a security striker. Gearboxes on most tilt and turn systems are clamped to the drive gear faceplate,

but ArTech’s is attached using concealed screw fixings for a more attractive linear design. Allan Price at VBH comments: “The ArTech system gives fabricators and installers a perfect ‘fit and forget’ solution for window and door installations. It’s also covered under VBH’s unique Q-secure security and corrosion guarantee, which is free to join and includes cover of up to £3,250 for windows, residential doors and folding patios.” For more information watch our informative YouTube video, visit www.vbhgb.com or call on 01634 263300.



Brisant Gets

Sweeter 2020 sees Brisant launching a brand new 20-year guarantee on the Sweet hardware system. They’ve taken the decision to leap from ten years to twenty, following the rigorous testing which they have put the handles and letterplates through over the last year. The choices they made in manufacturing, coating with 6 layers of armour, have paid off. They put a handle in an independent test chamber and it still looked great, even after being hammered with saltwater for over 8,000 hours. That’s an incredible 30x more time than required for the flagship EN 1906:2012 corrosion standard. Sweet is an edgeless, long lasting, pit-free beautiful hardware system for any door. It comprises of two types of handle, including the patented secure and award-winning Lock Lock. They have created a second shape of letter plate, having listened to customers. There is now a more traditional square plate as well as the oval, edgeless shape. There are rounded, screw-less numerals and letters as well as a new twopart knocker.


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In addition to the standard colour range, Brisant have added the on-trend rose gold. It looks fantastic on all door colours and is manufactured to the same standard as the original colours. 2020 also sees the introduction of the 2-part knocker which is still true to the Sweet design concept but moving on from the historical ‘urn’ knockers. Nick Dutton CEO of Brisant-Secure concluded: “Brisant aims to be at the forefront of development, whether that is keeping door furniture looking great against extreme weather conditions or staying ontrend with the launch of the new rose gold. We are delighted with how good it looks and how well it is performing and are delighted with the result.” WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020 33

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Room Comfort Has Never Been So Smart At FENSTERBAU 2020, the SIEGENIA GROUP will be using domestic and business area exhibits to show that room comfort has never been so smart. In Hall 4, Stand 215, across approximately 1,000 square meters of stand space, the company will create living spaces that offer added value through intelligent solutions.


One highlight of the show stand is the launch of senso secure. Smart security is a hot topic within the English market and we are sure we will become one of the market leaders. The new wireless window sensor, senso secure, offers smart security for windows: concealed in the window profile, it provides

reliable information about the opening status of tilt & turn or casement windows. It is even the only solution on the market at the moment to detect when handles are left in the open position, claims the company. The SIEGENIA Comfort app provides information about the open/ closed status of elements, while also enabling the operation and control of SIEGENIA smart wall and window ventilators and of motorised drives for windows and doors. The company states, the senso secure has an integrated vibration sensor which is currently also unique in the industry. If it detects an attempt at manipulation, it responds with a loud warning tone directly at the window and at the same time triggers a deterrent alarm signal via the SIEGENIA Connect Box. Alarm messages can also be sent as a push notification to your smartphone. This ensures the highest level of smart security. The senso secure window sensor is also easy to fit. The simple, wireless installation makes it suitable for new builds and retrofitting as it can be attached to either the existing window profile or during production in just a few simple steps. Lift and slide doors are a growing trend, with more people clamouring for greater views of the outdoors uninterrupted by multiple frames. SIEGENIA continues to innovate in this area, as visitors to Fensterbau will be able to see with the ECO PASS threshold for HS PORTAL: the high-performance threshold for lifting and sliding doors, which combines energy efficiency with comfort, aesthetics and accessibility. The solution is suitable for burglar resistance up to PAS24 and therefore also takes into account the security needs of numerous types of end users. Fabricators are won over by ECO PASS with its time-saving and cost-effective installation and the possibility of a tailor-made com-

HARDWARE / SAFETY & SECURITY plete package via the COMFORT UNIT; a recent introduction to the UK market. This comprises a complete door package containing precut hardware and preassembled sill. All that is required is the fabricator’s profile, so there is no waste material. The ECO PASS is now available for use with eight PVC system houses. SIEGENIA will also be presenting innovations in their KFV door lock range. Practical, safe, convenient: the new AS 3600C automatic multi-point locking system for apartment buildings offers all residents the option of leaving the building at any time – even with the door locked. The AS 3600C provides a remedy for the emergency operation issues that come with locked apartment doors, for instance in the case of a fire: With this technology, the handle is not blocked, so the door can be opened from the inside at any time without a key. Motorised opening is also possible in conjunction with the intercom system. The automatic locking of the door by operating the hooks and deadbolts ensures a clever combination of security and convenience during the closing process. A finger scanner, transponder or keypad can be specified ensuring convenient control via the SIEGENIA Comfort app. From a fabrication point of view, the new solution is appealing thanks to the use of the standard routing dimensions of the AS 3500 and AS 3600. Frequent use of special frame parts is also rendered completely unnecessary. The AS 3600C will be available from the summer. Be our guest and experience room comfort for yourself – If you would like tickets to Fensterbau Frontale, which is taking place in Nuremberg between 18th and 20th March please send an email to info-uk@siegenia.com or contact Claire Wainwright on 024 7662 2000. www.siegenia.com/en

greenteQ Oval Pull

Handles Add A Touch Of Style

Award winning hardware specialist VBH has expanded the greenteQ Coastline range of stainless steel pull handles with the addition of two new Oval profile designs.

Adrian Gale says “Members of our greenteQ development team presented a number of proposed designs to a sample set of fabrication and installation companies last year.

The stylish new Oval products offer an attractive alternative to the standard circular profile pulls that are already very popular on contemporary entrance doors.

“The overwhelming opinion was that, whilst they wanted something different to the traditional tube, they still preferred a pull that had a soft feel and appearance. The new bars certainly fit that bill as the oval tube is very comfortable to hold, and looks very stylish. Initial sales figures are backing that up.”

VBH advise that Oval pulls are manufactured from hard wearing grade 304 austenitic brushed stainless steel and, as with all the products in the Coastline range, benefit from VBH’s 25 Year Coastline guarantee. There are Straight and Offset options. As its name suggests, the Offset version’s bar is mounted on angled legs to offset the pull handle by 72mm from the fixing points. VBH Product Manager for Doors,

The pulls are available in four lengths and can be fitted on their own or back to back. Fixings are available to suit composite, aluminium, timber, PVCu and glass doors. For more information on greenteQ pull handles or any other product, visit vbhgb.com WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020 35

HARDWARE / SAFETY & SECURITY worked closely with its sister company Lorient, utilising its indicative furnace to test product performance. The furnace allows fire resistance properties of building materials to be tested in accordance with BS 476-22 (method of test for determination of the fire resistance of elements of construction) and EN 1363-1 (fire resistance test standard). Brett Evans, Technical Director for Door Hardware at Yale Door and Window Solutions, comments: “Here at Yale, we have a wide range of products that are designed to assist with fire doorset accreditation. Each product can make a critical difference, as without these seemingly small pieces of hardware, the effectiveness of a fire doorset can be significantly reduced.

Yale Door And Window

Solutions Offers Hardware Suite

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Fire Doorset Specification Committed to improving fire safety in residential, commercial and public buildings, Yale Door and Window Solutions has successfully tested a number of its products to meet the FD60 fire door specification. Fire doors are one of the most fundamental elements of a building’s passive fire protection, acting as the first line of defence in a fire. They provide those vital minutes for occupants to evacuate the building safely. The FD60 specification tests doorsets to withstand at least 60 minutes protection against fires. 36 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

Yale’s AutoEngage multi-point door lock, KM TS007 1-star Cylinder, TS008 letterplate and TS007 2-star handle were collectively fitted and tested on a 54mm door with Lorient’s intumescent seal, passing the test requirements of BS 476-22:1987 and exceeding the FD60 time test by an additional 25%. This doorset assembly now allows architects, specifiers and OEMs to be FD60-compliant, helping to defend buildings against the spread of fire. When designing and developing this suite of hardware Yale

“All of us at Yale are incredibly proud to have this suite of hardware far exceed the FD60 test, further reinforcing our responsibility to our fire door safety commitments.” Paul Atkinson, Sales & Commercial Director for Yale, adds: “Meeting FD60 in doorsets with so many of our products helps to reinforce the quality of our door hardware and is another example of our continued effort to provide customers with products they can trust. “This certification is a recognised guarantee of product performance, letting our customers know that our products have been independently tested to ensure they conform to the required standards. For architects, specifiers and OEMs looking for a complete doorset solution, incorporation of this combination of Yale hardware provides assured security, safety and peace of mind.” To find out more about Yale’s full range of fire door safety products, please visit www.yaledws.co.uk

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A New Glass Sealing

Process From Endurance Endurance Doors have recently invested in a new glass sealing process to their solid timber core composite doors, which has had a positive effect on helping to eliminate customer concerns over water ingress.

