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CAB Diary 2017

cabOur next event is:

CAB Pavilion and CAB Lounge (CAB 01)
Hall 8, FIT Show
NEC Birmingham
23-25 MaY 2017

Join CAB and 14 member companies for beer and nibbles at 5pm Tuesday 23 May on our 400m2+ CAB Pavilion.

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


cabThe TruEnergy Aluminium Window delivers true energy efficiency and impressive performance with fewer components. Developed by Jack Aluminium Systems, the PAS 24 window system is easy to fabricate and install.
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cabSCHUECO UK has updated its ASS 77 PD.HI manually operated panoramic sliding door system.
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cabElements from all of Kawneer’s architectural glazing systems portfolio have been used on a wide range of applications in a city’s new neighbourhood – the £500 million First Street Manchester.
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HAZLEMERE COMMERCIAL has completed a £2.3m installation project with window and door products on a sustainability award-winning Devon school, Bideford College.
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cabAluminium glazing systems by KAWNEER have been used on a purpose-built visitor attraction at the Royal Mint in Llantrisant, South Wales.
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Aluminium manufacturer / installer AB GLASS has been awarded a £1.4 million contract by Kier Construction to complete works at a development in Swansea for the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD).
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FIT Show

FIT Show exhibitors are making plans to ensure that the evening of ‘BIG Tuesday’ will be a memorable one.
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CUSTOMADE has been talking about how Real Aluminium can make the move into aluminium ‘as easy as child’s play’ for installers.
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cabReynaers gives a preview of its stand for the forthcoming FIT Show at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in May.
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FIT Show organisers have put together the most comprehensive seminar programme yet, with a host of speakers covering key topics for the window, door and conservatory industry.
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YALE is offering nine visitors at this year’s FIT Show the chance to win a Conexis L1 Smart Door Lock.
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MIGHTON PRODUCTS is set to publish its new catalogue, available in both printed and digital options.
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HOPPE UK has appointed Andy Syms and Ellen Mack as business development managers for the North of England and Ireland respectively.
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Suffolk-based SEH BAC has switched its aluminium offering to Origin.
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Mealey Architectural Facades (MAF) Ltd, based in Carlow, RoI, has installed a long bed Satellite XT machining centre from Emmegi (UK) to replace one of its existing three-axis models.
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Fabricator and installer CMS WINDOW SYSTEMS has been announced as a winner of the Queen's Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development 2017.
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The British manufactured and supplied Mundial Window Handle range by WINLOCK SECURITY has undergone an upgrade.
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cabCarl F Groupco reported record sales of UNI reversible window hardware manufactured by Roto/Peder Nielsen (PN), last year, up 18% on 2015.
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Sales by KENRICK of its Excalibur multi-point locking system have reached an all-time high of 500,000 sets of the shootbolts within the last year.
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The top industry professionals and most promising newcomers in the door hardware industry have been recognised at the Institute of Architectural Ironmongers Awards.
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Mila has launched a new version of its ProSecure two star security handle in Supa stainless steel.
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More than 100 people attended an open event held by the TWR Group, where it was announced that the company had achieved Secured by Design (SBD) status for its aluminium doors, that incorporate VBH hardware.
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QUALICOAT UK & IRELAND supported of the 2017 Surface World Live Show at the NEC, where it offered a ‘drop-in’ stand to answer visitors’ questions about the association and technical issues.
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The National Homebuilding & Renovating Show at the NEC, Birmingham last month reported its busiest event for ten years.
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Curtain Walling

cabTrumpington Community College, said to be the first new secondary school to be built in Cambridge for 40 years, features aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling systems from SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS.
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cabArchitectural glazing systems from KAWNEER were used on the 19th and largest Maggie’s cancer care centre in the UK.
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How do you solve a problem that’s, like, technical?*

Justin RatcliffeJustin Furness – CAB Technical Director

When I am asked what it is that we do at CAB, essentially we are here to promote and defend the use of aluminium in building on behalf of our members. For any non-members out there, who do you approach for technical information, advice and guidance? Of course your suppliers will be able to help you with their perspective, but what if you would like an independent view? The continued growth in the use of aluminium in the construction sector is fantastic, and the growth of aluminium in the domestic market is striking.

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Perhaps as a fabricator or installer you are expanding into aluminium products, having started out in another material or market. Do you need to know which British and European standards apply and how you should relate these standards to your aluminium products? Are you fully up to speed with all the regulations that you need to address?

Senior Aluminium Systems

One of the advantages of being a member of CAB is priority access to our technical helpline. While we can’t promise to be able to answer every question, we work on the principle that if we can’t help, we aim to know someone that can. In addition, we have a wide range of user-friendly Guidance Notes available to members that cover many of the frequently asked questions, on topics ranging from Part L to BIM. . Read More


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CAB Pavilion highlights exciting Residential Aluminium Applications

Justin Ratcliffe, (CAB Chief Executive)Justin

The 14 member strong 400m2+ CAB Aluminium Pavilion in Hall 8, NEC at the FIT Show, is testament to the exciting growth in the use of aluminium in the door, window and conservatory markets in housing. It also highlights how the Trade Association has taken on board the FIT Show strap line ‘Think Big’. According to Robert Palmer, Palmer Market Research, ‘since 2008 aluminium has seen exponential growth of 37% in value terms’ in this sector. Read more

This Month's News

Making History in West Yorkshire

cabAluminium curtain walling, windows and doors from Senior Architectural Systems have been specified for use on the striking new West Yorkshire History Centre in Wakefield.

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Home improvement on the increase – survey

The number of households planning major home improvements has risen dramatically since last year, according to figures released yesterday.

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Praise for pre-emptive chrome elimination

cabArchitectural aluminium systems manufacturer Kawneer has put a six-figure investment into the elimination of chrome from its production pre-treatment ahead of the official ban due to come into force in September.

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‘A glazing revolution is just around the corner’– report

cabNew technologies on the horizon for architectural glazing will allow buildings to adapt to their environment in revolutionary new ways, according to architect Ian Ritchie in a new report from Pilkington United Kingdom on the future of glazing in commercial buildings.

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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
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