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CAB Diary 2018

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CAB AGM Dinner and Golf Day
Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club, Meriden, Warwickshire
Thursday 28 June

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


The steel framing system that was introduced in the UK to provide EI fire protection in butt jointed glazing is now available as a complete glazing system with the launch of the Systemglas Ferro range from Promat UK.
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cabERA has launched its Extreme shootbolt locking system, offering up to three versions of window security.
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ALUFOLDDIRECT announces that it is now fabricating the Infinium minimal frame glazing system from Aluk.
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cabComar has introduced the 7P.i LS+ lift and slide gearing for door configurations up to 12 metres wide and 3 metres high.
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cabSENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS has added the Ali VU Multi Frame option to its product offering for the domestic residential market.
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cabThe 122 Waterloo Street development in the centre of Glasgow offers its occupants floor-to-ceiling glazing throughout, based on Schüco curtain-walling.
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cabA new sports centre in Greenwich’s Sutcliffe Park Nature Reserve includes an aluminium fenestration package from Senior Architectural Systems.
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cabAluminium windows and curtain walling by KAWNEER were used in the patterned façade of a Holiday Inn Express in Birmingham city centre.
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cabArchitectural glazing systems by KAWNEER were specified for the most significant external change to the £3.6 million refurbishment of the Smythe Library at Tonbridge School.
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TRADELINK says it can now offer aluminium bi-folds in four colourways on a ten-day lead time after opening a dedicated facility to double its aluminium manufacturing capacity at its Cambridgeshire site.
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Yorkshire fabricator KINGFISHER WINDOWS has added the Reynaers CP 130 aluminium lift and slide door in response to demand for wide span glazed doors.
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The PIGS networking event has a new London venue for 2018 - The Warwick, in SoHo, just a stone’s throw from Piccadilly Circus.
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An after-school child care service that provides a vital resource to help working families in and around Cumbernauld is benefiting from a donation by CMS WINDOW SYSTEMS.
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BRISANT SECURE is to be the headline sponsor of GM Fundraising’s next epic cycling challenge ‘From Russia With Hope’, taking place in June next year.
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Internet / I.T.

cabBUSINESS MICROS has added a new module, Branded Order Monitor, to its EvoNET business management software said to make sure that every order is kept on track.
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Window Ware has completed a £500,000 investment in a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system that combines sales, purchasing, accounting and inventory management all in one place.
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The Institute of Architectural Ironmongers (IAI) has appointed Joanne Milne-Rowe, pictured, right, as its new national chair. The appointment was announced at the institute’s AGM on 28 April.
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Borough IT, the GGF Group’s IT company, has announced the appointment of Linda Wood as Operations Director.
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EXETER TRADE ALUMINIUM has appointed Nick Sandbrook as General Manager.
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VERTIK-AL has announced two further new appointments to its board following its acquisition by an investment group last year.
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BRE Global has announced the appointment of Dr Shamir Ghumra as the new Director of BREEAM, the international portfolio of sustainability standards (including CEEQUAL and Home Quality Mark).
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PROMAC GROUP has created a dedicated new technical sales and service role in the whole of Ireland, appointing Chris Curran to the newly created post of Technical Sales Manager Ireland.
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HOPPE (UK) has appointed Rob Thomas as business development manager for the Midlands.
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MILA has partnered with the European hardware manufacturer Axor to bring a new range of tilt and turn hardware to the UK.
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cabCARL F GROUPCO has been selected as a hardware supplier for Liniar’s new range of reversible windows
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cabSecurity manufacturer Era has announced the acquisition of Carlisle-Based architectural hardware supplier Zoo Hardware for an undisclosed sum.
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P C HENDERSON is celebrating being named winner of the Export Award at the North East Business Awards Grand Final.
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The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, including windows and curtail walling by Bennett Architectural Aluminium has been shortlisted for the Building of the Year prize at the Architects Journal Awards 2018.
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Four women have made Institute of Architectural Ironmongers history by becoming the organisation’s first all-female line-up in its annual awards.
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cabDoncaster based SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS is the latest system house to sign up to the BFRC Energy Rating Scheme.
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cabArchitects and specifiers can now have PAS 24 accredited, double doors up to 2.6 metres wide and 3 metres high, thanks to new hardware from