Water ingress in composite doors has hampered the composite door sector in the past and it has been several years since Endurance incorporated a unique Moisture Barrier Systems (MBS) to the bottom of their door slabs. But the recent introduction of a new glass sealing process adds further credence to the claim that Endurance Doors have become the #KingOfComposites. The first stage in the glass seal38 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

ing process involves the bonding of the two inner glazing cassettes and glass unit to the Endurance door slab, using the pre-inserted black double-sided tape. The new additional stage in this important process introduces the wet sealing of the external cassettes, with the application of a silicone bead to the inner and outer channels of the external cassette, before they are both pushed together on the slab, excess then wiped clean prior to being screwed together.

This additional application of silicone has had a positive effect on the number of customer concerns. All of the operational efforts over the last 18 months in terms of adopting a quality

culture and this and other new processes, have seen customer product issues nearly completely eliminated, says the company. Stephen Nadin, Managing Director of Endurance Doors commented: ‘With the recent heavy rainfall during the latter three months of the year, we’ve heard of a number of composite door installations that have been subject to water ingress to the foot of the door slab and also into the glazing cassettes. The results have been graphic and represent the risk of installing composite doors where manufacturers don’t take water ingress seriously.’ www.endurancedoors.co.uk


New Force 8

Door Brochure Bon Accord Takes On A Trio

Of New Products

The new 2020 Composite Door Brochure from Force 8 is filled with new innovations, some of which are exclusive to Force 8. The new door brochure has solutions for every aspect of domestic door systems, from traditional to contemporary. Whether you are looking for a stable door or a unique arched door, the new Force 8 brochure has the product you are looking for, says the company.

able in a smooth finish as well as the traditional timber effect, that also includes our Ultimate Stable Door with a recent PAS 24 certification,” continues Dennis. “In addition to the above, the Force 8 Stable door can be fabricated to open outwards as well as inwards, giving it a unique versatility that as far as we understand is not available from any other manufacturer.”

The brochure demonstrates Force 8’s commitment to the trade market, it includes a choice of 30 door styles, two finishes, 29 colours, three glazing frame choices and a completely new decorative glass range with 25 glass options. “This will give customers an amazing range of options to choose from and enable them to create their own unique entrance for their home,” comments Dennis Sumner, Managing Director at Force 8.

The brochure has been designed in a clear and concise format with precise illustrations and simple, but informative descriptions, it also stresses the technological and security benefits of Force 8’s composite doors, so today’s consumer can buy with increased confidence. In addition to the brochure, Force 8 has recently produced a wall chart for showrooms, featuring their most popular doors, making it easy to compare the different styles and choices available.

“All our new contemporary range of doors are also avail-

To receive a copy of the brochure visit www.force8.uk

Composite door manufacturer Apeer is enjoying success in the north of the United Kingdom as new and existing installer partners across Scotland broaden their product ranges.

The company has developed a particularly exceptional relationship with Aberdeen based Bon Accord Glass over recent years, who have recently added three new products to their showroom. Commercial Manager Bryan Kinghorn explained the reason for expanding their Apeer offering: “Quite simply, they are the best doors on the market, and put us in a strong position with customers” he said. “We sell a high number of composite doors and have a great relationship with Mark and Alex at Apeer, so after parting ways with another supplier, decided to allocate the free space to the Lumi sliding patio door.” In addition, Bon Accord also now showcases a new composite door and a Lumi window. “We have watched the trends and noticed that sliding doors are coming back – taking over the demand for PVC bi-folds. Lumi, too, is growing and we think that over time the window products will be equally popular.” www.lumiwindows.com WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020 39

PRODUCT NEWS side, French casement, and multi-light opening, fitted using dummy sashes. AluK is confident that it is once again leading the way with the 58BW Flush in terms of design innovation. For example, it features a double rebate which means it can achieve market leading weather performance even in more exposed locations, and it utilises common hardware with the existing 58BW and Heritage ST windows which ensures that it can withstand a full range of weather conditions, claims the company.

ALUK Launches

New Flush Variant Of

Popular 58BW System AluK has added yet another variant to its hugely versatile 58BW window system, with the launch of the new 58BW Flush.

This gives AluK customers a clever and cost-effective way of targeting the fast growing flush window market with a window which requires just three new flush profiles and no changes to their existing 58BW fabrication set ups.

cial projects where the emphasis is on contemporary styling. She explains: “The 58BW Flush offers a perfect combination of flush finish and the option of slim sightlines, which makes it ideal for contemporary new builds and refurbishment projects replacing slimline timber or even steel. It’s a natural extension to the 58BW system and, like the rest of the range, is quick and easy to fabricate.”

Marketing Director Sioned Roberts says that for AluK customers it represents a real opportunity to win business not just in the traditional timber replacement market, but also in those domestic and commer-

The new AluK 58BW Flush is available with a choice of contemporary sashes to create either 70mm or slimmer 46mm sightlines. The sharp shadow line can be achieved with openout sashes in bottom, top,


The 58BW Flush achieves greater weather performance with friction stays on the sidehung windows, where alternatives in the market offer peg stays that are vulnerable to damage in windy conditions, says the company. Like the rest of the 58BW range, the 58BW Flush is available in stock on a five-day lead time in grey, white and black single and dual colours. Coinciding with the launch of the new window, AluK has unveiled a new range of handles to suit the new Flush addition as well as the other styles within the 58BW range: Tilt-Before-Turn, Steel Replacement and standard casement windows. The handles are suited aesthetically across open-in and open-out and are available in colour-matched Anthracite grey as well as black, white and silver. Whilst offering more choice, the new handle range is a stylish and cost-effective choice for fabricators. All of the variants in AluK’s 58BW system can be manufactured using the same core components. More details are available at: www.alukgb.com/58bwflush


Stand Out Features

From Stellar Stellar from Epwin Window Systems has been capturing headlines since the aluminium window and door system was launched last year. The double G19 award-winning system was designed to push the boundaries of aluminium window and door design and offers numerous industry-firsts that the company says makes it faster to fabricate and simpler to install than rival systems. One of Stellar’s stand out features is the unique patent-pending reverse butt joint which allows products to be fabricated without dummy sashes or reverse adaptors. Gerald Allen, Marketing Manager at Epwin Window Systems explains: “Most aluminium systems use dummy sashes, couplers or reverse adaptors 42 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

to ensure the windows can be internally glazed. This can detract from the overall appearance of the window and uses more resources to achieve. The patent-pending reverse butt joint from Stellar overcomes this problem and ensures the slim lines are preserved and uses less materials. Furthermore, our intelligently-designed internal cleats ensure a clean joint is achieved offering superb aesthetics too.” Stellar was designed by a team of talented industry experts with an impressive track record in the aluminium sector. The brief was to develop an aluminium window and door system that harnessed the developments witnessed in the PVC-U sector and give the retail and light commercial markets ex-

actly what they needed and had been asking for. Years of experience and extensive market research were combined with an open mind and high ideals to deliver the ground-breaking window and door system. Stellar consists of two openout flush casement window options and a flush residential door. The system will soon be joined by a lift and slide patio door and a bi-fold door that offers the lightweight strength of aluminium combined with the option of PVC-U beading that means it sits more comfortably in UK homes. All products come with the option of crimped or mechanically jointed finishes offering strong design flexibility. Gerald concludes: This combination of market-leading factors, together with a wealth of market-first advantages are the reasons Stellar has experienced its first flush of success and is fast becoming the go-to aluminium system.” www.stellaraluminiun.co.uk


Celsius Glass Now Available From


choosing your glazing requirements. With the recent addition of the Celsius range to our existing Conservaglass glazing offering, we can now offer an incredibly comprehensive range of sealed unit options in a large variety of specifications and colours. We understand that ordering roofs and glass from different sources can cause issues, and so with one call, our customers can get it all. Having been established in the conservatory roof sector for over 35 years, it’s fair to say that we know about glass shapes, and all of our Conservaglass and Celsius sealed units are delivered from our specialist roof glass factories in 5-7 days. This latest addition to our range makes it easier than ever before for people to switch to Ultraframe – especially for those customers who use Celsius already.” The combined Conservaglass and Celsius range offers glazing in U-Values from 0.9 up to 1.2, and a range of light transmission, solar rejection and UV rejection values. All specifications are argon filled with warm edge spacer bars and self-clean or easy-clean properties and come with a 10-year warranty.

