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CAB Diary 2019

cab25th Anniversary
Year Programme

We are delighted to announce our key events programme for the first half of 2019 – CAB’s 25th Anniversary year!

Contractual Awareness Seminar
‘Design Liability
Warwick Hilton
21 March 2019 (am only)

Regional Members’ Meeting
Warwick Hilton
& Warwick Caste
From 4.00 p.m. 
21 March 2019

CAB Aluminium Pavilion
FIT Show 2019, NEC
21-23 May 2019

Contractual Awareness Seminar
Title/Venue tbc
4 June 2019

25th AGM Dinner
& Golf Day

Carden Park, Chester
27 June 2019

For further details of any of the above events please contact Julie Harley here.

Finally, we would like to wish all readers a very happy and prosperous 2019!


Aluminium fabricator-installer AB GLASS has been awarded a contract by Willmott Dixon to design, manufacture and install works at the £7million Nerrols Primary School in Taunton, Somerset.
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cabArchitectural glazing systems by Kawneer were specified for a transport hub at the heart of the regeneration of an area of Gloucester for their ability to meet a trio of exacting requirements - aesthetics, performance and budget.
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TOTAL GLASS supplied and installed the Sapa aluminium glazing façade at the £20 million Menai Science Park (M-Sparc) building on Anglesey, said to be Wales’ first dedicated science park.
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cabWork has just begun on the installation of architectural glazing systems by leading manufacturer Kawneer on the second of three buildings at Bournemouth University.
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cabArchitectural glazing systems by leading UK manufacturer Kawneer were specified for a hat-trick of reasons for the first development in Ipswich town centre for many years.
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Year-to-date sales at REAL ALUMINIUM have grown by nearly 45% to a three-year peak, the company has announced.
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CMS WINDOW SYSTEMS has welcomed twelve young people to its new CMS Apprenticeship Programme delivered via the CMS Academy.
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The Window Company (Contracts) has been named the G-Awards Installer of the Year for the third time in five years.
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cabJACK ALUMINIUM SYSTEMS reports that a 14% sales increase this year means it has tripled its business since 2014.
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The GGF has paid tribute to Dr Bernard Lowe one of its longest serving members and greatest technical contributors, who is retiring after 58 years in the industry.
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John Weir, a veteran of the Glass & Glazing Federation who was instrumental in developing its earliest technical standards, has died, aged 79 after a long illness.
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cabMachinery manufacturer ELUMATEC has appointed Melissa Giannotti as Sales and Marketing Co-ordinator. The Cranfield School of Management-graduate joins the company from an international retailer.
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cabVBH (GB), manufacturer of the greenteQ suited hardware range and supplier of a large selection of third-party products, has won the G18 ‘Component Supplier of the Year’.
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The Door & Hardware Federation has released a new Best Practice Guide for the locks and building hardware industry covering the British Standard for Mechanically Operated Push-Button Locksets.
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Yale has launched Lockmaster AutoEngage, a multi-point system with an all-new automatic lock mechanism that engages as soon as the door is closed, in line with the trend in non-lever operation door styles.
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cabQ-railing will showcase two new product launches, its Easy Alu, a railing with lightweight aluminium posts, and the Easy Glass Prime all-glass balustrade when the company returns to BAU in Munich next year ( booth 528 in hall B2).
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The rising stars of the door and window hardware industry were celebrated at the 39th annual Guild of Architectural Ironmongers’ (GAI) Education Awards at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London.
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The National Home Improvement Council (NHIC) has recognised a number of fenestration companies and projects in its Annual Awards event, held at One Whitehall Place last week.
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Virtuoso Doors picked up the winning trophy for ‘Promotional Campaign of the Year’ at the G18 Awards, topping off what it says has been the best year ever in its 37-year history. 
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CMS WINDOW SYSTEMS has been named a finalist in the 2019 Construction News Specialists Awards.
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AluFoldDirect picked up two G-Awards – Fabricator of the Year and Training and Development Initiative of the Year.
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It was a double celebration for FENSA at the G18 Awards with two winning members, in the the Installer of the Year and the Installation of the Year awards.
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THERMOSEAL GROUP has won the ‘Customer Care Initiative of the Year’ category at the G18 Awards.
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Sliding and folding door hardware manufacturer
P C HENDERSON has been named Export Business of the Year at the British Chamber Awards.
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Sustainable Trends

JustinJustin Ratcliffe, (CAB Chief Executive)

As 2018 comes to a close, we look forward with anticipation to 2109 and try to predict the future for everything from stocks and shares to interior design – as if it’s a natural tendency to try to fathom out the ‘bulls’ from the ‘bears’ or the next ‘in colour’. I’ll pass on the former but can confirm that Pantone announced its ‘colour of the year’ for 2019 earlier this month, and its prediction is Living Coral, a bright cheerful peach – something of interest to a number of companies in CAB’s supply chain membership. Another trend that members might take an interest in is the switch to blinds and shutters in the window coverings market which, according to AMA Research, is expected to rise 15% rise in to £1.6bn by 2022.

Sapa Dualframe advert

Unsurprisingly, further trends in the home are for the increase use of recycled materials in everything from homewares to towels to mattresses and one should applaud many leading manufacturers for highlighting and bringing focus to the recycling cause. Read More

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A night to remember

For all the winners, the finalists and of course the 600-plus who cheered them on at the biggest night in the industry calendar, you can re-live all of the G18 Awars and Gala Dinner with our video and photo gallery of the event, the award winners and the fun, now at

“It was the 15th year of the G-Awards and what a vintage night it proved to be,” said organiser Tony Higgin, “Every one of the award winners showed they had made a real contribution but, as ever, everyone had a great evening and a lot of fun.”

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Skills body teams up with student and military groups

Building Our Skills, the new body set up to promote Fenestration as a career, has developed partnerships with two major Government-backed programmes, to help employers communicate with schools, colleges and ex-Armed Forces personnel.

Inspiring the Future,run by the Education and Employers charity, has joined with BOS to help industry people share work experience with school and college students, while the Career Transition Programme is a Ministry of Defence initiative that supports military personnel to seek careers after the forces. 

“These new partnerships with the two organisations provided a fantastic opportunity for employers in the Fenestration industry to engage with newcomers,” said Stephanie Tague, Head of BOS.

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cabRichard Hall is Reynaers

Aluminium systems supplier REYNAERS has announced the appointment of Richard Hall as Managing Director for its UK subsidiary.

He joins from Schaeffler, where he has held board positions for over 12 years, leading on projects across the automotive and industrial sides of the business in the UK and Ireland.

Richard said of his appointment: “I was attracted to the role at Reynaers due to the strong emphasis on product leadership and customer relationships. The company has gone from strength to strength, having doubled the number of employees and turnover in the last decade.”

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