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CAB Diary 2017

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EXTRUDASEAL has announced the launch of AeroSeal, its new through-colour aluminium bi-fold door foam gasket.
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cabSCHUECO UK, is launching three new sun-shading systems in the UK.
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cabHueck UK has expanded its market leading portfolio with the addition of four new premium products.
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KESTREL ALUMINIUM SYSTEMS has followed the launch of its Flat Rooflight with a Lantern Rooflight System.
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cabSchueco UK, has announced new developments to its FWS 35 PD panorama design façade system.
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WARMCORE, the warm aluminium window and door system from Synseal Group has launched a new slimmer vent window, the SV, with an 18% slimmer sash.
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cabArchitectural glazing systems by KAWNEER were value-engineered as part of the second phase of Cardiff University’s Science and Innovation campus.
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High Wycombe-based HAZLEMERE COMMERCIAL has carried out a rejuvenation of the 1970s-built Hyde Park Towers property development.
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The Cock Inn at Mugginton has undergone a £1m restoration and extension project with aluminium windows, doors and curtain walling in the building’s new extension by FRAME FAST UK.
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cabNW Architects’s brief was to transform an existing 12-storey 1970s office building in Southampton into high end student apartments.
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FIT Show

PROMAC GROUP will showcase innovations in PVC-U welding technologies, plus advances in manufacture of aluminium systems, at this year’s FIT Show.
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cabAluminium systems company REYNAERS is promising to feature new systems when it makes its first appearance at this year’s FIT Show (stand, N10).
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YALE will be taking the stage the FIT Show as part of the show’s seminar programme.
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ALUWOOD WINDOWS will be showing its flush sash aluminium timber window system at FIT Show, stand H1 in Hall 7.
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cabEMMEGI (UK) will have its biggest ever stand at this year’s ‘biggest ever’ FIT Show, at the entrance to Hall 7.
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cabALUK is at the FIT Show for the first time, not only launching four new products, including a new bifold door, as well as hosting its own seminar series and sponsoring the Master Fitter Challenge.
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A line-up of business and industry speakers has been announced for what the FIT Show says is ‘the most comprehensive seminar programme yet’ at this year’s event in May.
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cabCARL F GROUPCO has addressed the challenge of presenting its range of over 7,000 window and door fitting lines.
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cabThis year’s FIT Show will see the launch of a new InfoServer module
for BM Aluminium’s LogiKal software.
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Hardware manufacturer TROJAN will be launching a Document Q compliant letterplate at the FIT Show 2017.
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EXTRUDASEAL says it will explain at this year’s FIT Show how fabricators could cut gasket costs by 30-40%.
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FENSA has announced the appointment of Chris Beedel as Director of Membership.
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cabHUECK UK has expanded its Lambda series of products with the launch of Lambda WS 075 FC and Lambda SA (silent air).
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South West aluminium supplier FENSTER FABRICATIONS has achieved the BSi BS 4873/PAS24 accreditation.
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Suffolk-based SEH BAC has switched its aluminium offering to Origin.
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DEKKO WINDOW SYSTEMS is adding aluminium windows to the Räum Collection of doors launched in 2015.
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MILA is launching a fire-rated version of its SupaStyle stainless steel letterbox.
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YALE will be taking the stage the FIT Show as part of the show’s seminar programme.
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Sash, casement & bi-fold hardware supplier MIGHTON PRODUCTS has signed an exclusive agreement with Dutch paint and coatings manufacturer Anker Stuy Veerven.
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Over 25million window handles, made of enough steel to build Blackpool Tower twice over – that is the achievement of hardware manufacturer WINLOCK SECURITY.
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cabIn response to the growing demand for its new Ali Fold aluminium doors, Senior Architectural Systems has pledged significant investment to boost the speed and capacity of its in-house manufacturing facility.
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cabArchitects and specifiers looking for Secured by Design, thermally efficient commercial doors should visit the new AluFoldDirect Aluminium Glazing Design Centre in Blackburn to see examples of Jack Aluminium’s Jack Door system.
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“Every installer who sees the Technic-AL RD1 Entrance Door buys one, even if it’s not what they came in to look at,” says Craig Miller, Managing Director of AluFoldDirect.
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cabELUMATEC has signed a deal to exclusively supply uPVC machinery products from German manufacturers Sturtz.
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AB GLASS has started work at the new £26 million Eastern High School site in Cardiff.
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Curtain Walling