Ultraframe has expanded its glass offer with the addition of the Celsius range of performance glass, which is now available in addition to its longstanding Conservaglass range. Both ranges are available in a number of specifications and colour options, offering Ultraframe customers a huge amount of choice and convenience. The glass specifications that are now available across the Celsius and Conservaglass ranges have been organised

into four tiers, with information presented in a simple to understand table – making it fast and easy for Ultraframe customers to choose the right glass for their project at a glance. Commenting about the addition of Celsius to the Ultraframe glass range, Ultraframe Marketing Director, Alex Hewitt, said: “Ordering sealed units from Ultraframe is simple and easy, which reduces the number of suppliers you need to deal with, as well as providing you with specialist support in

Concluding, Alex said: “It’s a clichéd phrase but we’re thrilled to be able to offer a true one stop shop for conservatory roofs and glazing. The Celsius glass range has a strong reputation in the industry and it’s fantastic news that our customers can now choose from this, or our Conservaglass range and get their glass and conservatory roofs all from one source.” To find out more about the Conservaglass and Celsius ranges of conservatory roof glazing, visit www.ultraframetrade.co.uk WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020 43


Deceuninck Aluminium

Launches With Dual Colour And

Marine Grade As Standard

Lift-and-Slide; the Decalu88 range of contemporary casements, reversible, tilt-andturn, and heritage options; and Decalu101 Scand, Deceuninck Aluminium’s ultra-energy-efficient window system, which achieves u-values as low as 0.89W/m2K. At launch, the aluminium systems house has, however, chosen to place significant focus on the Decalu88 Bi-folding Door, as a product which it argues delivers immediate advantages to fabricators – including PVC-U manufacturers who currently buy-in.

Deceuninck is bringing its expertise in systems supply to a new industry audience with the launch of Decalu, its cutting-edge ultra-energy efficient aluminium system. Described as a complete aluminium window and door offer, it’s been designed to combine u-values of as low as 0.68W/m2K, with significantly reduced manufacturing times and increased installation efficiencies. It’s also being underpinned by a commitment to bring new levels of service and flexibility to aluminium systems supply. This includes dual-colour and marine grade as standard – something which Nigel Headford, Deceuninck Aluminium’s Business Development Director, said would deliver significant advantages to fabricators and installers. 44 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

“Decalu is a proven aluminium system, which is already established throughout Europe. It’s designed to be easy to manufacture, easy to install and cost-effective – adding-value and leaving manufacturers room to build in margin”, he said. “We’re also determined to change expectations of service and support in aluminium. This includes offering dual-colour product as standard.” He added that the Decalu systems range had been developed to encompass a complete suite of products. This he said had been designed to minimize stockholding through the use of a single inner frame and mid-section; integrated insulation and pre-inserted, co-extruded gaskets. It encompasses the Decalu88 Bi-folding Door; Decalu163

“You don’t need to hold so much stock while the Decalu88 Bi-fold delivers a series of manufacturing efficiencies, which means you can cut manufacturing time by more than 30% against comparable aluminium systems”, Nigel said. “Another benefit for fabricators and installers is that as well as being available in dual colour as standard, the Decalu88 can also be colour matched to Deceuninck’s PVC-U foil range. The system has also been designed to support PVC-U specialists make the transition to in-house manufacture of aluminium through the use of a PVC-U Eurogroove, which means PVC-U manufactures don’t need to double-up on stockholding of hardware and gearing. “We are committed to changing the way aluminium systems supply works. We are a product – but just as importantly – a service-led business. That’s proven in Deceuninck’s track record in PVC-U supply”, Nigel said. www.deceuninck.co.uk

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tion is never an issue. From the thermal rider rail to the thermal clips, these features combine to ensure excellent performance – this is very important in a kitchen where heat levels can change quickly. As with all Wendland systems, the new lantern offers the perfect mix of performance and good looks at a great value price point.”

New Slimline

Aluminium Lantern

From Wendland Wendland has launched a brand new slimline aluminium lantern which is packed with thermal features that avoid condensation build-up, boasts modern good looks and offers great value for money.

The slimline aluminium design is perfectly on trend and its strong ridge means that it has less bars than other lanterns for a minimal look. For those designing orangeries and extensions with aluminium windows and doors, the new Wendland aluminium lantern offers the opportunity to fully suite the project in aluminium products – windows, doors and lantern roof. These aesthetics are sure to appeal to design conscious homeowners as well as architects and specifiers. Not only does the new Wend46 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

land aluminium lantern offer modern styling, but thanks to a host of clip-on features there are no visible fixings, meaning that the lantern also looks extremely neat. The 20° pitch has been designed at the optimum angle to ensure that plenty of natural light is drawn into the room below to create a bright and airy interior. Commenting about the new lantern, which is available now, Wendland’s Head of Marketing, Andrew Parmenter, said: “The new Wendland lantern has a slimline design thanks to its aluminium frame and we know that its good looks are sure to make it popular with homeowners and architects wanting a lantern that’s modern in appearance. It doesn’t just look great though, it’s also packed full of thermal features to make sure that condensa-

Established for over 25 years, Wendland is a great choice and as well as designing technically advanced products, fitter friendly features are always a key factor in the design of its systems, as Andrew explained: “Wendland roof lanterns are designed to be easy and fast to fit thanks to a range of inbuilt features. These include the unique pre-assembled ridgeLOCK system which allows for the rafters to be simply clicked into place at the ridge end for a perfect fit, every time. Other features in the new aluminium lantern to make a fitter’s life easier include clip-on ridge end covers, easy-fit clip-on capping and pre-fitted thermal clips. We’re certain that homeowners and fitters alike are going to love the new lantern.” Made to measure, Wendland slimline aluminium lanterns are perfect for any flat roof extension or orangery and are available in aluminium (grey, white or black) or PVCu (grey or white), with a choice of clear or blue high-performance glass in a range of specifications, or unglazed. Wendland lanterns are always supplied with the least number of rafters possible – fewer than on other lantern systems – for a modern, neat, streamlined look. To find out more about the new aluminium lantern, as well as other Wendland roof systems, visit www.wendland.uk.com


ODL Europe Launches

New Glass Range ODL Europe has just launched its new impressive door glass range. Comprising 25 designs, with four ODL-exclusive design options, the glass range offers a wealth of choice for customers and homeowners. Nathan Barr, Managing Director of Bootle-based ODL Europe, said: “We are very excited to launch our new glass range. Our range comes with a wide variety of unique decorative glass options that have been carefully designed to work with various door styles. Whether it’s traditional, contemporary or minimalist we have options to cover all taste and styles, along with four unique glass designs, that really raise the bar in glass design.” The door glass range is available in either double or triple glazed

options, has been manufactured to the highest standards and comes with recognised accreditations for performance, strength and thermal efficiency. All glass units are made with toughened glass which is up to five times stronger than ordinary annealed glass and complies with

EN12150, the international standard for safety glass. For customers looking for enhanced security performance, the glass can be supplied with an upgrade option. This consists of the outer pane of toughened glass being replaced with a 6.8mm laminated glass, which eliminates any attempt to break through when under attack. Furthermore, all sealed units are manufactured to BS EN1279, a standard that guarantees the quality of components and most importantly the seal, which comes with a manufacturer’s 10 year-warranty. Nathan concludes: “We know our new glass range will add further value to our door offering and help further cement our reputation at the forefront of composite door design.” www.odl.com/europe.htm