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Curtain Walling

TECHNAL MX Visible Grid Curtain Wall, PY55 Doors, and FY65 Windows were recently specified for The University of Lincoln’s Isaac Newton Building.
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CROWN DOORS & SHUTTERS has installed curtain walling and a non-thermal shop front based on Exlabesa’s ECW50 curtain walling and KSF systems as part of the construction of Skelton Retail Park near Middlesbrough for main contractor Tolent Construction.
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cabELUMATEC celebrated the 90th anniversary of Fensterbau by unveiling its SBZ 151 Edition 90 5-axis CNC with optimised clamping and ergonomic control system.
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The Glass and Glazing Federation and Fensa are exhibiting and presenting at the annual Chartered Trading Standards Institute Symposium in Nottingham on 4th to 6th June.
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Raising knowledge levels
throughout the industry

JustinJustin Ratcliffe, (CAB Chief Executive)

While there is a general feeling, halfway through Q2, that our sector is catching up from the effects of the bad weather in Q1 such as project delays, CAB remains highly active on several fronts.

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Mid May saw the annual CAB Aluminium in Building Conference at Jaguar Experience, Castle Bromwich entitled, ‘The Façade as a Protection against Fire and Flanking Acoustics’. Nearly 100 delegates listened attentively to a series of eight presentations. The first session was focused on fire safety and Merlyn Forrer, Fire Protection Manager with Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service, set the scene with his keynote address:

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“External Fire Spread”. Merlyn stressed the need for a holistic view of fire safety and illustrated through case studies that fire loading in the event of an accident is subject to many variables that need to be considered. As David Cooper, Fire Safety Engineering Manager at International Fire Consultants went on to stress, we must learn from history and ensure that we raise the knowledge levels throughout the industry, particularly when it comes to fire safety. The reminders were timely, coming the day before the publication of “Building a Safer Future”, the Final Report of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety. Read More


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Scaling the Burgeoning Initiative Mountain

Justin RatcliffeJustin Furness – CAB Technical Director

Recent research has shown that there are almost 100 initiatives underway concerned with the digitalisation of information for construction products, with related software systems and with either an international or national focus. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a common theme of these initiatives. Of course, BIM is not a new concept. A paper in the 1980s predicted that model objects would connect to relational databases containing product data. Architects have long used software tools to design, plan and analyse buildings. While most have focused on the visual 3D aspects of modelling historically, the importance of data (the “I” of BIM) is rightly coming to the fore. Read More


This Month's News

Housebuilding slump
hits construction

The value of new construction contracts fell by 6.8% last month to £4.9 billion, largely due to a 15.3% slump in housebuilding as well as a wavering infrastructure sector that has performed poorly so far in 2018, according to the latest Economic & Construction Market Review from Barbour ABI.

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Safestyle wins first court battle against Safeglaze
– but new chairman Richardson steps down

Safestyle has won the first stage of its legal battle against rival newcomer Safeglaze, with a number of interim court injunctions ‘preventing Safeglaze UK and certain named individuals from undertaking various actions’ and also requiring them to provide specified documents to Safestyle.

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Glazing Summit a success

More than 400 industry players gathered last week to hear speakers and join panel discussions in the inaugural Glazing Summit organised by Insight Data and Purplex Marketing.

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GGF issues ‘tough times’ statement after McAllister departure

The GGF today responded to last week’s sudden departure of its managing director Shaun McAllister with a statement from its president, John Agnew, speaking of ‘progress during tough times.’  

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Whole industry must heed Hackitt - FMB

Dame Judith Hackitt’s Review into Building Regulations provides a blueprint for ensuring competence in construction which should be extended across the industry, according to the Federation of Master Builders.

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cab‘Disruptors in Facade Technology’

The facade industry is quite mature in its lifecycle with aluminium being the most sustainable material to specify for windows, doors and facades. With high performance thermal breaks, it is possible to specify aluminium systems that will help projects reach the Passivhaus standard. But what of the emerging technologies that will influence sustainability and efficiency?

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Council for Aluminium in Building
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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