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CAB Diary 2017

cabOur next event is:

CAB Regional members’ meeting & mini conference
Library of Birmingham, Centenary Square,
Broad Street,
Birmingham B1 2ND
Thursday 16 November 2017

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


Kingfisher Windows has introduced a 68mm frame depth aluminium window, available on 10-15 day turnaround.
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cabSENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS has added a new overswing reversible window option to its PURe range of low U-value aluminium window and doors.
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cabGlazing products from the Hybrid range of SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS were used in the restoration and extension of a former Masonic Hall in Oxford.
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HAZLEMERE COMMERCIAL has completed another education sector refurbishment with the renovation of John Mason School in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.
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REAL ALUMINIUM were chosen by Bristol-based installer Panoramic Ltd to complete five three-storey townhouses on the edge of Bath with an asking price of over £1 million each.
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HAZLEMERE COMMERCIAL replaced 153 windows and four doors with Sapa alternatives as well as installing an area of curtain walling as part of a £1.4million renovation of a UK construction company near to the fabricator’s own base in High Wycombe.
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Fenster Fabrications has helped transform a family’s home as part of Alan Titchmarsh’s home improvement show Love Your Home and Garden.
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DUDLEY’S ALUMINIUM is to install structural fixtures including curtain walling, windows and doors in the new Computational Foundry Building at Swansea University, in a £760K contract for Willmott Dixon Construction Limited.
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G 17 Awards

ASTRASEAL has launched a new, dedicated website for ACIN, its G17-nominated Approved Commercial Installer Network.
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The YALE Conexis L1 Smart Door Lock has been shortlisted in the New Product of the Year category at this year’s G17 Awards.
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Customade Group’s REAL ALUMINIUM brand has been named as finalist in two categories at the forthcoming G17 Awards.
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MILA has scored a hat trick of G-Award nominations as finalist for Component Supplier, Customer Care Initiative and Trade Marketing Campaign of the Year.
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Queen’s Award-winning restrictor supplier Jackloc can now add G17 Finalist to its list of awards and accolades.
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cabLondon-based fabricator EVERGLADE WINDOWS has secured a place amongst the finalists of the Customer Care Initiative of the Year at the G17 awards.
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cabREYNAERS has been shortlisted for the G17 Awards for its Any Space Transformed campaign, the fifth year in a row that the company has been among the finalists.
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cabFabricators from as far afield as Korea, Namibia, Chile and Japan descended on Mühlacker, Germany to experience three TechDays with ELUMATEC.
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Cambridge based MIGHTON PRODUCTS has announced the appointment of Jim Herrington as its Marketing Director.
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The GGF has recognised two of its stalwarts, former GGF President and interim Chief Executive Brian Baker and Standards Committee Chairman Brian Waldron with special awards for Outstanding Service to the Federation.
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cabBUSINESS MICROS has seen four new recruits joining the team at the Newton Le Willows sales and installation office.
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YALE is launching a new national TV campaign next month on Channel 4, Sky, and ITV.
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cabCARL F GROUPCO has been selected as a distributor of Trojan’s new TS 008 accredited Unicorn letterplate.
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KENRICK has launched Nemesis a new bi-directional twin cam espagnolette window locking system specifically for aluminium profiles.
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COASTAL GROUP says it has made rust and leaking oil associated with ball bearing hinges a thing of the past with the launch of the new blu HQ and HY hinges.
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Hardware manufacturer
P C HENDERSON has unveiled its new, improved Evolve range for internal automated straight sliding doors for residential and light commercial applications.
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ALUWOOD has created a retail brochure to help fabricators and joiners show the benefits of aluminium clad timber windows and doors.
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The TROJAN GROUP has commissioned a 90-second video that demonstrates the anti-fishing properties the TS008 Unicorn Letterplate which it launched earlier this year.
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Kingfisher Windows has a new 40-page consumer brochure, ‘Space & Light’.
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cabWindow and door hardware supplier CALDWELL has teamed up with GM Fundraising, choosing the charity as the sole beneficiary for its future donations.
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GM Fundraising Christmas cards are now on sale! The children at Hope House Children’s Hospices have been working very hard to create a pair of very special and unique cards.
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Window, door and curtain walling designer, fabricator and installer CMS WINDOW SYSTEMS has commissioned and installed two new Stuga ZX5 PVC cutting & prepping machining centres in addition to its existing two.
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cabEMMEGI (UK) has proved it is more than just an aluminium machinery supplier with the sale of machining equipment to Stoke on Trent based Robust-UK Ltd.
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SLIDERS UK has launched a second aluminium window system, the new Ultimate Residential Window manufactured in AluK’s 70mm Optio system.
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cabCarl F Groupco has added the Conexis L1 smart keyless locking handle to its SmartSecure electronic access control range.
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cabEight Winkhaus
AV2-E automatic locks are providing uprated security and added convenience for residents of a Bolton apartment complex where new composite entrance doors have been installed.
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Sales Growth in Q3
but Mixed Picture for Year Ahead