cabAluminium doors, windows and curtain walling from SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS have been specified for use on the Concordia Works scheme.
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cabTwo apartment blocks in Manchester’s Hat Box development in Milliners Wharf, using TECHNAL window, curtain walling and door systems, supplied through fabricator Glasshus have achieved Secured By Design certification.
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Windows, doors and curtain walling designed, manufactured and installed by CMS WINDOW SYSTEMS formed part of a new £20 million HQ building for petrochemical manufacturer Ineos in Grangemouth, Stirlingshire.
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cabA video showcase about the architectural aluminium industry and its products and trends has been launched by KAWNEER.
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‘Everything Aluminium’ is the new consumer brochure from AluFoldDirect.
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Welcome to the machine

Justin RatcliffeJustin Furness – CAB Technical Director

Back in the 1970s, the author and biochemist Isaac Asimov wrote: “It seems reasonable to suppose that robotic devices of one sort or another…will replace a large fraction of the workforce”. There have been a number of reports in recent months, albeit some forty years on, that arrive at the same conclusion. A report by Deloitte in 2016 warned that robots could replace a fifth of jobs in administrative roles such as telecoms and IT by 2035, as falling technology costs and rising wages make automation increasingly attractive.

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Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England, is reported as saying that many of the jobs and industries we are now familiar with “will be gone tomorrow”. His chief economist, Andy Haldane, estimated that nearly half of all British jobs could be performed by robots in the years ahead. While the predictions of economists may not always be 100% accurate, we should note that future graduates are advised by Carney to be “flexible and adventurous”.

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Another report, this time by the thinktank Reform, says that by 2030 websites and artificial intelligence “chatbots” could replace up to 90% of Whitehall’s administrators, as well as tens of thousands in the NHS and in GP’s surgeries, saving as much as £4bn a year. It goes further, stating that machines will outperform humans at some diagnoses and routine surgical procedures. As a result, public services should become more flexible and embrace the gig economy, with workers supporting themselves through a variety of jobs acquired through “Uber-like” online platforms. Read More


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Late rush for the CAB Pavilion at FIT Show 2017!

Justin Ratcliffe, (CAB Chief Executive)Justin

The CAB Aluminium Pavilion at the FIT Show in May is now up to a record 14 members strong with both Vertik-Al (Stand - CAB 26) and Vent Engineering (Stand – CAB 32) signing up in recent days. These further additions highlight the perceived benefits and value in a group stand, with CAB having had repeated success over the last 10 years with pavilion features. The very latest floorplan can be found here

The CAB Pavilion in Hall 8 will highlight the whole aluminium in building supply chain. The support for the CAB area means that the total number of members involved in the show is in excess of 30. In fact Hall 8 itself has become dominated by aluminium. Read more

This Month's News

CMA launches campaign to crack down on cartels

Whistleblowers are being offered up to £100,000, as the CMA launches its first-ever advertising campaign to crack down on cartels.

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Ali set for a 17-year
high – Palmer

Aluminium is on course to reach a 17-year high by 2020, according to figures released by Palmer Market Research which forecast the material topping 220,000 frames a,year by that time.

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cabPilks to sell two UK sites to Glass Systems

Pilkington has confirmed that it is to sell two of its UK sites – in Barnsley and Cumbernauld – to the Glass Systems Group, part of the UK arm of Press Glass of Poland.

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Housing supports strong construction figures

Housing contracts worth £2.7billion as well as strong performances from the hotel, and leisure & sport sectors helped contract value for the construction industry in February to reach £6.4 billion – 15.4 per cent up on last year.

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Manslaughter verdict for window frame death

A site manager has been found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence after three window frames weighing over half a ton fell and killed a passer-by.

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New Trading Standards guidance for home improvement businesses

Home improvement companies come second only to used car salesmen in the league table of most complained about businesses, with over 34,000 cases reported in the last year alone.

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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
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