Foamfix Adds To Hodgson’s Ever Expanding Product Range Hodgson Sealants have just added their new Foamfix expanding foam in a gun grade formulation, along with a dedicated cleaner and a gun, to their ever-expanding product range. Foamfix is suitable for a wide range of gap filing and sealing applications and is a moisture cure, polyurethane construction foam developed by Hodgson for the use in window and door installations. It can add structural rigidity in applications and with low post-expansion, it reduces the risk of damage to surrounding substrates. Two of the key features of Foamfix are its high thermal insulation and sound reduction properties,

with its compatibility with paint, plaster and other sealants. As a gun grade foam, it provides for better application, the reduction in waste and there’s also a dedicated gun and cleaner available.

along with the fact that it’s also highly adhesive. It’s been formulated to cure quickly and it can be cut or sawn once cured, along

Gary Thomas, commercial director of Hodgson Sealants commented, ‘Foamfix is yet another new launch to come out of our product development programme this year. It’s our intention to build on our outstanding product range and to become the default sealant brand in the UK for the trade and specialist applicator markets.’ For further information or to use the secure online shop please visit www.hodgsonsealants.com WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020 47


Spacer Bars, Document L, Energy

Efficiency And Triple Glazing Thermoseal Group, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and supplier of spacer bars for insulated glass (IG) sealed unit production, gives an insight into the spacer bar market and predicted future trends. Spacer bars, used primarily to space the panes of glass in double, triple and even quadruple glazing, have seen significant development and a change in market demand over recent years. There has long-been a widespread decline in the demand for Aluminium spacer bars and an increase in the demand for more energy efficient warm edge spacers which has primarily been brought about by changes in legislation dictating improved energy efficiency in windows. 48 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

Mark Hickox, Thermoseal Group’s Sales Director shares some of the Group’s insight. “Going back ten years, the vast majority of the UK spacer market was for Aluminium spacer. Despite the high level of promotion of warm edge spacers as a market differential, there was only a small market for warm edge spacers until revisions to Document L dictated improved U-values and influenced the introduction of the Window Energy Rating (WER) Scheme. Since then, the strive for ‘A’ rated WERs and now ‘A+’, ‘A++’ and in some cases even ‘A+++’ rated windows has influenced the specification of warm edge spacers and any window components which contribute

towards increased energy efficiency. Mark claims, “In 2008, we started developing two of the most energy efficient spacer bars available on the worldwide market – Thermobar warm edge spacer tube and Thermoflex flexible warm edge solution. Since then, our trend in sales has seen a continual decline in Aluminium and increase in the demand for our market-leading warm edge spacer bars. “There is likely to be further increase in the UK demand for warm edge spacers and other more energy efficient insulated glass (IG) components which could be escalated by revisions to document L – the current consultation document suggests solutions which may require the specification of triple glazing in new properties. Should this go ahead, the requirement for triple glazing will mean a significantly higher volume of spacer bar and fittings within each IG unit and so greater demand from manufacturers of premium high-performance warm edge products

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PRODUCT NEWS such as ourselves. “When you consider the worldwide spacer bar market is in excess of a billion metres of spacer per year, there is enough demand that spacer bar manufacturers will really need to raise their game to meet the volumes required by the market. You may have seen our announcement that we have purchased a new 2-acre production site in Wigan. This new site is currently going through rapid extensive reconstruction to provide further expansion for our warm edge spacer production and development of our Technical Centre and EN1279 test facilities. This is just one of the steps we are taking to move towards our goal to become a world leader in the warm edge spacer market. “There is also the consideration of the corner keys and fittings for spacer bar. Over the past ten years, our injection moulding division has seen exponential growth and we now produce over 10 million mouldings per year. As the market grows, we aim to continue to produce our own range of bespoke fittings. “Staying ahead of the market is vital in the current climate, so our prided Technical Centre and EN1279 Test Centre are continually working to develop and improve our warm edge product offering with a view to designing and developing products to help achieve better and better thermal efficiency in windows. Our Account Managers work very closely with our customers in the development of new products, also in helping to keep them informed about new market influences. Triple glazing for example, will have major impact on IG sealed unit manufacturers and therefore the implications in terms of logistics, equipment, time and potential costs should already be up for discussion.” www.thermosealgroup.com 50 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

Side Panels Are Always

On For Endurance

An increasing number of installers are changing to Endurance solid and secure composite doors, says company, thanks to a number of design features, product quality and the fact that there’s a huge range of side panels to choose from. Matching side panels are a pre-requisite for many installations where existing entrance doors and sidelights are prevalent, and the fact that Endurance offers so many styles, colours and glass options is said to be a major plus for customers. By using the online Design A Door facility, both homeowners and trade partners can create the perfect door with a matching side panel, all at the click of a mouse in six easy steps. There are 39 designs in total that cater for side panels, with half flags and midrail options, that are clearly shown online to help create a beautiful new opening for homeowners looking to invest in one of the most secure, strong and long-lasting doors in the composite door sector. The Design A Door

facility also allows for the uploading of the existing house front and the ability to overlay and edit the design created, with 79 door styles with different coloured and woodgrain options inside and out. Stephen Nadin, Managing Director of Endurance Doors commented: ‘The ability to create, design and manufacture composite doors with 39 side panel options is a major plus for us and our customers. Each door that we carefully manufacture is bespoke, so whatever the project there’s always an Endurance door option for consumers and importantly for our trade partners. He continued: ‘Much like the car market, product options, design features and the ability to build the end product in real-time are a must, as we look to continue the nations thirst for a better front door.’ For further information on the Endurance Solid and Secure composite door range please visit endurancedoors.co.uk

MACHINERY years. The Curran factory already features, for example, Emmegi Precision TS2 and Combi Electra saws, Emmegi Phantomatic X4 machining centres and ancillary machines such as crimpers, notching saws, end millers and tape machines which are proven in use.

First Tekna 743 Vacuum Clamping Machining Centre

Installed In Ireland Limerick based Curran Aluminium is one of Ireland’s leading fabricators of windows, doors, structural glazing and façade systems. Operating in Ireland’s thriving commercial construction market, it has recognised that there are huge benefits to be gained in both quality and efficiency from being in control of as many elements of its own production as possible.

In line with that, it has just become the first company in Ireland to install a Tekna 743 vacuum clamping 3 axis machining centre from Emmegi, giving it the ability to machine its own flat sheets and flashings in-house for the first time. Previously, Curran bought in machined sheet for its fenestration solutions, but has now been able to end this reliance on third party machining, successfully integrating the process into its own factory. The innovative Tekna 743 works by positioning sheet panels on a 6400mm x 2000mm worktable topped with air-porous Forex material. Vacuum technology sited underneath the table clamps the panels securely to it, creating

Jim O’Connell, Emmegi (UK)’s sales manager based in Ireland, advised the team at Curran Aluminium on their choice of the Tekna 743. He explained: “We have a close and long standing relationship with Curran and always work hard to understand exactly what they want to get from their machinery investments in terms of performance, efficiency and payback, so that we can make the right recommendation every time. We have access to a vast range of machine options from both Emmegi and our sister company Tekna, so we are always confident that we will have the ideal product available for any requirement.” Curran Aluminium reviewed both laser cutting and water jet cutting alternatives before agreeing that the Tekna 743 was the best solution for its factory. Although this was the first installation of this model of machine in Ireland, Curran was reassured by the fact that a specialist engineer from Tekna in Italy was contracted by Emmegi to work alongside its own Irish engineering team and ensure that the installation went very smoothly.

a stable and unobstructed work area for machining across the whole panel or in pre-defined sections. Drilling, milling and cutting are carried out via a 12 or 19-piece onboard tool magazine, powered by a 10kW 24,000 rpm spindle. The Tekna 743 machine was supplied by Emmegi (UK) which has been Curran Aluminium’s machinery partner for many

Robert Rzpecki, the Operations Manager at Curran Aluminium, is already impressed with how the machine is performing, particularly with how easy it is to use and how quickly machining programmes can be set up via the intuitive graphical interface. More details on the Tekna 743 are available via www.tekna.it. Emmegi are at: www.emmegi.com and Curran Aluminium at: www.curranalu.ie WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020 51


CMS Delivers Full Glazing Package For New

£78M Forth Valley College Campus CMS Window Systems has played a key role in the creation of Scotland’s newest further education campus with the manufacture and installation of high performance aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling for the new £78m Forth Valley College in Falkirk. The company was tasked by main contractor Balfour Beatty to deliver the complete glazing package in a contract valued at circa £3m, which took 21 months to complete. The new Falkirk campus, designed by Reiach & Hall and Keppie 52 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

