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FENTRADE ANNOUNCES EXPANSION PLANS

Award-winning aluminium trade fabricator Fentrade has announced significant investment in its operations to meet growing demand. Chris Reeks, Director of Fentrade, said: “We’re a young business but we’re built on tried and tested foundations – offering the highest standards in every area of our business. I’m delighted to say it’s an approach that’s seeing us win...

 
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WE CARE | WE ACT

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VEKA plc’s Marketing Director, Dawn Stockell explains how the company is repositioning the business and helping to create a new global message bringing together the whole VEKA Group family.

‘We Care | We Act’ is unveiled as the new company ethos for VEKA and as Dawn explains is a much stronger statement communicating the caring nature of the family-owned business as it takes action to build a stable, sustainable future.

Q. How did the new positioning come about?

A. No one could have planned for last year and Covid-19 has had a big part in the changes we’re making. What...

 
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Windows
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300 OPTIMA CASEMENT WINDOWS USED IN REFURBISHMENT HOUSING PROJECT

Profile 22’s Optima Fully Sculptured windows were chosen for the refurbishment of 38 properties, consisting of a mixture of houses and flats, in Wolverhampton, West Midlands.

The manufacture and installation of the 300 white Optima casement windows was awarded to longstanding Profile 22 Approved...

 
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Technical Support
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NEW TECHNICAL SUPPORT MANAGER AT KENRICK

Leading hardware supplier Kenrick has appointed Daran Woodcock as technical support manager.

Daran has joined Kenrick from The Residence Collection, where he was technical support engineer. Daran, who is celebrating 21 years in the industry this year, has also worked in engineering and technical roles for a number of well-known names in the industry, including Epwin, Wintech and Emplas.

Based at Kenrick’s headquarters in West Bromwich, Daran will provide technical support to Kenrick’s nationwide customer base. He will help customers with...

 
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COMPETITIVE PRICING AND PANDEMIC-PROOF PRODUCTION SECURE SALES FOR TUFFX

TuffX’s All Glass Infinity rooflight continues to prove a roaring success with customers – as week-on-week sales of the popular product range go from strength to strength.

Along with steady and consistently increasing order numbers each week, TuffX has also seen a rise in the amount of enquiries about its all-glass ‘frameless’ rooflights, from both new and existing customers.

TuffX’s Managing Director Graham Price believes the strong demand is in part due to the product’s competitive pricing, along with the company’s pandemic-proof in-house manufacturing process.

“Due to its lightweight, slim-line design constructed completely from glass and without any aluminium frame, our All Glass...

 
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Careers
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MAKE A DIFFERENCE, MAKE A PLEDGE AND COMMIT TO INSPIRING THE FUTURE

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Building Our Skills – Making Fenestration A Career of Choice (BOS) has embarked on a recruitment drive with a difference – ‘highlighting the need for the industry to come together and eliminate its ever-growing skills gap’.

Continuing to build on its key objective, heighten awareness of the Fenestration industry to new and young people, the organisation is encouraging individuals from the industry’s community to make a pledge by signing up and committing to its ‘Inspiring The Future’ campaign.

 
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GM FUNDRAISING LAUNCHES THE ‘GMF 100’ CYCLING CHALLENGE

Industry charity fundraiser GM Fundraising has just launched a new team cycling challenge, which will be held on Sunday 8th August 2021. The event, called the ‘GMF 100’ is a cycling challenge and is being sponsored by Epwin Window Systems. All funds raised will go directly to Hope House Children’s Hospices, which provides...

 
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KOLORSEAL ENHANCES BUSINESS POTENTIAL FOR CUSTOMERS

For Kolorseal, one of the UK’s leading colour coating companies, there has been a recent surge in orders for striking new colours in the range.

Despite tough market conditions over the last 12 months, homeowners have continued to invest in their houses and drive the market forward. For Deborah Hendry, Managing Director at Kolorseal, it has been noticeable that there is a growing trend to personalise property with colour.

With the ability to paint pvc-u, aluminium and composite materials using premium spray finishes, the range is proving attractive to end users who want to make a statement that will enhance their homes.

 
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Machinery
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FURTHER EXPANSION AT HAFFNER MURAT

Award-winning machinery experts Haffner Murat Ltd have just commissioned a further expansion at their impressive Staffordshire headquarters. The new 1,990 sqm extension will house a new striking showroom to showcase its expanding machinery offer.

Dave Thomas, Managing Director of Haffner Murat said: “The new purpose-built showroom will offer an ideal platform...

