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CAB Diary 2018

cabOur next event is:

CAB Contracts Seminar JCT & NEC3
Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club, Meriden, Warwickshire, Tuesday 10 July.

For further details
contact Justin Ratcliffe, Chief Executive or Julie Harley, Events Manager
at the CAB office on
01453 828851


BRISANT SECURE recently unveiled Sweet, a suited range of door furniture including handles, knockers, letterplates, escutcheons and numerals.
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Colour may be booming in PVC-U frames but gaskets are still way behind, with black taking 92% of the market, according to figures from manufacturer EXTRUDASEAL.
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cabEMMEGI is claiming safety, low sound levels, flexibility and ease of use among the key benefits of its new, fully enclosed Comet R6 machining centre.
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cabBarratt London’s Hendon Waterside development in Tyre Way, NW9, uses a selection of doors and windows from SAPA
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BENNETT ARCHITECTURAL has been chosen to supply and install doors, windows and curtain walling for the £10m expansion of Manchester Health Academy.
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cabAluK has completed a ‘model’ installation in Sidcup, Kent which it says shows how its Veranda system can be used as an add-on giving an opportunity for a follow-up sale at any recent bifold or sliding door installation.
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A single storey extension recently been completed by Steve Gill Joinery showcases the WARMROOF hybrid roof and aluminium glazing elements supplied by Prefix Systems.
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AB GLASS has been contracted by Kier Construction to take part in a new development at Swansea University’s Bay Campus.
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SLIDERS UK reports that sales grew by 34% year-on-year, with growth attributed to increased demand for aluminium as well as the launch of its own aluminium window.
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Stoke-based fabricator LISTERS CENTRAL has added the Räum collection to its aluminium offering.
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Trade and commercial fabricator ASTRASEAL has added to its aluminium offering with the Designer Door range from Smart Systems.
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cabSMART ARCHITECTURAL ALUMINIUM is claiming a UK first with a PAS 24 option to its auto-slide Smart Wall door system.
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Customade Group has sold its £3million-sales domestic aluminium door supplier Bifold Shop for an undisclosed sum.
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Clowns, mime artists, strongmen and even bearded and tattooed ladies helped make
GM Fundraising’s 20th gala dinner the biggest ever, raising a record £66,814.76 for the charity with the theme Circus Beserkus.
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The Glass and Glazing Federation has appointed Maruf Ahmad as the Group Project Manager for all commercial companies within the group.
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PVCu and aluminium trade fabricator TRADELINK WINDOW SOLUTIONS has created two new positions in its sales team  with the appointment of Adam White and Sean Linnell as Area Sales Managers.
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cabDave Brackpool joins CALDWELL as Regional Executive for the North of England.
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Window, door and curtain walling designer, manufacturer and installer CMS WINDOW SYSTEMS has appointed former COO David Ritchie as its new CEO.
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The Glass and Glazing Federation has elected Mark Austin, Marketing Director of Hazlemere Commercial, as its new Vice President, following the resignation of Stephen Payne from the role earlier this year.
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YALE has updated its Lockmaster Panic Exit hardware to be faster to fit and easier to operate.
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Hardware supplier WINDOW WARE is announced as the exclusive launch partner in England and Wales for Caldwell’s new Cotswold Sinidex window lock.
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Hardware supplier VBH (GB) reports a 15% year-on-year increase in sales for its hardware for aluminium bi-folds.
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has been named Manufacturing Company of the Year 2018 (under £25m) at the Made in the North West awards, and will now go forward to the Made in the UK awards final in June.
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We all know them, the champions who are making this industry what it is. And now, once again, it’s time to give the companies, organisations and individuals the recognition they deserve at the high-point of the industry’s calendar, the G18 Awards.
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Thermoseal Group has been ranked no.41 in in the ninth annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table of businesses with fastest-growing international sales.
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cabSENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS is launching the Signature swatch book.
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Listers Central rounded off a ‘momentous year’ with a customer conference and open day.
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More than 400 industry players gathered to hear speakers and join panel discussions in the inaugural Glazing Summit organised by Insight Data and Purplex Marketing.
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cab SCHUECO has opened its new London showroom and office. Previously in Islington, which is now in new premises at 153 Great Portland Street, W1. 
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CAB: FIT Show 2019,
here we come!

JustinJustin Ratcliffe, (CAB Chief Executive)

We are delighted to see that interest in the CAB Pavilion at The FIT Show 2019 (21-23 May) continues to grow, with a number of those exhibiting in 2017 returning again next year and being joined by CAB members exhibiting for the first time. The key sectors represented to date include fabrication, powder coating, ventilation and louvres and weatherproofing.

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The update presented at the CAB AGM Dinner at the Forest of Arden in late June highlighted how the Show provides an outstanding opportunity to market aluminium and engage with fabricators, installers and the wider supply chain.

Senior Aluminium Systems

In 2017 over 34 CAB members booked stands at the Show including 15 in the CAB area. Next year the Pavilion moves to the very centre of Hall 20 which is dominated with by aluminium products manufacturers and suppliers. The FIT Show 2019 will host a number of new features but also retain some popular ones from 2017, including the highly publicised CAB Trail that generated considerable interest. Read More


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This Month's News

DHF praises Dr Barbara Lane
for Grenfell report

The Door & Hardware Federation has welcomed a series of findings by Chartered Fire Safety Engineer Dr Barbara Lane given in evidence last week to Sir Martin Moore-Bick's public inquiry into the Grenfell Tower blaze.

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Construction dips to
five-year low

The value of new construction contracts in May reached £4.5 billion, a decrease of almost ten per cent compared to April and the lowest amount for over five years, with residential and infrastructure bearing the brunt of the decline, according to the latest figures from industry analyst Barbour ABI.

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Supreme Court backs self-employed ‘worker’ status

The Supreme Court has backed a self-employed worker’s rights in a landmark ruling that is expected to impact on the employment status of thousands of UK construction personnel.

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Late payments in construction hit 42 days

Construction suppliers are now having to wait an average of over 42 days for payment, up from just over 40 days only five years ago, according to figures published this week.

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New apprenticeships drop by
over a quarter – and young workers are getting fewer

The Government needs to look again at the way the Apprenticeship Levy is working, says to the Federation of Master Builders, following the news that apprenticeship starts fell by over a quarter (28%) in the six months to March.

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Equity release still on the rise

Homeowners took out 10% more equity release plans last month compared with April, amounting to nearly 6% more in total cash over the same period, according to figures published this week.

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The Council for Aluminium in Building (CAB) was formed in 1994 by the
bringing together of three existing trade associations, the Architectural
Aluminium Association, the Patent Glazing Contractors Association and
the Aluminium Window Association, all of whom had been established for
well over 25 years. Our mission is to support the interests of the
architectural aluminium industry by encouraging the increasing use of
aluminium products in architecture and the construction industry as a
whole, to encourage quality and best practice, to set new technical
standards and protect members' business and contractual interest. In
addition we are driving forward the development of a national training
structure for the sector and have received major grants from the DTI to
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