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Winkhaus:- have introduced their innovative aluPilot fitting system, according to their calculations it is said to save up to 10 minutes production time per window compared to the traditional systems available on the market.

Liniar:- has announced the appointment of Robert Thiroff to the new post of International Sales Director.

Pilkington:- at the Douglas headquarters of online gaming software business Microgaming, providing state-of-the-art office space for the company’s rapidly expanding Isle of Man team, plays a key role in attracting and maintaining talent for the company.

Prefix:- says glazed roofing still a big market. The company are in a unique position as the only one with such a geographical reach and localised technical support, for the conservatory and lantern roof sector.

Carl F Groupco:- the established hardware supplier is promoting its extensive range of panic and emergency exit gearing, which meets stringent safety standards for public and commercial installations.

CMS Window Systems:- has received high profile recognition for its success in environmental sustainability by winning a Green Apple Award in the campaign to find the greenest companies, councils and communities.

Solidor:- the most secure timber core composite door company reports sales up 20% in the first seven months to July on the same period last year and ahead of forecasts.

Double R Glass & Roofing Systems:- the specialist IGU and conservatory roof supplier is pleased to offer, at no extra cost, a 20-year warranty on its insulated glass units.

Astraseal:- has extensively expanded its offering of high-performance composite doors made in-house with the market-leading Distinction Doors slab.

Hybrid Window Systems:- now online, the new website will look to be a focal point for information on all hybrid glazing technologies.


Your next move: - the Fenestration News Jobs pages show an increase in demand for quality staff throughout the industry.

Ian
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We are doing well; the solid positive message is continuing.

To create a perspective of this, it is also said that the number of participants in the fenestration industry has declined by 30% recently. This is down from what was already a very low base-line, meaning that there are significantly less players than 25 years ago.

All good then, there is more to go around. There is of course a but in that scenario, logic dictates if sales are not more than 30% up, companies are marking time, heading towards the brick wall. That’s the rub, the allusion. With orders at all companies being up and management for the most part being involved fire-fighting to keep pace with the day-to-day chores, it's all too easy to get sucked into the belief that they are doing extremely well.

As a result, the eye comes off the ball. Things that are good practice get forgotten, left to one side, 'hey' tomorrow is another day.

With the volume of active companies being significantly down, so is the marketing, the raising of consumer awareness. Marketing is down because some companies are so busy they don't see the need. So, the consumer also loses interest.

If the need isn't created with the consumer they drift towards other aspirations. This week it will be the $1000 Samsung phone, next it will be the much leaked $1000 i-Phone. Those companies are marketing hard creating the need, yet it is still only a phone. No energy saving, definitely not green.

Ironically the consumer perceives the need to be seen to be participating on saving energy, saving the planet and being comfortable at home.

With 30% less players around in the Fenestration Industry, there appears to be 30% less noise, so 30% less effort to keep the industry alight.

As an alternative, these same consumers can just as easily feel fulfilled by spending their hard-earned cash on a new electric or hybrid car. Which seems bizarre as the makers of those vehicles hide the fact there is a short lifespan for the rechargeable battery that costs more than a home full of new windows to replace in just a few short years.

Those that are keeping their profile up, are also helping to ensure a future in what probably is a difficult time around the corner. If the market is to be believed some big (meaning big) names that are now mere shadows of their former selves, have debts that are not. The debts are big in magnitude which in turn will impact on the supply chain, which affects everyone. The unprepared will not be immune from the fallout.

Fenestration News

In-Box

Letter to the editor: rectifying coloured PVCu

Dear Ian,

We’re receiving more and more calls asking for advice on rectifying coloured PVCu jobs that have gone wrong because window frames just aren’t being reinforced properly.

