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CAB Diary 2018

cabOur next event is:

CAB Regional Membersí Meeting and Dinner
Thursday 8 March 2018 Leeds City Centre

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


MILWOOD GROUP, manufacturer of aluminium verandas, canopies and carports, has introduced a new addition to its offering with the Simplicity 6 multi-purpose veranda system.
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cabSENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS has added an aluminium window, the thermally-broken Ali VU to its product range.
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cabSchueco UK is launching a range of sliding door systems for domestic and commercial properties.
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ALUFOLDDIRECT has introduced the Technic-Al flat aluminium rooflight.
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BOHLE has added the Skyforce Juliet balcony to its range.
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AB Glass, an aluminium manufacturing and installation company based in Swansea, has been awarded a £90,000 contract by Willmott Dixon to carry out works at Route 39 Academy.
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cabArchitectural glazing systems from KAWNEER installed by Bennett Architectural Aluminium helped to meet the “critical” acoustics for Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.
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BENNETT ARCHITECTURAL will undertake its biggest DfMA (Design for Manufacture and Assembly) project to date, for the £350m New Grange Hospital in Cwmbran, South Wales.
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Cardiff-based DUDLEY’S ALUMINIUM has secured a £4million contract to support the development on the latest Central Square project later this year with Rightacres and main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine.
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Building envelope subcontractor ENTEC DESIGN SERVICES installed Exlabesa Building Systems’ KSF Non Thermal Door system as part of a £3million refurbishment.
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cabThe TD68 Jack Door and the JD47 non-thermal system from JACK ALUMINIUM SYSTEMS have been used by IDF Aluminium for Apollo Interiors as part of a full renovation of the Lamborghini Showroom on Old Brompton Road, South Kensington.
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More than 150 people have already registered for the GLAZING SUMMIT, the new one-day conference for the window, door and conservatory industry on 22nd May.
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Curtain Walling

Entec Design Services Ltd has undertaken the complete building envelope of a new 83-bed Premier Inn in Middlesbrough.
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GLASSOLUTIONS was commissioned to provide a mullion-only curtain wall system for the £80.11 million construction of the new V&A Museum of Design, Dundee.
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cabREYNAERS aluminium curtain wall system for facades and roofs has created new angles for a modern office building for Groupama in Chartres, southwest of Paris.
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Brisant Secure has donated £5,000 to
GM Fundraising
to celebrate the Lock Lock door security handle surpassing an unprecedented 5,000 hour salt spray test.
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cabWolverhampton-based ERA is supporting the local Midlands Air Ambulance Charity as its chosen charity throughout 2018.
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Window Ware has appointed Brad Jackson as Area Sales Manager to provide regional support and hardware expertise to customers in the Midlands, Derby, South Yorkshire and mid Wales following the retirement or Alan Carvell.
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cabWINKHAUS has announced the retirement of its second longest-serving employee, North East Project Manager Trevor Riley, after nearly 25 years.
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VBH (GB) is adding to its sales team with the appointment of Matt Edney as Area Sales Manager for the South East, and Wayne Hewlett as External Technical Sales Support.
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cabAluminium systems manufacturer EXLABESA BUILDING SYSTEMS appointed Dave Tanner as Area Manager (Midlands).
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SYNSEAL GROUP has appointed Robert Long as Manufacturing Director for Synseal’s PVC-U and aluminium production at its main Huthwaite site.
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VBH has added the Link Vent Mk2 trickle vent from Glazpart to its range of hardware.
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Straight Sliding 307 door hardware from
P C HENDERSON has been specified for the main access door to an elephant house at Skandavale Monastery in Carmarthen, Wales.
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cabEra this week topped off 180 years of history with a move to a new 135,000sq ft HQ, factory and warehouse in Wolverhampton.
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cabCARL F GROUPCO has added the Roto TSL Espagnolette to its catalogue and now offers the manufacturer’s full Twin-Cam Security Lock range for casement and reversible windows.
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A shrewd installer has more than doubled the rate of aluminium installations it completes after leaping ahead with REAL Aluminium.
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Corgi Fenestration has unveiled its own Installer Scheme with a single fee for notifications across windows, doors, conservatories and other extensions.
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Fensa has promised a range of initiatives and programmes for 2018 which it says will deliver greater customer service and offer more benefits to installers.
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FIT Show organisers have added their voice to the debate over the use of ‘promo girls’ with a statement echoing a new exhibitor’s code published by UK Construction Week.
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BENNETT ARCHITECTURAL design technician Mitchell Pritchard has been awarded the AMI Manufacturing Apprentice award for February.
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cabEVERGLADE WINDOWS has won three West London Business Awards.
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ALUFOLDDIRECT has been named a triple finalist in the Red Rose Business Awards.
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BRISANT SECURE has created a new video showing a 1 star cylinder being breached in less than ten seconds while its Lock Lock survives several minutes even with the cylinder removed.
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Over 1,000 doors every day are now fitted with ULTION locks – more than the average burglaries via door across all of England and Wales, according to Brisant Secure and figures from the ONS.
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Brisant has announced that its Lock Lock handle is now the only security door handle with the Sold Secure certification issued by the Master Locksmiths Association.
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The MILA ProSecure TS007 two star security handle has received what the company says is ‘the ultimate endorsement of its quality and performance’.
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Known unknowns
– having a Rumsfeld moment

