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April 2019 VIEW ONLINE
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CAB Diary 2019

cab25th Anniversary
Year Programme

We are delighted to announce our key events programme for the first half of 2019 – CAB’s 25th Anniversary year!

CAB Aluminium Pavilion
FIT Show 2019, NEC
21-23 May 2019

Contractual Awareness Seminar
Contractual Awareness Seminar
‘Sub contract under
JCT 2016’
4 June 2019

25th AGM Dinner
& Golf Day

Carden Park, Chester
27 June 2019

For further details of any of the above events please contact Julie Harley here.


cabCDW SYSTEMS has extended its range with the introduction of the Sapa Crown Sliding Folding Door.
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CMS Window Systems has manufactured and installed aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling for The Crescent, a new build development within the Edinburgh UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
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cabThe Curve, a newly opened two-storey community hub in the Bryn Gaer Place housing development in Newport, includes a faceted curtain wall completed in the SL52 system from ALUKas its centrepiece.
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cabJACK ALUMINIUM has been shortlisted for Manufacturing Innovation at the Insider Business Made in the Midlands Awards.
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Alan Rees’s Panoramic Group has joined the ranks of the top industry elite by becoming the latest headline sponsor of the G19 Awards.
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Celebrity architect and TV presenter George Clarke has been revealed as the new consumer champion for DGCOS and its partner organisations HIES, and HICS.
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Curtain Walling

The glazed façade at M-SParc (Menai Science Park), Wales’ first dedicated science park, has been fabricated by Total Glass, using Sapa E52 aluminium curtain walling.
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cabUnitised curtain wall is normally associated with new high rise building, but in Belfast, Aluprof systems are being used to help transform an existing office block with a completely new building envelope. 
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cabWork has begun on the installation of two types of curtain walling from KAWNEER on Newcastle University’s new £40 million teaching and learning building.
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cabThe SF52 aluminium curtain walling system from SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS feature in the refurbished Slough Ice Arena.
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cabSMART ARCHITECTURAL ALUMINIUM is claiming the highest rating for responsible sourcing of any UK systems company.
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QUALICOAT had another good turn out for the associations first meeting of 2019.
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Smart Home Week is returning for a third year with a programme of events running from May 20-26.
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The 27th annual Glass Performance Days conference is set to be the biggest yet with more than 240 presentations over the four days of the June event.
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Welsh fabricator DUDLEY’S ALUMINIUM has welcomed Dave Ramsay as Installations Manager.
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cabHailey Melisi and Stephen Lee have joined the internal sales team at CARL F GROUPCO as Sales Co-ordinators. 
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cabKen Wilson has been appointed Managing Director of window hardware manufacturer CALDWELL
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Patrick Calvey has been appointed as Sales Manager for SIEGENIA in a newly established position heading up the UK & Ireland sales team as well as covering the South East of England.
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John England is the latest in a number of ‘heavyweight’ appointments to the PROMAC GROUP, joining as Sales Manager with responsibilities for PVC-U sales and business development.
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Hardware supplier Simonswerk UK today announced that its parent group Simonswerk GmbH has acquired the EUR 27million sales Italian-based Colcom Group from the private equity company Wise Equity SGR  for an undisclosed sum.
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MIGHTON PRODUCTS, is making its new Apple HomeKit-based multipoint Avia smart lock.
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cabMarch 2019 was a record month for ROTO products via CARL F GROUPCO, which reports an 87% increase over the same period last year.
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cabCoventry-based Aztec Windows has completed its first installation of a WINKHAUS AV3 and FAB locking system from its Grand Entrance Collection in a Solidor French Door.
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cabEra has acquired British smart security provider Y-cam, for an undisclosed sum, in a move that CEO Darren Waters says: ‘puts Era right at the forefront of the smart security market’.
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Fit Show