The most recent was a new-build apartment block where the architect had specified Anthracite Grey PVCu windows. The fabricator hadn’t used steel reinforcement in the frames and as temperatures rose in early summer, residents in the south facing apartments started to complain about sashes sticking and not closing correctly. On inspection, warping of the profile caused by heat from the sun was plain to see. ...more

Best wishes,
Paul Sullivan
Managing Director at Anglo European

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'Soaring glass wall provides centrepiece for cutting edge technology firm HQ'
A state-of-the-art office space is often seen as a big part of the brand for fast-growth technology companies. This was the brief for Isle of Man-based architect Savage and Chadwick when asked to design a new building at the Douglas headquarters of online gaming software business, Microgaming. The new building sits adjacent to the compan ...more
Deceuninck -
'Deceuninck Supports Climatec on New Build Project with Slider24'
Deceuninck has worked with Climatec Windows Ltd for 10 years supplying quality solutions for various projects. Recently the two companies have worked together to deliver 95 foiled Slider24 patio doors to an entire block of new build apartments in Orpington, Kent. Steve Barker at Climatec explains: “We were asked to quote for this pr ...more
Brisant Secure -
'Ultion filmed saving homeowners from burglars'
A real-life video of thieves trying to break through a door with an Ultion cylinder for over three minutes and failing has been posted on the @ UltionLock Twitter feed by a happy homeowner. Amjid Khan was out for the day when his neighbours called him to say they thought someone had tried to break in. “When I got home, I saw the hou ...more
Kommerling -
'Proven Passivhaus standards for KOMMERLING'
The launch of System 76 by KÖMMERLING earlier this year, also extended to the development of a range of Passivhaus solutions for windows, residential doors and large lift and slide doors, as the company looks to redefine standards of PVCu profile performance. For many years, Passivhaus meant window systems 85+mm in depth, yet now wi ...more
Conservatory Outlet -
'Conservatory Outlet Ltd Actively Seeks New Network Members'
One of the UK ’s leading fabricators, Conservatory Outlet Ltd has launched a campaign to recruit new retailers to its exclusive network. In the quest for 100% UK coverage, the Yorkshire based manufacturer is targeting installation companies in various areas throughout the UK in the search for new strategic retail partners. After ...more
Jack Aluminium Systems -
'Worthing Chippy is the Plaice for Jack'
Brighton Bi-folds used Jack Aluminium System ’s shopfront system to create a bifold door and a bifold window at an upmarket fish and chip shop in Worthing. “Our client was looking to open up the restaurant in two ways,” explains Phil Bedford, Managing Director at Brighton Bi-folds. “One to the outdoor veranda where diners enj ...more
Carl F Groupco Limited -
'Carl F Groupco’s emergency hardware supports safety standards'
Established hardware supplier Carl F Groupco is promoting its extensive range of panic and emergency exit gearing, which meets stringent safety standards for public and commercial installations. A comprehensive technical advisory service, including guidance on standards, is also offered by the company. Commenting on the importance of of ...more
Solidor -
'Solidor sales up 20% on 2016'
Solidor, the most secure timber core composite door, reports sales up 20% in the first seven months to July on the same period last year and ahead of forecasts. This strong activity is reflected in its online traffic too, with 65,000 hits on Solidor ’s website in July and 220,000 page views. Solidor has experienced fast growth over the ...more
PatioMaster -
'PatioMaster provides the perfect patio solution'
Fabricating your own sliding doors may seem to make perfect business sense, but by buying them in you can benefit from increased profit margins in addition to working with a patio expert. Carmen Velilla, Brand Manager at PatioMaster, explains: “As a specialist patio door manufacturer we take away all the unexpected overheads, hidden costs an ...more
Astraseal (Graham Holmes) Windows -
'Astraseal unveils new doors of Distinction'
Fast-growing Astraseal has extensively expanded its offering of high-performance composite doors made in-house with the market-leading Distinction Doors slab. Boasting a stunning woodgrain finish based on real oak, and coming available in an extensive range of over 30 styles and 40 colours, the Distinction slab is the most authentic and ...more

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Double R Glass and Roofing Systems
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Prefix Systems (UK)
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Roseview slashes lead times on two best-in-class s
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HL Plastics
Liniar appoints International Sales Director
Leading PVCu systems house Liniar has today announced the appointment of Robert Thiroff to the ne...[more]
Sierra Windows
Returning Sierra salesman to spearhead growth
Fast-growing fabricator Sierra is celebrating the return of an experienced member of its senior t...[more]
REHAU
Why always going that extra mile is top of the lis
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Winkhaus UK
Winkhaus’ aluPilot saves aluminium window fabricat
The innovative aluPilot fitting system from Winkhaus saves aluminium window manufacturers time an...[more]
TWR Trade Frames
New bi-fold door set to hit the market
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Kommerling
KOMMERLING launch market-defining system 76 hybrid
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