 
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INDEPENDENT NETWORK UNVEILS WEBSITE SOLUTION FOR ITS MEMBERS

Independent Network powered by VEKA, has unveiled an online tool that allows members to create their own websites free of charge.

The new websites are set to make an impact in the industry and the company has already seen a fantastic take up from many members. This is only the start for Independent Network’s online service to members. With the change in...

 
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FROM INFINITY TO BEYOND VEKA IS LEADING THE WAY IN THE FUTURE OF RECYCLED PVCU

This month, VEKA plc has unveiled plans to grow usage of recycled material beyond its existing Infinity system.

VEKA has been the industry leader in recycling and sustainability throughout its history with the first VEKA recycling plant opening in Germany in 1993. In 2007, VEKA Recycling opened its doors, the UK’s first windows recycling plant. Last year, the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainability has seen VEKA Recycling invest £150k in six new silos to increase the storage capacity at its state-of-the-art Wellingborough recycling plant, the most advanced of its kind in Europe.

VEKA plc led the way in recycling PVCu launching its...

 
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Installer News
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DOUBLE AWARD WIN FOR ELMHURST WINDOWS

For Leeds-based installer Elmhurst Windows, 2021 started with a bang! The Liniar installer won a Business Achievement Award in the Yorkshire Post’s Business Excellence Awards then followed that with an Outstanding Achievement Award at the GGP Installer Awards! We sit down with Managing Director Richard Abrahams to discuss why 2020 was a turning point for the company – and what led to the recent awards.

 
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Doors
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PATIOMASTER SOUTH EAST REPORTS ON LATEST TRENDS IN SLIDING PATIO DOORS

With the rise in popularity for sliding patio doors, Simon Spiers, Director of PatioMaster South East, says his company’s sales patterns clearly reflect two of today’s most popular design trends.

He says: “We know that today’s homeowners focus on design-led aesthetics without wanting to compromise on practicality. It’s why the PatioMaster sliding patio door in...

 
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EPWIN WINDOW SYSTEMS’ CONNECT BRINGS A WEALTH OF BENEFITS TO INSTALLERS

Connect, the new digital resource centre for Epwin Window Systems’ customers, has already attracted much attention from installers looking to capitalise on the many benefits the digital platform has to offer. Gerald Allen, Marketing Manager at Epwin Window Systems, says: “Connect brings a wealth of benefits to our installing customers, not to mention exclusive discounts and unique offers.”

Through Connect, installers can get access to a range of exclusive benefits, including a discount fuel card in partnership with Discount Fuel Services as well as a 10% discount in partnership with TradePoint.

But that’s just the start. There are homeowner finance options, insurance-backed...

 
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NEW HIGH PERFORMANCE FIRE DOOR FROM ENDURANCE

Endurance Doors have just launched a new high performance FD30 fire door, after a two-year research and development programme which has realised a product solution that exceeds the latest standards.

The physical testing of the doors was carried out by Efectis, who are a global player in fire science, covering all aspects of fire safety through testing and modelling...

 
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ENDURANCE REAFFIRMS ITS 3MM BOWING GUARANTEE

Following on from the announcement in September 2020, Endurance Doors have reaffirmed their 3mm bowing guarantee for their range of solid core composite doors, despite recent weather.

This move was widely welcomed by Installer Partners at the time, as it represented complete confidence in the Endurance Doors product proposition, and it was also a pledge...

 
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dormakaba LAUNCHES NEW FEATURES FOR POPULAR KTV REVOLVING DOOR

Leading supplier of security and entrance systems solutions, dormakaba, has upgraded its KTV Revolving Door system, which now offers improved installation times and a new automatic Night Shield.

With the dormakaba Direct Drive, the KTV Revolving Doors now feature an impressive shallow ceiling assembly of just 100mm, with an integrated LED light ring, allowing for the seamless integration with existing architecture. Thanks to the brushless motor, the doors benefit from enhanced life cycles – tested to 2 million cycles. Plus, the new Weldless floor ring uses threaded rods instead of welded brackets, meaning the floor ring can be more easily...

 
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APEER OFFERS HIGH QUALITY COMPOSITE STANDARD DOORSETS IN 12-15 DAYS

As many UK doormakers quote lead times of 12 weeks and more due to delays in the supply of door slabs from Far Eastern factories, Apeer is quoting delivery from order in just 12 to 15 days, to anywhere in the UK and Ireland, including in-demand 44mm flush fit and double rebate styles.