Architects, opened its doors to students in January, providing a host of unique facilities including world class laboratories, a process training rig, distillation plant, virtual control room, mini-rig, biotechnology centre, sports centre and front of house training salons for hairdressing and beauty. The 20,709 sq. m campus, which received funding of £65m from the Scottish Government for its construction, represents one of the largest publicly funded building projects in Scotland. The exten-

sive facilities accommodate 450 members of staff and 2,000 full-time students focused on science and technology, engineering, sport and healthcare, with spaces designed in a way that allows for a flexible learning environment. CMS, which is one of the UK’s leading building envelope specialists, was ideally placed to deliver the extensive glazing package. More than 5,400 square metres of curtain walling and 1,100 square metres of windows and doors were manufactured for the three blocks –

ON SITE are quiet and quick to operate. The architect’s design of the building envelope incorporated a large percentage of vision glazing which was crucial for providing a high-level of natural daylight for the occupants. In addition, the provision of solar control glazing to selected elevations contributed to reducing the solar heat gain. Stephen Anderson, Façade Director at CMS Window Systems, said: “Forth Valley College’s Falkirk campus is an outstanding educational facility and we are delighted to have been appointed to handle the glazing package. Our design, manufacturing and installation capabilities and resources are ideally suited to large scale new build public projects of this kind, and as a long term supply chain partner to many major contractors and local authorities, we are highly experienced in the successful delivery of such schemes.” teaching, sports and workshop – which are predominantly two storey. With the college’s contemporary design featuring large areas of glazing to maximise natural daylighting inside the buildings, it was crucial that CMS worked closely with the architects and engineering consultants Wardell Armstrong to ensure the right result. The new building is designed around a steel frame structure supporting precast flooring with masonry external walls including curtain walling and cladding. Metal Technology aluminium systems were specified for here, including their System 17 capped and silicone pointed curtain walling, System 5-20D doors and System 4-35 windows. The architect specified the use of three surface finishes dependant on the location: RAL 7016 anthracite grey, AA25 silver natural

anodised, and RAL 9002 grey white. Working on a solution developed by CMS, Metal Technology also extruded two new bespoke aluminium profiles for use within the courtyard areas: a “bird mouth” feature external face cap to the curtain walling and a vertical cladding profile to strips of glazing between the windows. The glazing specification was designed to maximise energy efficiency and maintain a stable internal climate and the quality dimension to the college’s design. The ventilation strategy was very important to the client to ensure that ventilation could be easily controlled by the occupants of each area. This was achieved by providing manually-operated opening sashes at low-level and electrically-actuated sashes at high level which

The opening of the new Forth Valley College campus represents an exciting development for the whole Falkirk region. Speaking at its recent launch, Dr Ken Thomson, Forth Valley College principal, said: “Seeing our students walk through the doors of our new Falkirk Campus was an exhilarating and proud experience. It was great to welcome them and I am excited to see everyone settle in to this excellent new learning environment. “We can’t thank architects Reiach & Hall, Keppie and Balfour Beatty enough for designing and constructing our new building and helping us to realise our vision, and I personally would like to thank everyone who has worked on the project for guiding it to completion.” Find out more at www.cmswindows.com WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020 53

ON SITE Architectural glazing systems by UK manufacturer Kawneer were specified for their “robustness and quality” for two linked 16-storey apartment blocks on the last plot to be developed in one of Britain’s fastest-growing property hot spots. Kawneer’s AA®100 curtain walling features as strip curtain wall to copper-coloured rainscreen areas of the £37 million BTR (Build To Rent) towers at Erie Basin in Salford Quays, Manchester, a stone’s throw from MediaCityUK.

Photos courtesy of David Millington Photography

Kawneer Systems

Seal The Private Rental Deal At Erie Basin

In addition, the manufacturer’s AA®110 curtain walling features on link bridges and as floor-to-ceiling screens facing the water. While the AA®100 system uses 50mm sightlines, the AA®110 system uses 65mm but both in this case were zone-drained. They are complemented by AA®541 open-out casement window inserts and AA®720 ultra thermally-efficient entrance doors. The Kawneer systems were installed over eight months by a team of up to 35 from approved specialist sub-contractor FK Group for main contractor GRAHAM and client Glenbrook, the privately-owned property development and investment company, who acquired the site from the Peel Group. The prominent dockside development is GRAHAM’s second project with Glenbrook, with work also underway on another £27 million BTR project in Ellesmere Street, Castlefield, Manchester, which also features Kawneer systems. At the 220,000ft2 Erie Basin development, which features one, two and three-bedroomed apartments with tenant lounge, gym, private elevated garden terrace and undercroft car parking, the Kawneer aluminium systems were specified by


ON SITE regular Kawneer users Sheppard Robson Architects. A spokesperson said: “We specify Kawneer systems because they are robust, quality products. The curtain wall was integral to the visual impact of the picture-frame gable ends to the north and south elevations. The strip curtain wall glazing to east and west elevations alternates in plan at every third floor to tie in to the rhythm of the dynamic folded aluminium rainscreen façade”

TuffX: Adorning The Countryside With

Custom Built Orangery

“The Kawneer materials interfaced well with the other materials used on the project from a performance perspective (air tightness etc) and the client is very pleased.” GRAHAM’s contract director on the project, Graeme Moffat, said: “Despite some demanding ground conditions, we have been able to help Glenbrook realise the Erie Basin project through an innovative foundation and concrete frame solution. “This is our third BTR scheme in the Greater Manchester area and we see residential continuing as a key sector for us, building on our portfolio of experience with large-scale apartment, student accommodation and hotel projects across the UK.” The project was forward-funded by Moorfield which has also backed two other Glenbrook projects in the North West. Glenbrook projects director Stuart McCrone said: “We have brought an exceptional product to an already high-quality destination that is improving day by day. The performance of the project team has been exemplary and now complete, Erie Basin raises the bar for BTR accommodation in Salford Quays.”

When it comes to bespoke projects, TuffX is always pleased to be the front runner in supplying the very best in quality toughened glass. Most recently, the Knowsley based manufacturer teamed up with Herefordshire’s Atrium Conservatories to create an elegant, custom built orangery at a residential property on the Welsh border. The project required 18 panels measuring 19.92m2 to form a gentle hipped roof, sitting aloft an African Sapele hardwood structure. The glass panels were fitted complete with roof lantern on one side; quality manufacture one of the key reasons for TuffX’s involvement. Situated next to a rookery, the brief specified a distinct need for self-cleaning glass; a request catered for through the use of a specialist Ambi product. Atrium Conservatories’ Managing Director Bernard Rump said:

“We have experienced outstanding service from TuffX as a supply partner; the entire process always straightforward and reliable. Our mission is always to provide beautiful, one of a kind designs for our customers, and thanks to our strong working partnerships with industry experts such as TuffX, we are able to deliver high quality results time and time again.” A leader in its field for over 25 years, TuffX brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the glass and glazing industry. This expertise coupled with recent investments in factory machinery, fleet and workforce ensures that TuffX is positioned to grow in line with customer demand, whilst remaining at the forefront of toughened, oversize and other specialist glass processing. www.tuffxglass.co.uk WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020 55



ues the specialist contractor’s positive relationship with property developer J R Smart.

Quarter On The Map

Located in the city centre and providing an exciting mix of facilities that include premium office space, hotels and student accommodation, the largescale Capital Quarter development is helping to redefine Cardiff’s business community and has already attracted the attention of some of the UK’s leading companies.

With a long and successful history of working with Senior on a variety of different contracts, including one of the very first buildings to be completed as part of the Capital Quarter development, Denval was keen to put forward a specification that featured Senior’s high-performance SF52 aluminium curtain wall system. Denval’s own appointment to fabricate and install the attractive facades of the two buildings also contin-

Senior’s popular SF52 aluminium system features attractive slim sightlines and enhanced thermal performance to help boost energy-efficiency. Available as a mullion drained system which removes the need for visible drainage slots, Senior’s SF52 curtain wall can be specified as capped, silicone sealed or as a combination of the two for even greater design flexibility. Thanks to Senior’s inhouse powder coating facility, the SF52 system is available in an almost unlimited range of colours and finishes. www.seniorarchitectural.co.uk

Helps Put Capital A landmark mixed-use scheme in Cardiff has been given a sleek and striking façade thanks to Senior Architectural Systems’ SF52 aluminium curtain wall system.

