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CAB Diary 2018

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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


Timber window and door manufacturer BLACK MILLWORK has entered the aluminium market with a range of windows aimed at both the contemporary and historic steel replacement markets.
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cabSCHUECO UK has introduced the ASS 70.HI DE, a new version of the lift-and-slide door that it introduced into the UK in 2010.
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cabALUPROF and PYROGUARD, have unveiled a new, non-insulated, slimline fire-resistant glazing system, said to be a first for the UK market.
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cabAluminium windows and doors from SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS have been chosen for the new X1 Aire private rented scheme in Leeds.
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K2 ALUMINIUM SYSTEMS, has completed a redevelopment project involving 125 windows as part of a multi-million pound transformation programme on Piece Mill.
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cabSteel-look windows by KAWNEER helped in a £17 million project to rescue a partly-derelict former technical college in Enfield, North London, that was part of Middlesex University.
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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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A new conference for the glass and glazing industry, The 2018 Glazing Summit has been confirmed to be held in Birmingham in May.
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Curtain Walling

has been appointed by Kier Construction to provide its services in the development of a technology park and advanced manufacturing workspace in St Austell, Cornwall.
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BENNETT ARCHITECTURAL ALUMINIUM was appointed by Vinci Construction to provide a full vertical envelope façade system constructed from Kawneer’s AA110 curtain wall.
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cabThe AA201 unitised or off-site manufactured curtain walling from KAWNEER with curved corners and feature bands clads the first to tenth floors of the Grade A office building and car park development known as 101 Embankment.
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Customade Group is investing £250,000 in a new factory to increase window production by its REAL ALUMINIUM subsidiary in response to sales growth of more than 300% in a little over 18 months.
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Graeme Bailey, MD of Business Micros, has been welcomed back to the GM FUNDRAISING team as a volunteer fundraiser.
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cabTHE PARKSIDE GROUP has announced a new management structure that will see Sales Director Richard Reeve exclusively looking after the group’s Axim Architectural Hardware division.
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YALE has redeveloped its Yale Blade window locking system under the new name of Rapide.
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VBH has added the Link Vent Mk2 trickle vent from Glazpart to its range of hardware.
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MIGHTON has this year launched separate catalogues for its core ranges, including a main hardware catalogue and another for its Mighty Machines.
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316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel door and window hardware supplier BLU has launched a range of showroom display boards.
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cabMade for Trade has become what is believed to be the biggest user of EMMEGI machines in the UK by quantity, with the addition of a fourth Phantomatic T3A three-axis machining centre to its manufacturing set up.
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Haffner Murat has announced the launch of its new AL-220/70 Aluminium Machining Centre.
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Secondary glazing company INCARNATION reports seeing growing interest in its top-end Deluxe product and says it has taken on several new employees in response to demand.
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The FIT Show may be in its rest year but the Installation of the Year competition is back for 2018 following its launch last year when the Twitter-based competition attracted more than 1,000 votes for over 200 entries.
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Independent hardware distributor WINDOW WARE will be exhibiting at Fensterbau 2018, joining other British brands in the UK Pavilion hosted by the GGF.
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Jackloc is celebrating its 15th year in business by making its debut at this year’s Fensterbau Frontale.
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Another innovation has been introduced to glasstec in this, its 25th outing with the launch of the Start-up Zone.
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cabSMART ARCHITECTURAL ALUMINIUM will be returning to Ecobuild, showcasing its new, high quality Designer Door and Orangery Roof systems.
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PROMAC GROUP will have four supply partners showcasing their products in PVC-U, aluminium and glass technologies at this year’s Fensterbau.
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cabSCHUECO UK says innovations and improvements have been introduced for the 2018 Schueco Excellence Awards for Design and Innovation competition.
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BRISANT SECURE is introducting of a new next day keyed alike service for its cylinders including the Ultion product.
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cabSolidor has chosen the dedicated WINKHAUS Stable Door Lock that has helped the product to become the first stable door to achieve a Secured by Design licence.
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What price culture change?

Justin RatcliffeJustin Furness – CAB Technical Director

The Interim Report of the Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety was published in December. The Chair of the review, Dame Judith Hackitt, makes it clear in her opening remarks that she is shocked at some of the practices she has heard about in the construction sector, adding that it is her conviction that a new intelligent system of regulation and enforcement will encourage everyone to do the right thing and will hold to account those who try to cut corners. We set out more details from the Interim Report below and it clearly calls for a “universal shift in culture”.

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Dame Judith would like the review to have a similar impact to the improvements in safety in the oil and gas industry that followed the Piper Alpha oil production platform disaster in 1988. The report also points to the positive changes brought about to worker safety because of the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 and looks to us all to make a start now on culture change, ahead of the final recommendations and any legislative changes.

Senior Aluminium Systems

If further proof were required of the need for wider culture change in the sector, 2018 has started with the demise of Carillion. Will a supply chain of SMEs be the ones to suffer most from a culture of poor procurement practices, bad management and late payments and retentions? While the details and causes behind these two events are very different, is this now the time for the construction sector to focus on getting the right culture for doing business in the 21st century?


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2018: Confidence in growth despite uncertainty

JustinJustin Ratcliffe, (CAB Chief Executive)

CAB ceo, Justin Ratcliffe, considers the latest State of the Market Survey results for Q4, 2017 and looks ahead to the Association’s 2018 key events programme

The latest Q4, 2017 CAB State of the Market Survey highlights growth prospects have strengthened for the year ahead with 79% net balance of members expecting sales growth in 2018 compared to 56% in Q3. This is impressive as it is set against a background of ongoing economic and political uncertainty relating to Brexit. Read More


This Month's News

Carillion projects worth a total of £5.7 billion

Latest figures from the collapse of Carillion suggest that on the day of liquidation, the industry giant was the main contractor on 57 construction projects worth a total of £5.7 billion, according to industry analyst Barbour ABI.

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‘No change’ for FIT Show with Montgomery move

FIT Show organisers this week announced a partnership with global events organiser Angus Montgomery Ltd, adding that the day-to-day running of the event will not be affected by the move.

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Industry calls on Govt to abolish retentions

Build UK, the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (CECA), and the Construction Products Association (CPA), are calling on Government to abolish the practice of retention in the construction industry.

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Equity release hits
record high

More households than ever are taking out equity release loans – over 10,000 in the last quarter alone – pushing the 2017 total sum borrowed past £3billion for the first time ever.

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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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