cab EMMEGI is set to debut the Fusion 4H seamless welder, specifically for PVC-U windows and door frames, into the UK after previously being shown Fensterbau and MADE.
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CUSTOMADE GROUP is promising to launch a number of new developments at FIT as well as running a series of business seminars.
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cabALUK is offering installers the chance to win their first AluK aluminium window and door order worth up to £10,000 at the FIT Show.
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Jon Vanstone, Chair of Certass Ltd has been announced as the compère for the FIT Theatre on day two of FIT Show 2019.
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Edgetech is set to launch a new product at the FIT Show, as part of the event’s dedicated new Visit Glass section.
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cabVBH (GB) will be showcasing 11 new solutions for bi-fold and patio doors, windows and entrance doors on Stand Q20 at the FIT Show.
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The FIT Show has announced the launch of its free learning programme, with a total of 50 sessions over the three-day event.
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The BRISANT-SECURE range of locks and door hardware will be on show at the FIT Show 2019 this May with ‘some added Smart innovation'.
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cabIKON ALUMINIUM SYSTEMS will be showcasing its capability at this year’s FIT Show, Stand J53 (Hall 20).
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MILWOOD GROUP is claiming a world first with its Ali-deck aluminium decking system, to be launched at the FIT Show, Stand K70.
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The GGF has once again agreed to host the UK Pavilion at Fensterbau Frontale in Nuremburg in March 2020. 
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Donít Miss the FIT Show Magic on the CAB Lounge!

JustinJustin Ratcliffe, (CAB Chief Executive)

The CAB Team looks forward to welcoming you to the CAB Lounge (Stand E15) at the FIT Show 2019.

The area, part of the wider CAB Pavilion hosting 11 members, will be a networking point for members and a great opportunity to meet our Technical Team to discuss standards, regulations and best practice.

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With a confident outlook within the aluminium sector, especially as far as forecasted sales and capital investment is concerned, there has never been a better time to come and talk to the essential Trade Association in your sector about how we can help support and grow your business. There’s also the chance to see award winning magician Darren Campbell on the Pavilion on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon! Read More

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This Month's News

Synseal trade debt
near £16million

Synseal has been revealed as owing trade creditors £15.78million when in went into administration last month, with reinforcement manufacturer Press Metal UK, Saint-Gobain Glass, polymer supplier Shin Etsu PVC BV and logistics provider XPO Transport each owed seven-figure sums.

Era, Edgetech, steel processor EWS Manufacturing, and polycarbonate sheet supplier Brett Martin also figure as major creditors of the PVC-U system supplier whose main assets were acquired from administration by Aperture Trading including Matthew Mycock and Andy Jones.

The Statement of Affairs published by the administrators shows unsecured non-preferential claims of £37million, including intercompany loans of £19million to Allerford Intermediate Newco Ltd, which is also in administration.

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Get ready for the G19 Awards

It’s time once again for the best of the best to shine at the biggest event in the industry calendar as the G19 Awards are now open for entries.

The search is on for those people, organisations and initiatives that played their part in driving this industry forwards in the last year, with chances to shine in 12 categories which, this year as always, will be scrutinised by our panel on independent expert judges.

“This will be the 16th year of the G-Awards and so far the event has been getting stronger every year,” said organiser Tony Higgin.

“Over those years, the winning products and initiatives have become the milestones that have shaped this industry and looking at the landscape as it is today, there is much going on to continue that tradition.”

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GGF made ‘significant progress’ – Buckley

GGF Chief Executive Kevin Buckley has marked his first 12 months in office by proclaiming the organisation’s ‘significant progress’ in that time and praising its members for their loyalty and commitment.

“We have made great strides in the last 12 months, as we continue to deliver key benefits for Members,” he said, “It’s fair to say that when I became Group Chief Executive, I was very familiar with the GGF commercial subsidiaries but had less knowledge of the industry and the Federation. In the last twelve months, my views have been transformed. I’m continually amazed at the breadth and depth of the GGF Membership and of the loyalty and commitment of the many passionate individuals that contribute to the Federation.”

He also emphasised the importance of listening to members, saying it was a misperception that the organisation did not keep in touch with members or value their views: “One thing that I have found most worthwhile this last 12 months, has been discussing GGF activities with our members and listening to comments and suggestions.

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Construction up 5% in 2018

Total residential construction output increased by 5% in 2018 to £74.2bn, however early signs indicate a slowing of the growth rates for both starts and completions into H1 2019, according to the latest Construction and Housing Forecast Bulletin from AMA Research. 

The growth was underpinned by 8% increase in new work but with residential RMI remaining static at £30bn. 

The rate of annual house price growth has also slowed in Q1 2019.  The Spring Statement in March 2019 also provided good news for the public housing sector with the confirmation that up to £3bn of borrowing by housing associations in England will be made available under the Affordable Homes Guarantee Scheme in order to support the delivery of 30,000 affordable homes.

The report continues: “Future prospects for the new housebuilding sector in Great Britain into the medium-term will be heavily influenced by the issues of affordability, availability of mortgage finance and levels of consumer confidence.  Into H1 2019, these factors have been less resilient than during 2018, indicating that the more cautious approach applied by businesses over the last year has also percolated into the new housebuilding sector. 

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