Senior worked in collaboration with supply chain partner Denval to deliver the curtain wall package for two recently completed seven-storey office buildings, Capital Quarter No. 3 and No. 4. Combining slim sightlines and excellent thermal performance, Senior’s SF52 aluminium curtain walling was the ideal choice for the extensively-glazed buildings which, 56 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

designed by Morgan 2 Morgan Architects, benefit from bright and modern interiors and a stylish envelope design.


Edgetech’s Super Spacer

Brings Sustainability To One Of The World’s Tallest Wooden Buildings

Edgetech’s Super Spacer has helped make one of the world’s tallest wooden buildings a beacon of energy efficiency. HoHo Wien, located in Vienna’s 22nd district, is a modern marvel of timber and state-of-the art technology.

achieve U values of just 0.5, and helping the building save 2,800 tonnes in carbon emissions compared to a more conventional structure of the same size.

The 82-metre, 24-storey structure was the vision of architects Rudiger Lainer + Partner, and designed to offer a visually distinctive and outstandingly sustainable space for hotels, restaurants, offices, apartments and more.

The building itself is a wood-concrete hybrid construction. The interior consists of a solid reinforced concrete core containing staircases, elevators and supply shafts, and prefabricated solid wood structures are arranged around it. The wall and ceiling elements made of spruce wood remain unclad to retain their natural character.

The building’s 1,100 triple-glazed units all incorporate Edgetech’s Super Spacer T-Spacer, allowing them to

Its exceptional environmental performance has seen the project receive two highly prestigious accolades – a gold LEED

certification, and a gold award from the Austrian Sustainable Building Council. “We were delighted to be involved in such a fantastic, forward-thinking project”, comments Edgetech Managing Director Chris Alderson. “Pair Super Spacer’s exceptional energy efficiency with an ingeniously-designed, sustainably-constructed landmark like HoHo Wien, and you’ve got a template for the architecture of the future. “We hope to work on many more developments as ground-breaking and ambitious as this one in years to come!” www.edgetechig.co.uk WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020 57


FENSA Launches New Installer Marketing Package FENSA has launched a new Installer Marketing programme, designed to help FENSA Approved Installers realise the full potential of one of the UK’s largest and most prominent glazing competency schemes with a suite of expertly tailored and affordable marketing strategies. Working in partnership with CMDi, the leading marketing specialist that was responsible for FENSA’s recent high-profile TV campaign, FENSA’s new Installer Marketing package covers Pay Per Click (PPC) and Search Engine Optimisation (SEO), social media management, content marketing and digital & press advertising. Designed to enable members to concentrate on their core business by removing the hassle and hard work of marketing, FENSA installers can also choose from a range of other services that include design consultation for company branding, logos and van decals; a website re-fresh or re-build 58 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

including design and messaging enhancements and SEO; assistance with a complete digital marketing strategy; plus homeowner marketing that includes brochures, email templates, Point of Sale (POS) material and even workwear design.

does it build on the momentum of the TV campaign, but it will help installers to communicate and reinforce the advantage of FENSA membership to homeowners, helping them to stand out from the crowd and ultimately, win more business.”

Chris Beedel, FENSA’s Director of Membership, commented: “FENSA Approved Installers already have a big advantage in that they are associated with the FENSA brand, one that has renewed recognition with homeowners thanks to the success of our 2019 TV advertising campaign that reached 63% of the adult population in the UK, and culminated in more than 247million viewings over the course of the year.

Dianne Lucas, managing director of CMDi, added: “Marketing is a vital element of any business growth strategy, but it needs to be constantly managed and monitored for it to work properly and this can often stretch the resources of busy installation companies. With FENSA Installer Marketing, installers can be relieved of this burden by selecting a tailor-made marketing plan that will not only precisely suit their requirements but will demonstrate a much more effective use of their marketing budget as a result.”

“We are aware of course, that it is still a very competitive marketplace for installers and that it takes a lot of time and effort to promote your business effectively,” he continued. “It is for this reason that we have launched the new Installer Marketing package, as not only

For more information on the FENSA Installer Marketing package, please visit: https://bit.ly/2OZZMJN


MRA Tops CMA Agency League Full service PR and marketing agency MRA Marketing has taken the No.1 spot in the Construction Marketing Awards (CMA) Agency League for the fifth time in 6 years. Run by the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Construction Industry Group (CIMCIG), the CMAs are the UK’s leading awards for marketing in construction. Agencies are given points for shortlisted, commended, and winning award entries and the league is compiled using the points accumulated over a rolling four-year period. This ensures the league highlights the 20 companies that consistently deliver work the judges see as excellent. Since the CMAs began, MRA has been shortlisted 44 times

trants to these awards.

and has lifted 19 trophies, including the coveted Agency of the Year Award on two occasions. While MRA remained at no. 1 for 2019, several other agencies climbed up the league, demonstrating the rising standard and calibre of en-

New Coastline

“We know the CMA League is used by many construction companies to help inform their choice of marketing agency, so it’s fantastic for us to maintain the top spot,” says Managing Director Lucia Di Stazio. “There are some tremendously talented agencies on the list, and we’ve watched with interest this year’s climbers. It keeps us striving to be the best and perform at our very best for our customers. “Our continued success in the CMA awards is a real testament to the hard work and dedication of the team at MRA – and it’s great to see that being recognised by external organisations.” www.mra-marketing.co.uk

able in our premium furniture range.”

Brochure From VBH

Coastline lever handle sets, letterboxes and knockers are interchangeable with their counterparts in VBH’s standard greenteQ Suite of door, window and patio furniture so it is easy for fabricators to upgrade to stainless steel, with its 25 year surface guarantee, when required.

The range includes pull handles, lever and knob handle sets, letterboxes, door knockers and butt hinges, all in hard wearing stainless steel.

Gary concludes “With so many of our customers manufacturing doors for installations near the coast or in polluted areas, it’s important that we offer furniture that will keep their reputations intact. Our new brochure gives customers a great overview of the Coastline range.”

Hardware specialist VBH has created a new 6 page brochure to help explain the benefits of their greenteQ Coastline range of stainless steel entrance door furniture.

All products are available in brushed stainless steel, with the levers, knockers and letterboxes also available in polished stainless and PVD gold finishes. VBH Marketing Manager Gary Gleeson says ”Following mar-

ket feedback, we’ve just introduced two new oval profile pull handle options that are proving really popular with fabricators and installers. The Coastline range has expanded to such an extent that it now warrants its own stand-alone brochure. This makes it easy for our customers to keep track of what’s avail-

For more information on the Coastline range or to request a copy of the brochure, visit www.vbhgb.com WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020 59

MARKETING / INTERNET easy it makes their marketing, they never look back.” One such company is Ideal Windows & Conservatories of Edinburgh. Owner, Elaine Wardrope, said: “Cuckoo has already proved hugely useful to our business and I know it’s something we will use more often from now on. Recently we created personalised retail brochures using Cuckoo and found the system great to use. We had a query while creating our brochures but the Marketing Team at Ultraframe was on hand to help us right away and the order was placed in no time. Using Cuckoo made a job, which would have been a big headache and cost us a lot of money, much easier. We’re really pleased with the finished brochures. Cuckoo now means that we can get hold of personalised marketing materials to sell our products quickly and easily, it’s a definite thumbs up from us.”

