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CAB Diary 2016

cabOur next event is:

CAB Regional Members’ meeting

Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester
Thursday 16 March 2017

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


EXTRUDASEAL has launched a new aluminum bi-fold threshold gasket, which uses a semi-rigid box foot, claiming a more secure fix and improved compression and weather sealing.
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The Smartglass brand from Clayton Glass has been extended with the addition of Smartglass-W for the bi-folding and patio door markets.
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cabComar Architectural Aluminium Systems were selected to provide the façade of Park Regis’ first European hotel with curtain walling, windows and entrances.
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cabArchitectural glazing by Kawneer has been specified for an award-winning community church for its ability to match performance with cost-effectiveness.
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cabThe former Van der Elst cigar factory in Leuven has undergone a metamorphosis into an urban oasis, where Jaspers-Eyers Architects has now created a mix of residential units, offices and shops around a series of green outdoor areas.
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cabAGC GLASS and CAREY GLASS have played an intrinsic role in the creation of Canaletto, a 31-storey waterside residential tower.
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cabAluminium glazing from SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS including the PURe window system has been specified for use at the new Feethams leisure development in Darlington.
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Curtain Walling

cabHilton Bournemouth, the latest property in the Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand, has achieved its soaring glass façade with panoramic views to the coast and across the popular seaside town thanks to extensive use of architectural aluminium systems from Metal Technology.
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cabBuilding systems manufacturer HUECK UK is celebrating a record year.
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cabELUMATEC is set to unveil its latest high-tech offering at the BAU show in Munich, Germany, from the 15th to the 21st of January.
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Preparations for the 25th Anniversary Conference of the Glass Performance Days (GPD) June 28-30, 2017 in Tampere, Finland are underway.
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cabLaura Kane has been welcomed as HR Manager of SAPA BUILDING SYSTEMS working across all the brands in in the UK and Ireland.
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cabLeicester based aluminium fabricator UNIQUE WINDOWS has invested almost £1m in a full suite of Emmegi machinery for its new 43,000 sq ft factory.
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cabAn animated video has been commissioned by Carl F Groupco to promote the company’s SmartSecure solutions for electronic door locking and access control.
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MILA has worked with Eurocell to achieve PAS24 2012 approval at BSI on five single and French doors, with both standard and new PVC-U low threshold profiles.
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The environmental credentials of window, door and curtain walling designer, manufacturer and installer CMS WINDOW SYSTEMS have again been recognised.
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VELUX has been selected as Best in Category, Building Shell, in the Archiproducts Design Awards for its Velux Modular Skylights (VMS).
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The Glass and Glazing Federation has won the Construction Marketing Award (CMA) for “Best Mid-Budget Campaign.
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Window, door and curtain walling designer, manufacturer and installer, CMS Window Systems, has made a generous donation to a long-established Scottish charity which works tirelessly to combat social inequality.
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cabEarlier this year Powdertech Corby launched its Landscape range.
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FIT Show

cabWhether it’s a commercial or domestic project, doors, windows, orangeries or conservatories, the FIT Show is on the hunt for the best installations from around the globe for its Installation of the Year Twitter competition.
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cabAluminium systems house Exlabesa’s newly launched steel replacement window suite has just achieved PAS 24 security accreditation.
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TWR BIFOLDS is celebrating its best year ever in business, with the company set to end 2016 30% up on the previous year.
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SAMEDAY TRADE FRAMES has added the Ultimate Evolution aluminium bi-folding door Sliders UK to its trade offer.
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SLIDERS UK has reported significant growth, with year-on-year sales up 16% in November.
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CAB Looking Forward to 2017!

Justin Ratcliffe, (CAB Chief Executive)Justin

With 2017 now just a couple of days away it is perhaps worth reiterating that confidence still exists within the aluminium in building supply chain. Our Q3, 2016 Survey showed 80% net balance of CAB members believe their sales will increase in the 12 months ahead, although concerns remain over rising unit costs and currency fluctuations post Brexit.

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Within the Trade Association, we anticipate an exciting year ahead with new fabricator/installer training and other new member services being central to CAB’s value propositions. With fabricator membership growing more than 25% in 2016, it was the ideal time to partner with the FIT Show 2017 and launch a new CAB Aluminium Pavilion. The fantastic response is perhaps unsurprising as, according to Palmer, since 2008 aluminium in domestic glazing has seen exponential growth of 37% in value terms, while the market as a whole has grown by just 2%.

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Across the construction sector as a whole output in general is expected to be broadly flat in 2017 and 2018, but this masks significant growth in sectors such as infrastructure and education where we believe there are significant opportunities for aluminium.


Thank you for following Aluminium in Architecture in 2016 and on behalf of everyone at CAB we wish you a very happy New Year!

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This Month's News

Construction falls flat in November

After a robust month for construction in October the same could not be repeated in November, as year on year contract value decreased by 30 per cent. According to the December edition of the Economic & Construction Market Review from industry analysts Barbour ABI, total construction contract value in November reached £5.5 billion (see fig 1.1), reverting back to the same total in August that occurred in the aftermath of the Brexit vote.

Major sectors such as residential, commercial & retail and infrastructure struggled to gain momentum on the month. Despite a lacklustre November, the residential sector still led all sectors with £2.1 billion worth of construction contracts, with 79 per cent of the value coming from private housing investment.

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Give planners resources
to tackle housing shortage
– report

Nearly 90% of local authorities believe that the Government’s housing targets will be impossible to meet due to a lack of planning resources, according to a new joint research report from the Federation of Master Builders and the Local Government Information Unit.

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FOM and Graf join forces to create €110million ‘machinery powerhouse’

Aluminium and PVC-U cutting and machining manufacturers, FOM Industrie and Graf Synergy, have announced the formation of a new partnership to create the FOM-GS Group, committing Graf and FOM to the joint development of existing and new markets, plus the development of shared technologies and software solutions.

The move is said to be part of an ambitious three-year strategy through to 2020, which seeks to ‘exploit the leadership position occupied by each within their respective and each other’s markets.’

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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
assist in this activity.
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