With the delays caused by a number of...

 
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EPWIN WINDOW SYSTEMS LAUNCHES CONNECT

Epwin Window Systems has launched Connect, a new industry-leading integrated digital resource centre designed to help its customers make the most of their partnership with the systems company. Gerald Allen, Marketing Manager at Epwin...

 
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CONSERVATORY OUTLET CHIEF HITS OUT AT SCOTTISH COVID-19 DISPARITY AS £MILLIONS OF ORDERS PUT ON HOLD

The boss of one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of high-quality windows, doors, home extensions and conservatory products has hit out at the Scottish Government for continuing to enforce a Covid-19 lockdown that prevents work being completed in homes – unless it is essential maintenance.

This rule, which is not in place in England and Wales, means Conservatory Outlet’s five home improvement specialist companies north of the border are not able to take on new work, resulting in a £multi-million loss of orders and over 250 direct or indirect staff currently furloughed.

Greg Kane is urging the powers that be at Holyrood...

 
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NEW RESIDENCE BROCHURE FOR CONSERVATION AREAS AND LISTED BUILDINGS

A new 20-page brochure outlining solutions and design credentials for conservation areas and listed buildings has been published by The Residence Collection.

Residence 9, or R9 as it is known, is the most authentic timber alternative casement window thanks to the revolutionary product design and specification. The profile dimensions perfectly replicate the documented window designs of the...

 
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Case Study
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LINIAR INTRODUCES PAS24 SECURE MODLOK™ SLIDING PATIO DOORS

Innovation can take many forms. For Liniar, this means launching new, cutting-edge products and continually improving its existing product range to be more efficient in terms of security, safety or energy efficiency.

The latest new development has now been launched and relates to Liniar’s...

 
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TRAINING FUND UNAFFECTED BY GREEN HOMES CANCELLATION

Picture above: John Ogilvie

Building Our Skills has had confirmation from the Midlands Energy Hub and BEIS that the funding provided for skills training is unaffected by the cancellation of the Green Homes Voucher Scheme.

Speaking about the announcement and the funding, Building Our Skills Ambassador John Ogilvie commented “I think there had been a feeling for some time that the Green Homes Scheme was not delivering as had been originally hoped, and it was a concern to hear it had been cancelled as a big part of it was a commitment from BEIS to upskill the nation’s trades people on the...

 
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Software Support
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MAKE JOB MANAGEMENT EASIER WITH ONSITE 7

Onsite 7 the new cloud-based job management software designed for the trade by the trade, has been attracting attention from many installers looking to make job management more straightforward. Rhys Hoddinott, CEO at Onsite 7, said: “As industry people ourselves, we know what installers really need to manage their jobs efficiently. It’s why we’re seeing...

 
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Conservatories
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TAP INTO MODULAR GROWTH WITH MODPLAN

Leading trade fabricator Modplan has reported a significant upturn in demand for their Leka Xi conservatory wall and base system during the past twelve months. The Leka Xi modular system allows installers to tap into the trend for thermally efficient home extensions or freestanding garden rooms whilst offing fast installation too.

Heidi Sachs, Managing Director at Modplan, said: “The LEKA Xi Conservatory...

 
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SPECTUS VERTICAL SLIDING WINDOWS FITTED IN PRESTIGIOUS NEW BUILD DEVELOPMENT

77 Spectus Vertical Sliding windows have been manufactured and installed in the first phase of a new 900 home development in Holbeach, Lincolnshire. The prestigious Holbeach Meadow Development features a mixture of one-five-bedroomed homes and is designed and built by Ashwood Homes. The Spectus Vertical Sliding windows were specified for installation in the new executive five-bedroomed detached homes on this first-phase.

The new build project was awarded to Spectus’ fabricator Highseal Manufacturing Company based in Scunthorpe. Established in 2012, Highseal is an experienced fabricator and installer committed to delivering product excellence at every level. The business operates under stringent CE Markings...

 
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Patio Doors
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WIDE APPEAL FOR PATIOMASTER

PatioMaster, manufacturers of the UK’s leading brand of PVC-U inline sliding patio doors, has confirmed a widening appeal for their products as installers continue to capitalise on the domestic boom. Carmen Velilla, PatioMaster’s Brand Manager, explains: “Over the last twelve months, the market has witnessed a resurgence in popularity for inline sliding patio doors, especially from the domestic sector. Consumers continue to aspire to light-filled spaces which patio doors deliver.

 
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