Show Off Your Best

Installations With Cuckoo The Cuckoo online marketing system from Ultraframe has been helping retailers show off their best installations since it was launched in 2019. The system allows Ultraframe customers to quickly and easily create beautiful, bespoke marketing materials that can include imagery of their own installations and offers excellent value for money. Cuckoo contains a large number of templates for a wide range of marketing materials, including retail brochures, customisable videos, fully integrated campaigns, showroom point of sale materials, and more. Each item can be personalised with the company’s own logo and text about the company, as well as images of their own installations or ones from Ultraframe’s 60 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

extensive image library. Commenting about the success of the Cuckoo system since its launch, Ultraframe Marketing Director, Alex Hewitt, said: “Excellent service is just as important to us at Ultraframe as excellent products and Cuckoo is the latest addition to our marketing support service. The most popular item to personalise so far has been the retail brochure which is no surprise. To create a brochure of this caliber usually takes a huge amount of time and money when done via the usual route of using an agency, whereas a bespoke brochure created in Cuckoo can be completed in around 20 minutes and at a fraction of the cost. The uptake so far has been fantastic and once our retailers use Cuckoo and see how

Cuckoo is also available to Ultraframe fabricators who can personalise marketing materials on behalf of their retail customers. To begin using the system, Ultraframe customers simply need to request login details from the Ultraframe Marketing Team. The system is very intuitive and simple to use but full training is available if required, either at Ultraframe or at customer’s own premises. Concluding about what customers can expect from using Cuckoo, Alex said: “While the prices on Cuckoo consistently offer value for money, customers can also benefit from promotions and offers that make using the system even more attractive. Cuckoo puts beautiful, professionally designed marketing materials that really deliver results into the reach of all our customers and we would encourage anyone who hasn’t tried it yet to give it a go and see how it can transform the way you do your marketing.” To contact the Ultraframe Marketing Team and find out more email marketing@ultraframe.co.uk


Woodworking Apprenticeship Sets Joiner On Path To Bright Career

heritage and conversation projects, with college one day a week and is currently working towards his Architectural Joinery Level 2 qualification. Discussing why he entered the woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry, he explained, “There’s something special about woodworking and joinery, you get to see a project from start right through to finish. From a plain piece of timber, you create a beautiful moulded shape or finished product that you can be proud of.

Holmesfield-based British Woodworking Federation member, Tom Pearson & Sons, champions National Apprenticeship Week

Nearly two years ago, William Wragg took the plunge and left sixth form to begin an apprenticeship at joinery firm Tom Pearson & Sons. Since then he has developed essential skills and a passion for woodworking that has put him on track for a rewarding and successful career. Nicholas Pearson, William’s employer, champions apprenticeships as the best way of supporting young and talented people entering the industry, while allowing joinery businesses to showcase the diverse career opportunities available. William and Nicholas share the stories behind their passion for the woodworking industry and explain how they believe apprenticeships provide a route into a rewarding and diverse career. A job full of satisfaction

Apprentice William Wragg joined fourth-generation family firm Tom Pearson & Sons in 2018 when he decided that continuing in education at his secondary school sixth form wasn’t the path he wanted to take. William said, “After starting sixth form and studying for A Levels I found that it wasn’t for me and I didn’t enjoy it, so during my first year I decided to look into apprenticeships. “I grew up on a farm where I helped out doing odd jobs where I could, and I found I really enjoyed the bits of woodworking that I got to do. I got in touch with my local joinery firm, Tom Pearson & Sons, to see if they had any apprenticeship spaces coming up, and after a successful trial I was hired.” William combines his practical hands-on apprenticeship at Tom Pearson & Sons, which specialises in bespoke joinery products and

“Other times you’re restoring historic features. I recently worked on the restoration of two big arch stained-glass windows, and it was really rewarding to turn something that had been left to rot into a window that looks new and in a great condition. It’s a really satisfying job.” Nicholas Pearson is the director of the company and part of the business’s founding family. But like William, joining the industry wasn’t always his plan. As he explains: “After working with my father in the workshop when I was younger, I took a different career path to work in sales for the heating industry. I worked in this role for a while but would always drive past a timber door I had made when previously working with my father. I remember thinking ‘wow, I made that’, and after a while realised that woodworking was my passion and that I wanted to work for the family firm. “That’s the fantastic draw of being a woodworker or joiner – you get to see and be proud of what you’ve made and even 20 years later, the wooden door is still there!” WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020 61

TRAINING & DEVELOPMENT Discussing William’s progress since joining the company, Nicholas said, “William has fully embraced our ethos to produce high quality bespoke joinery, offering his thoughts on how we can improve and work more efficiently. A real achievement is that, for our door manufacturing, he recently set up an overhead router to allow the multipoint lock and keeps to be fitted flush without needing to manually chop any of the casement or frame. This saved many hours of labour, so helped to improve job efficiency, which is great both for the business and the end customer.

route. Although studying full-time at college can be good for some, learning the practical side of the craft on the job means that you learn a lot more and that you have the skills employers are looking for once you’ve completed your apprenticeship.”

“William has been fantastic, he’s worked on everything we’ve thrown at him – bespoke front door sets, sliding sash windows, traditional casement windows – and turned his hand to everything so far. It was brilliant to see him nominated at the national 2019 BWF Awards for Apprentice of the Year.”

Helen Hewitt, CEO of the British Woodworking Federation said, “Apprenticeships are the stepping-stone into our industry, and are essential for recruiting the next generation of talented individuals to our creative profession.

Apprentices are the future William is the second apprentice that Tom Pearson & Sons has supported, and the company believes the approach is vital for the future of the profession. Nicholas said, “Apprentices are needed by our industry to bring in new talent and to allow them to train in a handson environment. It can be difficult for firms looking for high calibre apprentices, but with the British Woodworking Federation’s positive work in showcasing the industry to students, and apprentices like William who have a real passion for the industry, I look forward to welcoming the next generation of talent to our business and the sector as a whole.” This is a view endorsed by William himself, who added, “I think there are students out there interested in an apprenticeship in woodworking and joinery, but there needs to be more awareness, especially of the hands-on apprenticeship 62 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

Tom Pearson & Sons is just one of many British Woodworking Federation (BWF) members that support the future of the woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry by providing apprentices with a positive environment and the right skills and training for them to progress into a successful career.

“We work closely with our members, education partners and other stakeholders to maintain and develop apprenticeship standards to ensure that they remain fit-forpurpose. This approach is vital as innovative new technologies and manufacturing techniques continue to place new demands on skills, training and continuous development in the sector. “The BWF’s work on apprenticeship standards is part of a wider approach to skills and training that we’ll be placing a major focus on in 2020 and beyond, targeting three key areas – talent attraction, apprenticeships and leadership development. Through the upcoming launch of our new education programme, WOW I MADE THAT!, aimed at inspiring students in Years 9-12 to get into woodworking, we continue to champion apprenticeships as the next step on a positive and progressive route to a rewarding and diverse career.” For more information on the rewarding career paths available in the woodworking and joinery manufacturing industry visit www.bwf.org.uk

New Building Our

Skills Academy Opens

In Association With GQA Qualifications The end of 2019 saw the official opening in Sheffield by Lord Blunkett of the new Building Our Skills academy, established in association with GQA Qualifications. The academy is the first of a planned network of facilities designed to offer hands-on practical training in the fenestration Industry. Training offered at the academy will include surveying, window and door installation, curtain wall and glass technology, in addition to theoretical training courses. The new academy is supported by a large number of key Fenestration Industry employers. Those who wish to do so can attend a range of courses and master classes at the facility, send their staff to do the same or host their own product training there for their customers. CEO of GQA, Mick Clayton, has been a passionate advocate of practical training for many years. He comments: “To be able to make the new academy a reality is absolutely fantastic. I am over the moon that we are going to be able to bring more opportunities than ever to those in the fenestration industry who seek career progression. This is the start of a proposed extensive network of facilities around the country that will help to raise standards in the industry, and I for one can’t wait to see it fully utilised.” www.gqaqualifications.com


Senior Launches New Training Academy

As even the most experienced of fabricators can benefit from brushing up on their practical skills and product knowledge, Senior Architectural Systems is inviting its customers to put training in focus for 2020.

Senior offers training support in the fabrication and installation of its full range of aluminium fenestration products and has recently created a dedicated Training Academy at its South Yorkshire head office. From here, Senior is now offering a comprehensive training programme in the use of its popular SF52 aluminium curtain walling system. Senior’s training combines both theoretical and practical elements and is supported by GQA Qualifications;

the leading awarding body and the only issuer of CSCS cards for the glass and glazing industry, says the company. With many main contractors increasingly looking for evidence of competency within the supply chain, product training is an effective way for fabricators to strengthen their position in today’s compet-

Howells Offers UK’s First Gqa

Approved Rooflight Course Howells Patent Glazing has launched its GQA approved Rooflight Familiarisation Workshop. This is the first GQA approved rooflight course in the UK, says the company.