Justin Ratcliffe, (CAB Chief Executive)Justin

The latest Q3, 2017 CAB State of the Market Survey holds up well compared to other economic data released for the same period. Early indications from ONS are that construction output declined 0.7% in Q3 2017, the largest fall since 2012 Q3, while the CBI are indicating manufacturers investment decisions for the year ahead deteriorated, particularly for buildings.

Sapa Dualframe advert

However, construction product sales continued to increase in Q3, the eighteenth consecutive quarter of growth since 2013 Q2. CAB’s quarterly survey showed 31% of member firms net balance increased sales in Q3. Looking ahead, expectations for growth amongst CAB members were 44% net balance for the next quarter and 56% net balance for the year ahead. Once again these figures compare favourably against the overall Construction sector (-21% and 28% respectively).

Senior Aluminium Systems

The key driver of cost inflation in Q3 was raw materials (100% net balance), owing to the weak Sterling exchange rates and rising global commodity prices. In addition, 73% net balance reported rising wages and salaries.

Demand was reported as the key constraint on sales growth over the next 12 months, 63% net balance (40% net balance in Q2), with raw materials prices 13%. No constraint on activity was reported by 13% of members. Read More


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This Month's News

Boing Boing bounces into ali

CentralRPL, the PVC-U fabricator purchased by Gary Morton’s Boing Boing Group two years ago, has announced the formation of CentralASL as a sister company fabricating aluminium.

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Pre-anodising to be examined
for ali coating

The Qualicoat organisation has set up a working group to look into pre-anodisation as an alternative preparation for aluminium powder-coating in the light of the imminent ban on the use of chromium in pre-treatment.

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Russell Kane is G17 host

Multi-award winning comedian, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter Russell Kane is to host the G17 Awards and gala dinner at the London Hilton on Park Lane on Friday November 17, following a long line of top comedians who have hosted the event in past years.

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‘Skills gap a threat
…Brexit a bump in the road’

The skills gap represents the major challenge for the glass processing and glazing sectors as increasing automation of process and generational change creates a deficit in traditional skills. The warning came at an industry forum, organised by Bohle to discuss the key issues shaping the glass processing and glazing sector.

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Adhesives acquisition

US-based HB Fuller yesterday (Oct 23) announced the $1,575million acquisition of Royal Adhesives and Sealants, parent company of insulating glass adhesives manufacturer Kommerling Chemische Fabrik Gmbh including its operations in Pirmasens, Germany.

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cabTPG: The Parkside Group Hits A Half Century

TPG – The Parkside Group Limited celebrate their 50th year and welcome in their Golden anniversary.  As an independent, privately owned British company, The Parkside Group Limited has marked this occasion with a new brand identity to take them through the next 50 years.  The Parkside Group Limited, now TPG, uses the heritage of the diamond logo, branding aluminium with “TPG” to reassure its partners of the TPG mark of quality.  This is backed up with a new website which outlines the Group’s TPG: 2025 strategy, highlighting the processes that have been critical to the business.

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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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