Justin RatcliffeJustin Furness – CAB Technical Director

If industry in general craves one thing, apart from a healthy profit margin, it is certainty. And right now, certainty seems pretty thin on the ground. For example, we leave the European Union in just over a year’s time, but the shape of that exit could take many forms. We could leave with no deal; or we could start a two-year implementation phase in 2019, when nothing changes, and then leave the European Union with no deal; or we could end a two-year implementation phase with a free trade agreement with the European Union and effectively it remains business as usual.

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This situation will be affecting many companies when it comes to making investment decisions, with the uncertainties in our future trading relationships with the rest of Europe making a rational assessment of a business case that involves European trade complicated, to say the least.

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The Construction Products Regulation (CPR) is a case in point. While the benefits of CE marking may be more apparent for a large multinational, who wants to see harmonisation and common product testing and certification systems across all their European sales territories, for the SME installer, manufacturing for their local market in the UK, the benefits of CE marking their products may be less obvious, although of course I should point out that in any event it is the law right now and will be into the foreseeable future, so non-compliance with the CPR is not an option. Read More


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CAB Mini-conference - ‘New Era for Specification?’

JustinJustin Ratcliffe, (CAB Chief Executive)

Over 115 CAB members and guests are already booked for the latest Regional Members’ mini-conference at the Carriageworks, Leeds on Thursday 8 March. An expert panel chaired by Chris Ashworth, MD, Competitive Advantage will consider the theme of ‘New Era for Specification?’. Joining Chris will be John Beaumont, Quality Manager, Bowmer & Kirkland who previously worked for a specialist aluminium contractor and Jason Clarke, Director, DLA Architecture. Read More


This Month's News

Commercial glazing hit by slow construction market

The impact of a sluggish year for construction on the commercial glazing sector is reflected in the latest AMA report that shows and estimated marginal growth in 2017, following good growth in 2015-6, with a forecasted flattening this year and next followed by ‘modest’ growth of 2-3% through to 2021.

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Levy system blamed for falling apprenticeships

Apprenticeship starts decreased by a more than third in November 2017 against November 2016, which the Federation of Master Builders says highlights the need to reform the apprenticeship levy system.

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Cold-call window firm
fined – again

A window company that had already been fined £50,000 for making nuisance calls and was the subject of a TV investigation for going on doing the same a year later has now been prosecuted in a criminal court for continuing to break the law.

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Property sales still slow after 2008 crisis

More bad news for property sales came with figures showing home sales have still not recovered to anywhere near the pre-2008 era of the global financial crisis, according to Land Registry data.

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Housing heads up flagging construction figures

Housing – and specifically one massive planned development – proved to be the biggest highlight in a flagging construction sector last month where the total value of contracts awarded at £5.4billion was 10.6% lower year on year, according to thße latest figures from industry analyst Barbour ABI.

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‘Polarised’ fittings market grew 3% – AMA

The UK market for door and window fittings grew by around 3% in 2017, lower than in 2016, but in line with slowing growth rates for the construction market as a whole and stimulated by greater demand for higher specification products, according to new figures from AMA Research.

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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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