The familiarisation course draws on the company’s 40+ years’ in the fenestration industry, with examples of do’s and don’ts and what to look out for. It is relevant to sales representatives and installers alike.

https://bit.ly/37hM1vW available on request. The workshop is provided by GQA accredited trainers, ASPIRE. As an approved centre, Howells is guided, supported and audited by industry experienced External Quality Advisors (EQAs), giving peace of mind that the workshop remains fully compliant at all times. Places are chargeable and limited to six per training session, with one session per month. The charge can be claimed back against the purchase of a Howells hipped rooflight.

Open to all, the six-hour, fully accredited workshop provides a valuable insight into the construction of aluminium rooflights and is designed to improve technical and practical understanding. Trainees will learn about the components, assembly and installation of the company’s slimline rooflight, with hands-on experience.

itive market and to take advantage of the many supplier agreements that manufactures such as Senior have in place. Senior’s training is also available to main contractors to help them improve their own knowledge of the fabrication process and raise awareness of best practice procedures on site.

Successful completion of the GQA approved Rooflight Familiarisation Workshop will result in a Howells certificate of attendance and the opportunity to gain a GQA certificate and skills card. With Centre Approved Status, Howells will host regular courses at its base in Cradley Heath, Birmingham. Alternative locations are

The company recently hosted an open day to formally mark the launch of the Rooflight Familiarisation Workshop. Howells welcomed customers, contractors and installers alongside representatives from education providers and local authorities. The event was supported by Councillor Ann Shackleton of Cradley Heath and Old Hill Ward. www.aspirerooflights.co.uk WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020 63


Smart Innovations On Display At Futurebuild Smart Architectural Aluminium will be showcasing a wide range of systems at this year’s Futurebuild exhibition, with displays featuring its comprehensive Heritage Collection, as well as examples of some of the innovative solutions that the company has developed and produced for individual projects. At the heart of the stand will be a stylish room set, designed to display the company’s proven Alitherm Heritage Window and Door and Designer Door systems, together with brand new interior screen and walk on roof systems, both of which are being pre64 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

viewed for the first time at the show.

As part of the company’s innovation display, a section of the stand will also be dedicated to a number of the project innovations that the experienced Smart design team have developed to meet the specific design objectives of individual projects, working closely with architects and contractors to develop solutions that deliver aesthetic, performance and construction benefits. Commenting on the company’s presence at the show, Managing Director Eddie Rob-

inson, said: “We are delighted to return to ExCeL for Futurebuild 2020, and particularly to be involved in the Innovation Partnership, which provides a great opportunity to showcase just some of the examples of innovation that take place right across our business. “We are also looking forward to talking to visitors about the continued growth of our UK manufacturing base, which has recently been recognised through our accreditation by the ‘Made in Britain’ network, as well as the steps we continually take to drive sustainability throughout our business. From responsible material sourcing right through to waste recycling, we are proud of our environmental record and determined to keep leading the industry in this area.” For more details visit the company in Hall 1, Stand B30 of this year’s Futurebuild exhibition or visit www.smartsystems.co.uk


CAB To Support Glazing Summit For Third Year Running

James Lee, GGF Director of External Affairs

The Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB) will partner with the Glazing Summit for the third year running. The Glazing Summit takes place on Thursday, October 8 at Edgbaston Stadium, Birmingham and CAB has been supporting the event from the beginning.

Justin Ratcliffe, CAB’s Chief Executive, said: “It’s really important that we sit down as a sector and discuss where the industry is heading, and the Glazing Summit provides the perfect platform to do that.

mit founder, commented: “CAB have been big supporters since the Glazing Summit’s inception three years ago so it’s great for us to have the largest UK Aluminium in building trade association back on board.”

“Last year the Glazing Summit provided one of the most realistic yet dynamic takes on the UK fenestration industry and we’re looking forward to this year’s event.

More than 400 leaders from across the industry are set to attend the Glazing Summit and a brand-new line-up of experts will take to the stage to discuss the biggest issues affecting the sector.

“For CAB, it’s very important that we’re there to listen to what’s going on and we’re delighted to join as an event partner and exhibitor once again.” CAB will also be exhibiting at the must-attend industry conference and Andrew Scott, Glazing Sum-

GM Fundraising

Celebrates 25 Years

2020 is a big year for industry fundraiser GM Fundraising because it sees the 25th anniversary of the organisation. Gary Morton, founder of GM Fundraising, said: “When we started GM Fundraising 25 years ago we had no idea what it would become. There’s a huge thank you due to everyone who’s supported us over the years, whether it’s by taking part in one of our challenges, donating sponsorship money or providing their time and expertise. Together, we’ve raised an incredible amount for Hope House Children’s Hospices, which is the most important achievement.” To mark the anniversary, GM

Fundraising is hosting a Silver Jubilee ball on 16 May 2020 at the prestigious Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales. A new logo has also been designed featuring the milestone

The day will be rounded off in style with the exclusive Leaders Dinner. For more information on sponsorship opportunities or tickets for the day, visit www.glazingsummit. co.uk, call 01934 808293 or email hello@glazingsummit.co.uk. and will appear on all publicity throughout the year. GM Fundraising is best known for putting the ‘fun’ into fundraising, with its spectacular gala dinners, annual golf days, GMF Cup, Ryder Cup style golf event, long-distance cycle rides and footy fives competition. One of biggest of this year’s challenges will be the second all-women challenge, which has the Epwin Group as its headline sponsor. Peak, Paddle, Pedal will see the 12 members of the team climbing Snowdon, canoeing 150 miles down the length of the River Severn and cycling 150 miles back to Hope House in Oswestry – all over eight days this August. If you’d like to attend the ball at Celtic Manor Resort, tickets are £1,495 for a table of ten and are available by emailing sarah@gmfundraising.co.uk or gary@gmfundraising.co.uk WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020 65


Bumper Year Of Fundraising For

Window Ware Team In 2019

The team at Window Ware, the award-winning hardware distributor once again showcased their community spirit with a fantastic year of fundraising in 2019. Throughout the year, colleagues, customers and suppliers all dug deep to raise vital funds for chosen charity Sue Ryder St. John’s Hospice. With a range of fundraising events, along with collection tins and even a trade counter tuck shop, the Window Ware team raised a tremendous £1,568 for the Bedfordshire hospice. The team’s community spirit was exemplified by Window Ware’s brave credit controller Sharon Fowler. Facing the challenge of undergoing chemotherapy, Sharon took charge of the situation and organised a sponsored head shave. Sharon braved the shave in two stages for maximum fundraising, with the first half shaved in support of the hospice and the second in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. Not only did Sharon’s efforts 66 WINDOW NEWS FEBRUARY 2020

contribute to Window Ware’s final total but she managed to raise a magnificent £1,370 for Macmillan. If that wasn’t enough, Sharon went on to organise ‘Wear a Wig Day’ to celebrate the completion of her chemotherapy. With full support from colleagues and a wonderful array of colourful wigs, a further £200 was raised for St. John’s Hospice. Along with fundraising for the local hospice, members of the Window Ware team showed their support for Macmillan, raising £324 through an Easter charity raffle and the annual big coffee morning. What’s more, Sarah Binns, Head of Internal Sales and Marketing joined with five friends to take on the South Coast Mighty Hike, a gruelling 26-mile cross-country trek. ‘The Blister Sisters’ battled 50mph winds and hailstones to complete the course in 9 hours and 22 minutes, raising an incredible £2,770 for Macmillan in the process. And finally, Trade Counter Assis-

tant, Andrew Tollett fought in a UWCB charity boxing match to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Despite taking on an undefeated boxer, 20 years his junior, Andrew put in an impressive performance to raise over £2,110 for the charity. Sam Nuckey, Managing Director of Window Ware comments: “As we always say, our greatest strength at Window Ware is our team, not just for their dedication, experience and technical knowledge but for their incredible community spirit. To raise such an amazing amount of money for these worthy causes is a fantastic achievement, and I couldn’t be more proud. “As to be expected from Window Ware, our aim is to go one better in 2020 and surpass our 2019 total. With staff voting to keep Sue Ryder St. John’s Hospice as our chosen charity, we’re looking forward to more fundraising activities and opportunities for staff, customers and suppliers to once again show just how generous they are.” www.windowware.co.uk



JUBILEE 1995-2020

Join us to celebrate our 25th Anniversary of fundraising 16th May 2020 at the prestigious Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales Black Tie and Ball Gown Champagne Reception and Dinner

Reserve your table of 10 now for £1,495 by emailing

sarah@gmfundraising.co.uk or gary@gmfundraising.co.uk


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